American Women Artists Steamboat Art Museum Exhibition


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With my sold miniature painting

Wes and I just returned home from an exciting week of fun and adventures out in Colorado!  We flew out to attend the opening weekend festivities for the American Women Artists Exhibition at the beautiful Steamboat Art Museum located in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Arriving a day early we drove over from Berthoud with dear friends artist Diane Mason and her husband Bob and boy did I ever enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way!  It was a fabulous day, with clear blue skies above, as we watched the changing scenery unfold, seeing snow, moose, Bald Eagles and more!  Steamboat Springs is located in a stunning setting and was so green after recent snowfall and rain.  We arrived in time to attend the Meet and Greet at the museum that evening, where I enjoyed seeing numerous artist friends I had not seen in several years.

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Of course being told that my miniature painting had sold the minute the show opened, made it even more exciting!  The next morning we all headed out to artist John Fawcett’s gorgeous ranch where his studio is located, and the drive out rewarded us with more spectacular scenery!  Nestled against a backdrop of evergreens and a dense aspen grove, his studio and home face a jaw-dropping view of the surrounding mountains and pastures!

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With artist friends Diane and Laney at John Fawcett’s studio

They had a few models there for artists who were painting on location and I found these two four-legged models particularly beautiful!

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Artists enjoyed painting plein air from a variety of scenic locations throughout the day, and it was very interesting to walk about and see what everyone was working on.  One couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting in which to paint in!

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Wes and I walked about while taking in the scenery and I decided this was the greatest BBQ pit I had ever seen, imagining cooking over the fire, and then gazing out at the mountains, watching as the setting sun was replaced with vivid starry skies above!

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Artist John and wife Elizabeth not only graciously opened their beautiful home and studio to us all, but also fed us a delicious lunch with one of the best views ever!

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After thanking them for such a wonderful opportunity and great time, we enjoyed another scenic drive around Steamboat Lake, before heading to the botanical gardens located in downtown Steamboat Springs.  Free time in the afternoon was filled with me enjoying a swim in the delightfully heated warm water at the hotel and evenings we spent playing ping pong outdoors with friends Diane and Bob.  The next morning Diane and I attended the members’ meeting which brought a couple of nice surprises allowing us to use colored pencils,  markers and more!

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Creative time!

After being given an assortment of art supplies, we were told to draw a map of our art journey through life which had brought us to the point where we currently were, being involved in AWA.  Mine ended up being one of the lightest ones, and I figured it was because I’m so used to using such a light touch with my wee brushes while painting my miniatures, especially when working on silk.

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A patchwork quilt of our drawings

That afternoon we had enough time to take a short hike to Fish Creek Falls, which was thundering down with the snowmelt feeding its voracious appetite!  I even managed to squeeze in some time swimming in the pool before heading to the opening at the Steamboat Art Museum that evening.  We arrived in time to enjoy a leisure walk through the Wildhorse Gallery, where I made a new friend named Timber.  He was absolutely gorgeous and I had great fun petting him and feeling his dense soft fur, and he seemed quite happy with this newfound friendship as well!

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The museum that evening was filled to the brim as excited patrons and museum visitors poured in while admiring the stunning collection of art comprising the AWA show this year.

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AWA is a wonderful group of women artists of which I am most honored and delighted to be a part of, and I am thrilled at the direction in which this organization is going!  If you would like more information, please visit the website at American Women Artists.  Next week I’ll be sharing photos and stories from our outdoor adventures while out in Colorado.

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Before leaving for Colorado I finished my miniature painting on silk of this beautiful mother flamingo tending to her baby.  This piece along with several others of both mine and Wes’ will be featured in the upcoming exhibition titled In the Tradition of Audubon Exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center, located in Cincinnati, OH, this September 12th through January 5, 2020.

“Primping With Mommy”

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The BIG SEWE Weekend!

Attending the Big SEWE Weekend!

By Rachelle Siegrist

maloney point overlook in the great smoky mountains national parkMaloney Point overlook

It was a gorgeous day, when we left our home here in the Smokies last Wednesday, and headed to Charleston, SC to participate in the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Our winding drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was delightful and we decided to take full advantage of the amazingly beautiful weather and sunshine, with a picnic atop the Foothills Parkway. We enjoyed our sandwiches, while parked at an overlook offering a grand view and lots of warmth from the sun to boot!

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We arrived in North Charleston that evening and I was thrilled to find that we had a lovely view of a Cypress Hammock complete with swamp below, from our hotel room! As the sun set, Spanish Moss laden Cypress Trees were outlined against an evening sky painted in shades of pink and yellow, creating a most stunning view indeed!

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Early Thursday morning, we made our way to the Charleston Place Hotel, where the art would be displayed in the grand ballroom. By early noon, our miniatures were hung and arranged, and after a quick bite to eat, we were ready for the show to start. Later that afternoon we walked down to Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, located in downtown Charleston, where we enjoyed a delicious Greek meal! Sitting at a tall table nestled in a large window, passerby’s entertained us as we ate, parading by with their beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes!

rachelle siegrist at the belmond charleston place hotelStanding on the grand staircase inside the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

After changing into formal wear, or what we call our “Superman switch”, taking place in the back of the van, we were ready for the big event that evening. We were delighted to see several of our collector friends there, and to sell paintings as well! The air was festive and alive, as the sea of tuxes and evening gowns filled and mingled about the room.

wes and Rachelle siegrist at SEWE gala opening 2015Wes and I with our miniature paintings at the opening

SEWE gala opening 2015Just a fraction of the large crowd at the opening

Friday was another good day at the show, and we enjoyed returning to Taziki’s for dinner, along with artist friends, David and Cathy Lanier. Saturday evening treated us with a delightful dinner with several dear collector friends, at a wonderful restaurant called FIG, located not too far from the Charleston Place Hotel. The camaraderie was wonderful, as we told stories and shared much laughter, all of course while eating delicious food! My dinner featuring slow baked Beeliner Snapper, nestled on cabbage and topped with delicate black trumpet mushrooms, pecans, and fino sherry was absolutely delicious, and the Citrus Soufflé topped with blood orange, crème fraîche, and a generous amount of chopped pistachios, was absolutely scrumptious, with Wes and I deciding it was one of the best desserts we had ever had!

dinner at the FIG in Charleston Valentines DayDr. Bob, Teri, Boon, me with little buddy Sean, Wes and Eugene at FIG

red snapper dinner at FIGMmmmmm . . . my beautiful and delicious Red snapper dish!

Citrus Soufflé at FIG CharlestonEven bigger Mmmmmm . . . our scrumptious Citus Soufflee!

The last day, Sunday, started off with a “trip around the world” while viewing an amazing collection of photos which two of our collector friends have taken during their trips globally, and had on their I-pad . . . a true visual delight indeed! Unfortunately by that evening, Wes was feeling a bit under the weather, so we had to forgo our traditional Sunday evening dinner with friends at T-Bonz. The weather forecast for traveling home Monday looked ominous with a wicked winter storm approaching.  Thankfully Monday morning proved otherwise, so we started the journey home.

golden retriever at SEWEA very happy attendee at the show

With Wes resting in the passenger seat, I drove, for the first time, through falling snow and sleet for a couple of hours.  Not the easiest of tasks by all means, but nonetheless I felt as if I had really accomplished something! Having only slid a couple of times, I decided I had done pretty well indeed! Safely back home, Wes is slowly improving while I’m trying to get caught up on things. Hopefully he’ll be feeling much better soon, and once again back in the grove, we can start getting ready for our next show, NatureWorks,  in Tulsa, OK, in a couple of weeks.  Many thanks again to all of you who happily took our miniature paintings home, making the show a success for us!!

ice in the smokies february 2015Currently from our backyard, which I call “Frozen World!”

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Wes recently finished a painting of a Mallard duck trying to navigate the swift water in the Ohio River, which is excitedly already sold!

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“Navigating Flood Stage” by Wes

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Visiting My Family In Florida

A Visit With My Family In Florida

By Rachelle Siegrist

rachelle siegrist having a boat picnicHaydyn and I enjoying our boat picnic

Wow . . . I can’t believe it’s been a week ago already since we attended the opening for the MASF show in Tarpon Springs, FL! I guess time flies when you’re out playing in the sunshine though, and that’s what we spent this past week doing, while visiting my family in Okeechobee, FL. Every day brought blue skies and sunshine as well as very mild temps, which I personally thoroughly enjoyed! Wes and I spent most of our time outside playing with my niece and nephew and working on the pond at my parents’ place. After many hours of tugging, Wes managed to free up much of the pond, exposing open water for the kids to go out and play in the boat. One day, Haydyn and I even enjoyed a picnic lunch out in the boat, which was very nice, while certainly getting a great dose of vitamin D!

Uncle Wes making miniature pancakes with the kidsUncle Wes making miniature pancakes with the kids

rachelle siegrist picnicing at Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaA beautiful day for a Picnic!

Last Monday, the family enjoyed a delightful picnic lunch at the Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area and trail. The tables located underneath a magnificent Live Oak tree, provided the perfect location for just such a picnicking adventure! Afterwards we all enjoyed riding our bikes around the trail while seeing numerous waterbirds, buzzards and of course my favorite . . . alligators! While riding with clear blue skies above and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, I was as happy as can be and even more so when we came up on a gathering of about 75 buzzards, which I love to watch! Of course with the flock of buzzards, there were lots of discarded feathers, so the kids and I had lots of creative fun, putting them in the ends of our bike handlebars and in their bike helmets. We then gave ourselves “Indian” names such as Chief Buzzard, and Flying Buzzard, adding even more fun to this outdoor adventure!

alligator and turtles at Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaA beautiful gator and his turtle buddies

alligators at Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaMore gators!

blue heron at Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaA gorgeous Blue Heron

buzzards at .Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaHaydyn talks with one of the friendly buzzards

riding bikes at Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaChief Flying Buzzard

sandhill cranes atTaylor Creek Stormwater Treatment AreaHaydyn flies along with the Sandhill Cranes

Later that afternoon, I joined my brother Marshall and his family at one of my favorite places, Grassy Island Trail, where we spent a couple of hours hiking and playing in the woods. The kids had a ball tossing “meadow muffins” . . . or dried cow patties, into the creek and watching them float. Of course yours truly had to do it as well, as I returned to a childhood pastime for a few minutes! They swung on grapevines, played on dirt hills and we watched an Armadillo and ate wild oranges, all while just relaxing and enjoying this time together in the beautiful oak hammock.

hiking grassy island bike trailAlicia, Haydyn, and Marshall watch while Tyler swings

tyler and haydyn at grassy island trailPlaying with “meadow muffins”
playing at grassy island bike trailWashing hands in the creek afterwards

The next two days were spent just enjoying time with the kids, while soaking in the beautiful south Florida weather! Tuesday, we met my dad for lunch, while eating delicious pizza. We spent the afternoon playing in the boat and all helped Wes clean out more grass and water lettuce out of the pond. We played in the big sandy hole, while sculpting sand turtles and sand snakes. We hiked the path through the wooded backyard and searched for critters, and even made paper boats and launched them in the pond one afternoon. Before we knew it, my boat had floated over to Tyler’s, and I told him my pirate men were invading his boat! Soon afterwards, his sank, so I guess they took it over.

wes siegrist and haydyn with drawingUncle Wes drew Haydyn while waiting on our pizza

wes siegrist working in the pondMarshall and the kids bringing in more grass while Wes waits to help haul it out

Friday, we met my dad for a delicious lunch at a restaurant called Tin Fish located in Okeechobee. That afternoon, we spent playing and working outdoors again, and Haydyn thoroughly enjoyed playing in the mud! That evening Marshall, Tyler and I rode our bikes at Grassy Island Trail, a favorite pastime of mine, and as usual, we had a wonderful time! Just as we completed our ride, the sun was setting, painting the sky above in oranges and pinks, creating a stunning masterpiece indeed! The next morning I spent time riding the 4-wheeler, another favorite pastime of mine, as I love the feeling of wind blowing through my hair, and riding just for the sheer delight of it! I must admit it was very hard to stay away from the mud, but knowing we had to leave for the airport soon, I somehow managed to resist. My parents dropped us off at the airport in Sanford later that afternoon, we said our goodbyes, and flew back to the Smokies. Walking to our parked van through the rainy, cold night, it was hard to imagine that just a few hours earlier I was wearing shorts and flip flops and riding the 4-wheeler! More wonderful memories indeed!

rachelle siegrist at tin fish in okeechobeeHaydyn and I test out the Tin Fish truck

rachelle siegrist riding a 4-wheelerHappy . . . Happy . . . Happy!

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