ArtScape Recap

I had a wonderful time meeting the supporters of the Avon Public Library the evening of April 17th. This was my first experience participating in the ArtScape event and I was impressed! It was well organized, well attended and very enjoyable. Aside from the nice crowd of people to share my art with, there was live music and some fabulous food & drinks! It was my honor to be selected for a pre-event interview by the local paper, the Hendricks County Flyer.  To read the article CLICK HERE . This is a photo of my display for the evening.

ArtScape 2010! Avon Public Library, Avon, IN

Since I use words & text in many of my art pieces if was fun to have a row of books for a backdrop! One part of participating in this event was creating a piece of art for their silent auction that evening. Check out tomorrow’s blog post to see how I created this mixed media wall sculpture:

"words" mixed media wall sculpture, 21x20, donation to Avon Library silent auction (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Until then…

Lynne

It’s ArtsGo Time Again!

Just a reminder that the 5th annual “ArtsGo!” weekend is coming up here in Hendricks County, Indiana.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get out and discover all the wonderful art & culture available in our county! Sites are set up in towns across the county for you to visit, including some private art studios that will be open to the public. Chat with the artists, view & purchase art, see theatrical performances and hear wonderful music. Previously a one-day event many sites have expanded the tour to include both Friday evening and Saturday hours so you have twice the opportunity to participate! This year I will be located at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg during the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Stop in one (or both!) days and say hello, chat with the artists and expand you art collect! Visit the arts council website at www.hendrickscountyarts.org and click on the “events” tab for details & locations. Guides were distributed in the Hendricks County Flyer newspaper and are also available at all participating sites.

Mark your calendar TODAY then get out and ArtsGo!

Lynne

October Art Displays

I had one of the “lightning bolt” type realizations last week as I was hanging up art at a local library.  Even just five years ago having a solo display of my work at the library would have been the highlight of my month!  To be honest I hadn’t even remembered that I was showing my art at that location until they sent me a reminder.  I am afraid I am becoming unappreciative of these opportunities, and that makes me more than a little disappointed in myself. I have been blessed with so many chances to share my work with the public that I’m afraid I’ve come to regard it as routine instead of the special occasion that it is.  It took hard work, determination and a lot of my time to get this far and I should celebrate each and every time I am putting my art “out there”!  With that in mind I wanted to create a monthly post that announces where my art is currently on display. Although some of these events have their own post (or have already happened!) I wanted to put them here as a one-stop reference point:

October 1st through November 23nd, “Nature Awakens Creativity”
 part of the Spirit and Place Festival
at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

October 1st through 31st, “Debra Wagner Memorial Exhibit”
 (reception October 9th 6-9 pm)
at the Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, IN

October 2nd – 31st, Solo Show, Danville Public Library, Danville, IN

Saturday, October 10th, Zionsville Autumn Artscape, Art Fair from 10 am to 6 pm, Zionsville, IN

Continuing this month, artwork on display at:

Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN

Healing Arts Indy, Indianapolis, IN

Hoosier Salon Gallery, Broad Ripple, IN

Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, IN

I will try to be more timely when I post the November events! Of course you are always welcome to come to my studio to visit and view my artwork.  Just drop me an email to set up a time – I bet I could even round up a cup of coffee or glass of wine for us to enjoy!

Celebrating each success,

Lynne

“Nature Awakens Creativity”

In a recent post I mentioned that I had taken the time to enjoy nature and capture some photographs at a local nature preserve.  One of the reasons I had gone there was to gather images to use in artwork for an upcoming show.  The show is titled “Nature Awakens Creativity” and it will be on display at the Indianapolis Art Center from October 1st until November 23rd, 2009. This exhibition, sponsored by the Central Indiana Land Trust, will be part of the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival this November.  Each participating artist was required to create one piece of art for the exhibit.  Of course, I couldn’t do just ONE, so I created these two pieces:

Shades of Early Autumn (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Shades of Early Autumn" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
Fall Blush photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Fall Blush" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I will be picking these both up from the frame shop later today and then will need to decide which piece I will enter in the exhibit.  I’ve been waiver since I made them and still haven’t made up my mind!  Any input?  I’d love to hear what you think!  My delivery date is tomorrow so I’ll have to make a decision soon. Of course if you want to find out which one I choose, you may just need to visit the art center to see for yourself!

Wink & a smile,

Lynne

Directionally Challenged

I have an art show coming up in September and have been gathering info, images and ideas for it over the last few weeks so the press can go out, postcards can be made, etc.  At the very end of this process we discovered we hadn’t given the show a title.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how I can struggle just naming a single piece of my art.  Some pieces remain “untitled” for a really long time until inspiration strikes.  Now I was faced with titling a whole show?  Yikes!  I started brainstorming, just thinking of words that describe my work but that wasn’t helpful because I do so many different styles & media of work there just isn’t one word that covers it all.  Even combining two or three words wasn’t working.  I talked with the show coordinator on the phone and we bounced things around and she asked if perhaps I had a piece of work that could be used as a title.  None came to mind because most of them are simple, one word titles (due to my challenge at naming them, I’m sure).  As I was browsing through a folder of my art images this one popped up:

directionally challenged mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker
"directionally challenged" mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker

PERFECT!  Not only is it one of the pieces I had planned on displaying at the show it truly describes my creative tendencies!  SO…the show now has a title and it’s getting closer all the time.

“Directionally Challenged” will be on display from September 1st to September 22nd at Healing Arts Indy, in downtown Indianapolis. Healing Arts Indy offers a unique and luxurious massage environment with a cooperative of highly skilled massage therapists practicing a variety of bodywork modalities in a beautiful environment. They also have yoga classes, a licensed acupuncturist, fine arts exhibitions, book discussions, and other community oriented events to feed mind, body and spirit. Their address is 805 S. Meridian Street, for more info call 317-955-7811.  The opening reception will be on Friday, September 4th during the “First Friday” art tour in Indianapolis.  Please be sure and join me that evening!

Art on Record, Vol. 2

I have decided to participate in the “Art on Record exhibition, Vol. 2” at the APW Gallery in New York.  The show will feature the walls of the gallery covered in artwork, all created on old albums.  I did a series of art on albums a few years ago and had a lot of fun with it.  Here are a couple samples:

explore mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker
"explore" mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker
symbols mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker
"symbols" mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker
caged mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker
"caged" mixed media on album (c) 2006, Lynne Medsker

This sounded like a fun project to work on and I still had several blank albums so I am set to go. Plus it ties in with other “recycled” art projects I am working/planning on!  The show runs from May 1st to May 25th, 2009.

I will probably take the blank records with me to Colorado and create the art there then ship them directly to the gallery in New York.  A few less pieces of art I’ll have to transport back home when I finished with my stay!  I am a bit torn about creating art while I am there.  Right now I am feeling the urge to work LARGE and create some big, beautiful pieces of work but getting the supplies and finished work back & forth is quite a challenge and smaller pieces would be more managable (and less expensive) to transport.  I guess I will have to determine how important BIG is to me now!  A compromise may be to get the smaller individual elements created for the larger pieces then wait until I am back home to actually assemble them.  So much to think about…

Lynne

Rejected…

Ah, the other side of the coin this time!  

I mentioned in a recent post that I was waiting to hear about a show I had entered that starts next month and runs into April.  Well, I heard!  This particular show was one I had entered and been accepted into before but there was a different judge, different work submitted and a different result this time.  Never assume something is a given just because it’s happened before!  That is one lesson I learned early on.  Even with the same judge and the same submissions I think you could get different results if the judging took place on a different day!  It’s such a subjective process and so many things can influence a judges decision.  Having judged some shows I know that to be true!  Which helps make most rejections fairly easy to deal with.

Setting yourself up for possible rejection by entering shows & competitions is an interesting process.  Being excited enough about a show to even bother filling out the paper work, prepare the images, and pay the entry fees is usually the biggest hurdle for me.  I will start off with maybe six to eight shows each month I think I’d like to do and by the time I re-read the instructions, criteria and timelines I normally eliminate 2/3rds of them before I even get started.  Lots of things sound good until it’s time to put forth the work and open yourself up to the possibility of either getting rejected  or the thought of being accepted (is the work available and physically ready to hang?  if it’s local am I available on the drop off/pick up days? do I want to pay the shipping fees there & back if it’s out of town? will this help my career/look good on my resume?) .  For several years I entered shows “because I always had”, because they were close, because they were free to enter…lots of reasons that really didn’t propel me in the direction I want to go.  I need to spend my time & energy moving forward, not just running around in the same circle year after year!  

Now I better go check the due dates for the next few entries I want to submit…

Smiles,

Lynne

Website update

I finally got the website updated tonight, including lots of new images and info about upcoming shows.  Here are two recent images that are now on the site.

Art & Nature #12  Digital Photo Collage (c) Lynne Medsker
"Art & Nature #12" Digital Photo Collage (c) Lynne Medsker

 

art & Nature #11 Digital Photo Collage (c) Lynne Medsker
"art & Nature #11" Digital Photo Collage (c) Lynne Medsker

I just keep going back to the “Art & Nature” series and making more.  I guess even with the snow flakes I’ve seen the last few days I am not ready to let go of the colors and feel of fall!

A little news and a test…

 

Just checking in tonight while I had a few minutes to steal.  I just finished teaching my first four-week mixed media class.  It went fairly well, I’m sure I will improve as an instructor the more I do it.  Everyone was helpful, yet kind, with their feedback so that gave me some concrete ideas of what I need to work on. I am committed to two more four-week classes in June, one a repeat of this class, the second will be hand-coloring photographs.  I need to get out my supplies and brush up, I haven’t done any hand-coloring for quite a while!  I also will be teaching some one-day classes at a summer program for kids in Pike Township, which sounds like fun as well as a challenge.  A much larger group than I am used to working with but I enjoy working with kids so I am excited about it.  Also in June my artist/friend Karena and I are going to host a one-day ATC workshop/trade at Sugar Creek.  If you don’t know about ATC’s be sure to go to my website and check out the page there, it gives you some details, history and samples.  Here is a sampling (and a test to see if I’ve got this ‘image in a post’ thing working yet!):

ATC sample

 Woo-hoo, looks like it worked!  These are just very basic, very simple cards made of doodles, they can be made from any media (paint, collage, drawing, stamps, printmaking, etc.) with much more detail or they can be something just this simple.  They are just one of several projects I’ve been busy with lately that I am really excited about! 

I have photos in my camera of the pieces I made during the pottery session in February, once I get them out of the camera, into my computer and sized I will post those as well.  I am SO enjoying playing with clay again this month!  Fun, fun, fun! 

I also have five new pieces of mixed media art being framed for the show in June.  Along with another three or four pieces I have here at home that haven’t been shown anywhere yet I feel like I am closing in on having enough new artwork ready by June.  My goal is 15 new pieces so I am past 1/2 way already!  My friend Doug was kind enough to share some scrap material today that has me anxious to create more art – thanks Doug!  Although I really am excited for people to see my new work I am trying to hold off and let it “debute” at the show.  After that I’m sure I won’t be able to stand it and I’ll have some images of it posted here as well as on my website.

That’s all for now, it’s bedtime!  Look for another post soon….

xoxoxo,

Lynne