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Can it be that time of year again?

Marin Open Studios

Come see us at Marin Open Studios! Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 2nd Floor, May 13-14 2017

It seemed like winter dragged on forever here in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now the sun is shining and creating brand new ways to see the world once again. In fact the weather is hot. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in DC this past weekend in sweltering heat opposing man-induced climate change, San Francisco Art Market took place at Fort Mason in gorgeous weather, and my thoughts are turning to Marin Open Studios #MOS2017.

Pat Meier-Johnson at Marin Open Studios gala gallery 2017

Pat Meier-Johnson artist at Marin Open Studios gala gallery 2017

I can tell you, this has been the wettest longest winter.  But my studio has changed from chilly to “throw open the doors and windows” in a matter of two days.  I can’t complain. Aside from time spent nursing a rotten cold, I spent a fair bit of time this winter in my studio and even used the gnarly season to inspire some new works including Times Square Winter and Ocean Beach San Francisco. More about that in a moment. But first, let me remind you that it is Open Studios time again. This year I am showcasing my work May 13 -14 at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art 500 Palm Drive in Novato, California in the War Room (not my choice of names, but there you have it).  It’s on the second floor of the museum which is located on the old grounds of Hamilton Air Force Base. What was called Hamilton Field started in the 1920’s and was built in the 1930’s. It was an air defense base during WWII.  Now it’s a very nice complex of art studios, exhibition space and gift store. 

18 x 24 oil painting of New York Times Square in winter by Pat Meier-Johnson

Times Square Winter – 18 x 24 Oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

This past Friday was the official gala for Open Studios.  It was wall to wall people and I had to go back to grab this photo.  You can see my large painting, Desert Dancers along with many other works from regional Bay Area artists and #325 Town Center, Corte Madera.  We also donated a couple of works for a silent auction fundraiser. The new location is terrific. Overall the shopping center has a new pleasant updated look. The lighting in the gallery itself was great and the wall dividers elegant, lending themselves to a very nice display of the art.  I guess it’s a high quality problem when you have to say ‘scuse me when navigating the crowds. Check https://marinopenstudios.org/.  But be sure to patronize the many artists’ own open studios dotted all around Marin County.  Guides are available all over the place and online at https://marinopenstudios.org/visit-artist-studios/.

I am particularly happy with this work: Times Square Winter. It’s a style that captured the light and action of Times Square during the snowstorms of February 2017 and was inspired by numerous photos of intrepid New Yorkers braving the elements. Every year in art, photography, in life in general is a year of growth and discovery. I love it. And I am so lucky to have my wonderful husband Russ who likes exploring and discovering as much as I do.

Earlier this month I went to the Art Market San Francisco at Fort Mason with Russ and my photographer friend, Judy Reed. A massive display of works presented by galleries and reps.  Some were clearly “trying too hard”, as Judy would say.  Surprising was what sells. A three-painting mid-century series that did not look very well executed was being lifted off the wall as we stood there, purchased by someone who maybe has a Palm Springs home… The nice thing about art is that there is something for everyone. There is no real right or wrong, and that’s the subject for another post about what we learned doing videos for Sonoma Plein Air, a non-profit that raises funds for art in public schools here in Sonoma Valley. Stay tuned. 

Now it is time to go to the studio and paint!  Marin Open Studios is right around the corner!




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