Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Whole Lotta Movin' Goin' On!

I mean that, literally. Moi is moving her studio. Am up to my eyeballs in boxes and packing tape. The new location offers much more room (my current studio is just too small) so now I'll be able to work on multiple large canvases simultaneously! My new digs overlook a lovely park, there's a 50 cents per can Coke machine right outside my door, it's beautifully appointed and is smack dab in the middle of a tree-filled historic area. The location??? I'll be posting photos later this week -- see if you can guess where it is. Hint: It's not where you think!

Now on to the other momentous news:

Yours truly is now represented by Woodstock Art and Glass Gallery in beautiful downtown Woodstock, Ga. This beautiful gallery carries a fine selection of contemporary art, jewelry and glass. It's in a fun location, surrounded by intriguing boutiques, shops and eateries -- a great place to indulge your taste for fine art, good food and shopping. Check it out if you're in the vicinity!

Our first First Friday Art Walk on Marietta's Square rocked! Despite the fact that it coincided with Easter weekend and spring break, we had a great turnout. Rebecca Salcedo and I have created a mini-gallery of our work at DuPre's Art Forum, 17 Whitlock Ave. We met so many nice people, two of whom were lucky winners in a drawing for some of our artwork. Rebecca and I will be repeating this giveaway for all the upcoming Art Walks. So be sure to stop by our space to drop your name in the entry box every time you participate in an Art Walk on the Square. (Every First Friday from 5-9 p.m., April through October.) You need not be present to win.

If you can't attend but still want to participate, just email me through my web site, None of your personal information will ever be shared with outside parties, I promise. What you will get -- besides your name being entered for the drawing -- is a free subscription to my quarterly e-newsletter for art lovers. In it you'll discover little-known back stories about famous and infamous artists, tantalizing glimpses into some of art's biggest mysteries, a dose of artful humor, plus lots of helpful tips to make viewing, collecting, and caring for art more fun and enjoyable. Of course you can always opt out from receiving it, but it's great fun to read, plus it makes you a scintillating conversationalist at cocktail parties.

On the exhibition scene:

Two works I completed recently have been accepted into the World of Art-2012 juried exhibit, opening April 16 at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Rd. in Mableton. The awards reception is April 21 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Admission is free. The two works are both mixed media collages but are polar opposites of each other. One implies an upbeat spirit and expression of joy, while the other was created during Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami tragedies. A view of the latter appears above, at the start of this blog post.

Another can't-miss exhibition opens Fri., Mar. 13 at the Roswell Visual Arts Center, 10495 Woodstock Rd. in Roswell. One of three exhibitions commemorating 100 years of collage that the Atlanta Collage Society is sponsoring this year, it's a little different than most. Artists were challenged to use at least one of four materials found in the work of the masters of fine art collage: Picasso, Braque and Matisse. We had to incorporate caning, wall paper, faux finished paper and/or newspaper in any work(s) submitted. The first three materials weren't impossible to get. (Thank you, Veva, for supplying the chair caning!) But the newspaper??? This could not be just any newspaper, mind you. The contents had to be published in French.

Let me tell ya, when you live in semi-rural Georgia, obtaining a French newspaper is about as likely as winning a tractor pull with a Prius. Thank goodness a fellow artist who is French stepped forward to lend a hand. Valerie persuaded her mom, who lives in France, to mail us pages from Le Figaro. Oui!!! Mama provided enough pages to supply me and two other newspaper-deficient collagists who were in the same boat. Thanks to our French allies, I can proudly say the 24x18" work I submitted, titled Moon Fishing, incorporates all four of the required materials. Moon Fishing was a real challenge to design, create and complete. It stymied me for weeks after obtaining the required elements as I wrestled with integrating such disparate materials successfully. Despite that, I'm very satisfied with the finished work, even if its creation gave me fits.

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