Tales from the field #21

Another weather-related tale to follow the drizzle in Arizona.  Last Friday I was scheduled to sit in the gift-shop at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, and was also going to take artwork in for the upcoming membership judged show.  I knew that there had been a little snow in the high desert because Snake Jagger had posted a picture of some snow in his front yard in Morongo Valley on Wednesday.

I love snow in the low desert: it’s up there on the mountains, where it looks pretty, not down here in the driveway where you have to shovel it.

On the Thursday afternoon, Darlene who is the scheduler at the 29 Palms Gallery called me and said that the previous day the grade between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley had been closed because of snow on Wednesday and that it was snowing in Yucca Valley right now and was forecast to continue snowing until 11pm and freeze overnight.  She thought the chances of my making it to the gallery safely the next day were slim and had called in a possible substitute.

I said let’s wait until the morning to see.  Friday morning I called her and she said the sun was shining and everything was melting.  Caltrans website confirmed the 62 was open so I set out.

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There’s even snow on the Santa Rosas

Snow on San Gorgonios

San Gorgonio mountains with snow is not unusual

Snow on the grade up to Morongo

Getting closer to Morongo – on the 62 now – yes, it snowed up there!

I had to stop in Yucca Valley to pick up a painting that Raini had collected for me from the prior show so I was able to take an unusual photo – me with snow.

Jeni in Yucca Valley after snowstorm.

Selfie with snow (and sunshine).

I had considered taking a pic of me holding a snowball but the thought of cold wet hands made me reconsider.  This is quite close enough to the snow for me.

A show goes up.

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.

 

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Artwork at High Desert Medical Center

Refractured watercolor painting

#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 brochures available throughout with information about it.

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.