Saturday, October 13, 2012

Night in NYC

"Clock Tower at the Waldorf Astoria," Sketch and Wash pencils and charcoal, copyright Jill Banks 2012
We tried to get here early ... since it was just a one-night stay for the Benefit Reception for the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the National Arts Club, where "The Poker Club" is hanging as part of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's 116th Annual Exhibition. (I know those were a lot of "Clubs.")  A tie-up at the Lincoln Tunnel slowed down arrival time ... so we checked in, spent a few minutes in the hotel room ... and sped off to the reception.

The exhibition is the best I've seen (this is my fourth CLWAC annual exhibition attended). The artwork was stunning and beautifully hung -- and "The Poker Club" garnered a very nice spot. I love just entering the National Arts Club. It's quite a place.

Randy and I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria ... and after the reception and a late dinner, I camped out in a chair in the lobby, serenaded by the singer at the bar behind, and sketched the main attraction in the center of the room -- an 1893 Clock Tower that had appeared at the Chicago's World Fair. The miniature Statue of Liberty at the top is barely there. That's Queen Victoria (sort of) at on the bottom left, and Benjamin Franklin on the bottom middle.

Tomorrow's Artfest! Join me at tent #3 in McLean Central Park on Sunday, October 14, 10am-5pm for this fun event of music, art, food, wine ... at the corner of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Blvd.) and Old Dominion Drive in McLean, VA.

Register for Art Bucks
For the Great Falls Studio Tour, coming up October 20 & 21, Great Falls Studios is raffling off forty $50 Art Bucks -- a total of a $2000 giveaway -- of money to spend on art over the weekend. Good odds. Great art. Go to to register before October 18.

100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

Events and Exhibits

Sunday, October 14, MPA Artfest Outdoor Juried Arts Festival, 10am - 5pm McLean Central Park, intersection of Route 123 and Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 

Saturday and Sunday, October 20&21, Great Falls Annual Studio Tour, 10am-5pm, visit artists in their studios throughout Great Falls on a self-guided tour. I’ll be at the Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA 22066 

October 2 through November 30, Greenberry's Coffee & Tea, 6839 Redmond Drive, McLean, VA. Solo show of seven oil paintings celebrating coffee, friends and family and food.

More October and November events are listed on my web site:
There are a LOT!

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