Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Edge-u-cationI started this blog a couple of years ago to improve my writing skills. Sometimes i think i am improving, mostly i am getting use to spell check and eye rolling, lot and lots of eye rolling. I was in college, in my late twenties, when i learned i had learning disabilities. The nice people at, The College of Marin Disabled Students Programs and Services, set me up with a tutor and i was able to start working on learning strategies. I spent a year of my life trying the prescribed meds and decided I felt better without them. My writing skills and all those who excelled in language arts, would just have to suffer.
The words I use in my pieces are mostly fragmented, misspelled words. They are often a mixture of upper and lower cases letters combining print and cursive. This is the way i wrote into my late twenties.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
“scraps”......... an ongoing series
When i first moved to Missoula, 7 years ago, i rented a studio in The Ceretana Building on the north side of town. My studio was not well ventilated, so i decided to make the transition from oil painting on canvas, to works on paper. I started experimenting with graphite, crayons and printing processes. When i finished a series, i found there were often pieces i didn’t like as much as others. Rather than keeping pieces i was not fond of, i decided to use them as collage material. My studio quickly filled with "scraps".
I am very interested in keeping my ecological footprint small, so i carefully collected all the scraps and put them in boxes and drawers.
All the pieces created for “Small Works” are sewn, collaged and glued together scraps from past exhibitions.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
In two weeks i have a meeting with Steven Glueckert, the curator of, "The Missoula Art Museum". We will be discussing my 2014 solo exhibition. I am very excited about that.
That same week,"small works", an art show i put together with 25 local artists, is opening. I invited some of my favorites from past shows and a few newbies. I still have a lot of work to do for this show..... labels, food, collect over 50 pieces, hang the show, pass out flyers, remind the press, post on community callanders. On Wednesday the 5th i will be on KBGA's "The Ann, Theresa and Ann Show" at 8:00 am. The pieces will start showing up at my house this Friday.
"Small Works", opens at two venues - The Brunswick Gallery, 223 Railroad St and Le Petit Outre, 129 S 4th St. W. on First Friday June 7th. The Brunswick Gallery will be open First Friday from 5:30-9:30 and Wednesday June 12th 5:30 - 9:00pm with a gallery talk by Lady Pajama at 6:30. The small works at Le Petit Outre will be up through the month of June.
All this is very exciting. I am still reeling from my two person show with Jennifer Combe last month. I'm glad i ignored all the the folks out there that think art is competitive and a waste of time. Some people believe that a persons chances of working as an artists, are slim to no good. I believe that hard work and dedication to anything you love, will produce positive results.