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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!


The Finale

This weekend, I wired  all of the dingle-dangles into the sombrero using the telephone wire I had picked up at a neighborhood yard sale.   I  liked the idea of photographing the hubcap in the hat format, so I had my friend Kathy, the owner of the Bija Yoga Studio stop by and model in front of one of the many bamboo trees that grows in my backyard in my home in Naples.  Today, I took the hat up to the studios at WGCU Public Media in Ft. Myers for a critique from my co-workers.  The reviews were all positive, and they were intrigued by my idea, agreeing that it really was a unique hat.  My  project is ready for shipping!

The Pontiac Sombrero
Kathy modeling the sombrero
Kathy modeling the sombrereo