Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spring Blossom Day!

Today was Spring Blossom Day at the Kelsey Arboretum - one of my favorite places to paint!
It was a beautiful day and many of the rhododendrons were in full bloom.

I walked through some of the paths with the head of the horticultural society and learned quite a bit about many of the plants in the arboretum as well as some of its trees (including some very cool cork trees!). I also learned a little more about the interesting history of the place. They invited me to display some of my paintings during their open house next year - an opportunity I will definitely have to consider!

Yesterday we went to Salem, MA to check out the Salem Arts Festival. It was very low-key and didn't seem to be drawing much of a crowd. Their site said there would be artists working and displaying all over town, but unfortunately I was never able to find any of them. The juried show was interesting, and the small space that the Arts Association fills on "Artists' Row" was wonderful - however even Artists' Row itself was pretty dead  ;-(

One of my goals for this year is to find a local arts guild or association of some sort to join. The town I live in is very small and doesn't have one of its own, but there are many in the surrounding areas. I have been attending different events, trying to find a group that might work for me. I tend to be pretty shy, and can't quite figure out the best way to go about finding an active, but not too huge, group that I feel comfortable with. I'd love to hear others' experiences.....


Melinda said...

I wish I could help, but I'm pretty much a loner. Like, I was a hermit in my previous life, loner. ;) I prefer the company of one to groups... but I wish you the best of luck finding your niche! I know you'll stumble across something just perfect! And congrats on the open house, let us know what you decide! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Debbie, you sound like me! I am shy as well, but as soon as I get talking, I'm fine! LOL ;o) You'll find something! I feel it in my bones ;o) I know that's what I would like to do next year, find a group too ;o) I love the pictures! I bought two rhododendrons this year and they are doing great! Mind have to be in acidy soil and not in a lot of sun. I put them under evergreen trees ;o) That is so cool displaying some of your paintings in the open house next year! Yeh! I can say, I knew Debbie, before she was famous ;o) Have a wonderful day!

Magic Love Crow said...

"Mind" is suppose to be "mine"! LOL!

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