My strong association with the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – I teach there, curate about a third of the year’s shows and sit on the advisory committee – goes back pretty much to its inception 7 years ago. For August Rick didn’t have a theme he wanted to work on and I couldn’t find another artist so I had to fill the walls myself. I had lost track of the years, but the reception is going to be the 7th Anniversary of the Vanguard. A few special items will be scheduled, including a mini petting zoo with some rabbits and birds, and probably Rick will come up with some other things between now and then – then being August 11th 5-7pm. In the mean time, here’s the show wall of the gallery.
“Heartrise” is one for the raising of the saddened soul – the words are written first on a lower heart, then on a couple higher ones. It was one that I thought was appropriate for the competition “Gateway to Imagination” for which it is entered. I won’t find out if it is accepted until late August, though.
#1355 Heartrise. Mixed media on panel, 12×9″. The words painted into it are: “My heart rises each dawn into possibility”
On May 1st, I hung the month’s show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. I’d had a short lead-time to select an artist and this time there were quite a few people I asked that weren’t able to put a show together in time. I was concerned until I called Raini Armstrong, and it seemed like the dates for take-in, reception and pick-up fit together so perfectly, it was just meant to be. I met Raini and first saw her work at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley. She and I ‘hung’ together on more than one occasion there, and it was my pleasure to have her at Vanguard. The show will be up all month, and if you’re in the area, the reception will be 4-6pm on May 12th.
I never could see the man in the moon, except when the Apollo program was running. And yes, I’m old enough to remember it – but also young enough to have wished that I’d been ten years older to better appreciate it.
I always saw the rabbit in the moon. So, I decided to paint it, seeing as I had an aging bucket of gesso and some craft paints that needed to be used or lost. I thought it would be good to get this done while it was still cool enough to paint outside, and I just got finished in time. The sad part is that whether or not anyone is happy with it, it’s now going to be too hot to paint outside in the light, so Salton City is stuck with this one until October.