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June 2010

Once in a Blue Moon

IMG_5706It isn't very often I get to participate in two art shows in one month or have the fun of celebrating two openings of the same show!  This month, however, it seems I will have the double pleasures twice!

First, on Monday, a number of artists and other interested folks gathered at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center to see my paintings from Petrified Forest National Park and to talk about Artist-in-Residence Programs. 

Here are some links I shared on Monday: The National Park Service Artist-in-Residence ProgramTransArtists, and Res Artis.  What fun it is, to explore these sites, and see how many opportunities exist for artists in this country and all over the world!  

After the first wave of educationally-oriented folks drifted away, a whole new crowd came in and we started the party all over again.  Thanks, everyone, for coming!

Next up, this Friday, an opening of a show by Juneau's Plein Rain Painters We're having a group show at the Canvas Gallery and we're celebrating with two openings.  The first will be our "soft" opening, Friday, July 2nd, and then on Friday, July 9th, we'll have another to coincide with a city-wide Second Friday.

I've posted my paintings for this show in the 2010 Canvas/Plein Rain photo album on this page.  Thanks so much, as always, for your interest in my work!

Thank You, Teddy!

IMG_4919Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt and other like-minded conservationists, our country has a wealth of National Parks preserving wilderness and historic sites that otherwise could easily have been lost forever.  What joy, to visit these enchanted places, to see the beauty that was once all around us, and to know these sanctuaries exist to protect flower, bird and beast, and every tree and rock, from the ravages of human expansion and development.

Thanks to a great Artist-in-Residence program sponsored by our National Parks, I spent a few weeks last fall focused exclusively on painting in Petrified Forest National Park.  Petrified Forest is small treasure, not much more than 25 miles end to end, but full of delights.  Traveling from north to south you can visit the Badlands, the historic Painted Desert Inn, archeological sites with petroglyphs and pueblos, and, of course, the Petrified Forest, a desert landscape littered with fallen tree trunks turned to stone in every shade of the rainbow.


On Monday, June 28th, I'll be showing my desert paintings and sharing what I've learned about the AIR program at the Arts Roundtable at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, from 5 to 7pm.  My paintings will be on display in the JACC Gallery for one day only; I hope you can stop by!

Check out the photo album to your left for a preview of the show.