The opening of my first major one-man show was held yesterday afternoon at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas.

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Banner display announcing exhibition

 

What a great event. I wholeheartedly thank Southwest Gallery for hosting this beautiful exhibition. The art was nicely displayed, beautifully framed, and well lit. I so much appreciate all the special artist friends, family, fans, and collectors of my work that so kindly came by to say “hi”, offer encouragement, and make the opening so enjoyable.

With my wife, Marcia, before "Calm Settles Over the Land" and "Rural Life". Without Marcia's total support, sacrifice, and encouragement, my fine art career would not have been possible.

With my wife, Marcia, before “Calm Settles Over the Land” and “Rural Life”. Without Marcia’s total support, sacrifice, and encouragement, my art career would not have been possible.

Our son, Jonathan, with his lovely wife Tifani, and their two sons, Gage (left) and Riley.

Our son, Jonathan, with his lovely wife Tifani, and their two sons, Gage (left) and Riley.

 

We had several sales, some works put on “hold”, and interest expressed in many other pieces. The gallery is very optimistic there will be many more sales since the show hangs through the month of June.

The threats of severe weather hindered some folks from coming, so there’s still time to see the exhibition of more than 40 works if you wish to do so.

Those in attendance expressed many times their amazement of the quality and variety of the work. Seeing all the work at one time in one place…and the scale of the work…surprised them.

The attendance was steady throughout the afternoon.

The attendance was steady throughout the afternoon.

Long time collectors, Wilford and Carol Webb. Wilford was instrumental in helping me make the switch from illustration to fine art.

Long time collectors, Wilford and Carol Webb. Wilford was instrumental in helping me make the switch from illustration to fine art in 1982.

Nationally recognized, award winning illustrator, Bart Forbes was one of the top illustrators in the country during my years as a Dallas illustrator. Today, he is focusing on the fine arts and his upcoming solo show.

Nationally recognized, award winning illustrator, Bart Forbes was one of the top illustrators in the country during my years as a Dallas illustrator, and even beyond. Today, he is focusing on the fine arts and his upcoming solo show.

Nancy Beaty, a Justice Court Judge in Rockwall County, TX, was a favorite model of a  drawing group I had back in the 1990's.

Nancy Beaty, a Justice Court Judge in Rockwall County, TX, was a favorite model of a drawing group I organized back in the 1990′s. Behind,  ”The Bells of Innsbrook” – 50″ x 50″ – Oil.

Just a small part of the exhibition.

Just a small part of the exhibition.

In the early 1990's, I taught an evening art class at the Collin County Community College. Julie Barbeau was one of my students and has developed into a quality artist.

In the early 1990′s, I taught an evening art class at the Collin County Community College. Julie Barbeau was one of my students and has developed into a quality artist. Behind,  ”The Endless Prairie” – 36″ x 60″ – Oil.

 

If you haven’t seen the show, I invite you to do so. I’m pretty confident you won’t be disappointed. I can honestly say, I’m proud of what has been accomplished here.

In future blog posts, I will talk about some of the individual pieces, the motivation, and the process.

 

John Pototschnik is an Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master
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