Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Phippen Western Art Show & Sale

This Memorial Day Weekend I will be at the 35th annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale. I really like this show for it's fine location - five minutes from my house in Prescott! But really, it is a great honor to be chosen again to participate in this year's show. From the Phippen Museum website, "The annual event features Art of the American West represented in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and drawing. The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale has been a tradition of the Memorial Day Weekend in Prescott since 1974. The Phippen Museum believes the true spirit of the American West is preserved in its art. This show brings together artists of the highest caliber, art enthusiasts and collectors from all over the country to celebrate Prescott’s rich western heritage and culture."

Located in Prescott's beautiful downtown courthouse square, the show will be held Sat, Sun and Mon., May 23 - 25, 9 - 5 pm (3 pm on the Monday). I will be in booth # 71 near the corner of Montezuma St. (aka Whiskey Row) and Gurley St.

Also, this year I will participating in both the Saturday and Sunday quick draw events. From the website, "One of the most exciting parts of the Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale is the Quick Draw events that are held on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. This fast-paced event is a 45-minute, timed demonstration by 15 to 20 artists creating a piece of art in front of the public starting with a completely blank canvas. The pieces are then auctioned off to the audience. The auction will begin at approximately 3 p.m."

The new work shown above will be at the show.
Top: The Ruins at Night 18x24 Bottom: Grand Evening 24x24

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Windrush Gallery

I'm happy to announce that I will be represented by the Windrush Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. I always planned to look for representation in the Sedona area, but this came about in an interesting and unexpected way.

A few weeks ago I was bringing home the paintings from the Sedona Art Center members show and ran into pastel/oil painter Michael Johnson. I had recently met and painted with Michael in Sedona, and he mentioned that he had some art in the Windrush. I had never heard of this gallery and only had a little time, so I planned to just run in and out of the gallery to take a look. Owner, John McCullough, was hanging a bunch of really nice works by Adelle Earnshaw and we got to talking.

I told John I was a friend of Michaels, that I was an artist and why I was in Sedona that day, but I said would call him someday and set up an appointment to see if he was interested in adding me to the gallery. I didn't want this to be an annoying cold call, especially when he was busy hanging a show. We traded business cards, and I said I'd contact him soon. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, John came out , flagged me down and said he might as well see what I had since I was there. He liked what he saw and asked me be a part of the gallery!

I had thought that getting involved in the Sedona Art Center would be great way to get involved in the Sedona art scene, but this was an unexpected turn of events. John wants the Windrush Gallery to specialize in plein air landscape painting and I'm excited to be included in the gallery!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Back from the Zion Plein Air Invitational

I arrived in Zion National Park a day early to check out the painting locations for the "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran" plein air invitational and to just explore the park. During the day I took the time to climb up the popular Angel's Landing trail. I meant to just hike up to the notch at Refrigerator Canyon at the base of the infamous Walter's Wiggles switchbacks. Half way there I realized my sandals weren't up to the task, so I decided to go barefoot. At the notch, I thought I'd hike up some of the wiggles to see what they're like and ended up doing all 21 of them. Once at Scout's Lookout I could see the final summit ridge and couldn't resist going all the way. I got lots of comments about being barefoot, but sandstone is very forgiving and the views of Zion Canyon from the top was well worth the effort.
That evening I left the park to get to the free lodging that was offered at the Ponderosa Resort a few minutes from the park's east entrance. I shared a beautiful resort cabin with fellow artists Brad Holt and Doug Martin. Free digs, but the downside was that we had to commute 30 minutes of winding roads into and out of the park each day. All the artists met at the museum on Monday for a pre-paint out meeting and then we headed out to paint for four days. The painting locations were selected based on Thomas Moran's sketches of Zion, but we had plenty of leeway as to what to paint. Zion is a wonderful place to be and to paint, and except for some cold morning winds, we had near perfect weather all week. We were given a pass to drive up Zion Canyon as far as the lodge, but to go farther up canyon we had to ride the tour buses. Occasionally, a few of us would meet up for lunch or dinner at various local restaurants in Springdale that offered discounted meals for the event artists. All the food was excellent.

This piece sold at auction.

A couple of favorites that are still hanging at the Bingham Gallery

Each artist selected five or so of our best work to be hung for that Friday's wet paint sale at the Maynard Dixon Studio and Gallery in Mt. Carmel Junction just east of the park. This sale was to last through the weekend, but many of us left our paintings there to be shown through May. The paintings we sent ahead of time to the Zion Human History Gallery and the Bingham Gallery will also continue to be shown throughout the month. If you're travelling through southern Utah this month, be sure to stop by the various galleries to see the fine art produced for this show. On Saturday an auction was held at the Zion Lodge. The best part of this was the earrings and necklace I won for my wife Michelle as a gift for making this trip possible. She took time off work to manage the household and kids all by herself while I was gone for the week. Thanks, Michelle!

Maynard Dixon Studio Gallery.

The seven pieces I submitted for the wet paint sale.

The beautiful Bingham Gallery.

The painting I submitted for this is next to the window.

I feel fortunate to have been invited to this show. I made some new friends, learned a lot and did couple of decent Zion paintings. Thanks to Anne Wieler-Brown, Z-arts, Bingham Gallery, Thunderbird Foundation and Zion National Park for putting together a great inaugural Zion Plein Air Invitational. I also came home with a ton of reference photos and sketches of Zion, the Mt. Carmel Jct. area and the Vermilion Cliffs - lots and lots of painting ideas! Now it's time to get ready for the Phippen Western Art Show and Sale....