Mary Montague Sikes for August 2016


Life is a Snapshot in Time

 An exhibition featuring many of my original "Snapshot in Time" pastel paintings of the hotels from my hardcover book, Hotels to Remember, will be on view at the Mathews Country Galleria until mid-March. The show title got me thinking about how a person's life is much like the stories I wrote about each of these old hotels.

Our lives are full of photographs snapped along the way. Sometimes there are lots of life pictures showing a multitude of important events. They include: school days, graduations, marriages, babies, children, art shows, books, and so much more. We should remember to cherish each moment as we slip quickly through time.

The next two months I have many "Snapshots in Time".

Mathews, Virginia If you get a chance, please go to Mathews and visit my hotels show, "A Snapshot in Time", at Dara LeBlanc-Haynes' art gallery, Mathews Country Galleria, located on Brickbat Road just down the street from Bay School. The gallery will be closed most of January but will be open for Winter Hours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February and March.

Hilton Head, South Carolina Because a painting one of my workshop students, Joan McKeever, created during my classes won an award in the Student Art Show, I received an invitation to show in "Anything Goes", the 2017 member show in the beautiful Art Center at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. My watercolor painting, "So Many Shells on the Beach", is part of the show that will be on view from January 5 to 28, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Opening Reception is Thursday, January 12, 5 to 7 p.m.

Gloucester, Virginia My Mayan Ruins show featuring paintings of sites in both Palenque and Chichen Itza in Mexico will be on view at Arts on Main, February 3 to 25. Opening Night will be Friday, February 3, 6 to 8 p.m. when I will talk about creating the paintings in the show and also read from my novel, Jungle Jeopardy, which features fictitious Mayan Ruins in the story.

Since all the large acrylic paintings were completed using my own pastel working drawings, I plan to present a workshop "From Pastels to Acrylics" on Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. demonstrating the process at Arts on Main. This will be a fun and informative learning event. Students will be guided, through the use of artist materials in two mediums, to conceive and complete their own special projects.

On Thursday, February 23, I will present and talk about a selection of 35 mm color slides that I took at the Mayan Ruins in Palenque and at Chichen Itza to the Membership Meeting at Arts on Main. My paintings will be part of the discussion, and I will take questions about them.


"Xanadu Rising", watercolor on Yupo, won honorable mention in the Arts on Main juried show judged by James Warwick Jones in October 2016. It was part of the November – January All Media Show at Crossroads Art Center juried by Amy Oliver. This painting sold during the Crossroads show.

 "Journey of the Dragonfly", watercolor on Yupo, won third place in the Richmond Artists Association annual show, judged by Hugh Harris. The show was on view at Crossroads Art Center, November to January.

Xanadu rising
Journey of the butterfly


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