I have some big news to share with you all this month. As most of you will know, I’ve spent the past four years working on a series of paintings of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary and National Park. While I finalize dates for the east coast opening of the resulting museum tour of the work, I’ve also been meeting with some regional museums to determine the best place to show the work to a more local audience. It is with great enthusiasm that I am announcing that in summer of 2011 the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art will host a solo exhibition of my island and marine works under the working title of “Nature’s Masterpiece: California’s Channel Islands and Marine Sanctuary”.
The Weisman is a perfect venue for the show, having both a well-established reputation and an ideal amount of well designed space… just what my collection will need to be shown to it’s full advantage. It’s Malibu location is an obvious perk, being coastal with a great view of the islands. A perk which is less obvious to the outsider is the museum’s director, Michael Zakian. If you’re in the art profession, you probably do know Michael, a well respected authority on many kinds of art known for wearing bow ties and being a sought-after party guest. He’ll be bringing his knowledge to the project, helping me sort through hundreds of concept sketches, plein-air studies and themes to hone the collection to a manageable seventy or so paintings which tell the story of the islands in a concise and beautiful way, and I am truly looking forward to having his help on this colossal project.
On a related note, I’ve spent most of this month indoors, working on a massive painting of Anacapa Island with Killer Whales (80″ high, by 48″ wide). I’ll be unveiling it this Sunday at the Salon for the Spiritually Creative Life. Carol King holds this monthly event at her Pasadena home, where artists, writers, musicians and scientists are some of the noted guest speakers. This month, I’m the speaker and I’ll be giving a talk on the subject of following a calling, and how doing just that has led me to painting the Channel Islands National Park. In addition to debuting the orca painting, I’ll also have a few other original works there as well as a power point presentation with over 50 of the paintings from my upcoming museum tour. You can get a peek at the painting in progress on my scrapbook page at dgallup.com- Click Here.
I’ve been given permission to invite you all. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at 60 El Circulo Drive in Pasadena and runs until noon. If you’d like a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition and the chance to hear the stories which have come out of this adventure, please let me know how many in your party will attend so we can have adequate seating and coffee prepared. I’ll be speaking from 10-12, and I’d very much welcome having you there to be a part of the conversation.
With all of this coming up, I haven’t had much time to paint outside and last night’s moonrise was a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively) for me. I was joined by a few students for this spectacular event, and nature didn’t disappoint. The evening started with a quick sunset painting lesson, then we had a large pod of dolphins swim past within a few feet of the shore while we re-calibrated for the moonrise. The wind slowed, and the moon rose alongside of Jupiter, which is very bright right now. A great time was had by all.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday. As much as I love painting, it’s always my pleasure to get out of the studio and meet other artists and art lovers at these events.
David C. Gallup