Spinning right ’round, baby, round, round is my completed orange for Riverside Art Museum’s OrangeAID benefit. Titled “Pop of Orange”, I’m happy to say it was not delivered at the last minute but rather with 15 big ones before the noon deadline! Depicting the celestial origin of the color orange, two cosmic serpents — one red, one yellow — mate in space and produce a crystalline golden child … On the reverse a ginger-haired human thrills to the chromatic creation. Too much look for a basketball-sized art piece? Maybe. But having seen some of the other submissions being dropped off I beg to differ … here’s a peek:
Most all the submissions were painted, but there were also tile and stained glass mosaic oranges; oranges with surfaces modeled to mimic topography, cupcake frosting or a mythical dragon; one seemed to be festooned with a belly dancer’s chain adornment, and another was painted to resemble lead and titled something like, “In Defiance of Gravity” (we had to resist the urge to lift it) … in another the orange had become part of a sculpture that featured intersecting planes of primary colors. My favorite orange was also the darkest: a mostly black orange painted with a lightning-furred beastie … the large, moist, sensitive eyes hooked me. It was mind boggling to see so much colorful fruit at once but I had to remind myself that this was only a small sampling of the final crop that will be on display at RAM — more than 120!
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Click here for fellow Riverside artist/blogger Desiree’s orange. Clearly she was inspired by the intense golden color of California’s signature wildflower.
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RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM ORANGEAID
Exhibition: November 1 – 9
Benefit Gala & Auction: November 9; 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Admission $25
Click here for RAM’s Art Alliance website.