In February 2016 the Poudre Valley Community Farmland Coop held a fundraiser at a private residence in Fort Collins, and I was thrilled to be asked to hang my work for sale during the event.
It was a blazing success, both in attendance and in sales. I donated 10% sales to the fundraiser, and many people were introduced to the farmland coop and to my artwork at the same time.
This was a stroke of brilliance on the part of the organizers, for they knew that having an artist host a large solo show would be more impressive than having artists donate work for a silent auction, making it a successful event for everyone.
|Love Letter Paintings, installation view.|
The hosts held the event in their "garage" -- which looks much more like an event center with it's vaulted ceilings and beetle kill tongue and groove panelling. I was able to hang eight large paintings in this space alone.
I showed work from the Love Letter Series of paintings, beetle-kill wood rounds, and a few earlier paintings. Whispers Riding on the Wind, below, previously hung at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center for three years.
|Whispers Riding in the Wind, acrylic on three canvases.|
|From the Beetle Wood series.|
The building construction was not quite complete, which made for some artful art placements and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. It all worked well with the farmer-style decor, complete with hay bales and pitchforks. They even offered wagon rides and had their own goats to entertain people. This is Fort Collins after all!