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My show at Lyman-Eyer Gallery opened on Friday. The work was hung beautifully, and the opening was an evening of old and new friends. Now I’m headed out of town for a few days, back on Wednesday.

A few installation shots:

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Jim Lyman, gallerist at Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, getting help hanging “Golawon” from Stephanie Hobart

I have a friend who can paint a complete show over a summer and still have lots of time to go to the beach and hang out with her pals. I’ve always been a bit envious of her art making sprezzatura—that great Italian word for effortless effort—because that is not my way. Getting ready for a show is a heads down affair, hermitizing in my personal rag and bone shop in South Boston. But that isolation and blinders on focus phase is over. This week the work was delivered to Lyman-Eyer Gallery, the show is hung (it looks spectacular—thanks Jim!) and opens on Friday.

As is often the case, the parallels and metaphors appear. For the last few months I watched as the vines near my studio wall that disappear during our long Boston winters came back into their fullness with reckless abandon. The yard next door is now freshly abandoned by a previous tenant so the matrix of vines and leaves was unobstructed for the first time in years. The day I delivered the show was the same day the landlord chose to rescue the building from death by vining. Ah yes. I get it. Time to move on, to bring a sense of balance to life. But not without first saying thanks to the fecundity that wrapped me all spring.

Friday night was the opening of my ninth show with Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown. Hats off to Jim Lyman and Melissa for all they did, done with sprezzatura (“effortless effort”), to make the evening happen so smoothly and for selling three paintings. And to my carload of road trip buddies—Gerald, Karen and David—thanks for making the journey from Boston feel like a celebration in itself.

A few installation views:

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On the left: Suama Trei triptych. On the right: Arom 1, Stea 1, Roybee 3

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Suama series

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Greevaye 2 on the left, with work from the Seetina series on the right

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On the top: Baytole series; Below, work from the Mysa Graffe series

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Suama series, another view

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Arom 1, Stea 1, Roybee 3, another view

Opening reception:

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My road buddies Karen Haglund and Gerald Horne

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Fellow gallery artist Jan Lhormer (on the right) with friends

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Art in New England‘s inveterate photographer, second from the left; Jim Lyman, gallery director, on the right

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Artist, cabaret singer and Provincetown legend

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David, art advocate and best pal

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Arombell 1, 14 x 14″, mixed media on wood panel

I’m heading into the final lap of this preparatory marathon. Postcards for my upcoming show go out this week, so my face is against the glass. (If you would like to be on my mailing list, send me an email with your snail mail address.)

For those of you in the Boston area, here’s the info on the show:

June 26 – July 8

Lyman-Eyer Gallery
432 Commercial Street
Provincetown MA 02657
508 487 3937

Artist Reception: Friday, June 26, 7PM
All are welcome

Also of note: My paintings are featured in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Wild Apples, a Journal of Nature, Art and Inquiry. The issue’s theme is SOIL, a worthy topic indeed. My work accompanies the poetry of Laura Rogerson Moore,
“Eat of Every Tree.” The journal is both visually engaging and content rich. For more information, you can visit them here.

Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat maven Sue Booth-Forbes has posted a piece about a public art project I began ten years ago in Ireland. You can read about the National School/Anam Cara partnership here.

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