Hello fellow art enthusiasts!

Last month tree imagery caught my eye and spoke to my artist’s heart. Right now, the tree within the landscape is the theme I am exploring. Most of these paintings are smaller- 9×12, 6×8 in preparation for the Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour on June 1st and 2nd. My guest studio will be set up at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, Stop #26.

Support for the arts is important. Artists are the conduit for expression of a higher ideal, leading to a kinder, gentler society. I am happy to be donating a painting to the upcoming $50 Friends 5×7 Art Works!. The proceeds from this art show and sale benefit Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. The annual event takes place once again at Tryst Gallery on Saturday, May 4th with doors opening at 3pm. All art will sell for $50 each. Tryst Gallery is located at 312 East Market St., Suite F, Leesburg, VA 20176.

And now for a little more history from the old portfolio case. I promised one of my old best friends that I would include a piece of art she would recognize. This goes back more decades than I’d like to admit.

Oasis was our high school literary magazine that included poetry, short stories and art. Don’t ask me why I illustrated the cover with this sad faced clown. I haven’t a clue nor would I go back and do it again. I think clowns are creepy, like the one in Stephen King’s ‘It’.

Upcoming events where you can view my art in person:

Art at the Mill Spring Show and Sale 
April 27 through May 12

Artist Reception Sunday, May 5, 3pm

The Clarke County Historical Association puts on a wonderful juried regional show twice a year. It’s a great opportunity to go west over the mountain and spend an afternoon in the bucolic countryside of unspoiled Clarke County. Burwell Morgan Mill is located at 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA. For more info, go to http://www.clarkehistory.org/art-at-the-mill.html

Gardens in the Gap Artisan and Plant Fair
Friday, April 26, 12-7pm and Saturday, April 27, 10am-5pm

Hillsboro’s second annual spring event is held at the Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA. For more info, go to https://www.visitloudoun.org/event/gardens-in-the-gap/21917/
 

Ongoing until the end of April:

Loudoun Sketch Club’s Member Exhibit at the Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg, VA

Loudoun Sketch Club’s 1st in Art: Celebrating 75 Years 
Artist Reception Friday, April 5, 6-9pm
Hosted by Art Sweet Art Gallery, 2B Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg, VA

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My personal favorite, Over the Wall, by playwright Rich Fink, is a coffeehouse style performance on Sunday, April 14th, 6:30pm at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. Click through for more info and to watch the awesome video Rich made for the event. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/428293651266679/

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If you are in Fairfax County this link will take you to info about a terrific art show that has been ongoing twice a year for the last 23 years: http://www.valearts.com/index.html