Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tom and Tinker in the gallery corner after a long day of getting ready for the new season.
I have had to put down the paintbrush again for a few days as we are pretty busy getting the gallery in working order for the season. Maybe it is our ranch heritage that Tom and I are dealing with as every spring we are doing maintenance and adding to. This morning Tom is putting insulation in the old gallery portion ceiling. We think it will really help with the heat in summer and cold in winter. Amazing how some of these old buildings in Wyoming were constructed. I truely believe it was all for today and we might do something else tomorrow if we aren't kilt by injuns or grizzlies??? Anyway we also get these "visions" to improve this or that and are working on some of those projects. And they are helping. It is looking better all the time.
I did get some good news. I have been accepted to participate again in the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Quick-draw. Up to last year I was a participant through DiTomasso Gallery[You need sponsorship to be eligible] and when they closed down the gallery I lost my sponsorship for last year. We have been advertising and promoting our gallery through the Jackson Chamber who runs this event and through our own gallery I am back in the show. It is one of the major quick-draw events in the country. 2 years ago my piece auctioned for $2750.00. The artist gets 50% of that which is pretty good for an hours work. I think they should do it every day. The only draw back is the weather in September as several of those years I did it it was either frosty from the early morning or snowing. It has been a pretty cold event. Intense but a lot of fun and some really great people who are in Jackson for that week long event. It is an artists world during that week. It also is the week after the Susan K Black workshop in Dubois which is a spectacular Art workshop with well over 100 artists attending along with world-reknown instructors in Landscape, Wildlife and Western art. During those two weeeks the hills are alive with plein-aire artist from all walks of life. Google in Susan K Black workshops if interested. It is a great experience.
I earlier posted that Peaks & Plains was going to do a 3 page article on me and my art work. Was interviewed the other day for that and have just schedualed a "true"photographer for picture taking. I am glad that they have picked Dubois own, Steven Lundsford to do that. Steven sells his photography in our gallery and is a true artist with the lens. Check him out through His work is a true inspiration, and later this summer if you are flying over western skies look for that magazine, PEAKS AND PLAINS. It is an airline publication.