Monday, October 15, 2007

Retrieving Art and Music

Two Trees In Front, 2007, Oil on Panel, 16x20

Sunday I took a break from working in the garden and drove down to Roxbury. A few weeks ago I received word that the gallery would be closing at the end of November and so I wanted to retrieve my work from their inventory. I have been exhibiting there for almost two years and it was a good experience. I had a three person show and a solo show, plus my work was included in a couple of group shows. Sales were modest, but pretty good considering the gallery is located in such a small community. I found several new collectors (yes I mean you, Brian) and showing there really helped raise my profile in upstate NY. But as I move into galleries in larger cities, it becomes more difficult to continue to sell my work in the smaller areas. So losing this gallery doesn't feel like a bad thing for me, however, it's unfortunate that Roxbury is losing such a good fine arts venue.

The ride home was excellent. It was a nice, sunny day with great light and I stopped several times to take photographs to use as reference for future paintings. And holy cow, my iPod was really throwing out some good songs. At one point it played a string of seven songs, each of which break my heart in totally different ways.

"Jack and Diane" John Mellencamp back when he was John Cougar. Reminds me of high school.

"Martha" Tom Waits. Oh the pain of talking to an old lover!

"Welcome to the Jungle" Guns N'Roses. Gotta love totally raucous noise once in awhile.

"With or Without You" U2. I can't even tell you all how much I loved Bono in the 80's. He was my man, my one true love. I know he would have loved me too if we could have made eye contact, just once...

"Car Wheels on A Gravel Road" Lucinda Williams. Everything that Lucinda sings breaks my heart.

"It Ain't Over Til It's Over" Lenny Kravitz. Love the sound of this one and well, I loved Lenny too. I am very fickle, sorry Bono.

"Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley. Showcases Jeff Buckley's incredible voice and heart and makes me feel sad that he is gone.

Then I skipped a few and came to "Gimme Shelter" by Patti Smith. I had a sore throat trying to keep up with Patti (not possible) by the time I pulled into the driveway.

A very good day.


indigomar said...

I love driving with good music, especially when the day (or night) is just right. Lucinda Williams is great. Lately, I've been playing my cds in the studio from the front to back of my cd book. It's a surprise way of hearing music, because I might not be in the mood for something or I haven't listened to it in a while and its usually a good listen. Kindof like an ipod shuffle.

jcitybone said...


Losing the Enderlin Gallery is pretty sad--it was great to walk down from our house, go to the openings, and check out all the tremendous art. I'll miss seeing your paintings there on a regular basis (and being tempted by them--especially that orange barn and magenta sky!!) We still have the Roxbury Arts Group though, and a few other new nearby galleries. I'll keep checking out your galleries online, and who knows maybe my colection will someday grow.

Good Luck!!

Melody said...

Nothing like a good drive on a sunny day and lots of tunes to sing along with. No I can't sing but at least when I'm driving alone no one can complain.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Yeah, I kind of miss my cd's. I have loaded all my favorites onto the ipod though, but I rarely listen to them as an album, as the artist intended. I feel kind of bad about that, but on the other hand I really like the shuffle.

Thanks Brian, oh I am glad there are still a few other galleries around. And maybe something interesting will move into Enderlin's beautiful space. I always thought it would be an amazing studio, but it's a bit of a commute for me:)

Melody, you're telling me, my kids get very upset when I sing. And I am so self conscious about my voice that I don't even sing in front of my husband. Singing alone in the car is the best!