Today is the opening day of the Forgeries at Froggwell Exhibition, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about this year’s show. Before I share a few installation images from the show, I have a few late offerings, photographically speaking, from some of this year’s participants.
I met Jennifer Frohwerk through several shows organized in Seattle, by the very capable and visually astute June Sekuguchi. June curates art exhibitions in Seattle and Mercer Island for a group of elegant retirement communities, and somehow I got on her radar and was invited to be in several shows that she curated. She paired Jennifer and me for a two person show last year, and not only did our representational styles and subject matter mesh very nicely, but we are also both involved in illustrating and writing for children. We kept in touch after the show, and I invited her to participate in this year’s forgery show. We are both John Singer Sargent fans, and she proposed copying one of his watercolors.
As everyone who does watercolor seriously knows, watercolor is really hard. Copying a water color is even harder. I thought, “Better you than me” but said, ” Hey! Great idea!” She did Mr. Sargent proud, and um…it sold before the opening bell.
I was lucky enough to get to see the Sargent watercolor exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA a few years ago. This show was the first time all of his watercolors that are in both the Boston MFA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art have been shown in one place, and the show was beyond magnificent. Since we did not get the opportunity to …um…steal one of those paintings, we made up for it now. Did I mention I love Sargent?
When I studied painting at the University of Washington, oh, so many years ago, I was very lucky indeed to have as one of my graduate school advisors, the renowned Jacob Lawrence. He is one of the finest American painters, and one of the few well known African American painters of his day. As famous as he was when he taught at the UW, he was one of the kindest men I have ever met, and a generous teacher. He had a gift for ferreting out the intention of his students, and guiding them to become the best painter they could be, from the point of their aesthetic, rather than his own. Despite the fact that my painting style is nothing like his, I learned more from him than any other teacher I had at the UW.
Buffy Cribbs recreated three of his paintings from the migration series for our show.
I promised you a few installation photos so here they are!
And yes, there are a few red dots already…that means you missed your chance on those paintings, but there are many more art treasures to choose from.
See you at Froggwell!
Forgeries at Froggwell
Friday July 31st through Sunday August 2nd
10AM till 6 PM each day
5508 Double Bluff Road in Freeland WA