Tuesday, March 02, 2010

News and updates

Hi all! Sorry for the long desert of no posts--working 3 jobs have a tendency to suck up all available time and energy! But things are under control now so I thought I'd give a quick update on my art related activities.

My recent one woman show, Disparate Threads, was AWESOME! Thanks to the Women's Research Center here at UCF! We had a lovely opening with many attendees. More folks dropped in during the 6 weeks the show was up as well. Lots of sales too--always a cause for celebration. It was so great to see many of my works up at the same time in a well-lit space appropriate for viewing. Thanks, Leslie and Fran for making it such a great experience! http://womens.research.ucf.edu/ Next up at Center is a talented sculptor and water colorist: Linda Brant. http://www.lbrant.net/home Can't wait to see her exhibit.

My hub cap art is under way--but slowly. I'm still gathering supplies and I'm hoping that once I get all of the junk, er, junque together, I will be able to whip the piece out. Meanwhile, check out LandfillArt's website which is now live: http://www.landfillart.org/Do take the time to browse the gallery of the works that have already been completed and submitted.

This past Saturday I attended the organizational meeting for a local group that will be called FOFA: Focus on Fiber Art. It was organized by Hye Shin, a fiber artist working with paper and weaving and found objects http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/h/hyeshin/We hope to get a viable fiber arts group going here in the Orlando area for mutual support, learning and exhibition. It was a good meeting and I look forward to the next one. Hye's pieces were very impressive--I have been thinking/cogitating about them and how well they struck me since Saturday. Some of the work she brought reminded me of my nude piece "Soft Curves" (which I have posted above). I think I may have to revisit and explore that idiom some. I really like the transparent aspect of most of the fabric--very ethereal. I think I can repeat the images but in a looser, less formal way. Hye was using a lot of gauze and very open woven linen. I liked that look a lot.

And last but not least I must announce that I'm almost finished with a piece called "Sowing the Blade Garden". This is another of my "Inner Landscape" or dream based series and is rather stark. I've shown images of it in progress a while back. I'm in the final quilting and finishing stages now. I'll post it when I'm done.

I'm planning some major updates to my Etsy site some time in the near future (I hope). Revamping the site, changing wording, descriptions and adding a bunch of items for sale. Several days' worth of work for sure. Of course, that is assuming that I can wrestle my laptop away from my 15 year old son.

Stay tuned!