University Club opening reception
September 26, 2021
I approach every exhibition with trepidation. I wasn’t sure how the day would go. In fact, I almost did not submit to this group show with the Take Five Artists. I did not have a lot of available paintings. At the last minute I put together paintings that were slated for another show. I am glad I did.
I selected a handful of my American Bar Series paintings. Half were of local establishments, others of bars in Key West and New Orleans. Angel’s Trumpet is a bar in Phoenix on 2nd Ave just off of Roosevelt. The name derives from the owner’s surname, Angelhorn – you get it.
A group of art patrons that had never heard of any of our group just happened to attend the opening. Before long I had an inflated ego as I was told how much they liked my painting.
We will be back at the U Club in March 2022 with a new show, new work. I don’t know what I will have – I do have two new large paintings, on still on the easel, of local bar scenes. I also have a slew of abstracts. And I have a head full of ideas that I have yet to lay out on canvas. Time will tell.
Take Five Artists have had a personnel change recently. We wish Susan the best, but sometimes marriages and partnerships don’t work as easily as anticipated. We are now back down to five artists in our consortium.
We all are working hard on advertising our brand. While we each bring our unique perspective and style to the table, if there were to be one unifying theme to our work, I would argue that it is our use of color.
I am more of an abstract expressionist; Liz works in mixed media bordering on abstraction; Sharon is a realist playing with abstraction; Nancy deals in pure abstraction; and Rosalie excels at portraits and realist and impressionistic scenes.
As the season winds down in the Valley – events slow down as the Valley heats up – as a group we are refining our online presence, creating new work, and working on our exhibitions this autumn and next year.
I plan to be exhibiting more paintings, some purely abstract, and showing less 3-dimensional sculpture in our upcoming shows.
Take Five Artists Opening reception at Holland Gallery in Carefree, AZ.
Finally! We had an opening reception at a gallery that did not mandate masks!
Holland Gallery is a fantastic space for artists. The staff is top notch, friendly, helpful, loving. I wish I had more paintings for display. I am working on more, trust me. Most of my available work is three-dimensional. The gallery is geared to paintings, and I have four paintings on display. Continue reading “Holland Gallery Opening Reception”
Everyone needs a safe haven, a place where everybody knows your name. “Friday Night Shift” is the latest in my American Bar Series of paintings.
Captain’s in Apache Junction is my home away from home. Captain’s, where you may one day see someone ride his horse through the bar. Captain’s, where you might see the owner dancing on the bar. Captain’s, where Mary one day took a sledge hammer to her credit card machine, and since then has been cash only. Captain’s, with the coldest beer on draught in Apache Junction. Continue reading “Friday Night Shift”
Behind a building at the Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction sits a decrepit 1950’s vintage International Harvester pickup truck.
I was wandering off the beaten track at this well known tourist attraction when I stumbled onto this gem. In its former life, this IH served as a fire truck. The original painting will be on display at my show in December at One-oh-One in Mesa.
“I would never join a club that would have me as a member. ” Groucho Marx
The University Club would probably have me as a member. I gained entrance without joining. The Take Five artists are on display in the University Club. I have five paintings on display, and available for purchase.
All of my paintings are of bars, some local, some famous. Submitting these paintings for this exhibit – on display until January 2021 – placed me in a quandary. Continue reading “University Club”