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Artdog Quote of the Week: Too Short

This is the hallmark of a creative life.
IMAGE: Many thanks to Word Porn’s Facebook Page, for this image.

Artdog Photo of Interest: Management

IMAGE: Thanks again to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook Page, for this image.

Accepted! Nine-Part Herbal goes to South Carolina

If you’re in the vicinity of Hartsville, SC between April 2 and May 29, please stop by the Black Creek Arts Council’s gallery. My Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy-Light Cycle has been accepted into their annual juried exhibition.

Here’s a photo of the Black Creek Arts Council’s exterior.

I’ve never been to Hartsville or the Arts Council Gallery in person, but the photos I’ve been able to find online show a historic building with a beautiful, spacious gallery.

This image shows an opening event in the Gallery.

The Arts Council‘s building is located at 116 W. College Avenue in Hartsville. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015.

My artwork Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy-Light Cycle is going to South Carolina.

I deeply appreciate the efforts of the Black Creek Arts Council‘s organizers, and the outstanding good taste of Juror Frank McCauley! If you are in South Carolina during April and May, I hope you’ll see the show!

IMAGES: Many thanks to the Black Creek Arts Council, for their logo and the interior gallery image. I am grateful to the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail for the exterior image of the Arts Council’s building. Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy-Light Cycle is my own original artwork, but you may use it online if you do not alter the image, attribute it to me, and provide a link back to this blog.

Artdog Quote of the Week: Writers

I suspect we could say this of actors, too.

IMAGE: Many thanks for this image, to that inexhaustible fount of resources, Word Porn’s Facebook Page!

Artdog Photo of Interest: Truth

When you get right down to it . . .

IMAGE: Many thanks to Kristen Lamb’s Blog for this one!

Artdog Quote of the Week: Miracles

I choose the latter option. Makes everything better!

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to the Word Readers Facebook page, for this image with the quote.

Artdog Photo of Interest: Super Powers

This week’s Photo of Interest honors K-9 Veterans Day, officially observed on March 15. Our K-9 veterans no longer are treated completely like equipment, but let’s all remember today that we owe them our grateful thanks!

We also should remember that people literally would not be where we are today if it hadn’t been for our teaming up with dogs in prehistory. They enabled us to hunt better, herd better, and do many other things better. Dogs continue to make our lives better, still today.

So give your best friend a walk and a hug, and show your gratitude by doing something to support animal welfare–especially the welfare of our canine veterans.

IMAGE: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook Page, for this image.

Gavin Aung Than and Kevin Smith: Encourage an Artist

Gavin Aung Than is a cartoonist whose work is inspirational on several levels. His Zen Pencils website and Facebook page are rewarding to follow.

Last fall, he published a post that summarizes many of the things I believe and try to promote on this blog. It’s called, “Encourage an Artist,” and it’s based on the words of Kevin Smith.

Here it is:

I hope you’ll do your best to encourage–not only young artists, but all of us, in our creative journeys. 
CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: Many thanks to Kevin Smith for the good words, and to Gavin Aung Than for creating memorable images to go with them. Many thanks also to my son Tyrell Gephardt, and his Tumblr Ty’s Shufflings, for calling my attention to it.

Bonus Photo: In Honor of Daylight Savings Time, which resumes today.

For Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:

And Lo!
The Hunter of the East
Has caught the Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.
–Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat
Translated and adapted by Edward Fitzgerald 

IMAGE: Many, many thanks to Toxa Abramov, who took this gorgeous photo of the Blue Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey) at sunrise in 2010, and posted it on her Flickr Photostream.
ALSO: Many thanks to my father, Dr. E. G. Sherrell, for quoting this verse as our wake-up call throughout much of my childhood. Love you, Dad!

Photo of Interest: Sled Dog Marathon

In honor of the start of the Iditarod sled race today, a tip of the wool beanie to some amazing canine athletes and their humans:

IMAGE: Many thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Facebook page! You know I love you guys!

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