Riverside Dogs

In September I attended the Riverside Art Museum fundraiser ‘Art Bark in the Park’.  Selected artists had been given a metal dog to paint on and they were auctioned or sponsored as a fundraiser for the museum.

Painted metal dogs

The reception was held in White Park in Downtown Riverside one warm evening.  There were a lot of dogs there.  I was really surprised how many.

Painted metal dogs

All dogs were well behaved!

Jeni with her painted metal dog

Oh look. Jeni and a Beagle. It inevitably has the poem about dogs painted into it.

Painted metal dogs

Some dogs were painted on the back too (mine is the colorful one in the middle)

Painted metal dogs

The crowd matched the amount of dogs

Painted metal dogs

No on had to pick up after their dog!  The perfect pooch.

Painted metal dogs

One up for adoption

Painted metal dogs

None of them used the tree…..

Painted metal dogs

There was a huge variety of decoration


…and they all found a new home…


The High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree hosts artist displays in four areas in the hospital.  The shows include three artists and go up for four months.

This is the second time I’ve shown here and this time my fellow artists are Mae Fox, a stained glass artist, and Tammy Romatko, a painter.  The curator, Raini Armstrong, also gets to display a piece on the group wall in the cafe.

The reception didn’t have a lot of attendees (it’s August in the desert, only the hardy are still around) but I was delighted that my friend and fellow artist Nancy Miehle came, along with her husband Bob.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

My work on the wall in the main foyer, with Nancy and Bob.

Raini gave us a tour of the four parts of the installation.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Tammy Romatko’s animal inspired work.

In the cafe, there is a group show.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

All four artists have work on this wall.

We posed for a quick photo.  Mae had recently fallen ill and had not been able to attend the reception.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Raini, Tammy and Jeni with their artwork.

In the Emergency Room waiting area there are a couple spaces with Mae’s stained glass art.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Mae Fox’ work on the wall

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Mae’s work in the display case.

The artwork will be up until Halloween.  If you’re in the area and have a few minutes, please stop by.

The Puppy project

Riverside Art Museum is holding a fundraiser called Art Bark in the Park to which I applied and was assigned a pup. I decided to paint the pup in oil – a skyscape with lawns on the bottom of each paw with dogs on, and my sonnet about dogs painted into the clouds.  So far I’ve done the sky and the lawns.  I will need to wait a week or so until that is dry enough to add the dogs and poems.  I didn’t know until I picked up the dog that I was getting a beagle.

metal dog ready to paint

The blank canvas. I’d had to fix the undercoat in a few places. The difference in undercoat color won’t affect the painting.

Jeni Bate painting metal dog

My fellow artist Mary Foote came over to see this as a demo so took some photos of me in action

Jeni Bate painting metal dog

I was showing Mary how to blend clouds in oil

Metal dog with oil skyscape painting

Photographed this one at an angle to get the entire dog in.

And it’s possible to paint on the back, so I have another canvas to dream up!

Preserving public art in a city of earthquakes — thinking city


Mexico City’s public art is an integral part of the city’s identity and history. But in a country prone to devastating earthquakes, what is the fate of these creative monuments, asks Martha Pskowski – and is meaningful preservation possible? Mexico City is a bastion of public art in the Americas, with murals, mosaics and monuments lining its […]

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October Monthly mailing

Here’s my monthly art news for October.

Article about the Salton Sea

I had heard that Bombay Beach is such a close-knit community, it’s one of the last places that you can let your kid run the streets in safety, but I had not realized it was becoming such an artists’ community. I guess they reach out to LA artists more than local ones…..

Here’s the full article on the Palm Springs Life website.


July’s monthly newsletter

One of the highlights of this month’s Skyscapes newletter is the honorable mention in an international ‘Skies‘ competition.