A Sneak Preview

by Maria Theresa Maggi on February 13, 2014

Maria Maggi and Romeo in front of her art show at Moscow Food-Co-op

This past Monday night we hung my show at the co-op. Here is a shot of Romeo and me in front of some of my paintings.

Tonight is the night. The opening reception is from 5:45-7:00. I’m a little nervous, since there will be a lot of activity and people all at once. I was so overwhelmed that we were actually hanging the show that I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures of everything up on the wall when it was nice and quiet. But I did get a few. So before the excitement starts, here’s a sneak preview of a few of the 23 paintings on the gold wall of the Moscow Food Co-op Deli.

co-op show deer and fawn by Maria Theresa Maggi

Deer and Fawn

co-op show Palouse Rainbow 1 by Maria Theresa Maggi

Palouse Rainbow 1

co-op show votive in geode by Maria Theresa Maggi

Votive in Geode

Bananas in Blue Bowl, Moon, Tree Branch, Hearth Fire by Maria Theresa Maggi

Bananas in Blue Bowl, Moon, Tree Branch and Hearth Fire

I’m grateful to my friend Jeanne and Co-op Volunteer Sandi for their expert help in getting my show up. And when it’s all over and I’m less nervous and all rested up, I hope to share some additional pictures with you, and an account of how it went. For now, I’ll just say Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ll keep me in your heart today. I know you’ll be in mine.   Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support as I  continue to transform the anniversary of my MS diagnosis into something I can truly celebrate.

Maria (moonwatcher)

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1 Kathleen February 14, 2014 at 7:09 am

Best wishes for your show. Your art is fabulous!!


2 moonwatcher February 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

Thanks so much, Kathleen!!


3 Kristin February 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

Oh, how exciting, Maria! Will your stuff still be up in mid-May? I’ll be there for my son’s graduation (and for a long over-due visit with family), and would love to see it all in person.


4 moonwatcher February 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

Thanks, Kristin! Alas, the show is only up until mid-March. But if you have time when you are in town for graduation, please contact me and maybe we can meet up. 🙂


5 Kristin February 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

That would be lovely! Maybe you can show me around the co-op. I moved away from the area what seems like a lifetime ago, and have only seen it in passing when visiting Moscow. I love that there’s a place like that in your previously dubbed “we-hunt-everything-Idaho”!


6 Veronica February 14, 2014 at 9:43 am

So excited for you!! I will be thinking of you this evening. 🙂 The art is beautiful, and I’m glad you’re getting the opportunity to show it off! It is a day to celebrate. Can’t wait to hear how it all went!


7 moonwatcher February 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

Thanks Veronica! I so appreciate your support, and will feel it there with me. And I guess I’m following The Blogess advice in spades. . .or, er, hearts. 🙂


8 Nicole O'Shea February 14, 2014 at 9:52 am

Congratulations!!! So exciting! Everything looks so gorgeous! I really love Tree Branch, how have I missed that one? It would make a great Christmas/Hanukkah card, too, IMHO.

Art nerd query – What made you get a double mat for just the one Votive in Geode piece? Because it’s awesome? That makes sense 🙂

It also makes sense to me that you are a little nervous, just par for the course. You are putting it out there and in person, too! Like opening night jitters. Wish I could be there, I will be in spirit!

Dude, though- what is it with you and Valentines Day? Is this like your special auspicious day or what?




9 moonwatcher February 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

Thanks so much Nicole! The Moon, Tree Branch painting actually is the original for one of the Slow Miracle Cards, which I describe on the shop page as “seasonal.” 🙂 Art nerd query: the double mat is awesome–and awesome RELIEF–it is the serendipitous result of two mat sizing bloopers–I was praying it would work and then so happy when it also looked good! I’m glad it makes sense to you that I have the opening night jitters–it’s exactly as you say–and I know you will be there in spirit, which I really appreciate.

I don’t know, but something is up with me and Valentine’s Day. . .just going with it. xoxo


10 Susan Voisin February 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

Maria, I will be thinking of you this evening, but I just know your show will be a big success. Thank you for sharing your arts (plural) with us all. Happy Valentine’s Day!


11 moonwatcher February 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thanks, Susan! Your vote of confidence is a big shot in the arm. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours as well. :


12 Donna McFarland February 15, 2014 at 3:31 am

What a fantastic event Maria…Bravo to you!! Thank you sooo much for sharing your wisdom, creativity and talents with us in this way! Biiig hugs to you!!


13 moonwatcher February 15, 2014 at 9:06 am

Thanks, Carollynne and Donna! It’s always so nice to hear from you, my dear and faithful readers. Your kind words are sunshine!! xo


14 Carollynne Kelly February 15, 2014 at 5:54 am

Maria, I love your paintings, very very pretty. they take me to a different place to relax and smile..
Thanks for sharing again with us. I love your bloggs.


15 moonwatcher February 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hi Carollynne, and thank you so much!! It’s always nice to hear from you.


16 Cathy February 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

Congratulations Maria! Looks great! Wish I was there. 🙂 Cathy xo


17 moonwatcher February 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

Aw, thanks Cathy! 🙂 xo


18 Michelle February 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

Love these Maria! I can’t wait to see more when you are up for getting more pictures. Great to see a picture of you too. I also as usual got an new idea from this post – votive in geode – makes for a gorgeous painting and bet it’s just stellar in real life too.

I am so impressed with all you can do – and still take daily naps, hehehe!

xxooxx – Michelle


19 moonwatcher February 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

Aw, thank you, Michelle. I’m so glad you like the votive in geode– I worked hard on it over time, doing a preliminiary sketch even, andit’s one of my personal favorites. I’m hoping it finds a good home. And those daily naps fuel all this creative activity–couldn’t do it without them!! 🙂


20 Cheryl R February 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

Good luck, Maria! I love the moon in the tree branch, and the votive in the geode. Lovely.


21 moonwatcher February 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

Welcome, Cheryl, and thank you so much! It went very well, and I’m now writing a post about that. I so appreciate that you like the votive in the geode. I worked hard on it and it’s one of my favorites, too. And of course I love the moon, which is why I try to paint and draw it often. Really appreciate the positive feedback!


22 moonwatcher February 18, 2014 at 8:35 am

PS Cheryl: loved your “Prayer Before a Big Decision”!


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