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So they have been hanging at the new hospital in Sioux Center Iowa in the cafeteria for the past 3 months and yesterday Barb and I ran down to pick them up. Hospitals are often looking for new art exhibitions but I rarely partake of them. Most showings in hospitals (for me at least) don’t have sales though striking up a relationship isn’t a bad plan of action. Sometimes when they do go out for permanent art you might be one of them that they call.  I had a showing at the Mayo clinic like a decade ago which was excellent and did sell multiple works as well as resulted in people coming to the gallery to buy. But none the less, on the whole I usually avoid them.

On the other hand…

It beats having them sitting in the gallery in the middle of an Iowa winter too. The liaison was a delight which is no surprise as she was an artist too and I do like how they look on the green wall. We over packed the space just a little though.

I wonder what everyone thought about being watched by a couple dozen cows as they ate their roast beef lunches. Which BTW is why I have such a Buddha belly in the photo. I just has some a big lunch of roast beef with taters and salads. Yum.

Okay soon I’ll carry on with my diatribe on diabetes. Next post probably.

 

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HangingTheOctagon

Okay so I made us have a picture taken. At the last exhibition supposedly a photo was taken of the three actually dressed for the event but it was never shared with us by the gallery. So here we are again in our everyday clothes. Carol Herden on the left, Barb McGee in the middle and then me of course. The work was hung on Monday and will be showing until the end of December at The Octagon Art Center’s ground level gallery.

 

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The ground level gallery is a small space but quite lovely (when not cluttered with our packing debris.) I do plan to take photos during the reception which is December 3rd from 5-7 weather permitting. I’m the closest at a little over 2 hours drive time. Barb and Carol are around 3 so even a hint of foul weather may mean we won’t show. So here’s hoping for a lovely day to celebrate some cow art in Iowa.

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So this is a very short start to finish since I created the piece rapidly and was “in the zone” so I didn’t stop for picture taking much. There is a minor distinction between the first and second photo. The first has just the base wash in and the second has the detail work in that area added.

We do have another “Cowgirls” show soon and I plan to try to get a couple more happy heifers added to my herd. But I am very much looking forward to creating some critters of a different species. Actually quite excited by the idea.  Cowgirls has sparked an interest in me to create a themed solo exhibit. I have one booked for 2016 but may go ahead and accept a solo show next time I’m asked instead of promoting the group show.

Hard tellin’ I suppose. I tend to be fickle in nature and mood.

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  • Event: Cowgirls Exhibiton
  • Where: Arts On Grand in Spencer, Iowa
  • When: Now until … tomorrow (yeah I know, I know)
  • Who: Mona Majorowicz, Barb McGee & Carol Herden

About The Show

Essentially Myself and two artist friends, Barb McGee (a painter) and Carol Herden (a sculptor and painter) got together and created this thing. Seemed like a fun thing to do and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process.

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Despite the fact that the three of us just did out own thing I think we pulled off a nice exhibit. Also please know that these photos were taken during the install and so the lighting is all wrong, but I didn’t bring my camera during the reception so this is all I’ve got.

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Arts On Grand in Spencer did a wonderful job with the reception which featured cowboy inspired cuisine. We were interviewed by a few different sources and had some nice newspaper spreads about the show to boot.

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Yes, I totally suck at this whole social media thing.

 

So the past few months have been just a whirlwind and the “Cowgirls” exhibit which you’ve all heard me talk about for a year and a half is actually up and running (for 2 whole weeks now) and yes I’m only just getting around to sharing the news. Heck I haven’t even posted anything on facebook. (I’m so bad at this social media stuff) But at least it’s not over yet. You’ve got until the … tomorrow to go see the show.

I promise to do better at the next showing which is scheduled at the Octagon Art Center in Ames, November 20th – December. After that I’m not sure.

The photo below was from the install, which is why I’m looking slightly more scruffy that I’d like. None of us thought to get a photo of the three of us during the reception. You know when we were not hot and sweaty from hauling, hanging and buffet binging at pizza ranch.

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No she isn’t done, I just happened to have the orange frame laying around. It’s actually rust colored so my color balance on this photo needs to be adjusted. (way … adjusted)So it (the frame) is how I based the cropping of her.

As the title indicates, she isn’t done but I have one week before the cowgirl show kicks off so I figure I need to do at least one more and two if the stars align. And then … I’ll go back in and finish her up. And if they don’t you ask? Well she may just go to the show like this.

An artist friend asked me “What happens if she sells?” without skipping a beat I’m like “Awesome!”

Sunday Sneak Peek Returns

So tomorrow I’ll post the piece I’m working on next. I’m kinda lovin’ her.

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ButtercupWIP1The early beginning of Buttercup the Charolais Heifer.

So right after I tell you I was away so long because of a death but I’m back now … well my father in law passed away. Well more correctly my ex-husbands father. With whom I was close. Even after the divorce Ray made it a point to tell me often he considered me his daughter and I would always be family. He always signed cards and gifts “Love Dad.” so … I took more time to ponder the brevity of life.

Who knew a year and a half could go by so quickly

I can’t believe I agreed to do this exhibit that long ago and it’s here in a blink of an eye. It was a good stretch for me to create an entire exhibit worth (or more accurately 1/3 of an exhibit) from scratch. I doubt I’d do it again though, but I for the most part thoroughly enjoyed the process.

The truth is this piece is very much close to done as I write this. Down to tweaking stage anyway and currently is even in a frame. The exhibition is in just a couple of weeks and I am beginning a new cow piece today. If I have time I’ll tweak her (meaning Buttercup here) before the show otherwise she’s going as is and I’ll tweak her after.

I left my camera at home or I would have taken a current photo so that’ll have to wait until tomorrow (or there-abouts)

I wonder …. after spending so much time working on a series, how does one stop? We have this exhibit scheduled elsewhere so even when this one gets under way I will still be making more to flush out the show. But eventually … I will have to stop … won’t I?

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