New Print in the Ohio Art League Fall Exhibit
I'm happy to have a recent print accepted to the Ohio Art League Fall Exhibit which will be at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. This print took most of the summer and is (for me) a new way of working in multiple color linocuts. The subject continues my exploration into humanizing the people who sleep outside, namely refugees and homeless people. This print titled "The Guardians" explores an image found in the news media, as do many of these images in this series. It begins as a photo of a real person, nameless and unknown to me in every way. I was struck by his position, his attempt to bock out the light from his eyes, that he was so tangled up in blankets and surrounded by hundreds of other young men sleeping in a strange public place. Train station? A camp? The street? I began some detective work to figure out who he is. Where did he come from? What life had he left behind? What was valuable to him and what might he be dreaming about? I concluded he might be a young man escaping the conflicts in South Sudan. And so "The Guardians" are the cattle he might have guarded as a boy growing up. These pieces are portals into the lives of people I will probably never have the privilege to meet and get to know.
Bottoms Up Coffee Shop and CO VA CoWorking Space
Dipped my toes in the Franklinton art scene by hanging a selection of my art at Bottoms Up Coffee and CO VA CoWorking Space. Special thanks to Kristen Brown who was fun and very helpful.
Columbus Open Studio and Stage Tour 2019
Fellow printmaker Christine D'Epiro Abbott and I welcomed over 70 people to our studio at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the 4th annual Columbus Open Studio and Stage Tour. I really enjoyed talking to such a wide variety of people, many of which had never stepped foot in an artists studio or a printmaking shop. The highlight for me was inviting two teenage ladies to step up and crank the press and then peel back the paper to see what the print looked like. It was a subtle shift, but "what you hold in your hands, you hold in your heart." Maybe they'll be back? Lots of fun! Special thanks to Phoenix Rising members Jessica Depp, Judith Steele, David Pickard and one of our interns Ryan Stoneberger for being on hand to help out through the whole weekend!
"Best in Show" in prints, drawings and photographs at the 74th Annual Ohio Exhibition at the Zanesville Art Museum
Thank you to the Zanesville Art Museum and the juror for the exhibition Scot Philips from the Massilon Museum. A few years back I won the Beaux Art Club's award for best in fiber art for my quilt "Not Enough Sky."
Zanesville Museum of Art's 74th Ohio Annual Exhibition
Moment of Silence will be included in the Zanesville Museum of Art's 74th Ohio Annual Exhibition. I think this print might be my 15 minutes of fame.
The Great Portrait Show at Blockfort
I've been showing two prints at Blockfort's The Great Portrait exhibition. The smaller print, Girl with Red Glasses, is a small 6 color reductive linocut print. I actually created it as a sample for a grant I applied for a few years ago. I didn't get the print, but fell in love with creating portraits AND it was the first reductive print I had ever attempted. The larger print in the show, Moment of Silence, was also a first: the first woodcut I had ever attempted. The show comes down this weekend.
Dispatch Home & Garden Show
An invitation to paint a "mini mural" for the Dispatch Home & Garden Show was a mixed bag. First, I really loved the piece I created. "Consider the Trout Lilies..." has a loosely painted background, very abstract in feel. Meant to mimic the spotted pattern of a trout lily leaf. Broad brush strokes and drips in shades of dark green then overpainted with brown. Then the lilies were painted on with bronze paint for the outlines and each petal painted in white and lavender. The leaves are again abstracted even more. They're just spotted, more like polka dotted in chartreuse green. The colors overall are hushed and gentle. But its location at the Home & Garden Show was so awful that it was beyond awful. With no light to catch the bronze line work, the painting looks flat and boring. Too bad. I think going forward I need to think more about projects like this. If I can't have even the smallest bit of control over where my work is hung or displayed, am I really accomplishing what I set out to do?
Exhibit of New Monotypes at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop
I spent the past few months printing this series of monotypes but the original 6" x 6" prints were started over a year ago. These monotypes were all printed from three 12" x 12" woodblocks. Each of the blocks was carved with a similar pattern. Then the prints were created by layering different colors, utilizing textures, scraping, scratching and incising, and in one case, actually sanding the surface. It was an awesome time of experimentation and I can see my way forward creating new prints that will build on these blocks. Please stop in at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop during business hours to check them. Thank you!
I spent a good part of the summer carving a large 4' x 3' woodcut black for the BigInk event hosted by Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop. Our exhibit is coming up in January of 2019 at the Carnegie Gallery at the downtown main Columbus Metropolitan Library. That's a section of my print on the promotional graphic!
Catch one of my Canticle Series at the Ohio Art League Fall Show
"Canticle for a Displaced Child" is on exhibit at the Ohio Art League Fall Show. This year the show is at the Shot Tower on the campus of Fort Hayes School. I think this is my favorite of this series. The watercolor monotype of a starry sky and the orange silk I purchased in Hanoi, Vietnam are set off by the gray art cloth, which is filled with big stitching and actual staples. The hands were inspired by a news photo of a dad holding his toddler during the depth of the recent refugee crisis.
Two Artworks Accepted to the Ohio State Fair
I am please and honored to have two of my mixed media art quilts accepted to the 2018 Ohio State Fair Professional Fine Arts exhibit. The fair runs from July 25 to August 5. The fine arts exhibit is always a great show! Check it out at the Cox Fine Arts Building. (I'm pretty sure my work will be near the front of the space, to the right behind the partition.)
Big Ink Woodcut Print is Coming Along!
Creating a woodcut print of this size is certainly a challenge! A sore finger is forcing me to take a day off. But I feel confident I have plenty of time to finish the carving before the Big Ink event at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop on September 29 & 30.
A Call for Art to Benefit Abused Kids for CASA of Franklin County
I'm happy to be donating a painting to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County, a nonprofit organization that trains individuals to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the Franklin County Juvenile Court System. To help raise both funds for training and awareness of the plight of abused and neglected children in our community, we are hosting Arty Party 2018. The event is May 4th and features a silent auction of student artwork (K-12). A portion of the evening will consist of a live auction of professional art. You can still donate until 4/26/2018.
Creating a BIG Woodcut for Big Ink at Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop
As an associate member of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Coop, I am one of the six artists chosen to create GIANT woodcuts for the BigInk event in September 2018. This will be BIG in so many ways! First, the woodblock is BIG! It's leaning against a table in my studio right now and it's just so BIG--3'x4'! But, I've never actually made a woodcut print! Looking forward to getting started. Stay tuned!
Solo Exhibit at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Art Gallery
Happy to have some of my Table Runner Project art quilts hanging at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. These 15" x 60" textile works are created from exotic clothing I have collected at thrift stores. Each piece represents a kitchen table as a place to get to know the person that owned, and cast off, that garment. The series is about hospitality, immigration and the beauty that comes from getting to know people who are from a different place. The library art gallery is in a busy, light-filled part of the library, near the entry. The abundance of natural light sets off the metallic and sparkly embellishments, all part of the original garments.
Starting Off with Some Inspirational Travel
2018 got off to a great start with a trip to Algiers, Tunis, Malta and Sicily. I was especially inspired by the balconies in Algiers, the glimpses of personal life and style available for all to see. Working on some sketches for a series of square balcony paintings. Curtains, plants, shadows, laundry, life. The ruggedness of the Sicilian landscape and light is calling for me to return, so that's on the list. Wander around the Mediterranean and you can see why so many artists have been inspired by the light. Magical.