Thursday, October 18, 2012

What, Me Paint?

Photo by Jim Welch

Since completing the EOU mural I haven't done a lot of painting, but I've been busy, nonetheless. I put on my toolbelt to tackle some long-deferred home remodeling projects, putting up drywall and laying new flooring in several rooms of the house, as well as building a new picket fence out front.

On the arts front, the University had an official "unveiling" of my mural in their Welcome Center last Friday. A sizeable group was on hand, and their enthusiastic response was heartening.

The following Tuesday I was back on campus to meet with Suzanne Ramljak (pronounced 'rom-yuk') for a stimulating conversation at my "Stone" exhibit in Nightingale Gallery. Suzanne wears many hats: writer, art historian and curator specializing in contemporary art and functional objects. She is also the editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts. Her visit was part of "Connective Conversations: Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures", sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation and University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Here's a quote from the school's website:

"The base of Connective Conversations is the one-on-one studio visits with selected mid-career visual artists. Included as part of the program is a series of public lectures featuring these nationally renowned art curators and critics brought to Oregon to join in community dialogue ..."

We had a lively discussion and I appreciated Suzanne's insights.


Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Don - you'll be back and you have enough experience to know not to be overly worried about it. I often find too that doing the odd jobs around the house takes some of the guilt away from devoting time to painting (must be my Catholic background), so in a weird way it helps the painting as well as giving us a more comfortable environment!

Gary L. Everest said...

Good Morning Don,
I really enjoyed seeing the mural reception photo, especially with you, the mural and the many visitors in the shot.
I'm sure you'll be back at your easel as soon as the sore back and tired legs kick-in! Nothing like real world chores to return painting to its well-deserved, exalted position in one's life!
Enjoy today, Don.