Thursday, November 5, 2009

Growing--Art Studio Reception Preparations Continue

We are very excited as we prepare for our Open Studio Reception this coming Sunday afternoon. If you can make it, we would be thrilled to see you. This painting will be one of those on exhibit. The specifics once more:
North Florida Landscape Paintings
by Mary Lemmenes
Sunday, November 8
2:00 - 5:00 PM
7364 Secret Woods Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Fresh organically grown produce from Down To Earth Farm
Live Piano by Greg Spiess
Food & Drink--Casual Dress
For information: or
904-945-0458 UPDATE: I have now added an index of all blog posts about planning and holding an art reception. Access it here.

Although a number of tasks are complete, there are still plenty of details to attend to in the next few days. Mounting a show in our home poses interesting challenges. Besides labeling and displaying the paintings, setting up the business end of things, preparing everything from guest book to drinks and food (the latter will be relatively simple for this event), the most challenging aspect of preparation is that after sending out a number of invitations, we have no idea how many people to expect. I think it will be somewhere between 10 and 150. An interesting adventure, no?
The painting pictured above on my studio easel, Look to the Hills, II, recalls a deeply renewing visit to Warwick Conference Center near Warwick, NY a few Octobers ago. Our long-time friends, Ken and Arlene Tenckinck, manage the center and direct all its programs. As I type this, I find myself smiling and breathing deeply with pleasure--they are remarkable people, Our too-infrequent times together are always rich, meaningful, and full of laughter.
I am hoping that family and friends will take some pictures of Sunday's event so that I'll be able to share them with you next week. In the fun and stress of the countdown, I am encouraged and buoyed up by the support of all of you, dear readers and fellow bloggers. Thank you, thank you.
Question of the day: What recent avenue for sharing your creative projects or thoughts has been especially meaningful for you?


  1. Good luck Mary!! Can't wait to see your pics!!

  2. I know you will have great fun Mary, and hopefully much success too. Wish I lived close enough to attend. As to your question, only that I was asked to do a painting for friend. Considering how bad I am at this, I am still touched and honored. I keep on trying though.

  3. You are a peach, Manon! I greatly appreciate your encouraging words.

    I wish you could attend, too, Autumn--it would be so great to meet you in person. I'm sure your friend will be thrilled with your painting both because you created it for her and because it will be lovely. My painting mentor always advises that I feel the satisfaction of completing each piece when it is painted as well as I can at that time in my development (in other words not to "knock it").