Benefit shows for Laura Dragon; Upcoming Events, Ongoing work

“Hoot!” Acrylic on panel, 12×12 in, done with permission of photographers Archie and Connie Tucker for the ‘Derivatives’ show at the Herberger AZ Center. SOLD

“Hoot” is one of a few paintings I contributed to two benefit art shows to help local gallery owner Laura Dragon who was diagnosed with state 4 cancer this year. The art community quickly rallied to help Laura, as she is an art icon here who has helped many local artists elevate their careers. To show at her venue, {9} The Gallery, has been an honor and an achievement for so many of us. Laura has also gone to Art Bazel in Miami and taken some local artists work with her to great success.

The first event was at the Icehouse in May this year, and the 2nd was in June at {9}. I contributed four paintings and know for sure 3 sold, not sure yet if the 4th has. I was a bit out of commission this month due to my back going out so didn’t get to stay long at any of the art shows, but I did see the first 3 pictured here sold.

“Her Bird,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×8 in, SOLD

“His Birds,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×8 in., SOLD

“Just Add Worms” is the one I’m not sure yet if it sold.

“Just Add Worms,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×10 in., at {9} The Gallery until mid June, have not yet confirmed if it sold or not during the reception.

COMING UP

“Pullet” Acrylic on panel, 9×12 in, unframed so far, $200

“Cockerel,” Acrylic on panel, 9 x 12 in., unframed so far, $200

Two new pieces portray young chickens, at that stage between chick and adult, what we’d think of as teenagers or maybe even tweens. This is a really sweet stage of their growth as they start to get tiny little combs and have all their grown up feathers and are trying to cluck and crow.

The work table is spread with piles of doodles and drawings, words cut out from newspapers, as well as some vintage maps, magazines, and other found treasures. These will be assembled into collages and mixed media pieces over the summer. I have a few paintings that haven’t been shown yet, some not finished yet, and some thrift store finds that will get makeovers as soon as the idea of what to do to them strikes.

Last month, while my husband was at Heat Sync, a “maker space” for computer, electronic, and robotic stuff in Mesa, I spent the afternoon looking at the beautiful shows at the Mesa Arts Center, and then perused several antique stores close by. Though I usually prefer thrift store prices, I did find a vintage toy whose head is now part of a sculpture in progress. Happy to say Gorilla Glue worked very well to adhere the old vinyl to an empty plastic juice bottle that will be its new body. For some reason when I first started using Gorilla Glue it either didn’t suggest to mist the surfaces with water, or I missed it, but that really does help and the directions do say it now. I forgot that and had to poke a hole in the juice bottle and awkwardly spray some water in there, which did cause the glue to start to expand and do its thing. Had it not worked right I could easily have just reglued it, but it did work very well even with the water as an afterthought. Then, I had to poke another hole so it’d dry out, which it quickly did in our arid climate. Under so many pieces of art, there is a “Crap! I forgot to…”

In July, the women’s painting group I’m in, Ladies Who Paint, is having a group show on their wall space at the Artery, 7th Street and Indian School, Phoenix. The gallery also goes by Studio 6, referring to the artists whose studios are in the same building. The theme is “heat.” I don’t have any existing pieces on that theme that are small enough so I’ll be keeping that in mind as I assemble collages in June. Then in Nov, I and Nancy Romanovsky will be sharing our group’s Artery space, no particular theme yet, but they will probably be small pieces. Nancy does beautiful landscapes!

I have not forgotten the plan to do a sequel to last year’s solo show (“Fatal Farm”), but it’s not going to be this year. There’s a growing stack of ideas hastily written or sketched. Just not sure yet what direction it’ll take. I have a couple of artist friends whose work also takes a political or environmental theme, and am not ruling out doing it as part of a broader topic as a two or three person show. Angst over the current administration after last year’s election has impacted what I make. Sometimes I start a political piece and can’t stand to look at it anymore so it doesn’t get finished. I have a feeling that will affect my art for some time going forward. A few pieces have emerged just for fun such as the Pullet and Cockerel portraits though!

Things come up, especially group shows, and I’ll share details as they happen.

Have a great summer!

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2 thoughts on “Benefit shows for Laura Dragon; Upcoming Events, Ongoing work

  1. Cindy! So much wonderfulness!! First, though: I hope you’re back’s OK!!! (((hugs))) And I hope you’re staying cool. LOVE “Hoot!” It’s so beautiful and full of expression, like one of those intensely lovely portraits from the 1800’s – but for our modern world.

    So sad about Laura Dragon. 😦 But wow – terrific that you’re all pulling together to help her.
    LOVELOVELOVE those chickens and birds and people!!!!!!!!! Each is a special delight. Have to admit that my personal fav is “His Birds.” Big smile-maker!!

    Yikes – that glue!
    You’re doing a show with the theme of heat? In Phoenix? In July? Yeeow.
    Super news!! I’m so happy for you!!
    🙂

    • Well, if I get anything with the theme of heat DONE in time, I’ll have it in the show in July! It’s a group show so if I don’t make it others will fill the space!

      Thanks for all your comments and support!

      Yes, very sad and scary when people are diagnosed with cancer. It’s sad that in the US when people are seriously ill they also have to add worrying about how they’ll pay for treatment to their stress. I just keep feeling, this should not happen in a developed country.

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