The month of May has been extremely busy so far.   I am actually participating in two shows this month.   The first being a solo show at the gallery west of the Mckinely Arts and Culture Center.   This show went up on April 27th and will be on display through June 16th.    The center is an historical building that was constructed in 1909 and was originally a school.    It’s got a lot of personality and is right across from the Truckee River.



Here’s some highlights from the hanging and then the Artist Reception that took place on May 4th.



And then the second show is an online show at the Fusion Gallery.    Their May 2017 show is titled “Animal Kingdom”  and I was fortunate to get the following two pieces of my works in the show.   Even more exciting is the news that my piece “Urocyon cinereoargenteus”  received an honorable mentioned in the Traditional Artwork category.

Urocyon cinereoargenteus copy

Urocyon cinereoargenteus 2016

Tyto alba copy.jpg

Tyto alba 2016



Second Place prize for “Junco” at Artrageous Birds Show!

I just found out that my painting Junco was awarded the second place prize at the Artrageous Birds art show that took place at the Cultural Arts Center in Whitewater, WI.  I’ve very proud and honored to receive this award and it’s fueling my drive to keep creating new paintings.  Here is the press release from the show:

September’s show at the Cultural Arts Center, “Artrageous Birds,” was created in honor of Whitewater being named a Bird City Wisconsin community in 2014.  Amy Arnston, of Lake Mills, was the judge for the show.  Winners include:

Joyce Johns, of McHenry, Illinois, won first place and the Viewer’s Choice Award for “Reflecting on Reflections” (she won $200 for first place and $50 for the Viewer’s Choice. She also sold the painting, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Whitewater Arts Alliance.) 
Jennifer Wildermuth Reyes, of California, won second prize for “Junco” ($125 2nd.)  

Ben Grubb, of Pennsylvania, won third prize for his bird sculpture ($75 3rd.)

Honorable Mentions:
Tom Jewell “Hidden”
Mary Nevicosi “Majestic”
Kathleen Ward “Robin in a Mugo Pine”
Marilyn Fuerstenberg “Blue Bird Monopoly”

Whitewater Arts Alliance Board Member and Chair of the exhibit, Marilyn Fuerstenberg, said “We had more than 70 paintings, photographs, and sculptures of birds on display at the Cultural Arts Center.  Bird and art-lovers alike enjoyed this show of our feathered friends. We even had entries from as far away as California, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The art never ceases to amaze me and this show was no exception.”   
Information from the Bird City Wisconsin brochure indicates that healthy communities are the sum of many parts, including birds. Bird City Wisconsin mobilizes citizens and public officials who already know that birds are more than beautiful – they are significant.  For the 80% of Americans that live in urban areas enjoying nature often means watching birds.  Bird City Wisconsin, which is modeled on The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA, was created by a coalition of Wisconsin conservation and birding organizations to ensure that Wisconsin’s urban residents maintain healthy populations of birds and grow an appreciation for them.
The mission of the Whitewater Arts Alliance is to promote the visual and performing arts through an alliance of artists, individuals, educational resources, and organizations to promote creativity and diversity that will serve to educate and enrich the lives of the residents of the Whitewater community and surrounding areas. 
Junco 2015