Friday, November 2, 2012

Mountain Time

"Purple Mountain Majesty," oil, 12"h x 16"w, copyright Jill Banks 2012
Hi from Tubac, Arizona ... where Randy and I attended the awards brunch and reception of the American Women Artists (AWA) National Juried Exhibition at the K Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden. I love it here! This is our first visit to Arizona and it felt like entering a whole other world just exiting the Tucson airport. Cacti are everywhere ... real and via artistic interpretation. The Santa Rita mountains greet us on streets around and in/out of town. Somehow ... while I think they are right there ... they mysteriously manage to recede into the distance.

From the AWA Show: "Honey Bunny" -- my still life with bunny and lilies is right in the middle
The show at the gallery is outstanding, as is the gallery itself. We spent hours looking at the art, meeting artists, enjoying this welcoming group. It is a real honor to be included in the show. Amazing!

The AWA brunch was for members and afternoon reception for the general public. In between we wandered through the galleries and shops in Tubac. It's an art haven.

Tomorrow I'll be participating in a paint out at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in the morning, then may figure out other spots to both visit and paint.

This afternoon, I took the opportunity to paint those purple mountains ... and managed to find some shade under which to enjoy those hours. The hardest part of the day was figuring out which direction to face. Every spot is gorgeous!

My lack of posts have been due to work on my two major portrait commissions. One may be done and the other is so close! I have the distinct impression that they may indeed be done well before managing to come to that conclusion myself. Perhaps it's just difficult to let go.

Walls Full of Art
The Artists' Atelier (1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA) will be full of screens of extra work and the gallery is still hung from Studio Tour if you'd like to take a look during open hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm through November 14.

100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

Events and Exhibits
Atelier Open Hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm, 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. 
American Women Artists 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition, November 2-25, K Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Tubac, Arizona. "Honey Bunny" is one of 60 artworks chosen from around the country. 

Allied Artists of America 99th Annual Exhibition, November 9-18, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park, NYC

More events are listed on my web site:

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