This blog entry is a repost of one I did on July 11, 2011. One of the highlights of my life was not only having my art selected for an exhibit by artist Bert Long, but actually meeting and visiting with him briefly. Sadly, he passed away yesterday.
Here are some links reporting his passing:
The following is my blog post:
This past weekend was the opening reception for Archway Gallery
's 3rd Annual Juried Competition. It was SO much fun.
Amazing Reese and I got there relatively on time, which gave us time to
take the requisite photo of the painting and me posing in a gallery
setting. Expecting a crowd, the gallery very wisely had fans positioned
throughout the space in order to facilitate air flow, which lent itself
to more than one Marilyn Monroe moment with my full skirt.
The juror for the show was Bert Long
, a Houstonian and internationally acclaimed artist. As stated before
, I've long
been an admirer of his. When Archway Gallery sent out the artist call
for this show, the main reason I entered was so that Bert Long would see
my work. Then when "Cottonwood" was selected, I was beside myself
because here, finally, was my opportunity to meet Bert Long.
you tell how excited I am? That's Bert Long!) Devotedly, I followed him
around like a puppy dog waiting for the opportunity to introduce myself
and thank him for selecting my work for the show. Had I been an actual
puppy, it would have looked like my tail was wagging, but that was just
the gallery wind blowing up my skirt.
like to think that we became fast friends the moment we met, but the
grown up in me knows better. He very graciously spent some quality time
with me talking about the painting, the technique, the brush strokes,
etc., and how he selected "Cottonwood" not only because it's worthy on
its own today, but because he sees promise in my artistic future. (!)
The critique was very humbling and affirming at the same time.
The gallery had the right idea about the fans. The opening reception was absolutely packed
Several groups of our friends came out in support. It was wonderful to
see everyone enjoying the art -- not just "Cottonwood", but the whole
show. Bert Long did a fantastic job of selecting the pieces in the
exhibit, showcasing artistic skill, heart, soul, messages, and variety
-- lots of variety.
just so happens that Bert Long and I have mutual friends, he's a
neighbor of some of our long time friends, and I'm a neighbor of one of
his long time friends. Of course, as this was pointed out to him, he
briefly and silently studied me, peering over his glasses, like he
couldn't decide if I was crazy or not. (I'm not -- really.) Bert Long
didn't know it, but we've been one degree of separation for years.
delightful evening wouldn't have been possible without the Amazing
Reese. Not only is he adorable arm candy, without his supportive
enthusiasm, it wouldn't have occurred to me to consider being an artist
as a "career". It's incredible to think that all of this has happened in
the last six years. (And that Bert Long talked about my FUTURE as an
artist! So cool.) Thanks, Amazing husband Reese.
the end of the evening, the very approachable Bert Long, with a little
nudge from his lovely companion, Joan Batson, agreed to pose with me in
front of "Cottonwood". I couldn't have been happier.