I was blessed with the help from a friend from Chaparral Artists – Nancy Miehle, who offered to take work in for me to the show, to save me a trip last week. Last Saturday I had been gallery sitting at 29Palms Art Gallery and on the way home stopped at Rainbow Stew to see the Chaparral Artists‘ judged show, that Rainbow Stew hosts in the central gallery. There were three categories “The Hand of Man”, “Nature’s Kaleidoscope” and “Beautiful Creatures”. It wasn’t a huge show, but I was delighted to find that both Nancy and I had won ribbons!
I entered three paintings in the Chaparral Artists’ annual show, held at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, and two of them won ribbons.
Each year, Chaparral Artists, a group of artists in Yucca Valley and the surrounding area, hold a judged show at Rainbow Stew for painting. It’s a small group and a small show – they have a photography-only show next month and many more of their members are photographers. I took some work in on Friday and was able to attend the reception Sunday afternoon. I had five entries and three of them won ribbons! I got a second in landscapes for ‘Dark Water, White Wave‘, a third in Abstracts for ‘Night Watch‘ and a First in Abstracts for ‘Sun through Rain‘. Raini Armstrong took a well-deserved first in Landscapes and it also got Best in Show. Enjoy some pics of the whole show!
The last few days I’ve run two watercolor collage fun workshops. All, serendipitously with people who have art experience in other mediums, but thought they would pick up something useful from my workshop, and they did! It’s always fun to work with groups who have open minds as to what they want to achieve, whether or not they have prior creative experience of any kind.
Rainbow Stew 4 U is a new-age store in Yucca Valley with a gallery in the back. I was introduced to them by my good friend Michael who recently showed his photography project in the gallery, and they not only started selling my books and cards in their store, but invited me for a 1-month solo show in the gallery. I went over on Friday morning to hang the work and took a few photos.
My work will be in the gallery until Sept 7th.
Yesterday I met up with my friend Michael who had moved to Yucca Valley. Hadn’t seen him in quite a few years. He had met his now-wife Ester the month after I had a show at his small gallery in Crestline, which he no longer has. We met up at Rainbow Stew where he is currently displaying photos from a photo project about a village in Colombia. After we spent a while in the local cafe catching up on the intervening years, I popped back into Rainbow Stew and asked if they thought they might like to run some of my books and original cards – and they said yes! So, I have another outlet for a couple of things. Woohoo. Not bad for a Monday.