Friday, December 30, 2011

night at the gallery

Last night was Art Walk for the downtown Scottsdale galleries. Xanadu which is one of the galleries that represents me did a small feature on my work in Art Collector magazine and invited me to come in and do a meet and greet. It's always a fun time and there was a great turn out of art lovers enjoying the festivities.

That's me and gallery owner Jason Horejs standing in front of some of my new work. In addition to running the gallery Jason is also the author of two great books,
"Starving to Successful, The Fine Artist's Guide to Getting Into Galleries and Selling More Art" and "How to Sell Art". They're very informative and helped me a great deal in presenting my work to galleries.
One of my favorite artists and good friend Dave Newman is also in Xanadu. His work is on the left wall. He does amazing mixed media art and his Fender guitars are to die for.
Another of my favorite artists is John Horejs standing in front of his wonderful landscapes.
I was so pleased (and flattered) that Jeff Reich and his wife Farraday Newsome came out to see my art. Jeff constructs sculptural ceramics (they're very architectural so I especially like them) and directs the ceramic program at Mesa Arts Center. Farraday also makes ceramics and is known for her colorful, luscious forms and surfaces. Together they publish a great newsletter from their Indigo Street Pottery studio. I recently took a clay class with Jeff and am now adding clay to my steel pieces. Stay tuned for pictures in future blogs.

My good friend Janet Quan also came out to see me. She always makes me laugh and really cracks me up.

As you can see it really was a great turn out.

The gallery from the street.

You couldn't ask for a better gallery director than Elaine. So supportive and always smiling. That's another one of my steel pieces behind us. Hopefully last night's energy is an indication of a great gallery season to come.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

rock wall

Love the combination of a concrete wall with exposed rocks and blocks. So cool...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

iron oxide

Iron oxide also know as rust is the chemical reaction between steel and the elements of water and oxygen. Simply put it's a form of decay...and I think the stains are wonderful.

"It is a beauty of things modest and humble." *

"It is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete." *

"It is the beauty of things unconventional." *

"The suggestion of natural process...expressions of time frozen." *

*Quoted from Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers by Leonard Koren.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

road trip

The Obsidian Gallery that represents my art in Tucson recently moved to the downtown arts district aka the Central Tucson Gallery Association. Yesterday was First Saturday which means all the galleries were open from 6pm to 9pm for an art walk. I didn’t know this when my husband Gary and our good friend Michael Swearngin headed down to Tucson to check out the new location but it turned out to be a happy coincidence.

Michael is a talented painter who is living the dream of being a full time artist. Something I aspire to (I still have my part time day job). He is very supportive and quick to share his knowledge of the art world. I like to think of him as my “go to guy” when situations arise regarding business and best of all he’s someone I can talk to about the creative process.

Tucson is about an hour and forty five minute drive from our house and unfortunately very flat and not very exciting but with good company and conversation the time went by quickly. We arrived, parked the car and began walking. To my pleasant surprise there were some pretty funky spaces and some interesting art. And I’m happy to say there were no traditional southwest paintings of cowboys and Indians and cattle drives. I know there is an audience for that subject matter but it’s not me. I’m a lover of all things contemporary and cutting edge. And the storefronts of these building were just terrific. Steel frames and doors….

I love, love, love this stuff and I think I need to make one for the front door to my house which would be the entry to my studio.

That's Gary and Michael in the distance.

The highlights of the trip:

Davis Dominguez Gallery which is located in this wonderful cavernous space with arched trusses.

Dinner at Casa Poca Cosa where the food is super fresh and the menu changes every day. We ordered two plates where the chef chooses six samples of what’s on the menu so you don’t know what you’re going to get. It was great.

The paintings of Jesse Wood at Platform Gallery.

And best of all Obsidian Gallery run by Monica and James. My steel work is hanging on the wall behind the ceramic people.
I love the new location: great downtown vibe with lots of wonderful restaurants and pubs. We even had a beer at the Hotel Congress where John Dillinger was killed.

Friday, September 2, 2011

One Email

Some time late last year, I’m not sure exactly the date, I did a web search of my name. Just curious I guess about what was being said, if anything, about my artwork. That search led me to a review about one of my steel wall pieces by Ricë Freeman Zachery. She liked it and wrote some nice things. So I emailed her and thanked her. That led to more emails and then to a pod cast which led to more emails and an on line friendship was born. Then last month I got to meet Ricë and her husband Earl at Art Unraveled here in Phoenix. They are both fabulous people but there’s more. Maybe it was the timing. They say the universe will bring you what you need 1. when you need it or 2. when you’re ready for it. For me it was the latter, I was ready.

I guess the best way to describe what the last few months have been like is a road trip. You’re driving along and all of a sudden there’s this great attraction and you’ve got to stop and see it up close. It’s at that moment that you realize that the point of the journey is not the destination but all the stops you make along the way. Every time you turn a corner there is something else to experience. And if you’re ready and open minded you also realize that these are not meaningless side trips. You are supposed to be here at this place and at this time because something extraordinary is happening. Your consciousness is expanding and along with it you begin to see all the new places you can take your creativity. And along with that there is the discovery of a world of talented mixed media artists (I now know about Robyn Gordon), of altering fabric (I now know about Alabama Chanin, Jude Hill and Lori Marsha), of Ted Talks, and of many more people and ideas than I can name in this post.

So for me it feels like the journey has only started and it all began with one email. Thanks Ricë.