The Art Junket

A gathering of artists


Series 2

November 2015 – May 2016

Creating art fills our life with color, depth, and meaning

©Painting by Kaitlin Fitzmahan.

You are busy.  That is what makes you interesting.  Your tangled, extraordinary, and exhausting life makes you who you are.  But, don’t let the other facets of your life choke out the artist within you.  The artist in you gives your life color, depth, and meaning.

Have you prepared your work to be seen by friends, family, members of the community, other artists, and the press?  

It is time to work on preparing your art pieces for the Gallery Show.  Yes, there is a bit of pressure here.   

I encourage you to make room in your life for creativity and making art.  Put time for creativity on your calendar.  Add art to your ‘to do’ list.  Put creativity and time for art in your Bullet Journal.  

  1. Complete the work needed to finish your art pieces.   Take the positive comments and ideas you received here at our meetings and finish your art pieces.
  2. Frame your work!  Present your work professionally.   Show respect to your audience.  They are expecting and deserve the best from you.
  3. Go bigger!  
  4. Finish the piece that you missed.  If you missed a meeting during this series, you might want to finish the piece you began, but failed to finish because you couldn’t make it to the meeting.  The 5 themes that we used to inform us in our creation of our pieces of art are:
    1. Enigma
    2. Bed
    3. Angles
    4. Poetry
    5. Zen
  5. Nurture you ‘genius.’ Or find a new one. (See Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk.)


Soirée 2:5 – Zen

David Dallas. August 2016.

The final soirée of the second series of the Art Junket was held on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Hosted by Mary Louise Harrington’s in Hayward, California – the soirée was attended by artists, Tony Jones, Stacey Kaiser, Mary Louise Harrington, Katie Fitzmahan, David Dallas, Erin Mahollitz, and Maureen Fitzmahan.  We were pleased to welcome Kay Adamson, a founder member.  Ana Perches and Lorren Butterwick were not able to attend.

See you at the Gallery Show!

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Zen – The Soirée

photo ©Michael Kenna. Bamboo and Tree, Qingkou Village, Yunnan, China, 2013.

Are you being challenged and are you enjoying the new theme:”Zen?”  I have been loving, studying, reading and thinking about, and hating this theme.  I’ve learned so much. About my art and about myself.   I have finally decided on the work I will show, and bought a frame at Goodwill.

I look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday, August 28, 2016.   The meeting will be held at Mary Louise and David’s house.  In Hayward.   From 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Please call Erin and Katie to arrange rides.   Mary Louise also says you can BART it and we will pick you up.

Have you gotten your label information to Erin?  Is your piece framed and ready to be viewed?

See you on Sunday.


©Bill Watterson. Calvin and Hobbes.


ZEN: Japanese aesthetics

photo ©mbfitzmahan.

New theme: Zen-Japanese aesthetics.


Zen Art Presentation



Soirée 2:4 – Poetry

photos ©Kaitlin Fitzmahan and Maureen Fitzmahan

June 26, 2016.

Tony Jones painted a mural on a boring wall and made it much more interesting.  Ana ruined a perfectly good poem, painted about it,made us think, and brought depth to our conversation.  Katie turned her painting upside down and we liked it so much better. David threw together some garbage, put it on a board, and everyone liked it.  Mary Louise wrote a poem about a turtle and tangled it.  Stacey found some sunshine, painted it, and brought it to us.  Maureen took a photo of a piece of grass, framed it, and called it art. We reached a high level of fun, collaboration, and art at the fourth meeting of the second Series of The Art Junket.  The event was produced and directed by artist and event planner, Erin Mahollitz.  It was attended by artists: Ana Perches, Tony Jones, Katie Fitzmahan, Stacey Kaiser, David Dallas, Mary Louise Harrington, and Maureen Fitzmahan.

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This Is Just To Say

(contributed by Ana Perches: “I want to paint something inspired by this poem. I’ m thinking of a large canvas and using a palate that is NOT the color of plums but rather in the yellow, orange palate.”)

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold


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