Category Archives: curating

This Friday — Event!

Don’t miss the opening reception for our new show,
The Milkweed Project and Other Flawless Fibers!

This exciting fiber and textile exhibition opens this Friday, January 14.


The Milkweed Project (above) is a collaborative artwork made up of approximately 150 objects created by several hundred artists and crafters from 30 states and 10 countries. It is a main highlight of the show. Participants from the U.S. and around the world have contributed works that are knitted, felted, crocheted and woven. They became a part of one artwork that is intended to capture the essence of a milkweed pod; its soft, ethereal beauty and its importance  to the natural world. The artwork was  conceived of and organized by Shan Bryan-Hansen. To learn more about the project, visit http://sticksandstitches.squarespace.com.


Other nationally-recognized textile artists, including Alison Gates (Above image: Neither Created nor Destroyed), Jennifer Hunold, and Mindy Sue Wittock, contribute non-traditional textile and fiber pieces that make this exhibition one not to be missed. Sculpture, basketry, quilting, embroidery, weaving, sewing, crocheting, felting, and knitting will be represented.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 14, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs through February 28.

Visit our main website for directions, hours, and more information about The Eclipse Gallery.

This event also coincides with the next Algoma Art Wave, a gallery/studio tour that takes place every 2nd Friday evening of each month.

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Salon 100 Reception and the Next Wave

Come join us FRIDAY NIGHT, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for a fun evening of art, conversation, and refreshments. The artist’s reception for our current show, Salon 100, will be held in conjunction with the Algoma Art Wave — so this is a great time to make the drive to Algoma and check out the different artists and venues that we have to offer here.

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This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served including gourmet cheeses, wine, and holiday cookies. So bring a friend and stop by!

Salon 100 features a wide variety of artists and styles–and all work is priced at only $100. Many artists are from the Northeast WI area, making this a great show to not only support your local artists but also your local gallery! Best of all, you can take purchased work home right away if you like.

We want to thank you for all the support you have shown us this year — looking back at all the great artwork we have brought to Algoma, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Finish up your holiday shopping with a handmade gift or gift card. Buy local and buy handmade this year – it really makes a difference! We have a few specials running right now:

25% off selected jewelry designs by Kim Geiser and Brandon Hemm

20% off Gift Cards

–With every purchase, you will get a coupon for a free $10 gift card with your next purchase of $50 or more. (For those of you on our mailing list, you will be receiving this coupon in the mail. Click here to easily sign up to receive these mailings)

We welcome your input! Leave us a comment/question below, and see you Friday night!

Exhibition Opportunity: Salon 100

We are currently accepting artist submissions for Salon 100, which will run November-December, 2010. The show will consist of contemporary artworks hung salon style all priced at retail $100 each.

An effort to support working artists and provide interesting yet affordable art to buyers!

Open to all professional artists working in any medium. Email sarah@theeclipsegallery.com for a prospectus or email up to 5 images for consideration along with your artist statement, short bio, and resume. Deadline for Submissions is September 30.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

New This Week!

Check out the new Peninsula Pulse newspaper for a great article about Eclipse by Melissa Ripp.

Thank you Melissa!

Here’s a link to the online version.

We have also created a Press page on our website, where you can find our latest press releases and links to articles.

Please stop by the Algoma Business Connection meeting which will be held at our space on Monday, December 14, from 5:30 – 7:30. Network with Chamber of Commerce members and the community, refreshments will be served, and take a look at the 50/50/50 show before it closes on the 31st! Cost is $3 at the door, or $2 pre-registered, which you can do online here. Should be a fun night and you can even pick up a last minute Christmas gift!

ALSO, please update your bookmarks for this site! I am no longer using domain mapping, and the URL will be going back to https://theeclipsegallery.wordpress.com

Our main website is still located at www.theeclipsegallery.com
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.

Thanks!

Artist Roster for the 50/50/50 show

Over the past couple days we’ve been installing our upcoming exhibition, 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums. It has been very challenging but we think it is coming together successfully.

Don’t miss the opening reception, Saturday, September 26th!! It is from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, and it’s free!

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We have finally completed the official artist roster and are excited to announce that the following artists will be involved in the show:

artist – state – medium

jennifer marsh – alabama – community based

judie gumm – alaska – bimetal

the milans – arizona – painting

laureen ament – arkansas – lampwork

stephen day – california – lighting design

elizabeth saeger – colorado – polymer clay

william evertson – connecticut – digital collage

william roberts – delaware – segmented wood

jennifer zoellner – florida – rag dolls

sarah neuburger – georgia – artistamps

jonathan clark – hawaii – oil, acrylic, textiles

dan scott – idaho – oil on canvas

tom kane – illinois – photojournalism

christina marsh – indiana – installation

randy richmond – iowa – digital pigment print

anne b. hollond – kansas – vinyl

stacy smith – kentucky – knit/felt

valerie smith – louisiana – photography

jeff badger – maine – multimedia

lia kent – maryland – sketchbook

christine tarantino – massachusetts – artist books/mail art

matthew shlian – michigan – paper

jorday kay phillips – minnesota – zines

sean starwars – mississippi – woodcut

matthew derezinski – missouri – digital

judy arledge – montana – basketry

karen kohtz – nebraska – artist trading cards

evie davis – nevada – button design

jenn ski – new hampshire – giclee

collective revolution – new jersey – silkscreen

juanita finger – new mexico – beading

dalia haber – new york – steel, textiles

kathie roig – north carolina – weaving

kim fink – north dakota – lithograph

corrine bayraktaroglu – ohio – embroidery

james francis – oklahoma – charcoal on wood

sarah baugh – oregon – graphic design

peter morgan – pennsylvania – ceramics

lauren minco – rhode island – gouache

katy bergman-cassell – south carolina – enamel on copper

sarah wilson – south dakota – handspun yarn

cathy horner – tennessee – collage

jennifer khoshbin – texas – sound

daniel embree – utah – monotype

gowri savoor – vermont – ink on paper

john hentry blatter – virginia – video

megan kirby – washington – typography

lauren beacham – west virginia – jewelry design

mark sauter – wisconsin – wood sculpture

georgia rowswell – wyoming – paper mache

Thank you to all the wonderful artists who have made this possible.

See you Saturday!

Upcoming Shows–Updates!!

Summer is almost gone and we are gearing up for our next exhibition, 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums. One artist from each state will represent a different medium in the art, craft, and design fields. The show starts on September 22nd with the opening reception on September 26th, from 5:30-10:00 pm. We hope to see you there for this exciting show which runs through December.

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Looking into 2010–which will be here before we know it–we are starting to accept submissions for Ethereal Views–Environments in Contemporary Art. This will be a curated, group exhibition of artists working in defining ethereal environments. Artwork will be characterized by one or more qualities of lightness, insubstantiality, intangibility, delicateness, of the celestial spheres, heavenly, not of this world, or spiritual while reflecting some kind of real or invented environment.

Artists so far include Kate Merritt Davis (painting) and Kiera L. Faber. (film)

Several additional artists of various mediums will be accepted for this show, which runs January-March 2010. If interested, email 5-10 images along with an artist statement/bio to sarah@theeclipsegallery.com

We are opening Saturday! Be there or be square!

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This Saturday is the artist’s reception for Personality: Real & Imagined, featuring Liz Gresey of Chicago, Adam Koenig and Molly Keyser of Green Bay, Justin Madson of Baraboo, and Sher Christopher of England.

We are so excited to be finally open after our 8 months of renovations. Make sure to stop by on Saturday, August 1, between 5:30-10:00 pm for refreshments and ART!

Also check out our recent newspaper article here.

Just a reminder that we are still looking for artists, crafters, and designers to sell their work on consignment, click here for details. Email me if interested at sarah@theeclipsegallery.com

Hope to see you all on Saturday!

You are Invited!

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Artist: Molly Keyser
Photography

I am happy to announce that the date is finally set for the opening of our first exhibition at The Eclipse Gallery! We had to push it back a little bit again due to our renovations taking longer than expected. You can stay updated with the photos of our progress on our Flickr. Renovating a 100 year old building has proved to be quite the challenge!

You are invited to the reception of Personality: Real & Imagined, featuring five diverse artists working in mediums including photography, paper sculpture, illustration, artist books, and comics. Artists include locals Molly Keyser (above image) and Adam Koenig, Justin Madson of Baraboo, WI, Liz Gresey of Chicago, and Sher Christopher of England.

Bring your friends for a night of art, conversation, and refreshments, on the evening of August 1st, 2009.
Free and open to the public. 5:30 PM – ?

The show will run from July (exact date TBA) through mid-September. So even if you can’t make it to the reception, stop by whenever you get the chance.

Thanks, and hope to see you soon! If you have any question or comments, feel free to email me at sarah@theeclipsegallery.com

NEW website!!!

I recently had a great idea for a new layout for the website, and I’m not a graphic designer by any means, but I used Mircrosoft Publisher to create my vision. It worked great, until I figured out that the home page images don’t show up in Firefox, although the rest of the pages images look fine (and the entire site works great in Internet Explorer)!!

So now if you type in www.theeclipsegallery.com you will get the new site, and to get to the blog you have to type in http://eclipsegalleryblog.com You can also get to the blog via the “about” page by clicking on “news”.

I hope you like the new design. I think it’s much more streamlined, minimalistic, and contemporary. If any of you know how to fix the glitch with the homepage/firefox thing I would love you forever! Thanks, and enjoy!

Book Report: Words of Wisdom

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I just wrote a summary of Words of Wisdom: A Curator’s Vade Mecum, which is a book published by Independent Curators International. You can read it here. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read about curating contemporary art exhibitions. Whether you are a curator, an artist, or lover of contemporary art, you would find this book very interesting.

There is…much that is said about the fact that there are no set-in-stone rules about curating. This is a good thing. As [curators] Jana Sevcikova and Jiri Sevcik state, “Always do only what interests you and what you believe in. Curating is like any other art form: it only serves to express your relationship to the world. No objective rules apply: there is not even a stable hierarchy of values to guide you. The meaning of images is never anchored by any kind of objective truth. You must not fall for the illusion of such truths, and instead propose questions challenging your own assumptions and especially the norms of the cultural establishment…This is the only way you can develop new relationships and provoke lively conflicts for which there exists no common denominator.”

Read the whole article

Buy the book