Miracles do happen to artists!

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!


Weds. Painters 

(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

3 thoughts on “Miracles do happen to artists!

    1. The last time I saw him, he was good. Laying around doing nothing much. I said to him he could teach painting there but he wasn’t iknterest4ed. I wish people would go see him at Freedom Manor in National City. I haven’t been able to come down and visit- bad back, can’t walk and am depressed!

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