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Friday, January 19, 2018


The People's Gallery Opening Reception Is On The Horizon!
Join Us February 23, 2018 from 6-9 p.m.
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the opening of the 14th annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. The presentation will feature a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by 102 artists from across the Austin area. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, February 23, 6 to 9 p.m., to view artworks throughout City Hall, meet the participating artists, and to enjoy light refreshments and live music by the Austin Community Steelband. Remarks by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and others will begin at 6:30 p.m.. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.

The People’s Gallery 2018 Opening Reception

When: Friday, February 23, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

*Free and open to the public*

The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward's University Tammie Rubin.

Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition, and a “People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-voted artworks to be purchased and added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018.

 The People’s Choice award for the 2017 recipient will be presented at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors to City Hall can view the People’s Gallery during regular building hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is always free. The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.

For more information about The People’s Gallery, visit www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery


ME, TOO, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas

When I painted this in response to a news story about Anne Bynum and a miscarriage of justice in Arkansas, the story didn't seem to exactly feel right. Looking at this lately reminded me of Mr. Jenkins telling me that I was "taking some man's place" in that drawing class at UT. Some man somewhere "really needed this education." At the time I was confused, perplexed. What was he talking about? Later I figured out the he did not think a girl needed an education. I will rename it. It better matches this "Me, too" movement than that story in Arkansas.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


 SELECTIONS FROM MY COLLECTION on exhibit Spring Semester

                 PORTRAIT OF MELANIE, 
                               by Robert Bunkin, oil on
                                         canvas, 60” x 12”. 

AFTER FRANZ MARC, by Geraldine Hickerson,  
                                 acrylic on canvas, 32” x 16”.


 BLUES, by Jose’ Sosa,
 oil on canvas, 29.5” x 24.75”.       
New Mexico Lndscape

 by Carmen Clements, acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”.

At Austin Community College, Cypress Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX.
Spring Semester, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


IN PROGRESS 1/8/2018

This is that compose-on-a-square challenge. I like the idea in theory. Thinking of Tibetan mandalas with the circles inside of a square is calming. But I wanted to evoke some bluesy music. Blues, the music, is so often passionate and emotional. I thought of Caravaggio, the Baroque drama. So I'm pushing this further, going along.

 It's just paint.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


New Year's Eve postcard to one of the Texas Senators. Sen. Cornyn is the less rabid of our GOP representatives in the Senate, not necessarily the least dangerous. 
Here is the image on the card.

Search for a Method
 I was reading Sartre at the time I painted this. Thus the title "Search for a Method". That's his title. I liked that.
Here is the text of the NY Eve card.

 "Dear Senator Cornyn, I read your editorial in the Austin paper. It occurred to me that my grandchildren are going to be living in a cave, eating radioactive dirt if we don't get the GOP out."  

Post cards have to be brief.

Friday, December 29, 2017


I took the piece left over after cutting off the mold. Wiped it down, dusted it off, preparing for further cutting up. But no. Hm-m-m-m. I think I am going to roll this piece, (h) 37.5 x 35" and save. Maybe perhaps to be re-stretched at some future time. I'll call this "editing". Before "editing" it was (h) 42" x 40".

A little off center composition. I'll lose a few more inches when I re-stretch. As Scarlett said "I'll think about that tomorrow..."

I rolled it up on a 2 3/4 inch tube with glassine and paper. All to think about another day.


Un-stretching a painting, entitled BIRTH, that dates from 1984, I discovered black mold underneath the stretcher bars along one edge. The plan was to roll up the painting for safe storage. I knew it had spent some years stored in a laundry room. The imagery is hard to look at. This is an homage to the trauma and excitement of giving birth, to becoming a mom. I do love this painting. It is (was) hard to look at.
 BUT Black Mold!! OH NO! 
So rather than risk spreading the nasty fungus, contaminating other paintings in the closet I had to cut it up. Oh heavy heart, I will save bits. Make collages, bookmarks or some such from the pieces.

But I can't find a photograph of this painting. "Documentation is more important than the actual event, object." I have observed that many times, in many ways. So I photographed it with my cell phone and with my digital camera, both at 72 dpi. It was a perfect day for a photograph, high clouds, lightly overcast mid winter sun. The digital camera took a photo with color closer to the painting.  The cell phone photograph has a lovely palette but not mine.

Good-bye BIRTH. You did stir the pot!

BIRTH  1984

BIRTH   1984

This one is with a camera, warmer palette.