Monday, September 25, 2017


Harvey stalls and we got WATER, and lots of it. From my front door looking out across
the street to the neighbors front door was a level plane of dwater.
The depth was three inches in main house and in garage was six inches. My studio, not pictured with water standing, got about nine inches.

We prepared. Having flooded back in 2001 with Allison, we took steps to place everything of value up as high as we could. Some thing were taken to the attic.

We assumed we wouldn't flood too much higher than ankle deep as we did with Allison. Our assumption was based on the upgrades in drainage systems across Houston done by city since that disaster. But who knew? We were just hoping.

Yes. We have flood insurance. No matter. It is still difficult to see your beautiful hard woods glistening  not  from a high shine wax but reflections in the three inches of water that has moved in across the whole house.  We were lucky.

I didn't get photos of much inside as the water came in. The cats were getting scared. They sit outside during rainy days watching the water fall. They don't like thunder but rain usually doesn't bother them. Water on the floor really freaked them out. Lots of loud meows and one even started shaking. I think this is Buster watching the water flow in from the back yard and garage.

We got over 30 inches of rain in four days but our home flooded before we got that much. The water actually came in and sat for a while and when the rain stopped for a bit, the water flowed back out. But the yard still had water ankle deep.
From dining room looking to back yard and studio in back.

My studio held the water well. I waded out and opened the door and water flowed into the backyard until the inside level was the same as the outside level.  But then when the next band of rain came, the flooding returned to house and studio. About an hour passed, the rain slacked or stopped and water receded again. And that was that. The floors dried and cupped. Again, we were lucky. 

Before: Looking inside my studio, you can see all the stacking I did to keep supplies and art high and dry. These photos show just the beginning of my getting everything moved up to a level I thought was safe. Everything on the lower shelves was moved.    

Lower level sheet rock (two feet up) and some of the wood floors have been removed. Same for studio except the wood floor isn't removed yet.

Mark watching over the placing storage container on our driveway. 

Now we are packing to move out for the eventual renovation of the house. The insurance pays for a certain amount of renovation and damaged contents but nothing towards repairing my studio. Luckily, hardly any art or supplies were damaged. It is now a waiting game. Waiting for information from adjuster and contractor. Plus, waiting to figure out where we will stay. We think we will renovate studio first and camp out there while home get it's face lift.  Or maybe not.

Stay tuned for the next installment.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Family Ties Brooklyn / Dallas

Family Ties   
Brooklyn | Dallas 
curated by Bonny Leibowitz | Julie Torres  
500X Gallery 
April 11th 7:00pm - 10:00pm 
exhibition continues through May 3rd
500 Exposition Ave.  Dallas TX. 75226
Bonny Leibowitz  214-405-5993

My entry is below. Here you can see pics of the reception of other artist.  

Flight of Fancy, Oil and cold wax on Arches paper for oils, 16 x 12 inches,  ©Gwendolyn Plunkett 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Exhibition News - Family Ties Brooklyn l Dallas

I am very pleased  to be a participant in this exhibition curated by Bonny Leibowitz and Julie Torres this April.  Hope to see you there. 

Family Ties
Brooklyn | Dallas

mostly Brooklyn Artists Commune with mostly Dallas Artists 
curated by
Bonny Leibowitz | Julie Torres

opening reception
Saturday, April 11th 7:00pm - 10:00pm
exhibition continues through May 3rd

On view Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment

Brooklyn-based painter Julie Torres and artist Bonny Leibowitz of Dallas, TX have partnered to co-curate a unique exhibition of 80+ artists from Brooklyn, 40+ local Dallas artists and several like-minded artists from around the country, in "Family Ties." Torres' recent "Family Style" exhibitions in NYC are the inspiration for this community-expanding project. Leibowitz and Torres share an affinity for the participating artists' exciting work and for collaboratively organized exhibits.
"Family Ties" celebrates the limitless potential of artists supporting artists. 

Julie Torres is a painter and arts organizer in NYC and will be in attendance for the opening. 
Bonny Leibowitz is an artist and "Family Ties" co-curator living in Dallas

Family Ties artists
Albert Weaver, Alex Paik, Alexis Granwell, Ann Glazer, Anne Russinof, Ashley Garrett, Austin Thomas, Bailey K Chapman, Barbara Laube, Becky Yazdan, Ben Pritchard, Ben Terry, Bonny Leibowitz, Brett Dyer, Brian Edmonds, Caetlynn Booth, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama, Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss, Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, Daniel John Gadd, David Michael Connolly, David T Miller, Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, Elizabeth Gourlay, Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, Emily Berger, Enrico Gomez, Eric Mavko, Erica Stephens, Fran Holstrom, Fran O’Neill, Fred Gutzeit, Georgia Elrod, Ginny Casey, Giovanni Valderas, Gwendolyn Plunkett, Helen O'Leary, Inna Babaeva, James Prez, Jamie Powell, Jason Rohlf, Jay Henderson, Jeanne Neal, Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jenny Leigh Jones, Jill Vasileff, Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, Julie S. Graham, Julon Pinkston, Justine Frischmann, Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, Katherine Mojzsis, Kevin Andrew Curran, Kristen Biles, Ky Anderson, Kyle Gallup, Lael Marshall, Lauren Collings, Leeza Meksin, Leslie Kerby, Levi Haske Liz Ainslie, Liz Atzberger, MaDora Frey, Maria Britton, Marian Brunn Smith, Mary Judge, Matthew Neil Gehring, Maxwell Stevens, Mayra Barraza, Meg Atkinson, Melissa Capasso, Melissa Staiger, Michael Frank Blair, Nancy Ferro, Paul Behnke, Peggy Epner, Phillip J. Mellen, Polly Shindler, Rachael Gorchov, RE Cox, Rebecca Litt, Rebecca Murtaugh, Roberto Munguia, Ryan Goolsby, Ryan Michael Ford, Sally Warren, Sean Montgomery, Seth Mulvey, Stephen B. MacInnis, Suhee Wooh, Susan Carr, Susan Cheal, Teresa Ekasala, Todd Camplin, Vicki Owen, Vicki Sher, Wendy Klemperer, Will Hutnick, William Crump, William Eckhardt Kohler, William Lawler, Zak Vreeland 

500X Gallery
500 Exposition Ave.
Dallas TX. 75226