Monday, May 3, 2010

Second Day of Open Studios

Diane Martarano with her lovely artwork

Another view of Diane's space

Alison Turner with her art in the garden display

A partial view of my display area

Here you have some views of our studio, part of Silicon Valley Open Studios. There will be two additional weeks of SVOS, but we are not showing in the areas north of us. Diane Martarano does beautiful impressionistic work, many of them florals. Her small framed originals for Mother's Day and hostess gifts were popular again this year. Alison Turner enjoyed her post in the back gardens where her guests could take advantage of the back patio seating. Alison's work features animals in their natural habitat and wonderful scenes from the desert and mountain areas. She is an ambitious adventure traveler, which inspires her work. Alison and Diane are members of our elite South Side Art Club, along with Don, Arleta, and Penny. The Club grew from a class we took together and we we meet paint every Thursday evening. Penny and Arleta acted as greeters for the show, and Don came on Sunday to provide moral support and comraderie.

Sunday proved to be a slightly slower day than Saturday, the reverse of two Open Studios in the past. There was much going on, including a Sharks game, and the streets were quiet. I sold the ever popular cards and two additional paintings :
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the small iris painting. I found a lovely small frame that can sit on a shelf or table. It is square, black, and had a shadowbox triple mat. I specifically painted this small piece from the irises that bloom in my garden every year at this time. You can see them blooming now and our show patrons enjoyed them very much. The new owner has a special display in mind for a guest area in her home.

"Holly's Irises" on my side patio

These Irises are very special to me, started from bulbs gifted by a friend.


Kathy said...

Oooooo.. your irises are beautiful! And, way ahead of ours. We don't even have buds yet! Thanks for all your posts on workshops and open studios, etc. It's all fascinating!

Christiane Kingsley said...

What beautiful artwork and so well displayed. Congratulations on the newest sales. I am very happy that your weekend was a success.

Mary Paquet said...

Kathy, the irises are just lovely, and they seem to love our spring weather.

Christiane, thanks for the encouragement.

AutumnLeaves said...

What a fabulous show it looks as though you had! I love the irises too. Congrats, Mary!

Mary Paquet said...

Sherry, as always, I so appreciate your comments.


Hi! it's nice to be on your art adventure! I'm your newest follower!
Spending time on a studio tour is one of my favourite things to do...and I've often thought of opening up my home to show off my works of art as well...but for now I do this via blogland!
come by and 'tour' my post today!
if you like what I do, you can follow me too!

ciao bella
my art is at
Creative Carmelina

PAMO said...

Mary- I just love seeing all the beautiful artwork in such beautiful locations! Sounds like you've been very busy and productive. Your work is stunning. Congrats on the sales! Our Iris are blooming here too- I love them.

Mary Paquet said...

Carmelina, thanks for becoming my newest follower. I've joined your blog to keep up with your lovely works of art.

Pam, welcome back. I feel such a connection with your art spirit and hope you are continuing to do your wonderful cartoons and the cat drawings.

sundownerin said...

ohh mary!! a am so thankfull for your comments on my blog!
of course i understand what you are wrighting... when you do mine... smile... wish i know you personaly....

Marie Theron said...

The open house exhibition looks lovely, what a nice venue to show your work. Congratulations on your sales, too!

Barbra Joan said...

Oh Mary, I'm enjoying reading your latest posts, your art display and seeing that beautiful garden. It must be Iris time as I posted some also.
I know you're busy right now, but much to tell you on a more personal level and will write you ..

Mary Paquet said...

Marie, I enjoy doing the Open Studios in my home -- lots of fun to invite people in to see the art.

Barbra Joan, it is indeed time for all of us to think Irises. I await your note.

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Nina E Jørgensen said...

open studio!!!! awesome! i would have liked to be there hehe!