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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Watercolor Journaling at Lavender Fields - Reunion

Today was the Reunion at Lavender Fields in Milton. When I taught the 6-session workshop this spring everyone wanted to plan a reunion so they could get together again for another lesson in September. MaryAnn, one of the owners and a workshop participant and I decided on the date and thought it would be so nice to include a "Victorian Tea" at the end. Five Seasons Tea offers these "Teas" at Lavender Fields on select Saturdays and agreed to do one for us today.

What a lovely day! The weather couldn't have been better. Days are now turning cooler and it was definitely sweater weather but the sky was blue, not a trace of rain and all was perfect for journaling outdoors. We worked in the classroom for about the first hour and spent the rest of the time outside. 

After everyone had a chance to journal around the gardens I gathered them all at the picnic table under a big old tree and asked them each in turn to show us what they had been doing since we last met and the journals are wonderful!! Suzanne had gone to Europe and journaled; Morgan completed a sketchbook challenge to complete 75 pages in 75 days - all pen and ink; most journaled during vacations or just in their backyards. It was immensely gratifying to learn that many of them have shared this activity with friends and family - children and grandchildren - and the joy keeps spreading. I couldn't be happier. Some of them expressed an interest in my Yoga/Watercolor Journaling Workshop in November. (see my website for a complete list of upcoming workshops) Some I will see plein air painting, and hopefully they will keep in touch. I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and work with them and share my love of journaling for them to embrace and now run with. 

Lavender Fields Farm is the only lavender farm in Delaware and is a wonderful place to visit while you vacation on the eastern shore. It is located one-half mile south of U. S. 9 between Lewes and Georgetown at 18864 Cool Springs Road. The ideal time to visit is July, the peak of the bloom season and the fragrance of lavender hangs heavy in the air. The store maintains regular hours 10:00 to 4:00 every day June 1 to October 1 and on Saturdays and Sundays, from October1 to December 31, but will open almost every day if the weather is nice and someone is working in the fields. Other times visitors can call for an appointment at either 302-684-1514 or 302-684-1602.

Here are few photos from our day. Sorry, they do seem a bit jumbled and not in the right order, but you'll get the idea of the kind of day it was!

Every place setting had a quote about Tea! 
Doing exercises in the "classroom" 
Putting finishing touches on today's sketches 
Suzanne and Morgan writing 
Ready for Tea!

Hannah journaling 
Hannah sharing what she's done since we met last

Jessica's recent journal page

Jessica journaling at Lavender Fields 
Kathleen's recent journal page 
The class journaling out in the lavender fields 
End of day photo - Ready for our Tea!

Linda sketching the lavender 
Linda sharing her vacation journal pages 
Mary sharing her journal pages from this summer 
Lavender Fields has a wonderful Monarch Butterfly Garden/Habitat

Morgan sharing her 75 pen & ink sketches done in 75 days journal

Morgan's 75 in 75 journal

Suzanne adding watercolor to her journal page

Suzanne shares her European travel journal - what joy!

Morning lessons in the classroom

Jessica writing in her journal

Pass the Tea please!

Dessert - pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato cupcake, lavender caramels with sea salt & pumpkin!

Victorian Tea - little sandwiches, quiche, scones, banana nut bread sandwich -- so yummy!

Jessica working on perspective and adding color to her sketch

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Delaware Division of the Arts Awards Ceremony

The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary grants. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. (for a complete list of Award Winners click here for the DDoA page)

We attended the Award Ceremony yesterday and took a few photos (and snagged a few from their site)
Award Winners XIII Exhibit
Biggs Museum of American Art
August 2 – October 13, 2013
Reception & Awards Ceremony
September 14
11:00 am – 1 pm
302-674-2111 for more information

Anne Jenkins "The Underground Railroad"
Anne Jenkins

George Lorio, sculptor (detail below)

Andre Jones, playwright

Paul Weagraff, DDoA Director,
Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy of State with Andre Jones

Linda Blaskey, poet

Michele McCann,  folk art musician

Linda Blaskey, profile

Aina Nergaard-Nammack, painter

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sneak Peak: Hanging "No Comfort Zone" Art Exhibit

Last night was so much fun! Bob and I, Betsy and her husband Joe, Marcia and David, Olaive and James and Gwen hung the show "No Comfort Zone" in the halls of the Studios Upstairs! 

What fun we had organizing and planning and hanging the work that represents the more than 8 weeks of our lives spent in this intense painting endeavor. Flyers are out, newspapers covered the story with some good articles about the show and today we are all putting finishing touches on title cards and preparing refreshments. I don't want to give too much away, but this is a pretty exciting show. It's not going to be like others you've seen, both in the way the work is displayed and in the work itself! Another surprise is the inclusion of some of Marcia Reed's own work that is simply stunning!

And remember, the Mispillion Art League is opening "The Work of Constance Ingalls" - silent auction and fundraiser, and Angelucci Gallery has an opening that features the metalwork of Travis Carter of Atomic Arc and a retrospective/benefit for artist Rob Hare, local artist suffering from Parkinson's disease who can no longer paint due to this debilitating disease. 

There will be fireworks at dusk as the Riverwalk/Freedom Festival kicks off the weekend. So, lots of reasons to come downtown! Bring a friend. Bring two! 

Bob and Olaive hanging some of Betsy's work

Looking down the hallway, ready to hang.

Looking towards the front of the building

Going up!

Checking things out.
Bob and Joe hanging some of Marcia Reed's large works, and me, shooting the scene!