Sunday, October 18, 2009

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society member show, "Linear Visions"

Personal Flyer
"Linear Visions"
SCVWS Members Show

A week ago I helped with intake for the members show held on the grounds of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. There are 99 pieces in the show and the quality is superb. Christopher Schenk, a well-known watermedia artist, juried the show on Thursday. On Friday I attended a Gallery Sitters briefing and those present went around to view all the art and each person described the inspiration for their painting. SCVWS created a lovely show flyer and a blank where we could insert our art to advertise the show. I will be sending flyers by e-mail to my collectors and friends.

My entry is "Pepere's Blacksmith Shop, 1909 - 2009," that I've posted on the blog previously. The shop is part of the Paquet Family Farm built by my sons' great grandfather, currently owned by their grandmother, and they help maintain the business. The piece represents my linear vision of a Vermont farm family rooted in Quebec. You can read the description by taking the link on the painting title. The blog post became the basis for my show statement in the show binder. I received some very positive comments from those present.

The show runs the rest of the month, so if you are in the area, do stop in and view the beautiful art between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at no fee. There is a reception on October 25 at 1 to 4 and the public is invited to attend. Enjoy a beautiful spread of food and wine while chatting with fellow art enthusiasts and viewing the art. The award winners, already determined and notified, will receive their awards at the reception.

Starting today through the end of Friday, I am very busy helping to coordinate the SCVWS workshop by Betsy Dillard Stroud. Betsy is extremely creative using mixed media. Some of the people who have registered are highly accomplished artists so I will get to see some wonderful creativity in action. We picked Betsy up at the airport last night, and she was easy to recognize after seeing her photo in many issues of Watercolor Artist and Artist Magazine. The supply list is very lengthy, including both watercolors and acrylics in tubes and fluid forms, gessos, collage papers, and many more items. I have to finish assembling my supplies and put the final touches on our home for a cycling club event that Bob will host in my absence today.

I plan to post pieces I do in the workshop. Myrna Wacknov will also likely post her workshop experiments on her blog. Myrna is an award winner in the Linear Visions show and is waiting to learn which award she has won at the reception! Myrna will be giving a workshop for SCVWS in January. If you live in the area or want to visit, consider taking the workshop. More information on Artist Network, where the listing is a link to the description, and registration information at SCVWS.


Sheila said...

Wow! What an awesome and eventful several days you've had Mary. I love how you just jump right. Anyone who comes in contact with you is immediately affected by your energy and positivity. I loved revisiting your entry piece. It truly is a wonderful image and story that you've memorialized with your art.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, what a fascinating background into your painting. Congratulations on being part of that show. Have fun.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Congrats on the show Mary! I hope you have great fun in your workshop. You work hard!

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Sheila of rh positive comments -- this piece has so much emotional content for me. I've just begun a commission painting of the farm for one of the relatives who saw some of my paintings at the farm museum! I'm having fun doing it, though it will be ever so tradtional watercolor.

Cristiane, thanks for reading about the painting. The show will be lots of fun.

Peggy, I am working extra hard on this workshop, and hopefully the development payback will make it all worthwhile! The demo was phenomenal. Betsy is so creative.