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Press release for Timeless and the Rochester Library

The next couple of months will be very big for the visual arts in the area. Events are starting to overlap, and I can only be in so many places at once!!

This is my contribution to artwork offerings.

Timeless and Rochester Library press release

I hope all can attend!

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Fungi and Flora, at the Gafney Library

Some of the area’s art offerings require a 20-40 minute drive. The Gafney Library has gained the reputation for the offering some of the best of who Strafford County has for art. And, since I showed there last month…

MaryAnne O'Mara and Peggy Brewster at the Gafney

MaryAnne O’Mara and Peggy Brewster at the Gafney

Gabe shoots "Flora and Fungi"

Gabe shoots “Flora and Fungi”

 

 

Busy, and the Gafney opening was perfect

I was trying to post daily, and I got really good at posting something…

and then this last period happened…

so, here I am again, to show off today, and the opening reception at the Gafney.

I loved today. A perfect flow where everything actually made sense. Huh?

I delivered 2 pieces to the Gallery at 100 Market, and the curator was there early, knowing I needed to be in Sanbornville at 9:30. Amazingly, I got to the Gafney much earlier than I expected. So, the food display was artful, too.

My compadre, Steffanie Antonio was there right after 10. That really set the pace for the reception! Anne and Niles showed up not 10 minutes later…

Gabe Smith showed up in a HAZMAT suit, to so a performance at the Courier. Amy Regan is also here.

Gabe Smith showed up in a HAZMAT suit, to do a performance at the Courier. Amy Regan is also here.

As Anne Vaughan wanted a real tour, I needed to break for a whole new set of arrivals.¬†I am waiting for the rest of the images that other people shot today, because once things got rolling, I “lost” my camera.

Steffanie Antonio's shot of me in front of "Truant's Holiday"

Steffanie Antonio’s shot of me in front of “Truant’s Holiday”

Amy Regan, who is one of the founders of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art came and we discussed not only some of my art-making history, but also some of the mechanics of this show, and how I work.

I guess for some, putting together a show this size might be a retro…for me, the oldest piece in the show is September of 2013. About 40 of the 49 pieces on display are from 2014.

It will be up through next Saturday-check for the library hours on their website.

 

Largest show of mine to date: Gafney Library, Sanbornville, NH

I was given an opportunity to show as many as 60 pieces this month. I showed up with 49, and based on the images the curator sent me, that seems to have worked really well.

Since I also coordinate the shows for the Berwick Art Association, I needed to dash before the show was completely hung.

Here are some of the images that Peter sent down:

the main wall at Gafney including "Truant's Holiday"

the main wall at Gafney including “Truant’s Holiday”

"Catch the Sun" at Gafney

“Catch the Sun” at Gafney

This is a great show, and demonstrates much of what I explored artistically last year.

The opening reception is from 10-12, February 21st. Hope to see you all!

One definition of “Art in Small Places”

I have a large solo going up next week that includes work that came down on the 11th. It got wrapped and stacked in my studio/living room until Feb 1, when it gets delivered to the Gafney Library.

I am trying to get ready for the call for Gallery at 100 Market in Portsmouth, and I also have created a large number of watercolor/mixed media pieces on paper within the last few weeks.

As I was trying to cut foamcore and mats I realized that I have basically no room until this work goes north.

Cutting mats in the last remaining floor space

Cutting mats in the last remaining floor space

This defines dedication for an artist, I think. This is my living room. No real complaints (aside from I have run out of room), but I want to show the rest of the world that a lot of us don’t go to these gloriously naturally lit huge empty spaces to work. Many of us have spaces in our homes. In my case, my entire apartment is my studio-and that’s not the exception to the rule either!!

another view of the work space

another view of the work space

So, as I cut mats, stretch canvas, etc., I might also be moving furniture.  Cutting down a full sheet of mat board on the floor might be a challenge tonight.