Friday, June 27, 2008

June 27, 2008

Photo by Sharon Lee taken on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA

I am a member of several art groups, one being the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. To qualify you must live within 150 miles of Pittsburgh and pass a group screening. Because I live at the perimeter of that 150 miles (128), I don't often have opportunity to participate in group activities, the exception their annual juried group show usually hung at either the Carnegie or Andy Warhol Museums.

Associated Artists have a live screening, that is you bring your 2 pieces of art to a very large building (an armory or a train depot I haven't figured it out yet-now used as a church, community center, catering hall) along with the 450+ members that also want to be in the annual show. It is amazing to walk through hundreds of pieces of which only a small amount will make the final cut into the show. The show is juried by one person. This fact, to me the artist, is important to remember if one or both pieces don't make the cut into the show. Generally if a juror is an artist I have a high success rate of getting into a show. Curators generally don't chose my pieces and educators can go either way. This year's juror is an educator.

Tomorrow I will drive the 2-1/2 hour ride to Pittsburgh, drop off my pieces, stop at Whole Foods, Borders and eat Ethiopian food for lunch then return home late afternoon.

Last day for this Ebay auction! If you like my work and want to support my endeavors please consider purchasing a painting. I have just put up the painting, "A Silver Titter Stole My Baby" on Ebay. It is a painting I'm proud for artistically as well as socially. It is acrylic paint on organic cotton and hemp canvas. Please feel free to pass the link to friends and family members and if you are so inclined feel free to purchase this painting for yourself.