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Saturday, March 28, 2015

5th Biennial Dubuque Museum of Art

My photograph, Jeremy Blair, near Iowa City, Iowa is being exhibited in the large group show at the Dubuque Museum of Art's 5th Biennial. 
March 14, 2015 - June 14, 2015


The fifth DUMA Biennial features the finest works of art by some of the most talented artists in a 200 mile radius of Dubuque. Generously sponsored by Premier Bank and Marella fine gift shop, this home-grown exhibition highlights the quality and variety of artwork that is currently being produced by the artists of this area. Special thanks to this year’s juror Jane Milosh, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. Milosch is a past curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The 2015 DUMA Biennial was the most competitive call for entries yet with 176 artists submitting 508 works of art. Of those, 48 artists and 59 works of art were selected by the juror for the exhibition.

Monday, March 9, 2015

12 x 12 online PHOTO - Interviews Stuart Pilkington about his many ONLINE PHOTO PROJECTS

LUCKY ME. I have been a participant in quite a number of Stuart Pilkington's ONLINE photo projects and hope to continue my luck. The photo of Joan in Her Turquoise Dress, near Bellevue, Iowa was taken in February 2009. This was my "People" photo assignment for The 50 States Project, created and curated by Stuart.

12 x 12 STUART PILKINGTON

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Week 8 -- Kitchen Renovation

After awhile, you wonder if you still will know how to cook. I have been using a little plug in tea pot that heats up water and a microwave, both loaned to me generously by my friend Katy S. The upper cabinets arrived last week. This week Gordon and Ben installed the upper cabs and hooked up the sink. The sink is useable! The pulls and knobs will be going on the cabs this week, too. I am hoping the extra hole for the little faucet will be drilled soon. The countertop people installed the specchio white quartz top meticulously. LOVE it. However, they forgot a hole.

We made a change of design plan on Monday. I decided I wanted a more open kitchen with fewer cabinets. Instead of the large maple cabinet in the center which would have housed the range hood, we will order a Kobe range hood - it will be visible and I know I will like that better.

The library shelves and desk below are gorgeous. Maple wood, nice and light, airy. I think the warm tones go really well with my green lower cabs and the beautiful paint color.









Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stuart Pilkington Interviewed on 12 x12

Great interview on 12 x 12 with my internet photo friend, curator & photographer Stuart Pilkington. My photograph of my friend JOAN in Her Turquoise Dress is featured in the interview. It was part of an online year long series called The 50 States Project in which I represented Iowa. 

More about The 50 States Project
12 x 12 Interview

Chis Offutt Interview with Terry Gross

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Continued Renovation of My Kitchen - March 1st

Here we are! Still not finished but closer. I had thought everything would be in place and the workers would be gone by the end of February, not true. The green cabs have been installed on the bottom and the top maple cabinets are being installed - this began on Thursday of last week.

I love the tones in the maple cabinets and I really like how light they are. The countertop was a puzzler for me. I changed my mind over and over again and finally decided on a quartz top with little sparkles in it. Happy about my choice! It is beautiful, durable, easy to take care of and it looks so perfect with its surroundings.

Note my expert painter - Sarah Taft - she transformed the living room, hallway and kitchen with her magic. We spotted and decided on the color of paint in less than 5 minutes. The color is COPEN BLUE from Sherwin & Williams. Love it.

Thinking about a backslash and maybe using pretty Mexican hand-painted tiles....

When you view the things that seem to in my living room.... remember these things will be moving to the kitchen at a later date. One hopes very soon...