Through the end of September, my watercolor, "Pineapple Wallpaper and the Irish Setter," is on display as part of the 86th annual Connecticut Women's Art Show at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecitcut.
Every year the Connecicut Women Artists host women's artwork from across the United States at different galleries and museums in the state. The very first exhibit of the Connecitcuit women artists was in 1929 when thirteen women artists exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
I was born in Hartford, and recall several trips to the atheneum. The last time I was there, my aunt showed me a ginormous painting of one of my ancestors on display in the main gallery. (Without going too DAR on you- my mother's side of the family basically founded Connecticut.) So it's particularly special that my very first museum showing is connected to my family background.
My husband and I drove up specifically for the show- which wound up being a full five hour trip-- but it was all so worth it!! When we arrived the gallery was packed! (All of my photos were taken just before the gallery closed, so they don't show very many people there.) We found my artwork hanging in the first wing of the show.
Here I am!!
I would be lying if I said I was anything but thrilled to be a part of such an important show with so many talented women. I will proudly say that artist and organizer Cynthia Cooper also said to me, "I won't minimize it, it is a big deal!" Which just added to all my happiness!
I loved her work-I think it would be absolutely beautiful in any home. But it specifically made me want to put it in a beach house or a home on the coast. You can see her work here.
This painting shows a red Irish setter patiently sitting by a pair of boots in an entryway, looking towards the sunshine with great expectation. I wrote a simple and short description of the piece, here.
"It is with great expectations that puppy dogs sit in entry ways. They haven't the slightest understanding of how pretty or formal the space may or may not be. This Irish setter has no appreciation for bespoke pineapple wallpaper or antique console tables. Doesn't her owner know that squirrels wait beyond the front door? And the dogwood outside has been WITHOUT its dog all day?! You simply must walk through the hall and out in your boots IMMEDIATELY."
My mom custom made the dress I wore to the show, and I wore it specifically because it would match the eucalyptus in the painting! ;) thanks for reading, friends, and for all your support and commissions! This is such a daydream!