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Behind the Scenes
May was a fun, busy month
Here's a personal behind-the-scenes look at my month full of art trips. I started out May with a five day tour of the Pacific Northwest
& ended the month with a Rendezvous in Montana & a very quick trip through 3 National Parks in three days.
First off, a CM Russell Friend-Raising Adventure
I was invited by the CM Russell Museum to do 2 painting demonstrations- one in Portland and one in Seattle. I was able to go with my wife for a 5 day whirlwind tour of Oregon and Washington. It's hard to see all you want to see in two states in five days, but, let me tell you - it's SO much easier without 5 kids!
My wife and I are normally changing diapers, breaking up fights or trying to get someone to eat a stinking vegetable. So, we were finally able actually be able to sit across from each other at a meal with no dirty diapers, no fights, and everyone at the table willing and eager to eat some delicious vegetables (or, let's face it - DONUTS)
Here are some of our highlights from our trip:
Blue Star Donuts Speaking of donuts, we sampled 16 different kinds (!) and these were far superior than Voodoo---every other donut in my life will now be compared to these, they're amazing
Downtown Portland. Powell Books. Saturday Market. Just a great city with the Willamette River running right through. It felt safe and friendly. My wife only had one panic attack.
The Food. There was no shortage of delicious restaurants. One highlight was Grassa, a fresh-made Italian restaurant.
The Waterfalls. Took a tour of the Columbia River Gorge and it's very picturesque. It made us wish (for a split second) that the kids were there to see it with us.
The Coast! Of course, the coast. Just everything about the coast is amazing. We especially liked the not so touristy places like Garibaldi and Oswald West (see pics)
The man shooting up (heroin? meth?) right on the street in downtown Seattle. Sad.
When we went to a recommended seafood restaurant and the only seafood on the menu was THAT (picture above)-- I just wanted some fish and chips, hahaha
Next up on the docket...
Settler's West Summer Show
This show took place on May 5th in Tucson, Arizona. I was fortunate that my piece, "Sun Dancer" found a home with a collector during the show. They don't tell me who bought it. Was it you? Thank you to whoever bought it. I hope you love it.
We headed to a hot springs at the top of Montana to The Collector's Rendezvous. This is a fun event for collectors to meet artists, have workshops about building an art collection and how to preserve art and painting demonstrations. This is hosted by Coeur d' Alene Gallery.
It was such an honor to be asked to paint alongside Brent Cotton, Michael Dudash and Martin Grelle- 3 amazing artists that I look up to.
This time, we took 2 of our kids, Sofia and Viggo. The other 3 kids stayed home with my niece. The lodge we stayed in was beautiful & the food was amazing (Viggo gorged himself on watermelon while the rest of us ate prime rib) It was so great to get to know the collectors, the other artists and the gallerists. Plus, it was at a hot springs so, we were able to go soaking in the natural pools after the events! Thank you, CDA Gallery for a great trip!
On the way back to Utah we drove through Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. I'm grateful that my art career has brought me to many cool places and has allowed me to meet many great people.
Now, I'm back at the easel now and trying to catch up on commissions.
Did you like taking a look behind the scenes of my art travels? Let me know over onInstagram or Facebook.
I'd love for you to stop on by and say hello!
See you over there, -Jeremy