Last night, I drove myself and two friends, Tim and Marissa, to the opening reception of the juried Holiday Exhibition at Artworks in New Bedford, MA. www.artworksforyou.org. I was and am so thankful that they wanted to take the trip with me. After all, this was a 5+ hour round trip drive through north eastern Connecticut on long, dark, country roads, through Providence, RI (a nightmare to navigate, for those that know the area), and up the coast to New Bedford. But they were troopers, and we had a lot of fun talking, laughing and singing together on the drive. So, let's get on with the show, shall we?
Here, Marissa and Tim are checking out a case of jewelry in the back room of the gallery. Surrounding them are paintings, photographs, and on the wall above, brightly glazed, ceramic fish.
The lovely model Marissa stands beside one of my four paintings they were exhibiting. They have nine of my paintings all together, but the point of the show is for buyers to take the work right off the walls when they purchase it, and not have to wait until the end of the show to pick it up. So the rest of my work is in their inventory, and there are signs all over the gallery about the extra work they have from each artist. The painting below is Untitled.
This was my favorite nook of the gallery. On the left, they hung my two paintings, Expanding I and II, beside the work of Claire Pavlik Purgus on the right that I LOVED. Tim also commented on her work, and how pleasing it was. She had another smaller painting, similar to this, with these gorgeous colored, stacked bowls. The pottery below was in a range of colors that really flowed beautifully with the other paintings. I thought it was genius curating on their part. The circular forms repeated, the connections of color and earthiness. I feel so proud to be part of this!!
Here's another shot of the main room of the gallery. There was a woman there offering her foot massaging services with a chart of all of the pressure points on our feet (just a funky, fun addition to the opening reception event). So hey, sip some wine, kick your feet up, and soak in the art that surrounds you. Sounds perfect to me!
Here is another one of my paintings, Pre Sense.
I think this was my favorite artist there. As soon as I find a link to more of her work, I'll post it here.
The exposed brick in the gallery was beautiful. What a great show! One of the artists that was exhibiting was Alice Brock - THE Alice from the famous folk song "Alice's Restaurant". Her work was delightful - I am now regretting buying one of her prints.
Afterwards, we wandered the town and found, no joke, a Mexican restaurant called No Problemo!!! It was a funky little place, great food, and we byob'd some bevys for ourselves to compliment our fine, Mexican fare. Good times... Here's me and Marissa.
Well, the night was a blast, and I want to thank my friends so much for coming along for the long, crazy ride, and making last night a night to remember! So here's something just for you guys.... love u!
Tell Jerry Daddy that his dressing is super fine, and he's welcome in the luxury sedan any time.