Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pasadena Show

Had fun last night at the Contemporary Masters: Artistic Eden III show in Pasadena. Linda and I had a few family guests show up which was great but there was some confusion regarding guests. This is the first artist reception I've ever been to that didn't seem to want a large turn out so we didn't really put out the word. Apparently they wanted only the artists and maybe just a couple of their guests. Couple?!? The show runs for 5 months so if you live nearby do go and see it! It is totally worth it.   
The show is very impressive and held at the beautiful Pasadena Museum of History on the grounds of the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena. I was really honored to just get into this show and can't thank whoever the judge was enough for that. There was some incredible work there and the subject matter, anything painted of the San Gabriel Valley, was something I loved seeing since I grew up there.
Rich Gallego on left and myself next to my painting of the Colorado Street bridge.
When I was growing up in Pasadena I used to think how cool it would be to actually be an artist painting all of these parts of Pasadena that I liked...historical stuff, cool spots I knew about and the places that were a part of my life growing up there. Walking around enjoying all of this work of scenes from the valley was like finally seeing that happen even though I only painted 3 of them myself. There were a lot of artists there who live in Pasadena and the valley so it was neat to be connected to them in that respect.
My painting of Eaton Canyon which was in a prime location at the show....right as you walk in. The gods of art were on my side there, haha. 

My painter friend Rich Gallego and his wife Ludelle were both there and Rich and I have the same sense of humor, we get along great. Rich had a good painting of a sycamore in Fall in there too. New to this show was artist Joe Millazo. Joe is from Arcadia and he works in pen & ink so I've seen his work around for a while now. Joe and I have been in the Los Olivos Quick Draw together. I dig his work...was fun to say hi to him last night.
Also ran into painter friend Laura Wamsgans and it was fun to chat with her. Laura has a great sense of humor and had a really nice interior scene she painted in the show. My gallery owner Jasminka Gabrie and her hubby Jimmy were both there too. We almost went out with them after the show but we had a 16 year old at home alone and I always worry about fire! hahaha. In fact, right before we arrived at the show he called us to let us know the house still hadn't burned down...good kid.        


Teresa said...

Your paintings look fantastic Ron! BIG too! Wish I didn't live so far, I'd be there to see them in person :)

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Teresa! If you were that close Teresa we'd go paint. I haven't een out painting PA lately but hoping to do so soon. Thanks again!

Ron Guthrie said...

Mick Carney....

Been missing your posts. Hope that means there's a whole bunch of new stuff about to appear. Many congratulations on the show. Well deserved and only right that Eaton Canyon gets pride of place.

Posted by Mick Carney to Ron Guthrie Art at 2:12 PM

Hi Mick! Not sure why this didn't get posted in here on the Blog. Must be a glitch. Had some family problems to deal with but hope to be back in the addle soon. Thanks buddy!

Christine Brallier said...

Wow, what an impressive looking show, Ron! And equally impressive paintings by you. Of course they put the one right when you walk in! That is one of my favorites of yours. I didn't realize how big it was! And how beautiful it is against the blue wall. You look pretty dapper yourself, there! Congratulations!!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Christine,
Thanks for all of the good words. The show has some awesome work in there. I had fun just walking around checking it all out. One of the gallery owners brought in Sam Hyde Harris paintings he has collected and some were just deadly! It is always great to see the work of the earlier CA painters. Wish you could have been there, you would have loved the work in there Christine.

Marian Fortunati said...

Congratulations, Ron!! Wow... you had two paintings in the show??? Super!!
Who was the juror?? Why didn't they want lots of people to go? I think I remember the museum as being relatively small.

BUT wow.. what a great honor to be represented. Congrats, again, Ron.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Marian,
There are so many answers to this show that I haven't heard back on. There was a lot of confusion and conflicting directions we received. I guess the best way to look at it is it is a good museum show. This is only their 3rd time doing it so maybe it will all work itself out.

Jurying was the museum people, some of the PAGA people and some invited artists/curators but I've been told different stories on that...see, more questions, haha. I had 3 pieces juried into the show so that was really awesome to have happen. Despite the confusion it is a show with some seriously good work in it. I'm really honored getting in at all. It was really neat to see many artists who I've only read about or heard about but never actually been in the same room with. Had fun talking to Laura there.
Thanks Marian!