copyright Suzanne Barbezat
Last evening, my son and his partner came by to bring early Christmas presents that we could use on our trip. We each got a delicious looking book and a clip-on light for airplane or late night reading! Perfect! I got The Savage Detectives by Chilean writer Roberto Bolano. I started it this morning and am looking forward to more.
This past week I made it to both First Thursday and First Friday. We went to the First Thursday show at Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl, especially to see work by Jean Clugston. I've known Jean's daughter, Hillary Reno, for a couple of years. Hillary is a Women's Studies graduate and the administrator of the WS office at PSU. She is a delight, and she has been wanting me to meet her mom, Jean, for a long time. It was great to meet Jean and see her amazing paintings.
If you're interested in powerful and gorgeous small works, visit Waterstone this month to see Jean's work and that of other artists.
Jean came to my First Friday Opening the next night. As we chatted, we discovered that we had many things in common. Then I noticed that Jean was wearing a bracelet made by my daughter, Jane Kearney, that she got at Guardino Gallery. Another connection!
Jean used a brayer for these three paintings. She said she was tired of her brush, and felt more inspired using a brayer. The wonder of these paintings of New Jersey is far greater than I could capture with my new camera. Hope you'll check them out in person!
First Friday was the opening at Cube Gallery on Hawthorne. Owner Kimberley Kent invited Mandy Main and me to show our encaustic work with her this month.
Mandy, Me, and Kimberly in front of my work
Sarah 's book has bright free-form cut and scribbled pages
Nancy creates wonderful pressed flowers. Here she has suspended these in a niche covered with soft net on one of her pages.