I am claiming summer to be officially over here today. A heavy soaking rain is upon us at last. A good day to catch up on things indoors. I was lucky to enjoy seeing my work in two separate galleries this summer. The first was a group reunion show of former Åarhus members held at Bett's Gallery in Belfast where I showed six smaller works on paper done over the past year. A group of my larger oil paintings went up to Blue Hill Maine to hang at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Most of the pieces I sent up there were done in a frenzied but joyful period of focus (I just love when that happens) in the 8 weeks leading up to the show.
Here are a few of my faves:
I was so pleased to see both exhibits and hope that those who got to see them enjoyed the work too-here are a couple of installation views- the show remains up through Columbus Day Weekend.
After sending both child #1 AND child #2 both (eeep!) off to college this fall, I had a mini adventure on Star Island in the beginning of September. My friend Jen joined me on a three day workshop with the artist Kim Bernard, where we worked on things like presentation skills, resume building, portfolios and artist statements. It was good preparation for the coming fall. Star Island is a magical place halted in time and if you get a chance to attend a retreat or workshop out there I wholly recommend it- and schedule and extra day for yourself!
Now after a brief hiatus I am heading back into the studio to make some new work for an upcoming show at the AVA gallery in Lebanon, NH. This show will be particularly fun to prepare for as I have my own space in the AVA and can decide what to hang where. I used to live right around the corner from there so it feels a little like going back home. I'll be working on an artist's talk for that one- more on the preparations later.