The Redlands Twelve

Soon I will introduce our merry band of twelve artists featured at The Gallery at Redlands in Palestine, Texas. Our opening reception to meet the artists will happen sometime in late March. Details will be posted as soon as they are solidified. Meanwhile, Sandi and I have returned home, and this morning’s quiet in Studio Eidolons has been soothing.

My inspiration for the number twelve derives from America’s first known art movement, popularly labeled The Ashcan School. The artists of that “school” referred to themselves as The Eight. They drew inspiration from their leader Robert Henri in his studio at 806 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. In those quarters, the young Henri fired up his group as they discussed ideas drawn from Emerson, Whitman, Ibsen, Checkhov and Tolstoy’s essay “What is Art?”. The Eight believed they could bring their vision to their Philadelphia neighborhood. We, now refered to as The Twelve, hope to bring our inspiration to the citizens of Palestine and East Texas, to those who seek inspiration to color their daily lives. It is our hope that The Gallery at Redlands will become a hub of creative activity where people dare to dream dreams and improve their lives through creative vision and response.

We agree that 2020 was a forgettable year, with art activities essentially shut down, restricted to online presence. We hope now to emerge victorious in 2021 with renewed faith in the artful life.

Baby Paddington, my companion, naps at my feet while I work in Studio Eidolons

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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