No sooner had my weekend begun and I found myself at “Art After Hours” open house at the Arthaus Gallery. I was able to re-acquaint with some of the previous works I had spied on earlier visits as well as fall in love with some new pieces and new artists. Cindy Parsons was the featured artist last night. Since Arthouse is “dedicated to the promotion and expression of local artists” I had run across many of these artists at other events or galleries in the area. I’m finding that when you are an art junkie, like myself, you don’t need much of a nudge to go gallery hopping! I also had the opportunity to meet another one of the artists, Betty Dalsing, who’s background I was curious about. She has the same last name as a former colleague of mine from when I worked at the City . . . she is his mother! It sure can be a small world at times.
The open house was a bustle of activity and rather than whipping out the checkbook during the festivities, I returned this morning to lay claim to a couple of original oils (“Gentle Cascade” and “Rainy Day”) by Kay Deardorff that I’d had my eye on for several weeks.
I then proceeded to the Renaissance Hotel to attend the NatureWorks Art Show and Sale for a leisure afternoon of viewing fabulous art. And, I was able to successfully navigate the show without making a single purchase. However, I now have several more artists to keep my eye on and to save up for possible future purchases: Jerry Ricketson [landscapes](Oklahoma), Kenny McKenna [landscapes](Oklahoma), R. Scott [wildlife] (Michigan), Renee Buller [wildlife] (Colorado), Terry Lee [wildlife] (Idaho), Amy Poor [wildlife] (Oregon), and Bradford J. Williams [bronze sculptures] (Arizona). And many, many more . . . but these were my favorites.
I’m not normally too fond of wildlife art; the only exception . . . I’m rather partial to depictions of the American Bison, and there were several Bison representations displayed by some of the above listed artists.
I am definitely going to start buying an occasional lottery ticket or two.