Deb drove up, with Sharon and I riding shotgun and backseat passenger/GPS reader all the way. We all talked so much, the drive seemed to go by quickly. The hardest part was in Columbus, finding somewhere to park and taking the right roads around - we got lucky and parked right across from the Riffe Gallery building (which is pretty darned impressive).
This is Karen Pettit's painting of a zebra on yupo on the postcard - beautiful! Karen and I were in a watercolor class (Sandy Maudlin's) year's before and Karen's work has been getting local and regional attention in all the major shows lately!
As you enter the gallery, here is what you see on the first entrance wall:
Pretty cool to use the photo on the postcard in the entryway like this. If I remember correctly, Karen used photos from a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo of the zebras there - and this was painted in 2009.
Of course, we had to get Deb beside her painting, although I apologize for the shot of Deb - she's fuzzy because my camera focused on the painting and not on her!
Deb's painting was in a great spot to showcase her beautiful roses and all that delicate lacy background. Of course, the gallery was so great that no painting had bad placement.
This painting drew me in from across the room when I turned, seeing it on an adjacent wall. And when I read the artist statement, I was even more impressed and touched by it.
I could have sat and looked at this next painting for a long time. The depth of the window, the shadow play on the wall, the texture of the walls - all showed me the work of a master watercolorist.
I have to say, there are some very talented watercolorists in the OH/KY/IN area. There were even paintings from artists in MI, PA, CA, and NH, and all had interesting artist statements about the painting or their process to get to the painting. Some of the artists were names I recognized: Fred Graff, Judy Anderson, Fran Mangino, Christopher Leeper, Trish McKinney, Bruce Neville. But many of the names I did not know and there was a large sampling of paintings in watercolor, gouache, acrylic, watercolor crayon, watercolor on yupo and on gessoed paper, etc.
It was an easy drive up and back with a nice lunch in between and I was back home by 3:30 - before the Friday night rush hour traffic!
I'll finish up with Deb's painting, fluid acrylic on paper, called Oriental Roses:
The show is permanent here at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus but will only be there until they choose 30 of the paintings (out of the 65 in the permanent show) for the traveling exhibition and it will travel all over Ohio. Sometimes, the places it is shown are great and sometimes not so great (too dark, not enough room to stand back and see the paintings, etc.). So, if you can, see it before it leaves Columbus.