Saturday, January 22, 2011

Destination Artists Weekend and a WIP update

"DOWNTOWN ON THE RIVER", a detail, hand colored linocut, by Mary Mark, copyright 2008

Next weekend, Jan. 29-30/2011, is Destination Artists Weekend in New Richmond, OH. It is a little river town east of Cincinnati. The art event is the brainchild of Mary Mark and David Johnson of Lost Steeple Originals. This is her 12th Annual Art in the Church Open House. Mary specializes in art linoleum block and oil pastels. The DA website states that Mary will have the "best prices of the year" on her original handmade block prints, oil pastels, giclees and door prizes. Mary's place is 411 Walnut Street.

At Mary's home/studio she will also feature a fellow printmaking artist, Susan Naylor. Trendy's Turnaround Consignment Shop/Diner will feature Nancy Swats' hand painted gourds. Chris Plummer's woodcuts and L. J. Photography will be at the Front Street Cafe. At the Ye Olde Bag Shoppe is Pat Statzer and her quilted dolls. I will have 13 paintings at Passage Books along with Beth Zimbrodt's work. All of these shops are on Front Street, which is the street along the river (see Mary's linocut above). Maps can be picked up at any of the shops.

Maple Creek Artisan Center is east of New Richmond down US 52 just past Moscow, OH. Once there you will see a beautiful log cabin that has paintings, wood carvings, clay art, a smithy, quilts and much more.

The time for this event, on both days, is 10am - 5pm.  The Cardboard Boat Museum will be open also. It is a neat place to see all the cardboard boats that race every August in the Cardboard Regatta. Check out the Destination Artist website then come on out and enjoy our little town.

Last October, I began this painting then sat it aside to work on a commission and deal with a wedding and the holidays. We had 2 snow days this week, so I got the painting back out.

I started putting in a lot of the shadowing and trying to make some sense of the hand/fingers, toes and the sandals. Still a ways to go, but it felt good to be back in the studio.


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