Monday, March 30, 2015

in the studio

A slightly delayed, but better late than never post. This week got a whole lot of artwork out of my studio, and yet it's still so full? Early on in the week I took the rest of the work to Nido Bianco. They now have 20 pieces of printmaking and paintings. 

Friday was the delivery and install for Landscape's Language at the Towle Theater. How amazing to see all of this work framed and up on the wall! I am so excited about this show. The work will be up through June but the artist reception is May 1st, to coordinate with opening night of the performance Next Thing You Know

Friday night was the opening reception for Randy Buvala at Paul Henry's. Some really great work there. That show will be up to the end of May. If you are local go get yourself there to see it. Saturday was the art group meeting for SeenUnseen. Good things will be coming out of this and I feel so lucky to have been invited to be a part of it. After that I went over to Nido Bianco for a bit for their opening weekend and got to meet a number of the other artists showing there. What a really positive atmosphere is there. It just feels good to be there.

Up next, I need to actually start working on my piece for SeenUnseen and then get to the 100 painting challenge, too. I have a delivery to Hammond Art Center for The Trap. Wednesday this week is my talk for South Lake Artist Co-Op about the residency and the grant. And also Wednesday is the beginning of the 10% for autism pledge.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

10% (or more!) for autism

It's that time of year again: We're approaching Autism Awareness month. My older son is at the severe end of the autism spectrum, so I am very Aware of Autism. I am, however doing my part to give something back, and hopefully get some people to be more aware and possibly more understanding and accepting. 

For the month of April I will be donating at least 10% of all of my art sales to the National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana. The NAA is known for its support of keeping children as safe as possible from wandering. They also provide grants locally to families to help offset the high medical expenses associated with caring for someone with autism.

This includes not only sales from my studio, but all gallery sales as well. And there are a lot galleries where my work can be found. 10% of sales at all of these locations will be donated.

Nido Bianco has 20 pieces including prairie inspired linocuts, monotypes, and printmaking/paintings.

prairie print painting #2 at Nido Bianco

Paul Henry's has a dozen #art365 pieces and #art365: heartland paintings

division at Paul Henry's

Thaddeus C. has #art365 and #art365: heartland work.

into at Thaddeus C.

GSU Visual Arts Gallery  has waterways and means to an end through April 10, closing reception is 5-8:30 pm.

waterways and means to an end at GSU

Towle Theater has my most recent work. I am most excited about this show. Twenty one pieces of papermaking completed at a residency last fall. I'm switching things up for this show and instead of 10%, I will be donating 25% of sales from work in this show through the artist reception on May 1st. 

rough around the edges at the Towle Theater

Hammond Art Center has burgeoning beginning April 10 in The Trap. Opening reception 6:30-8:30 pm. I will be donating 25% of the sales from this piece to the NAA.

burgeoning at HAC

Merge Building has #art365 : heartland pieces. I will be donating 25% of sales from this show to the NAA through the artist reception on May 1st. In addition, 10% of sales from this show will be donated to Books, Bands, and Brushes for Education.

uncharted territory at Merge

Please visit one or more of these galleries next month. You can also take a look at my website

Sunday, March 22, 2015

in the studio

Oh, these in the studio posts have been absent for the last month because it's been a lot of admin and behind the scenes work. Lots of things are happening but not lots of artmaking.
Although I did manage 40 ATC collages between the end of last week and the beginning of this week. (Here are a few of them.)

So what's been keeping me so busy?

Landscape's Language A large selection of the work I completed at last fall's papermaking residency is heading to the Towle Theater in Hammond for the next couple for months. Seven large pieces at the framers, but I framed the fourteen smaller pieces at home. Still to do this week: make labels. The install is this Friday! The artist reception is May 1st, and there will be an artist talk April 1st at Paul Henry's during the South Lake Artist Co-Op April meeting.

ATC Challenge 39 I've joined Susan Henshaw's ATC Challenge. I previously was part of an ATC trade she organized a few years ago. This round she has upped the challenge a bit. There will be 30 cards to trade with 30 artists, but there will also be 9 additional pieces made which will be matted and offered for sale at Nido Bianco in Three Oaks, Michigan.

And speaking of Nido Bianco, I am very pleased to announce that I have joined Nido Bianco's family of artists! I am delivering work tomorrow and will have eight printmaking/paintings and a dozen monotypes and linocuts available. Nido's is a beautiful, brand new gallery which opens on Friday!

10% for autism April is Autism Awareness Month and for the last couple of years I have been donating 10% of my sales through the month of April to the local chapter of the National Autism Association. This is a charity near and dear to me because my older son is on the spectrum. This year, I will be donating at least 10%. (So, yes, sometimes I will be donating more than 10%)  I'm working out a studio sale to coincide with this, because I would like to clear through some of the overabundance of work I have. Stay tuned for that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Some of my printmaking (from 2013's #printoctober) is getting a second chance. I'm framing a number of linocuts to be taken to Nido Bianco in Three Oaks, Michigan. This prairie piece is one that will be there. They open later this month on the 27th.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

postcardswap #4 (part 5)

This is the final post for this round of the postcardswap! I'm so thankful to all the artists who participated. What a great selection of work we had. Please search these artists out and see what else they have to offer! As always, the artists' names are links.

Tony Lipka

Robin Kalinich

Lori Hutton

Nadia Korths

To see the rest of the work in this round, please see part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

The postcardswap will return this summer...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday

This week's throwback is belonging, from the History Repeats series, 2011. I'm unframing them to reuse the frames for the papermaking work. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

postcardswap #4 (part 4)

YAY! for more postcardswap! There will be one more post next week, to wrap up. What a great response I got this round. If you want to see the rest of this varied artwork, check out part 1, part 2 and part 3. Each artist has a link where you can connect with them. Please do! Please take a look at the rest of the artwork they make and find them on various social media platforms and follow them.

James Kalin

Dawn Diamantopoulos

Mary Schons

Cathal Lindsay

Two from Cathal because he's an overachiever.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday

A recent throwback... to last fall's residency at Hook Pottery Paper. This morning I confirmed the installation will happen on the 27th at the Towle Theater. I am so excited to see these pieces framed and hung! I'm still working through titles of work (so surmount, below, might not stick). And for that matter, a title for the show. The phase My Love is a River popped into my head earlier this afternoon, and I think it may need to be used somewhere.

surmount, pulp painting 30" x 22"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

postcardswap #4 (part 3: birds)

One of the things I like most about the postcard swap is the variety of work that shows up. I never know what I'm going to see, even when I know the artist's work. It's interesting also to work on curating (so to speak) these posts, fitting work together that doesn't go together, but this post was easy. 

Jennifer Billig

Gladys Cook

Carol Estes

Melissa Washburn

As always, the artist names are links, please go see the rest of their work. You can see more work from this swap here and here.