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20180624_171904.jpgYesterday we had another terrific day creating art at Belle Grove in Middletown.  We painted the beautiful view from the front of the mansion.  There is not a bad view out of any window of the house but the view from the front porch is AMAZING.  And we had 14 painters who enjoyed painting their versions of it.  20180624_171959.jpgGreat work everyone!  It was so much fun working with you.  We all enjoyed it so much that we are planning to hold a few more painting events there soon.  Stay tuned.

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Yesterday was such a wonderful day at Belle Grove.  I started out with a group painting a little wildflower painting.  They were delightful and we had such a nice time.

 

Then it was back over in the afternoon for the “Meet the Artists” reception at the mansion.  This year Belle Grove offered the art of Wayne Laws, Sally Veach and me (Kelly Walker)!  It was so fun to see art in the mansion.  It is still going on until close today so if you are over Middletown way you have to stop in and see it.

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Hanging Art

 

We spent the morning hanging art at Belle Grove for the show this week.  Everyone is invited to come and be a part of their first art show in the house.  I’m excited.  Here is a link to all the activities…and note the Meet the Artists Party on Saturday evening.  It’ll be fun!

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The art show at Belle Grove is FAST approaching. Get all the details here.  It’s hard to believe it was January when we told you about the invitation to show art at the Belle Grove Plantation.  You can read about that here.  Make plans now to come.  There will be something going on each day in addition to the art sale that benefits Belle Grove.  We will be having two Paint Parties….one that the iconic image of the Signal Knob, the view from the porch at Belle Grove and one is for all ages (Wildflowers) so get the kids rounded up and come join in.  You can click here to register for the Paint Parties.

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Plantation Office 1A couple of weeks ago I told you about the invitation participate in an upcoming show at Belle Grove.  (Read about that here.)  As the space we are showing, a historic home, offers some challenges for “showing” the work I have started painting some small pieces that will be easily placed on easels or placed on mantel pieces. Yesterday I started a few.  Here’s one I’m working on now of the Plantation Office which is one of the rooms where my art will be shown.  More to come…..

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20180113_074950495727157While at Belle Grove this week I got a couple of photos of one of my favorite things there….a Nanny Bench Rocker.   “Nanny rockers” (in some cases called “mammy rockers”) are benches that have a place for the caretaker to sit while the baby lies beside her. There is a slat in front of the baby portion to prevent the child from rolling off as he or she is rocked gently back and forth.  Sometimes the slats are removable so the bench can be used by two people once it’s not needed for the baby.

True “nanny rockers” were most often made in the Windsor style and usually date to the first half of the 19th century.  The one at Belle Grove is estimated around 1820.  As luck had it there was a staff member with her baby there taking photos for their newsletter so I got a shot of how it really works.  And in the last photo you see the placement of the rocker….often in front of the fireplace.  Interesting things you’ll see at Belle Grove.

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I’m excited to announce that I have been invited to show my art at Belle Grove this June along with two other regional artists. We visited the house yesterday to meet and discuss the show.  It’s the first time they are going to display local art throughout the house.  I’m so excited.

This beautiful old home is a terrific place to show art and for people to see a wonderful example of a manor house.  We will keep you updated on all the details as we get closer to the show on June 22-24, 2018.  There will be an “Meet the Artists” Reception on June 23rd as well as classes and workshops on June 23rd and 24th.  It will be a great time to visit Belle Grove.

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