Both After the Storm and Morning Stillness were juried into the Kent Art Asssoc. President's Show.
After the Storm, 24x30, acrylic on linen, copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe
Morning Stillness, 24x30, acrylic on linen, copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe
Kent Art Assoc. is a venerable old arts organization. Here's a bit about their founding...
The Kent Art Association was founded in 1923 by nine well established artists who knew each other when they lived in New York before moving to Kent: Rex Brasher, Elliot Clark, Floyd Clymer, Williard Dryden Paddock, F. Luis Mora, George Laurence Nelson, Spencer Nichols, Robert Nisbet and Frederick Waugh. Six were National Academicians.
Frederick Waugh was an amazing marine painter, his seascapes changed and influenced the way seascape were painted from then on, Check out a slide show of his work here
Robert Nisbet created beautiful etchings and engravings of landscapes as well as poetic and lyrical oil paintings. He also notoriously had an affair and indeed ran off with the young wife of his teacher the famous painter Willard Metcalf! That romantic escapade took place right here in Connecticut at Miss Florence's boarding house, now the Florence Griswold Museum. You can read about the torrid romance and see some of Nisbets painting's here and his etchings and engravings here.
Now for the bad news. Way back in the early spring of this year I submitted a portfolio to a juried panel for a solo show at Locust Grove, The Samuel F.B. Morse Histroric Site. Most of us know Morse as the inventor of Morse Code and the telegraph but he was also one of the most respected painters of his time. The historic house/museum hosts rotating art shows throughout the year and I had hoped to be selected for a spot in 2011. While I am disappointed I have to say kudos to Locust Grove for sending out such a thoughtful letter. While it is still a rejection letter they took the time to thank the artists for the time and expense of submitting a portfolio, they expressed their surprise a the large number of submissions they received, talked about the difficult job of selecting from so much quality art work, and went on to remark about the high quality of work that I had submitted, along with inviting me to submit again next year. Now I realize that this is probably the same letter they send to everyone, but it was very nice to have them go to the trouble of crafting a gentle letter rather than the cold hard notifications that often come back simply marked REJECTED. Because of this simple courtesy on their part I will indeed pay the fee again next year and submit a new portfolio in hopes of gaining a spot in 2012.
Until then I plan on painting up a storm and improving and strengthening my visual voice with each painting I make!