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.
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.
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 owner of Rainbow Stew had been disappointed not to be able to attend my watercolor collage workshop when I held it January – she had had an emergency that needed to be taken care of. So, she rescheduled the class.
A few attended the workshop last Saturday and had a great amount of fun, each making several artworks and cards. Valerie had so much fun we promptly rescheduled for the only other mutually available weekend this year – August 19th!
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.
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.