|"Seaside Sunset," oil, 16"h x 20"w, ©Jill Banks 2015|
Okay, "Seaside Sunset" is a scene from Carmel, California ... looking at the lookers instead of what they are looking at.
It's also one of my "Rock Stars" (a Great Falls Studios September juried exhibit) entries to be. It isn't easy selecting pieces for that show when it coincides with a solo show and Alexandria's King Street Festival AND keeping my studio space at the Atelier looking good. Figuring out what goes where is a bit of a juggling act.
And, by the way the Artists' Atelier looks great. Loads of beautiful, new art to see. Stop by for a visit at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA during regular open hours, Wednesdays, 1 to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm ... or whenever an artist is in working. I hope to see you there.
For Those Who Know Me Personally ... An Update on My Dad
This week's been a tense one, with my Dad, Ken Johnson, undergoing major back surgery on Monday. The surgery, an over 5-hour intensive one, went well. The nurse in the post-op area told us the second day was the tough one. (Day One wasn't exactly a piece of cake.) The nurse was right according to my Mom's reports (she didn't want my Dad trying to fake feeling okay if we were to visit). Truly scary. Lots of pain. Lots of pain medication. Day three was the positive turning point and while there will be plenty of recovering to do we are all feeling thankful, grateful, truly blessed. During yesterday's visit, he was sitting in a chair (not imaginable a couple of days prior), joking, happy, himself. Today he moved to the rehab center at Ashby Ponds, the retirement community my parents have been calling home since the beginning of April. Life is good.
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August 8-9: Mystic Seaport Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, CT
August 29-30: Shadyside... The Art Festival on Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA
September 19-20: Alexandria King Street Festival, Old Town Alexandria, VA
October 4: McLean MPA Artfest, McLean, VA
October 16-18: Great Falls Studio Annual Studio Tour, Great Falls, VA (I'll be at the Artists' Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA)
December 3-6: One Of A Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL