Alas, the kids are back in school, summer is coming to and end, and we thought we should update you on the latest news at Womack Paints. We had a busy summer season, however, it did not include that much actual painting. June, July and August were spent unpacking into our new home, and leaving the Texas heat for cooler climates. Although, we had an exciting spring, and are looking forward to a busy fall.
May 2nd was a big night for us as we unveiled our Icons of Dallas Gaedeke commissions in the CBS building on Fitzhugh, in Dallas. Sabine Gaedeke, of the Gaedeke Group, Laura Kostelny Executive Editor of D Home Magazine and Katherine Wagner, CEO at Business Council for the Arts were the emcees for the evening as we finally shared our previous several month’s worth of work. The three pieces are 6 by 6 foot mixed media, and are actual collaborations, as both Ken and Maureen put paint to board. The works celebrate what is new and exciting about the city of Dallas. Our “new” icons of Dallas include The Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge, The Winspear Opera House, and the newly opened Perot Museum of Nature and Science. We had an unseasonably cold night that evening in May but the CBS lobby was warmed by a good crowd and our generous partners that included: FluffPop, Community Beer Company, Carmona Creative, Sociologie Wine, San Pellegrino, and Toby’s Catering.
Fall also looks to be rewarding as Ken’s upcoming show “Primitive” opens at The Gallery@1300. If you are not familiar with it, Gallery@1300 is a lovely micro gallery on Dragon Street, in the heart of the design district. Primitive is comprised of encaustic “masks” inspired by ancient and not-so-ancient art from cultures all over the world, and is a collaboration with Jayme Savage, an amazingly talented jewelry designer whose work incorporates primitive elements like bones, fur and stones. (Check her out on Instagram: savage_bones_and_stones) The artist’s reception will be in conjunction with the annual fall Dragon Street Art Walk, Saturday, September 21. It should be a great night. Stop by and see us, and then check out all the other fab galleries on Dragon. If you can’t make it for the opening – no worries, the show will be up for a month.
In other news, or to be more honest, distress….Womack Paints is looking for a new studio. We left our lovely home in North Dallas with the big lot, the pool, the lawn and the hassle, and moved into a high-rise closer in town. But as we let go of all of our trees, we also left go of our lovely little studio in the back yard. Currently we are renting, and beg, borrowing and stealing space in which to work. If you have any studio ideas for us- we would appreciate the input!
Here is to a happy, and cool autumn. Hope to see you on the 21st.
The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?