One of the things that didn’t get on camera when I was taking photos of my Paint-the-night class was that earlier in the afternoon Rick (Rick Archer, President of Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation and Vanguard Gallery) and I had hung up a 14-painting solo show on the left wall.
<Sigh> this is by far the first time that I have put up a solo show and promptly forgotten to take any photos of it. Senior moment!
Blissfully I was passing not far from the gallery on Monday morning and (seeing as I’m on the advisory committee and one of the tutors and I have a key to the gallery) stopped in to rectify this. The show will be up through August and there will be a reception on August 19th, 7-8pm. Rick should have the labels up by then! Actually many of these are available through my Etsy store at the moment (though it might take a little longer than promised to ship….).
#583 Sea Crest Dawn #33. Refractured watercolor on panel, 24×18″. $540.
On Friday I attended the reception for the group show at the High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California. There are four other artists in the show, Charlie Schwartz, Sharon Matheson, Nichole Vikdal and Darlene H. Morris. One of the interesting tidbits about this show is that they have an online store for this art, and you can click to purchase! The downside is you cannot take the art away until the show is over at the end of July. Oh well, anticipation can be a good thing!
We had a few snacks served and then Darlene gave the group the guided tour and we each gave a little talk about our work being shown, though Charlie wasn’t present. Then we had an extra little celebration because Darlene is handing over the reins (no pun intended) to Raini who will be curating the shows for the foreseeable future. This involved a cake, which had one of her paintings printed on the frosting! Is there no limit to where you can put artwork?
If you’re in the area between now and the end of July, take a few minutes to walk through and see the work – there are brochuresavailable throughout with information about it.
#1155 Approaching Storm. Mixed Media, 48×24″. $1500. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: Approaching Storm We play before the approaching storm, the swirling air that lifts our wings We shelter from the coming rain but love the greening that it brings We know the drops will wash us clean and, too, the sky where we are kings
This month I was happy to have four paintings accepted into competitions. Two were accepted into the National Orange Show – the county fair of San Bernardino, and two of three were accepted into Co-La-La-Lage – a show of Collage Artists of America, whom I have recently joined. It just so happened that the take-in/judging for the CAA show and the reception for both were at times where I was going to be in the area. Often this is a deciding factor on whether or not I will enter a show!
#1270 “4th”. Mixed media, 15×15″ $150. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: 4th The fourth of July stars bursting against the night and raining color.
After having attended a 1-day conference about financing for non-profits, as one of the advisory committee members for Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation, I was able to go to the reception and awards ceremony at the fairgrounds in San Bernardino. I didn’t win any ribbons but made a couple useful contacts, some for me, some for MVCAF. I was blessed with having had my paintings hung close together – and near the entry for the reception. Those were the successes. The failure was of my phone to let me know that it didn’t save either of the photos I took of them to put on the blog! But here are the ones that were accepted.
If you’re in the LA area – perhaps you would like to attend the reception for the CAA show which is this coming Saturday, 7-10pm at The Loft at Liz’s. This time I’ll make sure I have the photos on the phone!!!
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.
This section was difficult to photograph because I’m shooting into the light. Thank you for photoshop!
The workshop is fun for just about any age.
Little ones getting some help. I was glad Kadence’s Mom stayed around, she is not confident of her abilities.
Older ones getting a little guidance too
“It’s important to dab the excess glue away, otherwise you’ll have a shiny spot.”
Some of the output.
Posing with the little ones and their completed works.
I officially became ‘The girl next door’ for an evening. Actually only one of them, there were several other artists with work in the pop-up gallery.
My second gallery reception on Saturday was the Official Grand Opening at Incredible Art Center in Palm Springs. My good friend Rick Pantele reopened his gallery in this location – next door to where he was operating when we met about 9 or 10 years ago. He’d also had an opportunity to borrow the empty store next door for the evening, so we took great advantage of it. I gave him a box of smaller pieces and Kevin Winger hung them in a great arrangement.
Just warming up for the crowd. The Middleridge tasting room is in a beautiful building in downtown Idyllwild.
Yesterday I was scheduled to attend two gallery receptions (blissfully perfectly timed so that I could, despite the 90 minute drive between them) for galleries who have my work. The first is the group show ‘Art Uncorked‘ held at Middleridge Winery in Idyllwild. This is the first time I have shown there, and there were eighteen artists in the show, most of whom were in attendance and who I got to meet. Spoke to a lot of interesting people about both my work and theirs – and not just artists.
One thing that jumped out when talking to most people about my work – I have hidden the poem ‘Arrows‘ in the painting so well, that hardly anyone found it without being told to look for it.
The “Jeni Bate” wall. I have two other round pieces in the show which will be in the upstairs gallery.