A Few Siegrist Career Highlights
By Wes Siegrist
We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary Monday so we’ve been reflecting on our 25 years together as a couple.
Between us, we’ve participated in over 700 shows ranging from local fairs to museum exhibitions. We’ve enjoyed hundreds of shows in delightful Florida weather but we’ve also experienced tornadoes, violent thunderstorms and below freezing temperatures while attempting to set-up or breakdown and all while trying to not lose any precious artwork to the elements. Our tally in the 15 years of doing outdoor shows was 3 tents damaged or destroyed and a few sets of display covers ruined but thankfully, only a couple pieces of artwork lost.
Us at a Florida show in 1990
We’ve driven over 200,000 miles and flown around the country a dozen times. We exhibited weekly mere feet from the crystal clear waters of Palm Beach, and have done shows inside the Big Cypress Preserve, Silver Springs and Highlands Hammock State Parks as well as the National Zoo in Washington, DC to name a few. Attending Birds in Art in 1999 for the first of many times was momentous as well as attending the opening of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) exhibition in 2006. Surely the grandest of all was being in San Diego for the 50th Anniversary of the SAA with so many peers from around the world! Attending the opening of our solo exhibition, EXQUISITE MINIATURES, at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA was humbling and inspirational and we still marvel at the continued success of our subsequent tour and have enjoyed visiting the venues we have been able to attend for lectures, demonstrations and workshops.
Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen shows off a Skate egg to Rachelle and Don Rambadt in Mexico, 2011
Us at Birds in Art, 1999
We eagerly anticipate field trips particularly to areas new to us and consider our expedition in Mexico in 2012, organized by David J. Wagner, to be our best so far. Close runner-ups are the times we visited Yellowstone with friends, our time spent in Sequoia and Yosemite and the visits to the museums we been fortunate enough to see. We were blessed to choose wildlife art as a specialty early on to spend a great deal of time outside in nature and consider our present home, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a dream come true!
Our annual attendance at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the NatureWorks Art Show & Sale, the Waterfowl Festival and the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival always leave us with fond memories and desire to return. Just a cursory reading of our show listings on the bio page of our website hints at how much we’re skipping over in this walk down memory lane.
Finally, what’s mattered most to us after all these years? The wonderful friends we’ve made in both collectors and fellow artists. Some have been with us the entire 25 years! Here’s looking forward to the future, being with existing friends and making new ones!