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Art for Mom

Labors of love

Monday, May 7, 2018

It took Leonardo da Vinci as many as 15 years to finish “Mona Lisa,” 37 years for Auguste Rodin to wrap up “The Gates of Hell,” and approximately nine months for the woman who gave birth to you to create the amazing work of art you see when looking in the mirror. As a way to pay homage to ladies in your life who labored long and hard to bring their visions to fruition, following are a few ways to keep them entertained this Mother’s Day weekend.

Prior to the big day, contemporary folk artist Randy Clark—also known as FishBoy—will open up his Sunnyland studio and home to the masses for a Spring Show taking place from 2-9pm at 617 Virginia Street (a block west of James Street). There, anthropomorphic animals share space with colorful characters—such as “Zelda: Tea Leaf Reader,” which is no longer for sale, because she now lives in my kitchen—created largely by using found objects such as reclaimed wood and recycled paint. “FishBoy describes my method and media,” Clark says. “I am a recycler, so ‘fishing’ for wood and mis-mixed paint and design, ideas and invention is here the ‘fish’ comes from. The boy—well, that’s me, the inner child, the ‘boy’ I will always be.” Either bring mom along to sip on a glass of wine and pick out her favorite FishBoy creation, or surprise her the following day with a new addition to the family. For more info: http://www.fishboygallery.com

On Mother’s Day proper,  attend a reception for fine art photographer Jackson Faulkner, who will be on hand to meet and greet visitors and hand out special treats for moms from 11am-2pm Sun., May 13 at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. “My images give the viewer a chance to experience the glow of twilight as it appears over an abandoned barn or the silence of an empty grain elevator waiting for the next harvest,” Faulkner says of his haunting prints. “Every image tells a story that needs to be told. If we choose not to honor and remember our past, we will lose the history of who we were—and who we are.” A concurrent Country Brunch and Mom’s Mimosa Bar will also be happening—complete with a pop-up flower shop and face painting for kids—so make reservations now to complete the package. For more info: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com 

From there, add the annual Mother’s Day event taking place from 1-4pm at Big Rock Garden Park to your agenda. Attendees can peruse the dozens of permanent and visiting on-site sculptures on the 2.5-acre garden, watch plein air painters from Trish Harding’s Studio UFO in action—as well as purchase their works during the event—and soak up the welcome sight of countless blooming azaleas and rhododendrons. Live music by the all-female trio known as D’Vas, activities for kids, and light refreshments will also be part of afternoon’s activities. Hint: Parking is limited at 2900 Sylvan St., so head to Silver Beach Elementary at 4101 Academy St. to stow your vehicle, and hoof it from there or catch a shuttle to the free festivities. For more info: http://www.cob.org

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