I just completed 12 successful Painting Workshops in Florida since early January. It has been a really busy winter, but one of the best I have ever done! Registration numbers were up and several workshops had waiting lists. (If you did not get in, send me a note and I will have the various Ed Directors put your name on the 2019 list so you are contacted as soon as registrations open). I met so many wonderful folks and am proud to say I am averaging a 60% return rate on students who come back to study with me again. That consistency in education and focus is key to growing and evolving as a painter. I am always changing the workshops up each year, so they are new and fresh, but the Classic Principles are always the same, so it is a great review and a good way to evolve and grow each year. I am proud to say that I have been invited to return next year to all of the venues that I taught at this season, and will be offering new workshops and adding some to the 2019 lineup. The plans are looking very exciting! Be sure and stay tuned for upcoming 2018 Summer and Fall workshops in Vermont, Michigan, Indiana and Connecticut. I am very excited! Details will be showing up under CLASSES as soon as my contracts are finalized.
I look forward to returning to Broad Ripple Art Fair here in Indianapolis in early May, and will be exhibiting at the famous Old Town Art Fair in Chicago in early June. In July, I exhibit at Harbor Springs, Michigan on July 4 and in Frankfort, Michigan on July 25th at the CSA Art Fair. I also plan to participate in the IPAPA event at Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana which includes a small show that is open to the public on Sunday, July 15. (Specific event details will be available on the IPAPA website). Of course, let me know if you want to come to the studio to see my latest paintings. Email is best, to be sure someone is around to meet you.
I participated in the Art at the Indianapolis International Airport temporary art program through the holidays and early 2018. It was great fun. (I always enjoy the programs our Indianapolis Arts Council organizes and operates and try my best to participate.) Special thanks go out to Katie Norman/Indianapolis Airport Authority, Lindsey Lord and Julia Mooney-Moore/Indianapolis Arts Council, and Amy Carroll and Christopher Carroll for their help with the program.
I am pleased that 2 of my Indiana Dunes paintings left my studio in November for a journey to Africa. The paintings will be hanging in an exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone for the next few years. AIE has a public diplomacy mission achieved through cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through the visual arts. One way they realize this is through the exhibiting artwork in the public spaces of U.S. Embassies abroad, specifically in the U.S. Ambassadors’ residences. The Ambassadorial residences serve as the center for official state functions overseas, and the exhibitions become a part of the Ambassadors’ cultural mission. For these exhibitions, they strive to curate themes which foster dialogue and provide platforms for cultural outreach. I was very honored to be asked by Imtiaz Hafiz, Curator of Art In Embassies/U.S. Department of State to participate in the program and the new Ambassador, Maria E. Brewer was especially excited to have my paintings of the Dunes as she grew up in Indiana.
I delivered a peony painting to the residence of the Vice President of the United States last July. I am very honored and so excited to be included in their collection! Here is the tweet Second Lady, Karen Pence sent the day I dropped off the painting.
I cannot say it enough, thanks to all who support and encourage me along this journey. Hope to see you soon!