Sunday, October 26, 2008
I went to the Dayton Art Institute today to see their exhibit "Children in American Art". Boston Museum of Fine Art loaned 46 paintings to create this exhibit of children in the 18th and 19th century. There were paintings by American artist such as: John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Frank Weston Benson, James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent plus a few others. My mom, my friends and I enjoyed the exhibit very much. It was interesting to see the different interpretations and painting styles from those eras. In some of the earlier works (ie. 18th century) the children looked older then they were. I know how hard it is to make a baby or young child look their age, but a few of these portraits were harsh or the heads were too large with lots of large shoulders. Yet, they painted with meticulous detail on the lace of the hats and clothes, fringe on curtains, the carpeting design and objects around the children. Being a Sargent and Cassatt fan, I was not disappointed with the entries represented. DAI also had a nice little video on Mary Cassatt. I was also impressed with the two Frank W. Benson's. I really liked the one of a girl in a white dress. As always with this era, I am blown away with the way materials are painted. You just feel the satin, ribbons, lace and velour with your eyes. As with the little girl in the white dress, I felt like I could feel her deep brown tights as their thickness contrasted with her cotton white dress. This exhibit is well done and I hope anyone in the southwest Ohio/Tri-state area takes the time to see this exhibit before it ends January 4, 2009.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
As I told you in my last post, I entered our local exhibition, Java, Jazz n' Art. I was excited to participate because John Ruthven was the judge (JohnRuthvenArt.com). I thought that a nationally known artist judging my paintings would be so cool. Little did I dream that he would take notice of my work. But, notice he did and I won "Best of Show" for the river theme category as my watercolor, "Two Men and and a Barge" was chosen. I have to admit that my emotions have been on a high for the past 24 hours. I am grateful, surprised, honored, and humbled all at the same time. This is my first time to win an award and technically my first sale. WOW is all I can say. There were around 43 artists (professional, hobbyists and high school) with 11o paintings entered. We entered our work into categories of either River theme or an Open theme. Along with paintings in many mediums, there were mosaics, pottery, fabric art, mixed media and painted furniture. All these pieces were displayed among four businesses. The day's weather was perfect as was the walk to view all these exquisite examples of art in our corner of Ohio. The last stop was our new gallery, Freedom House Gallery, where many of their commissioned artists participated. The other "Best of Show" winner for the Open Category, Ann Geise, is a member here. Ann's entry "Rocky Run" is to the right. As people strolled our village and enjoyed the exhibition they saw the village of New Richmond's shops, restaurants, galleries and listened to music in the park. For the committee that organized this event, they did an awesome job and could not have had a better day for all the patrons that visited. My "Art Buddies" from the Legendary Art Group, Sharon Leonard and Dodie Loewe, were also in the show. I was so proud of their entries in the exhibition and I am a huge admirer of their work. Dodie also was on the committee that planned and produced this event. Another person I admire is Mary Mark. She too was on the committee and entered work in the exhibit. Below from left to right is Sharon Leonard, Dodie Loewe and Mary Mark's entries. I was in good company :-) Gaylynn
Monday, October 6, 2008
I got the painting in my last post back from the framers. She did an awesome job. So it is ready to be entered in the exhibition for this weekend. While at my framer (Frame of Mind in New Richmond) we talked about the exhibition. I wanted to know how many of those participating were professional artist, i.e. they have sold their work. I think I and the high school students are the only ones who have not. So my excitement to be among the professionals and to be judged by renowned wildlife artist, John Rutheven (www.JohnRuthvenArt.com). I am humbled and honored. Friday evening is the opening reception and distribution of prizes. The paintings (in all media) and photography will be shown through out several businesses. The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday only. This is the first time that the village has put on an art exhibition. And, yes it will help bring business to the village. Hopefully, it will help those in the exhibit too. I will tell you all about the exhibition next time. Gaylynn