Second Place!

Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors.  I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints.  I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band.  The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD.  So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.

The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other.  I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.

I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.

Chalk painting

“That the world is round reminds us that we are on the same side.”

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Pets and animals show.

On Friday I hung a group show featuring work of pets and animals at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  It features the following artists (just in the order they are on the wall):  Sandy Zelasko, Mike Holder, Kelly Vela, Jeni Bate, Terry d’Chacon, Kay Levie, Diane Morgan and sculpture pieces by Janice Osborne and Alana Marston.  The show will be up through June 28th.

Animal Show art

From the right: 4 paintings by Diane Morgan, 3 photos by Kay Levie, 1 painting by Terry Chacon. Under, a basket of prints by Mike Holder

Animal Show art

Four paintings by Terry Chacon on the right, to the left, a photo by Kelly Vela, two paintings by Jeni Bate and two of Janice Osborne’s glass sculptures

Animal Show art

From Right, 2 paintings by Terry Chacon, 7 photos by Kelly Vela, 2 paintings by Jeni Bate and 2 glass sculptures by Janice Osborne.

Animal Show art

From the left this time, 4 photos by Sandy Zelasko, 3 paintings by Mike Holder, 4 photos by Kelly Vela.

Animal Show art

Four glass animals by Janice Osborne.

Animal Show art

Four horse pieces by Alana Marston.

May show at the Vanguard

Artwork about to be hung at Vanguard Gallery

The organizing of it!

On May 1st, I hung the month’s show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  I’d had a short lead-time to select an artist and this time there were quite a few people I asked that weren’t able to put a show together in time.  I was concerned until I called Raini Armstrong, and it seemed like the dates for take-in, reception and pick-up fit together so perfectly, it was just meant to be.   I met Raini and first saw her work at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley.  She and I ‘hung’ together on more than one occasion there, and it was my pleasure to have her at Vanguard.  The show will be up all month, and if you’re in the area, the reception will be 4-6pm on May 12th.

 

National Orange Show

I don’t paint oranges (well, I do sometimes, but they’re typically mistaken for the setting or rising sun), so my two entries are in the ‘open theme’ category.  Serendipitously they were hung close together so I am able to show them both in one photo that I took at the reception yesterday evening.  The other thing that they have in common is that they did not win any prizes.  Oh well.  I had some interesting comments about them.

Artwork at the National Orange Show, 2018

“One Side” and “Vermillion Delight” hang either side of a photograph of oranges at the National Orange Show.

Symbiosis Opening

symb1We  had a lot of visitors to the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective last Saturday evening – and sold about 10 pieces of art.  Two of which were mine!

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Closing reception is next Saturday.  Yes, there are still a few paintings that don’t have red dots!

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Calexico 110th birthday art show.

Yesterday evening was the reception for the Calexico 110th birthday celebration at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts center. The art show had 110 pieces of art in there. Fortunately it’s a big hall, and there were some paintings in the lobby of which I didn’t take photos.
The reception was well attended and there was a short speech by the Mayor, followed by a group photo of all the participating artists that were present.  Enjoy the show!

Poetry about my paintings.

Although I write poetry for my own paintings and have written poetry for the artwork of others, I had a first last month when one of the attendees at the reception at my joint show in the Glass Outhouse Gallery wrote a poem for one of my paintings.  George Howell wrote the following poem for my painting ‘Dark Mist Arising‘:

Smoke Tree

For Jeni Bate

Our eyes align

Along the horizon,

Prisoners of our feet,

Firmly anchored to the earth.

 

And the sky is a sigh

Of promise and release,

The free range of cloud

And soul.

 

You cut the skyscape

Into a stack of cards,

And rearranged the clouds

Mixed media skyscape painting

“Dark Mist Arising”. Mixed Media on panel 48×24″.