I am thrilled to have my first stained glass and painted sculpture artwork, Delighted, included for exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Since my artwork didn't make this emailed announcement here is the piece that will be on exhibition (should it have arrived safely today), I want to share it here. I also hope those of you out in southern California will go see this celebration of creative work.
is pleased to invite you to the Opening Reception of
Juror: Staci Steinberger, Associate Curator, Decorative Arts and Design,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Exhibition dates: Feb. 2-March 23
Thurs. - Sun. noon to 5 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 6 to 10 pm
at OCCCA, in conjunction with the Santa Ana Art Walk
About the Show
Craft Revolution shows works with the unity of inspiration and skill philosophers call “craft” --- in drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, weaving, architectural plans and maquettes, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, photography, video, installation art, and objets d’art in all mediums, including wood, metal, stone, clay, paper, textiles and glass. Craft is the bond between concept and technique, the link between hand, mind, and heart. Our juror selected unusual, avant-garde, hybrid artworks that merge together, in a single piece, elements of fine art and the traditional crafts. Craft Revolution illuminates an important truth about contemporary art: we can no longer categorically separate craft, fine art, decorative art, and utilitarian, designer objects.
Sophisticated, well-crafted objects --- no matter the medium --- inevitably elicit unfrisson of desire.
Diana Maria Rossi
Randy Au, Linda Belden, Lorraine Bubar, Juan Cabrera, Bibi Davidson, Virginia Davis, Priscilla Dobler, Janet Dreyer, Bret Englander, Karen Feuer-Schwager, Ddiana Ghoukassian, Mariano Gonzales, Sonya Hammons, Sharon Hardy, Matthew Hebert, Mary Heebner, Mark Hendrickson, Gina Herrera, John Hogan, Allison Holland, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Rachel Kaster, Amy Keeler, Liz Koerner, Greig Leach, Lily Martina Lee, Zoey Lin, George Marlowe, Karena Massengill, Ryan Mennealy, Arny Nadler, Ted Ollier, Brad Pettigrew, Wen Redmond, Jay Reed, Robin Repp, Stephanie Robison, Sheila Rodriguez, Scott Rogers, Diana Maria Rossi, Angela Sanders, Aneesa Shami, Young Shin, Kristin Skees, Melinda K.P. Stees, Heidi Tarver, Stephen Thornhill, Ruby Troup, Mariah Tuttle, Carlos Ulloa, Noriho Uriu, Maureen Vastardis, Nikki Vismara, Jake Weigel, Lyz Wendland, Danielle Wood, Ben Zask, Jana Zimmer, Susan Zimmerman.
Begun by artists in 1980 with exhibitions free to the public, OCCCA, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, all-volunteer, artist-run gallery located in the heart of the Santa Ana Artists Village. OCCCA presents exhibitions of contemporary art, along with concerts, performances, art classes, symposiums, and publications.
The strange title of this painting refers to the overall placing of these three on the general classification. While Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) won the stage, and added a sixth consecutive win over the top of Willunga Hill, it was Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) that was third on the stage, However, Impey won the 2019 Tour Down Under. And he is the first to ever win the race to years in a row. Wout Poels (Sky) took second on the day, but finished on the final step of the race podium. While the four day leader of the race, Paddy Bevin (CCC) may not have taken the race victory, it is still a shame that his crash in stage five ensured that he would be unable to wear the final Ochre Jersey of race leader.
I will be back painting some of the Spring Classics like Paris-Nice, Paris Roubaix and Fleche Wallone, among others. I hope you will check out the work as it happens. And that you will follow me here and on twitter @ArtofCycling.
Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) has been dubbed the King of Willunga Hill, having one this climb the last five years running. As he went under the flame rouge, the final kilometer of the race, he check to see how much of a gap he had opened up on his main rivals. If he could win the stage by nine seconds over Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), he would win the 2019 Tour Down Under. While he could only see Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Michael Woods (EF Education First) behind him, the question remained, did he have enough road left to get the kind of gap he needed on the South African Champion.
The final stage takes the peloton over Willunga Hill, before coming back around and finishing on the top of the climb. With most of the hopefuls even on time 26 seconds behind the erstwhile race leader, Paddy Bevin (CCC). Bevin dropped out the back of the peloton before the first trip up the hill, clearly suffering from the effects of his crash in yesterday's crash. It was Kenny Elissonde (Sky) who opened up the first attack on the climb. He is looking back over his shoulder to find his team leader, Wout Poels. The small Frenchman ended up having to wait for Poels to catch his wheel, unfortuately that let the rest of the contenders catch up as well.
On the second lap before heading up the famed Willunga Hill, the peloton had the break away under control. The escapees may be three minutes ahead at this point, but the best place rider was over six minutes down on the general classification. Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) led the effort to keep the break in check with Astana, Team Sky and EF Education First all contributing to the chase.
I hope they had a chance to take in the beautiful seas off to their left.
I heard this New Jersey expression the other day. Going down the shore is what I would call going to the beach. It seemed like the perfect title for this group turning the corner to run along the coast on their way to Snapper Point. With an almost sure bet that today would be about the climbers, it didn't stop these seven from going on the offensive from the very start of the stage. The only one with a chance of winning on the day was Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma). He is wearing the blue sprinter's points jersey on load from the race leader but if he takes the sprint points on offer he would still need to score points atop Willunga Hill. Joining the Dutchman are Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar), Nick White (UniSA-Australia), Gediminas Bagdonas (Ag2r La Mondiale) among others.
Sometimes I can be a little prophetic when titling my paintings. It was an aggressive sprint with every sprinter knowing this was their last chance to take a stage win in the 2019 Tour Down Under (tomorrow is the final day, and it is a hill top finish). It was Caleb Ewan getting his first sprint for his new team, Lotto Soudal. However, he was later reliegated to last place after an extended bout of head butting while trying to get Sagan's wheel. That moved Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) into the stage winning position, followed by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) for second. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is now fifth, with Danny Van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) - not in sight of this painting - taking the last step of the podium in Strathalbyn.
"Get me back on my bike!" It is what I image Paddy Bevin (CCC) was telling his teammate, Victor De La Parte as the Spaniard nearly carried the race leader towards a new bike brought from the team car. Michael Sajnok was standing at the ready to pace their guy back into the peloton. It was going to be a tall order, with just nine and a half kilometers to the finish, the peloton couldn't really afford to wait for the Ochre Jersey. They did for about a kilometer, but then the sprinter's teams had to get on with their job of trying to get their guy to the line first.
Shockingly, Bevin was able to rejoin the peloton with another two kilometers to race. His team's sprinter, Franisco Ventoso, was the one to lead Bevin back to the business end of the race, sacrificing his chances in the sprint finale. It make take a village to raise a child, but it takes a team to hold a race lead. And hold the lead they did!
This is a small 4x6 inch original watercolor painting that is available though my website at www.greigleach.com, or you can simply follow the direct link at the end of this post. Since it is an original it is first come first served. The painting was created using Yarka St Petersburg watercolors from Richesonart.com. The work sells for $75 plus shipping. And yes, international shipping is available.
Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ) used the intermediate sprint to launch his attack on the peloton. Just after a sprint, the peloton will frequently sit up and regroup, so it is a good time to surprise the rest a go on the offensive. Ladagnous was joined in the venture by Ayden Toovey (UniSA-Australia), his second time out in front of the peloton today. The long straight roads along the South Australian coast didn't give these two much chance of hiding from the closing peloton. With 40 kilometers to race, and just a 40 second lead (down from almost 4 minutes) it didn't look like they would be the first to arrive in Strathalbyn.
Paddy Bevin (CCC) was paying attention as the peloton approache the second intermediate sprint of the day in Inman Valley. The race leader had been beaten at the first sprint by his closest rival, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott). That sprint had improved Impey's comparative time by one second. However, Bevin gained that second back here. It looked like Impey wasn't sure just how quickly the sprint line was coming as they came off of a sharp left hand turn. Impey's teammate, Alex Edmonston had done his best to help out his team leader, but neither could catch the sprinting Ochre Jersey.
As I said in the previous post, the foursome of contenders were caught by the reduced (and elite) peloton. Two of those who managed to get back on terms were the race leader, Paddy Bevin (CCC) and the stage winner, as well as defending champion of the race, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott). The duo went one-two on the stage, with the race perinnial, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) taking third. Impey got the stage win, but Bevin's second place was enough to keep in in the over all leader's jersey, and add time to those closest to him on the general classification.
It is beginning to look like the New Zealander, Bevin, is going to be rather difficult to unseat.
The final climb up Corkscrew Road, was looking like it would separate the contenders from the pretenders. It was Wout Poels (Sky) who opened up the attacks out of the peloton. His move was quickly covered by Michael Woods (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma). With this burst, both the remanents of the break and the Ochre Jersey of Paddy Bevin (CCC) were swept away. It seemed as though the race was going to come down to how well this foursome descended. It did not. The vastly reduced peloton was able to catch these guys as everyone went over the summit with just four kilometers left to race.
Like every break away that sees a chance for victory, this one broke down as the stronger climbers started attacking the others. It was the local rider on a French team, Miles Scotson (Groupama-FDJ) who launched the aggressions. Initially, it was Scotson and the Austrian, Herman Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida) that gapped the other four. Only Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) that was able to claw is way back to the duo's wheels. Not content to just catch back on, Sutterlin attacked the others, giving 'tit for tat.' However, as it oft happens, the aggressions spelled the doom of the break as those behind closed in.
Along with the riders team cars, the race caravan includes neutral service vehicles ready to meet the needs of racers from every team in the race. Since Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) is up in the break and his team car is behind the chasing peloton, he gets a bidon from the Shimano neutral service car. De Gendt must have thought he was in Europe going to the left side of the car forgeting that the driver sits on the right in Australia. Never the less, he was able to quench his thirst in the hot South Australian weather (although not as hot as the previous three stages).
Today's group of escapees (six strong) built up the biggest advantage yet allowed by the chasing peloton. With 74 kilometers left to race, these guys had almost five minutes on the true contenders behind. Three of those in the break include Herman Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Benoit Cosnefoy (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Miles Scotson (Groupama-FDJ). Cosnefoy is still covered with bandages up and down his right side from his spectacular crash in the sprint at the end of Stage 2. Clearly, pro cyclist deal well with pain. After a similar crash in my early amateur career, I hung up my racing cleats. I chose instead to focus on my more successful (then beginning) art career.