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WaxingOn Spring: Behind the scenes in the studio
Palm Springs Workshop
A funny and quite unexpected thing happened while I was teaching in Palm Springs. David's print dealer, Larry Warnock of Warnock Fine Arts came by and saw my prints.
After a wonderful three-day Encaustic Collagraph workshop at David A. Clark's studio in Palm Springs, 2017 seems to be shaping up as the year for prints.
I had a great group of new and returning students for my class. Many prints were pulled and we had our own "Women's Printmaking March" over inauguration weekend. My fabulous host, artist David A. Clark even got in on the act and I managed to make five new prints too!
Portland and Los Angeles Fine Print Fairs
Larry immediately selected 11 of my prints to take to the Portland Fine Print Fair January 27-29 and the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair February 3-5. Big thanks to David for connecting me with this great opportunity to enter the print market as a fellow artist in the stable of Warnock Fine Arts.
Solo Print Show Unearthed at Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon
Unearthed, opened the same night as the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair on Friday, February 3. Here are some installation shots of this 19 piece exhibition which features a combination of prints and encaustic collagraph plates. Through February 26th at Atelier 6000 in Bend, OR. Featured in Cascade A&E , Bend Source and the Bend Bulletin.
Statement - Unearthed
Printmaking has become an important part of my studio practice. What I enjoy most is its immediacy, sheer spontaneity and element of surprise. Not knowing exactly what will come from a print underlies my overall approach to painting, making way for new conceptual directions to evolve in my work. This way of working enables me to further refine my printmaking skills on my own terms as a painter.
In putting together this body of work, the word “unearthed” kept coming up; this show embodies the diversity in my approaches toward integrating and marrying encaustic painting with printmaking. Some of the pieces are traditionally framed as prints under glass, others are mounted on board, glazed, color penciled or buried in wax. Still others, take a more 3D approach, showcasing the Plexiglas plates themselves framed in shadowboxes mimicking the print background in the form of an encaustic painting.
Unearthed, represents a selection of collagraph prints which, through color, imagery and concept, have been informing my encaustic paintings. A conceptual conversation is continually taking place in my studio practice between both disciplines of printmaking and painting.
The title of the show also signifies my method of process. With each painting exhibition, an edition of prints is unearthed, they are either framed, mounted or turned into paintings. All serve as studies for paintings, or vise-versa which creates a strong dialog that I have grown to thrive on as an artist. This particular body of prints spans five years and were created concurrently with my past five solo exhibitions in Portland, Boston and Seattle.
Meanwhile in the studio, I slowly chop away at my ongoing to do list. Most recently, we augmented my hanging system to accomodate my larger panels to my actual height (or, shortness) so that I don't have to get up on a step ladder to paint. The foundation of my studio interferes with keeping the paintings level on the wall while working and this was greatly interfering with my ability to work, and for a long time has limited the scale I have endeavored to be working. So, my talented woodworker, neighbor, assistant and all around collaborator, Brendan Alvistur made me a removable hanging system so that large paintings can hang flush to the wall below the foundation level.
Brendan has also been the maker of my painting panels and storage crates over the past several years and helped me design the diptych panels with recessed wood separators for my Opposing Cartography and Pluto Atlas series. Next, Brendan is custom building a flat file cabinet for the base of my press table for paper and print storage. I could not be luckier to have him as my neighbor and friend!
Over the 25 years that my parents have been living as Jersey transplants in the Houston area, I have been exploring and grown familiar with the museums, galleries and food scene there. I've also been fortunate to make a few artist friends there along the way. I thought, what better way to write my debut blog post (albeit the longest) about my art and food travels in Houston.
Many would be surprised to learn that Houston is one of the richest cultural and arts hubs in all of Texas. It's also the fourth largest city in the U.S. and is rapidly growing.
Thanksgiving 2016 was the perfect time to go and my trip was multi-faceted. My father turned 90 and I got to celebrate with my family on his special and momentous birthday.
Houston's Museum District is in the heart of the Montrose neighborhood with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Contemporary Arts Museum located across the street from one another.
Meeting Gremillion in person
I got in touch with my friend, Ken Goldsmith, a violin Professor at Rice University who has long admired my work. As it turned out, I learned that he is a past client at Gremillion! It was wonderful he could make it into the gallery to visit and see my work in person.
Gremillion Fine Art & Co. has been in business for over 36 years. They are dedicated to the support and sustaining of artists locally, nationally and internationally. I am honored to work with them look forward to a promising future there. There was talk about my debut solo show next November, so, stay tuned.
Ken told me about another light piece - The James Turrell SkySpace on the Rice campus just outside the Shepherd School of Music.
Best seen at dusk, reservations are required. There are also concerts there too which is definitely on the list for my next visit.
I spent two days hitting the Houston art pavement with my pal Gwen. Many of the popular galleries are on Colquitt Street in the Upper Kirby neighborhood. We started at Hooks-Epstein then happened upon a show of Michael Kessler at Dean Day Gallery who also shows where I show at Butters Gallery in Portland. We saw a wonderful show of Gwen's friend Grace Phillips gorgeous starched paper pieces at Nicole Longnecker.
My Airbnb was down the street from 4011 Montrose (left), a newer gallery building that housed Guerrero-Projects, Barbara Davis, Anya Tish, David Shelton and Cindy Lisica Galleries.
The Silos at Sawyer Yards
On a previous trip, I visited Spring Street Studios that, along with Winter Street and Silver Street studios are all part of Sawyer Yards. The studio buildings were so nicely done, each with their own heater/ac unit and many of the building's exterior walls lined with colorful murals.
Gwen also took me to see her studio at The Silos on Sawyer Yards, an old grain silo made into creative spaces located in the Washington Area Arts District.
The large creative community at Sawyer Yards regularly has events, open houses and special juried exhibitions on the hallway walls. I was very impressed and it was incredibly energizing to see all that is going on inside the art, photography and design studio facilities of Houston!
My Austin friends John and Andrea met up with me once again for art and food. We went to the Picasso Line show at the Menil and visited the Cy Twombley gallery next door, that houses his ginormous paintings and sculptures.
As luck would have it, we all found Airbnb's down the street from Pax Americana, rated the #3 best Houston restaurant. Who knew? This was one of the most memorable meals we'd all had in a while!
If you are looking for an art and food destination that is not L.A. or New York, I would definitely put Houston on your list.
The best time of year to go is October-May. When I was there in November, the average temp was 75 and sunny.
Here are a few links to great restaurants in Houston:
The charming Airbnb I found in the Montrose neighborhood, was perfect, an apartment that sleeps five. Kerri the host is terrific, I was greeted by a bottle of wine upon arrival!
This turned out to be a business and pleasure win win of a trip and I hope you enjoyed this sharing of my journey! Until next time, I'd love to hear from you so, feel free to subscribe or leave a comment below.