Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Gathering

Long time, no blog, I know. We moved to New Jersey a month ago and have been living out of boxes for a while while we unpacked and generally got settled. Not there completely yet, but getting closer, so I thought it was time to update everyone on a very nice development.

Before leaving Charleston, WV, I worked with some fantastic artists to establish a new art group called the Quarrier Street Collective. The talented members included Traci Higginbotham, Bruce Haley, Betty Rivard, Betty McMullen, Larry Wolfe, Emily Roles, and myself. You can read a short article about the group here, even if it describes my work as "images of mundane yet ephemeral objects." I can't begin to tell you what that means.

The basic organizing principle for the group was a mutual interest in finding a community that could provide support and feedback in an environment of mutual respect. Without some form of critique and sharing of ideas, we each felt that it was increasingly difficult to continue to grow as artists.

You can't get a group of artists together without the idea of a show coming up, so we decided to have our coming out party this October at the Art Emporium in Charleston, WV, where we held all of our meetings. The opening for "The Gathering" was October 3rd and couldn't have been better attended. If you are in the Charleston area in October, be sure to stop by.

Here are the four images I have in the show, in no particular order:


Duke in the John

School's Out


Even though I have moved from Charleston and look to find new colleagues here in New Jersey, I want to keep working with these very talented folks in the Quarrier Street Collective. I have learned a lot from them and am proud to claim them as partners and friends. Take care.