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Max Jacob & the Reception

I got to the gallery on Friday to find that “Max Jacob” was sold. This is a fine way to start the opening to your show. The reception for The New Member Spotlight Show was a success with many folks grazing the walls and the munchies. It was a successful evening all around.

“Max Jacob” ... Sold!
Me & Max… Photo by Judy Drueding, taken at Sidestreet Arts

Max Jacob was a friend of Pablo Picasso. Max first saw Picasso’s work at the successful 1901 Galeries Vollard showing in Paris, Picasso’s first exhibition of his work in the city. Max, a poet, was immediately smitten with the young artist, who had not yet reached fame and fortune. Max took Picasso under his wing, taught him French and introduced him to French literature. And like most of Picasso’s friends, Max was used and abandoned when in need after Picasso had achieved great wealth and fame. Max died in hospital after the Nazi’s abducted him from the abbey where he was staying. Picasso turned his back on Max, refusing to sign his name to a petition for Max’s release. I had such great sympathy for Max, and I was compelled to do his portrait in collage this past summer. Max is smiling, as he did often, and was a constant source of wit and humor for Picasso and his band of artists.

Upcoming Event: Because we like to party at Sidestreet Arts gallery, our next “to do” is on November 11th… it’ll be Hot Toddy Sunday. We’ll be serving a warm antidote to the incoming cold temps and wet weather. Don’t miss “the mulling” … where you can sip hot toddys while hobnobbing with the artists.

 

New Collage

Picasso’s Absinthe, $195 5×7 matted framed to 8.5×11

I have been busy cutting up paper. I have 5 new framed artworks and a few more in various stages of “moving along”. This one is called Picasso’s Absinthe. It’s a 5×7 collage and mixed media piece inspired by, well, Picasso’s drinking habits… as well as his other habits… like his habit of cheating on the women he was involved with. Besides that… As a drinker of absinthe myself, I like this one very much. The green fairy visits often and my obsession with the teals and blue greens was satisfied in this piece. $195.

Be sure to stop by the Sidestreet Arts gallery on 28th in Portland, Oregon and have a look at some of my other collages hanging around.