My work will be hanging around several venues this month…
Louisiana-You Inspire Me
March 12-April 26, 2019
Associated Women in the Arts will exhibit work at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 Reception March 14, 2019 5:30-7:30
Plein Air in the Park
March 28 – 30, 2019
The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will sponsor this event which takes place at the Independence Botanical Gardens. Artists from the area will paint the gardens for three days, culminating in a wet wall sale on Saturday afternoon from 4:00-7:00 in the Garden Cafe Banquet Room of the Goodwood Library Plaza.
Arts in Medicine at Baton Rouge General
8585 Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA
Artwork is located in the Cafe a nice place to have lunch or pick up supper.
I will have work displayed in the Cafe Gallery at the Baton Rouge General Hospital, 8585 Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA. There will be a reception on Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:00-7:00. The work will be on display through June 27, 2019.
Associated Women in the Arts at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana…You Inspire Me is the theme of this year’s exhibition in the historic Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA. The show dates are March 12-April 27, 2019, with a reception on March 14, 5:30-7:30.
Baton Rouge Plein Air is at The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. View work by members of this local group of painters.
Baton Rouge Plein Air is currently showing paintings at The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA, in the Acadian Perkins Plaza Shopping Center. This group, which meets weekly to paint different locations in the area, recently celebrated its first year. The group is open to artists of all skill levels in different media.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is home to an excellent park system. With both BREC and the LSU Ag Center, there are many gardens open to visitors and plenty of opportunities to volunteer to maintain them. One venue, the Independence Botanic Garden, recently underwent a renovation. The Botanic Garden Foundation organized a plein air painting event to raise funds to maintain it.
The event was planned for Memorial Day weekend, but the call for participants went out in March when the temperatures were pleasant enough. I was not really thinking about the weather when I signed on for the paintout, and as the dates of the event neared, I began wondering how my painting friends and I would tolerate the heat. Even by south Louisiana standards, it was brutally hot the last two weeks of May.
On the first morning of the event, there were thirty artists painting in the gardens. One could see their umbrellas peeking over the bushes. It was such a wonderful sight. Visitors walked their dogs, brought lunches to eat, or took graduation photos among the flowers.
At the end of the event, the wet paintings were displayed in a room of the library overlooking the garden. There were many guests and quite a few sales, which benefited the Botanic Garden Foundation. Votes were cast for Fan Favorite I & II, and I was thrilled to be selected as one of the favorites.
Despite the heat and the threat of rain, the weekend turned out to be productive. I made new friends, completed four paintings, and was happy to know that I have some fans who like my work.
The first weekend in May, I spent time painting the sights of Gautier, Mississippi. This small town on the Gulf Coast is home to friendly people and lots of boats. The plein air event was my first experience painting boats.
The Seventh Plein Air Convention and Expo held in Santa Fe, NM, was an intense experience. I met many of the artists I follow and had the opportunity to paint in an environment totally different from mine at home in Louisiana.
For years I wanted to participate in a plein air event, you know, when artists get together and paint a certain place over a couple of days, compete against each other to win prize money for the best painting on the wet wall, and maybe sell a few. Like a golf tournament for painters. In Plein Air Magazine articles are written about the big events around the country, with photos of stunning landscapes and stories about the artists who are like rock stars in the world of outdoor painting. Being part of one of these happenings was on my retirement to-do list.
I heard about “Paint It Orange” from my niece who just happened to be working for the Hillsborough Arts Council in North Carolina. That’s a pretty good distance from Prairieville, Louisiana. My husband said I should go, my sister told me I could stay with her, and since I have been in plein air “training” for the past few months, I decided to give it a try.
The first day I had all my stuff ready to go so I would not miss a minute of painting time. I have never driven in the state of North Carolina, but I drove to the arts council in my brother-in-law’s Prius (another first), had my panels stamped, and then I was out on my own. Since I did not have the luxury of casing Orange County prior to the event, I went to the first place where I could park, which was the Hillsborough Riverwalk. Unlike my home state, which is green almost year-round, the trees were just beginning to turn yellow, orange and red. For the rest of the trip, I searched for brilliantly colored trees to paint. On the second day I had the privilege of painting at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and for the first time in my plein air career, I had to wear gloves to paint. The last day I painted on a farm where there were barns, sheds, beautiful trees, and many dogs walking their owners.
The wet wall event was well attended, and a lot of paintings sold. I finally got to meet many of the painters I followed on Facebook. Even though I did not win a ribbon or sell at the reception, I felt a sense of accomplishment–being part of a three day plein air event that was on my retirement to-do list. I plan to do it again.
What is a 5000 square foot warehouse with nine families/vendors selling previously used merchandise for two days called? A Gargantuan Garage/Warehouse Sale, of course. And in my case, I am pretty certain it will be my last one.
The garage sale concept sounds so simple. Go through your house and get all the STUFF that hasn’t been used in the last three years. Price it, put it on tables in the driveway or carport, make all kinds of money because your STUFF is good STUFF that someone will want. Take the earnings and buy new STUFF and bring what didn’t sell to a thrift shop.
In my case it’s not so simple. My house is full of STUFF that I have not and will not use, but it can’t be sold or given away because it is family STUFF. (We have boxes of unpacked STUFF in our attic from when we built the house twenty years ago.) Even so, I was still able to take a couple of boxes to the warehouse. It took over a week for everyone participating to set up, and the building looked like a huge resale store when we were finished. Since most of us who were selling are also artists, there were paintings too.
The problem with having different vendors is there are opportunities to shop and spend. My plan was to make enough to purchase a GelPro mat to stand on when painting at the studio. However, after making $31, spending $6 on a cute dress, $4 on a groovy 1960’s overnight suitcase, and a painting I have always admired from my friend, Betty, I didn’t make my goal.
But I did get rid of some things and got some good STUFF!