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A Juried Show in May

April 5, 2010

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is the cultural center in my home town.  The center is a gallery, educational facility, museum, and a center for promotion of cultural activity in the area. I’m happy to have received acceptance into their annual juried show Arts Alive, which is held in May.

I was in the show three times previously when I lived in Florida, but had not applied for three or four years — until this time. Two of the three times in the show I either received an award or sold a painting. I had held a moratorium on juried shows for a while, but decided that it was just too tempting not to apply this year, my first year to actually be a local artist entering the show. So I’m very happy to be a part of this one.

This group puts on a splendid opening, the most festive of Southern hospitality. The setting is three historic homes together, with live music, wine and food outside in the gardens.

I would like to become more involved with the local arts, but in a limited way. I remember too vividly being overly caught up in the Tampa art scene and ending up with not enough time to run my art business. But it will be good to connect with the locals.

These are the three paintings that will be in the show.


"Side Streets Series, I-III
Mixed Media on Panel, 36 x 12 x 2 inches

No art has been created since I sent off the dozen pieces to the gallery last week. I still can’t stay inside. There is so much work to do to get our outdoor area spruced up. We won’t get it done in a week, or a month, or even a season. It will be an ongoing but joyful project.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2010 7:33 pm

    Congrats Martha! I can understand how tricky it is to balance involvement with the actual making!

    • April 5, 2010 7:36 pm

      Thanks, Candy! It’s tricky for sure, especially when I have no reliable sense of balance. 🙂

  2. April 5, 2010 10:32 pm

    Yayyy for you! 🙂

    “Local girl comes home and wins Best In Show!” I can just see the headlines now Martha.

    Love this painting. So many wonderful things going on with it I could stare at it for hours. Each panel is different but they still work together so well.

    Be sure to let us know how it goes!

    • April 6, 2010 4:38 am

      Ahh, Itaya. I will hold that thought. Best in Show would be nice. Glad you like the paintings.

  3. April 6, 2010 12:27 am

    I wish you a big success!
    My eyes wander around in these panels to the small windows with glimpses that make my mind find things in them like the boat in a storm — bottom right.

    • April 6, 2010 4:45 am

      Thank you, Eva. I love that you look for things. But more remarkable is that in the first panel, upper right, are parts of a newspaper headline that says, “Setting Sail on the High Seas.” If you magnify the image you can see them. Amazing!

      • April 6, 2010 7:22 am

        Yes I must have glimpsed the word “sail”. So it was you who did the amazing part about it, you are the painter.

  4. April 6, 2010 3:55 am

    Congratulations on the show Martha. I love the format and layers in these three pieces. The geometric organizations and the organic shapes and lines work very well together.

    • April 6, 2010 4:46 am

      Thanks Margaret. I guess you could say these were the first ones I’ve done with defined geometric areas, and certainly the largest of the panels to date. Glad you like these!

  5. April 6, 2010 7:56 am

    Congratulations on being juried into the show! I know how nerve wracking that can be! Good luck! I am impressed with your submissions! They are wonderful.

    • April 6, 2010 10:15 am

      Thanks Jerry! You know I’m a fan of your work. I hope the readers of this blog will take a minute to check it out.

  6. April 6, 2010 12:27 pm

    Congratulations Martha and if it ever stops raining here… I will be outside with you. I hope you will have some photos of the opening of the exhibit in May. Sounds like so much fun.

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