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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Where the art lives

Packing up and revisiting the paint racks... Is this normal to have so much art... and so little space?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The HFAA water works exhibit

The Home Farm Artists Association along with Fence Post Productions presented the 2017 annual group art show along the theme of "Water Works". A small reception was held at 11 am July 5th, and the show will be up through the rest of the summer. Make sure to sign the guest book if you get there!
where does our water come from?

 I printed canvas cards of a spigot as party favors. Most people don't even think about the finite supply or source of their water. The spigot faucet is where water comes from! We hung streamers from my brothers boat like a waterfall effect. The boat, an acorn skiff, was a home school project Willy undertook between the ages of 14 and 16.

 Michael G exhibited a work that had previously shown at the Akin Museum, an iceberg relic. It served as a commentary on water in it's solid form.
Gellatly work to the left, Gardner Grossi giving tour to an art patron
painting of Kylie G in front of pond

 Ian S. focused on the significance of water to the basic needs of life. He and Natalie created a series of planet paintings to highlight the search for water in outer space. "Water is the stuf(f) of Life"
 My father, Julian S, featured a series of small watercolors, just a sampling of the many he has painted at Schoodic point in Maine. This coast has been a source of endless fascination and painterly challenge for him. Framed above his postcards is a painting of a lighthouse by my sister Suzy B.
 The entryway was hung with watercolors from our archive. Works by Joan Bowers in Cambridge, Gwen Strauss in Cape Cod, Michael Gellatly, Erin Haab , and Pa at the pond, Kate Long in the weeds, (and more) demonstrated the perfect nature of watercolors as a medium to capture natural scenes of water. Natalie's gouche of a Koi and an oil painting by Claude Marks of the Venice shore were also represented.
 Natalie outdid herself with this scene inspired by the fourth of July- "A night of Fire and Water", acrylic on paper.
 Willy submitted two photos digitally manipulated along the theme. Using his wife as his muse, Willy cleverly titled his art Water Closet and Water Table. They require deep looking.

We had a fun time preparing the space, cleaning and curating the submissions.

There is more work... by artists Susan Hennelly, Jo Davidson, Gardner Grossi and Laurent Davidson.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

HFAA kids painting

hands on project!

hard at work, deep in concentration

Natalie's studio space

Ian's outside spray table

a Galaxy by Ian

Continuing in the tradition of the Home Farm Artists Association, my niece and nephew found plenty of time to paint while visiting the farm. When I look back on the time we were all in the barn and recall the humming industry, I am tickled pink. Some might have thought that I was "baby sitting", but actually I was just enjoying their company. I worked on my own paintings in the loft and would catch up with them on breaks. My two rules were to cap the paints tight and rinse the brushes in water. So inspired- we came up with an idea for an exhibition! (more on that later)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cider House lounge

A fun and out of the way place to cool off with my dad in the early evening! He continually inspires me with his projects. This year's cider is very smooth and mellow. Makes us mellow too!

Friday, July 7, 2017

What a little paint will do

Nothing says "relax" like an afternoon at the swimming pond.
...but before we can get that underway, there is work to do to fix up the cabana, re-float the dock, hook up the fountains, mow the edges, and rake the weeds. This year my youngest son, my niece and my nephew were able to help out in the traditional clean up. We totally repainted the turkey-house-turned-pond-bathing-suit-changing cabana.
Cabana after this winter

Cabana after paint job

Adding the details

Niece with her double color flower stencil

nephew with his spray technique

I am glad to see the next generation of Strauss's learn the skill of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear! It's amazing what a little paint can do.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Michaels new work

framed and ready to go!
His show of photographs will open next month, June 1-July 1 in Wilton Manors, at Gallery de Fonseca! More pictures to follow.

Monday, May 29, 2017

May in Miami

is the beginning of Mango Season!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

tunnel vision

Here is what my summer plans look like.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother earth

If there is another issue I am passionate about besides a woman's right to take care of her own health decisions, it is to ensure that the best policies are in place to take care of the planet.
This seems like a logical concern for all of us who call this glorious marble our home. I have no doubt that the planet will be fine. She is a self-regulating organism. I fear that we might make this place uninhabitable for humans...not to mention a slew of other species as well. The situation with bees and Bayer is seriously flawed. The recent federal bill granting the hunting right of man to kill hibernating animals for sport is downright unethical. The list goes on. If you are not appalled you must not be paying attention. Women and children get it.
my son and sister trying to appeal to our 45th president
Delaney Reynolds, teen activist extraordinaire

perhaps my sign had too many words?

a message across languages

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Keep your laws off my body

I come from three generations of women supporting Margaret Sanger and planned parenthood. It saddens me how the lies about the organization have spread. So many good people have been lied to. Now health care for women is decided on by men who have no stake in the realities of the lives they affect. Planned Parenthood is so much more than a gruesome placard. They provide vital health care in rural and urban areas, such as cancer screenings, prenatal care, pregnancy testing, and birth control to many women who have no other access to a gynecologist. I have taken two young girls there for help- both of them got prenatal care for their pregnancies and carried their babies to full term. The planned parenthood nurses were concerned, caring, and did not have an agenda other than to support the women's choices. I know men without insurance who have gone there for STD testing and condoms. Planned Parenthood should not be shut down.
The situation in Texas is awful, and Texas ranks 48 out of 50 as horrible for women's health care. Now the male politicians want to export the Texas style women's health care to the rest of the country.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Glass flowers always in bloom at Harvard

 The Ware Collection of Glass Models and Plants in the Harvard Natural History museum/Peabody Museum will blow your mind. Every specimen is made of fused, softened, blown, enameled glass. Between 1886 and 1936 Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, father and son team, created nearly 4400 models for scientific research in Hosterwitz, Germany. It was an act of love, a delicate calling. Commissioned by a professor of science who was frustrated over the cheap paper mache models currently available, the Ware collection includes over 800 species with accurate anatomical sections and enlarged flower parts. It is hard to imagine how they were packed and shipped from Germany during the war over to the United states. The whole shipment was financed by Elizabeth and Mary lee Ware, wife and daughter of Harvard medical school professor , class of 1834, who passed away in 1888. The collection was given to Harvard in his memory.
Mary lee was an avid botanist.
The glass room at Harvard is always in bloom, and is a great place to visit. I was there in February and the colors, the pollinating (sexy) activities, the details in the room almost made me faint with delight.