I just delivered artwork for this show, including several new works that will be debuting for the first time – I’ve not even shown them online. I’m excited to be sharing them during this great event! Look for them to have their online preview soon. Of course I’m hoping you can’t wait and will be at the event this weekend! I will be attending on Friday evening and look forward to seeing all the amazing art.
So, last month I participated in my first ever “Open Studio Saturday” event as part of the local cultural trail!
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day (especially for January) so my fear of snow and access/parking issues (we have a LONG drive that can become rather “interesting” when there is a lot of snow) didn’t materialize. That was a fabulous start! My cat got a little lap/love time while we waited for our first visitors.
I’d promised that the first three people through the door would each get a free piece of art and, as luck would have it, the first car held exactly three people! They were all so excited to choose the piece of art they would take home.
The other part of having the studio open was that I wanted to have some small “make & take” activity that visitors of all ages could do while they visited. This month I used some magnets I’d picked up at Indy Upcycle (if you live around Indianapolis you need to go there, what fun!). I cut watercolor paper to fit on the sticky-back magnets and then got out the permanent markers and watercolors so people could make their own artistic magnets. This is the sample that I made that morning:
I got people to participate! Happiness! I love it when people jump in a make something.
All in all it was a great first day on the trail. I had new subscribers sign up for my newsletter, got to chat with visitors and – drumroll please – even sold this piece of digital art before the day was over!
The next Open Studio Saturday is in just six days, on February 9th, I hope you’ll stop by to visit and get creative. The plan is to have a drawing for a free art class as well as doing some small printmaking projects. The hours are 11 am to 3 pm, see you then!
This past year my artist friend Sofyia Inger has been working on her project, “The Story Dome”. I’ve kept tabs on her progress and even had a chance to see her a few times this month but I was still not prepared for my visit this afternoon at the Indianapolis Art Center, to see the actual work. This evening is the official opening and reception, which I know will be fabulous, but since I wasn’t able to attend I snuck over early this afternoon to see it. As it turned out I was the only one in the dome during my entire visit. It was liking having my own imaginary world to wander and explore! Just entering the space I could feel the smile spreading across my face and lighting up both my imagination and my heart. It felt magical in there, completely surrounded by sounds of nature, words written from the heart and artistically displayed from ceiling to floor. There were also listening stations where you could put on earphones and listen to music created specifically for this project. I felt like I had entered a different world, a world that was honest and hopeful and full of wonder. I wanted to live there! Or at least close the doors and keep it to myself for a few hours, to lay on the floor and gaze at the walls…humming to the music and writing my own stories. The images I’ve posted here don’t do justice to the experience, you really need to go and experience it yourself. Although it’s a large enough space to accomodate several people I recommend giving yourself the gift of time alone there! I’m already looking at my calendar, planning how many times I can re-visit the installation in the next two months and wondering how different each visit will be. I left today feeling introspective, invigorated and happy. Very, very happy!
In case you weren’t able to make it to the Cybernated Artistry show at Sugar Creek Art Center last month here are some images of the artwork on the walls.
The show ended August 31st so now I’ve just got memories and these photos. Hope you enjoy them!
In case you missed it I am excited to be sharing an upcoming venue with other digital artists that would like to show their work! The details and entry form are located at http://cybernatedartistry.wordpress.com. the deadline is in one week! I hope you’ll consider entering and help show the public how diverse digital art can be!
If you aren’t a digital artist then instead of entering I am asking you to attend! Here is an image of the postcard announcement with all the details:
PS – So, after passing out these postcards and publishing the image all over the web it was pointed out to me I have the wrong date printed on there for the reception. Sheesh. If I confused you, my apologies…it is indeed a Friday – the 10th.
Digital art is a term used for a range of artistic works produced using digital technology. Computers and digital cameras have transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing, design, and photography.
In order to further expose the public to the wide array of artistic possibilites that digital art presents the Sugar Creek Art Center (in conjunction with the “Cybernated Artistry” show of artist Lynne Medsker, who is organizing the event) will be hosting a group show of digital art!
Show entries may include computer generated paintings, drawings, design drawings, or examples of graphic design. Digital photography or scanned images can also be entered if they have been artistically manipulated by computer software to produce images unattainable through conventional photographic processes.
Open to any artist residing in the U.S. Entries must be original and created by the artist and should be current work (no more than two years old)
All entries should be unframed and mounted/matted to 8×10”, actual images can be any size as long as they are prepared for display at 8×10” – please sign & title the front of your work. Artist name and contact information must be on the back of all entries.
Any entries submitted that are not mounted/matted properly, or contain images of violence or nudity, will not be accepted. Sugar Creek Art Center has the right to reject any piece of work deemed unacceptable.
The entry fee is $10, which allows an artist to submit from one to three images for display. There are no discounts for submitting less than three entries, nor are there refunds for your entry fee once it has been submitted with your work. You MUST include a self-addressed & stamped return envelope to receive payment for your sales and/or to return any unsold work.
You are strongly encouraged to submit web-sized images of your entries (72 dpi, 500 pixels on the longest side) to email@example.com for posting on this blog. Please include your name, email address/website and the title of each piece with your images.
All entries and fees must be postmarked by July 20th, 2012. No late entries will be accepted. (Hand delivered entries can be brought to Sugar Creek Art Center during their normal operating hours and are also due by July 20th, 2012.)
Mail your entries & payment to:
c/o Sugar Creek Art Center
127 South Pearl Street
Thorntown, In 46071
Your submissions will be handled with care but neither Sugar Creek Art Center, nor any of it’s volunteers, artists or affiliates will assume responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen items. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
All work entered will be displayed on a first-entered, first-displayed basis. In the event that the wall space is full, additional entries will be displayed in portfolios and will rotate to the walls when the images displayed on the wall are sold and space becomes available. All submitted work will be sold at a uniform price of $60.
Sugar Creek Art Center is responsible for collecting and submitting the applicable Indiana state sales tax and will retain a $20 commission from each sale.
Calendar of Events:
June 15th, 2012 First day entries can be submitted
July 20th, 2012 Final postmark/hand delivery date for entries
August 2, 2012 Entries will be hung in gallery
August 8, 2012 Opening reception, 5 to 9 p.m.
August 30, 2012 End of show
Week of September 11th – Payments & unsold work mailed
In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”
June 17 – July 20
Diane – “Diane creatively expresses her love of the natural world through her photographs. Whether she is exploring the backroads of Ireland or Indiana, she uses her photographic skills and creativity to produce images that reflect her contemplative view of landscapes, animals and people. While she appreciates the many benefits of digital photography, Diane strives to capture the image she envisions with her camera, using minimal digital editing.”
Lynne – “Creating art is the purpose of my life. It keeps my life in balance, letting me escape the tensions of the everyday world. No matter what method I am using, when I create I feel alive! My subject matter begins as images of nature but is transformed into the abstract. The final result is often highly detailed and layered in appearance. As I gain experience, not only artistically but in life as well, my artwork continues to evolve. It has become more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to find evidence of things hidden within, waiting to be discovered.”
Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm
ArtsGo! 2012 is celebrating its 7th annual event which will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 6pm at various locations throughout Hendricks County, Indiana.
Brownsburg, Pittsboro, Avon, Danville and Plainfield will welcome visitors to this one-day event open to the public and best of all, it is FREE!
This event provides the opportunity for our community, family, friends and visitors from around the state to view, purchase, listen and learn about the many wonderful artisans and their works that Hendricks County has to offer.
Guests will find fine works of art to suit any eye from the classic still life to the modern with a touch of whimsy thrown in! Artist mediums will include watercolor, acrylics, oils, metals, jewelry, fiber, glass and wood-working. Potters will offer demonstrations on wheel throwing; you can explore the magic world of hot blown glass, learn about weaving yarn and turning it into framed art! Musicians will entertain and bits of theatrical performances will be sprinkled about the county as well!
ArtsGo! will also feature hands-on experiences for children of all ages at Blanton House, make and take projects and the opportunity to participate in a collage piece that will be displayed at Gallery On The Square and then auctioned at the annual Midsummer Night’s Gala benefiting the Hendricks County Arts Council. ArtsGo! is full of creativity, adventure and education for everyone and a great way to support the arts in Hendricks County! Visitors are sure to find hometown restaurants and plenty of other unique places to shop and browse.
For locations, a map and other information visit the ArtsGo webpage HERE!
I’ll be hanging out at Artistic Designs Gallery that day where my “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show has been held over, and will be presenting a mixed media workshop that afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00, I’d love for you to join in!
One of the cool things that is happening with the “intricate Elements” show?
My images were included in this project!
Because you are our April artists, your art will be featured in this year’s “Art Into Poetry” project. The project is a partnership between Ivy Tech students enrolled in Introduction to Poetry classes, and the members of the Ellettsville and Crestmont Boys and Girls Clubs.
Each year, students teach members of the Boys and Girls Clubs how to respond to visual art from the Waldron galleries through poetry. The best poems written for each piece of art used will be displayed in the gallery underneath that piece of art.
They’ve event published a book with the art images & poetry in it! So this evening I’ll be attending this event –
Please save the date for our Art into Poetry 2012 Reception Event where we will honor all the Boys & Girls Club Members and John Waldron Arts Center Artists who participated in our project:
When: Friday, April 13, 2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium
What: Art into Poetry 2012 Reception Event
Who: Crestmont Boys & Girls Club
Ellettsville Boys & Girls Club
Ivy Tech-Bloomington Intro to Poetry Students
Lynne Medsker, Photographer
Martin Beach, Sculptor
Sarah Wilson, Photographer
Why: To honor all those who participated in Art into Poetry 2012 and for FUN!
If I can get permission I’ll post some of the poems with the images here soon!
Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.
My inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their hands and rudimentary tools, people had the urge to create, communicate and share their life through art. Some of the markings I used on these works were taken from books about the rock drawings, a few were combined to create new symbols and some were from my imagination.
Similar to making designs in the muddy earth, each piece in this series originated with concrete being applied by hand to wood panels, with lots of symbols, marks and texture being etched into them. Just as the passage of time concealed many of the original rock drawings, more concrete was drizzled and dropped on top of the original design to give it feeling of age. Once dry it was topped off with multiple layers of color and acrylic glaze. A final coat of white was used to further veil the design.
I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!