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Chilhuly in Dallas, Fantastic Art, and Blazing Photos

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Well, it seems forever since I posted a new blog in this forum. In fact it has been almost exactly a month. But, that time has been artistically full and included travels far and wide, experiments with new artistic expression and photographing some pretty dramatic local events.

To begin with while I covered local events and other responsibilities, Artist Martha Flores acted as my photographic surrogate in getting some impressive photos of the large outdoor Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. The photos she took of these magnificent pieces are just amazing to say the least.

And, in the later part of the month I got to cover a beautiful wedding in California as videographer, but got some wonderful stills while I was at it.

And, somehow there was still time to explore and expand my digital art skills here at home. These pieces shown here and more can be viewed on my new web page at: http://roddautart.com/ and on my new Rod Daut Art Facebook page.

Having returned from traveling we were so pleased to find that the Quincy Valley Post Register had published a nice piece about Martha Flores and myself about our show at the Quincy Library which ran through last week.

And, of course we were all confronted with the local fires which provided every local photographer, me included, with many opportunities to get dramatic and artful photographs, such as this lone balloon drifting above the hills ablaze or this pic of the sun shot through the smoke filled sky. I’m so glad that no one lost their homes while we all took advantage of the color and drama the fires afforded us photographers.

Just this weekend, Artie Bowman, the Director of the Cashmere Arts and Activities Center Gallery celebrated her birthday at her home which gave all who attended the opportunity to enjoy the collection of art she has amassed over the years. Her collection ranges from works such as this wonderful painting by Yuri Konysheve the noted Russian Watercolorist to former students who have gone on to become well known themselves to current and recent students from the local area and from as far away as India… WOW!

It was great to see where Artie and her co-teacher Sandra Dean conduct their classes in oil painting on canvas and tile painting. While we were there Artie reminded me that there is still time for anyone to participate in the Name the painting contest and drawing they will be holding on September 29th. The works of Walter Graham, who passed away in 2000, are featured through the end of September. And, as anyone familiar with Walters work may know, he often did not name his paintings. And, so Denise Marker the curator of his artistic estate along with CAAC decided to conduct this ‘Name the Painting’ contest. Anyone interested in this event simply need visit the gallery in Cashmere at 120 Cottage Ave. and fill out a short form and look for any Walter Graham paintings with the blue dots and have at it. For more information on this event contact Artie Bowman at (509) 669-4851 or CAAC at (509) 782-2415.

Meanwhile, look for more fantastic, bizarre and fanciful digital pieces from yours truly online and soon at a gallery near you.

Well, enough for now and lets hope that the skys soon clear.

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