Highlights From the NatureWorks Art Show

photo at NatureWorks

Wes and I in front of our miniature paintings at NatureWorks last weekend

We returned late Monday night from Tulsa, OK, where we had spent the past week participating in the NatureWorks Art Show. Thankfully our drive out was safe, but my . . . oh . . . my, at the wind! With our large, and mainly empty panel van, the wind really blew us around, and a couple of times even caused us to change lanes without intending to do so! After spending the night in Russellville, AR, we finished our journey to Tulsa Thursday, arriving there at lunchtime. After enjoying a delicious lunch at Chipotle’s Mexican restaurant, we headed down to the river walk, where we enjoyed walking for a couple of hours. The weather was gorgeous, albeit very unusual for that time of year. It was in the upper 70’s and sunny, making for a very wonderful afternoon. We saw quite a few birds, including a kingfisher and a hawk, along with several songbirds, many already singing their spring songs! Wearing shorts and sandals, I was a very happy camper in the gorgeous warm weather!

Standing by the Arkansas River along the River Walk in Tulsa

kingfisher photo

A handsome Kingfisher perches on an interesting piece of driftwood

Kildeer photo

A lovely Kildeer runs alongside the river

It was then time to check into the hotel and the NatureWorks show. That evening, after a short ride on the trolley, the artists were treated to a wonderful time filled with lots of conversation, laughter and plenty of delicious food. The show committee always takes such wonderful care of the artists while we’re there, and we all appreciate it so! Friday morning it was time to set up our booth, and afterwards we enjoyed another delightful and delicious meal, once again provided by the very thoughtful show committee. A few finishing touches were put on the booth that afternoon, and we enjoyed another walk outside in the unusually mild weather, before attending the opening that evening. It was very well attended with an excited crowd, admiring and purchasing the art. Before we knew it, it was later Sunday afternoon and the show had come to a close yet once again. So Wes and I quickly took down our miniatures, and grabbed a quick Subway sandwich before driving a couple of hours down the road that night. After a beautiful drive home, we arrived home safely late Monday evening.

hawk photo

A gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk perched in a nearby tree

cardinal photo

A beautiful splash of red comes from a male Cardinal by the river

Fresh Off the Easel: This past week, I finished a commissioned dog portrait miniature for a dear collector friend, of his English Golden Retriever named “Lina”. She is such a beautiful girl and also does beautiful work, as she is a therapy dog. I wanted to share this precious story with you about her, which her owner recently shared with me. “The little kids who have cancer really enjoy her, especially so if they get to visit with her on the very first day that they are diagnosed. She really helps the kids and their parents by taking their minds off of their problems at least for a little while. When Border’s Bookstore went out of business they donated about 100 fleece stuffed puppies to the cancer unit at Baptist Hospital where we work, to be given to the patients and their siblings. The toys just happened to be almost an exact image of Lina. Now, every patient has one and they are all named ‘Lina’.” I found this to be such a very touching story, and it speaks volumes about the important work that therapy dogs, such as Lina, and their owners do! I hope to someday be able to do this myself with a small dog, perhaps a Chihuahua, and encourage those of you who have ever considered doing it as well, to look into it. Here is some information on becoming a therapy dog owner. Check out the website for the Delta Society (www.deltasociety.org) in Renton, Washington to learn more about the work. Another one to check out is the Therapy Dogs International website.

dog portrait miniature of an english golden retriever

“Lina” by Rachelle is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

~ Alabama Miniature Art Society’s 4th Annual Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show
March 1-31, 2012 at the Cathedral Square Gallery in Mobile, AL.

~ 2012 Masterworks in Miniature
March 9-24, 2012 at Gallery One in Mentor, OH.

~ Our solo exhibition “EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES & RACHELLE SIEGRIST” is continuing at the beautiful SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM in San Diego, CA, and remains on display there  through Wednesday, March 21st. So if you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!

~ Art of the Dive: Portraits of the Deep, Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
January 14 – March 11, 2012 at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX.

To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

“Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”

Until next time ~ Rachelle

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