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Megan Caldwell and Everyone Else at Longbranch

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For a long time now, the only painting by Megan Caldwell in the collection has been this little painting on a tiny block of wood in the kitchen.  We fixed that.

Sad to miss the opening due to Indiana, though we got a preview of the show before everyone invaded.  What a fantastic collection of work, not just Megan’s but also great stuff from Winslow McCagg, Anna Billman (whose photography is excellent) and Leigh Henry.

So now we have some Megan in the house.  Or we will.  Or something.

This one depicts a local stretch of the river very close to home.

The artist and the mini artist

 

A whole nother artist

Same spot, different time of day.

Because Eli and Romey insisted, the upper left painting now belongs to me. The water is magical.

This is a study for the painting I purchased. Had to get it too.

Winslow and Anna’s work was in another room.  The pairings were perfect.  An incredibly well-designed show.

Nice to see such great work at Longbranch.  Clarke County’s art scene is top notch.  (The show will be up through May 8, 2022.)

 

 

Picasso Perfection at the Phillips Collection

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The Phillips Collection remains one of my favorite art museums.  The incredible level of curation at the new Picasso exhibit shows why.  Great combinations in addition to world class art.  Top notch.

For those who know their picasso, this is early stuff, basically 1901-1904 (including the blue period).

We went to the show as a last birthday present of the 38th year.  Thanks Romey. What an excellent present, art with the ones you love.

PICASSO

 

 

NOT PICASSO

 

 

My favorite painting at the Phillips.

In a new spot.

After art, we were hoping to have brunch at the Bistrot Du Coin, but once again the google hours were wrong.  Fortunately, there was La Tomate to fill in admirably.  We had lots of cacio et pepe.  Ahhhh.

Art in Oslo: Purenkel

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Visting purenkel.no is always a pleasure.  One of the owner’s excellent pieces now lives at the Stick.  The first post covid lockdown visit to Oslo included some art.

First the monkey.

 

 

My current favorite.  Can you tell why?

 

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Last… Kaffe (just next door)

April Glaggett: Gangster of Art

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What happens when two art school colleagues unite in one studio space?

Love.

We visited April’s beautiful new studio in New Hampshire on August 16th.  Here is some of what we saw.

 

 

These new works look kinda familiar.  Oh boy oh boy!

Can’t wait to see these pieces completed.

Just look at this gorgeous light.

Want to support excellent work like this?  Buy some.

Nancy Polo at the Barns of Rose Hill

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Nancy Polo, a Clarke county artist, recently put on a solo show of her work at the Barns of Rose Hill.  Lots of hard work paid off.  Here are some bits from my visit.

The artist herself gave me a tour (lucky dog)

 

BORH

 

Nancy explains a new technique for light

 

I love how this lady’s crazy hair and the bird have something in common.

Great show.

This has nothing to do with anything

 

 

 

Nancy Polo at Tin Top

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Turns out that visiting the Tin Top is a good enough reason to head into Winchester all by itself most anytime. But throw in an opening and some very interesting art by Nancy Polo, and you can make an evening of it.

We’ll leave it up to you to read up on bunny.

Tin Top co-owner Neil’s cool things

Study in Ivanka

Watching this one evolve on twitter was interesting. Bell Ringer is now part of the collection.

When in Winchester, try out Em.

Kitchen at Em

Tater Tot Waffles

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

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On an art-filled weekend, we travelled down to Union, WV to play the Civil War show. A stop off on the way back home in Staunton led us to an artist coop where we found the Manor House painting.

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

Manor House by Karen Rosasco

Karen Rosasco taught art for years in an upstate NY high school. She now resides in Staunton, VA.

Karen explains how the piece was implemented

Karen explains how the piece was implemented

It always amazes me how artists handle their own work

It always amazes me how artists handle their own work

This work has a glaze treatment by knife first, followed by acrylic. One of Karen’s tricks is to put the very darkest spot in the painting right next to the very lightest part to capture your visual attention. I like how the focal point is enhanced with the oval in the middle of the painting which seems to me like a photographic artifact.

In context of other work by Karen.

In context of other work by Karen.

More modern work by Karen

More modern work by Karen

The gallery also had a student space. One student paid attention to shadows with their work, which was very cool indeed.

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Great Advice

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[imagine this posting accompanied by Rachmaninov’s etudes-tableaux op 39, no 2 in A minor, a winter fire in the kitchen, and some roses]

Dear Winslow,

You are correct. I’m pretty sure we should deliver this now.

Thank you.

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Yes.

Yes.

The dogs are on it!

Here they come Stick!

The front yard at the Stick

The front yard at the Stick

See more winslow.

April Claggett: Art in Dublin (NH that is)

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April Claggett‘s art is well represented here at apothecaryshed, both on our walls and as a set of artifacts for the Bitter Liberals. April has been pouring more energy into her art now that both of her boys are either in college or through college. Empty nest or open sky, you decide!

April is planning to get an MFA in painting soon (starting this Fall) and we’re interested to see how her painting evolves. A recent show at the Dublin, NH Community center makes a great “before” study.

Lots of paintings in the “before” category

April Claggett paints history

April Claggett paints history

The bathers troika

The bathers troika

A slice of the bathers

A slice of the bathers

Admiring April's art

Admiring April’s art

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of 'splainin'.

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of ‘splainin’.

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

April the observer observes the observers

April the observer observes the observers

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zooming

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zoomingest

zoomingest

We’ll pick up the stitch pre-art school, if not before.

Ripped Out By the Roots (Middleburg Dairy Barn Art)

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Sunday afternoon started out idyllic enough. The setting for the Dairy Barn Gallery outside of Middleburg is about as pretty as Virginia gets.

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A collection of great artists and good friends, including: Maureen Limon, Winslow McCagg, Anna Billman and Richard Lew (with six others) brought the space to life.

Winslow McCagg

Winslow McCagg

Anna Billman

Anna Billman

Richard Lew

Richard Lew

Maureen Limon

Maureen Limon

But then things took a turn for the macabre. First there was the prayer wheel made by the robot overlords and thrust back in time.

And then there was the bedroom/bathroom pair of spigots (credit to Charley Billman for the perfect naming scheme). Look left. Look right. Giggle.

Sometimes up and sometimes down (Anna Billman)

Sometimes up and sometimes down (Anna Billman)

But in the end we were threatened by the horseradish root and beat a hasty retreat.

This could be you, male. (Anna Billman)

This could be you, male. (Anna Billman)

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