I had entered eight paintings in the Imperial County Fair this year and seven of them won ribbons! Four of them – the first and second place winners will be on display in Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial until the 27th.
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‘:
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
You cut the skyscape
Into a stack of cards,
And rearranged the clouds
Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.
As ever it is my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter. I know a few of my fans who will immediately think of the first photograph as a ‘JeniBate Sky’.
One of the silliest things I didn’t do on Wednesday when Christine Lamb was setting up her half of our show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery was to take some photos of her half of the gallery. Yesterday at our reception I corrected that.
We had a two-person bad perform for us Hunter and the Wick’d for the afternoon and had quite a few people drop by, or come in from the advertising.
I sold two small paintings and Christine sold some earrings and a clock.
I really fell for this little gallery and was quite jazzed to have been offered a last-minute show due to a cancellation. The artist who was to have been at this show turned up. She had cancelled because she had torn her rotator cuff on the side she uses a crutch – double whammy. She was doing a lot better now and is looking forward to showing at another time.
I also got to meet Jaymie Arquilevich with whom it’s planned I’ll have a 2-artist show in 2018.
Yesterday I set up my side of the 2-person show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in 29 Palms. I was glad to meet my fellow artist Christine Lamb and her husband Ray (who is also a painter), who turned up to hang her half of the show just as Frank (one of the gallery owners) and I had finished. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take a few shots of her work as it was going up (Ray and I got to talking about single-pigment oil paints), but I’ll do so after the reception on Saturday. If you’re in the area – please, we’d love you to attend, it’s 1-5pm January 6th (and I’m going to be making olive and cream cheese penguins!). If not – please reblog this if you have friends/followers who are. The show will be up until January 28th.
I was accepted to have a month-long solo show in what is considered an ‘alternative’ space – i.e. not a regular gallery. This is the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. It’s quite an active center with a pretty full schedule of activities. When I arrived to hang my work, Darla, my handler – said there had been some dissent over the time of my hanging because they were setting up for an indoor yardsale on Friday.
That was the bad news, the good news being that lots* of people would see my work. Right behind the yardsale items. I had to stand on the tables and tiptoe between the partially completed display of yardsale items to hang my work. Fortunately I did not stand on the hands of the lady below me trying to arrange items while I trod between them.
Then there’s space on the other wall for two large paintings. Here, my progress was hampered by the fact that a yoga class was in session and I had to wait until they’d finished before we could put the last two paintings up.
Yes, there’s going to be a lot* of people who see my work in the next month!