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November 2018

I have most of my Winter Tour finalized and listed in the CLASSES section of my web site - some great new workshops in FL in January-April. (Summer 2019 workshops and shows are still being finalized and details will be listed later this year and early next spring here on my website.) I hope to announce an art fair or two during my Winter Tour in FL - soon! I am working on an incredible show of Seascapes and Florals that opens in Captiva at the Community Center mid-February and runs through early March. It is an amazing space, and I am quite excited to exhibit there as the first one-man show they have hosted! Look for details in the next couple of months...

Great news and a change of plans...I am moving my studio show up into November rather than early December. The reason? I need more time to schedule follow up appointments and various studio visits with clients. It is usually the first part of December, but there is just not enough time to get everyone in and out and paintings delivered and shipped. Invitations/announcements to be posted soon. It will be a studio show/holiday show, and I am planning to have it on Friday, November 9, 5-8 pm. I am also planning to have regular studio hours for the following 6 weeks up to holiday, being open every Thursday and Friday from Noon-5, or by appointment. I think this will work out great, and feel it will allow more time to get the purchased art to my clients.

I participated in the Art at the Indianapolis International Airport temporary art program early in 2018. It was great fun. (I always enjoy the programs our Indianapolis Arts Council organizes and operates and try my best to participate.) 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 with the program.

I am pleased that 2 of my Indiana Dunes paintings left my studio in 2017 for a journey to Africa. The paintings will be hanging in an exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone for the next few years. 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.

As seen in USA TODAY, August 23, 2018.

I delivered a peony painting to the residence of the Vice President of the United States the summer of 2017 and still get some press from time to time as noted above. 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 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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