Aug 17

This week has been a busy one.   Tuesday I took my daughter home and returned home the same day.  I quickly stopped by my older daughters work place to say hi before hitting the road.  Wednesday we had our monthly meeting of the Sierra Art Trails Committee.  Thursday was our monthly meeting of the Yosemite Western Artists photography group.  Friday was the Sierra Foothill Conservancy  Plein Air Exhibit reception at the Fresno State Campus Henry Madden Library.  Saturday was Art Hop at Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst where I demonstrated with pastels.

I had so much fun at the reception.  The paintings are publicly on view in the Madden Library until the Great Central Valley Exhibition on Sunday August 29.  Penny Otwell and Claudia Welsh were in the parking lot when we arrived so we all walked to the library together.  These two ladies are always fun!  Penny is also in the Plein Air Exhibit.  This was the first time for us to see everyone’s work in person.  We’d seen some images in the field and some emailed but now we got to view the ‘real deal’.  The curator did a fantastic job hanging about 100 paintings.  Penny and I were very pleased with the way our paintings were displayed.

My daughters, honorary son and his mom, my good friend, all showed up in support of the event.  It meant so much to me to share this experience with them.  (Much appreciation and love to my peeps.)  The Sierra Foothill Conservancy has done an outstanding job creating and managing this event.    

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Claudia, Penny and moi in front of Penny’s paintings.

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Michelle, Me and Heidi…..my girls, in front of my paintings.  What’s in the red bag???  Heidi brought me a lilac scented candle which smells heavenly.   Michelle brought me clean socks.  She’d borrowed them during her visit.

Art Hop was a busy day with guest ceramicist from Clovis (Amy Morgan) and Santa Cruz ( Bob and Sandy Kinzie).  Tables were set up for the artists to work and guests to play with the clay.  It was a very lively day with lots of talking and laughing and people passing through the gallery.

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_IGP3441ds This is about as far as I got working from 11 – 5pm.  I am very happy with the progress this far.

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