Yesterday, in between more cleaning for the Birthday Gathering today, I met up with Deb and Sharon at the Carnegie Arts Center in Covington, KY to view their 2012 Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition. If you are in the area, do make the time to visit this show. It is amazing!!
Two floors of wonderful colored pencil art kept us looking for some time; some works were very photo-realistic and some more loose (if you can call colored pencil loose, but you know what I mean). Artful and interesting and many clever pieces (I always enjoy the ones that make me smile due to the subject matter and the title).
Here are just a few of my favorites - the 2 on the postcard were also favorites and looked great in person.
This bathing beauty was on the second floor and well worth the walk up (they have an elevator if you have trouble with stairs).
The show drew artists from every state in the U.S. plus Japan, Australia, and Canada being represented. It runs through August 30 with a Meet the Artists Reception on August 4 from 4-6. Parking is very limited around the Carnegie but they have valet parking during an artist reception/opening.
After the show, Deb, Sharon and I had a lovely lunch at the York Street Cafe in Newport, KY. Yummy!!!
Later that evening, Sweetie and I went to see Art After Hours at the Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Library. Catered food and drink; live music; and great artwork from 17 artists. It was a nice event and we talked to quite a few artists we knew. I'm glad the turnout was good because it was right after a horrid storm (in fact, there were fire trucks and police cars blocking the road farther up past the library because the wind had taken down an electric wire that was now over the street!). The event is a one-night only thing and the library is reimagined as a large gallery space - which worked really well. Perhaps Sweetie and I will be one of the guest artists next year (apparently, it's by invitation only).
So an artful day all around which didn't make the housecleaning seem so tedious!
Hope you have a good weekend.
Today is the Big Birthday Gathering today.
The pool is open and the grands will probably get in, in spite of the cooler temperatures since the storm last night (only 70F this morning = YAY!!!).