Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Another arty weekend...

Another new painting idea and beginning...

I'm still more in an idea-hunt/start-up mode than true-painting mode, so-- another start-up.

And then, more "good times" this weekend. Lisa did such a good job blogging (as usual) that I'll just lift her entry, with a few of my own edits...

A Street's Winterfest

'A Street' in Santa Rosa continues to become an ever more happening little arts district, and this weekend they hosted the third annual "Winterfest" but only the first one we made it to. Sort of felt like the local version of Oakland's 'Art Murmur', if you read our post about that...
1) Laura Hoffman with me in her studio in front of 2 new great paintings.
2) With Bee, out in front of Mario Uribe's studios, where Bee was selling goodies from the new Cafe Saint Rose.

3) Andrea Speer Hibbard, of the great A Street Gallery, looking festive.

4 & 5) Two shots from Mary Vaughan's studio, but you simply have to click over to her studio to see her beautiful work properly!

These guys were playing up the alley--we would really like to hire them for a party one day. We also heard them once at Mosaic (the restaurant in Forestville.) Gin, I think is their name....

Painting by Frank Ryan, up & coming young artist!

Don Bishop, whose work we've always liked... also has a whole show over at the Petaluma SRJC campus

...and then there was this odd fashion show. "Extreme Hair" was the theme-- held in a hair salon. When we first arrived, we just thought we were woefully underdressed (or over-dressed).Ace photographer Bob Stender (he shoots alot of our work) finds the view pretty good from the cat-walk.

Finally, Lisa and I quaff an Ale in Graton's Underwood on the way home. Good Times!

Then the next day we headed out to the East Bay to an early afternoon birthday gathering at Claire Cotts' studio in Berkeley-which was fun, though we did'nt take any pictures to prove it. We did take a few of Erik Friedman and Emma Harris-Sintamarian"s mind boggling installation piece (called "Storm") at Swarm Gallery in Jack London Sq., Oakland (right next to Pro Arts Gallery). Holy moly you guys! These photos are pretty lame & don't come close to show the scale, depth, and insane amount of work-but, well-- that's what you get for looking at art on blogs.
(seriously-the amount of intricate cutting on this makes my fingers hurt.)
Then, on our way to some serious art-store retail therapy, we quickly revisited the Mercury 20 Gallery-but alas, closed. We still got another look at one of our new favorite painters, Tarra Lyons.-love this painting...We ended up bopping around on 4th street in Berkeley-which, by night-fall, was looking alot like you-know-what...and then, on our way outta town, over to Patti's for a quick visit and a late-nite snack (yum!-that was good Patti)-then back home to the shire.


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