A Good Weekend at the NatureWorks Art Show.

"Oklahoma Icon" 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, and "Catawba Rhododendron" 4 x 4 inches, by Wes.
"Oklahoma Icon" 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, and "Catawba Rhododendron" 4 x 4 inches, by Wes.

        It’s Wednesday, February the 25th. The destination is Tulsa, OK. What started out as a pleasant journey, anticipating a visit along the way to Memphis’s Dixon Art Museum to see Wes’ painting in the Blossom~ Art of Flowers exhibition quickly went down hill. We were traveling down the interstate in the middle of Nashville, when suddenly the “service engine” light came on. Knowing that couldn’t be good, we left the interstate being led by our GPS to the nearest Ford garage. After turning our van, affectionately known as Titanic, over to the care of the mechanics, we began what seemed like a week long stay in their lounge, which felt like a walk in freezer sitting on what felt like, covered plywood furniture. After five very long hours and the near total disassembling and reassembling of Titanic, we were on our way once again, still not knowing what the problem was for sure. Twenty minutes down the interstate and in the middle of work traffic in Nashville, all of a sudden, all of the interior lights, gauges and turn signals died. Thankfully we made it back to the Ford place once again, where the mechanic discovered something had been knocked loose in his reassembling of Titanic. With the problem corrected, we were on our way. We safely made it to Tulsa late Thursday afternoon in time for the artist party at the Gilcrease Art Museum. This is a highlight of the weekend for us every year! We enjoyed a delicious dinner and were able to enjoy at our leisure, the beautiful art exhibited in the museum. My favorite room displays several of Thomas Moran’s beautiful landscape paintings.

Me in my favorite room at the Gilcease Art Museum.
Me in my favorite room at the Gilcease Art Museum.
Me admiring my favorite painting in the room by Thomas Moran.
Me admiring my favorite painting in the room by Thomas Moran.

        Friday morning started with myself trying to set up everything while Wes and fellow artist John Strutt, did a short TV interview, on the morning news, talking about our paintings. Wes then had to take the van back to a Tulsa Ford garage to attempt to discover what the problem had been in Nashville.  He returned and everything was finally set up and ready by lunch and we enjoyed a wonderful buffet with our peers, complimentary of the NatureWorks show. The opening that evening set attendance records, with a great crowd full of interest and delighting in our miniature paintings. Saturday was spent selling paintings and visiting with collectors attending the show. That evening we enjoyed another delicious dinner at a restaurant with several dear artist friends. There was no shortage of laughter, and all left enjoying our fair share.

L to R; Paul and Carolyn Rheymer, Wes, Bob and Dianne Mason, Lynn and Kevin Cox, John Strutt and his wife, Christine and Bill Knapp, Susan Laborie and Daniel.
L to R; Paul and Carolyn Rhymer, Wes, Bob and Diane Mason, Lynne and Kevin Cox, John Strutt and his wife, Christine and Bill Knapp, Susan Labouri and Daniel.

        Laughing and having fun seems to be almost as important at times as selling at the shows. This is quite evident in the photo below, of Mark Kelso and Melanie Fain.

Melanie Faine tries to pinch Mark Kelso to remind hime that he isn't in a dream state and has won the "best of show 2-d" at the NatureWorks show.
Melanie Fain tries to pinch Mark Kelso to remind him that he isn't in a dream state and has won the "Best of Show 2-d" at the NatureWorks show.

        Sunday evening brought the close of the show, and it was time to say goodbye as we won’t be seeing a lot of our artist friends for quite some time. We drove a couple of hours that night, driving the rest of the way home on Monday. Two hours of our travel Monday, was spent driving through the snow in AR and the Memphis area. It was quite beautiful with the clear, blue sky and sunshine. We returned safely home Monday night and are now catching up. Ms. Shrew was quite delighted to have a treat of pecans this afternoon and was joined by Chippy the chipmunk and several Tufted Titmice also enjoying the treats of peanuts and pecans.

A beautiful snowy scene on the trip home Monday.
A beautiful snowy scene on the trip home Monday.

Until next time ~ Rachelle  🙂

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4 thoughts on “A Good Weekend at the NatureWorks Art Show.

  1. Hi Wes and Rachelle.
    So your car is called ‘Titanic’. Is there a hidden meaning somewhere? And I thought it was Captain Wes who swerved around that invisible Florida Iceberg!
    The shows look good – you really get around, don’t you?

    1. Hi Bill,
      Yes, our van is called Titanic. We named it that right after we got it, due to it’s large size and the sea foam green color. It was Capt. Wes who swerved around that Florida iceburg. Luckily, he missed it and the Titanic didn’t go down with the three of us in it! Ha ha!
      Yes, NatureWorks was a beautiful and fun show. However, we won’t be traveling to anymore, until this fall.
      Love and Hugs 🙂
      Rachelle

  2. Two beauties on top of this post that Wes did! Quelle nightmare about this road trip however, yikes. Glad to know at least the Titanic was finally repaired and some fun and comraderie compensated you.

    The Gilcrease looks like a wonderful museum to visit. Thanks for sharing these glimpses of it. I love Moran too, Rachelle.

    1. Hi,
      Wes did do a beautiful job on those two pieces! Thank you for the compliment! Yes, nightmare pretty much sums it up about the driving part of the trip. Titanic is fine now and happy to be home safe, as are we!
      The Gilcrease is a wonderful museum to see and enjoy. Perhaps someday you’ll be able to visit and see Moran’s paintings there.
      Hugs 🙂
      Rachelle

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