Friday, October 13, 2017

CONSIDERING CORVIDAE OPENING NIGHT


I am so delighted to be a part of this show, honoring the existence of the Crovidae family which is wide in it's variety of birds and covers so much range of our beautiful planet.  


I was unable to attend the opening to the CONSIDERING CORVIDAE exhibit last Friday evening at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery so I missed the pleasure of visiting with the other artists and attending gallery patrons. The upside is, through various correspondence with me, one of my collectors expressed she had interest in the piece I used in my show announcement (see previous post).  On Thursday morning I delivered my 4 pieces and shared with the staff about the interest in the piece and asked if the gallery would hold it till she could come over from Seattle to see it in person Friday afternoon. Graciously all the stars aligned as she was able to get there moments prior to the opening. It all turned out well for everyone as it seems the piece spoke to her and she is now the new guardian of CORVUS ENVY, pictured below. Thank you so much C.A.



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Being envious of the capacity of aerial navigation often brings about the want to be like a bird, have the freedom of flying free in the sky, as far as far can be, even to the stars and as far as the  constellation Corvus (as seen in the background). CORVUS ENVY plays with that idea as I often imagine myself flying and viewing what is seen from that soaring perspective while I watch a bird's flight in the sky...


Now we come to PRECIOUS. I am happy to say this is another piece, thus far, that has sought new guardianship. It's not surprising this characterization of behavior would touch a nerve or funny bone in someone considering all of the corvid's various and quirky personalities. With that we often witness thievery in the behavior of the Corvidae Family of birds, namely Crows and Ravens. Keeping an eye on all our shiny objects, such as keys, would be diligent on our part, lest we lose them to these clever Corvidaes. I have depicted this particular habit in numerous art pieces in the past as it is such an amusing, though sometimes annoying, trait. 


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PRECIOUS suggests this mischievous act when light reflected on these treasured items enhances the culprits chances of further irresistible appropriations. The title also comes from the perspective that the diversity of our natural world is precious, special and is of great importance to protect.


DREAMS OF FLIGHT


DREAMS OF FLIGHT - Again as I mentioned with the PRECIOUS piece, I often wish I had the ability to fly like our world of birds do, so since I haven't yet mastered that quality I created this piece, DREAMS OF FLIGHT, with that notion in mind. 


IDENTITY THEFT

IDENTITY THEFT - Stellar Jays love to vocally mimic other birds and are quite talented at it. In this piece a Jay is steeling the visual identity of a Raven assuming it may give it more muscle or authority and maybe even tone down the rather unsavory conduct and silence piercing calls it seems so proud to demonstrate. 

I revel in watching these savvy feathered friends with their intrigue and humorous behavior. I am also entranced by their remarkable intelligence and impressed with their genius and mastery of tasks.  This particular species of birds is one of my favored subjects in my work. One of my best-loved sounds of nature is when I am out in my woods and I hear the whu-whu-whu of a raven pushing air against it's wings, breaking the silence the moment it passes over me...what a gift!

In most, if not all, my 3 dimensional pieces, the achievement of depth is my goal. Cutting out my painted illustrations, positioning and extending them  through the matt opening and over the matt, thus overlapping them, brings the subjects a bit closer to the viewer to create curiosity and pique interest…I want the animal or person to come out of the space, off the background surface so as to appear more alive rather than exist on one plane.

Thanks so much to all of you for coming back to view more of my work and read my musings. Your interest is very much appreciated.

Stay tuned to see what may come out of the imagination next.

Also, be sure to click on each image to see it in a larger format.

Monday, October 2, 2017

CONSIDERING CORVIDAE

Hello dear friends and onlookers...I hope all of you who stop by this site to view my blogging entries haven't given up on me. Again, it is hard to believe so much time has passed by since my last post. Life seems so full and so much to do and accomplish. But, here I am posting the announcement of my very soon, upcoming show with a flock, or rather, a murder of artists. I designed this announcement for self-promotion in a program called theprintshop. If you are not familiar with it, it is a very creative program...you can review it here.
It may seem odd, but just to entice you a little bit, I posted the announcement below in it's original size format thus all of it will not be showing... So be sure to click on the image to reveal the full page...the full monty! 

If you are on Bainbridge Island during the month of October and you have time, stop by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts Gallery in Winslow. You will be so glad you did.  They represent numerous talents from around the Pacific Northwest. The CONSIDERING CORVIDAE exhibit will run through the 29th.
While in town, if you have not been there already, another definite must-see, go-to destination in Winslow, is BIMA, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art...we are so very lucky to have such a beautiful museum for the visual arts and as well as other expressions of art. Thank you Cynthia!

Thank you, again, for all your support and frequent visits and not giving up on me. I am grateful to all of my audience and appreciate your interest in my work.

Stay tuned for more about the pieces I have in this show...

Remember to click on the announcement to see it in a full page.

Thanks!



Thursday, January 26, 2017

TIME MARCHES ON

Well, it is hard to believe it has been 3 months since I last posted...I took a blog break and a creative break while trying to recover from the election results, the holidays, and witnessing January zipping by and it has all caused me to pause and reflect a bit. I have come to realize I have still been climbing out of my grieving for the loss of my mom, over 2 years ago now, and that lingers in the wake. The experience profoundly changed me.

All has been a slow journey. As far as my pursuit of re-entering creative energy, I guess the quest for a clean studio has been a good therapy for me, long and drawn out, I might add...do I need more than I thought? Hmmm. Each time I step into my studio I seek a sense of what is needed to bring me to a place where I can tap my imagination again to stir up the next new piece.  So, I am tidying, purging, and reorganizing my work stations, a meditation of sorts, so I can think clearly and invite my muse to revisit me within all the chaos of our country, the world and within my studio. I have to say it is feeling really good to see beyond the disarray and confusion in this special space.

Creating again will be my next phase of therapy, tapping in to the realm of inspiration and creative artistry for healing and hopefully bringing healing to world outside me. Plus, there is the rising up, doing what needs to be done and by resisting...all are definitely included in holding a vision for our world. When I googled the term, "We will rise up", I happened to come across a Christian group that recorded a song by that title. Their group name is Soulfire Revolution. How perfect a title, if one were needed, for our movement at present!  Our souls are on fire and our voices must be strong and we must and will rise up!

"The Future depends on what we do in the Present"
     -Mahatma Gandhi
More wise musings...


Addendum: I am adding this quote that was just shared with me today (1/30/17) by my good friend and artist, Shane Miller, as we ponder our actions towards changing the injustices that have been blanketed upon this world by our current "president". It goes hand in hand with the other above quotes...
"Do not lose awareness of the suffering that is going on in the world. Nourish that kind of awareness by whatever means possible: images, direct contact, visits, and so on. We have to do that in order to keep both the awareness of the suffering and compassion alive in us. But experiencing too much suffering is not good. Any medicine must be taken in the proper dosage. We need to stay in touch with suffering only to the extent that we will not forget. Then compassion will flow within us and be a source of energy that we can transform into action."    - Thich Nhat Hanh 

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 Then I became determined to find more quotes by those who have been showing us the way to bravery, peace and freedom...and on this quest the first person who came to mind was Malala Yousafzai. We are the ONE voice and with our numbers ever increasing, we become loader and magnified.


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And then all our other sisters and many not shown...

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

THE AFTER GLOW

It has been so enriching to reflect back on the fun we had during the weekend of our Artist Studio Sale with our fellow artists as we once again created a gallery like atmosphere in GreyBird Barn. The wonderful visiting crowds were numerous and wonderful despite the rain on Saturday that kept things a bit moist, but our spirits were high from all the generous words about our event. To quote Shane Miller, whose wonderful barn we inhabit every fall..."Over and over again we heard, "I never knew this little piece of paradise was down this road" ... "such a unique and talented group of artists" ... "I love your barn" ... "what an intimate setting for an art sale" ... "love the cookies." I was, and still am, overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness." The guests attendance and enthusiasm both days kept the barn warm and comfy.

All our efforts as a group go into preparing the grounds and barn to make it really shine. Then Saturday comes and it's time to throw open the barn doors to reveal our magical, creative space, in it's morphed glory.  We have been at this for 7 years now so each year makes the event even better than the last. We all gather one day prior to the sale where we expend time and energy grooming the grounds and transforming the barn. It is a group effort and we all work really well together sharing the load and chores. In the below photo we are taking a lunch break before we get back to stacking wood, weed eating, raking leaves and grass, hedge trimming, sweeping out the barn of saw dust and spider webs and staging the pathway to the barn with wonderful galvanized metal items collected by Shane and buckets of fresh picked apples off the generous King apple tree on sight, and enticing, colorful flags to lure in curious passersby. 


Loran with my Ruby, Diane and her Peaches, Lynn, me, and my sister, Wendy...
who gives her all to help us each year. We are so grateful to have her help and her giving spirit. 
Not pictured is Shane, taking the photo.


Once we load in our goods and set up the barn in our designated areas we transform GreyBird Barn's interior into a wondrous and enchanting space in hopes to delight the senses of our visiting guests.  As you can see the barn and it's surroundings takes on a whole new look once this gang is through with it. 


Our welcoming path to GreyBird Barn

Entering the barn

My space as you walk in, with Wendy, Bob and Shane shooting pics. That's her display in the back

My display and our "such a steal" bargain table on the right

Day 2 - empty wall spaces within my display
(As Martha would say, "that's a good thing") 

Shane Miller with her etched metal narrative boxes and jewelry
plus some new digital images not pictured. You can see them on her artist blog

Lynn Anju with her beautiful display of etched jewelry with beautiful stones

Loran Scruggs in her dazzling repurposed tin works of art 
and fun bottle cap creations

 
Diane Haddon showing her wonderful found object sculpture and fanciful collages
and big selection of post cards showing her images (Donna Snow and Diana Cronin looking on)

More images from the two day event...

Lynn

Diane and Peaches go for a walk-about on rainy day Saturday

 
Peaches! 

Our friend, Victoria Josslin, who is now retired from Bainbridge Arts 
and Crafts Gallery, visiting with Diane Saturday

Potter and good friend, Diana Cronin and Diane, posing it up on Sunday, day 2

An artistic environment within GreyBird Barn

The view from my vantage point within my booth



This is Rick Dennison, Lynn Anju's husband. He was our weekend warrior aka our super hero of the weekend...He gave us so much with a big heart. Before the weekend ever started, Rick came and helped Shane stack her firewood for a day ... and he also set up and picked up all our signs on the highway and along the route leading to our event... and to top it off, directed visitors as to where to park their cars for 2 days (even in the rain on Saturday!) ... all without any complaints. What a trooper! A HUGE THANK YOU to Rick for all his help and generous giving. 

 THE GANG OF ARTISTS
Diane, Shane, Wendy in the center (our other giving and mighty helper-THANK YOU again Wendy! Nearly every year she has come to assist us and help us in multiple ways for which we are forever grateful!), Lynn, me, and Loran
An additional special big thank you to Wendy...Besides many other chores, she helped with prep-work, refreshed our cookie supply and kept the warm cider dispenser full for us during the weekend.
  
Another big thanks to Libby Wennstrom for the big article in the PT Leader...Thank you Libby!

Thanks to those who were able to visit our event and perusing this post. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GREYBIRD BARN TAKES FLIGHT PT Leader


 GreyBird Barn art sale 
takes flight this weekend

Interview and article by Libby Wennstrom
Five working artists – all women – have teamed up for the seventh GreyBird Barn’s Artist Studio Sale, set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9.
The sale is located at the barn studio of etched-metal artist Shane Miller, 11 Carroll Ave., in Glenn Cove. Many of the artists represented have been selling in the show for years.

The GreyBird Barn artists, whose work runs the gamut from found-object sculpture to photo-etched jewelry to mixed-media painting, plan to be on hand both days to explain their processes and answer questions.

New to the barn sale this year is Suquamish artist Diane Haddon, who specializes in assemblage and found-object collage. Returning artists are Linda Jarvis, mixed-media, sculpture and assemblage utilizing found objects), Lynn Anju, metal etchings, sculpture and jewelry, Loran Scruggs colorful reused tin and bottle-cap creations and GreyBird Barn studio owner Shane Miller, photo-etched jewelry, narrative boxes and sculpture.

Miller has been a working artist for about 25 years, starting out in large-scale steel sculpture; over time, her work has evolved to include photo-etched metal boxes and three-dimensional opening frames. She is now branching out to paper and collage work – still using some of the same photo processes she uses in her etchings – gluing tiled gampi paper onto larger canvases to create large, composite images. In recent years, Miller has switched from using harsh chemicals for photo etching to a process which uses electricity – provided by a car battery – and a strong salt water solution. Miller says she’s happier with the results, and the process is far less toxic than using conventional photo etching chemicals.

A thread running through Miller's artwork, regardless of media, is narrative – every piece tells a story. Her "narrative boxes" hang on the wall and open up, inviting viewers to open each panel to find out what the rest of the story might be. Miller's work is available year around at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Miller came to Port Townsend in 1993 for the sea kayaking, and stayed, in part, because of the thriving regional arts scene. The barn – which serves as her studio space when it's not being pressed into service for the sale – has become a way for a group of what Miller calls "like-minded artists" to come together once a year and create an intimate, informative way of selling their work. All of the artists sell their work at regional galleries, but having "at home" time offers people a chance to talk with the artists about their processes, tools and intentions for a piece.

The barn is located in a quiet, semi-rural area in little-traveled Glenn Cove, just outside the Port Townsend city limits. From State Route 20, take Fredericks Street and follow the signs to the bottom of the hill. Sale hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Oct. 8-9. For more information, call Miller at 379-5421.



Thank you Libby for this article in the PT Leader Oct. 5, 2016. We so appreciate your willingness to showcase us and our event.

Friday, September 30, 2016

7th ARTIST STUDIO SALE at GreyBird Barn



We've just walked into our Fall Equinox so it must be time to bring GreyBird Barn into it's gallery glory for 2016. We are all hoping you can make it to our event to celebrate the arts and this beautiful season of changing colors and cooler temps. And, of course, all of us artists will be present to meet and greet, answer questions so you can get to know each one of us and our techniques and approaches to our creative process, or add a new piece to your personal collection. And, for an extra enticement, we will have homemade cookies and hot apple cider for our guests. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN, our artist line up this year includes: 
Diane Haddon from Suquamish - this is her first year with us, so welcome Diane!
 I will be there, of course, Linda Jarvis from Chimacum, 
Shane Miller from Port Townsend - it is her wonderful barn/studio we transform for this event.  
Loran Scruggs from Port Townsend - this will be her 2nd year...welcome back Loran. 
And, Lynn Anju, also from Port Townsend - this will mark her 5th year at GreyBird Barn - thanks for joining in again, Lynn. 

If you are not familiar with our respective mediums a short description of our work is below.



This year we have teamed up with two very special B & B’s in Sequim. Their guests have been offered a Fall Art and Food Tour and includes, in part, a stop at GreyBird Barn to meet the artists and enjoy the creative atmosphere. We are very grateful to Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast at Two Crows Farm and Greenhouse Inn by the Bay for their participation...thank you.

      

   

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support for the GreyBird Barn events and artists.

Monday, September 26, 2016

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Life has spread me thin of late. Seems there's been one thing after another that has thrown me off track, taking priority though still preventing me from finding my way into my studio. And, I have to say, my muse has not been visiting through these various distractions...But alas, a carrot out in front of me always spurs me on allowing me to shift gears. I am feeling The Calling again, thus I am back in the saddle and ready to ride.

That carrot I speak of is our 7th Artist Studio Sale at GreyBird Barn. If you are not familiar with our events, take a peek at a past gathering here. I won't say too much in this post other than I am looking forward to hanging out with these four other artists for the weekend of Oct 8 & 9. The line up this year is myself (Chimacum), Shane Miller (Port Townsend - it is her wonderful barn/studio we transform for this event each year), Diane Haddon (Suquamish - this is her first year with us. Welcome, Diane!), Loran Scruggs (Port Townsend - this will be her 2nd year with us. Welcome back, Loran!) and Lynn Anju (Port Townsend - this will be her 5th year with us. Always a joy, Lynn). 

I hope you will come back soon to see my post regarding the GreyBird Barn Event to reveal details in hopes you can stop by and visit and take in all the magical visuals.

Thanks for checking in. See you next post...


The Calling