Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This was the second conference I have attended put on by this department and they both have been outstanding AND Free! I highly recommend that everyone go to http://www.florida-arts.org/ and register to receive quarterly notices for everything from these types of conferences to calls to artists. So easy!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I painted the "Florida Cracker House" during the Heart of Florida Plein Air Paint Out this past April. This is a pioneer home just down the street from the Wood and Swink Post Office and Country Store in Evinston. If you havn't visited there you should. Evinston is just north of MacIntosh off Hwy 441.
My show schedule is beginning to fill up already. As I mentioned previously, my solo exhibit at Thornebrook Gallery in Gainesville will run September 5 -20. I stopped by the gallery yesterday to drop off two paintings that had been purchased by collectors who live in the area. Gallery owner, David Arrighi, allows me to leave paintings with him, making it easier for those in the area to pick them up there, instead of traveling to Ocala. I took this opportunity to discuss the upcoming show, refresh my memory about the space and have a better idea about how many and what sized paintings I will need.
October brings three juried Festivals I have applied for: Thornebrook Mall-Oct. 4-5, Winter Park Oct. 11-12 and Ocala Oct. 25-26. Also, if I can split myself in two there is the Invitational Crescent Beach Plein Air Event Oct. 21-25.
Disney Festival of the Masters is November 7-9. And I just received a call yesterday from the A.E. Backus Gallery in Ft. Pierce inviting me to exhibit November 25 - Jan. 3, 2009.
In addition to building my collection for these shows I have several commissions I need to finish. As you see, the work never ends. Remember the old saying "a person never works a day in their life if they are doing something they love". Wow! I sure am lucky!!!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Classic Florida - MacIntosh
The Heart of Florida Plein Air Paint Out was outstanding. I highly recommend this event as THE one to see. The quality of art produced during the event is some of the best plein air paintings out there...and to actually WATCH the artists create these master pieces is extraordinary. If you would like to know about the next one email me. My painting Classic Florida was done during the paint out.
The Elliot Museum exhibit was also first class. The OUT OF HAND ARTISTS SALON had been invited to exhibit as a group. The art ranged from my Florida landscapes painted in oil, to equine paintings by Sharon Crute and Moe Hahn, portraits by Merrill Andersen, and landscapes and still life paintings by Nancy Moskovitz and Mary Verrandeaux. If you did not get a chance to see this show let me know, when we have another group show I will send you the Where and When.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
2441-6D NW 43 Street
Gainesville, Florida 32606
I still invite people to visit my studio in Ocala to see paintings and make purchases. The Gainesville gallery just makes it more convenient for those of you in that area to see my new work.
Friday, June 6, 2008
I have to be on the road by 3PM heading for Deland. The Museum of Florida Art Bienniel Artists Reception is this evening from 5PM-7PM. My painting Southern Skies was juried into the show!
Having filled you in on all that let me tell you about April:
April was one of my very busiest months starting off with the Sante Fe Community College Spring Arts Festival. This is usually a great show with good weather, but we had rain on and off all weekend with the show closing mid-afternoon on Sunday.
I had a couple of days to recover before the Heart of Florida Plein Air Invitational Event began on the following Friday (April 11-18). Annie Pais and Stewart Thomas once again put on an outstanding event; hundreds of people came out to watch the artists and BUY paintings, enjoyed hay rides to the various locations on private farms and ate great, locally prepared southern cooking in the Evinston Town Park next to the Wood and Swink Post Office and Store. Go to my web site to see a few of my paintings I created during the week. If you can't pick them out email me and I will tell you which ones they are and where they were painted.
I was invited to exhibit at the Elliott Museum in Stuart. Because I was at the paint out another artist in the show - fabulous equine artist Sharon Crute - delivered my paintings to the museum for me along with her own work. As luck would have it, the Museum Artist Reception was Friday night (April 18) in addition to the Heart of Florida Artist Reception the same night and time in Gainesville at the Thomas Center. I could not be in two places at once so, I opted to attend the paint out reception. I had to be in Tallahassee early Saturday morning for the Under the Oaks Art Festival and it was closer to travel from Gainesville than Stuart.
There is lots more to tell, but the lawn mower is calling me. I will continue the saga on Sunday and add in a few photos.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I have had a delightful day. Both of my adult sons called and sang Happy Birthday to me (tradition in our family). My husband called from Albuquerque (on a bowling tournament jaunt) and sang, but more importantly told me where to find my gift! My wonderful daughter-in-law came over with the grandchildren and we all swam in the pool. Now I am getting ready for them to pick me up and take me to dinner! Things could not be more perfect.
I will be back here tomorrow to fill you in on last April's shows.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
If you are wondering what I have been doing here it goes:
March 1-2, I was in Ft. Pierce for the A. E. Backus Fine Art Festival. Because Beanie Backus was my friend and mentor for many years I always participate in everything that honors his memory and outstanding work.
Monday, March 3, I headed to Apopka for the week long Wekiva State Park Invitational Plein Air Event. I had a great time painting and visiting with many artist friends I had not seen in a while. Linda Blondheim, Elizabeth Ferber and I shared a cabin which quickly became the place to be each evening after it became to dark to paint. And of course, Larry Moore suggested s'mores around the roaring campfire, so off went Peter Carolyn to get all the necessary supplies.
We all gained about 10 pounds each that night.
Here are two of the paintings I did that week.
I could not stay the entire week at Wekiva because Thursday March 6, I headed to Vero Beach for the three day Under the Oaks Fine Art Festival, March 7-9.
Then back down to Ft. Pierce March 28 to attend the artists reception at the Backus Gallery. My very good friend Susan Cassens was exhibiting her work for the first time! I HAD to be there!!!
Tomorrow I will fill you in on my April schedule: two more festival shows, two paint outs and a museum exhibit.