New Group Exhibit “Animal House” Opens June 4!

May 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Its incredibly flattering to be invited to participate in a group exhibit. Of course, I immediately agreed to participate in “Animal House” an exhibit about animals organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC (near Charlotte). And its nearly time for opening night!

The exhibit is an assortment of artist’s using a variety of techniques in their depictions of animals. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, handmade dyed rugs, quilting and painted x-rays will all be featured. You can preview participating artists by clicking here.

I submitted smaller pieces at a price point of less than $500 each. I always hope to sell a few to recover my expenses, so fingers crossed! The exhibit runs through July  26. Let me know if you’re able to see the show!

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Animal House – New Group Exhibit Opening in June!

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m not posting about John Belushi and that hilarious movie (love the zit – classic). Instead, I’m thrilled to post fun news and an upcoming opportunity to be in another group exhibit this spring – Animal House.

The Cabarrus Art Council of Concord NC (near Charlotte) extended an invitation to participate with several other artists whose work incorporates – what else – animals!

I’m currently in the midst of developing about six new pieces – horses, a puppy (because I haven’t painted enough of these so far this year) and perhaps a few more exotic representatives of the animal kingdom. I’m thinking a llama may surface for this show.

I’ll post more as the show nears and as I complete paintings. Meanwhile, mark your calendar – Animal House opens June 4 and runs through July 26. Read more about the exhibit and the Cabarrus Art Council and their good deeds for visual artists on their website!

If You Love Dogs and Horses, You’re in the Right Place!

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

The “Dog Show” exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 has had such terrific response, the gallery has extended the show a few more months. I’ve been fortunate and sold two paintings to date, so I’ve created two new, smaller pieces, to ship to the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. I’ve been painting dogs for months, and have not yet tired of the subject.

I could paint a million paintings of horses and still have more in mind to create. I’ve also finished two new horse paintings destined for various galleries and hopefully someone’s home.

Its a year of four-legged subject matter, next project? Painting for another group exhibit opening in June. The exhibit theme? “Animals” (of course).

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“Dog Show” Opening Night at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery – A Blast!

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s so much fun attending an art opening. Each opening is a milestone at the end of a long road of joyful work. Each painting looks completely different when framed and hanging under good lighting.  Sometimes I barely recognize my own work on display. After all, I’m used to it pinned to my wall or on my table with a cat lying on the corner tapping at my brush.

I have six pieces in the show that include “Alex”, the portrait of my wonderful, black Lab painted about six years ago just before he died.  The other pieces are a couple sleeping in bed with their dogs, two pieces about fox hunting with packs of hounds (and horses), behind the scenes at a dog show and gratuitous puppies.

I enjoy openings. It’s interesting to speak with people and hear their input. All of these positive points accentuated for this particular opening by the location – the beautiful Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville. The Gallery is an old, 3 story brick building with wonderfully squeaky wood floors and open ceilings with exposed duct work. They do a great job of marketing artists and openings so no surprise by the huge crowds in attendance.

Several family friends were able to make the opening including; Pat and Bob Stanford (friends and collectors of my work), Dick and Jackie Krupp (family friends) and Shirley Saxton and Jay (nursing school friends of mom’s).  I had a chance to speak with several other artists. So many of us work in isolation, it’s wonderful to meet and greet at an event and learn about other’s work, inspirations and techniques.

There were actually 3 shows opening simultaneously – “Dog Show” on the first floor. What an incredible array of work! A metal artist created life size dogs from horseshoes and metal strips. Other artist’s created dog silhouettes from found objects. An amazing quilter pieced together patterned fabrics into amazing colorful scenes incorporating dogs.

On the ground floor, the “New Year, New Artists, New Works” exhibit. This was the show in which I previously participated five years ago. One artist made gigantic bugs that cast frightful shadows (and were creepy in a wonderful way), there were about a dozen beautiful abstract paintings that were stunning.

Finally in the new gallery wing an exhibit of vessels – cups and pots. I love pottery and am amazed by the colors and textures created by glazes. I bought a small cup from an Athens, GA potter and I can’t take my eyes off the beautiful glaze colors.

So thank you Jordan Ahlers and the folks of Blue Spiral 1 Gallery for an opportunity to participate in “Dog Show”. The exhibit runs through Feb 25. Hope you have a chance to see it!

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Only a Few Weeks until “Dog Show” Opens!

December 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m so excited about the pieces I’m working on for the Dog Show opening January 5 at the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville. This weekend, I took the first two paintings to the frame shop while I continue working on three more. The announcements will be mailed soon and I was thrilled that one of my pieces “Sleepers” is included as a featured image. You may wish to read older blog posts that document the development of “Sleepers”.

Hope some of you can attend the opening. The show includes about 20 artists and a vast array of mediums and techniques. It will be a lot of fun! Hope to see you there but if you can’t make it, I’ll post a ton of pictures afterward.

Going to the Dogs – Upcoming Exhibit!

June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

I know I’ve been posting a lot about horses. Horses are a huge part of my life, so I guess its natural. But I promise to change the topic from horses to dogs right now!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited back to Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville for a group exhibit in 2012 (dates tbd). The group show theme? Dogs, of course!

I’ll be working this summer preparing for the show. I’ve been asked to provide 3-5 pieces and I hope to experiment with composition, size and medium. I’ll post dates and names of the other artists when they become available. I will not post any of the pieces until after the exhibit – but I hope that some of you will make it to the gallery opening to see all the works in person.

I last exhibited at Blue Spiral 1 in 2006. I was one of 5-6 artist whose works were presented in the gallery’s annual “New Artists, New Works, New Year” exhibit. It was a great experience. I love the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery and am grateful to be asked back.

Hope to see you at the show!

Guest Speaker at the Alpha Arts Guild

February 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had an opportunity to be the guest speaker at the Alpha Arts Guild last night. What a great group of artists and art patrons. I was excited to learn of the group, right in my own back yard!

I spoke about my struggles trying to be an artist. Every artist struggles whether trying to work out a composition or trying to find time to paint or trying to figure out how and where to sell work. I shared my personal encounters with struggle from college through today. Decisions I’ve made with regard to style, subject matter, the business aspect of art, avenues for marketing work and how I’ve tried to balance it with day to day life and responsibilities.

As a group, the Alpha Arts Guild is a force of talented people working as a group to encourage patronage and support of the visual arts in our community. If you’d like to learn more, please visit their brand new website: I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other artists, neighbors and am grateful for the opportunity to share my story.

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