Monday, December 14, 2009

Boston Handmade Downtown till December 24

Still time to shop handmade at the Boston Handmade Downtown gallery in Boston's Downtown Crossing! I picked up this great limited edition print from my son's favorite new artist Thirteenth Story. We have lots more than art in the gallery...check out our varied jewelers, artists, clothing designers, and more -- HERE!

But hurry because we're only here till December 24!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Smaller Works at Galatea Fine Art

Above are three of my digital monoprints on display through the month of December at Galatea Fine Art gallery, in its "Smaller Works" exhibit. Galatea is the latest cooperative artist gallery in Boston's SoWa district.

The gallery is filled with works of contemporary art 16" or less, offered throughout the holiday season on a cash and carry basis. Paintings, photography, collage, assemblage and more grace the walls, along with a variety of prints and art cards perfect for gift-giving.

The Opening Reception for "Smaller Works" was held December 4 on an unusually warm December evening during SoWa's First Fridays when surrounding galleries stay open late, and artists open their studios to visitors. We had quite a crowd and seem to be off to a great start!

The images shown here were taken the day after the opening, when I could actually get a shot of some of the art. In all there are 50 artists participating, among which I have many new favorites.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Pulse: The State of the Art

The PulseSeth Apter at The Altered Page is at it again. He is publishing the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals.

Although I've read many of the past editions of The Pulse, this time I'm participating! I'll let you know when I've sent my thoughts into will be in the next week or so. He is publishing parts of it on a rolling basis. For a sneak peek, visit the The Altered Page every Sunday for "Secret Sunday." Here the secrets of all your favorite artists will be revealed. It could be a technique, a product, a secret source, a little-known website, a hidden shop, an inspiration, just about anything!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

If you are heading into Salem, MA today or tonight it will be one of the warmest Halloween Eve's that I can remember. Personally I will be hosting the 7 twelve year old Dwarves at my house tonight, but Salem will be the place to be if you like a bit of crowded spookiness. Check out the Haunted Happenings daily events for today, and if you're in the mood for some art, check out the SAA Gallery, and don't miss Terror Fantasies. And stay safe.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Brilliant Walk

Today was the most beautiful fall day. I finally walked a certain portion of the new Peabody Bike Path and the colors were amazing. There were so many people out enjoying the weather, and the off-the-beaten-path trail that is not what one typically thinks of when they think of Peabody. Views like this always inspire me and work their way into my art somehow. I'm glad that inspiration is now so close at hand!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Announcing Galatea - Boston's Newest Contemporary Cooperative Gallery

I'm excited to finally announce that I am an inaugural member of Boston’s newest cooperative contemporary art gallery, opening November 4th 2009.

Galatea Fine Arts, located in the SOWA district at 460 B Harrison Ave. Boston MA will open to the public on November 4th 2009, with a a grand opening celebration during SOWA’s ‘first Friday’ on November 6th, 2009, 6 to 8pm.

Galatea is a cooperative gallery promoting and exhibiting works from a variety of artists in and around the Boston area. Membership features 50 carefully selected artists in painting, mixed media sculpture and photography. Artist members are a diverse group of talent in various stages of their careers in art.

The inaugural member’s exhibition will be on view November 4th - 28th. Throughout the year Galatea will feature small and large group shows as well as solo exhibitions. In addition there will be juried exhibitions special events and guest artists.

I hope you'll have time to stop by in November for our first exhibit!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Boston Handmade at SoWa

UPDATE: Nor'easter (of the rainy, windy type) in Massachusetts. SoWa has been cancelled for today. I'll have to catch up with my BH pals another day.

Don't miss Boston Handmade on October 18th at SoWa. Work created by over 20 members of Boston Handmade, representing a wide variety of mediums, methods and art forms; from contemporary photography and cutting edge jewelry design, to classic children's toys, apparel, art, and modern and home decor.

I'll be there on the 11th (this Sunday) as well.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Goodbye summer

Where did our short summer go to? Here it is October, the Patriots are on, I have a full-blown head cold, and Joe is visiting art colleges. Time, like the Pats, just keeps on marching ahead.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mixed Media City Collage

Just finished this mixed media city piece. The background is abstract acrylic mark making on textured paper, handwritten marks, and a collage of rice paper. I used the new DASS universal precoat to make it ready for overprinting, and once dry, ran it through the Epson 2200 to print the city image.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Visit from Jonathan Talbot

Last week some of us on the North Shore of Massachusetts were treated to a visit from collage artist Jonathan Talbot. I have always wanted to take one of his workshops in Warwick, NY, so I was thrilled to hear he would be in Lynnfield (5 minutes from my house!).

I have lots of books about collage, including Talbot's Collage: A New Approach, which describes his technique of collage without liquid adhesives. Although I've practiced the lessons in the book, it's always helpful to see first-hand how things are done, and his demonstration was wonderful.

In addition to the demo, and showing us two of his thousands of completed collages, Talbot regaled us with stories of his early days, his thought process and inspiration, and his reasons for making art, prompting discussion regarding our own artistic endeavors.

It was a two-hour tease into an ocean of knowledge that he is willing to I guess it's time to save up for one of his workshops!

Friday, September 18, 2009

More SoWa Open Studios....

In addition to being outside at the South End Open Market during Open Studios this weekend, my new piece "Sabbaday Walls" Diptych will be at the new gallery "Galatea" (official opening will be in November) at 460B Harrison Ave, Boston. 

digital monoprint and acrylic on claybord

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SoWa Open Studios THIS Weekend

It's Open Studios weekend again in the South End (Sept. 19 & 20). I will be exhibiting at the Open Market location at 540 Harrison Avenue. Looking forward to a weekend of catching up with some some old friends and making new ones!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Abstract Play

I started some of these text collages in photoshop a while back. This week I was having trouble jumpstarting my creativity, so I went back to them just to play. I like how they are turning out, and the fact that they came about just by playing, rather than trying to make something perfect.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Historic Interpretation at the Peabody Historical Society

Historic Interpretation is a unique exhibition of new artworks inspired by historical artifacts in the Peabody Historical Society collection. I chose to interpret a concert bill from when Arthur Fiedler visited Peabody during its Centennial Celebration in 1968 (my parents remember this, but I don't). My interpretation was to celebrate the way music is being made in Peabody today, specifically the students at Accel. School of Music, who were lucky enough to perform at the Hard Rock Boston this past winter. I used several of the photos I took at that event, along with photos taken in Peabody, to create this digital collage, which was transferred to claybord and acrylic. The exhibit runs from August 15 through October 18.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Maine recharges the muse

Back from a week in Maine and playing with lots of the pictures I took. We hiked our favorite Sabattus Mountain (great views), swam and fished in Moose Pond, entertained our niece and nephews, shopped in Bridgton, and ate way too much. It's a great way to unwind and recharge, and now I'm looking forward to getting back to work.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Disintegration, the Big Reveal!

During the past winter season, I joined a collaborative effort called Disintegration, spearheaded by Seth Apter of The Altered Page. Little did I know back then what a huge collaboration it would turn out to be. Today, August 1, is the day for the "big reveal" where everyone shows the artwork created by a bundle they placed outside all winter to witness its disintegration. You can see my bundles here and here.

I decided to make a collage using an image of a rose from my Mother's Day bouquet. After the roses had dried a bit, they were still beautiful. I made digital monoprints on japanese washi paper and Arches 88 paper, and paired them with the weathered pages from the disintegration project. Both parts of this art piece seemed destined for each other.

The project itself had over 100 participants. I'm thinking of items I can weather outdoors again this winter and maybe this will become an annual experiment!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pittsfield Art Show This Weekend

I'll be exhibiting this weekend (both days) at the 5th Annual Pittsfield Art Show in the Berkshires. I like the Berkshires because there are SO many things to do. I challenge anyone to be bored there. There are tons of outdoor activities...Bash Bish Falls is a beautiful spot for hiking and picture taking. There are tons of galleries and shopping for the less adventurous. And of course Tanglewood. None of which I will see this time because of the show, but I'm sure we'll find a nice spot for dinner. Why not take a weekend trip and come out and see me?

Thursday, July 09, 2009

2nd Annual Boston Handmade Marketplace in Union Square

I'll be exhibiting this weekend with my BH'ers at The Boston Handmade Marketplace. More than 25 artists, artisans, and craftspeople will be showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, art, photography, toys, and sculpture in Union Square (at the intersection of†Washington, Prospect & Somerville Ave.) on July 11, 2009, 3-7pm, as part of the Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion series.

The Boston Handmade Marketplace is an outdoor art and craft exhibition featuring work by Massachusetts area artists, craftspeople and artisans associated with the arts group Boston Handmade and helping†people make a living making things. This exhibition promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories. In addition to the individual exhibitors at the 2009 Boston Handmade marketplace musicians will be performing throughout the day. Performers include Boston bands The Grownup Noise and One Happy Island. There will be also be handcraft demonstrations with Faculty and Staff of The Eliot School of Jamaica Plain, and Members of the Common Cod Fiber Guild of Somerville. Another highlight of the afternoon will be martial arts demonstrations from the Shobu Aikido of Boston.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Alter-a-tions at Experimental Art Gallery & Studio

My "Evening in Paris" piece is currently part of the Alter-a-tions exhibit at Experimental Art Gallery & Studio on Artists Row in Salem. The exhibit runs throughout July, with an Opening Reception on July 11 (lots happening on the Row that day) which I will have to miss because I'll be at the Boston Handmade show in Somerville (more on that in another post). Anyway, the exhibit asks:

  • What do you alter to suit your needs?
  • Do you create work that alters an item for another purpose?
  • Work that changes perspective? Transformation?
  • Do you have an Alter Ego?
  • Think. Change. Modify. Mutate. Vary.

Anyway, the "Evening in Paris" piece (which was also part of Caladan Gallery's "Inner Noise" exhibit) is composed of altered images from my trip to Paris. The people are real, but the situation I have set them in is definitely altered from the reality of that day.

If you happen to be in Salem this July, stop by Experimental...very cool stuff in their gallery!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ledgewood Summer Arts Fest

Last week I was invited to be a guest artist at Ledgewood Rehab and Nursing Care as part of their Summer Arts Fest. The residents (and lucky guests!) were treated to a fabulous music performance by We Are America. Those girls can sing! Afterwards I shared some of my art, and had a chance to enjoy the artwork created by Ledgewood residents (see the sampling above). Their work was amazing considering the various physical challenges faced by each artist.

Ledgewood is part of Kindred Healthcare which has facilities all across the country, and where art is a part of their daily activities. They have an annual arts contest where winning poetry and art are compiled in a publication called "Kaleidoscope." Some of the entries are from younger patients, but many are from talented seniors like the ones I recently met. Although the online version is from a few years back, it's worth a look!

Nice to see that art does not have a retirement age!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Beverly Arts Fest

Some scenes from Saturday's Beverly Arts Fest (including a peek into my booth). It turned out to be a great day...the one day out of what, a month, of rain? Some day soon summer will come back to the Northeast. I met some great people as always, was interviewed by BevCam (Beverly Access TV), and am happy that some Salem Arts friends stopped by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Boston Handmade at SoWa on June 14

I'll be exhibiting with more than 25 other members of Boston Handmade at the Sowa Open Market on Sunday, June 14th from 10am til 4pm. We'll be showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, house wares, art, photography, toys, and sculpture. Boston Handmade promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories.

We'll be flanked by a fresh produce market, a new antiques market, loads of other artisans, and live music by The Grownup Noise!

So come down to the South End for brunch and shopping, or take your dog out for a social, and stop by the Boston Handmade row and say hello!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Grungy Roses

Roses are fun to work with...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Exhibiting at a Senior Arts Festival

Many times as artists we are asked to participate in student events...curating an exhibit, giving a workshop, making space for an internship. But for the first time, I have been asked to participate in a SENIOR event. In June, a local senior living facility is having an arts festival and I have been asked to exhibit alongside the residents.

As I chatted with the activities director, she explained the challenges that seniors face as they create. From diminishing eyesight to more serious physical disabilities, these seniors continue to push themselves and express themselves through art. I am honored to have been asked to participate in their festival. The tagline for the festival is "We are all flowers, some of us just bloom later than others."

In response to what I have learned about them, I am working on a new series, in which I have photographed roses which, although past their prime, convey beauty, unique textures, depth, hidden bursts of color, a joy and a reflectiveness -- all of which remind me of these seniors.

Stay tuned...I will post again during or shortly after the exhibit so you can see their fantastic work.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

SoWa Open Market Opening Weekend!

I'll be there along with several other Boston Handmade members, and many other fabulous artists and crafters. Come visit!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

New Paris Collages

Continuing on my journey of combining traditional media with digital media, I've combined paper and fabric collages with my image of the Eiffel Tower. These mini 4x4 collages are a combination of vintage postcard graphics on oriental rice paper, dyed organza, and archival ultrachrome inks transferred to the collage. I'm really excited about this technique because it combines collage, textiles, digital graphics, and printmaking...all of which I can't get enough of!

I'll have these pieces and more like it at upcoming shows, the first of which is SoWa Opening Weekened, May 16 & 17. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Disintegration Reveal

Something funny is sprouting amid the greens!

It's time for the Disintegration reveal! All winter my little bundles have been tucked among some old branches taking all the beating that a New England winter can dish out. What began as the pages of an old playbook are now really weathered, curled, and ripe for use in what will ultimately be a collage...THAT reveal will be in August.

Here are a few more "After" images...

To see how this project all began, check out The Altered Page, where 123 other artists took part in this experiment.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Eiffel Tower - Digital Mixed Media Collage

Today I made a few collagraph prints on watercolor paper, and then overlaid the silk organza sunprints I made with Wen. They had some interesting textures, but needed a bit more. So I overprinted each version with an image I shot from our Paris trip.

It was so fun, I think I might do it all again tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Another in the Barefoot series, in honor of earth day 2009.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Spring, Finally

You know it's spring in New England when the neighbors start coming outside and you see everyone for the first time in months. Look at the neighbor who is visiting just outside my window! You can't tell from this picture but he (she?) was chirping up a storm, very loudly, calling to someone. I can't imagine what he was saying. Maybe "HEY, look inside the window at that messy studio!" haha. Anyway, I hope he is back tomorrow, I just love, love, love birds and their songs in the spring.

The REAL artist in the family

Joe's drawing won first prize in the Composition and Design category of his high school art show (they have an awesome fine art department...some of the work was phenomenal). It's called "Still Smiling." It's kind of creepy, but cool. Proud mom.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Barefoot Series

Another beach scene from the Barefoot series.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Scenes from a Beach

This is one of the images I have in "The Green Show." It's part of a larger series of beach scenes which I'll have available at some upcoming shows this summer. They are gelatin transfer prints to acrylic-glazed cradled claybord.

The Green Show: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I have two pieces in "The Green Show" at the King Hooper Mansion in Marblehead. The Opening Reception is Sunday, April 5, but I visited the exhibit today because I will be in Rhode Island tomorrow for my brother and his wife's baby shower. The exhibit is displayed in various rooms throughout the mansion, which is home to the Marblehead Arts Association. The pieces are gorgeous, and depict:

NATURE AT ITS BEST conveyed in landscapes and seascapes, pristine vistas of nature
That which is DETRIMENTAL to nature and the environment

Monday, March 30, 2009

In Love with Screenprinting

The problem with trying new things is that they can quickly become addictive and I am certain this will be the case with screenprinting on fabric.

Last weekend I attended a workshop given by Boston Handmade member and fiber artist Linda Branch Dunn at her studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. The class was titled "Improv Screenprinting" and we learned how to make screens using a thermofax machine, and various ways on printing on fabric. I brought the fabric that I had previously dyed using gelatin printmaking methods, and layered over it with a screen of one of the tree photos I took at Brooksby Farm. And Linda let use some of her screens as well.

The result? I am in love with screenprinting and surface design in general. So much so that I have registered for classes with fiber artist Wen Redmond in New Hampshire. Her work is stunning (as is Linda's) and I can't wait to absorb some of her expertise.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A March through the Marshes

Joe had an art class assignment this weekend that involved taking panoramic photos which he will eventually reference for a watercolor painting. We went to a few places in Salem that he wasn't happy with. I wasn't happy that it was so cold, I was hungry, we had marched all over the place, and as always, it was a last minute thing. That's high school I guess!

Anyway, out of nowhere he said, "the marshes! the marshes behind the school!" behind his high school in Danvers, MA. So we went, and while Joe took his panoramic photos, I took photos of Joe.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Apple Orchard Mixed Media

I had some leftover canvases so I thought I'd try to do something with some of the photos I took of Brooksby Farm. I made a black and white line print of one of the shots of brances and printed it on rice paper, then adhered it to the canvas. From there it took on a life of its own with many, many layers of acrylics, pearlescent pigments, and fiber. The result is definitely inspired by the orchard in summer. One can just wait for the warmer weather.

The piece is listed on etsy

Friday, March 06, 2009

Goodbye Back Issues, I'll Miss You

I remember the first time I saw "Somerset Studios" magazine and still remember how the art and craft inside immediately struck me. I was hooked! Since 2002 I have been collecting these magazines (not ALL of them) but dozens and dozens fill my studio. Not just "Somerset Studio" magazine, but also "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" and "Quilting Arts" and many others.

My tastes have changed. Now I'm reading "Surface Design" and "Art New England" and some others. And since I can't seem to stop buying magazines, I need to make room in my studio. So I am listing dozens and dozens and dozens of back issues on EBAY.

As of this moment there are about a dozen, and I will be adding more over the next few days.

Goodbye old friends, I hope you find good homes and continue to inspire.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Notes for Spring

Well, there wasn't much to do today other than wish the snow away. So here are some new digi-collages that I'll convert to gelatin fresco prints. The birds and trees are all from photos I've taken this winter from my deck, and from Brooksby Farm in Peabody.