Thursday, June 12, 2008


I am pleased to announce that my work has been accepted by jury into The Gallery Shop, located in Lemont, PA. There are approximately 45 artists from Centre County, PA whose work is displayed for sale here. Nearly every media is represented, but there are only a few other mixed media and/or fiber artists. The jury was pleased to see my work was quite different from any other work they have seen and believe it will enhance the gallery and expand the offerings in a new direction. Needless to say, I'm delighted to be invited to have my work exhibited with the work of other local fine artists and crafts-people!

In selecting work to be exhibited for sale, I chose a few larger wall hangings and many smaller, framed pieces thus offering a wide variety of price ranges for prospective buyers. Here are a few of the pieces that will be on exhibit later this month.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Our Goings-On in Small Town USA

This past month has been one of constant change, discovery, work, and play. Our new home town is easy to navigate, has pretty much anything one might want/need, and is friendly besides all that.

People here stop for the yellow light and are already stopped by the time it turns red - unlike central NJ where the yellow means "hurry up" and the red means "only a few more cars!" That is actually taking some getting-used-to since it was downright dangerous to stop on the yellow for fear of being rear-ended, as happened to my spouse twice.

And going in to the Social Security Office - wow! Maybe there is one or two people there before you, but that's about it. And the guard is so talkative that you may as well give him your whole history right off the bat because he's going to try and get it out of you before your turn to talk to the SS people. And picture this: I walked in with my small purse and he asks if I have any guns or knives hidden in my purse. My reply (on the second visit, not the first) was to say, "Yes, four or five at least" at which he laughs heartily. Behind me a mentally retarded woman came in with her care-taker. She wore a cowboy outfit, complete with toy holster and cap gun. The guard simply asked the care-taker if it was a cap gun - in NJ, they would have been "detained" and heaven only knows what else!

Meanwhile, we've finally cleared out enough space in the huge double garage to actually park both cars inside it. And it only took us one month!

And I've transplanted some hostas from here to there:

plus planted some new perennials in the front garden.

As for my studio, this was how it looked last week before I had any time to spend in there and make it a workable space.

I'll post photos once I'm actually working in there - hopefully, by the end of this week!

And some good news: both of us have lost weight since our arrival, probably due to all the physical work we've been doing on and in the house, garage, and yard. That's a happy thing!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

More Nature Photography...

My studio is still uninhabitable so my creativity involves more camera/eye work than anything else at the moment. But this week I'll be able to arrange the studio and once again begin working. After applying for a new driver's license, getting the vehicles registered/inspected, arranging for the replacement door to be installed (on the former owner's $$$), contacting Comcast regarding several problems with their service, etc.... Little stuff - it's all little stuff. Nature - that's the BIG stuff in my life quite often!