What a fun time we had at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery on Saint Patrick’s Day. Lots of friends and collectors showed up to say HI and join in the festivities. We even added a few new members to Team Senkarik. If you want to see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.
Leon and Peggy Black have been enjoying Jack’s artwork in their home for a long time. Leon is the former Head Basketball Coach at the University of Texas.
Carolyn and Earl Bullock have the distinction of being our very first Fredericksburg Art Gallery collectors. They decided to add another Senkarik, Texas Sunshine, to their collection to celebrate our grand opening event.
Jack and sisters Donnell Underwood, Jan Rhodes and Ann Wylie all went to the same Grammar School. Jack was there with Donnell and Jan, Ann was too young. He always calls them the Johnson sisters with fondness, although I have a feeling he is giving them a hard time!
Ray and Jan Dane collect both Jack’s and my paintings. Hill Country Serenade caught their eye and they decided to take it home.
Steve McClennahan, a longtime friend, came to see us. It was so great to be able to visit a bit and give him a hug.
We had a drawing for several special collector gifts. Brook McNamara’s name was drawn and he was so sweet to let his mom pick out a Senkarik hand painted cap!
Collectors Tara, Ashton and Bryan Haney were our neighbors when we lived on North Padre Island. It was so cool to get to see them and meet Ashton’s younger siblings Parkes and Sadie (standing by their mom).
Sue and Charles Rodgers have been collecting our work for many years. We’ve visited with them on the phone several times but this was the first chance we got to meet, face to face. We were so pleased to be able to give them a big, Texas Hug.
Chloe Egyed owns one of my Perky Pony pieces. She insisted her parents, Kevin and Jennifer, come to our event. Don’t you think she looks cute in her new hat?
A HUGE round of applause to Janice Carriger, she took all of these great photos for our Saint Patrick’s Day shebang (except this one of course!) You have to be careful, sometimes we put our Team Senkarik Members to work. I wish we had the room to post all of the super pictures she took but unfortunately our space is limited. Janice, a collector, was also our banker down on the island and her sister Lisa, far right, works for the Texas Parks Service.
Everett and Norma Gerrald dropped by to introduce themselves. They purchased a piece of mine several years ago in Santa Fe.
Now for the auction. The painting, Here Comes the Sun was done especially for the event. We named the sun face on the wall, Sunshine O’Paddy. The bidding began at 22 cents since I’ve been painting for 22 years. Jim Strickland, one of the owners, was our auctioneer. He was terrific, keeping the pace fast and furious.
And the winners are……….Lee and Larry White. Welcome to Team Senkarik! Linda Sioux Henley, Lee’s cousin, is on the right. Linda is a sculptor with major pieces at Fiesta Texas and in Austin at the Texas State Capital. And, it’s because of her Jack and I met!
We want to extend a big Texas MUCH OBLIGED to the owners of Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Donna and Jim Strickland. They and their staff, Joye, Gene, Natalie, Jason and Walt, were so gracious and efficient with everything.
And, last but not least, a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our collectors, old and new, who came. The time was far too short, we didn’t get to visit with everyone and we missed getting pictures with a number of you who purchased paintings. We sincerely apologize, I guess you’ll just have to come see us again next year. We promise to do better! Hugs, Mikki and Jack