Metamorphosis, this weekend!

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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.

Review/Preview, Open Studio

So, last month I participated in my first ever “Open Studio Saturday” event as part of the local cultural trail!

738292_10151335588454547_1971864865_oIt 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.

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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:

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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!

"Illumination" digital art on aluminum  SOLD
“Illumination” digital art on aluminum SOLD

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!

Lynne

The Story Dome Project

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. storydome 1 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.storydome 2 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.storydome 3 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. storydome 4The 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. storydome 5Very, very happy!

Smiles,

Lynne

Cybernated Artistry Show Images

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.

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As you entered the gallery
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one of the corners, I love the rustic walls!
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grouping between windows
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another grouping, oval fractal art
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the show within the show – group show of digital artwork
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the back hall, leading into the gallery
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my favorite wall of the show!

The show ended August 31st so now I’ve just got memories and these photos. Hope you enjoy them!

Lynne

Cybernated Artistry!

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:

See you there!

Lynne

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.

Press Release: Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles

In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
 

“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”

Work by

Diane Gardner

and

Lynne Medsker

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.”

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“Ballyran” © Diane Gardner

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.”

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“Waves of Joy” © Lynne Medsker

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Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm

 

ArtsGo! This Saturday!


ArtsGo! presented by the Hendricks County Arts Council

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!

Mixed Up with Lynne Medsker

Workshop in Mixed Media Collage

Saturday April 21st, 1 pm-4 pm

 

Enjoy creating your own mixed media collage on wood panel during this three hour afternoon workshop with mixed media artist Lynne Medsker. Watch this talented artist demonstrate some of her creative methods of working. Layer a variety of papers, found objects and embellishments as you build your own unique piece of art to treasure.

All supplies are included in the playful class, although you are welcome to bring small objects, papers or other treasures you would like to include in your creations if you desire.

To register, call 852-0252 & register with a credit card.  Cost of the workshop $30.


Art Into Poetry

One of the cool things that is happening with the “intricate Elements” show?

"Intricate Elements" at Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center, April 2012

 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!

Primitive Gestures (Part I)

Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.

"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

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.

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

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.

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed, $175 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10 $85 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!