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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The introduction of modern art to America

Yesterday I read the following (quote below). If you've never taken an American art history course, you may not have heard of the Armory Show. But I would sure love to have been there for it.  America was introduced to European avant guard art... 
"It was on Feb. 17, 1913 that the Armory Show opened in New York City, the first comprehensive exhibition of modern art in this country. At the time, American art was dominated by the ultra-conservative National Academy of Design, which had no interest in nonrepresentational or experimental work. In 1912, a group of artists had gotten together and formed the Association for American Painters and Sculptors. One of these artists was the painter Walt Kuhn, who wrote to his wife: "My idea about the new society is this: a big broad liberal organization embracing every kind of art, even those which I do not like, one that will interest the public ... the thing must be started so that it can grow and be as big or bigger than the academy within two or three years."
The group decided that the best way to compete with the Academy would be to have a well-publicized exhibition. Kuhn and fellow artist Arthur Bowen Davies traveled to Europe to collect art for the show. They brought home work by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Cézanne, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent Van Gogh, and many other artists. (SOURCE: Writer's Almanac Newsletter)

Thus the Impressionists (and others) were introduced to America. I'm so glad some artists/galleries continue make the efforts to share the cutting edge of that's still worth checking out. Moving beyond our comfort zone in art can show us many beautiful things. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

More Flora, Fauna & Figure art

Another batch of the art on display this month at the Red House Gallery.

It's a very brief show, and will only be up until March 9.

 Here's one of the nature journals which are part of the exhibit. (A class would take their journals out in nature and record what they saw.)

 I love this large snail painting!

 Mushrooms by Nancy Clauen, Pen, Ink and Pencil $425

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Back to art...

This is the desk where volunteers sit and greet visitor to the Red House Gallery (and studios).

I signed up Friday afternoon. It was a great opportunity to take photos (though the sun reflecting off the glass was a problem some of the time.)

So I'll offer you a few today, and follow throughout the week with a few more.

The theme of the show is Flora, Fauna and Figure. It was a take off from not only the figure drawing classes, but a journaling class which went out in nature and drew pictures in their journals.  I, and another ceramic artist also contributed our works. But most of it is drawing and painting.

 Denise Markbreit, Life's Balance, Mixed Media Monoprint, $265

 Sheila Wollam, Florals in the Mountains, Oil $300

Saturday, February 15, 2020

You say Dray-ad, I say Drie-ad.

However the Greeks said it, I won't make a fuss.
I finally had my "Hopeful Dryad" ceramic sculpture mounted in the show at the Red House Gallery this week. And a friend of mine bought it! She saw it a couple of days before the opening reception, and called me and asked if she could place it outside. Of course, I told her. It's fired clay! And even if water should rain down the open up-raised limbs/arms, there are several holes in the trunk near the base for it to drain out.

But I'll let her speak for herself.

If you are in the Black Mountain NC area, come by and see this (or any other) display. The gallery is open daily Sun-Sat. Most days from 10-5, a bit shorter on Sun. 10-3.

I'll show you more of the art here soon!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Love day

I think it's a great thing, having a day where everyone (in the US, in the world?) is thinking about love.

I wrote about holding space for peace on my other blog...with the bottom line being "Love is the Answer."

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 So Happy Valentine's day...which has nothing to do with romance, but with the difficult process of loving one's enemies...or those who have offended us! Try politicians, for instance. Well, you can just start (like I'm doing) with loving those awful parts of yourself. (I'm working on myself, not you!)

Thursday, February 13, 2020


I don't know how to find the "n" with the little wavy line over it - there's probably alternate characters somewhere in this computer.

For now, I have an eye appointment this morning. Do I need new glasses? Are my cataracts bad enough to schedule surgery? Etc.

So tomorrow I'll have some art for you...or maybe the next day.

There's an opening reception tomorrow night at the Red House Gallery. I'm working there all afternoon, and will take photos of the new art. Yay!

Red House Gallery and Studios Presents
“Flora, Fauna, and Figure” Show

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Feb. 12 birthdays

Happy Birthday to some very well-known, and not-so-well-known individuals!
My blog from a while back...HERE.