Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Teachers and students from Full Sail had an exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art for First Thursdays. I wasn't aware of the call for entries since I haven't looked at my Full Sail e-mail account for over five years. I'm pretty sure there are over 5,000 unread e-mails that I would have to catch up on. Snap an annual photography festival also had a photography exhibit in one of the back galleries. Admission to the museum for First Thursdays is $10. I had a Snap press pass so I figured I could use that to get in. I also put my Full Sail teachers lanyard in my pocket figuring I could claim I was an exhibiting artist if the Snap press pass failed. Every month I approach the museum to be turned away at the front door. I'm like a raptor always testing the gates. I recognized many of the faces of the volunteers.
This time I showed my press pass and said I was there to report on the snap exhibit. The volunteer looked for my name on the list. My name wasn't there. She told me she would have to consult with someone. I stepped aside as others filed inside. I assume the woman that greeted me was a public relations person for Snap. She put a wrist band on me and I went in. I sighed with relief, now I could get to work. I wandered through the Full Sail show fairly quickly. The most impressive work was a large Trope-L'oeil by Shawn Rinehart, of bottles, tools, a pulley and assorted hardware. The three foot high image was created in the computer. It was beyond photo real. A sexy female pirate Marquette also caught my eye. Tom Buzbee had a large painting of abstract spirals that was intriguing. They seemed to be a visual commentary on order and chaos. Hugo Giraud had a nice drawing with ink wash that I liked.
There was no one else in the back gallery looking at the Snap photography exhibit. They must have been crowding around the food and drink stations. The photos were all rather large in format. A black and white shot of the streets of India stood out. There was also a series of photos of people in trailer parks. Wendy Wallenberg let me know she had a piece on display. On display in the main gallery was an exhibit called, "Reflections paintings of Florida, 1865-1965". There were plenty of juicy oil paintings that left me wanting to push paint around on a canvas. A painting called, Moonlight on the Ocklawaha by Charles Christian Eisele was dark and mysterious.
The band I decided to sketch was called, The Cornucopia Jazz Project. Matt Festa was on sax, Jeremy Birdsall was on the keys and Orlando Sanchez was playing the bongos. The music was lively and I had fun sketching to the beat. Chere Force and Rory stopped by to ask why I didn't have a piece in the show. I really don't have a good excuse.