Monday, December 20, 2010

Marion Peck's Exhibition "What You Are, So Once Were We" and Book Signing at Sloan Fine Art

Hello Beautiful Readers,
So sorry for the lack of updates and leaving this blog a bit lonely. I'm still busy preparing my sketchbook for Sketchbook Project due Jan. 15th, and paint in between. I'll post more about it other time. I think I haven't been outside for weeks:)
If you're like me, you'll understand that most of the time you'll be so immersed into your artwork that you don't have time going out for fun exploration. However, every once in a while I make sure (or someone else pushes me) to get out from my studio for art excursion time and other fun things. It keeps my spirit fresh and happy. It's important to cultivate your good spirit and sprinkle it to your artwork:
The opening was actually on Thursday, but we went to view it on Saturday since I couldn't go on Thursday. It was my first experience going to Sloan Fine Art Gallery, and I was really glad I could make it there. Everyone there, from the staff to the owner, Alix Sloan, was so friendly and helpful. You would feel like you just walked into a friend's place who happened to have a very nice art collection. There was a book signing today, so I made sure I bought Marion's book, Animal Love Summer, at the gallery. Marion Peck arrived along with Mark Ryden. I met them briefly last May at Mark's show at Paul Kasmin Gallery and it was nice to meet and talk to them again in a more casual environment. One art magazine named them the “royal couple of the art world,” a title that may make you feel uncertain of how to act around them, but once you talk to them you can tell that they're nice, sweet, humble, and warm people. It was a happy experience for me to talk to those great artists and I got a personalized signed book by Marion Peck..yayyy! We spent quite sometime at the gallery and I was completely mesmerized by each artwork. You can feel how Marion really poured her heart into them. Each portrait seemed to have a different story to tell, and I couldn't help but wonder what their story was. It gave me a sense of nostalgic feeling when I saw each of them. I stared at each of them as if they could actually talk to me, perhaps offer me a cup of tea, and we would sit while they were telling me their life stories. I wanted to know what they were thinking at that moment when somebody captured their image. Each of Marion Peck's artwork was so captivating and I just couldn't help but wonder how others would think when they see our photos in a hundred years. Are they going to wonder the meaning behind our smile? Can they understand a bit of our feeling just by looking into our eyes? Can they see our sadness and longing? That's the feeling I always have whenever I see old photographs. I'm always intrigued to know more of their stories even though I know I will never get that answer. Here are some of the photos from Marion Peck's show and book signing.  If you're in the area, you can stop by  to experience Marion Peck's beautiful works at Sloan Fine Art.




Good Christian Children




Good Christian Children

Old Souls 1 through 5

Solve et Coagula

 Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula - Detail
Solve et Coagula - Detail
Solve et Coagula - Detail

Next to "Darla". She's one of my favorites.



Lady Elizabeth




Those two votive in the middle are ours



 A closer look of Old Soul
Marion Peck is about to sign my book ^_^
Marion is really sweet:)

Mark Ryden

With Marion Peck and Mark Ryden. They're sooo nice

A Closer Look of Darla

Gretchen and I

Beautiful Alix Sloan and I. She's so awesome and friendly.
Also in the project room is "The Strangers", new oil on panel paintings by Brad Woodfin. The gallery is located at 128 Rivington Street on the Lower East side of New York City. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12 PM-6 PM, and by appointment.  The exhibition runs from December 16th, 2010 to February 5th, 2011 (viewing is by appointment only from Dec 20th to Jan 4th for the holidays).

Brad Woodfin "Egyptian Vulture"


Cattle Egret

Woodcock (top); Curlew (bottom)

The nice thing of visiting a gallery in Lower East Side of NYC is the interesting choices of places to eat and shops around there. DH wrote everything down to make sure we had a fun exploration. Our first stop for lunch is Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop across Sloan Fine Art. Yummy, fresh and filling sandwiches, and so affordable. After the show and book signing, we went to Vanessa's Dumpling for some snacks. That place was packed. DH waited in line to order while I was hunting for seat...good teamwork, I suppose..haha. We got two huge scallion pancakes and a dozen of pork and chive dumpling. There was an Asian Bakery next to the dumpling place. I just couldn't resist the temptation of chubby fluffy bun, so I got some coconut buns and spongy fluffy cake from that store.  We continued our adventure by visiting Kee's Chocolate and CeciCela Pattisserie. Ooh all those pastries lining up on the store's window display looking so pretty and tasty. We just had to adopt some of them. We ended our NYC adventure for that day by having dinner at Pho Grand. Filling and tasty dinner for the two of us for $20. I had been craving for beef ball pho for a while and I was so glad DH found this place. All in all, it was a very happy day for us.
Some pictures from our adventure

Interesting Mural

She looks like she wants to sail away using her fancy tub

CeciCela Pattisserie

Happy DH with his yummy Pho

All Photos but the last one by DH ^_^


cArLa said...

wow!!! you are so lucky to have met such wonderful artist. thanks for sharing this experience. i got giddy seeing your photo with marion peck and mark ryden. have a great week and merry Christmas to you!

Heidi Alamanda said...

oooh so cute of you..hehe. Yes, I feel really really lucky to have met them. They're great people and also inspiring artists. Have a wonderful Christmas to you too xoxo

stephanie allison said...

what an honor to meet both of them! i don't know if i would be able to get any words out in front of them. hehe :o)
I love looking at your pics from the various art shows that you attend, they are always really good quality photos!

Heidi Alamanda said...

@Stephanie: thank you. My husband took all of the photos. He'll be happy to hear your comment:) It was great to meet both of them. I'm sure you would be able to say something to them. They're pretty cool..hehe

sven said...

excellent photographs!
thanks for the enjoyable read!

Heidi Alamanda said...

Hi Sven,
Thank you:) The photographer will be happy to hear that.