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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Monday, October 29, 2007 has begun

We have begun the install for the "Beneath the Willows" Show that will open this weekend at The Country Life Gallery. I am always amazed at how much goes into preparing for such an event. The workload that an artist undertakes to create a themed body of work is astounding... and the raw logistics to mount an exhibit can be daunting unless done in good spirits, and with an abundance of love and patience for the task at hand. fitting Laurie brought her husband kids to share in the effort!

Along wiht hubby Bob, son Jacob and daughter Sophie, Laurie arrived last night in a van loaded to the rooftop with paintings. We began to hang her fabulous mixed-media creations as the last of the daily shoppers left the streets. Darkness fell, and curious folks watched us go back and forth to the van for what seemed like 3,000 times and said trips up and down the stairs to the gallery. Working late into the night, I was often distracted by the fabulous colors and textures of the pieces I was handling...
Laurie has expanded upon her favorite palettes and explored new shapes and themes. My favorites are her urns of flowers sparked with mica and laden with ephemera for texture. The new farm scenes have me smitten.... the architecturals are unsurpassed.
Laurie's new work exceeds my expectations in every manner.

Cheryl Kuhn arrives on Thursday and we will complete the install with her assemblage and mixed media pieces. I cannot wait to see Cheryl again and I am eager for her first visit to Warwick and the chance for her to spend time with collectors and friends.
We do hope those of you who are nearby can attend the festivities on Saturday...they begin at 11am and continue until 7pm as we open
"Beneath the Willows".
Chat soon
xxoo Jen


purple cucumbers folk art said...

Hi darling,DO WISH I COULD BE THERE,all the art photos are great.but after the hospital,shaven head ect I am home bound for a while.Sure wish I could see all the artist and their visiting you.hope the show is a sell out.Well I have to check my jerky and go gather more pecans from out back for holiday cooking.

Diane Duda said...

Wow! Laurie's art looks wonderful! Especially displayed on those chippy old doors.
Can't wait to see Cheryl's offerings.
Thanks for sharing!


Lana said...

How beautiful! I especially like the first one. You must have one of the best jobs a girl could want ~ getting to see all these wonderful pieces day after day... not to mention meeting all the artists in person! Have fun!

KSedlak said...

It sounds like a wonderful time and lots of work, but the art is so beautiful it's definitely worth it.
I wish you and all the artists the best this weekend. I will be thinking of you. Thanks so much for sharing.
Have fun.

Miss Maddie's said...

Jen, Thanks for sharing the pics! The gallery looks wonderful! Can't wait to see Cheryl's delights as well.

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hi Jen
Oh what joy to wander into your blog!
I wish Bath, England was just that bit closer to you at Earth Angels.. I'd be there in a wink of an eye!
I so enjoy the mail shots you send.. please keep them coming..
Love from
Cowboys & Custard

diane allison-stroud said...

oh how wonderful! i love laurie's paintings on your site, but hung in a group gives me wonderful ideas...i love seeing them that way... have a wonderful show and see you soon

Cathy Nash said...

Wish I lived closer. I've admired her work for a while. Best wishes for a wonderful event!

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