I was pleased and honored to be the featured artist for the month of August. The show actually ran 5 weeks due to Labor Day being a little later than usual, so I got even more exposure! I have been a member of the Arts Association of Northern New York in Sackets Harbor for about 3 years, but this was my first time as a featured artist in their lovely gallery.
The opening reception way back on August 1, was attended by an assortment of friends from home, and Grass Lake, fellow artists, cousins and a steady stream of folks who were just touring around Sackets Harbor.
The fact that it was War of 1812 Re-enactment Weekend made the town even livelier than usual!
End of Show ReflectionsThe show came down this week and as I was putting away the paintings I couldn't help but reflect on my two biggest summer art endeavors: The Thousand Islands Studio Tour on Memorial Day Weekend and my Woodlands and Waterways show at the Sackets Harbor Gallery. Both took a huge chunk of time and effort but like most things that you really put your heart and energy into, they paid off in so many ways. I am so grateful to have had those opportunities.
Woodlands and Waterways, What's NextAlthough the Sackets Harbor show was the first time I have used Woodlands and Waterways as a show title, I have been using the phrase for quite a while to describe the subject matter in my work.
Woodlands and Waterways is an ongoing series that I have been working on for nearly as long as I have been painting. I have always been drawn to land, water and sky. I've created images in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, torn paper and silk dyes all inspired by the shape of the land, dramatic skies or reflections on the water.
The group of paintings at Sackets were less specific in location than other parts of my series. Nesting birds, canoes resting by the water and Adirondack chairs are images we find in many of those places we go to escape from the hustle-bustle of everyday life. I thought this group was well suited to the laid-back location.
My next group of images for this series will be done with fabric dyes on silk.
I'm thinking --Water Lilies!