Posted by: janamatusz | July 14, 2017

Exhibitions and June 2017 Artist Retreat!

It’s been a busy time. One of the high points of the last few months was an exhibition of figure drawings at the Providence Art Club. I was happy to share the upstairs gallery with Suzanne Dickson Albert and Pat D’Ambra — our work was very different, but made a good exhibition.

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I do love figure drawing, and was happy to share some recent work. It is no small task to prepare for an exhibition, but it’s always a pleasure to see one’s work displayed well.

Speaking of exhibitions, some figure drawings (and possibly portraits) will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the ArtProv Gallery, at 150 Chestnut Street in Providence. I’m very pleased to take part. Here’s an invitation:

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See you there!

Another recent high point was, of course, the fourth annual Acadia Artist Retreat, June 18-24, 2017. I know you must be rolling your eyes, saying “There she goes again, always talking about the wonders of Acadia…” but honestly, can you blame me?

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I’m always inspired, centered, and renewed by any time in Acadia. As soon as I arrive, I feel myself slow down, I look for bird and animal friends, and feel a healing connection with nature. It is a place of calm strength.

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I enjoyed a week of hiking and painting before the Artist Retreat, sharing many of my favorite painting spots with Melissa Fischer, a wonderful artist, naturalist, and dear friend. You can see her work and read her observations on her blog by clicking here: http://melissafischer.com/category/melissas-musings-and-doodlings/

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Melissa was one of the artist leaders of the Artist Retreat, as was Ron Parlin, another very talented and inspiring artist who exhibits at the Argosy Gallery. He gave a terrific presentation, generously sharing years of training and experience.

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The Acadia Artist Retreat was wonderful. Our enthusiastic small group of artists had a productive and rewarding week. Here are some photos from the Retreat. The weather brought both luscious fog AND brilliant sunshine. We enjoyed our comfortable apartment accommodations and wonderful food, nature walks with Park Rangers, and even managed a figure drawing session and a portrait session this time!

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Can’t wait for the next Acadia Artist Retreat! I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Many thanks to Ranger Kate, for creating and running this program!

I’ll return to Bar Harbor briefly for the THIRD ACADIA INVITATIONAL at the Bar Harbor Inn, sponsored by the Argosy Gallery (July 29 and 30, 2017). It promises to be a stunning show, with many outstanding artists represented. One of my contributions to the Invitational is “No Thunder Today.” Don’t miss this event if you’re in Maine!

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We had a little break where we touched base with dear friends in Bermuda, and “filled our bucket” with lots of turquoise waters and stunning skies.

Now it’s back to work varnishing and framing and planning for my next projects.

Ever grateful…for everything.

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