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Highland Lass at the Luthiers Exhibit and The Artist's Manifesto

Highland 2, originally uploaded by graphicartepsi.

This weekend I went back to our local Excelsior Springs Museum for more of the Luthiers Exhibit, in conjunction with the Missouri Arts Council--this time the Celtic harpist turned out to offer more than expected! She's also a Highland dancer, so we were treated to a variety of traditional dances and lots of neat stuff about her costumes and so forth.

The brooch in this picture is centered with compressed thistle! Who knew, it looks like some sort of agate...

The portrait of Brooke Hollis here resembles her most closely...she's a doll. 

I did most of the pencil sketches on Saturday, and returned on Sunday afternoon to see more and add color. I drew the brooch then, too...

Our museum is a gorgeous building, an old bank that was donated to the community by the Kemper family when they built a new bank building. The ceiling was once gold leaf, as were the tops of the columns--it was the first commercial building in my town to have electricity.

Highland 1

It now opens onto what was once the Francis Hotel and now is Gallery 105 and museum offices. Till Yahoo Albums closes, you can see the gallery here: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/graphicartepsi/album/576460762389168216

I included a lot of photos of the wonderful old bank building on my CD, An Artist's View of an Old Spa Town; Excelsior Springs. It's sort of a virtual sketch crawl, and has some of my own paintings and sketches as well as photos I hope will tempt people to come and enjoy what the town has to offer! You can see it here: http://www.cafepress.com/cathy_johnson.57267958

If you think you recognize the painting here at the south end of the museum lobby, you probably do--it's an extremely good copy of one of Millet's, painted by a penniless European count trying to earn enough money for his passage home.  This one is "The Angelus;" on the other end of the lobby is "The Gleaners." 

Both of the original Millet paintings were thought to be symbolic of The Artist's Manifesto--moving away from the royalty and gentry to more works featuring the peasantry.  It was written about the same time as The Communist Manifesto, and ironic that the paintings in my town were done by a member of the very royalty that art was moving beyond...



I love all these sketches Cathy! You are such a wonderful artist, I can just admire your work in awe...sigh...!
Ronell, you are TOO sweet, thank you! I like your work, too, LOTS of energy!


Lovely journal pages! The colors are so clear and summery, somehow. I look forward to visiting your town sometime in October--or maybe next spring!
I'll look forward to seeing you, sweetie! I'll put you up at the Crescent Lake B & B, which is COOL (only one bed, here.*G*) Maria Hodkins and her husband stay there when they visit me, it's a lovely place...

Check it out, it's wonderful...http://www.crescentlake.com/rooms.html

We'll have a ball!


Wonderful sketches - they really convey the atmosphere - and how do you manage to get a likeness when you're drawing that fast? I'm sure I'd recognize Brooke Hollis in the street now!
Thank you, Casey! Well, only the top one really looks much like her--she thought it did, too, and so did her mom. But I just kept returning to the sketch every time she was in about the same position...the other things were combinations of refined gesture sketches and repeated observation!
Neat paintings! and yes, very ironic.
Thank you! (And maybe since the Count was so down on his luck as to be bartering painting for travel passage, he was feeling lower class himself.*G*)
The demise of the land-based economy in Europe... Owning property was no longer the basis of prosperity, but it took a while for the upper classes to catch on. (Which is why they wound up marrying rich American heiresses who wanted a title.)
Yup, it is DIFFICULT keeping those mansions and castles running! I guess that's why so many are now in the public trust or falling down...
Oh lovely, and yes, I do get to Weston from time to time. That's where J. bought the ring that will be my wedding ring, though I'm wearing it now. (We are a bit unconventional, but we consider ourselves already married, just waiting for the legal recognition.*G*)