|2015 has been artfully busy – viewing a collection from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, catching up with old friends, attending the Symphony, and participating in art shows. Here are a few highlights
Opportunities are truly everywhere
Art – we know it when we see it or hear it or for that matter taste it. Art is in our everyday lives, in our kitchens, our gardens and on the walls of famous and not so famous galleries.
History is always a captivating subject and to those of us who fancy ourselves professional artists, Art History is the ultimate draw. (no pun intended) I was fortunate this year to join 2 friends in viewing the awe inspiring travelling collection at the Tucson Museum of Art entitled: The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation.
The larger than life, Rodin’s 1881 bronze Adamwas indeed breathtaking, as was Picasso’s 1898 oil Tavern Interior, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1893 lithograph Loge with a GildedMascaron.
The best part of this exhibit was viewing it with friends, one of whom holds a doctorate in Art History. As you can imagine, the exhibit took on new meaning to me when viewing it with the loving tutelage of my friend. If you haven’t seen this exhibit yet, be sure to go soon, as it closes in Tucson April 12, 2015.
The non-profit organization I belong to, Southern Arizona Clay Artists, held its 1stannual retreat for the Board of Directors. An enthusiastic group, we laid out plans for the upcoming year, and hurdles to overcome. It was a joy to see new faces and hear ideas for new directions to take this 25+ year old organization into a community oriented future.
Watch for the upcoming Empty Bowls events – a community driven luncheon /fundraiser to aid the local food banks. SACA’s members donate over 1000 bowls each year to each of these events. That’s 1000 works of art. A bonus for those attending is the artist’s bowl they choose at the luncheon is theirs to keep, as a reminder that there are those whose bowls are empty every day.In support of the Empty Bowls movement, I have made a personal commitment to insure Flying V Studio donates 100 bowls this year. There are 6 on the shelf now!
We participated in 2 annual art shows this spring – the 1st was Cupid: Champagne & Chocol’Art on February 7th. Warm weather, art and wonderful customers all made the day great. Next was a garden show at Tohono Chul Park with the Southern Arizona Clay Artists on February 20th and 21st. Twenty-five clay artists each with their own perspective on how the same bit of clay should ‘come to life’. And what’s not to love about 2 days in a botanical garden surrounded by art. We’d like to thanks all the amazing people of Tohono Chul Park who helped make the show great and of course all who came to shop and enjoy the beautiful Tucson weather.
My recent weight loss has made me aware of my food weakness. I crave pasta. I can do without the cakes and candies, bread and assorted temptations but oh the pasta – it calls me. Needless to say, my dear sweet Frank made my 62nd birthday on the 12th a day to remember. We had a lunch date in the park and watched the ducks as they followed us around the lake begging for scraps of bread. Dinner, of course, was Italian. You saw that coming, I bet. The marriage of a good sauce and handmade pasta is an art beyond explanation. Either it’s from heaven or you never go back to that restaurant again. Frank chose well!
The Tucson Symphony was also on the menu for the birthday celebration this year. Tchaikovsky and Complimentary Concert Comments with the conductor and soloist Conrad Jones, now in his second season as TSO Principal Trumpet, all made for a delightful evening.
The sight of a beautifully presented meal, a well formed ceramic mug, a hand-woven scarf, a photograph catching perfect light, a song, a movie that touches your soul, a book with its worn cover, all Art in just a few of its many forms making many of us feel alive.
Flying V Studio is planning new art collections for this year as well. A new and improved ETSY store is coming soon and the Rain Crow Gallery in Tucson continues to represent our work.
A visit to the Flying V studio is always welcome by appointment or by chance, and upcoming shows are announced on the website and on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon.
|These are some of my opportunities for 2015, and my intent is to grab that proverbial Brass Ring!
Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to exciting discoveries in 2015 !