On June 21th, Mrs. Dada and I attended an outdoor event sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Art. Entitled "Chalk the Block," we enjoyed walking among the artists and their creations as they were being put down on the sidewalks around the museum in the interesting medium of chalk.
I blogged about it that afternoon here. Five days later in the comment section of that blog, I received a message from one of the artists who had apparently Googled the event and visited that blog. Through e-mails, we struck up a conversation. Evolving into friendship over the weeks that followed, I learned that "Wendy" was a very talented local artist just out of high school who will be attending college here this fall.
Being an art student myself several hundred years ago, I was very impressed with Wendy's talent in multiple media, her enthusiasm for art, her prodigious output and the numerous art projects she is engaged in locally. Besides Chalk the Block, she is also involved with working on art with youths through the YMCA, plus doing local exhibits. I learned her current "big project" involves her design which was chosen for a mural on a new shopping center, soon to adorn a wall there.
Artist's sketch of proposed mural for the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso mall.
I also discovered Wendy's talent had earned her the top scholarship awarded by a local group to encourage up and coming artists. I was very impressed and I find her enthusiasm extremely contagious, i.e., thoughts of setting up the old easel again have been dancing across my brain in recent weeks.
So, at Wendy's invitation, Mrs. Dada and I decided to attend the opening reception of the art show, "Western Impressions" this past Friday evening into which she had two entries accepted.
The exhibit's opening was very well attended. There was a festive exuberance among attendees. and the work on display there was pretty impressive.
Mrs. Dada took this photo which I had to crop the artist on my left from because I forgot to ask if he would mind me blogging it. Besides Wendy's positive enthusiasm that manifests in her art, a wonderful epiphany occurred this evening because of her. For the fellow whose image was cut from this photo is an old university classmate of mine from the 70's. He also had two paintings in the show. I hadn't seen him since November, 1985!
Thanks Wendy for a very nice evening. Mrs. Dada and I really enjoyed getting to finally meet you; to meet your mom, and see that great oil and pastel you had in the show. I look forward to seeing that mural in the new mall soon!