Last month I entered five portraits of women in a competition at See.Me.com called “S/HE PERSISTED,” celebrating the power and strength of women for this year’s Art Takes Armory 2020 exhibitions, from March 4th to March 26th. On February 26th I received an email notifying me of this:
“After a long and thorough review by the jury panel, your work has been selected to receive a digital feature at the “S/he Persisted…” exhibition. Your entry did not rank in the top ten and was not selected as a prize-winning submission.
One of the images from your submission will be chosen by our curatorial team to be featured digitally on a large TV monitor at the exhibition. The image will be accompanied by a short excerpt from the written section of your submission and the name (for display purposes) you provided us with on the submission form.”
I was thrilled, of course, though I had no idea which of my entries had been chosen. I even briefly thought about flying up to New York for the opening at their event space on Lexington Avenue & 46th Street. COVID-19 put an end to that notion, and, of course, the event has been cancelled, along with almost everything else in New York and the country.
I received an email this weekend confirming that Diva was the painting that had been chosen for the event. This original Diva is on a 20” x 20” canvas, and I am coincidentally painting her again in a much larger format as a commission. Grateful that I can paint amidst all the insanity surrounding our lives right now, I’ll be posting another diva soon…
Lucky to have the chance to be included in the fourth Revolving Art Show this season at BallenIsles Country Club, I entered Rabbi Rich, the portrait I painted of my husband from a color photo taken of him the evening he officiated at the wedding of our son and daughter-in-law, and Argentine Tango, a celebration of the dancers I love to paint. The exhibit is up for viewing from February 3rd to March 9th.
I’ve had the privilege of exhibiting my work at the annual Art Expo at BallenIsles Country Club since 2006, where it’s always been a delight to see how many talented artists live and work in the community. After our clubhouse was razed and rebuilt in 2018-19, all interested parties met to form an Art Club, which includes both artists and members interested in art and boasts a membership of over 340 residents. For those interested in the arts, there are lectures, films and field trips designed to stimulate lively discussion and feed the soul. For the artists, there is now a schedule of open studio time for those who like to work on their own projects and appreciate the camaraderie and benefit of having other artists’ eyes on their work, as well as a variety of art classes offered with various professionals from late fall into spring. And…once again…there is an annual Art Show, with 67 artist members exhibiting their paintings, sculpture, photography and even needlepoint from January 14-19 in our beautiful clubhouse. It is a privilege to have an opportunity to show my work and a delight to admire the work of my fellow artists.
On Saturday, November 2, the Ballenisles Art Club opened its first Revolving Art Exhibit outside the East dining room of the clubhouse. I was honored to be included in the first of what will be four to six week long art exhibits throughout the season. After our beautiful new clubhouse opened just one year ago, the artists and lovers of art who live here, at BallenIsles Country Club, formed a new Art Club that now has over 300 members and sponsors field trips and lectures and provides open studio time as well as art classes for its members. In addition to the Revolving Art Exhibits, Art Expo 2020, exhibiting a variety of mediums in work created by members of the Art Club, will open with a gala on the evening of January 15, 2020 and run through Sunday, January 19th. I’m happy to be a member of the Art Studio committee and the Art Show committee, since I’m so pleased to have a place to come and paint with other artists right here where I live, as well as new opportunities to exhibit my work.
Amidst the barrage of hurricane warnings this Labor Day weekend, it was a distinct pleasure to get an email from the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery congratulating me on winning Special Recognition in their 9th Annual Open Art Competition for Black Swan. The gallery received 782 entries from 20 different countries from around the world, as well as from 34 different states and the District of Columbia, so it’s a distinct honor to be included among the artists receiving Special Recognition in the Painting & Other Media category.
I make it a habit to regularly enter art competitions for several reasons but mostly because compliments from family and friends are lovely but no real measure of how good your work is. It’s mostly from juried competitions that you can answer the question, “How am I doing?”
I’ve been painting portraits of our grandchildren for the last fourteen years, to be able to display them in our condo in Florida. Looking at them makes me smile, when I can’t be near them. So now it’s Teddy’s turn to be painted and join his sisters and cousins and remind me how lucky we are. He’s so cute, so good-natured—a happy boy whose smile lights up the room. You don’t have to take my word for it, you could ask his grandfather!
When our oldest granddaughter, Izzy, was little, she pointed out that I always called her my darling girl—as she certainly was. Then came her two sisters and, eventually, her first two cousins: my five darling girls. And now along comes Teddy…
I have often said that I love color, so the Primary Colors Arts Competition on www.lightspacetime.art seemed made for me, where at least one or more of the primary colors (red, blue and/or yellow) stood out as a primary artistic element in the artwork submitted. Now I am delighted to have won a Special Merit Award for Fantasy and Special Recognition for Steeplechase. There were 741 entries in the competition from 24 different countries around the world and 35 different states and D.C., so it’s an honor to be included among the award winners.
I painted Fantasy using old black and white movie posters from the 1930’s & 40’s of Loretta Young as my reference for the woman. I called the painting Fantasy, hoping it was ambiguous enough that some would think she is his fantasy and others think he is hers.
I painted Steeplechase as a gift for my husband, who has great memories of his father taking him to George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Park in Coney Island to ride the mechanical ponies in a horserace, one of the highlights of his childhood.
The exhibition runs online through the month of July on http://www.lightspacetime.art.