Saturday, January 15, 2011

National Small Works exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, NYC

Tomes: 16 was selected to be included in the National Small Works juried exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, Inc. at the NAWA Gallery at 80 Fifth Avenue, NYC, NY from February 2-22, 2011.

doni jordan : tomes, solo exhibiton @USC Sumter

I'm so excited to have my first solo exhibition @ USC Sumter February 9 - April 12, 2011. As a friend said to me yesterday, while attending an art talk at the University of South Carolina Rare Books and Special Collection Library by Jeffery Makala, "universities are sacred spaces."

I agree with her and am honored to have my work hang in the University Gallery adjacent to the Anderson Library. Academic galleries have a different meaning to me than commercial galleries. While both are intended to share art with the viewer, academic galleries, not only be their location, but by their mission, seem to offer more of an expanded opportunity for knowledge and exploration.

Additionally, because of the nature of my work, academic galleries seem like a natural fit.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snowed under.

You know it's getting cold when even the animals snuggle. I captured this yesterday when the temperatures began to drop as the cold front drew nearer.

"My ponies."

Front yard early this morning.

River birch in front yard.

New York, New York!

I don't think there's any better time to be in New York with family than the holidays. I recently enjoyed five days in the city with my sisters and my nine year old niece. We stayed in Times Square and enjoyed all the things I wanted to do in New York at Christmastime…the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, The Lion King, horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a double decker bus ride, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Although I missed my normal NY stops (MOMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum of Art and Cooper Hewitt Design Center), it was great to see the city through the eyes of a child. And although I didn't get to make my usual NYC stops, there was inspiration and art everywhere I looked. And my niece now shares my love of the city. When we stepped off the train in Philadelphia at the end of our trip, she exclaimed, "I miss that city already!"

Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Plaza




Columbus Circle.

Lincoln Center Plaza.

Heading to the Statue of Liberty.

Lady Liberty.

Lady Liberty.

"Give me your tired…"

On to Ellis Island.

Those who have entered through these doors…

And the stories they brought with them…

Longwood Gardens, Delaware

I love to visit public gardens and I did so during a recent trip to Delaware. Longwood Gardens is beautiful anytime of year but it is especially so during the holiday season although the temperature was only 16 degrees. We arrived before sunset so that we could enjoy the park …day and night.

The beauty of texture.

Light and nature.

A garden chandelier.

The conservatory at Longwood Gardens.

Beautiful wreaths were abundant.

An incredible trio.

Incredible cobalt blue holiday lights.

White lights were equally as beautiful.

Lights afire!.