Proud Daughter

  This is my mother. Meridith Martens. She was a single mother in North Carolina and managed to provide a great life for me through her artwork.

   When I was a kid, I never really thought much about what she did for a living. I guess it was because my dad's job was a lot more exciting. Now, as an adult, it's so nice to be able to go to galleries and art openings and know a little something about art. It's awesome having a house full of original (beautiful) artwork, that people enjoy looking at when they come over. And having more than just an aesthetic connection to the art. This is the stuff I grew up around. Some of the pieces I can look at and fondly think back to when she was sitting at the easel, book on cd playing, painting away.

She's such a truly gifted artist. And I really want to share her work with the rest of the world. She and I got to talking, and she came up with a great goal for her artwork. A gallery show, in NYC, by the end of summer 2011.
   Now, I don't know how familiar you are with NYC art galleries, but they're insanely hard to get into. 

   So, this is where you come in. I'm asking all of my amazing friends out there to think long and hard about all the people that you know. Is there a friend of your Aunt's that just happens to own a gallery in SoHo? That old college roommate is now an artists' assistant in Chelsea. I know it's totally lame that I'm requesting your help like this, but let's be honest, it's all about who you know in this world. And I don't know any gallery owners, at the moment.
  Check out some more of her work, and if you like it, share the link with friends. Thank you so much for checking out my blog.
   Bonus part is, if you leave me a comment letting me know that you've sent it out, I'll put you on the list for a formal invitation to opening night of her show in NYC for next summer.
From her latest collection.


  1. Ryan,
    I hope you make this happen. It's a great goal to have. I think of if I could help somehow.

  2. That is indeed an awesome goal: she really deserves a gallery show! Love her work :-) C'est vrai, it's who you know...so if I can think of somone to talk to I will! In the meantime I will pass your entry along, Good Luck! I have a feeling that yall's goal can & will be reached!