Ribbons at Chaparral

I entered three paintings in the Chaparral Artists’ annual show, held at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, and two of them won ribbons.

abstract art prize winners

“Another’s Eyes” (at the top) won second place in Abstracts.

abstract art prize winners

“Accumlations” won third place

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Chaparral Artists Show

Chaparral Artists Show

First and Third in Abstracts

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!

Chaparral Artists Show

Animals/Wildlife.  The dragon, second from right was my pick for people’s choice award!

Chaparral Artists Show

More Animals/Wildlife. The one on the bottom left also to People’s Choice award

Chaparral Artists Show

Raini’s Best of show painting at top

Chaparral Artists Show

Florals. I really liked the one on the left.

Chaparral Artists Show

Some more landscapes. I was fighting to take the photo with the light on the glass

Chaparral Artists Show

Portraits

Chaparral Artists Show

Two of my oils in the landscape section with the one that took 2nd place

Class acts

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.

Watercolor collage workshop

Angelo with two abstract pieces

Jeni Bate teaching

Jeni teaching

Watercolor collage workshop

Cherry and Chaleen with abstract and representational artworks.

 

Rainbow Stew

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.

 

A new venue.

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.

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