Lot (and lots!) to see at the Carnegie reception

I’m going to try your patience here just a little bit, because I think some short videos will convey the spirit of the huge crowd at the Carnegie Center for the Arts reception better than my thousand words could. The first one is the newer building with its nice combination of natural light and focused lights. My painting is in this gallery, but since someone is standing in front of it I will post a photo after the video. Also, pay attention to three clay vases in a glass case which appear about 10 seconds into the video. More on that in a minute!

 

So here’s my painting, in case this is the first of my blogs you are reading…

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“Michigan Orange Frost”, oil on canvas, part of my “Orange” series

 

Now for the interesting part about the three vases. As soon as I saw them, I was pretty sure they were fired using horse hair as a decorative element. Here’s a closeup of them–

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Now take a look at my Christmas gift from a couple of Christmases back–with my horse’s hair used in a similar way!

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Opening my Christmas present…

So sure enough, when I got close enough to read the description, it clearly stated that it was horse hair! I always appreciated my vase as a work of art, but never expected it to appear in an art show in the same room as one of my paintings.

Anyhow, moving right along–here are three of the other four galleries at the Carnegie Center. The last one wasn’t ideal for me to get video because 1) it was so crowded you could hardly move, and 2) I’m really short.

Here are a couple of photos detailing the atrium and the stained glass. The old section of the original Carnegie Library can’t be beat for turn-of-the-last century decoration.

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Looking down from the second floor to what was originally the main desk of the library.

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Looking up from the first floor through to the stained glass in the ceiling of the second floor.

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Looking into the first floor gallery, the one I couldn’t get a good photo of. It was also where the food was, making it even more crowded. I think the early 20th century was quite into faux marble columns.

 

Greg, my faithful gallery-hopping companion, accompanied me to this show as usual. We compared notes and discussed our favorites, then awaited the awards presentation which took place in the area of the photo above. We had decided pretty much upon first sight that this large pastel painting titled “Jayce’s Mood” deserved to be near the top of the list.

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“Jayce’s Mood”, a way-bigger-than-life-size pastel painting that was awarded “Best in Show”. Greg and I were pleased to see that, for once, the jurors agreed with us! Artist is Al Harris, Jr.

 

The other artwork that both of us thought was great wasn’t “in the ribbons” as we like to say at horse shows, but both of us again agreed that it should have been. This is one that begs for individual interpretation by each viewer, so I won’t play art critic here except to say that it addresses its subject matter on many different levels. It’s called “Strike A Pose” and is basically a photographic medium although it looks like a painting. The substrate looks like Naugahyde, which is a texture I have never seen used in an art piece but seems to work especially well in this one.

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“Strike A Pose”, artist is Lynne A. Kasey

And so, what happened with my painting, you were wondering? Well, the usual. I didn’t win anything. But for me, it isn’t about winning. It is all about getting my work seen. And I’ve decided that this is the year I’m going to mount a concerted effort to make it happen. I have plans…

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A legacy of Andrew Carnegie

So happy to announce that this:

All done. I feel like I'm flying low when I look at this.

Michigan Orange Frost–Oil on Canvas

will be going here:

Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan

Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan

The Carnegie Center for the Arts sponsors a regional juried show which has accepted one of my Michigan Orange series paintings. I’m especially happy about this because the building itself is just so perfect for art display! The building was originally the town library, which owes its existence to the famous generosity of Andrew Carnegie. What is even more amazing is that a town of some 7500 residents managed to save the building in 1978 after it was damaged by a fire in a building next door and a broken water main.

Here are the amazing details from their website:

The building was renamed The Carnegie Center for the Arts, and held its official grand opening on April 27, 1980, showcasing art work from the children of St. Joseph County. Since this time, the Carnegie Center’s programming has grown to include a variety of programs for children and adults.

In 1992, the two adjacent buildings forming the corner on Portage and Main St. were donated to the center. Fund raising began in December 1995, and in July 1996, the campaign goal of $750,000 had been reached thanks to the generosity of many businesses and individual contributors. Construction and renovation began in November 1996 to join the three buildings.

The completed Carnegie Art Center featured its first exhibit in the W.R. Monroe Museum in June 1997. Now, the Carnegie Center for the Arts hosts a variety of art exhibits and is a venue for the Carnegie Concert Series.

The interior of the three connected buildings is beautifully lit, even on Michigan’s many dark cloudy days. The exhibit will be on view through mid-February, and I will be attending the opening reception and hope to have some beautiful photos to share. One thing I particularly liked about this competition is that the jurying was done from the actual work, not digital images. So when I dropped off my painting ahead of the jury date I got a preview of what the other entries were and am happy to report that this can’t help but be a quality show. Hope Andrew would have been proud…

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A little sunlight in winter

Willow Pond, commissioned watercolor on Aquabord™, 5" x 7"

Willow Pond, commissioned watercolor on Aquabord™, 5″ x 7″

I got the word that it would be extremely unlikely that the “hidden for now” painting would be seen on my blog before it was delivered to its intended recipient. The plan is to present this to the owner of the property, who is not that fond of winter! Maybe insert a little summer light into the dark days of December.

There were some people in the original photo that got removed in the interest of focusing attention on the lovely scene. There was also one cat hair that got unintentionally added–I didn’t notice it until the first coat of varnish had dried and I didn’t dare remove it for fear of lifting off paint with it. Thanks to my orange tiger cat, always trying to be a part of the action. The single cat hair is visible in this photo; if you are of the sleuthing sort you can attempt to find it.

What I do love about this photo is that it’s probably the first one out of the maybe hundred or so paintings on Aquabord™ that I’ve done that manages to show the watercolor paper-like texture of the board. It’s particularly evident in the sky, and the texture also helped me out with the reflective quality of the water. Even after all these paintings, I still find Aquabord™ to be a somewhat tricky surface to deal with but also much more forgiving than watercolor paper.

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Hidden for now

I’m starting a new Aquabord™ commission as a surprise Christmas present. Will have to check with the client to gauge possibility of early discovery if I post it. It’s an unusual one for me, as my Aquabords have all been of horses up till now. This one is a summer landscape of some cottages on a lovely little pond. Hope to show it to you soon.

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Pretty cozy in here

Feels just like home...

Feels just like home…

And the hay is…where? Hey hay, I didn’t get paid to do hay. You’ll have to wait for your lady to take care of that. Meanwhile, I’m going to clean some paint brushes. That means I think this painting is done. Will wait for official stamp of approval.

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Lakota…stall under construction

"Stall-side supervisor" seems happy with the progress of his home.

“Stall-side supervisor” seems happy with the progress of his home.

House construction is taking a bit longer than planned. Hiccup involves requiring a few layers of paint to get the texture of the wood. Sometimes I can paint over a layer when it just starts to get “sticky-dry”, but there’s one section where I’m having to wait a day or so in order not to pull up the layers underneath.

We’re in the home stretch, though.

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Lakota…looking for a stall

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Right how he’s still in his blueprint of a stall, but don’t worry good buddy, we’ll have you in the real thing pretty soon. This painting makes me want to just grab and kiss that soft spotted muzzle! He reminds me of my own Charm’s face in the way the blaze slips off to the side and drops over his nostril. Ms Sassypants’ blaze also makes her look like she took a strong left hook from somebody…

I always wonder, as I'm trotting down center line in a dressage test, if the judge is going to mark me down for the optical illusion of a crooked head...

I sometimes wonder, as I’m trotting down center line in a dressage test, if the judge is going to mark me down for the optical illusion of a crooked head… 😉

 

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