With the Winter Dirndl painting finished and delivered to the CAID gallery, it’s time to get moving on the next project: assembling an exhibit catalog for the Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP) 5th anniversary exhibit and celebration in San Francisco, CA.
I found JKPP on flickr about 2-1/2 years ago, and since I’ve always liked drawing faces, it seemed like a fun group to join. Little did I know at the time what an addictive pastime this would become, and what a tremendously talented, diverse, kind and fun group of people from around the world I was now cyberly rubbing elbows with. Since joining in November 2012 I have made 126 portraits in graphite, colored pencils, ink, markers, acrylic paint, and combinations thereof. Most of the work in my “portrait and figurative art” page are JKPP pieces. (See my complete JKPP set on flickr.)
Last July I had the privilege of coordinating a JKPP exhibit and meet-up at Gallery 194 in Lapeer MI, which was attended by 6 other JKPP-ers from Michigan, 10 from other parts of the US and beyond (including Oxford UK), and many appreciative people from the Lapeer community. Julia, Jenny Sperry and I teamed up to create a show catalog to commemorate the exhibit. We had 100 copies printed and sold them all to cover printing and mailing expenses.
This month marks the 5th anniversary of the JKPP group. Julia and a team of helpers have been busily preparing to celebrate with an exhibit and meet-up in San Francisco. Since I won’t be able to attend or help in any other way from way over here in Michigan, I offered to work on a catalog. The exhibit was hung this past weekend at Alley Cat Gallery and the first public event is coming up in just a few days. The catalog must be done in time for the big closing events weekend March 27-29. This time it will be available by direct order through blurb books rather than pre-printed. My first time using blurb’s “book wright” template is going well so far. Updates will follow.