Thursday, June 19, 2008


my favorite western type in downtown Nashville

Wow. It's been a while! Forgive me for not having posted for a couple of weeks. I've been pretty busy since getting back from Nashville. Despite the 95 degree weather and the hoards of crowds that were there for the coveted CMAs (Country Music Awards), we had a great time. It wasn't until I saw so many folks walking around wearing cowboy hats and/or cowboy boots and heard live country music pouring out of nearly every venue downtown that I realized that Nashville really is the center of country music. Although I'm not a fan of current country music (at all) it's always good to see people so excited about the music they love, regardless of genre.

Jerry Dale and I at the opening

The opening at TAG went really well and it was great to finally meet gallery owner Jerry Dale McFadden. He did a wonderful job hanging my work and the gallery looked top notch. It was really great to see everyone's work in person, too. My favorite work in the show was done by Andrew Hem and Valerie Lueth. Andrew's dreamlike paintings, usually done in acrylic or gouache, are filled with exquisite detail, layering and amazing color that take you to another place.

Remember • Andrew Hem, 15.5 X24 inches, gouache on board*

Although Valerie Lueth was not originally included in the show, after hanging all of our pieces, Jerry Dale still had an open wall available so he included a handful of her work - and I'm so glad he did! Never before have I seen such finite detail in an etching. Valerie's attention to detail is astonishing and with so many small teeny tiny lines, there's a lot to take in. In addition to her technical expertise, the pieces are also refreshingly imaginative, filled with multiple stories and hidden details. Every time I look at it, I see something I didn't see before.

Programmable Do-Gooders • Valerie Lueth, 11X14 inches, etching*

On Sunday (the day after the opening) after having a yummy brunch at Fido's, we decided to check out the Lane Motor Museum. We hadn't planned on going there; I just happened to see an ad for it in a local magazine so we thought we'd stop by. What a cool museum! Not only do they have unique one-of-a-kind cars, but they also have a micro car collection and a rare motorcycle collection. There are also several prototype cars (like this one) that are literally one-of-a-kind. So cool!

1928 Martin Aerodynamic Car

For check availability and prices on the pieces from the show, please visit TAG's website. For more pics from the opening, check out my flickr page. Although I don't have the pics from the Lane Motor Museum uploaded yet, I'm hoping to get them onto flickr soon.

Thanks for visiting!

*Images taken from TAG's website.

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