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Road Trip Update

February 3, 2009

A road trip across the state of Florida to get from Tampa to the east coast takes only about 3-1/2 hours, give or take. And when you’re gabbing the whole way it goes fast. (And so does Margaret 😉 )

Jocelyn Pollard, an artist who spends half her time in Maine and half in Florida, had graciously invited us to come down to meet New Zealand artist Dale Copeland, who was spending several days in Boca Raton and the West Palm Beach area to attend a mixed media workshop at the Boca Raton Museum of Art taught by Eydi Lampasona, who also just happens to be a Golden Paints representative and teaches Golden workshops as well. The two artists are members of the International Collage Yahoo group, which Margaret and I also belong to.

Jocelyn doesn’t have a website, so the only link I have for her is for one of her collages at the International Collage Exchange site. She was able to show us a few pieces of her work, though she said most of her work is in Maine. She had been working on several large canvases with lots of texture and dimension and color glazing. She has a rich color sense and favors reds. And she showed us a wonderfully fanciful “altered” book that she had made by hand and then altered, using images and a running play on the word alter/altar. My kind of artist!

And Dale was just a delight and every bit the person I had imagined her to be. An artist through and through, she constantly is on the lookout for offbeat and unusual objects to incorporate into her wonderful assemblages. While in the US Dale has gathered an impressive array of treasures here and there to take back home and add to her stash of art materials. Click this page on Dale’s website for more fun facts and some great pictures.

After a quick lunch of Great Wraps and tea, Jocelyn took us on a whirlwind tour of the Palm Beach area, complete with a drive past The Breakers then a cruise down Worth Avenue where we got out just for a few minutes to visit Irving Galleries, which has no need for a website. Ahem. Irving Galleries — think Joseph Raffael, Nancy Graves, Red Grooms, Sam Francis, and others.

Our purpose in stopping in was to see several assemblage works by Varujan Boghosian. Here is an example, though this image comes from Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT, where you can see many more examples of his work.

I’m sure I must have drawn some looks on Worth Avenue with my serviceable tennis shoes and ill-fitting capri-length jeans, but at least I was wearing some very proper designer shades and carrying a good purse.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Annette permalink
    February 3, 2009 8:29 pm

    What you wore was okay, Martha. We quickly learned that no matter how many galleries we visited, they could always tell we were artists. Sounds like a great day.

  2. February 3, 2009 11:31 pm

    A good purse, sensible shoes…and lipstick! Did you wear lipstick?

  3. February 4, 2009 7:53 am

    You’re right Annette. They can smell us can’t they? Maybe it’s the paint under our fingernails. The gallery staff couldn’t have been more cordial, I must say. When they could see we had an appreciation for the big name artists, they were very warm and welcoming. They even allowed Dale to snap some pictures!

  4. Sandra permalink
    February 4, 2009 2:39 pm

    I am all in favour of serviceable shoes, wear them all the time. I’m sure you looked fine, and so glad you had such a wonderful day. A friend of mine who I sent your website link to has told me how impressed she is, both with the site and with your art.

  5. February 5, 2009 10:29 am

    That must have been a blast of a trip. I used to live next door to West Palm in Lantana way back in the dark ages. I enjoyed checking out Dale’s website and art. She’s quite the character and it shows in her art.

    • February 5, 2009 10:38 am

      Gayle, We had a great art day! I love that area, though I don’t get there too often. It’s amazing how close it really is.

  6. February 5, 2009 10:40 am

    Thank you for sharing my link, Sandra! Re shoes: I have to confess that I rebelled against anything with heels years ago after enduring them in offices for longer than I care to admit.

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