4th Annual Skies Exhibition

It’s my pleasure to announce that one of my paintings was accepted into the 4th Annual Skies Exhibition with Fusion Arts. I guess I have been working with Fusion for quite a while as I was accepted in the 3rd Annual also. And further joy, as they’re local to me, I was able to meet them a couple years ago – back when we met people IRL!

Anyway, enjoy the virtual exhibition HERE.

Zoom.

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This Sunday I will be participating in a Zoom meeting with other artists who are showing work in the Lark Gallery‘s ‘Planet of Joy’ show.  Please Join us on Sunday 07/12/2020 at Noon – 1:30 PDT for The Planet of Joy virtual art talk / art sale.

Planet of Joy Zoom meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3901588938

 

 

Grey Cube Gallery

I may not be leaving the house, but I am in a show! This painting won an honorable mention in the Grey Cube Gallery “Skies” show this month.

Buying Art Online – a question for you.

Hopefully the title of this email will encourage a higher than average number of my followers to read this post.  If that’s you then let me keep it quick and ask you this:
Now that galleries are mostly closed and art fairs mostly cancelled, if you were to go online to buy a piece of art for your home, which websites would you check out before making a decision?  You comment on this post and let me know as many or as few websites as popped into your mind. (Other than skyscapesforthesoul.com 😊 )

Now for the more involved reader… I hope you will answer the question anyway.  I guess not everyone will answer skyscapesforthesoul.com, which is what I want, I’m not famous (yet).

I’m at a point where I need to get some feedback on which online galleries to apply to.  Some I’ve tried to work with have standards involving what to wrap the artwork in and how quickly to ship it.  This is not unreasonable for the artist who lives near a town, but I had to decline working with a couple websites in previous years because art had to be shipped UPS/Fedex next shipping day and I would need to put my site in vacation mode every time this clashed with an art fair or class.  To put the frosting on the cake, I couldn’t add any charge for a 90 mile round trip to the nearest UPS drop off location.  One allowed an extra $50 for a 100mi round trip, but 90?  Nope.  And as far as being good the planet with reused shipping materials or going to the UPS store combined with other errands within the week, no way!

I have an Etsy store where things are (occasionally) listed and worked with another online gallery who recently decided to discontinue me for ‘portfolio review’ reasons they wouldn’t specify, though I suspect they don’t like the mixed media work I recently added.  I have some items on FineArtAmerica.com, which is primarily for reproduction work, as is Society6.com (You can get masks with my art on here!), and I’m just setting up a Square store.  Both Etsy and Square allow me to control shipping, so no contention. 

Who should I approach next?  There are many online galleries out there. I get a lot of emails and bot-directed advertising of certain online galleries, because I’ve investigated them as potential outlets, but my thought is, for the average buyer, when that big gap in the wall starts to rankle, which url do they reach for?  Which ones have they heard of?  Which ones are famous?  

Who knows, by this time next month, I might be!  (Buy now, before artist gets discovered! 😊)
At the time of writing I have only online events.

Group Online show “Planet of Joy” with Lark Gallery.  who also has a brick and mortar presence in Santa Monica.  I’ll be on the zoom webinar on the Sunday Jul 12, 2020 12:00 PM.    Meeting ID: 390 158 8938.

I have three paintings that may or may not still be available through July 12th in the 6x6x2020 Online fundraiser for Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Check out arthola.com – there should be three of my paintings there you can vote for (the most voted will get a small prize, so please pass this around!)  Arthola also has a program where you can subscribe to use art images as screensavers for your smart tv when you’re not watching.  A piece of revolving art instead of a black blank screen!
And one painting in the La Quinta Art Museum Group Show “Uncertain Times” theme: “Something I Realized”  – tentatively mid-July thru? with the above artwork ‘United’ 36×24”  Oil on canvas.

55+ show

Having gotten to the point in life where I can order from the senior menu, I was eligible to enter the 55+ show “Visions: A gathering of Elders”, and this was it turned out the last time I was able to go to a gathering before the world imploded.  True that people were observing precautions such as elbow bumps vs. handshakes, but otherwise it seems that the elder wisdom was the same as for having a bad cold.  Don’t cough on people, and go home and feel sorry for yourself for two weeks.

Otherwise it was a normal art show.  This was hosted at the Walter N. Marks art gallery at UC Riverside Palm Desert.

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I recognized the work of Gary Borgstedt – far right – though I didn’t see him at the opening.

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Diane Morgan was also there, she too had a painting in the show.

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That scuplture in the middle was very intersting.

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One of the two fabric entries

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Intersection of the virtual and real worlds.

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Such a variety of mediums, subjects and styles with an open-themed show.

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I think I had the physically smallest entry in the show.

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This lamp was my second favorite entry.

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The orange Bee painting to the right of the door is Diane’s.

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Donna Miller-Haggerty and I took pics of each other in front of our paintings.

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And this one was my absolute favorite.  So sorry, don’t remember the artist’s name at this point. 

 

Sunrises and Sunsets

550seacrestsunset7_wI had a painting accepted in the Sunrises and Sunsets Art Exhibit, held by Fusion Arts.  There’s no excuse for not seeing this exhibit, despite the current closure of most facilities, because it’s online.  Happy to see that my friend Diane Morgan won one of the awards.

29 Palms Membership show

Last weekend I was at the 29 Palms Art Gallery pretty much all weekend.  On the Saturday we had an art fair during the day and in the evening was the reception for the Membership Show, which was a judged show.

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Some of the Artwork in the Main Gallery

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Sometimes I had to wait until the people moved around.

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There just wasn’t a good angle on this one for the camera.

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The Pickering Gallery had a nice selection.  As I was looking around the show early in the morning, I was approached by someone who wanted to buy one of the artworks in there.

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There was quite a bit of 3-D art.  This one won a ribbon.

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The West gallery contained something familiar.  Again, I was struggling with glare…

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I’d seen David’s work before and it was good to finally meet him because he had a booth at the fair that day.

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On Sunday my co-worker at the gallery was Miri, whose painting is on the left here.  She is also a singer and sang at the reception when I had my first show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery a couple years ago.  I have a CD of hers.

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Earlier in the month I’d encourage Tim to create something to enter the show.  He won best of show!

Monthly mailing

I thought I’d try this way of reposting my Monthly Newsletter.  Nope, my html isn’t good enough to get rid of the squares…..

 

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There are many ways in which government can get involved in art, aside from their involvement in the creation of public art.  I had two such significant encounters in the last month, one negative and three positive.

The first positive encounter was somewhat by proxy.  Ontario Airport has a few display cases in the concourse where the art of regional artists is displayed.  I was very happy to be informed recently that my application to show work there was approved and on Feb 19th five of my paintings were installed via the intermediary of Chaffey Community Museum of Art.  The paintings will be there until mid August.

Art fair promoters have to work with local authorities on the locations for art fairs and any permits that are required, rules to be followed and registrations of individual artists to be processed.  I’ve done hundreds of fairs over the last decade and one of my favorites is in Palm Springs.  A few years back we had an issue where the city decided to move our venue from the center of town (loads of foot traffic and drive-bys to supplement our other advertising) to the civic center for the following season.  We appealed to the council and they relented.

A few weeks ago our promoter commented that the permits for the two March shows hadn’t been approved yet.  We protested further and pointed out that the reason they’d given was no longer an issue.  Then more burning hoops were given.  This from an eblast from West Coast Artists:

After meeting with the City of Palm Springs’ Special Event Team today here are the new requirements for the Desert Art Festivals.

Loading: We are allowed to reserve 7 parking spaces in the small parking lot for loading at the end of the event. We are to stagger the loading process so that all of the 60 artists use those 7 spaces. There is no parking on Alejo and no parking on Palm Canyon Drive for the purpose of loading. We are not allowed to close the parking lot for loading or unloading.

Cross Walks: We are to have crossing guards at the crosswalks because some people neglect to push the button for the crosswalk. This is perhaps a safety issue?

Parking Attendants: We had contracted with the property owner across the street from the park, 4 acres, and we must have Community Service Officers patrolling the lot and showing people how to park during the event. Two officers at $55.00 an hour.

Police Presence: We are required to have 2 Palm Springs Police officers at the event on Saturday morning for a minimum of 4 hours to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

Traffic Plan: We are required to have a Traffic Plan for the parking lot across from the park where we intended to have Patrons park. The spaces in the dirt lot should be delineated so that people know how to park….

After all of these new requirements and the fact that the City Manager, Mayor, and several of the City Council Members have made untrue, disparaging remarks regarding the event to the public, I can’t help but feel like they do not want the Desert Art Festivals in Palm Springs any longer.

After the meeting in Palm Springs, I attended the meeting in Rancho Mirage. They have welcomed us with open arms and are going to push the Permit application through the City at an accelerated pace. 

At The River in Rancho Mirage management had very few requirements. They have opened up their facility and are very excited to welcome our events. Our events are actually WANTED in the City of Rancho Mirage. The comment was “We would love to take the events from Palm Springs!”

Later on it became apparent that The River were not able to accommodate us on the 21st/22nd due to an existing event scheduled, but Indian Wells welcomed us back too, for that weekend.  Not all cities are the same!

Here’s my schedule for the month:
Fairs:

Mar 7th: 29 Palms Art Gallery Spring Art and Craft Fair, 29 Palms, CA.
Mar 14th: “Art on Main St“, Old Town La Quinta, CA
Mar 21-22nd: Desert Art Festivals, Indian Wells, CA  (Their website might not be up to date yet, it’s on the corner of Cook and 111).
Mar 28th: “Art on Main St“, Old Town La Quinta, CA

Shows:
Feb 2020-Aug 2020 Ontario Airport.  Show case at terminal displaying 5 mixed media paintings.

Mar 2nd-26th: Artists 55+.  Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA. Reception March 10th 5-7pm

Mar 5th-22nd: 29 Palms Guild Members Juried Exhibition. <29 Palms, CA.  Reception  March 7th, 5-7pm. 

Classes:
Mar 19th: Painting for Absolute BeginnersBorrego Art Institute. $110.  Contact me to book.

 

Artist’s Choice

I found out a couple days ago I had a painting in the finalists list at the Fusion Art’s Artist’s Choice Exhibition.  See if you can find it!  It’s called Ice River Morning.

Monthly Newsletter

Posting my monthly newsletter promptly seems to be a good item to have on the New Year’s Resolution list.