If I had my wits about me, I would have called this show Good Woods, but it came to me too late. Showing my paintings at Good Foods Market & Cafe does bring several of my loves together. Of course, there is good food. What's not to love about that? I've been a member of the Co-op for over 30 years. Back in the day, I lived in downtown Lexington and the co-op was on Short Street, a short walk from my apartment. Everything was in bulk bins. My typical purchase was beans, brown rice and nutritional yeast. So, some things have changed. Twenty years ago, I posted recipes in the co-op newsletter. My family did not have a computer then, so I would go to the co-op and type up the recipes on the co-op computer. What a joy it is to have a computer of one's own! I have evolved and so has the co-op.
Still, a love for walking in the woods is a constant. This is something I have enjoyed since childhood, back even longer than thirty years. As David helped me hang the show (on the wall in the Cafe side of Good Foods) people would come up to talk about the images in the paintings. Most are set in Kentucky; at Floracliff, Blue Licks and Carnico. I was surprised how many people have connections to these places. Dr. Wayne Davis and his wife and daughter were at Good Foods. Dr. Davis worked with Dr. Mary Wharton who established Floracliff in southern Fayette County. The Davis's have also placed bluebird houses at Blue Licks. They planned on heading out that way soon to check on them (and enjoy the beauty.) Karen spoke of hiking at Blue Licks when her sons' ages were single digits. Blue Licks is one of my favorite places and it was good to know that it is loved by others.
I am celebrating these loves in my paintings. Six of the paintings are tall and narrow, 48x16". The center painting (of Floracliff) is 48x36". The seven paintings fill the wall; the exhibiting space is approximately four by eighteen feet. The tall, narrow paintings present a slice of a vision I have come upon in the woods. Good Foods Market & Cafe is located at 455 Southland Drive in Lexington, KY. The hours are 8 am to 10 pm everyday. I hope you get a chance to step into the cool woods this summer. Into the Woods (as it is called) is up through August. Good Foods is simply the best place to shop for healthy, delicious and local food!