Friday, June 19, 2009

Visiting with BJ

There is an organization in Duncan called The Gabriel House. It is an after school program for under-privileged kids. They have all sorts of activities for the kids including an art program. This year they are short funded. The Painted Ladies have been asked to help put on an art auction to raise money. I don’t know how much money art will bring in, but that is not my problem. My part is to ask other artists to donate paintings. That may sound fairly simple, but you would not believe the excuses that people come up with so as not to help out. I find many artists to be temperamental or maybe just mental.

I did have one interesting artist encounter yesterday. A lady named BJ Archer was on my list of artist to call. I have met BJ, but she is an older lady and never remembers me, and I admit that we have never had any real conversation. Talking to her on the phone was rather confusing. She wanted to donate a painting. The problem was that she thought one of her paintings at a local gallery would work best. She asked me to pick up the painting and bring it to her so she could make a decision. I complied. I ended up staying at her house for over an hour looking at her paintings, her studio and listening to her stories. At 81, she had some stories. She told me how she came to be an artist. She had lived in Taos, but had been very lonely and felt out of place there. I can understand that. Taos is another world – a third world country. Anyway, it was fun to visit with BJ. She is an excellent artist whom I have admired at past shows. She donated a very nice painting, I thought it would be okay to share it with you since she did donate it. Here is "The High Road to Taos."

10 comments:

Skybag said...

That is nice! How much is it?

Bag Blog said...

You have to go to the auction and bid.

Mrs. Bear said...

Beautiful !! What a gift. No I don't have any blackberries and I also don't have any damn peaches...but on the good side of things...there is going to be a wedding in that family and I haven't been asked to help. LOL Good things sometimes come to people that can keep their mouths shut!!! LOL I know, I know that usually isn't me!!!!

Bag Blog said...

Anny, you and your "damn peaches" crack me up.

Buck said...

Maybe it's a "you hadda be there" sorta thing, but it seems like there's entirely too much white space. For me. Saith the art critic (heh). But then again, I don't know much about art, I just know what I like.

Your stuff is much more appealing, Lou.

Becky said...

Good luck with the auction. If I painted, I'd donate something for it.

Mrs. Bear said...

I like peaches.

Jo Castillo said...

That is a neat painting. When is the auction?

Bag Blog said...

Jo, I think the auction will be July 10th.

Towanda said...

It was a nice thing for her to donate a painting, but I have to say I am with Buck - the painting doesn't do a thing for me. I LOVE the high road to Taos and this painting captures none of the magic of that area. Maybe if she had called it something different. So much for the opinion of this amateur art critic. :)