A gallery closes

I started working with Sm’Art gallery I think 3 years ago, maybe 4.  It was a strange start.  I received a cold-call email that sounded good, not the usual scam stuff, but the attachment wouldn’t open.  After some thought I replied.  It was a real offer, Alana had managed to have an email blast sent to the local attendees of ‘Art under the umbrellas’ show.

I signed up for the co-op gallery – we share the rent and working in the gallery.  I have made many good contacts and friends over the years, taught a lot of classes (Alana was instrumental in the design of the ‘Painting for Absolute Beginners’ class and the contact that let to a season of intermediate classes, the contents of which become follow on exercises for ‘Absolute Beginners’.

At the end of October, Alana decided to close the gallery.  A combination of factors came together at the end of the lease and we had our final evening.  Here are a couple photos from the first 20 minutes before the crowd got there.

sm'Art studio co-op gallery

Just getting set up. Holly had created some ‘Day of the Dead’ paintings.

sm'Art studio co-op gallery

Sitting around chatting. We did quite a bit of business that night, especially Janice – who is the one with the gray shirt, on her device.

Glass Outhouse Gallery – ‘Fleeting Passions’

A few years ago I was introduced to the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley – just east of 29 Palms.  It is in the middle of nowhere, even more than I am, and has a small gallery where Laurel and Howard hold month-long 2-artist shows, and a sculpture garden made of recycled material art, created by Howard.

Artwork in gallery

Four skies in the Glass Outhouse Gallery

I had a show there a few years ago with my Mixed Media work and am scheduled to have another show there with that medium in January 2021.  Yes, artists do plan ahead.

Artwork in gallery

The cart shows that this is a hanging day.

As I have another body of work and enough Mixed Media to run two shows concurrently, I’m on their ‘waitlist’.  A list of artists who, in an emergency can put together a show in a couple days.  Last week I got the call.

Artwork in gallery

The outgoing artist hadn’t picked up her work yet.

I had planned to take my oils and acrylics to the show in Monrovia this weekend, but with a quick call I managed to get that changed and this body of work was available for the month.

Artwork in gallery

Nice little row, the last 4 ‘diamonds’

My fellow artist is Tami Wood.  We both joked that our names are two four-letter words.  Her work is made exclusively of recycled materials.  We’ve called our show ‘Fleeting Passions’ because we both explore ephemeral aspects of our environment.

Artwork in gallery

And room for the bin, that holds paintings I did in or for paint and wine evenings that I’ve taught.

After the show in Newport I brought everything up and hung the show.  Howard will pin up the prices later.

Artwork in gallery

I’m surprised the one on the left hadn’t sold at Newport, it had a lot of interest.

Because of existing commitments (Monrovia), I can’t be at the reception but Tami will handle that and I’ll do my share of gallery sitting during the month.

Artwork in gallery

The painting on the right is one from my house – I’m down to the last few oils and acrylics and am selling at discount prices!

What I didn’t realize until I told another friend in 29 Palms about the late arrangement, I’d scored a show during the Highway 62 Art Tour – three of the four weekends in October, and the Glass Outhouse Gallery is one of the stops.  Wow, I’m sure glad I decided to go for it!

Artwork in gallery

Almost exactly the right amount of space, there was only one suitable painting I didn’t put up!

I feel bless that because of various issues outside of my scope, I now have a show with both bodies of work on the Highway 62 tour – I have Mixed Media work at the High Desert Medical Center!

 

Geometry 101 Show

Terry Hastings juried and curated a wonderful show at the art gallery in University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert campus.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Entry point!

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

It’s always nice when you walk in and know a lot of the artists already. This is my good friend Michael Angelo (Hernandez). Yes, I hang with Michael Angelo….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Captures of the structures in downtown LA

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

More color.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

I wonder if they hung those from the top….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

There’s always more walls….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

No photoshopping involved here except to adjust the lighting and crop. These ladies heads really did align completely with the top of the row of paintings. I didn’t realize it until I was cropping the photo!

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Love the middle piece.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

More big paintings.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Even the cheese was more geometric than at some openings.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Fabric inspiration.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Oh, do we see something familiar to the left there? The th ing that is unfamiliar are the 6 paintings to the right. They are by Diane Morgan (dianemorganpaints.com). Definitely something for this show and not*** her usual style. When she arrived I said she needed to readjust her medication!

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Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

I like this one too.

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Lot of detail work….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

From the right, Diane Morgan, Terry Hastings, Jeni Bate.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

We had a little sculpture too. Actually not so little.

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These are littler sculptures.

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That’s about it! I didn’t realize how much art there really was until I processed the images. It was a HUGE show. Kudos Terry!

HDMC Show

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.

Two Shows

Yesterday I sat in the Gift Shop at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, as part of my contribution for having artwork in the gallery Membership Show over the summer.  This was the first time I had a chance to see the show as I’d been out of town for the reception.

29 Palms Art Gallery show

Lee Luke Pickering room #1

29 Palms Art Gallery show

Lee Luke Pickering Room #2

29 Palms Art Gallery show

Rear gallery #1

29 Palms Art Gallery show

Rear Gallery #2. Something might look familiar to my fans there: “Perspective” and “Arrows”

29 Palms Art Gallery show

At the front left is “Hunger Bowl”, a composition for a homelessness fundraiser, that never got picked up.

29 Palms Art Gallery show

Last shot of the large gallery.

In the evening I attended the opening ceremony and open house for the new Children’s Mental Health Services Clinic in Coachella.  The art on display there is also under review for addition to the artwork for the clinic itself.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

Waiting Room. Very cheerful.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

First hallway.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

Reception area, some staff members and one of the artists.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

The main meeting room

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

A couple short speeches were given about the mission of the clinic.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

I must check that the reason my painting is on the easel isn’t because the wire broke!

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

Secondary waiting area with Mark Anthony and his wife.

Coachella Children's Mental Health Clinic Opening

East hallway

 

Riverside Art Museum Membership Show

For the second year I entered a painting into the Riverside Art Museum.

Art reception with crowd

Arriving at the reception. Quite well attended.

I got there a little after the reception started and soon got talking to a lady named Anita Sylvestri.  She is a docent at the museum and has a painting in the show.

Art reception with crowd

Quite a variety of mediums!

Anita had a mixed media collage in the show.

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Anita Sylvestri with ‘The Impossible Dream’

We both explained our work to each other.

Artist with painting

She returned the favor and took a pic of me with my painting.

When the awards were given, Anita won best of show!

 

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Expo

Yesterday evening I drop up to Joshua Tree for the reception for the Joshua Tree Art Gallery Expo.  The show had some awards to give from Jack Farley Art Supplies, and a people’s choice award. (I didn’t receive any, though.)  The reception was very well attended, though I think most were the artists themselves (for the award ceremony).

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

My second favorite was the yellow one in the middle.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

White dresses must be in.

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My favorite is on the left. And that was before I knew that the piece was titled the Salton Sea!

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

My paintings are at the back opposite the door, but there are people all around them.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

….eventually she will wander off…..

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

…hmm di hmm, maybe take a photo here….

Joshua Tree Art Gallery Reception

…eventually the girl on the phone was joined by a friend and I asked them to step aside for a minute!