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have visited our gallery a few times over the years and Naomi became a
collector of ours the first time in.
Here is a cute story about two
of the visits.
Click photo to enlarge.
Winona Judd, Willie Weeks (their bass player,
and now a Seewald sponsor himself), collector Naomi Judd and the
Seewald at the Valerie E. Wong Gallery, Del Mar Plaza. July of 1994.
Michael Seewald writes:
"The year previous to this photo Valerie and
I were in Oahu, Hawaii, where I was working on a new series. One of our art consultants informed us
that the Judd's had just come in and that Naomi had purchased one of my
Estonia photographs, as a gift for her Estonian pastor.
'the who'? She said "no, not The Who, the Judd's. The famous
country western singers." Not following country western music
all that much I had not known of their fame, and when I found out
I was pretty ecstatic.
The following year, Willie Weeks, the bass
player for the Judd's, came in and was looking around. Valerie
approached him and asked where he was from. When he mentioned
'Nashville' Valerie replied "ooh, we have collectors from your area, the
He just replied that he loved the images he
was now viewing, and wanted to get one or two for himself. At that
point, I came in and Valerie mentioned he also wanted to sponsor the
Southern Europe series that I was going to make. ( eventually he picked
'Lido, Venice Italy'.)
'Nepal Pots, '89' and
signing up as a sponsor, I asked
him what had brought him to Del Mar. "Well", he confided, "your
wife mentioned the Judd's had collected. Actually, I'm the bass
player in their band, and we just arrived today. We play at the Del
Mar Fair as part of the closing, July 4th ceremonies."
I said 'really? Maybe you could get us
some complementary tickets, right?' To my surprise, he assured us he
(I meant fair 'entrance tickets', valued
at some $6.00 each. Usually most of the bands, all quite big
names that play there, are free. I assumed, wrongly, that they would be also. I
didn't know that the fairgrounds charged
some $30 to $40 per ticket extra for their concert, and that they where sold out to boot!
(No pun intended.)
Side-note: the concert ended up being really, really great, and
Michael Bolton joined Winona for most of the songs... a special tour
they were doing then. We were so blessed to see such an energetic,
Anyway, Willie left, only to return about an
hour later with Naomi and Winona. After they looked at my newest
work I asked if I could take the group photo, pictured above. They all
agreed. As they were leaving I asked Naomi how her pastor had liked
the Estonian photograph. She looked at me a little sheepishly,
bent over and whispered, "well, I kinda kept it"! "
Click photo to enlarge.
Winona and Naomi Judd with Michael
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