Last Friday, May 6, was Mariposa’s monthly Art Hop. David and I hung out at Casto’s Fine Wine and Art Gallery enjoying the company of Kris and Harold Casto, Penny Otwell, Claudia Welch-Frye and all the patrons who visited the gallery. The Casto’s feature their Mount Bullion wines from their vineyard and art of the local artists, including David’s photographs and my pastels.
Kris in the center, a local couple on the left and Joann (right) visiting from the Bay Area.
Claudia (left) visiting with a friend.
Penny Otwell painting with watercolors while Kris watches.
Harold jammin’ with the guitar man.
Me, listening to the conversation and clinging to my security glass.
Saturday, May 7, we went to Yosemite to attend Michael Frye’s reception at the Ansel Adams Gallery. Michael is a gifted photographer and it’s always fun to see his new shows. David had recently ‘friended’ G. Dan Mitchell, a photographer on Face book. Dan was attending the reception for Michael as well. David described himself and said that William Neill , another photographer, could be mistaken for David since they both have white hair and beards. Well it turns out that Dan fits right in with their ‘look’. I wish I would have taken a picture of the three of them together. It was good to see Michael’s wife Claudia and Penny again, even if we had just spent the evening before together. There were many photographers attending the reception including, Charles Cramer, Mike Osborne and Christine Loberg. We even ran into the family that built our new deck, Steve his wife Tina and their sons. We love our new deck!
We arrived in the valley a few hours before the reception to see how spring was unfolding. The dogwoods are blooming and the waterfalls are booming. There were waterfalls everywhere. We never go to Yosemite on weekends due to the crowds of people and since this was Mother’s Day weekend there were people and traffic everywhere.