Sunday, March 28, 2010

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Residency

I was awarded and accepted a 5 month residency at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC). I started moving parts of my studio down there on March 15th. The studio at KMAC is smaller than my own, but I so enjoy the company and love having a studio downtown, it is inspiring. I especially love being near the river and other art spaces, with both tourists and downtown suit types running around at lunch time.
There are two big windows looking into my studio space from the outside workshop area in the Education Department. I immediately hung my name to claim my space and begin my process here.

The space stills seems sparse to me, which is distracting. I like more visually cluttered places.
Since I've moved in, I've been working old pieces doing experiments. I'm planning out my next series of work and need to run a few experiments to inform what I'm doing.
The more I work on these pieces, the more I realize I need to do some workshops with other artists. I need to learn some new techniques and spend more time on formal elements in my designs. There are so many variables and I have to limit what I'm trying to figure out or I get confused and overwhelmed. Dying combined with applying texture to achieve certain effects is what I'm currently working on. I have some images in my mind of what I want to do, understanding how to best convey those images, (or ideas), is the ever burning question.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Making Baskets for Teen Art Program

This past Saturday I taught a basketry workshop at the Hara Center to benefit the teen art program there. This is me attempting to push the reed further down in the warm water. Unfortunately when I ordered reed this time, I ordered one size larger than I typically work with. Soaking became very important to make the reed more pliable.
Both adults and children participated in making twine and coil baskets. The very younger children were taken into another area to create baskets out of old newspaper with the aid of the teens the program would benefit. A big thanks goes out to Kelly McCarthy, the girl who runs the joint, for coming up with the idea of making newspaper baskets with the younger kiddos.

No Holds Barred Group Show Art 227

So this South African born artist, Emil Walton, decided to take a family business on Chenoweth Lane and use it as an Art Gallery. Genius! The space is beautiful! and for rent. Let's hope for art's sake it makes enough money as a gallery that it won't be rented and will continue to operate as a gallery. I participated in their first show in Feb, 2010.
Here's my most recent work hanging in the No Holds Barred Group Show at Art 227 (227 Chenoweth Lane, Lousiville, KY).
Some pics of the crowd from opening night which drew a little over a hundred people.

Love Show at Rudyard Kipling, 2006

We had two promo posters for this event and I have to thank ADI Studio, Scott Henderson, for the photograpy.

This is me giving the "5 minute warning" before the show. Back stage anywhere the last few minutes before the show feels chaotic to me, fortunately I work with a great group of artists who "never let me see them sweat" -well, except on stage.
Joee Conroy of Ut Gret.

Greg Acker, of Ut Gret, in the background.
Love Goddess arrives to invite her artist friends to define love.
Kelly McCarthy in her piece, Universal Sustaining Love.

Stephanie Clark in her piece, Pink Poofy Love.

Mary as the Love Devil.

Ruth Bennet wearing her piece, Thea.

Terry Wunderlich wearing, Max and Jane define love.

Holly Morgan in her piece, Maternal Love.

Terry Wunderlich in her piece, Failed Domesticity.

Ruth Bennet wearing the second piece she created for the show.

Kelly McCarthy