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November 2017

Can you believe it is November already?

I had a great Fall and exhibited at Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair in early August and Penrod here in Indianapolis in early September. Had a magnificent return trip to client/friends in Anacortes, WA in September. I followed that trip up by teaching two workshops, one in Holland, MI and the other in New Harmony, IN. Both were successful and I look forward to returning. I had a show in New Harmony that I shared with my Mother, Bertie David and Maggie Rapp. This exhibit was a success with several sales and a great attendance, I think in part to Maggie’s great following in the area. Maggie recently retired as Director of the Hoosier Salon New Harmony, and this show was a wonderful transition for her to start showing more of her work. Linda Volz, who stepped into Maggie’s spot running the gallery, did an absolutely great job orchestrating the show that was scheduled a year ago. October was a month of various projects and getting organized for Winter. I am opening a show in November at Hoosier Salon Carmel with my friend and fellow artist, Mary Johnston. It should be great fun and after that, I have my annual Holiday Studio Show which opens Friday, December 1, from 5-8pm, and then I have regular studio hours every Friday and Saturday through Christmas from 11-5 or by appointment.

Great news - I am participating in the Art at the Indianapolis International Airport temporary art program. (I always enjoy the programs our Indianapolis Arts Council organizes and operates and try my best to participate.) The Sunday evening installation went really well, and I am very pleased. Special thanks go out to Katie Norman/Indianapolis Airport Authority, Lindsey Lord and Julia Mooney-Moore/Indianapolis Arts Council, and Amy Carroll and Christopher Carroll for their help at the installation. My art will be on display until early March.

I am also very pleased to announce that 2 of my Indiana Dunes paintings will be leaving my studio in November for a few years and a journey to Africa. The paintings will be hanging in an exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. AIE has a public diplomacy mission achieved through cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through the visual arts. One way they realize this is through the exhibiting artwork in the public spaces of U.S. Embassies abroad, specifically in the U.S. Ambassadors’ residences. The Ambassadorial residences serve as the center for official state functions overseas, and the exhibitions become a part of the Ambassadors’ cultural mission. For these exhibitions, they strive to curate themes which foster dialogue and provide platforms for cultural outreach. I was very honored to be asked by Imtiaz Hafiz, Curator of Art In Embassies/U.S. Department of State to participate in the program and the new Ambassador, Maria E. Brewer was especially excited to have my paintings of the Dunes as she grew up in Indiana.

I delivered a peony painting to the residence of the Vice President of the United States earlier in July. I am very honored and so excited to be included in their collection! Here is the tweet Second Lady, Karen Pence sent the day I dropped off the painting.

I was quoted in the August 2017 issue of American Art Review. I was really excited to be included in this exhibition honoring my oil painting teacher, Frank Mason.

My year as one of 10 Indianapolis Artists selected through an application process last September to participate in the Indianapolis Arts Council’s High Art Program has come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed the time my art showed up around Indy on billboards. The program is a partnership with Fairway Outdoor and places art on a billboard and displays throughout Indianapolis during the calendar year. Visit the Indianapolis Arts Council’s website for the 2018 Artists selected and their location details... my art started in September of 2016 in Greenwood on County Line Road, then was sighted over the Winter up on North Michigan Road, and after that in early Spring, it was spotted at 465 and 70 on the east side of town. After that, it was seen on the west side near Rockville Road and 465, and then most recently it had been spotted on West 38th Street just east of Moeller Road. It received incredible coverage, and I was so excited, as always, to participate in another of the Indianapolis Arts Council’s great projects.

Exciting News! The second Season of HGTV’S Good Bones aired in May.
My paintings were included on many of the episodes. Season three’s
production is currently under way. Be sure to stay tuned so you don’t miss
the many surprises they will have in store for us next year! Be sure and visit www.hgtv.com/shows/good-bones.

I cannot say it enough, thanks to all who support and encourage me along this journey. Hope to see you soon!

Douglas David

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