Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, posted by Deb Shaw

"Elegant Syrah," © 2015, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence. Pen and ink, 13-1/2"  x 19". All rights reserved.

“Elegant Syrah,” © 2015, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence. Pen and ink, 13-1/2″ x 19″. All rights reserved.

“Elegant Syrah” is a pen and ink drawing of  grapes from a Temecula vineyard. I found this interesting group of grapes on the vine at the Callaway Winery. I liked the way the grapes were embraced by the leaves. I sketched and photographed them and made some color swatches as I hadn’t decided which media I would use.

Francesca Anderson’s pen and ink work has always fascinated me so I decided that I would use pen and ink. I began with stippling on the grapes and had to decide to make each grape unique in some very small way so that I could happily reach the end of my work.

I entered “Elegant Syrah” In the 119th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. I worked for 10 years to finally qualify to be a full member of the club and have now been a member of the group for many years.

The Exhibition at the historic landmark National Arts Club in Manhattan”s Gramercy Park is the club’s major event.  $8,000.00 in awards are given. A Metropolitan curator also serves on the jury of awards.

A Preview Reception benefits a travel fund for curators from the Metropolitan to research collections across the country.

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was a philanthropist and art collector who was the only woman in the group of men who founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was the first woman to be on the board of of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Art Club with her name was established in 1896, to aid women and to counsel and help them exhibit their art. Now the club reflects the members’ professional standing and interests. For more information on the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, please see their website.

The National Arts Club is an historic private club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. It is a National Historic Landmark.

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