Saturday, April 23, 2011

State Capitol Art Show

 This is what we did yesterday. We left here at 10:00 am and headed to the State Capitol building in Oklahoma with a car full of food and decorations for the tables. 
My oldest brother Paul is being  featured at the Governor's Art Gallery from March 14th through May 15th 2011.
Yesterday was the reception. 

I was in charge of the decorations. I wish I had pictures this morning but my sweet sister in law put my husband in charge of the pictures with her camera and he forgot to take pictures with mine!!!!!!!!!!  So I am going to have to wait till she sends me pictures ! So being the impatient person that I am , I wanted to post about it this morning, so I will show pictures at a later date.
I am sharing with you the poster that is hanging in the Gallery at the entrance of the room. It is a beautiful room with marble floors and high vaulted celings. 
We had the BEST day! 
Larry and Marty the other brother and his wife came up and of course my son Chris was there. The table was beautiful and people came and went all afternoon. 
We left there around 6:30 and headed home with a stop in Shawnee to sit and visit a while. We have not been all together since Mom's funeral. 
We were all so very tired but still managed to laugh and talk and visit. I promised myself that I am going to fix a Sunday dinner every couple of months and have them over. We love to sit and talk about the years growing up and laugh and laugh. We need to do that more often! 

Anyway...... it was a wonderful day........ I am very proud of him. 

Take a quick look at the poster hanging in the gallery and I want to wish each of you a blessed Easter Sunday.

Governor's Gallery

Paul Walsh

Between Wood and Grass

March 14 – May 15, 2011

Artist Paul WalshPaul Walsh considers himself fortunate to be an artist living in southern Oklahoma where picturesque scenery is abundant. Walsh says that in and around his hometown of Roff, "the diverse landscape offers a rich theater for a landscape painter. Snuggled here between the eastern woodlands and the prairie is a diversity that enriches the viewer." Walsh's interpretation of the scenery is showcased here in the exhibit titled Between Wood and Grass.
Painting by Paul WalshWhether it be the landscapes featured here or structures and people of small town Oklahoma, Walsh paints what he finds interesting in his surroundings. He says he strives to make extraordinary what is thought to be ordinary. "Much of the beauty [of Oklahoma] is subtle and does not reveal itself easily," he says. "The countless hues of grass alone are unique and cause for interest." When choosing his subjects, Walsh says he looks for abstract patterns of light and dark, subtle color changes in prairie fields, or trees silhouetted against the sky or fields. Walsh paints on location when the weather allows, but when it doesn't, he uses photographs as reference.
Painting by Paul WalshWalsh is a graduate of East Central University (ECU) in Ada where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Art and a Master's in Art Education. After serving in the Army during the Vietnam War he returned to Oklahoma where he taught art in public schools for forty years. The last thirty-five years of his public school tenure were served at Sulphur High School. He recently retired from full-time teaching and now devotes his time to his artwork and serves as an adjunct instructor at ECU. Walsh says he can be found painting most every day. He says, "If you're going to be good at something, you have to do it every day."
Painting by Paul WalshWalsh has received the honor of "Best in Show" from the Ada Artists Association in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 as well as from the Cossatot Art Show in DeQueen, Arkansas in 2009. He was also named the "Gloria Westheimer Best of Show" at the Studio 107 Annual exhibit in Ardmore in 2010. His paintings have been featured in multiple solo exhibitions at venues such as the Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton; Marvin Embree Gallery, Oklahoma City; ECU, Ada; Southeastern State University, Durant; and the Goddard Art Center, Ardmore.
Painting by Paul WalshSponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

What an honor it was to be there with him. He has been a stable influence in my life all my life. There is no other place I would have rather been than there with him today. After all, isn't that what family is all about. Give and take and showing support and being there for such a time as this in his life.    It was a good day, it was a very good day.



  1. "After all, isn't that what family is all about."...amen! So glad you all had such a good time...I know you are proud of your brother...have a blessed Easter!

  2. WOW!!! Very nice in deed...I liked all the pictures my my favorite is the first one, how the road is devided in 2 cause of water then goes on to be 1, for some reason it spoke to me how sometimes our road in life is devided as 2 then goes back to 1 when we travel down the right road. I love seeing pictures of Oklahoma, just can't seem to get engough of that beautiful country....
    LOVE YOU and may your Easter be a blessed one for HE LIVES......


  3. He is very is a God-given gift...I pray his show was a success....I'm happy for you that you had this special family time.
    Mama Bear


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