Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
A book, called Art with Heart, has been created with the profits ($12 of each book) going to Cherie's family for her round-the-clock care. The wonderful art of about 50 different artists, from around the country, was donated for use in the book. You can take a look at it here:
Yep, I'm in the book and am honored to be a small part in this effort. The peacock on the opening spread was created by Elizabeth.
This would be a great gift for an artist or the person on your list that has everything. You must order soon to get it by Christmas. If you're not in a holiday rush, this book will be available after Christmas too.
Thanks for looking.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
* We were in a new venue so we had to organize ourselves a bit better than usual ahead of time. I wasn't one of these organizer people so I'm very grateful to our Holiday Chairperson, Barb Stewart and her committee. One big change was that members had to commit to a table or two (or three or four) way ahead of time and stick to the commitment: no dropping out at the last minute because it would leave a big hole in the table layout.
* We were in a new venue, way across town from our usual spot, so our customers had to find us. The Weaver's have a big following so that certainly helped but our postcard to our mailing list seemed to do the trick. More advertising would certainly be a plus, but how to do it economically?
* We were in a new, much bigger, venue so we had lots of room to spread out but how to make it a bit cozy too? Thirty customers in this cavernous place made it seem like no customers were there at all. But, thirty customers at our old space made it seem like we were crazy busy.
* We were in a new venue but it is still located in Michigan: my lovely, but suffering, State with regard to most economic news. Enough said about this as I'm quite tired of hearing about it and the experts' guesses as to when it will be getting better.
Getting the idea that the new venue was a problem and an opportunity? Mostly opportunity, IMO, and I hope the groups decide to remain there for next year. My sales were about even with last year. (I haven't heard a total for the group yet.) It's not what I had hoped for but it wasn't down and I met some new wonderful people along the way. One gal from my yoga class that I didn't know beyond a smile and nod before each class, even made the effort to call me after the sale and tell me how much she and her daughter liked my work. Now that's a nice phone call to get!
This is my little corner of the world. Notice some of the work of the Potters behind my work.
This gives you a view of the work of one the Handmade Paper Guild artists as well as a look at the entire space. Big, big, big.
The soft lighting from the handmade paper lamps made by Liz Faust helped to cozy up the space a bit.
Many thanks to all that stopped by...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Of course, this fun side table is just on a flowery rug. In reality, we are getting our first snow of the season and roads are quite icy. Let's be careful out there!
The Handmade Paper Guild Show two weeks ago went well. In my next post I'll show some pictures. Then we immediately left for western New York for Thanksgiving. And now I'm working hard to get ready for a month-long Gallery Show with the Signature Artists Cooperative. I was thrilled to get juried into this 30-member group in May so this will be my first time participating in their annual Gallery Show. I have no idea if I have too much work or not enough. Plus there's always that whole thing about guessing what things will sell. Oh my!
I wish you a wonderful month of December filled with family, good food and wonderful thoughts. Something to strive for anyway...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
|Picture frames and 10" x 10" mirrors...|
|More picture frames and 10" x 10" mirrors...|
|Some holiday stuff...|
|Some fun stuff...|
Back to the studio...
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Ok, back it up a bit...
Today in his weekly newsletter artist, and all-around-good-art-guy Robert Genn, responded to Tom Bennick, a paper artist who asked why his work, that was partially made in workshops, could not be included in a show. It starts:
Recently, Tom Bennick of Mountain Home, Idaho wrote, "I'm a paper artist belonging to a small art group that puts on a couple of shows a year. Some of our members are adamant about not showing work that is done in a classroom. Much of my work is partly done in a workshop or class setting and because of this I'm not allowed to show. I completely understand that work needs to be juried, but what's this classroom thing all about?"
Robert's reply to the "What's this classroom thing all about?" was:
Tom, your exclusion from shows is a function of your group and not a reflection of your processes. You can urge change within your group--or you can get out and take your paper and equipment with you. If you still want to be a joiner, I'll bet there's another group who will welcome you. You may have to drive down US 20 to Boise. It's an unfortunate fact that some art clubs and guilds, including both big city and small town ones (Mountain Home, formerly Rattlesnake Station, has an Air Force base and population of 12,000) can be downright draconian and inhibiting, often loaded with outdated attitudes and shibboleths.
The enemy of growth is dogma. Groups should be classrooms of free energy and joy, where all flags may fly, and even sketches done in the back seat of a jet trainer may be juried "in."
Most of the comments so far are disagreeing with Robert on this one. I think it is because they are primarily painters and fear that all students in a workshop will be painting the same still life and then the possibility crops up of having several of those paintings appear in a show. What's more, the paintings will be in the style of the workshop teacher, not the painter. I know this happens, especially as the whole copyright boundaries continue to blur. I'm not denying that it can be a sticky issue.
However, I felt that I had to speak up for all the papermakers out there and here is what I wrote in the comment section:
Please make note that Tom is a paper artist, not a painter. This means that he probably uses some fairly specific equipment in a workshop setting that, perhaps, is not available to him in his studio or home. Yes, workshops are teaching venues, but they are also opportunities to explore, share, stretch and do some great work. This is especially true in the paper arts where you can have 20 people in the workshop making paper but doing 20 completely different things with the result. We're not talking about a situation where all 20 participants are doing a pastel portrait of the same person.
|by Lorrie Grainger Abdo|
|by Vicki Berglund|
|by Liz Faust|
|Setting up the recent show.|
|by Alice Breese|
|by Dale Menz|
|by Eve Reid|
|by Judy Finnegan|
If you'd like to read the entire post by Robert Genn and learn more about his helpful and interesting newsletters go here.
If you'd like to read the post about the most recent Handmade Paper Guild exhibition, and see additional pictures, go here.
And, I'd be curious about your stance on this issue. How do your groups handle it?
All the best.
Some good news this year:
* We are once again showing our work along with the Kalamazoo Weaver's Guild! This makes for a wonderful opportunity to see and purchase work by area weavers, as well as by papermakers, potters and a variety of area artists that display with Art Etc., all under one roof. Plenty of parking too.
* To accommodate the four groups, we're at a new, larger location. Come find us at the Kalamazoo County Fairground, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The fall weather here in Michigan has been glorious (instead of the usual cold, rainy days that we frequently get in late October) so I can work in the garage, not freeze, and then clean up with the hose and not freeze. I do believe, however, that those days are behind me and I will soon be stuck in the basement using the table under the stairs and the stained utility tub that is next to the sump pump. Not the most inspiring environment.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here is the Artist Statement for the show titled Better Homes and Gardens:
Lorrie Grainger Abdo is a local paper artist. One July weekend in 1995 she took a papermaking workshop in northern Wisconsin and it changed her life. Inspired by the textural possibilities of the medium she began exploring different ways to push paper pulp to its structural limits yet maintaining a 2D format. Adding bright paint highlights the hills and valleys of the paper texture. Recently she has begun to use various painting techniques and canvas to progress further with handmade paper.
Additionally, she works extensively with paste paint. This is a surface design technique that she uses on commercial papers. These papers have movement and infinite possibilities. The papers are turned into paper mosaic art pieces as well as for home decor accents.
The show Better Homes and Gardens combines her handmade paper artwork and paper mosaic home decor pieces. She often uses the graphic shape of a house in her work as well as simplistic flower forms. These basic forms, while childlike, inspire powerful memories for those living in the adult world.
|From left to right: Heavy House, Hopeful House, Hell House, Healthy House and Harmony House. Each is 100% cotton fiber and acrylic paints. Each measures about 2' x 4'.|
|The house form on these is handmade paper, the background on each is a paste painted sheet of commercial paper. The one second from the left sold during the show. Others are awaiting a good home: maybe yours?|
|These are paper mosaic pieces, each measuring about 9" x 12". It's hard to take decent pictures of artwork when it has a high gloss finish coat.|
|The mosaic wall.|
|These are small, about 9" x 12". I'm showing you these because they incorporate handmade paper (the flowers) on a textured canvas.|
The show has already been up for about a month and comes down on Monday, October 25. If you'd like to see it before then, let me know.
Monday, October 11, 2010
It is pretty big, measuring almost three feet from petal tip to petal tip. The actual mirror is about 10 inches across. There are at least 7 different mosaic patterns in this piece and more than 12 different paste painted patterns were used.
|A close up of one of the petals.|
I hope Angela and her family will enjoy it for many years to come.
Monday, October 4, 2010
It has been compared to American Idol because the viewers vote on the "winners". This means that the most "artistic" piece might not make it to the top but the most "appealing or impactful" piece might. That's ok with me because we get to enjoy it all. With over 1300 entries, the work is up all over the downtown area. If you can get there before it all comes down on October 10, do so. You won't be disappointed.
Here are pictures that I took of some of my favorites. I'm sorry that I didn't make note of the names of the artists or the titles of their pieces. Lots to show you so this will be a long post!
|This was my favorite of everything that I saw. It made it into the Top 25 but not the Top 10 so it is out of the money. Can you tell what it is made out of? The artist, from Olympia, WA is a fiber artist. The entire, ginormous piece is felt!|
|A close up of the piece.|
|A full size coffin made out of thousands of cigarette butts. Notice the cigar handles.|
|This artist made the Top 10 last year with his entry of a moose. This year he also made the Top 10 with a savanna scene. There is a lioness and her cubs outside the picture. It is all made from welded nails. I liked the moose better.|
|A close up.|
|I find it odd that with my love of color, some of my favorites were done with only black pencil. This elephant made me laugh. I stood in front of it quite a long time. Notice the sneakers, the belt, the hair pick, the bling, the hat, the expression.|
|These guys were either getting ready to jump the little rabbit and have him for dinner or were very intent on protecting him.|
|This is a Top 10 piece. Huge, impressive, all made from glass.|
|A close up.|
|Also a Top 10 piece. This artist is from Florida and obviously used local materials. This was a commentary on the BP oil disaster and the fragility of the life cycle.|
|Here it is in its entirety. Can you see the wonderful things emerging from the branches? A turtle, fish, coral and other water life on the bottom and land animals as you work toward the top.|
|I'd like to be able to paint in this style. This artist set up a working studio so that people could watch him paint.|
|This was titled "The Gatherer". I'm not sure why I liked this one as he certainly isn't pretty but it has lots of emotion. This was created by Brent Harris of Kalamazoo.|
If you'd like more information you can go to ArtPrize. Also, here are my write ups on last year's inaugural event, ArtPrize 2009 and ArtPrize Quiz and Grand Prize Winner. The Quiz is a fun lesson on using everyday materials in different ways: always a good topic for me!