02 March, 2015

Spring 2015 shows and news

A couple of my brick chickens, 2015

This year, gallery owner Laura Dragon, {9} The Gallery, asked me if I was going to enter anything in their theme show, "MOVE!" 

As usual, when presented with a theme, I drew a blank. However, my husband remembered I'd made these wheeled sculptures out of toy building bricks last year. I sent Laura a picture and she wanted them in the show. So, I rebuilt some old ones and made some entirely new ones, and showed 10 of them in her gallery on Grand Avenue, Phoenix, in February! I'm leaving them there at least thru Art Detour weekend, (Mar 6-8), since there should be some great traffic then, and they are tiny and priced right for impulse purchases. They are glued so they won't fall apart just from picking them up!

Show poster for Everything After, Mar. 2015, Phoenix

I'll also be having a 2 person show with Jared Aubel, at R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 W. McDowell, in Phoenix, thru the month of March! 

Jared has several large paintings that he's offering reprints of. I will have over 100 pieces! Most are small, my miniature work. But, 19 are 'thriftstore makeovers,' where an artist alters a second hand find, putting a modern spin on it. I used mostly reprints of old classics from the 1700s thru 1800s. Ah, if only I could find one of those rare original paintings worth a million bucks when I'm in a thriftstore! 

This new bent started last year when I was starting to comb thriftstores for the frames, since some really nice, even vintage, frames could be found very reasonably priced. As opposed to the imported junk in stores that I was becoming increasingly unhappy with as far as quality. Anyway, I had bought a frame that had a Rembrandt reprint in it, in kind of bad scuffed up shape. But on a whim I added birds to the reprint and even was able to fix the scuffs by retouching them with paint. I popped it back in its frame and it sold right away. I did another and that sold too, so the gallery owner of R Pela, Robrt Pela, asked me to do more for a 2015 show. I did, and that's what you'll find at "Everything After," in March. There are extended weekend hours for Art Detour.

Creature drying, wet clay stage, 2015

I've been getting back into ceramics since last fall. 

So far, I've made a number of usable bowls, creatures, chickens, and birds. I plan to keep taking it, and since I'm getting into more 3D stuff again, hope that by next year I'll have enough significant sculptural pieces to offer them in a show, too!
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