Rumor had it that Jagger would be there. Okay, so I started the rumor. Details, details. The DCCAH Member Art Show was fabulous. And, my right hand to the deity, there were important personages there. The mayor of Ozark was in attendance. Mayor Billy Blackwell was given a portrait painted by local treasure Joan Lamb. The likeness was incredible. It was as if Mayor Blackwell stood beside his twin. One can’t help but wonder if Mayor Blackwell will stash the portrait in his attic and mysteriously start to grow younger and handsomer while the portrait… of course I am joking but such was the magic Ms. Lamb’s work, to think of the incredible. It was obvious in his reaction how very touched and humbled by this gift Mayor Blackwell was.
Had there been just the above it would have been a great show. But there was more. So much more. The works shown ranged from photograph, to charcoals, to oils, inks, water colors and collage. It was a real panorama of our local talent and DCCAH members. All the works were for sale at more than reasonable prices. Not only these works of art but door prizes were given, too.
Some of the prizes given were a digital camera, fifty dollar gift certificates to Hobby Lobby and Olive Garden, an adorable study of a chameleon that the Artful Blogger lusted after with all her teeny-tiny, red and beating heart and a lovely wine bottle and glasses hand-painted by Gaynelle Mixon. All that and wonderful hor d’ oeuvres (a fancy French term for snacks) and beverages (leaded and unleaded) served as well. Well, I put it to you that DCCAH loves its members.
If you weren’t able to make it to this extravaganza the next exhibit is the DCCAH Back to Nature show which has its reception on April 23rd with the show running from that date through May 21st. If you are an artist interested in entering your nature themed art for that exhibit, the art take in days for that show are April 16th and 18th, it is not necessary to be a member to enter your art. For more information on this and upcoming shows let your fingers do the walking to ruddartcenter.org. Support your local artists or better yet purchase a membership and explore your inner artist….new classes form frequently. Oh, and rumor has it that Mick Jagger will make an appearance at the next show.
~ The Artful Blogger
Welcome to the first entry in the Artful Blogger series. By way of introduction, I am neither artful nor have I ever blogged before in my life. I know what you’re thinking. “Well, what are you then? An inveterate liar?” No, no I’m not. I am a writer and to put it in the vernacular of the day I am a “noob.” I am “new” to blogging and I am “new” to the Dale County art scene. Yes, Virginia, Dale County has an art scene. A small, but thriving, community of artists from all avenues of art who teach, meet and congregate at the Ann Rudd Art Center. Not only that, but they would love to teach, meet and congregate with you.
I attended the recent Sip and Dip offered at the art center. A “Sip and Dip” is a class where everybody paints the same subject as led by the art teacher, hence one “dips” their paintbrush and if one is of a mind, one can bring the beverage of one’s choice to imbibe which explains the “sip” of the sip and dip. The art teacher for these series of Sip and Dips is the lovely, talented and infinitely patient, Susan Boyles. The goal of class is to have fun and while you’re having fun to learn one or two basic painting techniques. Since you’re having so much fun the learning part hardly hurts a bit!
We were painting a beach scene in hues of red, blue, green and white. I had never painted anything in my life before (except maybe the town red) so I was feeling very unconfident. I was very concerned if a brush stroke or painted shape was “correct.” After continuing encouragement from Susan, I began to just enjoy the process without over-thinking the outcome and VOILA! my fledgling inner artist came out to play. Class time sped up then as time can only do when one is fully engaged in a thing. Class was over before I knew it (two and a half hours later).
I have my first complete painting under my belt. Is it a Rembrandt? No, it bore a passing resemblance to the sample painting. But the thing is I love my painting; I feel protective of it ... like a Mama eagle to my newly hatched fledgling inner artist. Not bad for a “noob”. I suspect that most of us have an inner artist waiting to be hatched. Come join DCCAH at the Ann Rudd Art Center. More Sip and Dips are scheduled as well as other classes and events. Keep up with information for these on the website and on Facebook. Let your inner artist hatch and fly.
~ The Artful Blogger
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