For many years, I was a snowbird painting with the Weds. painters group. We painted with Jay Andrews all of those times and at one point, I emptied his car and took pictures of all the work he had stashed in the way back of his station wagon. He always was ready to help us and we loved his compositions so much that I told him I would make a CD for him to record his work.
He never showed his work, and several of us (Chuck, Sue, Codie and I) tried to have a show of his paintings at a senior center but he refused. So I made a book of his work, which is in the SDWS library (Jay Andrews, the masterful painter). In 2016, SDWS had a show for him finally. I went to Jay’s house and he choose which ones he wanted.
He wound up in the hospital and did not come to his show. So, I recorded testimonials from it and shared them on my computer with Jay later. At that point, I also realized if we sold his paintings, no one knew where or what he had other than my photos. So I volunteered to take all of his work and get them all organized so they didn’t have to be touched just to find one. I took the stacks of his work and Sue Gold came up to Laguna and we spent a weekend sorting through and categorizing 435+ paintings. It was a blessing because he lost his house and is in a nursing home now. So it was good I had gotten the work out of there.
As he now resides in a nursing home, I have been trying to get his work shown and his name out there. I went to a few museums and got helpful ideas from several. One sent me to the Hilbert Museum at Chapman University and I brought in some work and left the book I wrote there for them to look at. That got me an appointment with Mr. Hilbert himself and the Director and he decided to do a show for three months of Jay’s work in the Fall.
What an honor that we got to know him before he was famous!! You can see an old blog of Jay’s marvelous work. He helped so many of us on Weds. because he really was a master painter!
(See Schedule through the summer at the bottom)
June 6 Fanuel Park End of Fanuel St off Grand St in Mission Bay beach fro.nt
June 13 Old Town. Near Conquistador House
June 20 Pacific Beach End of Garnet St Get away from Crystal pier for variety.
June 27 La Jolla Cove
Drop Off– June 30
FirstFriday– July 6
BlogChallenge– Books, standing or laying down in a pile
SUMMER schedule :
July 4 International Houses in Balboa,
July 11 Swami Beach
July 18 Winery in Rancho Bernardo..Exit Rte 15 at Poway Rd. East Pomerado and left to Paseo Verano
July 25 Old Poway Park on Midland St. Fun area with old railroad equipment and a running train
Aug 1 Helipad Off North Torrey Pines
Aug 8 Presidio Off Taylor on Presidio Drive near Old Town
Aug 15 Tom Ham Restaurant on Harbor Island across from Airport
Aug 22 Zoo entrance. Worth a try to get a painting of a true Ikon
Aug 29 Mission Beach Near the Rollercoaster but let’s do the beach
Signing off- keep in touch Pennirubin@aol.com