First of three. These were painted together – small panels that would fit between doors in a hallway. However, I’ve hung them together in the booth and some people have considered they would make a nice triptych.
This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of showing work at the Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church. My mixed media paintings will be in the small meeting room and in the sanctuary during all of September.
Kim Clements is the curator, and Nancy Miehle of the Chaparral Artist was there and helped me set up the show. While I was there I smelled gas coming from the stove in the kitchen. The handyman was summoned and we could feel and hear that the oven was on a little, so he shut the gas off at the mains because we couldn’t move the huge stove to look for the leak. Hopefully I’ve staved off a disaster.
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.
One of the silliest things I didn’t do on Wednesday when Christine Lamb was setting up her half of our show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery was to take some photos of her half of the gallery. Yesterday at our reception I corrected that.
We had a two-person bad perform for us Hunter and the Wick’d for the afternoon and had quite a few people drop by, or come in from the advertising.
I sold two small paintings and Christine sold some earrings and a clock.
I really fell for this little gallery and was quite jazzed to have been offered a last-minute show due to a cancellation. The artist who was to have been at this show turned up. She had cancelled because she had torn her rotator cuff on the side she uses a crutch – double whammy. She was doing a lot better now and is looking forward to showing at another time.
I also got to meet Jaymie Arquilevich with whom it’s planned I’ll have a 2-artist show in 2018.
I was accepted to have a month-long solo show in what is considered an ‘alternative’ space – i.e. not a regular gallery. This is the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. It’s quite an active center with a pretty full schedule of activities. When I arrived to hang my work, Darla, my handler – said there had been some dissent over the time of my hanging because they were setting up for an indoor yardsale on Friday.
That was the bad news, the good news being that lots* of people would see my work. Right behind the yardsale items. I had to stand on the tables and tiptoe between the partially completed display of yardsale items to hang my work. Fortunately I did not stand on the hands of the lady below me trying to arrange items while I trod between them.
Then there’s space on the other wall for two large paintings. Here, my progress was hampered by the fact that a yoga class was in session and I had to wait until they’d finished before we could put the last two paintings up.
Yes, there’s going to be a lot* of people who see my work in the next month!
I’m always open to shows in unusual spaces. I had the opportunity to show work in this church and had a silly thing happen when I went to set it up. I had agreed to meet one of the deacons, David, at 9am on the appointed day.
I arrived with 10 minutes to spare, so parked in the parking lot and got out and went round the church and confirmed he was not there – all doors were locked and mine was the only vehicle in the lot. So I waited. And waited.
Half an hour later I started to get concerned so I called him. It turned out he had approached the church from the other side, parked round the corner where I couldn’t see his truck, didn’t look to see if I was in the main parking lot, unlocked the church and was also waiting patiently but beginning to get a little concerned. Oh well. But then we had a bit of a rush as I had to be elsewhere later, and I forgot to take photos of the setup.
Yesterday, Doug and I went to the church service – it being the only Sunday during my show that I wasn’t at a show. Now I get to show you the show. I got to meet a lot of people, talked about the possibility of teaching some classes at their location, and once again, I forgot to take pics of the two in the sanctuary.
I loved the painting that ended up as this one and ‘Splashing Around’. It was one of the harder ones to cut up because it came out so well, and the two resulting children are ones I will be sorry to see go to their forever homes.