Two days after the reception, my husband and I returned to the Arts Club, joined with my son, Tommy. (It was such a blessing to share my experience with him.) When speaking with a woman monitoring the gallery, I learned that there was quite an interest in my painting, “Consider the Peony”. She explained that large groups of people meet at the Club….and that the people are often quite knowledgeable about art. She even knew the number of my painting (each painting is assigned a number)…and said that people were amazed that it was an acrylic, and not an oil painting. She said they had hopes it would sell!
We picked up my painting last weekend…obviously it did not sell. Nonetheless, the show was a wonderful experience for me!
Held on October 11, 2013 in the Grand Gallery at the Natl. Arts Club, the CLWAC reception was well-attended, with lines of people at times waiting to enter. Lining the walls were over 200 beautiful paintings, with sculptures on the lower level. There was a long table with hors d’oeuvres and wine where most guests initially seemed to congregate. While patrons stood and observed artwork, I did not hear anyone giving a critique. Midway in the evening, the President of the club, Gail Snow Gibbs spoke as well as a director from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The CLWAC provides a grant for museum staff members to travel in the US, attempting to acquire further work by artists such as Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson School. As my husband and I went thru the gallery, he suddenly recognized a man in a painting standing among the audience. The man turned out to be artist/juror, Jill Bank’s husband (her painting won an award). We met them and had a good laugh and chat. Jill shared the importance of a good image when entering a competition. It was a pleasant and exciting evening.
On Monday, I dropped “Consider the Peony” off at the National Arts Club in NYC – in between Central Park and Wall street. I didn’t realize that it is in an historic building with beautiful paintings and sculpture…it reminded me of a museum. Please see my photos. I went upstairs to the Grand Gallery to deposit my work. The floor was lined with beautiful work for the show. Tomorrow, they will announce awards to the artists.
Many times (more often than we wish) odd surprises occur during a firing.
Sometimes a test glaze comes out really great, sometimes a test glaze that expect to be great turns out horrid.
Sometimes a test glaze comes out great, but the record keeping has much to be desired, so one really doesnt know how to recreate that wicked cool glaze.
Sometimes bad things happen, but in the name of jinx, I wont say a word.
Sometimes equipment gets old and you know it needs replacing but its going to cost money or you havent just sat down and ordered what you need – in time.
Recently I would walk by my box of kiln stilts (little three legged supports for pots that have glaze on the bottom), and I would say, hmmmmm, they are looking pretty lousy, I really should order more… Stilts tend to weaken over time, due to the heat of the kiln and weight of the pots.
We now have a birdfeeder duplex! Stuck together until the end of time, OR a hammer gets close enough.
Its okay, stuff like this happens, and I am greatful for how infrequent.
I ordered more stilts yesterday!
“Consider the Peony”, a 2 x 3 ft acrylic painting of mine will soon be on exhibit in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 117th Annual Open Exhibition in NYC at the National Arts Club. Ms Wolfe was the only woman among the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her collection of paintings formed the beginning of the European Painting Collection.
I recently received an invitation to the “Benefit Reception for the Metropolitan Museum of Art”. It costs $25 to attend the reception, unless you are an exhibiting artist. Some names listed as chairpersons are the President, VP and Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is quite an honor to be invited, and leaves me a little nervous. I will try to update my blog as to the progress of the show.