Okay, here it comes....
The last Art Fair of the Year! St. James in Louisville Kentucky, Oct 6-8. Booth 209.
When people ask how this year has been, I always pause. At first I think of all the loss we experienced during the first part of the year, and then I think of all the positive things that have happened as we try to move on. Then I realize that I have been taking too long to answer. The person inquiring gives me a look of concern and I have to decide how much to actually say. It's different every time.
Things are better. The shows have gone great. Everyone seems so supportive and I feel like I've grown especially close to some really extraordinary people in my life. The farm is coming along. The barns are now yellow and our first prairie plants have begun to flower. Also, I have buckets of sweet peppers coming out of the garden. Things are good.
Also, we are now on Instagram @paintingisdeadgallery
This spring has been like no other. Our poor family suffered a lot a pain after loosing a few key members who were the heart and steadying forces of the Fletcher Family. For weeks, we stopped painting to give ourselves completely to Andy's mom, who came home for hospice care. She passed on Easter and shortly after that we lost our brother in law in the most tragic way. Andy and I hadn't been in our studios for the longest time. But in late April, we returned to settle in and get ready for the summer show season. When you see us, we will look a little ragged, I am sure. So be patient and gentle - we are doing our best.
For my part, I will have less work but it's been made with the same about of love, curiosity and strength.
Also, we are now on *sigh* Instagram under Painting Is Dead Gallery
We have a hectic Art Festival Schedule:
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago. June 10-11 website
Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee WI. June 16-18 website
Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA. June 23-25 website
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Ann Arbor MI. July 20-22 website
Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Charlevoix MI. August 12 website
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO. Sept website
St. James Court Art Show, Louisville KY, Oct 6-8 website
|For Her Pleasure
|No Matter What the Consequences
"Don’t you think now would be a good time to admit that perhaps you were wrong, apologize and ask for forgiveness? After all, can you honestly say that you played no part in just how strange things have become? Not even a small one? Pride gets in the way of so many potentially meaningful moments. We cling to the thinnest threads of it to keep from admitting our mistakes, lest we open ourselves up to criticism; Criticism that would force us to actually contemplate making a change. But a change is needed because this can’t keep happening over and over and over. It may only get worse. Everyone must agree to lay their swords down on the ground and back away slowly at roughly the same time. Only then can we look one another in the eye, take a breath and start over. Maybe you should consider going first."
|I just loved this composition. I finished it on Easter and titled it so. Death and rebirth are so real in it. The church uses butterflies as a symbol of Christ emerging from the tomb. It's sold.
|'Owl Dream' I worked on this painting for nearly three years and sold it at the first art show of the year to a woman who just bought a house. She didn't have a stick of furniture but had to get this painting to go above the mantel. I was so incredibly touched and sad. I was hoping to show a lot more people this piece. I told her I'd write her a letter explaining the whole behind the scenes story on it and I still haven't done it yet. It weighs on me. I will. I promise. I'm a good letter writer.
|This is a sneak peak of something in the works..................
And Finally, our granary is getting insulated and resided. It is at least 120 years old and is super solid. We hope to make it an apartment/crash pad/ spare studio.... maybe for future students.
|One more picture of our Lenore wearing a hat that Andy got her.
'Under this hat is one hellava Grandma'
2022 Art Festivals
St. James Court, Louisville KYSeptember 30- October 2
I want to thank everyone so so much for all of the support. This was my best year by far, when it came to selling work. I have never felt so missed, respected and loved. It was a treasure to come back to the shows and see the people I'd gotten so used to seeing every year. At first, I thought it was going to be the other artists that I missed most but I quickly realized that I've connected to some very special people through the work I make. It is all so wonderful and bizarre. But now winter is here, the wind is howling outside my studio and it's time to get back to work.