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.
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.
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.
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.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂