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Jump for Joy – It’s Time for Marin Open Studios

Oil painting of happy dogs by Pat Meier-Johnson

Jump for Joy – 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

It’s Time to Celebrate Art

Hot dog (or dogs!) it’s that time of year for Marin Open Studios! I will be exhibiting new paintings and prints at the new headquarters for the Marin Society of Artists, 1515 Third Street at E in San Rafael. And right next to me will be my hubby Russ with his great photography. We’ll only be there May 7-8 so come see us. And bring your mom – remember May 8 is Mother’s Day. How about getting Mom a painting or a fine photograph as a gift?  And don’t forget the gala on Saturday April 30, 5pm – 8pm. Meet the artists, enjoy wine and lite bites, bid on items in the Silent Auction.

 

DART FOR ART
It was a great honor to have been able to contribute two works for the annual LymeLight Foundation’s Dart for Art auction in Burlingame, California. My good friend, photographer Judy Reed, introduced me to this this beautiful event featuring more than 100 works of art and more than 300 attendees. The audience gets to peruse the art at the beginning of the evening, making note of those pieces they want the most. Then according to group numbers on their name tags, each group assembles at the entry to the gallery area and on the given the green light, they dart to the piece of art they want and (provided it wasn’t already chosen by an earlier dart-er, they place their name tag below the tag describing the artwork to claim it. Lots of fun and lots of money was raised for young people suffering from awful tick-borne (and transmittable) Lyme disease. Insurance does not provide adequate coverage for this disabling disease, so every contribution helps.

STAY IN TOUCH. We love to hear from you and we look forward to seeing you in person at one of our upcoming shows.

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But is it Art?

 

 

 

Computer paints a Rembrandt

Your computer just did what?

You Call This Art?  

I have been seeing a lot of articles about the impact of computers on art and one recent one that even intimated that deep learning could enable a computer to knock out a credible Rembrandt or Van Gogh. See this article about the result of a two-year project called “The Next Rembrandt” that not only had a computer creating the shapes and colors but with 3D technology mimicked the brushstrokes as well.  But there is nothing like the soul that artists put into their work, and I think that we, as fellow human beings, can sense and appreciate what’s “real” and what isn’t. What do you think?

So in hopes that original art prevails, we hope to see you in a little less than a month to celebrate spring and creativity!

 

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Marin Open Studios

Pat Meier-Johnson exhibits her oil paintings at the Marin Society of Artists

Pat at Marin Open Studios 2015 (photo by Lynn Tompkins)

What an exciting couple of weekends! It was time for the 2015 Marin Society of Artists’ group exhibit at the Ross Art and Garden Center, part of Marin Open Studios. What started out as a relatively slow first day continued to grow and by Sunday of the second weekend, (Mothers Day) the gallery was full of people looking at the works of some 15 local artists…including me.  Thank you to all my friends who came by throughout the two weekends.

The preparations for this exhibition began much earlier. I had to select the paintings I wanted to include and finish my three New York City urban paintings. Then I had to frame them all. I even built a frame for one of the very odd-sized ones like the 10″ x 30″ View from Keller Estate. (Yes, I bought a mitre box and saw, clamps, furniture glue, and pine trim and made a fine frame that went so nicely with the earth tones of that Sonoma painting.) Russ printed some great giclees and prints of my paintings that I matted and inserted into plastic bags.  Thank you Russ!

Judy Theo, our friend who used to own Wolf Gallery here in Sonoma, came over and gave me some great tips on working art shows and what sells and why. My friend and neighbor, Connie Parker helped me lay out the show on the garage floor where I had taped out two 4 x 8 areas. She laid out the paintings in a such as way that they really worked together. I took pictures and oh, did that help when the time came to hang the show!

I’ll say one thing, my background in setting up trade shows came in handy. I had everything from breath mints to wire cutters, my handy labeling machine, even a change of shoes.

Saturday morning, 11am, the doors opened. A few people came in, largely locals and friends of the artists, including my friends. Then, after lunch, a swarm. Then another. I sold two paintings. Originals. No one ever told me that it would be hard to part with a painting, but these were my two best pieces. (Does one get visitation rights?)

Some friends stopped by late Sunday and bought two paintings that will be featured art in their newly purchased wine country vacation rental home. I was so thrilled and can’t wait to see them when they have their open house.

I find it very interesting to see what people are attracted to. A lovely family came by on Sunday and both father and daughter immediately chose my View from Keller Estate and Sebastiani Vineyard paintings, one for each of their houses.  Others loved the edgy urban scenes.  Still others were drawn to the flowers.  Several people pointed out something that I  had never verbalized. My colors are “juicy” and the images are “happy”.  I take that as big compliments and if my paintings put a smile on someone’s face, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do since I was a little girl at my artist grandfather’s knee, watching him take such pleasure in painting.

The Same Pear Cool and Warm Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14  on canvas

The Same Pear Cool and Warm
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
11 x 14 on canvas

View from Keller Estate Oil Painting by Pat Meier-John son

View from Keller Estate, Sonoma
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
10 x 30 on canvas

Sebastiani Vineyard by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas

Sebastiani Vineyard Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on canvas

Beautiful Fall Flowers Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

Fall Flowers – Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Linen Panel 2014

Oil Painting of unexpected spring snow in New York by Pat Meier-Johnson Spring Snow Central Park 2015

Spring Snow Central Park New York Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Linen Panel 

Cow Talk Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on Linen Panel

Cow Talk
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
16 x 20 on Linen Panel

 

Highway One near Jenner California

Highway One Near Jenner Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on Linen Panel

 

Cakebread Vineyard at Dawn Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 8 x 10 on Linen Panel

Cakebread Vineyard at Dawn
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
8 x 10 on Linen Panel

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