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SAA Blog Post: Meet the Artist -- That's me!
Around my studio building - The Stutz - there is a lot of activity. The preparations for the 2015 Annual Stutz Open House are underway. Painting, cleaning, making lists of things that have to get done before we open our studios for the biggest weekend of visitors of the year. Not to mention, we are still trying to create more work. The Stutz Artists Association, our organization which sponsors The Show, maintains our gallery and website and creates our publicity has featured me as an artist participating in the Annual Open House on the blog this month.
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One painting had to speak for me at the Food for Thought show in November 2010. The exhibit was held in the StutzARTSpace Gallery in the Stutz Building and a venue for the annual Sprit and Place program. The show centered around artists who use sketchbooks and who would be willing to display their sketchbooks. For some artists this proved to be a too personal territory. The focus of my sketchbook was "Food as Memoir", a subject that I frequently return to in my work. So many memories of so many people in my life center around food! Grandmothers, the old great-aunts, my mother, the children--great stories about all of them and they have stories about me, too! But this piece was different. The subject is still painful. This painting is a tribute to my friend, Lynn, who died suddenly this past year. Lynn was of Japanese heritage and our friendship had grown for over 25 years. We both loved food, exchanged recipes and were crazy about sushi!! Lynn was my sushi-eating…
Tomorrow evening is our long-awaited "Demo and Dinner" prepared by premier chefs Rosa and Tony Hanslits. A small group of foodie fans will gather at Nicole Taylor's Pasta Shop in the shop kitchen to watch and ask questions, smell the smells and enjoy the wonderful flavors of a dinner prepared by the talented Hanslits couple.
The menu has been posted. Yum.
Some of us will be meeting this culinary couple for the first time. But not me.... I have spent time with both of them. Many months ago, as I worked on my "Food for Thought" and "Food as Memoir" sketchbook and painting series, I asked their permission to "sit in the kitchen" and make drawings in my sketchbook.
At Rosa Hanslits' Nicole Taylor's Pasta Shop, I sat at the big table while Rosa made crostini and her delicious Vodka Pasta Sauce for sale in her shop and at local farmers' markets. Her assistant, Willy, made pasta in interesting shapes in the amazing pasta machine.…