Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ackland Museum Show in North Carolina!

 The first group show of Urban Sketchers: Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time opens at the Ackland Museum of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday August 16th. Thirty eight of the group's one hundred contributors have donated sketches, proceeds from the sales of which will go mainly to Urban Sketchers to support their educational programmes, with a small percentage to the Ackland Art Museum. These are two of the four sketches I sent in, with my thanks to Gabi Campanario and Urban Sketchers, for the wide world they've opened up to me! 

This is a street scene in Parkview (other sketches from there here). Along the pavement, vendors set up their wares and hope people visiting the shops and restaurants will stop and buy. The man was selling bulbs from his carrier bag, with a magazine opened on a page with pictures of clivia in bloom. I have bought bulbs from a similar salesman before, and something completely different came up from what he showed me, so you take your chances!

The woman selling baskets and pots sat patiently, aware that I was sketching her. When the sun started sinking she loaded up her goods to leave - she saw me pick up my pen to sketch her again, and said in words I couldn't really understand, but got the gist of, that she certainly wasn't going to hang around to be drawn again - and within minutes was flouncing off down the road, and gone.

6 comments:

Sadami said...

Dear Cathy,
Congrats on both your-in and the exhibition! Your work is always full of humanism. ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ I hope many people will look at the sketches and find messages that work sending. Please keep up!
Best wishes, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Congratulations on the show!! Wish I could see it but North Carolina is quite a way... :(
I like these sketches a lot - and like the stories behind them, especially the bulbs that were something else when they came up! ha ha I wonder if they just don't know - or don't care - about being precise?

Hope the show is a big success!

Laureline said...

I'm lucky enough to have seen these in person... and to see them again soon! We're installing the show today.
Thank you so much for donating these lovely and lively sketches. I really feel your presence when I look at them.

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Sadami, thanks, I hope so too - and that they sell! :-)

Rhonda, I'd love to see the show - way too far for me to go. My US geography isn't great, I'll have to look up where you and N.Carolina are exactly!

Laura, thank YOU so much for all your hard work in organising this. I hope it's a huge success. As I said, wish I could be there to see it all set up.

carolking said...

Great sketches as always. Thank you for showing us S Africa. Congratulations on the show.

Robyn Sinclair said...

I love the combination of outline with watercolour centre of interest. Beautiful people.