The 2016 show season started off with a prize. "In the Shade" won the Stone Studio Award at the Greenwich Art Society show in the Bendheim Gallery in March. It's one of my wilder paintings on Yupo, inspired by an indifferent photo of trees and a stream in Tyringham, Mass.
In April and May, I had my first full-fledged solo show, in the Greenwich Art Society Gallery. I had many new paintings framed for the show, but I also drew on the many works I've had framed through the years. Altogether, there were 39 paintings, covering work from the past 10 or 12 years. I created a show catalog, available through Lulu.com: Catalog on lulu.com
At one of the Housatonic Valley Art League shows during the summer, I sold a painting, a scene from one of my favorite Sheffield locations: "End of the Road." I sold another, unframed, from my studio ("King Harvest Has Surely Come"; it's the November image in the 2016 calendar).
Also in the summer, "Upstream," a near-abstract view of the Umpachene River in autumn, was accepted into the Greenwich Art Society's Flinn Gallery show, held at the Greenwich Library. If any of you know Greenwich, you will not be surprised to hear its library is new and exceptionally well-appointed. Unlike most shows in libraries, where paintings are hung amidst the books, the Flinn Gallery is a separate gallery space. The show, judged by a curator from the Whitney in NYC, was diverse, and maybe the highest level of work of any show I've been in. (Only 60 or so of 200 entries were accepted.)
I'm now getting ready for my last show of the year, the benefit show at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, Conn. This show, which Sherry and Hugh Karraker introduced me to some years ago, is a good one for sales, since artists can have their own bins for unframed works. One painting of barns in Egremont, Mass., is at the framers, and also four new smaller works on Yupo, which are being matted and bagged for the bin.