I have had a wonderful Christmas but now I am reflecting on New Years. At the end of this week, we are entering not just a new year, but a new decade. Looking back on the last 10 years, I am grateful for so much; my husband, my art, new and familiar friends, my family, my good health and all the experiences over those ten years that have enriched my life. I have had a great time.
But I realize that so many are not as fortunate as I. Countless Americans are unemployed, many looking for jobs that no longer exist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that 1,086,000 non-farm private-sector jobs have been lost in the last 10 years in the USA while the population has increased by 34,573,000. So it isn't surprising that many people are scared, hopeless and discouraged.
As the world around us changes, it becomes even more important to find common ground. I believe art is one of those wonderful equalizers that can have a positive effect on everyone. With so much turmoil, the beauty of art may seem insignificant; but for me, it strengthens my resolve to continue forward with optimism and joy. I am hoping that your New Year is filled with all the things you love.
The last week has been a whirlwind of art receptions and new shows. I have been included in three shows, with two openings this past weekend. Each show was filled with wonderful work and held surprises.
A festive mood was in the air, as the overflow of guests enjoying the art at Segil Gallery's "Seventh Annual Small Works Show." I was very pleased to have three paintings judged into this exhibit. As the evening progressed, Santa checked off many wish lists and red dots where in abundance. The evening held a special treat when my plein air teacher, Karl Dempwolf, arrived and we had a wonderful time catching up. You still have time to make someones Holiday dreams come true with a gift from Segil Gallery at 110 West Lime Avenue, Old Town Monrovia CA 91016 through December 31.
Friday night was the opening of "The Beauty of California Plein Air Landscape" exhibition at Carter Sexton Gallery. This fantastic group of artists was brought together on Facebook by Margie Murray who organized the event. Thanks Margie for your hard work and for including me in this show. January 8th is the last day you can see the artwork on display by this group of talented artists at Carter Sexton, 5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607.
Last weekend the exhibit, "Viva L'Art" opened at Viva Gallery. Organized by the San Fernando Valley Art Club it was judged by California Art Club artists, David Gallup. This show had one of the largest turn outs ever at Viva and was a great success for the club. David was kind enough to took the time to come to the reception where he spoke with many of the artists. This show will run through December 12 so don't miss it. Viva Gallery at 13261 Moorpark Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.
It has been an inspired start to the '09 Holiday season. I hope I can keep the momentum going with parties, more art and visits with family and friends. Comment on or Share this Article →