Thursday, July 5, 2018

"Earthly Possessions"

Eight of my drawings are currently on display at the Smithy Gallery, 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown, NY.  This is a themed show - "Earthly Possessions", as expressed by seven very different artists.  This show closes July 27, 2018 and Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and 12-5 on Sunday.  Closed on Mondays.

The Smithy is located in the oldest building in Cooperstown, NY.   It was built in 1786 by village founder, Judge William Cooper, father of the author, James Fenimore Cooper, as a blacksmith shop.  Many original features of the shop can still be seen on the first floor.  The second and third floors have been used over the years as a carriage repair shop and a masonic hall.  All three floors now form a very unique and eclectic art gallery.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Blank Notecards

I don't think I have ever posted the blank notecards I have for sale.  They are currently at Micropolis Gallery in Gloversville, LARAC gallery store in Glens Falls, Cooperstown Art Association gallery store in the Cooperstown Library and at the Mohawk Valley Art Association gallery store in Little Falls, all in New York State. They sell for $4 each.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Spring Opportunities!

2018 brought a number of interesting opportunities to show my drawings.  The Lake Placid Center for the Arts annual juried show was themed as "Flower Power" and so I needed to create a suitable drawing.  I had a lovely and inspiring reference photo of a cemetery angel surrounded by flowers.  I named this brand new piece "Remembrances".

 The Arts Factory of Montgomery County Art Show, currently on display at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library's Community Galleries.  This show is part of the Parks & Trails New York Bicentennial Celebration of the Erie Canal.  My pastel, Blue Grotto, and my colored pencil drawing, Confidants, are among the artwork on display.  I chose them to compliment the Erie Canal theme.  Here I am at the reception with my two pieces.

I was very surprised and please to be notified that my drawing, Farm Days, was chosen for the 3rd Prize Best of Show in the Drawing Category at the recent Fulton Montgomery Art Show, held at the Paul Nigra Center for the Arts.  My background is farming and my parents were farm equipment dealers so these still life items have a lot of nostalgia for me.

I was also very please to be notified that my drawing, "Playing Hookey", was chosen for Masters Division at the View Juried Art Show in Old Forge, NY.  Masters Division represents the top 10 percent of pieces at the show as determined by the artist chosen to judge the show and determine award recipients.  "Playing Hookey" is a personal favorite piece.  A whimsy image of a stern rooster teacher, his little egg pupils and one little hookey player hiding out under the bridge for the day.

Butterfly Dreams

I forgot to update my blog with a VERY nice 2017 happening.  The Paul Nigra Center for the Arts "Art of Disguise" show last winter chose my pastel drawing, "Butterfly Dreams", as their postcard advertising image.  This was a special drawing for me because it is my granddaughter, Katey, (now 16) enjoying her face-painting session at a street fair.  A sweet time to remember.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Shows

The Shirt Factory Gallery in Glens Falls, NY is presenting its sixth annual Juried Exhibition of Small Works.  The show runs from February 4 through March 24 with hours of noon to 5 pm. 

My pieces are normally relatively small so this is a show I always enter and hope to be selected for.  This year my drawing, "Hot Tub", was chosen.  This image was suggested by a collection of sea theme items on one of my windowsills.  A star fish and his sea horse friends all relaxing in a bubbly tub of marbles.

I also am showing a drawing in the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts Winter Art Show.   This gallery is located at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville, NY.  My selected piece is called "It's Not Kansas" and is a tribute to the Wonderful Wizard and the books that live on and on for children of all ages. 

A prize at Crandall! (and this and that)

My new piece, "Baby Makes Three", was recently selected as one of 5 Juror's Choice awards at the North Country Arts annual juried show at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY.  I had set myself the task of a black and white only drawing and I really liked bringing out the subtleties of the objects with only my two pencils and the mid-tone gray of the paper.

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce in downtown Gloversville, NY held a month-long exhibit of area artists and my drawings, "Playing Hookey" and "Rise and Shine", were displayed in their gallery.

Two of my drawing were shown in the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts teachers and students' show in Little Falls, NY.  "Razzle Dazzle" is an older piece that shows some of my vintage jewelry collection.  "Round Up" is a study of some western saddles at rest on a railing until the next riders climb aboard.  I hope you enjoy viewing these!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Catching up

This spring and summer, my artwork has traveled to a number of familiar places.  Here are some of them.  "Bones in the Woods" was accepted at the Adirondack Artists Guild juried show in Saranac Lake, New York.  This piece was previously created for a themed show - "Back to Nature".
Cooperstown Art Association's Regional Juried Show accepted "The Beet Goes On".  This piece was originally created for a themed show called "Full Circle" and shows the circle from seed to finished food for the table.

 A new piece, "A Night at the Opera", was accepted for "View" Juried Show in Old Forge, New York.  This one shows a froggy couple having a night of culture out on the town.  It was fun to do and I especially liked the idea of showing the foreground figures from the back and their faces reflected in the background mirror.
Don't have a photo, but a drawing of the Erie Canal ruins at Schoharie Crossing, "Portals to the Past", received an honorable mention at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts juried exhibition. 
October brought the annual Hagaman Fall Art Show.  My new black and white drawing, Baby Makes Three", received a first place ribbon in the Drawing category.  I have many interesting antique and collectable objects around my house and these two birds suggested a novel idea for a composition.  I felt that limiting myself to black and white would be an interesting project also.

"Silk Road Stroll" was accepted at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts juried show.  This piece took a VERY long time to complete and I am very proud of it and happy to see it displayed. 
A new pastel, "Butterfly Dreams", was accepted for the Paul Nigra Center for the Arts Fall Art Show, "The Art of Disguise", and was chosen as the image used for advertising the show online and on postcards.  This image was from an old photo of my granddaughter, Katey, all dolled up with a fanciful face-painting job.  The current show will run until January 10 at the Paul Nigra Center, 2736 NY Rte 30, Gloversville, New York.
Most recently, my froggy drawing, (see above) back from Old Forge, was selected for the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library juried show.  The museum/library is located at 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, New York.  The opening will be December 1 from 5-7 pm.  The show opened for viewing on November 3rd and will be on display until January 3, 2018.  My piece is in the downstairs gallery.  The other two  gallery areas are located in the library section of the building.
Thanks for taking an interest in my artwork!