Dear TIMOTHY JONES,
Congratulations on your painting, Beer, Bread and Plums being accepted into this year’s Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. We are delighted that you have been selected to be a part of this exciting event. This year’s show will be held at the beautiful McBride Gallery, in historic Annapolis, Maryland, October 20 through November 17, 2013...
Please mark your calendars for the opening reception on Sunday afternoon, October 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., during which time the award winners will be announced...
Again, congratulations and we look forward to working with you over the next few months in preparation for this very exciting show.
Neil Patterson OPAM
I'm very pleased to announce the addition of Weiler House Fine Art Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas, as an exhibitor and representative.
Located within the historic Handley area of Fort Worth, Weiler House Fine Art Gallery is home to an eclectic collection of fine art. Built in 1906 for William Weiler, the first station master and prominent citizen in the town of Handley, the Weiler House showcases some of the finest original art in Fort Worth.
I've always liked the way my art "fits" in older historic buildings, and though it's not a huge space, I've been really impressed with the quality of artists they represent.
And, talk about getting off on the right foot, they sold a piece for me right away; this study of a deer skull I did a few months ago.
The owner has been very helpful and easy to communicate with, which is great. I'm very excited to have them represent my work and look forward to painting a lot in the months ahead.
Thanks to Bill Ryan and everyone at Weiler House!
Some of you may be aware of this already, but many may not; in a few weeks, I'll be joining the faculty of the Chesterton Academy in Minneapolis as their teacher of art. Huzzahs all around!!
We have been (quietly) making preparations large and small for months and will be moving from the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas to semi-temporary digs in Andover, MN on August 1st. This will be just about at the middle point between the Chesterton Academy and my wife's new job (hurray!!), about a half-hour commute for both of us.
This is all tangentially related to my (still somewhat painful and awkward) withdrawal from the Catholic Blogosphere and what I know must seem my inexplicable abandonment of The League of Bearded Catholics project.
Oy. Please suffice to say that even as an active blogger, I was pretty guarded about my personal life, and some of my reasons for leaving TLBC and Old World Swine in mothballs (for now) are personal and would be difficult to articulate fully. It came down to weighing my various duties before God and having to make hard choices. I simply bit off more than I could chew all at once. Something had to go, at least for a time. I'm truly sorry to all those I may have confused and disappointed in that process.
After some years of fitful career struggles, God simply dropped the positon at the Chesterton Academy into my lap. Okay, maybe it wasn't as out-of-the-blue as all that, but it was rather sudden.
I had been working at making a transition from commercial art to fine art (painting), and after losing my last full-time job (a pretty decent gig), had made a semi-conscious decision not to commit myself deeply to graphic art so that I would be able to walk away more easily when I needed to. This meant taking on a high volume of simple local freelance jobs for pretty low pay, which kept me very busy and very stressed, seeing as how we were nearly always broke. I don't think I could have taken on another corporate position and kept my sanity (such as it is). One has to pretend to care deeply about too many trivial things, and I'm just approaching that age where I can't pretend to care.
You just never know what may happen at a Chesterton conference! At the 2011 Chesterton Conference in St. Louis, I brought some prints of my artwork to hawk between presentations. One thing, as they say, led to another, and next thing I knew, I was sitting at Dale Ahlquist's kitchen table, talking about art and Chesterton and life and stuff through a lovely haze of pipe smoke. Once you see Chesterton's walking stick in person, there's no turning back.
Oddly, events have turned out so that I will have to miss the 2012 Chesterton Conference in Reno in a couple of weeks. We'll be unpacking right then.
We covet your prayers. See you around Minneapolis!
©copyright 2010, Timothy Jones
Oddly, these two pieces have been in my personal collection and have been showing at various venues for over a year, but have not yet found a home. I say "oddly", because - as sometimes happens - these have generated more than the usual amount of comments and positive feedback, but have not sold yet. Wine & Jarlsberg recently won an award at a regional competition.
It happens that I am in need of some traveling funds for a couple of upcoming trips, and so I'm more than usually open to being taken advantage of. These have been showing tagged at up to $750 each, and are right now displayed on my Fine Art America page for $500 each.
For a very limited time (this week, only), I'm offering these as a set for a mere $500. That's good up to September 9th. For the rest of September, I'll let them go for $600, and after that they will go back to the normal price.
Get 'em while they're hot!
Color me tickled to have my artwork on the cover of a collection of G.K. Chesterton essays edited by Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce and Aidan Mackey!
Very grateful to John Herreid and everyone at Ignatius Press.
Also, order a reproduction of this portrait and other original artworks at Fine Art America.
ArtsFest was a very worthwhile and positive experience for me this year. A few weeks ago, I had nearly nothing I could have shown, but I spent a good bit of time in the studio and ended up with several new pieces that I thought were serviceable enough.
My booth at ArtsFest. Thats artist Nathan Beatty to the right.
I had been thinking mostly of doing pieces that could sell (always need sales) and had not given any thought at all to the competitive aspect of the festival, though I was aware it was a juried show with awards. With almost all my pieces being 8"x10" or smaller, I didn't figure on my stuff having the sort of impact that might impress the judges. I just hoped to survive the heat and have a nice time greeting the public and hanging out with some fellow artists, while making a little cash.
The booth of painter friend Dan McWilliams.
I was very happily surprised, then, when I was awarded "Best of 2D (2 dimensional) Art" by the festival judges, Alissa Walls Mazow (art history prof. at the University of Arkansas) and David Houston (Director of Curatorial for the soon to be opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art).
I was pleased, also, to sell a few pieces, which - trust me - is nice.
The show was, I thought, the best ArtsFest yet. Well run, a nice leisurely atmosphere (almost like walking around a little village market), with a good variety of art booths, food and excellent live music.
This was the booth of Chris Nogy, founder and proprieter of Instruments of Antiquity. It was a joy being located next to this amazing, creative family. The whole family indeed takes part, with demonstrations and helpful answers about these handmade instruments from mom and all the kids.
That's fellow Poor Richard's artist, potter David Stephens.
More photos from Downtown Bentonville ArtsFest 2011!
Well, I finally took steps to put some of my paintings in a local gallery, and I'm tickled that things worked out so that my art is being shown with some other terrific area artists in such a beautiful and historic building.
Being a co-op, we all take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. Well, not really... but most of the artists do volunteer to work at the gallery for a few days a month, both to help out and in exchange for a lower gallery commission.
The building that now houses Poor Richard's Art Co-op is over 100 years old, having been a pharmacy for three generations in the Applegate family. Every part of the building - floor, ceiling, fixtures, woodwork, etc... - is original construction. It has never been restored because it has never been substantially altered. It has simply been well maintained. What a gorgeous building.
Keep in mind, this was, when built, just a small drug store in a small, rural Arkansas town. Nothing that special. And yet...
Esteemed reader "e." reminds me that several pieces of my work are featured in the current edition of the well-respected online literary journal The Christendom Review.
This has been in the works for a while, and the actual date of publication sort of snuck up on me.
My heartfelt thanks to William Luse and to editor Richard Barnett for the opportunity to be featured in this fine magazine. There are also some great articles and editorials in every edition of The Christendom Review, touching on the Christian life in a post-Christian culture.
(I had meant to post on this days ago, but my ADD kicked in... thanks, e.)
What with all the work I've been doing on the house the last several weeks, I haven't been doing much art, but a few recent events have led to some periods of Total Art Immersion that has been very gratifying.
First, a couple of weekends ago I completed the second part of the initial testing for my Arkansas teacher's certificate. Whereas the first test dealt with general knowledge, this series of tests dealt directly with my knowledge of my chosen field, fine art. I prepared by immersing myself in some art history survey books, most especially Sara Cornell's Art: A History of Changing Style. This is a pretty well-written and constructed brief overview of art in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to Pop Art.
I had the great privilege of doing almost nothing but read about art for four or five days. I didn't make notes or draw diagrams or anything, but just spent some leisurely time refreshing my knowledge of art history, and really enjoyed it. It wasn't like "cramming" at all.
The test itself was pretty challenging, which is a good thing. It means that not just everyone who feels the urge can become an art teacher in Arkansas... , to some extent, you have to know your stuff. I filled in bubbles for a couple of hours, and the remaining two or three hours were spent on essays... "open response". I think I did well, but who can say? I remember writing a couple of essays on philosophical topics like cultural reativism (related to art appreciation). I only hope those who evaluate the answers don't decide that my views are too far outside the approved politically correct mainstream thought of the modern Academy. I wouldn't want to be denied a teaching license because I was suspected of doubleplus ungoodthink.
I wrote too much on some questions, which left me scratching like mad (with a #2 pencil) to write adequate responses to others. Time for response seemed too limited. Do they want to know how much you know, or how fast you can write? I don't remember the last time I wrote more than a shopping list using a #2 pencil. They really need to figure some way of letting people make use of a word processor for these tests.
Haven't found out my scores, yet.
Arts in the Air
The Art in the Air exhibit was this past weekend, sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Arkansas. This was a juried exhibit and sale (charity fundraiser) featuring professional artists from around the state. Only twenty artists were ultimately invited for this show, so (as the old Academy Award cliche goes) "It was an honor just to be nominated".
In addition, though, I ended up winning an Award of Merit for my painting Pomegranates and China Dish, and the judge said some very nice things about it and my other work (six paintings in all). At the reception after the awards presentation, I was delighted to find that one of the paintings - Persimmons and China Vase - had already sold. Not having any experience with this event, I had included work in different price ranges, including some small pieces, in the hope of encouraging some sales. It was very encouraging that the largest, most expensive piece sold right off the bat. That gives me hope that I may have some other sales, as well.
The Rockefeller Institute is located near Petit Jean State Park, one of the most naturally beautiful spots in Arkansas. The Institute is basically a private conference or retreat center associated with the University of Arkansas system, funded and built on land donated by former Arkansas governor Winthrop Rockefeller.
This event included some unusually grand perks for the artists, including lodging at the institute for a couple of nights, some really fantastic meals and goodies (Mimosas for brunch), and the chance to meet collectors from around the state. The grounds and buildings of the complex are extremely nice and well appointed. "Tone-y", you might say. What with all the sacrifices my wife has made over the years because of her decision to marry an artist, it felt good to take her with me and let her enjoy being treated a little.
Most art shows offer the artists a chance for some publicity (bragging rights), a chance for some sales and a little wine and cheese. I'm not complaining, at all, but that's mostly all you can expect. This event was unusual in treating the artists so well.
It was a terrific event all around... except that the weather was horrid. I expect that the continuous torrential rains kept a number of patrons away who might ordinarily have come. Still, certainly a great weekend from my perspective.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow are plein air painting days. I'm participating in the first annual Heart of America Rendevous/ Paint Out, in which dozens of artists take part in painting direct from the local landscape and display these paintings together on the last day of the event for a public sale and a little friendly competition. Each canvas or panel is stamped on the back at the beginning of the competition to verify that the work was actually done during the paintout.
I painted outdoors yesterday for at least six or seven hours. I, naturally, staked out a spot in the full, blazing sun. I was stupid and didn't bring sunblock, so both arms now look like they belong to Larry the Lobster. Thank God I wore a broad-brimmed hat. I did pick up some sunblock around lunchtime, and spent the rest of the day in the shade, but I got a good sizzle in those first few hours.
A big thunderstorm rolled through the area this morning, so I used that time to get ready to paint (cleaned my pallette and brushes, etc...). I hope to get one good painting today. I did two yesterday and was happy with one. The other might be salvaged with some tweaking in the studio (I'll post them when I can). Plein air painting is a real challenge, and though I was thoroughly wrung-out at the end of the day, it felt great to be that immersed in painting from life. Very mentally stimulating, and it is great fun to be around my artist friends from all over the area.