An abundance of good friends, new friends, art patrons, curiosity seekers, fellow artists, and wanderers showed up for our Annual Open Studio Art Tours Event the end of October. It was a homecoming, of sorts, since Allen and I were in Detroit marrying off our youngest during the 2011 Hwy 62 Art Tours. My new direction of small canvases was well received, in fact I sold several, and my large canvas was the topic of much discussion. Fellow artist, Deborah Martin, gave me the canvas with a challenge to work large and after staring at it for a month, I took the first brush to canvas . I was pleasantly surprised with the result and at the feeling of “opening up” that working on a larger piece gave me , physically as well as artistically. If you are interested in seeing it in person, I entered in the Southland Show currently hanging at theTwentynine Palms Art Gallery.
September 9 – November 21, 2010
Visual Arts Festival “Vessels”
A wide variety of interesting and compelling artworks will go on display September 9 when the Bakersfield Museum of Art kicks off the annual Visual Arts Small Works Festival. The exhibits open with a reception on September 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. The opening is free to members, $10 for non-members. Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Using a theme of “Vessels,” the Visual Arts Festival , is a concept with a broad variety of meanings, said Curator Vikki Cruz. The artists worked with a uniform format of 12 x 12 inches or less to explore the depths of the theme. Over 150 entries were submitted for the competition from which 63 pieces from 44 artists were selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will reveal an array of styles, techniques, mediums and approaches to the theme, Cruz said.
I submitted and had accepted a piece called Open Door and it is “framed” in a rusty kipper can, complete with attached “key.