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The day before the art submission to the Fresno Art Museum

Today is Thursday...the day before the very last day for submissions to the Fresno Art Museum. After I get off work today, I am off to pick up the frame for my painting. Tomorrow during my lunch, I will be hurrying to the museum to submit my piece. It is titled 'Andru's Pride'. It would be great if everyone could attend the reception and celebration on January 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 at the museum. I have grand hopes that my piece passes the jurors and will get to hang in the museum. Keep your fingers crossed!!

My grandmother did an oil painting in 1963 that she submitted to the Fresno Fair. It won First Place!! It was then transported to the Fresno Art Museum and was to hang there for a time, along with all the other First Place winners. When it arrived at the museum, it was rejected to hang, as it was painted on wood and not canvas. She was so disappointed.

As a child, she used to take me to the museum quite often to see all the art. She would often say, 'it is a dream of mine to have one of my paintings hang in here'. She died some years back, never once having one of her pieces hang in the museum. Should mine make it to hang, I dedicate it to her...Ms. Mary Leona House...without her, I would have no talent.

PS...just a note I think is important...the piece she did in 1963 was a portrait of what my mom dreamed her daughter would look like at about the age of five. The piece's title is 'A Mother's Dream'. I am that daughter, Mom was pregnant with me at the time the painting was done, and yes, I looked a lot like that painting when I was about five. That painting was the image of a mother's dream painted by the mother's mother. And, the child painted by the artist would become an artist when she grew up. A wonderful circle, if you ask me.

I love you and Happy Marti Gras Grandma!!

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Comment by Melanie Fountain on January 23, 2009 at 9:50am
A deserted path, no directional signs, with seemingly no beginning and no end, traveled alone at dusk, can be oh so very frightening.
The same path traveled in the dead of night could be expected to be terrifying...but isn't...when you walk that path with a friend who knows the way and has traveled that path before.
A big hug for you Cyn!!
Comment by SIN on January 23, 2009 at 8:43am
Melanie, you know we both did not make it in, but your positive attitude is great! I wanted to form a scorned artist group (just kidding)!. But the good thing about this was I made a very special friend and our paths have obviously crossed for a reason. Through art, we met and through life we have experienced so much similar torment but again, through art, we are healing.
I will see you there tonight friend, and can't wait to give you a big hug!
Comment by Melanie Fountain on January 23, 2009 at 8:35am
I didn't make it into the show...but that's ok. We live and learn, and I will submit again. Thank you for your kind words.
I have decided to have a print made of 'A Mother's Dream' and submit it to the museum for the auction in June. I think it would have made her happy.
Have a great day!
Comment by Mary Jane Brewster on January 22, 2009 at 7:15pm
What a beautiful story. I sure hope you get in.
Comment by SIN on January 17, 2009 at 3:37pm
What a beautiful story, really. I felt so much sadness yet honor that you hold for your grandma and your mom. Wow, I am just one of many that I am sure your story touched. Thanks for sharing.
I look forward to seeing your painting. I am going, even if I don't make it in!

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