Friday, July 29, 2011

Another happy collector

...a medical office in Folsom CA...just installed a print of Iris Morning above the reception desk to go with my landscape collages in their waiting room. What do ya think?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You're Invited...

Grand Opening Celebration
of Petroglyphe Gallery

Please come to the Grand Opening celebration of the Petroglyphe Gallery to check out the art of Northern California artists (including me), enjoy some wine, and tour this fabulous new gallery in historic Mokelumne Hill.

Saturday August 6, 2011
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Petroglyphe Gallery
8317 Main Street
Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245

Mokelumne Hill, commonly referred to as "Moke Hill" by locals, is a charming community rich with history. The town takes its name from the neighboring Mokelumne River, which is Miwok for the "people of Mokel." Once one of the richest gold mining towns in California, Mokelumne Hill was founded in 1848 by a group of Oregonians. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with its population reaching as high as 15,000 with people of all nationalities. By the 1860s the gold started to run out and the town's population diminished. The town today is a quiet place, with lots of tourism due to its historic status.

Fun Fact:From 1959-1977 Mokelumne Hill was home to Lucile S. Davidson, who was known as "The shoe lady of Mokelumne Hill." She was in The Stockton 'Record' and later in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the largest privately owned glass shoe collection in the world!...hmmm maybe that's why my shoe paintings found a home at Petroglyphe Gallery...huh?

Monday, July 04, 2011

Sacramento Bee Article

Check out this cool article in the Sacramento Bee

Collage painting of State Capitol by Eileen Downes

The Sacramento Bee recently published an interesting article by staff writer, Max Ehrenfreund, titled: "Hold Still, Sacramento - Artists Use the City as a Source of Inspiration," reviewing the work of seven Sacramento area artists including me. Below is a short excerpt from the article. You can read the whole thing by clicking here:

...Viewed from a distance, Downes' collages look like paintings. But stand next to one and it will dissolve into misshapen bits of torn magazine paper. "I don't just read a magazine," she said. To her, a woman's brown hair on a slick page is the trunk of a tree. An advertisement for an alligator purse could be a scrap of bark. A line of text could become the reflection of a cloud on the surface of the American River, which she depicted in a series of collages....

...article by Max Ehrenfreund published by the Sacramento Bee, July 4th 2011.