Sunday, March 28, 2021

Two things at once

Bombay Beach Yacht Club, Salton Sea, CA.

Peggy and I have added a show to our spring roster. Several weeks back I got an email from Mary Q. Williams who owns the prestigious Mary Williams Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. It seems that Mary had seen my website which is hosted by FASO, Fine Art Studios Online. I switched to FASO about this time last year and recommend it highly. The next day Peggy received her invitation to participate in the show, America the Beautiful, a 50-state virtual exhibition with 10% of the proceeds going to Feeding America which supports 200 food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community-based agencies that serve more than 46 million people. I can’t think of a more worthwhile endeavor. So, not only am I excited to be part of such a significant show but am honored to support Feed America. Thanks Mary.

Standard Station, Rice, CA

Conoco, Lake Valley, NM

Monhegan Light, Monhegan Island, ME

This isn't Kansas anymore, Toto. San Luis Valley, CO

Mary describes America the Beautiful as “the most important and aggressive show we have done in the 26-year history of Mary Williams Fine Arts.” And asks “What could the gallery do to promote through the beauty of fine art, the profound beauty of America?”

Her vision is to have artists from all 50 states represented though the art doesn’t need to be from the state in which we live. And it's a good thing if these selections are any indication.

To have the art and sculpture clearly evoke many aspects/icons of the country.

To have the gallery and the artist each give 10% of the proceeds of their sales to Feed America. In Mary’s words, “The show has the ability to inspire people to buy art while also helping hungry Americans.”

America the Beautiful will launch on Memorial Day, May 31 and will run through July 10th unless it’s extended due to popular demand. Yes, careful reader, that’s the same weekend that our live Two Person show Immel² New Perspectives opens at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos. Our cups runneth over. We’re twice blessed. Two shows are better than one. Make me stop.

Among Mary’s ideas for subjects for the artwork are:

The American landscape such as National Parks, Mountain Ranges, Rivers, Lakes and Rock Formations and more.

American Holidays

Iconic or important American bridges, buildings, churches, beaches among other subjects that are famous nationally or locally.

Industry… farming, ranching, the railroad, automobiles, lumber, mining, aerospace. and aviation.

Mary’s ideas and buzzwords aren’t meant to be comprehensive but to prime the pump. Mine's primed.

She has asked for invited artists to submit up to 10 pieces for the show and reserves the right to accept all or none.

I will submit my full allotment of ten. I reckon at least one will make the cut.

In this post I’m showing images that may or not be among my ten. I reserve the right to submit all or none of them. There may be something even better just around the corner. And I’m certain to include at least one from Immel² New Perspectives. But today I want to post new stuff, obscure stuff or stuff that’s so old you won’t remember seeing it.


2 comments:

Blacks Crossing said...

Congratulations on the second show - America the Beautiful - at Mary Williams Fine Art, opening the same weekend as your exhibition at Wilder Nightingale in Taos. You have a really solid grouping in this blog as possibilities. My favorites are Bombay Beach Yacht Club, This Isn't Kansas Anymore, Toto, San Luis Valley, and the Conoco, Lake Valley, New Mexico with your expert selective coloring. America the Beautiful is for such a good cause that we hope everything you enter is selected. Your art year is shaping up and moving forward! The possibilities are endless and accolades much deserved.

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