Monday, October 27, 2008

My Vacation

Eight days with my husband driving south to Washington DC, we visited several galleries and the National Museum of Women in the Arts and then to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. We went there specifically to see Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities. This exhibition alone was worth the trip. I've been to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Sante Fe numerous times as well as most of the major exhibits of her work on the east coast in the last 30 years and I saw several "new-to-me" paintings. The parallels between these two friends working at the same time in different parts of the southwest were surprising. This exhibit continues through January 4, 2009 (and it's free). Also at the museum is Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth which we both liked immensely; images from her series National Champion Trees and wonderful color works of songbirds being held by people - only until Nov 9.

We loved this museum so much we went back the next day. The National Portrait Gallery shares the same building and we spent hours looking at Women of Our Time; 75 Twentieth Century Photographs...included some very enlightening reading - click on link for web exhibition.

We finally tore ourselves away from DC and headed to Chincoteague/ Assateague refuge and National Seashore. That's where I did this small plein air painting, looked at ponies and birds, sketched for hours, read some, sat on the beach lots and generally acted like I was on vacation.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Local Talent"

Glenburn Township 4th Annual Show and Sale is going on right now through December 11. 9-noon Monday through Thursdays. It's not often that a township gets lucky enough to have Joanne Benson as an employee. She's turned the historic and beautifully renovated train station into a community center for art. She has found room on the walls for over 80 pieces of local art this year.
And she finds time to paint, too, as can be seen in her lovely featured watercolor "Anemones." The township supervisors and Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Municipality Grant have supported her efforts. So has Patsel's Restaurant.

Just goes to show what can be done in a community that wants and welcomes art.

570-563-1177 for directions and info.

My painting Narrow Gouge Again that is featured on the cover of the Artists' Open House Weekend brochure is on view, but not for sale, at "Local Talent." Also Clouds Roll In is there and it is for sale along with many wonderful oils, watercolors, acrylics, prints, photographs by other local artists.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Artists' Open House Weekend-12th annual

October 11, 12 & 13 is a great time to visit over 26 artists in their studios from one end of Susquehanna County (northeastern Pennsylvania) to the other. Award winning potters, carvers, woodworkers, clay artists, painters, collage makers, printmakers, photographers will be ready to welcome you to our beautiful rural area. Penn's Woods are putting on quite a show of their own. You can pick up a map brochure at many local businesses, any of the studios or download one here.

This is a free, self-guided driving tour to about 20 studios. Some of these studios are only open at this one time of year. It is a rare chance to see work before it goes on to a gallery or National exhibit. The artists enjoy showing their work in person and talking about the process of inspiration and technique. Monday is demonstration day and most everyone will be demonstratins an aspect of their craft.

I will be doing a watercolor demo at 11 and a pastel demo at 2pm here at my studio. Please stop by. Follow the pink arrows.

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