Friday, May 20, 2011

New Painting Exhibit at Paddiwhack in Gainesville, Florida

I know I said that I would post my new flyer next, but couldn't resist showing you this lovely display of eight of my coastal North Florida landscape paintings. I am thrilled with the grouping the owner mounted Wednesday afternoon in the prime exhibit area of Paddiwhack in Gainesville, Florida. The photos (double click to enlarge) also give you a small glimpse of the wonderful, eclectic collection of goodies sold in this fine shop.
Mark and I dropped the paintings off early Wednesday afternoon, then had a glorious, fresh, well-seasoned lunch (we LOVE breakfast-all-day places) at The Flying Biscuit Cafe a few doors down in the same strip mall. We spent a couple of fun hours at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens--which I must show-and-tell about in another post soon.
As we had done in our visit a few months ago (see 1/31/11 post), we brought a chilled bottle of good wine in a cooler and purchased lovely cheese at The Fresh Market next door to Paddiwhack, a rosemary baguette and a couple of other goodies at the Upper Crust Bakery down the row. I'm telling you, this particular strip mall has terrific stores (feel so privileged to have my paintings in this popular Gainesville, Florida spot!). We joined my beloved painting mentor, Linda Blondheim, in her studio/showroom loft up in the back of Paddiwhack for wine, gourmet snacks, and good conversation.
By the time we returned to meet Linda, the owner had hung my paintings. They will show here for six weeks, through the end of June. The top photo shows six of the pieces on a side wall just to the right as customers enter the store. In the second photo, you can see a two more, one on a blue partial wall just before the large main section of the store, and the other on the back of a piece of furniture which faces into the shop. The small honey-colored frame standing on a chest in the corner displays the artist's statement I showed you last time with my business cards on a pottery stand next to it. The flyers I made for the occasion are on the highboy beneath the six pieces. This show is an amazing opportunity, for which I am very grateful.
Question of the day: Isn't life astonishing sometimes? How did I get here from taking a painting course just for fun not too many years ago?!?

8 comments:

  1. The paintings look great Mary! Congratulations on being able to show your work in such a neat place.

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  2. You got here through hard work, natural talent, and eyes that see beauty. A beautiful grouping and show vignette indeed, Mary. Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations Mary! That's easy. I'd say an open mind, willingness to learn, a newly discovered inborn talent, love of nature and most of all a zest for life. Way to go....

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  4. Thank you, Vicki--this is a privilege and a thrill for me.

    Sherry and TB, how sweet of you to answer the question that was at least partly an exclamation of disbelief on my part. I appreciate the good qualities you each attribute to me--important qualities I certainly aspire to nurture and develop. Kind words from two creative individuals who also seek to learn and grow every day.

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  5. Your paintings look lovely there. Congratulations.

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  6. Hey, Jo--I didn't even realize you had slipped in to visit and comment! Thank you very much for your support and encouragement.

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  7. Thanks for the tip on the Gainesville art gallery. Will definitely have to stop when I'm up that way.

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  8. Well, hi there! I didn't realize you had slipped in and viewed this post until now. You would definitely enjoy visiting Paddiwhack. And please let me know if you are ever up near Jacksonville--would be fun to grab a coffee or something.

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