Well-known local painters Polly Palecek and Elaine Richard will be featured in the front windows of the Corner Gallery for the month of October. They have the kind of friendship that leads them to work together, and this show named "Friends with Brushes" is the result of that close collaboration.
Polly explains that "the best part of painting and being creative is when you can do it with your friends. Sharing studio space, materials, even meals with friends enhances the experience. Friends can provide feedback, support, and especially constructive criticism. But best of all friends provide friendship. They can provide the love and support to help creativity thrive. When we're being creative we are being productive. When we're productive we are happy. Thank you friends for helping make me happy!"
Elaine is a well-schooled artist with a long history of connections with other local artists, including Adele Pruitt. In Elaine's words, "I was lucky to spend several years with Adele, working with her and some other fantastic artists at her studio on Orr Springs Road. One of my favorite friends I met at that time is Polly Palecek. For me, every painting is an adventure and an exploration. Whether it's a requested portrait or an expression of some inspiration I've been struck with, I enjoy every minute of my time with my canvas and oil paints. To share that time with a few good friends is just the "icing on the cake!"
The First Friday opening celebration for this show will be on October 6 from 5-8pm at the Corner Gallery in Ukiah, 201 S State Street. Live music will be provided throughout the evening by Steve Winkle.