September 9th, 2014 / posted by paularath

All in Family Jerry illustration

All in Family invitation copy I know I’ve really lax with my blogging lately, but trust me, I have not been binge watching “Orange is the New Black” and eating bonbons.

I’m involved in two major events that seem to be swallowing up all my time. The first is an art show called “All in the Family” that we hung on Sunday at The Honolulu Museum of Art.

The show involves two families with multiple painters. The Hodges are Snowden Hodges, a respected life time artist who recently retired as the head of the art department at Windward Community College, his nephew, Addison Hodges and his nephew’s wife, Cathy Yrizarry, both of whom live in Baltimore. Addison and Cathy are both lifetime, full time artists.

Addison has been an artist since small kid time, when he would follow his uncle Snowden around and watch him sketch and paint. Cathy has chose an unusual theme for her work: If fish could fly. Her paintings feature fish in all sorts of unexpected places. Whoopie Goldberg is a fan and a collector of Cathy’s work. She was also commissioned to provide paintings for the walls in one of Richard Gere’s movies, but Snowden doesn’t remember which film it was.

The theme for the Mayfield-Rath section of the show is “Shared Treasures.” We went around the house and identified objects that we both love. Then we interpreted them in our own unique styles. Here’s an example of Jerry’s watercolor and my mixed media piece inspired by my father’s collection of antique Korean bell brass that has an exquisite verdigris. See how radically different our styles are? It makes for an interesting show.

Bell Brass, by Jerry Mayfield, watercolor on rough paper

Bell Brass, by Jerry Mayfield, watercolor on rough paper

Bell Brass by Paula Rath, mixed media on canvas

Bell Brass by Paula Rath, mixed media on canvas

I must say it’s been more than a little intimidating at times for Jerry (a retired surgeon) and me (a retired journalist) to be paired with these uber-talented professional painters. But Snowden is so easy to work with and always encouraging and open to new ways of painting and hanging a show.

Of course the bulk of work in getting ready for a show is the painting. But, honestly, that’s only the beginning. In Honolulu, it’s tough to find a venue for a show. In this case, we were booked into the Mezzanine Gallery nearly a year ago.

Snowden and Paula Hodges consider how to place the paintings to their best advantage.

Snowden and Paula Hodges consider how to place the paintings to their best advantage.

Once the art is ready, we also have to decide when – and how – to hang the paintings, when to hold the reception, and then prepare the artist bios, name the paintings and price them (perhaps the hardest part of all).

After they are hung, the Honolulu Museum of Art School will kindly make the labels to identify each piece of work.

With five artists involved, each with an entirely different style, it can be challenging to group and place the paintings. There are considerations of colors, shapes and lighting, in addition to direction and theme.

Fortunately, The Honolulu Museum of Art provides most of the materials needed to hang a show. Jerry has hung dozens of shows in a number of venues so he has become quite the expert. Thank goodness!

Fortunately, The Honolulu Museum of Art provides most of the materials needed to hang a show. Jerry has hung dozens of shows in a number of venues so he has become quite the expert. Thank goodness!

Rather than bunching each artist's work together in a group, we chose to intersperse the paintings.

Rather than grouping each artist’s work together, we chose to intersperse the paintings for added interest.) That tape will be replaced by pretty labels.)

Jerry adds the finishing touch: an artists' statement about the show.

Jerry adds the finishing touch: an artists’ statement about the show.

The show came together beautifully, looking quite unified.

The show came together beautifully, looking quite unified.

Please come see the show. The opening reception Wednesday, September 17, will be the most fun time, and a great time to meet the artists and share a glass of wine and some of my famous cookies.

But it’s also pleasant to visit a show when there’s no one else around so you can view it without interruption.

Hope to see you at “All in the Family”!

– Paula Rath

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