An ending.

Stones of Stenness
(still looking for a home)

Yesterday was the final day of my solo exhibition at the Tri-County Art Center in Olean. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Paula, Sean and all the other staff for the opportunity to show my work, and for their efforts to publicize, and of course, sell some of the work. I’d also like to say an enormous thank you to those who came out to share the experience, and to everyone who added a piece of my work to their collections. It’s always a little bittersweet to take down a show. As I put the work into the car I wondered about why some pieces find a new home, and others remain. It’s a mystery.

So today I’ll have to empty out the car, package everything back up nicely and store it away again in the archives. And then I’ll get back to work and start some new things. Fortunately I have a couple of commissions waiting so I’ll have a little momentum to carry me forward over my little sadness at this ending.

2014 in Review – a tiny bit late

This year has been one of the most active of what now feels like a career as an artist. SO MANY amazing firsts happened this year, and all of them were linked to an amazing group of colleagues and friends, so to ALL OF YOU – thank you so much!

It is hard to know where to begin so I am going to start with collaborations and then go to some personal milestones. I curated or helped put together some exhibitions including the women create biennial with my amazing enabler Jennifer Schlick!

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Then March became April and my hometown was invaded by two waves of British artists in an event we called Colonize, with an exhibition across two galleries, workshops, lectures and lots of community building. None of which would have happened without help from Wendy (SCI) & Bruce (Basement Arts Project) and all the artists involved. Not only did we get to be on the radio – we also became video stars and front page news!

we made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper!!

we made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper!!

I also put together this exhibit for the Dykeman Young Gallery – and then I was asked to become a part time curator at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery, and created these two shows to round out the year.

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I’m looking forward to playing with new artists in the gallery in the coming year!

I was also able to share my work through workshops, here in my own studio and at a few other places, like WNYBAC, The Morgan Conservatory and CBA in NYC. To everyone who signed up to take a class with me – an enormous THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to travel and share my work and meet such amazing artists!! I REALLY hope next year provides some similar experiences for me!

Of course I did also manage to squeeze in (not enough) work of my own. It seems this year has been a bit bogged down in large slow projects, but of course I made plenty of books, some beautiful commissions, and got to play in my art journal frequently.

just learned this french stitch - so pretty!

just learned this french stitch – so pretty!

back view of the tiny book

my table display at bookfest

my table at WNYBAC’s bookfest

OH and I was completely sidetracked by sewing on all manner of things and learning how to put needlelace on leaves – I am pretty sure there is more of THAT to come

magnolia leaf with needle lace bars

magnolia leaf with needle lace bars

photo by Jennifer Schlick

photo by Jennifer Schlick

I exhibited a bit, and I also managed to fit a small solo show in, along with many trips to hospitals and doctors as members of my immediate family struggled with health problems.

Thank you for indulging my trip down memory lane, here’s to a very happy super healthy art-filled new year for us all!

we interrupt my NYC adventures for this announcement

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Seth Apter is at it again – building community, proving that the art world is ABUNDANT and that there is plenty and joy for all. His book The Pulse of Mixed Media, became a call for work on his blog, and now it has become an exhibit. I am excited to be a tiny part of this endeavor – you can see my contribution featured in this post. And I hope someone who lives locally will go take some nice pictures as I just can’t travel another centimeter this year! If you live near the space I hope you will go and see the show and take home some tiny mixed media loveliness for the holidays.

my work for the show

my work for the show

wordless wednesday (laundry)

Well –  I am not doing very well on my resolution for posting, one week in and I am behind again already – but a new opportunity may be around the corner that would give me back more free time. In the meantime, here are today’s pictures – a new work on display through July 31st at the Dykeman Young Gallery in Jamestown, NY.

installation view - laundry (a servant's heart) at the Dykeman Young Gallery.

installation view – laundry (a servant’s heart) at the Dykeman Young Gallery.

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Laundry detail – embroidery in sulky metallic thread on used dryer sheets

detail 2 - metallic cotton floss embroidery

detail 2 – metallic cotton floss embroidery

detail 3

detail 3 – metallic cotton floss embroidery

 

missing my studio

It has been a whirlwind week with the European artists, many trips to the airport, many more trips to the two galleries where the show now hangs, and ending yesterday with a fun day trip to Niagara Falls. I have only walked in and out of my studio to grab something we needed, I am feeling a little disembodied and anxious, it is time to get back to work. I’ll leave you with some pictures from the last week.

my new work for the show

my new work for the show

beginning the installation at 3rd on 3rd

beginning the installation at 3rd on 3rd

we made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper!!

we made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper!!

a quick side trip to Niagara Falls

a quick side trip to Niagara Falls

Jean & Wendy at our table at the local SWAN Day market

Jean & Wendy at our table at the local SWAN Day market