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

a weekend away

The hubby and I don’t get away very often – it seems we are always too busy or in demand so it was wonderful to have a little break together this past weekend. We didn’t go far – only to Rochester (about 3hrs away) but it was exciting and refreshing. Saturday was a family day – we primarily went to see our youngest perform in the Rocky Horror Picture Show – so we took her out to eat and attended the performance. We had a blast!

Sunday we slept in and then went to the Memorial Art Gallery. The collection is so varied spanning a vast amount of time and geography, it was like walking through an art history textbook (and so now I really want to be able to take my students back there). It is hard to pick favorites, I liked many things for different reasons but I am going to try. First there was a traveling exhibit. I have to admit to not being a huge fan of these “canned” exhibits but this was an exception for me – as I wrote my master’s dissertation partly about Tiffany’s business partner Candace Wheeler I had to see the Tiffany Glass. If you have never seen the real thing it is amazing – the glass is textured and dimensional and the windows are constructed in layers so that there is so much depth to the colors. It was an absolute treat to see them!

Another favorite was the seer bonnet by Angela Ellsworth. Here’s a link to an article about the work.

Of course I was drawn to it because it is feminine and obsessive, but also luminous and beautiful. A really loaded visual object.

There was also a gem of a painting by Blakelock, whose technique is so modern, paint layered, scraped, glazed and varnished to create astonishing texture and depth, and such a gorgeous play of light. Oh I would buy one if I ever had the money!!

Lastly this work by Devorah Sperber.

There were so many other beautiful things. I will have to go back!!

But time was marching on, and my second reason for heading to Rochester was the Art of the Book, at the library. My friend Diane Bond had several works in the show, and won both honorable mention and second prize in the artist’s book category. If you are in the area it is worth a look. I couldn’t find an online archive of images and of course I was too bust chatting to take any pictures – sorry. I was also able to meet up with a way-back friend – Rachael Hetzel who inspired my interest in books with her letterpress and bindings way back during my undergrad years (she was a grad student). Now she owns a letterpress studio and teaches at U of R. It was wonderful to see her. I am hoping it will happen more frequently in the next few years as I am sure we will be heading that way often to see the youngest perform (she is a lead in another show next month and just got cast again for an upcoming children’s musical)

On an unrelated note – I didn’t make it into the Somerset Studios article, but go buy a copy to see the amazing artists who did. Mine is in en-route in the post somewhere – can’t wait to see the work that was published – and another big THANKS to Seth!

Now I really must to get back to the studio. My well is all filled up and I am raring to go!!

out & about weekend

My allergies have been kicking my butt this week, so I spent most of yesterday sleeping. Today I decided I had to get up, so I promised myself if I got through all my “chores” I would head out to see the opening of a new show in Olean. Boy am I glad I buckled down and got stuff done, this is an incredible show. David Higgins makes images of houses, filled with such personality and atmosphere, and the light – just stunning, really if you live near enough, take a trip to see the work in person. It is some of the most quirky photo realism I have seen in a long while, these are images that will linger. Higgins was the winner of the last Southern Tier Biennial, sponsored in part and run by the CCAC. (Yes, the same biennial I didn’t get into… sob!)

So while I am having a Cattaraugus County Arts Council moment here I am going to do some shameless plugs – first I am teaching a class there in November – a fun, art journal meets smash journal, super relaxed, anyone can do it, sort of class, interested? You can register here (scroll down and you will see my class listing).

Second – a fundraising plug – last year CCAC held their first ever 6×6  sale – and it was a blast! It was a great party, the rush for the wall of art was fun and everyone went home with affordable art! This year they have changed the format to 5×7 or 7×5 but the event will be essentially the same, all work is displayed anonymously and everything sells for the same low price ($25) – so it is very democratic, which is really what I love most about it! You just buy what you like, it’s cheap, so there’s no art snobbery or pressure to buy the “right” thing! If you would like to contribute a work to the sale, the entry form is here. They welcome international entries but everything must be at the CCAC by November 2nd. I hope some of you will join in on the fun too.  (The other thing I like is that once a year I can make all kinds of stuff – painting, drawings etc. because there’s no pressure on the artists either!)

This is the “copy” of Seth’s book I made to keep!

On a completely different note – some of you may remember the piece I made for Seth Apter’s 5×5 call for work. Seth emailed this week to let all the entrants know that Somerset Studio will be featuring the 5×5’x in an article in the November issue, unfortunately he didn’t see a preview, so he doesn’t know exactly which works were chosen to be included. So maybe my work is in, or maybe not. As I really created that piece as a gift to thank Seth for all the wonderful community building work he does in the mixed media world, it will be icing on the cake if my work is shown, and I certainly won’t take it personally if my work is not included (as it was all black it may not be a great editorial choice anyway!). The reason I mention this is that a really nice little email conversation sprung up around his email notification, and it was wonderful to feel included by this community. All of the entries will be showcased on Seth’s blog – The Altered Page in the coming months, so everyone will get their moment in the spotlight. I’ll be sure to remind you to take a look. Actually just go take a look anyway – it is a wonderful blog!

Have an art-ful weekend. I have a couple of extra days off from class as it is fall break at the college where I teach, so I am looking forward to digging in and getting some work done in the studio, along with catching up on my marking ready for mid-term grades!