Jan Wright solo show.

On Friday I had the pleasure of hanging Jan Wright’s solo show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.

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Jan P. Wright with paintings

And here’s Jan herself with my personal favorite in the show.

Here reception will be on October 20th, 4-6pm.  Please join us if you are in the area, or please share this message!

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Anniversary at the Vanguard

My strong association with the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – I teach there, curate about a third of the year’s shows and sit on the advisory committee – goes back pretty much to its inception 7 years ago.  For August Rick didn’t have a theme he wanted to work on and I couldn’t find another artist so I had to fill the walls myself.  I had lost track of the years, but the reception is going to be the 7th Anniversary of the Vanguard.  A few special items will be scheduled, including a mini petting zoo with some rabbits and birds, and probably Rick will come up with some other things between now and then – then being August 11th 5-7pm.  In the mean time, here’s the show wall of the gallery.

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Monthly newsletter

This month is shaping up to be really interesting – as you can read in my Newsletter.

One of the things that I didn’t mention is that I’m also involved in curating another solo show at the Vanguard Gallery, this time for long-time associate Nick Foschi.   I’ll get to hang two shows in two days.  About 50 linear feet for Nick and about 7 for me!  Just hoping that my flu symptoms wane enough to give a demo/talk on Wednesday evening in Redondo Beach.

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Abstract Painting by Nick Foschi.

 

29 Palms Gallery show

So,  a week after the reception, talk and workshop, I finally get around to uploading pix from the gallery.  I have a solo show in the main gallery of 29 Palms Art Gallery through the end of the month – so if you’re in the high desert, stop by if you can!  If you think the workshop looks fun (it is****), I run them elsewhere, or can schedule a private one for a group of the right size in Southern California.

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This section was difficult to photograph because I’m shooting into the light. Thank you for photoshop!

Watercolor collage workshop

The workshop is fun for just about any age.

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Little ones getting some help. I was glad Kadence’s Mom stayed around, she is not confident of her abilities.

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Older ones getting a little guidance too

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“It’s important to dab the excess glue away, otherwise you’ll have a shiny spot.”

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Some of the output.

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Posing with the little ones and their completed works.

 

The final line-up in Yuma.

Jeni Bate Solo show at Yuma Fine Arts CenterI got to the Yuma Fine Arts gallery about an hour and a half before the reception.  I needed to repair one of the paintings which had a scuff from being loaded into or out of the truck – that wasn’t a big job, so it only took about 30 mins.

Jeni Bate Solo show at Yuma Fine Arts CenterWhile I was waiting for the paint and glaze to dry I took some pics of the final line up of the show.  You can see from later pics that nibbles are appearing on the tables.

Jeni Bate Solo show at Yuma Fine Arts CenterThe reception was quite well attended and I spent a busy few hours talking to a lot of people. (And not having time to take photos to show that it was busy!)  We sold about four books and one painting.  Martha, the gallerist, noted that usually the larger purchase come after people have slept on the decision.

Jeni Bate Solo show at Yuma Fine Arts CenterDuring the reception there was a short ballet demo in the main gallery – Yuma has its own ballet company!  I was also introduced as not only a visual artist, but a poet, and read one of the poems from my new book, Mixed Weather.

Jeni Bate Solo show at Yuma Fine Arts CenterOne of my paintings – Bright Morning – I donated to the fundraiser raffle.  Not sure who won it!