By Rachelle Siegrist
Wes and I with our paintings at NatureWorks
We learn our lessons, sometimes the hard way, and such was the case last year, during our return trip home from Tulsa, after attending the NatureWorks Art Show. The usual 14 hour drive, took us a full 30 hours, because of getting caught on the treacherous roads in Arkansas after a severe ice storm hit! Needless to say, Wes decided to fly out there this year, which was much easier indeed! We landed in Tulsa last Thursday, and arrived at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in time to attend the delightful artist dinner party hosted by the NatureWorks show. The food was delicious and the company wonderful, as we laughed and talked with artist friends, while sitting in the beautiful indoor courtyard area, surrounded by lush trees and a long cascading waterfall ending in a large pool filled with numerous Koi . After dinner, artist friend Linda Besse invited Wes, artist Lee Kromschroder and myself, to join her on the 9th floor for dessert, and we did just that. While we ate yummy pumpkin pie and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, we listened to Lee tell stories from his past, laughing, until our stomachs ached! It was great fun and hours had passed before we knew it!
Our miniature paintings ready and waiting for the opening that evening
Friday morning, we hung and arranged our miniature paintings in our booth, before joining the other artists, at a wonderful luncheon hosted by the NatureWorks group, which was both delightful and delicious! That evening the VIP opening for the show was very well attended, keeping our booth full the entire evening, with crowds of people all enjoying and admiring our miniature paintings on display! It’s always so exciting to have so many thrilled while viewing our paintings! Saturday evening, we joined several dear artist friends, for another wonderful dinner at Abuelos Mexican restaurant nearby. While waiting quite sometime before being seated, our appetites grew greatly, making the freshly made chips and salsa appetizers taste even more delicious! Once again, we enjoyed lots of delightful conversation peppered with tremendous amounts of laughter, as we ate our yummy dinners.
One of my special furry friends from the show, artist Susan Labouri’s dog . . . Tazzy
Sunday morning, we attended the annual awards breakfast for the artists, which was wonderful as usual! With full tummies, we all headed into the show for our last day. That evening after taking down and packing our remaining paintings, we helped a couple of fellow artists finish packing, before joining several more of them once again, for another delightful dinner. This time we went to Carrabbas, where the nine of us sat around the long table telling stories, laughing and eating. After returning to the hotel, it was time to say goodbye to all of our friends, before heading back to the room.
(Thanks Susan for sharing the photo the waiter took of us all!)
We went to bed rather early that night, knowing we had to get up at the very ugly hour of 3:30 AM, to head to the airport where we were flying back to Knoxville this morning. We landed safely, stopped to get a few groceries, and made it home with plenty of time to unpack and catch up on business work. We decided it was much better than driving through potentially horrible winter weather conditions, and hope to do it again the easy way in the future! Many thanks once more to our wonderful collectors who added our miniature paintings to their collections, making it a good show for us, and to the awesome group of hardworking people, who tremendously bless all of us artists at NatureWorks!
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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~
I finished my pet commission painting of a beautiful Brittany Spaniel, while Wes finished two paintings, one of a Dall Ram, which we photographed at the Denver Zoo last august, and another of a pair of Cardinals in the snow. I’m delighted to say that both of Wes’ sold within just a few hours of being placed online!
Until next time . . .