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Viewer's Choice Ballots

Yesterday was the final day of the 2009 Art in the Round Barn exhibit. As always, the show was a pleasure to see. Being in a round space and with all the added walls, you feel like it goes on forever as you make your way around the show. Thanks to everyone who made it happen. At the end, we get to take home the Viewer's Choice Ballots. It's nice to read the comments. The pastel landscape of mine that got the most attention was Grand Passage. Since you can only sense so much by viewing the image online, I thought I would include some of the viewers' comments in my blog.

Artwork Title: Grand Passage, 2009, 24x32, Pastel (Gallery One, 2nd image from left in top row)


"Very pleasing. Tranquil, but broody mood. Hopper meets Hockney?"

"Love the angles and geometry- fits like a puzzle-and love the water."

"Very strong graphic image, great light and shadow."

"Breath taking."


"Reminds me of home."


October Show at the Artisans' Gallery and Tea Store

Next week I will be hanging a show on the big wall at the Tea Store adjacent to the Artisans' Gallery. There will be a reception on Saturday evening, October 3rd  from 5-7pm at the Tea Store. I will be able to hang quite a few pastel landscapes, including five new pieces. The Tea Store is really cool. This will be their last month at that location before they move next door and open a restaurant. This show called Out of the Ordinary, will hang for the month of October. See you there!


Champlain's Lake Rediscovered Show at the Vermont State House

The Champlain's Lake Rediscovered show is going to be hanging at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The last show of the traveling exhibit opens Friday, Sept. 25 from 4-7. It will hang until October 31. The show has been traveling since May. It went from Shelburne , VT to New York City to Boston, MA to Manchester, VT, and finally to Montpelier, VT. You can see the artwork, (including my pastel landscape, Warm Waters) that is on display online, but at the show you can pick up a catalog in book form.


Art in the Round Barn, September 21- October 12, 2009

The Art in the Round Barn juried art exhibit begins today. Coinciding with the last day of summer, it is a sure sign of fall. Located on the East Warren Rd in Waitsfield, Vermont, the show runs from September 21 through October 12; open daily from 9:30 to 5:00 pm (closed at 2:30 on Saturdays). I have five pastel landscapes in the show. They are Grand Passage, Moonlit Cloud Pieces, View to the South, Field Split, and Yellow Moon. Three of them can be found in the "Gallery" pages of my website and two of them are new. You should see the show, there is always a lot of exciting work, if you like art.


Millstone Grind mountain bike race

It has been a long time since we have done a mountain bike race, but since Adam and I have been riding a lot this summer, we decided to do the Millstone Grind. This race, in its second year, is put on by a former racing friend, Andy Wellman. It takes place at the Millstone Hill Touring Center in Barre, VT. Since the touring center has great trails, we knew the course would be good and we were right. The laps were 8 miles long and we had to do 4 of them. It was a perfect mix of technical and flowing, not too hilly and what a workout. I had the best women's time at 3:40, though I was the only one signed up in the woman's elite field, there were several other expert women who raced the same distance. Adam raced well, too. He placed 11th in the elite men's field with a time of 3:12. We are excited to do a little more racing. We will do the Allen Clark Hill Climb for sure and maybe some cyclocross races as well.


Race To The Top Of Vermont, mountain bike race

On Sunday, August 30th, Adam and I raced the 2nd annual Race to the Top of Vermont mountain bike hill climb. As the name implies, we race up the Toll Road at Mt. Mansfield to the highest point in Vermont. Adam and I both had great results. Adam placed 3rd in his category and was 9th overall out of about 170 entrants. I won the overall women's title. My goal was to beat my time from last year, which I achieved by about 2 minutes. I didn't realize that I was so close to the record set last year and wound up coming in at exactly the same time, tying the record. If I had only gone a second or two faster... is the thought that haunts me, but in the same thought, I'm glad I didn't go a second or two slower!


Art studio visits welcome!

The summer has been busy and all the rain has made for good studio days. If you live in the area or are visiting, give me a call if you would like to pay a studio visit (802-496-9975). I have recently delivered many pieces to the galleries, but I still have a lot of work here. There are framed pastel landscapes, odd drawings without frames, a rack of greeting cards with envelopes, and even a few paintings. The next show I am working towards is Art in the Round Barn. The show runs from Sept 21-Oct. 12, 2009. This is a juried group show and is always worth the visit.


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