Monday, April 22, 2013

Back to "La Chien de Grange" and Visit to Leiper's Fork

"La Chien de Grange" continued, oil, 30"h x 40"w, copyright Jill Banks f2013
Before departing Nashville, Randy and I spent a relaxing afternoon in Historic Leiper's Fork, touted as the top art destination in Nashville. It reminded me of a miniature Fredericksburg, TX with wonderful furnishings, clothing boutiques, cool places to eat, and three outstanding galleries.  The David Arms Gallery is in a worn, gorgeous barn with a front porch, fun places to sit and interesting art inside.  It is just the sort of place I'd like to work and show my art. So neat. With strands of lights crisscrossing out front attaching it to the Copper Fox next door, I bet it's even prettier once the sun goes down.  The Copper Fox was filled with outstanding arts and artful crafts -- jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, pottery, etc.  The last of the three we visited was Leiper's Creek Gallery filled with paintings by Roger Dale Brown, Dawn Whitelaw, Anne Blair Brown and more. As much as I loved the work, the welcoming setting and interesting architecture made the visit even more special.  Great day!

In case you're in that area, go visit during the upcoming opening of 3x3 :three shows, three galleries, one magical evening on Saturday, April 27th, 6-9pm. See for address and more info.

Now that I'm back home, "La Chien de Grange" was my subject of choice.  I'll finish up once today's wet paint has had a chance to dry.  There probably won't be any changes too visible online from here as the next day of painting will be focused on texture and finishing touches.

100 Faces in 100 Days Project
Phone: 703.403.7435

Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Members Exhibit and Sale
Imagine Gallery, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
"Sunflowers in the Studio II" juried into the exhibit that runs April 19 to May 20.

"Windows and Doors" Exhibit: the Artists' Atelier Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Suite G, Great Falls, VA. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm through April 30. On view in the gallery: "Red Church Doors," "Spanish Steps" and "Pie in the Sky Pizzeria."

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