I feel like a houseplant today. On a sunny day, I lean this way or that, but today, when it’s cloudy, a sunless day, I don’t know which way to go, left or right, so I stand bent to yesterdays sun, and roll my eyes, left and right just hoping I figure out what’s going on.
So the art posse and myself did a little 'toolin' around the other night. Maggie and I had to go to an art opening at the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, which contained several of our collective paintings. She had few interesting stops to make; first to Valley Gallery to have some prints made and a painting framed (always a pleasure to listen to Don and his stories), followed by a lovely, at dusk, ride through the Nippenose Valley where we stopped at Maggie's mother and father-in-law's house to say "Hey" and show off our glamorous attire (fur story below), past their hunting cabin, around tight turns and curvaceous gravel lanes where we saw the cabin-that-Jim-built, then to the McDonalds in McElhattan to pick up Maggie's sister-in-law, Peg.
We arrived at the Gallery early which was fine. It gave us a chance to tour the exhibit before it got too crowded. We enjoyed the company of fellow artists and even tried to convert regular people into BEAL members. Then Deb Trate arrived in her FUR!
Here comes the fur story......
One night last week Deb and I were talking about fur coats. She had on a real mink stole that she had bought at a second hand store and she looked so chic and I proceeded to tell her of the story of my fur (fake but looks real) that my sister talked me into buying, also at a second hand store. My sister, Deb, had one very similar. I love mine and would love to wear it occasionally but no one, in the family, would be caught dead with me wearing it while I'm in their company. Anyway, Deb T. and I agreed that we should, indeed, wear our furs to this opening at the Station and of course, since I was going with Maggie, I called and asked her if she had a fur, and since she is also an artist, she did have one, a real one, AND a real mink hat, she agreed to wear both. So, when we stopped at the first place on our travels, the Valley Gallery, as we walked through the front door, Don Kline asked us if we were dressed for Halloween and Maggie said, "No, we are hookers!", never missing a beat. So we had a great 'fur' night.
Now for the food story......
After the Opening, we want to go eat somewhere and Maggie's sister-in-law, Peg suggested Stella A's Bar & Grill right on Main street in Lock Haven, so we did, the four of us; Peg, Maggie, Deb and myself. Wow, what a great dinner I had. I had the Tilapia, baked with rice pilaf and salad of field greens, and, I assume, homemade Raspberry vinaigrette dressing. We walked in, four ladies, who recently checked the last box in the table of life, in their finest furs, a couple wines under their belts, looking for a table in a obviously packed restaurant. And, the man-of-authority at the end of the bar welcomed us to his fine establishment and the kind waitress ushered us into the dining room where there was only one 4-top left and seated us there.
The food was wonderful, the waitress attentive, and the price was very reasonable. I don't usually rate restaurants or stores on my website but this one impressed me just that much. Try it sometime, if you haven't already.
Stella A's Bar & Grill
219 East Main Street
Lock Haven, PA
OK, almost done with another horse picture. Thank God for my buddy, Maggie. We went to an art show the other night and she stopped in here and gave me some helpful hints on the bone structure of a horse. Working on her (my pretty horse, the 'Nippenose Princess'), I was so stuck on the face. I worked night after night, I should say; re-worked night after night, to the point I was ready to tear my hair out. But, Maggie was very helpful and then yesterday I put to use all the suggestions she gave me. So, even though she's a little blurry, and a bit of a glare on her hind end, she is almost done. Giving her a day to dry and then tomorrow I should have her finished.
Maggie and I had a great time Friday night. We both had artwork in the Station Gallery and we headed out for the opening. On the way we stopped at Valley Gallery so Maggie could have some work made into prints. Then we stopped at Maggie's in-laws to say HI to Jim who was visiting his parents and hunting. Then we picked up Maggie's sister-in-law at a McDonalds in McElhatten and headed to the show. Deb Trate had convinced us to all wear furs and we did. We looked like hookers for halloween! So funny! Bought a painting from Tom Worth (wonderful realistic painter). After the show we went with Deb and Peg (Maggie's sister-in-law) to dinner at Stella's in Lock Haven. Great food! What a wonderful time. We laughed all evening. Let's do it again, girls!