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Love Song from the Sea

Currently hanging in the “Haiku” exhibit at the Firehall Gallery in the historic Charles Town Arts District.  The original is created in oil and cold wax, a fascinating, infinitely layered process which can incorporate a variety of media.  I created this painting in response to the poetry of the sea, specifically the Atlantic Ocean off Assatateague Island while I was camping and developing “Picture Wild Ponies.”

The asemic writing reminded me of a love letter.  I love Wikipedia’s definition of anemic writing:  “Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means ‘having no specific semantic content’, or ‘without the smallest unit of meaning’. With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.

Moonswept in Tide’s swell

Susurrant asemia

Love song from the Sea

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“The Expressive Equine” Exhibit Walk Through

I just finished hanging “The Expressive Equine” in the new Jefferson Arts Council space.  This is the first time they have been hung as a “herd.”  It’s so much fun to see them galloping across the walls together!  I’m struck at once by both the evolution of style and technique over the past few years, and the exuberant spirit that is core to each canvas….

Stop in and visit!  (Masks, distancing and hand sanitizer required.)

 

 

 

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Appalachian Pastel League Online Exhibition

Though galleries are closed due to Covid, the intrepid Appalachian Pastel League transcended lockdown in the online show, “Emergence!”  I entered several paintings from the “Picture Wild Ponies” project.  “Forest Flight”  won it’s division! I’m so thrilled and honored!

Click here to enjoy the exhibit, and here to view the judge’s thoughtful and thorough commentary.

“Forest Flight” Pastel on Uart

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BAC Member’s Show Walk-Through

Yippeeee!  Back in the gallery and it felt soooo good.  We hung the members’ show masked and distanced, but together for the first time since the lockdown began. The exhibit includes art in a wide variety of media.  It’s definitely worth the trip to see it in person! Check the Berkeley Art Works website for hours.  Masks and distancing required.

 

 

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“Art for the Animals” Opening

Terrific fun at the Art for the Animals Reception in Hagerstown , MD!

I ended up talking Halflingers to a fellow artist/equestrian.  We just barely managed to NOT bring home Idgie the amazingly adorable (and adoptable!) spokespuppy for For Otis’ Sake, the beneficiary of the fundraiser.  My pieces were enthusiastically received, with a lot of buzz particularly around my goofy giraffe.  I LOVE the frame Howard’s chose for my “Marsh Morning!” Sorry for the angle and the glare-they hung it waaaay up there!

People’s choice voting goes through October 13, so stop in, enjoy walls of art, bid and vote! Join us for the nailbiting silent auction finish and “tail end” reception and awards ceremony on October 20 at 1256 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, MD.

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Art for the Animals Drop-off

Varnish may still be drying on 2 of the pieces, but I met my goal of completing submissions for Art for the Animals.

This year all proceeds go to “For Otis’ Sake” whose mission is “to save at-risk dogs by pulling them from overcrowded and under-funded rural animal control and shelter facilities nationwide.” They also work with homeless cats.  Their web home is https://forotissake.org.  Hit up https://www.howardsarts.com/events/afta-openingreception2017-9z3lz for more details on AftA and the Silent Auction.

 

 

 

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Honorable Mention at Eastern WV!

 

The Gifting Tree

48×24 Photographic triptych on canvas

Juror Gary Bergel talks about the selection process

I was one of the few artists who had more than one piece accepted.  #NoToxicRockwool also became an official image for the citizen action group, Jefferson County Vision!

#NoToxicRockwool

8×8 Acrylic on Board