Hokey, I know,but I’m in a good mood today. Looking around the gallery, I find that we have a lot of ORANGE things right now—one of my favorite colors–so energizing, uplifting, and positive. In the middle of winter, we could all use a little brightness in our life!
hand-sewn bag and wallet by Gayle Gentry
Clock by Kimberly Erickson
NEW feather earrings by local artist Terri
ceramic bowl by Joe Singewald
hats by Melissa Hahn
musical quote pillow by Gayle Gentry
coasters by Kimberly Erickson
Domino Pendant by Odd Bird Designs
mug by Joe
magnets by Lori Birr
collage postcards by Molly Overstreet
hairclips by lizzellizzel
notecard by Kate Merritt Davis
magnet by The Crafty Hag
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Jennifer Marsh: Lawnmower
I am very excited to announce that Jennifer Marsh will be representing Alabama and Community-Based Medium for the 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums exhibition!
Jennifer is the founder of the International Fiber Collective, an organization that creates community-based, large-scale fiber projects. You may have heard of her Gas Station Wrapping project, which received a lot of press–including a feature in FiberArts Magazine.
Jennifer’s current project is Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama. The concept is, “much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.”
Participants from around the world are invited to create leaves to contribute to the creation of the tree. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used. For more information on how to participate, click here. This is open to all age groups and levels of artistic ability.
Jennifer’s next, highly ambitious project after the tree is wrapping a NASA rocket! But she needs help raising the money to rent the expensive crane required to install the artwork. Click here to see how you can help and become involved. She needs your help!
We are also planning a solo show for Jennifer’s sculpture in the future–stay tuned!
‘Found Object’ sconce
[Radiology film / Walnut / fluorescent lamps]
I’m in love with Stephen Day’s lighting design–and he will be representing California for the 50/50/50 show
I am still accepting submissions for the show, and am looking for unique mediums especially. The following states and mediums are already taken:
CA, NY, NJ, VA, PA, WI, MI, AL
Lighting Design, Mixed Media, Pastel, Ceramics, Paper, Silkscreen
Click here for more info on how to submit your work or e-mail me.
I drove a little over an hour this morning down to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
in Sheboygan, WI. Interestingly enough, it’s one of the only major art centers in Wisconsin that I haven’t ever visited. I was more than impressed with the level of professionalism and importance of works displayed. This is definitely my new favorite place to be.
Their main exhibition right now is Messages & Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art. Quite the criteria, I thought, especially as I read from the newsletter that the show “is an unprecedented exhibition that traces American popular culture through a century of collage and assemblage.” But I was pleasantly surprised to see works by the likes of:
Peter Sarkisian and this mixed media/video work on a car door
Ray Yoshida, an icon of the Chicago art scene
Lenore Tawney, a very influential textile/collage artist & sculptor
and many more amazing artists…
There was even a display of Ray Johnson works and an explanation of Mail Art, something near and dear to my heart since I am also involved in this movement.
That was only one of about five exhibits at the Kohler. Another notable exhibition is Wisconsin artist kathryn e martin’s installation Flotant. It is a breathtaking experience that you have to witness. The few pictures available don’t cut it.
The amount of activities available to participate in here are enormous. Classes, performance art, films, residencies, and a myriad of projects. By the time I was ready to leave, I was also ready to write out a check and support this unique art center so close to my home! But even if you don’t have much money, it’s great, because admission is free.
All in all a great experience and I would highly recommend visiting! The collage show runs until January 25, 2009.