Head in the Clouds: Tinman Gallery First Friday

[singlepic id=753 w=460 h=240 float=] Friday, February first brings us the first Visual Arts Tour of 2013, and with it, a rather unexpected show of new work at the Tinman Gallery.

The show is hosted by the Spokane Art School. Jodi, manager of the aforementioned school, approached me about a February show at a mid-December gathering at Kay O'Rourke's house. At that moment I was enjoying maybe a little extra of my beloved Goatmeal Stout, sporting a jester hat with holiday ornaments attached, and feeling equal to anything.

The following morning I realized I had no new work and no time to prepare. Naturally, I didn't mention this until it was far too late, and the show plan was finalized. I made up a show title,  painted a 6' oil to go with it, then made about six new pastels in record time. Nothing like a deadline for inspiration!

The new work further explores my recent themes of skies and weather, depicted with billowy and translucent hydrangea petals. Debuting with this new work will be a new, lighter and more modern presentation.

Please join me for some new art, music from Rick Singer and friends, and hopefully a little Goatmeal Stout. Here are the details:

Head in the Clouds Friday, February 1st 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tinman Gallery for Spokane Art School 811 West Garland Avenue, Spokane, WA 509-325-1500

For more images from the upcoming show, click here.

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Northwest Profiles

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KSPS Public Television will air a piece about my artwork and me on its Northwest Profiles season premier this week. Bill Fitzner contacted me this past June about doing a segment, and we filmed on and off throughout the summer and fall. The story will be a surprise to me when it airs---I haven't seen it at all. I'm a bit nervous, to say the least! But I do know you can see several pieces of my work, get a glimpse of my pre-makeover studio, see me serve up some tasty beer, and hear me answer---at length---a lot of questions I wasn't expecting. What could possibly go wrong?

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Little Spokane Tour 2012!

[singlepic id=731 w=240 h=240 float=left] The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour is Saturday, September 29th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

It's almost Tour time again! This year, I will once again bring my 6" x 6" landscape pastels, many of which are of Little Spokane River locations. This year my landscapes have beautiful new (still silver) frames. As always, come early for the best selection!

I will also have a number of small pieces in my older style of silver frames at special, Tour-only prices, plus many other special prices on a variety of work. I'm trying to make room in my studio for a new body of work and new frames, so please help me out and take advantage of these Tour specials!

I'm at Studio #1 again this year, and once again, you can find me in the yard. See you on the 29th!

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Art in the Pearl Wraps Up the Season

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Portland, here we come! I'm not sure what happened to summer, but this Saturday brings us September, and with it, Art in the Pearl.

This is a really lovely and beautifully juried show held in the park blocks of Portland's Pearl District during the three days of Labor Day weekend. The weather looks amazing, Portland is one of our favorite cities, and we can't wait to be there!

Here is the scoop:

When: September 1- 3, 2012 – Labor Day Weekend Where: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Avenue. Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth: #105

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival

[singlepic id=727 w=460 h=350 float=] This weekend it's off to Sun Valley! I'm excited to spend the weekend in one of my favorite spots, and I've made some aspen-themed pieces especially for the show. If you are in the area and have been thinking of collecting one of my pastel pieces, please stop by. You never know---I might bring something completely different next time around!

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival When: August 10- 12, 2012 Where: Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum, ID Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels Booth #G-6

Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair Starts Friday!

[singlepic id=714 w=460 h=340 float=] This weekend I will return to Bellevue for the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. This is one of my favorite shows, and this year I am lucky enough to be bringing oil paintings along with my pastels. It's been a few years since I last brought oils to BAM, and I am really looking forward to showing them again. Conversation in Flight, above, is one of several never-before-shown pieces that will debut in Bellevue this weekend. To preview more work from the show, click here. I hope I will see you in Bellevue!

The details:

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair When: July 27- 29, 2012 Where: Bellevue Square parking garage, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, W Hours: Friday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #O-09

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Salem Art Fair and Festival This Weekend: July 20 - 21 - 22

[singlepic id=669 w=320 h=290 float=left] This weekend I'm returning to the Salem Art Fair and Festival in Oregon, and hoping for better weather than last year! Once again I will bring my pastels and oil paintings, including Heat Lightning, left.

It's been a real scramble to get ready for this show and next weekend's Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. I just returned from Chicago last Thursday. Since then I have split my time between working in our new microbrewery, and getting ready for a public television film crew to descend upon my studio this Wednesday. They will be making a Northwest Profiles segment about my art. Very exciting! The show should air sometime in October, and I will post details as I get them.

In the meantime, please see my art at the Salem Art Fair and Festival. Here are the details:

 

Salem Art Fair and Festival When: July 20 – 22, 2012 Where: Bush St & High St, Salem, OR Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #219

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival This Weekend

[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=460 float=left] This weekend my pastels make their debut in Chicago at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival. This is a botanic-themed show on the grounds of the botanic gardens themselves. I've wanted to do a show in Chicago for some time now, and I can't think of a better venue to do it.

I've been told by the show's promoter that the Chicago Botanic Garden used a few of my art images, including Natarajasana, left, in their promotional materials and banners. I'm excited to see if they made the final cut. Here are the details:

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

When: July 6 - 8, 2012

Where: The Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois

Hours: Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What I'm bringing: Pastels

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Art for the Animals

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I've donated Tango, the small pastel pictured at left, to benefit River's Wish Animal Sanctuary.

Please take the time to bid on Tango, or any of the wonderful art pieces donated for this worthy and heartwarming cause!

Closing reception, final bids and live auction take place Friday, July 20. There will be vegan food, beer, wine and live music. Tickets are only $10.

Tinman Gallery 811 West Garland Avenue Spokane, Washington 509.325.1500

Artfest 2012

[singlepic id=712 w=260 h=400 float=left] It's that time again! Artfest kicks off my festival season at Coeur d'Alene Park in Spokane.

This year I'll have new work in pastel and oil, plus my popular pastel Miniature Landscapes! These landscapes went fast at last fall's Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, so please arrive early for the best selection.

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Coeur d'Alene Park is located along Second Avenue in Browne's Addition.

Show hours are: Friday June 1, Noon - 8 p.m. Saturday June 2, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday June 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

p.s "Like" me on Facebook for up-to-the-minute news!

 

Mashup

[singlepic id=692 w=460 h=350 float=] Heading into summer, and it's a busy time! As usual, I have fallen behind on my updates, so here's a mashup of what's happening:

French Pastel Salon I have been invited once again to exhibit at the salon in St. Aulaye, France this summer. Conversation in Flight Study (above) and Tesla's Fire Study will be making the trip abroad (without me again, boo). Before they go, I plan to use both of them as a studies for large oil paintings, to bring to...

Summer Festivals The 2012 summer schedule is complete and posted here. Noteworthy additions this year include a botanic-themed show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the acceptance of my oil paintings at BAM. I'm very excited about both, and the rest of my schedule too. I hope to see you out there in the warm months! In the meantime, you can still see my work at...

Earth and Sky at the Tinman - Closing Soon! My solo show at the Tinman is nearly over. If you haven't seen it, stop by if you are in the neighborhood this week. If you can't make it, don't worry. Sue will keep the unsold work on hand for a few months following the show, so if a piece has been calling you, it might not be too late. And you'll never miss an event if you follow me on...

Facebook Let's face it, I'm not a prolific blogger. But I am a pretty good Facebook poster. Want more studio news, more often, in smaller bites? Fan my Facebook page. I'm not obnoxious, I promise. I just post more there than here.

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Earth and Sky at the Tinman

[singlepic id=625 w=460 h=360 float=left] Lightning Strike Nouveau, left, is one of the many new pieces created for  my upcoming show, Earth and Sky, at the Tinman Gallery. Work from the show interprets elements of the sky (clouds, weather, celestial bodies and flight) using elements from the earth (leaves, petals and stems).

The show runs through the end of April. The Last-Friday opening promises to be the usual fun Tinman affair, with live music, hors d'oeuvres and lots of good company.

Also, I'll be on hand for a demo at the gallery on Saturday, April 14th. I'll post more specifics later. These things terrify me, so I'd love to have you come give moral support if you can make it!

Earth and Sky opens Friday, March 30 at the Tinman, from 5-9 p.m. Please come out and see us if you possibly can, we'd love to have you!

To preview the show, click here.

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American Art Collector

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Ascending (left) is featured in the current issue of American Art Collector Magazine. It appears on page 87 as part of an article on botanical work. Although the piece is surrounded on the page by botanic-themed pieces, it could not be more different from the rest. For some reason, this always surprises me.

The actual piece is currently available at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. Many thanks to the lovely Denise for submitting my work to American Art Collector!

 

Thirteen Blue Hydrangeas

[singlepic id=619 w=460 h=360 float=] Well, this is embarrassing. I forgot to post for about three months, it would seem. But I had a pretty good reason: I was busy.

Last time I posted here, I was off to Edmonds for an event at my new gallery there. Let me tell you, they put on a fun Third Thursday! One of the best parts was getting to see my childhood friend Sarah, who drove all the way from Bellingham to see the show.

I followed Sarah back and stayed at her house. In the morning she did a very convincing impression of my parents---meaning, she wouldn't let me leave without a carload of stuff. On my way out the door, I scored a box of pumpkin scone mix, and, more importantly, a giant garbage bag filled with the thirteen blue hydrangeas I had been eyeing in her back-stairs window.

I had already been thinking about hydrangeas for some time---the way their billowy, cloud-like petals resemble a hazy sky when softly backlit. As an experiment, I made some new pieces for my gallery in Cannon Beach, using  my thirteen new friends to create stormy beachscapes.

Happy with the new work, I painted more for my upcoming show, Earth and Sky, at the Tinman Gallery. The show will have a mostly-sky theme, including the hydrangeas and other new sky-themed pieces.

Earth and Sky opens Friday, March 30 at the Tinman, from 5-9 p.m. To see more work from the show, click here.

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Cole Gallery - First Glance

[singlepic id=566 w=320 h=400 float=left] Want to find my work in the Seattle area? Unless it is Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair weekend, up to now that would have been difficult. Not anymore.

Cole Gallery in Edmonds now represents my work year-round, and I am very excited to be working with them. If you are in the Seattle area and haven't been to Cole Gallery, it is worth the short trip. The cozy and inviting gallery represents many top-notch, nationally-known artists.

Cole Gallery will introduce me this month with their Third Thursday event, making me December's "First Glance" artist. So long as I am able to drive over the pass, I will be there with new work. I hope many of you can come down!

Here are the specifics:

Cole Gallery 107 5th Ave S Edmonds, WA 98020 425.697.2787 3rd Thursday, December 15th, 5-8 p.m.

 

Best of 2011 at the Tinman

[singlepic id=570 w=320 h=460 float=left] First Friday is upon us once again! This time it brings the Tinman Gallery's traditional Best Of show, with a collection of small works from several of the gallery's regular artists.

I'll have six pieces in the show, all pastels, including Heat Lightning Study, left. Want to see more of my pieces from the Best Of 2011? Click here.

If you can make it up to the Garland District this Friday night, please stop by, we'd love to see you!

Here are the particulars:

Best of 2011 (Small Works Show) Tinman Gallery 811 West Garland Avenue Spokane, Washington Opens Friday, December 2, 2011, 5 - 9 p.m.

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California Dreaming

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Two more of my pastels are traveling without me. No sooner did two pieces return from their working vacation in France, than two more are packing for California. Costa Mesa, to be exact. Half an hour from my birthplace and my friend Vicky's college town, Long Beach.

This is all Vicky's doing, in fact. She suggested that I enter some of my little pastel sketches in the Randy Higbee Gallery 6 Inch Squared show coming up in December. There were only a few days left before the jury deadline, but I jumped at the chance. This would be my first opportunity to get some feedback on my new landscape work, jury style. And, without the risk of applying with untested work to a bread-and-butter art fair.

I didn't have to wait long. This jury had the fastest turnaround ever---results posted a day and a half after the entry deadline. I wish all shows could do that! Today I found out that Foggy Walk Study (above) and Canoe Trail Study will be in the show. A nice bit of validation for my new little project.

If you are lucky enough to be in So Cal during December, and you happen to be in the Costa Mesa area, here are the show details:

6 Inch Squared Show Gala Aritsts’ Reception: December 3rd From 5:00 to 9:00pm Exhibition and Sale: December 3rd-December 23rd Randy Higbee Gallery 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.546.2156 Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm

 

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Roberts Mansion First Friday

[singlepic id=541 w=460 h=360 float=] This First Friday night you can find me, a selection of my paintings---some brand new---and Sue Bradley from the Tinman Gallery all hanging out at the Roberts Mansion in Browne's Addition.

If you are familiar with Browne's Addition, the mansion is located one block directly north of The Elk, and just over two blocks east of the MAC. If not, here is a map. It is an impressively restored Victorian house, definitely worth a visit in its own right.

I'm bringing new oil paintings, including Bellaluna, above, as a preview for my upcoming solo show at the Tinman this March.

If you are out and about this First Friday, be sure to stop by. We'd love to see you!

 

First Friday Roberts Mansion 1923 West 1st Avenue Spokane, Washington November 4, 2011, 5–8 p.m.

Little Scenes, Little Spokane

[singlepic id=529 w=240 h=240 float=left] The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour is Saturday, September 24th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This year I decided to do something a little different... I've created a limited number of 6" x 6" landscape and tree pastels especially for the Tour. Most are framed in wide, silver plein-aire frames, but I will mat a handful to offer at a special price for the event. Framed pieces range from $175 to $195, and matted pieces will be $95. Come early for the best selection!

The landscapes are the beginning of a new project, and some will become the basis for larger works. It's been years since I've painted these subjects, so this is a fun and fresh diversion. You can preview the pieces in the gallery below.

Of course, I'll have several pieces of my more familiar work on hand as well---some at special prices for the Tour.

I'm at Studio #1 again this year, but not in the gazebo—find me in the yard. See you on the 24th!

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