I love to peek behind the scenes.
To look behind the magic curtain, lift the veil of mystery,
watch how the sausage is made...all terms for
getting to see where something is created.
Observing the mechanics of any process leads to new respect.
So let me invite you to this year's High Country Tour de Art, the 9th annual. On the fourth Saturday of the next six months area artists and galleries will throw open their doors to invite the public into the inner sanctums of creation. It's a day to ask questions, exchange ideas, wander about and perhaps try something new.
Wonder what the difference between "wheel thrown" pottery and "coiled" is? Confused about the choice of acrylic versus oil? And just where do those off-the-wall ideas come from? This is your day to load up the car, download a map here (or get one at your first stop) and head out. Any artist will be happy to recommend the perfect lunch spot. If you are here all summer, it's a great tour for your guests or one you can do little by little over several months.
I'M EXCITED because I have a new potter in my studio AND a fun community project for you to join.
just a sample of Eric Reichard's great work
Eric is bringing in new work daily and after you check out his website you will want to see the real stuff. Eric and Maggie Black (my studio neighbor) have worked together and it was her recommendation that brought this beautiful new addition to my work space. Come check it out.
ALSO, join me as together we create the brightest, happiest painting this side of the Blue Ridge to be donated to the Seby B. Jones Cancer Treatment Center on the Watauga Medical Campus here in Boone. Many of us know loved ones who have spent hours receiving chemo treatments. It's a tedious, scary length of time and whether you are the patient or the caregiver old magazines don't do much for distracting you from worry.
Remembering the fun of participating in the Healing Ceilings Project I contacted our own Treatment Center only to discover their Art Committee was currently exploring the idea of how art aids the healing process. They embraced the project and I have promised them that everyone slapping on some color, outlining an object or adding a design to this 36" x 24" painting will be autographing the back of it with love and good wishes.
I'll be sharing more on this project as it develops but you don't have to be able to "draw a straight line" to help out. The lines will be drawn, the colors are out and paint brushes provided. All you have to do is add your touch, make a mark or paint by number. Let's make something that takes time to look at, that will be so full of color and lines and designs and objects that anyone sitting down for their treatment will go off into a new world where there is hope and promise.
Saturday, June 24, that's tomorrow! Come on by 112 Clubhouse Drive, right off Hwy 105 in Foscoe. We are officially open at 10 am (you know I'm there earlier) and happy to see you until 5 pm. If you get lost call me at 32-795-0816 and I'll give you a landmark.
and guess what? there is no limit to the number of times you can come!!
See you tomorrow,