I was also invited by owner Angeles Rosales to hang a 40 piece show at her Very Ventura Gift Shop and Gallery from September-November 10 with my friend Sherri Cassell, an amazing pastel artist who hung her spectacular Skyscapes. Our show coincided with Ventura, California's Main Street annual Artwalk so we were invited to a special photo shoot for participating artists and had our very own poster hanging at the shop! Angela's husband made a beautiful postcard and we had a well-attended opening reception on an ARTS & EATS night. One of the most fun pieces I ever painted entitled UMBRELLAFEST sold and I was thrilled to meet new collectors who told me they had the perfect spot for my painting. One of my pieces, GLORY, a 20'x24" new abstract was juried into the artwalk show at the Ventura County Museum and it was such an honor to be one of only 30 artists or so chosen to participate.
I also found out this fall that my piece ON GUARD, a 16"x20" oil on canvas, was juried into the California Art Club GOLDEN STATE SPLENDOR show at the Santa Paula Museum. This is one of the most beautiful venues to show art in Southern California and it was a blast to see art friends there at opening night and learn about their work and what inspired it. My favorite part of the month though was doing my first artist in residence at the gorgeous Channel Islands Maritime Museum at the Channel Islands Harbor near my home. I was honored to launch the program there the month of October 2017 painting, teaching and engaging with the community and it was so exciting hanging some of the pieces from my 'Odyssey Through Oxnard' series upstairs, knowing there were 16th, 17th & 18th century masterpieces downstairs! It was inspiring getting to stare at them all month and I loved the view and nautical artifacts upstairs too. Watching sea lions frolic and fishing vessels and incredible yachts come in and out of the harbor meant there was never a shortage of things to paint and sketch. Getting to fawn over and study the Dutch masterpieces downstairs was breathtaking. Setting up my easel there to paint twice a week was a bit intimidating at first but quickly became nothing but inspirational. Anther one of my favorite parts of the month was meeting so many people and especially my new friends Gloria and Judith who are both docents there. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting that museum, I highly recommend you head to Bluefin Circle in Oxnard, CA. This winter looks like it'll include participation in yet another show, my second public art project and hopefully some rest!