Retirement finally afforded me the time to return to producing art. Not intending to exhibit or sell the work, I experimented with new processes and materials, having fun along the way. At the end of last year I was asked by one of the owners of Found in Ithaca if I would be interested in a show in their gallery. The artists exhibiting at Found were using found materials or repurposing objects into their art. My mixed media collages seemed to be a good fit. Hesitant to commit, I gave it some thought, and with a little prodding from a friend, I accepted the offer, asking if it could be a two-person show instead. My long time friend and former sister-in-law Loretta and I would team up to do our first show together.
As stated in a previous post, the show is titled “Birds of a Feather.” Loretta frequently created works using chicken imagery and I had also recently done a series of pieces featuring birds. Without any major collaboration, we knew our colors and themes would mesh well. The end results are “perched” together at Found for the month of November. This past Thursday we had a lovely opening reception to which many of our friends and family “flocked together.” Happily, the show seems to be well received and hopefully Found’s clientele will find it a worthy addition to the wonderful antique and collectible items offered for sale by the many dealers.
We offered refreshments that also followed the bird theme. As usual, we had way more than necessary and will be adding sunflower seeds to menus for quite a while.
Hoping some of you will be able to “fly by,” take a “peep” at our work and decide to make a purchase to bring a piece of bird art back to your “nest!” Proceeds from the sales of my printed blank cards will be donated to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Magnets and calendars are also available with images of my pieces exhibited. I must admit it is satisfying to see our efforts in an exhibit. This was a long time coming. Maybe next year Loretta and I will “migrate” back to Found, if they will have us, to collaborate again.
PS We did not collaborate on our coordinated outfits. Pretty amazing we showed up looking alike. I am not surprised.