I joined my plein air painting friend Brooks Hickerson painting the statue in front of the museum (Theodore Roosevelt on horseback). I used acrylics and my aim was to paint with few strokes.
I visited the Mark Building where there was a trade show of sorts for Elders-in-Action and the new "Geezer Gallery". All who know me know that I very much disapprove of the name "Geezer Gallery". I dislike "labels" very much. Do you describe yourself as a tall artist, a Hispanic artist, a female artist, a young artist? Shouldn't we let the work speak for itself? I find the name "Geezer Gallery" ageist and disrespectful. Am I sensitive because I qualify as a "Geezer"? (I am nearly 60 and proud of it!) Artists generally become more deft (not daft) with time.
I guess I simply do not like words that minimize and marginalize people. I don't find the name cute or funny. The "Geezer Gallery" claims they have chosen the name to intentionally annoy in order to create dialog. Many of the people I know think the name is fine. What do you think of it? I have put a poll in the side bar on the top/left. The Geezer Gallery apparently plans to help older people get involved in the arts. I approve of THAT. The lighting in the Mark Building was horrible for the art on display, but there were many happy faces there. Please vote in the poll at the top/left of this page and/or leave a comment. I am interested to know how other people feel about the Geezer Gallery name.
(Edited 5/24/10 to clarify: Geezer Gallery is a non-profit, with tax exempt status, seeking public funds).
Top Painting: Celeste Bergin, Theodore Roosevelt Statue, Acrylic on canvas panel, 11 x 14 inches. ©2010.
Marc Chagall; "Upside down artist"
Woman in Black Hat (a favorite painting of mine in the Art Museum), New colors on the walls in the permanent collection rooms, Matching labels, Impromptu painting in the park blocks.