I’ve parted with the Cole Pratt Gallery on very good terms after nearly a quarter of a century. It was a painful decision for me to leave one of the finest galleries in the region but over the last many years the gallery’s clientele has become saturated with my work, resulting in fewer and fewer sales. As sad as I am to leave the Cole Pratt Gallery, I’m equally happy and excited to be a free agent, travel lighter, cast a wider net, and explore other markets in the region.
Our new Thursday class location is on the bank of the lagoon in City Park by the WPA car bridge where N. Alexander Street goes over the lagoon. We will be on the City Park Avenue side of the lagoon. N. Alexander is the only street that enters the park from City Park Avenue.
I’ll be doing painting demonstrations, participating in panel discussions, and this Thursday afternoon, presenting, “Painting Katrina – documenting plein air a New Orleans ravaged by the forces of nature.” Here’s a link to the event’s website: yallcomepaint.com
We’ll try it out this first week and make a course correction if it doesn’t work out.
Abita Plein Air will open this Friday April 8th and run only that weekend. It’s a group show with 20 regional artists presenting plein air landscape paintings executed in St Tammany Parish within the last 3 months. The opening is Friday April 8th, 6 to 9pm at the large Bandstand/Gazebo next to the Trailhead Museum in Abita Springs. It will be on view Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
The Southeast Louisiana Landscape, curated by John Kemp will open at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington LA 70433 This Saturday April 9th 6 to 9pm. Artists exhibited will be included in Kemp’s book about Louisiana Landscape painting to be released this fall.
There’s a very nice grouping of my paintings hung at the Cole Pratt Gallery this month but they’re easy to miss.. They’re on the far back hallway leading to the bathroom.
I’ve posted the two paintings I submitted, including the piece that won Best of Show under the New Works category of Paintings: http://www.philsandusky.com/new-work/ . Shadows on the Teche Plein Air is a yearly event which benefits the national historic Shadows on the Teche house and museum: http://shadowsontheteche.org/
Of particular interest are several paintings I’ve recently done of the Treme area. I haven’t painted there in almost 20 years. These new paintings will be denoted by “Treme” in the first part of a given painting’s title in the caption.
Current location of my Thursday morning class is the intersection of Burgundy and Mandeville in the Marigny