Good news today … I received confirmation that I have been accepted as a watercolor fine artist for the 2018 Artisphere weekend event in Greenville, SC for May 11-13, 2018. I am really happy! I was selected to show/sell for this event last year, and it was a fantastic weekend. It is a HUGE event that is held in the beautiful and historic downtown area. There is a beautiful river that flows right through the middle of the area, and it just a gorgeous landscape for a downtown area.
Last year, while I obviously needed to man my booth for the weekend, I did the get opportunity do a bit of walking around the festival, and I was so impressed with the quality of artists that are included in this event. Not only were there incredibly talented individuals from all over the US, but there were also spectacular demonstrations that included woodworking and blacksmithing.
Because I was accepted as a watercolor artist, that means I am restricted to showing and selling that media exclusively (my oil painting entry was not accepted). So my focus for the start of 2018 is to work on more watercolor paintings. This will be an exciting endeavor!
We have just returned from a 2-week adventure out to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. The area of this park include the Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. At night the sky was magnificent including shooting stars that took my breath away. Bob captured many photos, and I am looking forward to creating new paintings inspired from the desert beauty!
The absolute best thing we did was the tour of the McDonald Observatory. It started with a talk by one of the scientists there about the sun and stars and space in general, and then he took us on a tour of both the giant telescopes. With the older one, we got to see how it moves and how they open the dome for observation. Nobody actually looks through the telescopes physically any more—it’s all done through computer images from the telescopes. Was just fascinating. This was probably one of the best trips we’ve ever enjoyed!
Exciting news today! We learned that my watercolor, “Sunflowers II” won the Western Region award. This framed watercolor is 21 x 12″ and available for sale for $450. It will be on exhibit in the NC Watercolor exhibit at Greensboro College in Greensboro October 15 through November 11, 2017.
We also learned that “Cypress Knees, ” which is currently on exhibit at The Gateways to the South Exhibit at the Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain, NC (Oct. 10–Nov. 10) was awarded first Honorable Mention.
We enjoyed a beautiful Valle Country Fair this fall! We had a successful apple butter making on Thursday and Friday with LOTS of stirring as the “butter” cooked down over the open fire. And the weather was perfection on Saturday for the great turnout of visitors for the fair.
Martha’s next exhibit and sale will be October 21, 2017 at the annual Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis, NC. This annual event, sponsored by the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, offers an enjoyable day of food, crafts, mountain music and family fun.
After retiring from a career as a high school English and European History instructor, Martha has become a full-time fine artist working in both oil and watercolor media. Her work is on display for show and sale at the Buffalo Creek Gallery in Shelby, NC. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of NC, and her paintings hang in private collections in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Arizona, Israel, and Vietnam.