"Girls on the Beach" have enjoyed the summer!

SOLD Summer is over and the girls have had a great time. They were beaching at The Works Bakery Cafe only for a short time before they found a new home. The new owner saw them and had to have them as a gift for her husband... (thank you, Catherine.) My solo exhibit at The Works continues through October and then look for me at Breaking News Grounds November and December.

Mark your calendars for our annual holiday open house here on Union Street and Front Streets in Exeter, November 20 and 21. Lisa Cochran with her one of a kind beaded jewelry will open her studio (next door). Dale Atkins Painting Restoration and Frame Repair will be demonstrating how she repairs damaged fine art and family heirlooms at her studio (across the street). And Lori Martone, potter, Deb McLarnon, photographer, and I will be here at my (bustin' at the seams) studio. Joining us for the first time this year is Terry Braun... with his hand hammered copper pots. They are beautiful and earthy and his process is an incredible labor of love. See you there!


Rose Bryant Original Paintings, Olives for York Art in the Park 2009

SOLD I had fun with the floating fruit for the Wright Start. Still in the mood... so the olives sort of "flowed" right out of my brush. This painting is a 48x20 triptych. Each panel is 16x20. I will have this painting plus others....including my Tiny Paintings (2.5x3.5 inches) at my booth. Take 1-A (which is York Street) into York and look for Moulton Park. I am at space #41. Food, beverages, fun and a lovely setting. This show offers four different prizes for artists... so the color should be good! This Saturday, 9-4. Hope you can join us!


South Portland Art in the Park.... thank you for stopping in...

A belated "thank you" to all of you who visited my art booth this August at the 30th annual South Portland Art in the Park. It couldn't have been a lovelier day at Mill Creek Park. This was my first year seeing and participating in the event, and I was amazed at the beauty of the setting... the trees along the park's edge, the pond and fountains in the center, the music and all the artist neighbors. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in August 2010... I will see you again.


Floating Fruit for the Wright Start Preschool

SOLD One of my favorite places on the planet is the Wright Start Preschool. Such fond memories. My children went there, and I love (and will always love) the teachers. They make everyone feel welcomed in their nurturing environment.
The Wright Start is a preschool that operates in the Early Childhood Education Program for the Seacoast School of Technology (one function of our public high school SAU 16). A lot of titles to throw around and keep straight... and over the years they have had a mouthful of explaining to do when they've describe who they are.
Essentially, the Wright Start operates as a teaching lab for high school students. The high school students (under the direction of the program director) complete early childhood course work. They also work with the preschool students (who are taught by the preschool teachers). What makes this program so wonderful is that all the students, both high school and preschool, benefit from the interactions with each other.... it is fantastic meshing of missions.
In the spring I was asked by the Wright Start to create art to help warm up a very large horizontal wall space above the preschool kitchen cabinets. My goal was to create something cheery, fun, thought provoking, and easily recognizable by the students. The individual panels are all 2x2 feet, so the entire piece is 2x10 feet. It is the longest painting I have produced... and one of the most fun. The installation is happening this week and parent orientation for the preschool is September 9th. I will have more details later!