The Shrine Auction is Open!

Over 25 artists have contributed stunning pieces to the 4th  Gallery of Hope online auction to benefit the street children of Oaxaca, Mexico.  I am honored to be included with these remarkable, talented and caring individuals this year.  The website is now available for viewing and registration and the bidding lasts a short week so waste no time.  Please read browser notes at bottom of this post if you have trouble accessing the link.

“Imagine a virtual gallery teaming with  love, compassion, inspiration, kindness and joy.   A gallery where each offering was created with the intention of making a bright difference in the lives of others.  Please join our efforts and help us transform hope into reality for children in need”.

Rebecca Brooks, founder of the Gallery of Hope

The Gallery of Hope Shrine Auction is open for registration and viewing June 1-4 and for bidding  June 5-12

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Woods in the Desert

Joshua Tree, California ~ Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree is opening for the new season this Saturday, September 25 with an evening artist reception starting at 6 pm. Featuring new collections by Mike Smiley, Wally Pacholka, Robert Arnett, Mita Markland Barter, Rik Livingston, John Greenfield, Scott Monteith, Bonnie Brady and Ed Keesling.

The artists will be showing new pieces as a ‘sneak preview’ of what you may see at their studio during next month’s Hwy 62 Art Tours.
“Come enjoy the evening, art and goodies from Ricochet Gourmet”,
says Andy Woods, owner of The Woods gallery

MitaBee Wall at Woods in the Desert

Woods in the Desert Art Gallery is located at 61325 Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy) Suite D, Joshua Tree. After the reception on Saturday, the gallery will be open Tue-Sat 9-5, 760-399-7075.

Bakersfield Museum of Art Show

Visual Arts Festival opens 9-9-10

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.

Medocino County Offerings

Tierra, a combination gallery, wine tasting room and relaxing garden is exhibiting several of my pieces during the late summer and fall.   This eclectic shop is located in Ukiah,  a quintessential Northern California town protected by encircling coastal ranges, and cradled  in the Yokayo valley in southern Mendocino County.

Located at 312 North School Street, you can reach Tierra by phone at 707-468-7936

In the Nest

These are some of my pieces displayed at Nest in Paradise, California.   This charming little gallery and gift store  is tucked away, off the main drag at 770 Birch Street. Phone: 530-876-8170.

Paradise is nestled in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and sits astride a ridge top with elevations ranging from 2,000 to 2,800 feet above the valley floor.  A lovely and cool get away from the Sacramento Valley below, Paradise is a great setting for antique shops and small galleries.

Summertime

Not a yet a piece, but pieces of possiblity

Back from a road trip and  trying to get the creative juices flowing again.  I have two northern california shops/galleries that would like to show my work and I need start “making stuff”.  Picked up lots of lovely objects along the way that are just begging to be reborn.   Old photographs without a story.  Discarded books without a final chapter.  Castoffs without purpose.  I am inspired to find what once was lost and give it a home in my art.  And so it begins……………….

The Beginning

Found a set of discarded Walter Scott volumes on the side of the road in Los Osos, California while walking with Courtney and Don Carlos.  The covers were beginning to disintegrate in the ocean air and the pages were brittle with age. The soft muted colors whispered to me, “take us all”, I took two.

Allen and I are having sharing the walls of a small local gallery this March.    The Glass Out House  Gallery is on Thunder Road about 5 miles east of Twentynine Palms.  Located in the Wonder Valley area of the Mojave Desert, the gallery was a rabbit farm in a former life.  With the vision of  the owner, Laurel Sidel, and the hard work of Robyn Goudy it was transformed into a small but magical venue for sharing art.   Allen will exhibit his large mixed media figures and I will share my small assemblages.  So many Alice in Wonderland connections made it necessary for us to reference  that in our invitation…….  Please join us for the opening reception March 6, 2010 from 1-5

Show runs March 2nd- March 21

Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 1-5