Monday, December 29, 2008

New Beginnings WA St Dept of Health

Weaving Zen

The above three Zen Collages will be part of the "New Beginnings" Exhibit. Meditation is the New Year's Resolution.

From Tuesday, January 6 through Friday January 30, 2009, New Beginnings Exhibit sponsored by Washington State Department of Health located at the Town Center and Point Plaza East campuses on Israel Road near Capital Blvd. in Tumwater (TC1, TC2, TC3, and PPE). The art will be on display in the lobbies and other common areas of these buildings; The art is accompanied by a New Year’s resolution that functions as a secondary title for the piece.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tacoma Comunity College Environmental Exhibit and SNOW

Corgi Reiley in the SNOW = In Olympia!!!!

The Tacoma Community College Environmental Art Exhibition begins Jan 5 - Feb 27 in The Gallery... Reception is Jan 8 4-7pm

I'm supposed to drop off the art tomorrow but considering that I shoveled over 8 inches of snow off my driveway... I'm thinking they might want to consider the driving conditions. This is Olympia - very little snow plowing of roads let alone sanding... but we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mystic Mocha Cafe

I switch my art out every 4 months at "the coffee shop in the Dome District with an intriguing name: Mystic Mocha. Located at 402 E. 26th St., the cafe is owned and operated by Annette Hall, who says there's nothing mysterious about pouring a good cup of coffee....

Art on the coffee shop's walls, paintings and collages by local artists, complement the decor and are for sale. "I worked at that. I didn't want to throw just any old thing up there. I tried to pick things that are soothing and calm, but interesting," Hall commented"in an article called Mystic Mocha offers a coffee By Matt Nagle - Tacoma Weekly Published on: July 19, 2007.

Mystic Mocha is open seven days a week, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (253) 272-2421.

Rainier Symphony - Painted Violin Project

This spring, Rainier Symphony will be auctioning the violins in an online event. They will also be showcasing them at each concert series and on our website. Patrons can buy them ahead of the auction time if they do not want to take the chance of being outbid. The link for the Rainier Symphony website.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Solo Exhibit - Woodinville City Hall

Received notification today that I have been selected for a solo exhibit at the Woodinville City hall next year. Dates will be announced once they are confirmed. Address: 17301 133rd Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA

Annual Kaynor Coach House Art & Craft Sale was very busy today. I was surprised by how many former students happened through the event. I always wonder if they keep up with their art interest after the class. Most say, its just difficult to find the time.

Rainier Symphony Violin Fundraiser Project

I just received this email.. I created the violin in 2006 and I wondered what happened to it!
My theme was Midsummer's Night Dream

Rainier Symphony is incredibly thankful for your support and the stunning artwork that you provided to us with the painted violin you so graciously provided to us. We know that it has been a while since the violins were donated to us. In this period of time, the violins have been kept in special care as we decided on the way to make the best and most appropriate use of them.We have decided to focus this year's fundraising efforts on the Painted Violin Project. This spring, we will be auctioning the violins in an online event. We will also be showcasing them at each concert series and on our website. Patrons can buy them ahead of the auction time if they do not want to take the chance of being outbid.As part of our online display, we are going to include the Artist Statement you provided with the original donation of the violin. If you have no objection, we would also like to display your website information as well with the violin so that our patrons may have more information about you and your artwork. If you would like to have your website information linked to the violin you created for us, please respond to this email. Also, if you would like to reverse link from your site to our violin auction site, please feel free to do so; we want the public to know of your great work.Thank you again for your support and your patience as we determined the best option for the painted violins.

Kristine Patterson
Recording Secretary
Rainier Symphony-

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Two new upcoming Exhibits

January Online Exhibit:
"On behalf on of The Sweet-Spot, I'd like to congratulate you for being our official selection for our first show in January! As we are an online gallery we'd like to offer as much as we can to promote the work of our selected artists."

Grand Opening of “THE VELVET SHOW!”
Opening reception on January 17th (Sat.) 4 to 9 PM – and the first Everett art walk of the year.
Show dates: Jan. 18th-Feb. 8th – Open hours at LAW are Sat. noon-5, Sun. noon-5 and by appt. (425-418-4644)
Location: Lowell Art Works, 5205 S2nd Ave., Everett, WA

Friday, December 5, 2008

"Eco" Colage

Someone recently asked what's with my use of Eco Collage - recycling actually has always been the mainstay of the media since collage is generally an art form that uses bits of this & that to create a design. The following list shows the common types of collage and typical materials used in each form.

AFFICHES LACERES (a-fisn lah-ser-ay') Found paper collage
ASSEMBLAGE (ah-se m-blah'j) Combination of three-dimensional objects glued to a surface
BRICOLAGE (bree-col-ah'j) Combining odds and ends in collage
BRULAGE (brew-lah'j) Burning of dampened collage materials
COLLAGE (ko-lah'j) Pasting or gluing papers or objects onto a surface
DECALCOMANIE (day-kal-k6-mahn-ee) Placing wet paint between two surfaces and pulling apart
DECHIRAGE (day-shur-ah'j) Distressed paper collage
DECOLLAGE (day-ko-lah'j) Removing, un-gluing or otherwise subtracting material from the layers of a collage
DECOUPAGE (day-koop-ah'j) Cut paper collage
FEMMAGE (fahm-ah'j) Collage art and traditional craft done by women, frequently fabric-oriented
FROISSAGE (fwahs-ajh') Crumpling or creasing of collage materials
FROTTAGE (frot-ah'j) Rubbing a design onto collage materials from a textured surface
FUMAGE (foom-ah'j) Exposing dampened collage materials or surface to candle smoke
LAYERING (lay-r-ing) Building and removing layers of collage materials; a philosophy of connecting spiritual energies with art
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE Any combination of media with. collage
PAPIERS COLLES (pah-peecay ko-lay)Pasted papers ­
PHOTOMONTAGE: 'Collage of glued photographs or Cut out photos

As you see from the list of types of collage, this art form has always been about reusing various found objects, papers, etc. There seems to be a new movement in art to incorporate recycled or discarded materials to make "green" pieces.

My Eco Statement follows:
In today's era of heightened environmental awareness, artists are increasingly turning to junk stores, trash bins and surplus outlets to satisfy their urge to create. Every time I go to place something into my trash bag, I take a second look and ask myself how can I use that creatively in a collage? What most people would causally toss, I select for potential inclusion. It can be anything from jar lids, coffee filters, onion skin, onion bags, broken toys, split open tubes of dried paint, paper doilies, broken costume jewelry... The challenge for me is taking things that are destined for the landfill and integrating them into my art.

The use of everyday objects in art can be traced to American folk art in the 19th and 20th centuries; to the Dada movement in Zurich, Barcelona and New York in the 1910s and early 1920s; and most recently to the work of Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, John Chamberlain and Louise Nevelson, among others.

Creative recycling into artwork shows my green side and my effort in caring for the planet. I reuse my sumi-e practice papers by staining them or turn scrap paper into "new" handmade paper; save bits and pieces of miscellaneous junk; and the resulting collages reflect the Zen concepts of harmony and balance that I strive to exemplify.