"Los Tulipanes"

"Los Tulipanes"
48 X 48, oil on panel

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

40 New Paintings For My 40th Birthday

This year, in fact this very week, I am turning 40!

Last year at this time,  I was working hard getting ready for a solo show I had in The Springville Museum of Art.  It was a great experience, and as that show ended, I started to think what I could do next, then I decided turning 40 was the perfect excuse to have another show.  I decided I'd paint 40 new paintings.  I have tried not to limit or constrain myself, to just paint for the pure pleasure of it.  It has been great, and I've actually just enjoyed myself and painted at least 70 in the process, but I'll bring my 40 favorite, I'm also sharing another 40 favorites from the past 40 years, the paintings that have been pivotal and important in my life.  I'm even including artwork I created when I was a little girl, I'm excited to share my journey as an artist.

I am really excited about being able to hang my art up in The Startup Building, it is an awesome venue,

it is located at 560 South 100 West in Provo,

right in between University Avenue and Freedom Boulevard at the end of the FrontRunner train line, in fact, if you are coming from anywhere north of Provo- it would be a fun and convenient excuse to ride the train!  If you are driving, be aware that it will be pretty busy with The Food Truck Roundup going on, so you might even take advantage of the UTA parking lot at the train station and just walk across the street, there is also parking all around the block.   Here is the link to The Startup Building Facebook page.  The Startup Building is a really cool building, it is on the historic registry.  I found a history of the building and business you can read here.  The Startup Candy is still there, and you can even go buy candy there Monday-Thursday between 12 and 2 p.m.   Upstairs is a large, industrial space that is used for receptions, meetings and such.  I go every month to a great gathering held there that is called Creative Collaborative.  I think it will be the perfect place for my show and party,  and  it has big walls,  I'll even be able to bring the big 6 ft by 18 ft painting to the party.

The show is only one night, so plan on being there!

June 26, 2014 6-9 p.m.

I am very excited that my party and The Provo Food Truck Roundup happen to be at the same time and place.  It will make for such a great night!  If you are not familiar with The Food Truck Roundup, here is an article to help you get familiar.  We are always super excited to see the Waffle Love truck, my daughter Lucy is always especially happy to spot that one!  You can also check out their page on Facebook to keep up with all the details.  They typically will publish a list of trucks participating each week.  There are big wooden spools outside you can stand at and eat.  The Food Trucks are there from 5- 9 p.m.

My party starts at 6 pm and it is going to be awesome!
I'll have birthday cake and lemonade and plenty of art to enjoy and many of the paintings are available for purchase.  I will also have a variety of prints and cards and such for sale.

It is a kid friendly party, so bring them along!  I'll have an area with art supplies where everyone is welcome to make their own art.  My oldest daughter is a great artist and she will be showing some of her artwork.  She also has an idea of having an art show where all the artwork is on paper plates and will have paper plates there is you are interested in participating in her paper plate show.   You can check that out on Instagram and add your own #thepaperplateshow

There is also a giant chalk board wall and plenty of chalk to decorate it with.

 Photography is welcome in my exhibit, and for those who are using social media, use the hashtags #tulippainter and/or #tulippainterturns40

photo credit: Justin Hackworth

And finally, you better come say hi to me while you are there!

*you can also follow me on Instagram and Pinterest as "tulippainter"
and on Facebook as "Sarah Richards Samuelson"