I enjoy participating in themed exhibits when the theme relates to my work; it's fun to see the variety of viewpoints on the subject and how my entry contributes. Curators Megan Somerville-Loomis and Ted Loomis of ArtEAST have chosen one of my paintings along with 27 others for an exhibit that explores clouds-- "Mirroring our own brief journeys, clouds’ temporal existence reflects our dreams and drives our imagination."
I helped the curators to install the artworks in Blakely Hall, community center of the Issaquah Highlands, about 30 minutes east of Seattle. With diversity in size, media and mood, it was a challenge, but the final arrangement complements the works. There will be a reception with live music, a poetry reading based on the paintings, and a talk on creativity by Obadinah Heavner on Saturday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be up until March 14. For more information, go to ArtEAST.
At left: Pirouette, oil on canvas, 40" x 24"
Feeling the unusually tropical heat in Seattle this summer? Visit the Coastal Kitchen restaurant in Capitol Hill for their Caribbean Seas Tour and some spicy seafood. To go along with the currently featured island region's menu, the restaurant's curator chose three of my paintings for an exhibit decorating the dining rooms. The works will be hanging through November 8, 2015. The popular restaurant is located at 429 15th Avenue East. Go to Coastal Kitchen for more information.
I will be exhibiting a small group of recent paintings at Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle for the month of March, along with featured artist and fellow landscape painter Christine Gedye. The paintings are part of my ongoing investigation into the border between reality and imagination as it applies to nature scenes, and some technical experimentation in color and texture. The dream, daydream, meditation, or fleeting thought at the edge of perception can paradoxically put us more in touch with our surroundings. I am particularly interested in what happens in the transition from daylight to dark and the effects of low light on vision. In some of the compositions I represented this phenomena with a violet underpainting (a hue that can easily shift from warm red to cool blue), which inspired the title The Violet Hour.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the exhibit will be up until March 29. For more information go to Fountainhead Gallery.
Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle has its annual holiday season group show up this month. Titled "Glancing Back, Moving Forward," the exhibit showcases works chosen by director Sue Peterson from previous shows by 25 long-term and new gallery artists. My paintings "Murmur and Sigh" and "Florida Landscape with Rocket Launch" are hanging. There was a nice opening reception on December 6 with several of the artists in attendance, and the exhibit will be on view until January 25. It's a nice show, stop by and see it! For more information, go to www.FountainheadGallery.com.
In the earlier months of this year, 2014, I had a one-person exhibit at the Edisto Island Museum in Edisto, South Carolina. This was an exciting project for me, preparing and shipping fourteen paintings to this small museum located on the scenic island home of my forebears. The Museum Director, Board members and visitors were appreciative and complimentary about the results.
Here in Seattle, I was invited by an artist/curator friend to exhibit several works along with a small group of artists at Gallery 4500 in the University District. In late summer I exhibited a specially-created a painting (at right) on the theme of the struggle for women's reproductive rights, for the invitational show titled "Who Did She Think She Was?" at the Toshiro Kaplan Building in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
I will post an announcement as soon as I have my next exhibit scheduled. In the meantime, you may see examples of my work at Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle.
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