We hung an all-family art exhibition yesterday (with some last-minute rearrangement this morning) (and room will be made for a piece that arrived late today). This was sort of my brainchild, borne of some much deeper, more time-consuming, MUCH more costly dreaming about our creative works as a family -- and our working together creatively as a family -- and, well, it whittled down to this. A Family Affair : art show.
The show is in my husband's studio-gallery which is above Ali's coffee shop. When you hit the top of the stairs, this is pretty much the first wall you see and (Ali's idea) we filled it with self-portraits -- one each. Sorry about the glare, that's the price for light, and I didn't take any time in setting up my photos of the show. At top left is Lee's SP, a colored pencil drawing of his reflection in a window looking out on the ocean, done at our house in Cape Kiwanda in 1984; to the right is Maddy, a pencil drawing she did in 2007; below her is Katie, acrylic on masonite, 2003 (in college); to the left of her is me, a familiar image to readers, 2009; and Ali rounds out the family SP wall with a pencil image she began in 2004 and finished in 2010 (the day-before-yesterday, I think!).
The big wall holds a couple of my favorite pieces ever -- Ali's "Alice Cooper," a drawing she did for her BF's birthday two years ago, which he allows to hang in the coffee shop, and Katie's "Madeleine," a large acrylic on canvas (2004-2006) that I miss hanging in my living room. "Lightbulb" is also Kate's, and the ceramic and acrylic "plate" is Ali's.
...and then Lee's work. "Fish," to the left of Lee's head is an oil on canvas of his dad's from the 1960s. The piece at far right is actually two drawings, an early colored pencil by Lee entitled "Grape Jelly" and, inspired, one by Ali from 1998 called "Afternoon Breakfast" (egg, toast, bacon). The busts were done by the girls in high school -- Ali's (based on Nicole Kidman) is on the left, Maddy's (Kate Winslet) is in the middle, and Katie's (a classmate) is on the right.
My work is on the wall opposite Lee's. "Lake Michigan," "Nevada Desert," "Fourth of July Fruit Salad," and a selection of portraits (all boys, I rarely find baby girls in my viewfinder!). Tomorrow, a photo collage called "Afghani Hats" will squeeze in there somewhere.
The show will be up through January -- for any locals or sorta locals who'd like to see it in person. (Call/email me! We can do coffee/tea.)
I visited with people today, feet up, sewing off Parcheesi Side 3 and picking up all the stitches for Side 4... the last side! There was plenty of touchy-feely oohs and aaahs, and lots of good compliments on that today. I can't believe I'm almost finished!!