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Old and new Florida State Capitol buildings; the 22nd Floor Gallery is at the top of the new State Capitol building

 The gallery setup December, 2014, rolled around and I hadn’t heard any more information and updates from the woman in charge of the gallery. I emailed and called for two weeks. I finally received the information that she was taking care of an elderly parent and would get back to me which she did about a week later. By this time it was early January. Another woman who told me she was the newly appointed curator for the gallery then contacted me. She gave me the information that I needed about when I was going to hang the artwork and when the show was going to be taken down. She then sent a revised layout of the gallery floor plan as they had renovated the space earlier in the year. I got to work and began taking the measurements of my work and laying the information onto the floor plan drawing. Fortunately, I had printed several copies and penciled in the dimensions so I could get the arrangement of work the way I wanted it to be displayed. A few days later I was with friends at a garden art show in Miami when I received a phone call from the curator. When they had transitioned over to the new curator, one of the artists that had been previously selected to exhibit had been mistakenly told that she could have the time slot to exhibit that I had been assigned. How was she going to resolve the problem and keep everyone happy? I agreed to allowing my work to be shown in the gallery for a month and a half and then move the artwork downstairs and across the street to the lobby of the Secretary of State’s office. They would move the artwork for me and re-hang the show. Whew! I finalized my arrangements and began packing my artwork.  After I bagged and wrapped all of my paintings I loaded up my station wagon with my husband and started the seven hour drive north to Tallahassee. We decided to make a mini vacation out of it and stretched it out over two days. We were then able to catch up with a friend in Tampa and spend the evening at a favorite restaurant in Ocala. We even ate three-dozen oysters at an old Florida restaurant near Tallahassee!

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Warren enjoying his Oyster feast

Rep. Mark Pafford & Mono

Representative Mark Pafford and friends

The next day we had made arrangements to meet State Representative Mark Pafford, the House Minority Whip in his office in the Capitol. We had met him a month earlier at a chance encounter in the Everglades and I had looked him up and told him when I was going to be in the building. Meanwhile, I had to park my car on the building grounds—not an easy task. The curator met us at the guard gate and arranged our parking while we went upstairs to see him. We then drove the car into the bowels of the building after the police ran a mirror under the car and lowered the security walls to allow us to drive in. We placed all of the artwork on a rolling cart and load it onto one of the two elevators that would stop at the twenty-second floor. Then the three of us began the over four hour process of hanging the work. The woman who was supposed to assist the curator was out helping her mother—otherwise the curator was going to have to hang the twenty-five pieces of artwork herself. Thank goodness for my husband the handyman!

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Flamingo Fixit hanging “Hava Tampa”

He speeded up the task and quickly figured out the hanging logistics for some of the larger paintings. We worked until we were told we had to leave at 5:30 pm as the building was closing. When we tried to leave we had to speak to security through an intercom box so they could raise the guard gates. We drove off and celebrated with an early dinner and returned to the hotel for the evening.

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Muffy Clark Gill and Representative Kathleen Passidomo

  The next morning we met our State Representative, Kathleen Passidomo and her aide, at the gallery so she could see the exhibition and we could have some publicity pictures taken. (She ran her picture in her weekly newsletter that week). I took pictures of the entire exhibition for my own records and spent a few minutes savoring the excitement and self satisfaction. I had achieved my goal!  

FGCU ArtLab Reception 2.18.10

Feb. 18, 2010.  I have been behind in writing, as I have been busy preparing all of my paintings for the show that debuted last Thursday at the FGCU ArtLab.  This show  is titled: “Dying Arts: Batiks and Silk Works by Muffy Clark Gill and Nuch Owen” has been a labor of love for over a year since interim Curator Anica Sturdivant asked me to participate .  I met Thai artist Nuch Owen many years ago when she first came to the Naples area.  Her skill in painting on silk using Gutta resist is unbelievable, and very intricate. I enjoy her work and respect the talent that goes into creating it.   I brought 8 paintings to the show including “Seated in Silence”;” Hava Tampa Spirit”, and two of my pieces from the FGCU Steamroller project.  WGCU Public Media hosted the reception as a member event, and over 60 people showed up(there were RSVP’s for 107, and it was hard to track a true total).  Quite a few for a intimate gallery setting on the University campus.I really enjoyed talking to the students who were asked to do a report on the exhibition.    The show also featured the debut of my new silk hanging: “Influence”.  I have a web page of the show here:   http://tinyurl.com/ydmhbot.

The show  was part of a busy week that included a talk about how I use my Mac computer with my artwork, and two Batik demonstrations in the Southwest Florida area, along with the opening reception  February 12th for the 7th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda.  The “Hava Tampa” painting was one of the 138 entries accepted from over 720 submissions.  By the time Sunday night came, I was worn out!

Roger, Gill and I in the Phyllis Clark Peace Garden

Roger, Gill and I in the Phyllis Clark Peace Garden

Looking towards the Muffy Clark Gill Gallery

Looking towards the Muffy Clark Gill Gallery

Cutting the Ribbon for the Muffy Clark Gill Gallery dedication

Cutting the Ribbon for the Muffy Clark Gill Gallery dedication

Yesterday, the Board of Directors and the staff for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children of Collier County held a reception for me for the official naming ceremony of the Muffy Clark Gill Gallery.  When the new Shelter opened in 2002, I recruited my friends,Fran Mankiewicz, Jean-Marie Hendry-Friend, and my sister-in-law, Martha Gill(the original Martha Gill, as she puts it) to help me locate and hang artwork in the new building. This  process took several months, as we had to acquire artwork, and frame many of the pieces that were donated.  Roger Gregory of Gregory Frame Shop was very kind in assisting doing the framing and mounting of some of the pieces.  It was a challenge finding enough artwork for all of the rooms and interior spaces in the building.  I hung a large group of My Seminole Indian batiks in the widened hallway outside of the shelter’s library.  this became the basis of what was called for years”The Muffy Clark Gill Gallery” .  I had not been back in the building for over 4 years, and had not met Executive Director, Linda Oberhaus.  Cyndi Fields of the Shelter gave my family including my husband Gill, my brother Roger Clark, and my friends Kathy Ruch and Suzy Dorr the grand tour, including a viewing of the Phyllis Clark Peace Garden, which was named after my mother when the Shelter was opened.  My parents were the first large donors to the construction of the new building, and we were pleased to see how well the plants had grown in the courtyard.  A large purple ribbon was draped around the Batik that had been my Mother-in-Law Betty Gill’s painting”The Red Chair”.  I was given a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon after Linda read a small speech about my work with the Shelter, and how I had served on the Board and had been a past President.  I was then asked to give a quick talk about the paintings in the room.  When the ceremony was order, we went to the Machu Pichu Peruvian Restaurant and had a nice Cerviche dinner.  It was nice to be remembered!