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GC Myers/ Art in Embassies Catalog 2016 a smI wrote last year about a couple of places where my work has ended up in one way or another.  Recently, I received some material from a couple of these places that show how my work is being used.

The first came in the form of a catalog from the Arts in Embassies Exhibition at the United States Embassy in Kuwait.  My painting that hangs at the Embassy, The Way of the Master, was chosen to adorn the cover.  This was a surprise and a thrill,  especially given the quality of the work from the other artists in the exhibit, including Helen Frankenthaler.

Archaeology: Rooted in the Past

Archaeology: Rooted in the Past

The second was a calendar from the Spanish Society of Soil Science that featured one of my Strata pieces on the cover and Archaeology: Rooted in the Past inside for the month of May.  I didn’t know anything about this calendar other than the fact that my pieces were involved.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover the company I was keeping. Spanish tapestry artist Carles Delclaux and myself were the only living artists involved and among the others were some of my heroes, Vincent Van Gogh and Pieter Brueghel, and some of the finest classic painters from Spain. 

Besides my obvious favorites in Van Gogh and Brueghel and one of the Limbourg Brothers‘ gorgeous plate from Les Tres Heures , one of my favorites from the calendar is shown at the bottom,  titled O Paraño.  It is painted by an interesting character, Alfonso Daniel Rodriguez Castelao, who is better known for his political works and writing in Spain than for his obvious talent as a painter.  This piece was painted in the 1920’s and it’s use of color and form really connected with me.

I realize that in the big scheme of things, these little moments of having my work included in such projects don’t really matter all that much.  But on some days, when things aren’t going too well, there is something reinforcing in seeing them and feeling that my work somehow fits into the larger puzzle.

And that is gratifying.

Castelao- O Parano

Alfonso Daniel Rodriguez Castelao- O Parano

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When you’re an artist, sometimes your work goes to distant places and is involved in interesting things of which  you may never know.  One such example is an event that took place at the US Embassy in Kathmandu in Nepal near the end of this past January.  It was an art gala, shown here in a photo, that was hosted by US Ambassador Scott DeLisi, which featured the works of Nepalese artists and the works of eight American artists that hang in the Embassy.  The idea was to promote the linking of cultures via the communicative powers of art.

As I had written  here in a post from last April, I had a piece, The Dark Blue Above,  that was chosen by Ambassador DeLisi to hang in the embassy as part of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program. It was one of the eight American pieces that were part of the evening.  I found out about this in an online article from The Kathmandu Post which covered the event. 

 I have to admit that I was a bit envious of  my painting that evening.  But, on the other hand,  I am so gratified that some piece of my work was involved in an event that was designed to bring people together and highlight our commonalities.  Too often we focus on our differences instead of realizing how alike and connected we truly are in our humanity.  One of my greatest hopes for my work is that it speaks across cultures, beyond language, race or nationality.  It’s difficult to  really know, as an artist, if this cross-cultural translation is accomplished in your own work but simply knowing that it is part of such an effort makes me feel hopeful that I am on the right track.

The Dark Blue Above- GC Myers

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