Well, I've had a whirlwind of art awesomeness since I posted last! Last Saturday was the reception for the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod's show, For Pastels Only. I'd driven down the previous weekend to deliver my painting, Silo, and met a few fellow artists at the drop off. So this time Jim and I drove down for a party, and my mom met us there as well. Well, those folks on the Cape can sure throw a party! Check it out:
I'd been notified a few days before the reception that I was going to receive an award for my painting--but not which award! I sat around for about half an hour after the phone call just staring off into space with a stupid look on my face. I've been chasing after this art thing for so long, in so many different ways, with so little result, that I was having a hard time taking it in (I'm not just talking about pastel here, but also film, photography, oils, drawing, and teaching). So we went down to the reception, just figuring it would be a fun afternoon and evening--and I was armed with my new business cards to give out. Jim and I had lunch in West Yarmouth, and then some great ice cream, and then arrived at the show. We met lots of super talented artists, and spent a long time wandering the gallery, looking at all the terrific work. Really, it was great quality art, across the board. And art appears to actually be POPULAR out on the Cape--there were about 300 people at the reception! No joke, it was orders of magnitude more crowded than any art reception I've ever attended.
Liz Haywood-Sullivan, president of IAPS, was there, fresh from the stellar success of the IAPS convention in Albuquerque. I had the great privilege of taking a workshop with Liz last October, and then an art business seminar this past February as well. I learned so much from her, on both occasions!
The guest of honor for the evening was the very talented artist and Judge of Awards, Tony Allain, from the UK. Tony had also been at the IAPS convention, and is now doing a bit of a teaching tour of the US. He taught last week on the Cape, and this week in Connecticut for CPS. Anyway, he judged the PPSCC show and was there to give out the awards. There were more than 20 awards to give out, and as he worked his way up to the top three, and I didn't hear my name called, things started to get surreal. Maybe there had been some kind of mistake? But then he announced the #2 award, and called my name! I thought I was going to hit the floor, hard. Everyone was so nice, and so supportive! A little later in the evening, I turned around and saw Liz and Tony standing in front of my painting, discussing it, looking all serious and appreciative--I think my eyes bugged out of my head. (You saw that, didn't you, Liz?) I was totally star struck, standing there with two top pastel artists, as though I actually belonged there. What a night!
So many thanks to everyone at PPSCC for the opportunity and honor: Joan Dromey, Ed Chesnovitch and Donna Rossetti-Bailey (and a host of other folks organizing the event), Marla Baggetta and Tony Allain for being generous jurors, and all the terrific artists and art admirers!
Congratulations to Deborah Quinn-Munson for winning Best in Show for her painting, Outdoor Cafe; and to Ed Chesnovitch for the Award of Honor for his painting, Meander!
More to come...that was just the beginning....
Alexia Rosoff Wilber
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