Saturday, February 26, 2011

Majors at Daylesford Abbey Art Show

This is the last weekend for the Daylesford Abbey Art Show in Paoli, PA. It is open today and tomorrow from 1pm until 4pm.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am showing artwork in both the miniatures and the majors categories. So as not to be accused of playing favorites, I thought I would show you some of the major works as well.

Each artists is allowed to bring up to 5 major pieces. You have already seen 3 of the ones I am showing - Icebreaker and Keep on Your Toes from my tap dance series, and Peter's Missing Snack which is the carrot painting in my blog header.

Here are the other two pieces.
18" x 8" watercolor on paper
©2007 Stacy L. Rowan

"Ten Minutes Peace"
28" x 22" charcoal on paper
©2008 Stacy L. Rowan

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Miniatures at Daylesford Abbey Art Show

"Sweet Dreams"
8" x 10" watercolor on paper
©2010 Stacy L. Rowan

Since the Daylesford Abbey Art Show in Paoli, PA continues through this weekend, I thought I would show you a couple of other paintings which I have in the show.

One of the things I love about this show is that they allow you to bring work in several different categories. I entered framed original artwork into both the "Majors" category and the "Miniatures" category. Their definition of miniatures is anything with framed dimensions of 8" x 10" or less. Conversely, the major category includes anything over 8" x 10".

I already shared two of my miniatures with you in my post about the opening reception. The painting "Sweet Dreams" above is another new painting in this category. I completed it during the last week of 2010 and matted and framed it for this show.

The subject matter may look familiar to you. These adorable mini cupcakes were made by my friend and served at my Open Studio. Before anyone arrived I quickly snapped at least a dozen photos. Then I took even more after everyone left the first day. There are definitely more cupcake paintings in my future!

"Hand Picked at Hausman's"
8" x 10" watercolor on paper
©2009 Stacy L. Rowan

This painting of an apple is another miniature I have in the show. Hausman's is one of the vendors at our local farmers' market. When summer turns to fall they offer a wide variety of apples. As the weather cools they also sell hot apple cider which they warm up on this old metal (cast iron perhaps) stove. I can't figure out how they load the hot stove back up to take home. I'll have to ask them sometime.

If you would like to see either of these pieces in person, head over to the Daylesford Abbey. The show closes on Sunday, February 27th at 4pm. It is open daily from 1pm until 4pm today through Sunday.

Additional Links
Daylesford Abbey Art Show - Paoli, PA
Emmaus Farmers' Market
Hausman's Fruit Farm

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tap Drawings at the Daylesford Abbey Show

I thought I would post some of the art I have on display at the Daylesford Abbey Art Show for those of you who either can't make the show, or who want to see what I am displaying before you make up your mind.

I decided to start by sharing the three drawings from my tap dance series which are in the show.

"Dancing Feet"
8" x 10" graphite on paper
©2010 Stacy L. Rowan

This is the first time I am showing "Dancing Feet" on the blog. The drawing was created from one of my reference photos of the lovely and very talented Germaine Salsberg. I did this drawing as a preliminary piece to a much larger watercolor (which I promise to share here soon).

14" x 18" graphite on paper
©2009 Stacy L. Rowan

My "models" for the other two drawings are both Tap Ties company members - Melody Kline (above) and Amy Smith (below). The Tap Ties ladies have been wonderfully supportive of this series of drawings and paintings and have allowed me to photograph a number of their rehearsals, for which I am forever grateful.

"Keep on Your Toes"
18" x 14" charcoal on paper
©2009 Stacy L. Rowan

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Daylesford Abbey Art Show Opening

Persephone's Downfall
8" x 10" watercolor on paper
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan
Available through Feb. 27th at Daylesford Abbey Art Show, Paoli, PA

Yesterday my husband and I went to the opening reception for the Daylesford Abbey Art show.

This is my first time doing this show so I was excited to attend the opening. And I have to say my husband and I were both impressed.

The Ladies Chapter has done a wonderful job. The opening was lovely, complete with live music and an impressive assortment of appetizers and wines.

But of course the most important part any opening is the artwork. This is a large show and features a beautiful collection of artwork in a variety of mediums including sculptures, etchings, pottery, stained glass and jewelry as well as pastels, watercolors, acrylics, oils and mixed media works.

The available works come in a wide range of sizes from miniatures smaller than 8" x 10" to master works upwards of 28" x 22". 

Over 85 artists are taking part in the show and many of them have impressive bios detailing membership in major art societies, publication in respected magazines, receipt of prestigious awards and more. I am honored to be showing work with this talented group.

As icing on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon I was happy to spot that one of my paintings in the miniature category, "Queen of the Winter Garden", was sporting a jaunty red dot indicating that it is going to a new home.

Queen of the Winter Garden
8" x 10" watercolor on paper
©2008 Stacy L. Rowan

Overall I am more than pleased to be part of this event and will gladly participate again if I am invited back.

If you are interested in more specifics such as the show hours or address, please either check out my "Now Showing" page or follow the link for the Daylesford Abbey given below.

Related Links
Now Showing
Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Paintbox Art Club Opening Reception

As mentioned in my previous post, last Sunday my husband and I attended the opening reception for the Paintbox Art Club exhibit at the Nazareth Center for the Arts. The show features a collection of works from artists like me who are members of the club.

Paintings from Paintbox show
artists are (l to r) Stacy Rowan, Sandra Hamlin, and Will Daskal

The Nazareth Center for the Arts (NCA) is a fairly new venue. It opened in December 2009. The center is located on Belvidere Street in Nazareth, PA. (Music or guitar lovers out there might be familiar with Nazareth as the home of Martin guitars.)

The NCA is run by the Nazareth Cultural and Arts Commission. Their mission is to enhance the lives of citizens of the community by making art, music and theater a daily experience through exhibits, live performances, and educational programs.

The Paintbox Art Club is a local art group which has been sharing art with the community for over 40 years. The club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month except in January, July and August. Meetings consist of a short business meeting followed by a demonstration by a guest artist. Meetings are held at the NCA. Paintbox is a friendly and welcoming group that is open to new members. Annual dues are a very reasonable $15.

I was quite impressed with the presentation of the Paintbox show. The center did a nice job hanging the artwork and advertising the event. The venue provides an accessible space for the public to appreciate the work of local artists.

I wish the Nazareth Cultural and Arts Commission much success with the center and thank them for their support of the local art community.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Paintbox Art Club Exhibit - Nazareth Center for the Arts

A Tranquil Spring Day - Burnside Plantation
11" x 14" watercolor on paper
©2006 Stacy L. Rowan

I belong to the Paintbox Art Club. This Sunday we have a show opening at the Nazareth Center for the Arts in Nazareth, PA from 2pm to 4pm. I will be showing the painting above.

The show runs through February 25th. Show hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 2pm, the first Saturday of the month from 1pm until 4pm and by appointment, call (610) 759-8590.

Looking at art is a great cure for cabin fever. Why don't you stop by if you are in the neighborhood?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Tulips

tulip sketch
watercolors in Moleskine sketchbook
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan

We've had a lot of snow and ice and cold weather this winter. If you've been reading this blog for a while then you know that I am not a fan of any of these things.

With the forecast of more winter weather bearing down on us, I was feeling rather restless for Spring. During my weekly grocery store vist, I happened upon a special on tulips. Purchasing them was an easy decision.

They made a good subject for a warm-up sketch the next day in my studio.

If winter doesn't let up soon I may need to take advantage of more specials like this.