Monday, November 2, 2009

Dale Chihuly is in two locations in his work!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Happening 2009

Its time again for the Holiday Happening but this time it
will be in a different season at a different house.
Ella and I will be hosting the event this year with a
Fall and Halloween theme.

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Meet at our house and we will start the weekend off with a trip to Irons Fruit Farm in historic Lebanon, Ohio. We'll take a hayride out to pick a pumpkin and then come back to the bakery located in an old transformed barn from 1912. We'll get some of their Apple Pie for dessert and Apple Cider Donuts with cinnamon and sugar for Sunday's breakfast.
4:30 Mass at St. Maximilian Kolbe
5:30 Dinner
To be determined...go out for dinner or order in pizza??
7:00 Carve Pumpkins
I'll have pumkin carving supplies, including lino-cut tools to make the kind of designs that just carve into the surface. Here are some fun websites just to get you in the mood for carving...
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8:00 Hang out
Start doing some crafting, sleep, watch TV, relax, look at magazines, sip tea, whatever you feel like! Dave, Maria and Eva will be having a sleepover with John, John and Bode and Julia has decided to go to a Halloween Campout with her best friend. So we will have a good amount of beds. We also have one air mattress and maybe Lisa can bring one of hers.

A Breakfast Tea
Ella loved Lisa's Tea Parties so much that she wants us to have one too. So I will serve eggs, bacon and mini pancakes. We will have the cinnamon donuts from Iron's Fruit Farm, too. Lisa, if you could bring your Fruit Pizza, Linda-Cucumber Sandwiches, and if anyone else wants to bring their own miniature contribution to add and make it fun that would be great! We will have a variety of tea, but you can bring your favorite to share if you would like.

Art Projects

The Art of Personal Imagery: Expressing Your Life Through Collage True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling
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Self Portrait Collages
I will have the basement studio ready for collaging. And don't worry, this doesnt mean that you have to draw a picture of yourself. You don't have to have your picture on it at all if you don't want to!! ... You can bring some of your favorite photos and magazines to cut things out of or we can make photocopies. I have some great new books that you can look at to get started. I will have a small monoprinting station set up and all my art and stamping supplies available to play with.
I may try to get small canvases for the base (if I can find them at a good price) so they will be ready to hang when they are finished. If not, we can use matboard cut to standard frame sizes so they can be easily framed and hung. It will be similar to the small wooden collages that we did with the postcards and stamps, but a little larger and more personalized.
Worsted Wool/Felt Pillows
Lisa and Linda saw some really cool pillows at Brown County that they talked about trying out this year. Lisa is crazy busy but we will do our best to get things ready for this project.
Halloween Candy
Lisa found some cute candy molds that she will bring for people to play around with too.

A Pot Luck Lunch
I will have Baked Potato Soup, Mom's foil wrapped Ham Sandwiches and Halloween Brownies. We will also have the apple pie from the Farm. Barb is bringing a Langen's Fruit Tray and we are hoping Linda can bring the traditional Servati's Pretzel with Cheese. Everyone else can bring a dish to share (we'll need some veggies). Anyone feeling like they need healthy choices, go for it!! I currently only have the energy to provide "comfort food", which tends to be a little more caloric :)

You can stay as long as you like...If we need to order something for dinner time we will.

Looking forward to spending time with everyone!! If you want to let me know what you are bringing, that's fine. If you want to just show up, that's fine too. But do let me know when we should expect you so we know who we are waiting for to head to Iron's Fruit Farm.
Love you all!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Artist Books, Books and More Books!!!!

Artist books were a 
"HOT" item at the SGC Conference.  
Each one was more intriguing than the next!

Printed Skateboards from the Southern Graphics Conference

A gallery exhibition of printed skateboards!  
One of my favorite things!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Latest works of art.  Sand Castles in Destin, June 2009.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Southern Graphics Council Conference

I attended the Southern Graphics Council Conference this past March in Chicago, after a ten year break from the the trips, and was completely inspired by all of the wonderful prints and book arts being made. The energy being expelled in the name of printmaking always astounds me when I visit these conferences. Particularly interesting to me was the emphasis on printmaking in combination with the book arts and by the thrill and ease of screenprinting in the 20-something's generation.

"Greening" the studio was also a hot topic. I ended up smashed up on the side-stage where the "Is Printmaking Going Green?" panel spoke, neck cranked half backwards, for the full hour listening intently with the many, many other artists who piled into the lecture hall. Friedhard Kiekeben ( ) led the panel which presented recent research into environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional printmaking. I was also introduced to, started by Kiekeben, which is an incredible resource for artists interested in learning more about staying safe in the print studio. Many of the issues that were discussed in this panel are dealt with in more detail on this website. I highly recommend visiting it.

"The Green Printshop: A Model for the 21st Century" panel presented four different health conscious print studios representing profit, not-for-profit, community based and private examples. Liz Chalfin from Zea Mays Printmaking, Morgan Calderini from AS220, Curtis Wright from Anniversary Year Press and Mark Zaffron from CRATE were the artists present to discuss their studios. They were interesting to learn about in general, however, there was too little time given to the details of their environmental decisions and practices and I left feeling a bit disappointed.

I attended a couple of the Open Portfolio sessions which gave artists the opportunity to reserve a 2' x 8' table to display their artwork. There were four one-hour sessions, each one filling the Hilton's Northwest Hall. I am guessing that more than 300 artists were showing their work that day. The energy in the room was wonderful! Artwork from wall to wall, everyone anxious to talk about their work.

There were contemporary prints from established artists, recent graduates, and students looking for grad. schools. Prints turned into business cards, buttons, bookmarks and stickers, printed t-shirts, baby clothes, scarves and posters. The print generation is clearly interested in getting the attention of the masses and not afriad to stray from the old school, traditional form of a crisp, pristine, untouchable print.

I have always considered myself a conservative tradionalist when it came to printmaking but I must say that I completely enjoyed the carefree spirit represented in this year's open portfolio session. It left me feeling unafraid of lack of time to make a museum quality print while raising children. Instead of passing on the opportunity to make art I now felt inspired to work on a less serious scale just to be able to experience the passion of creativity no matter the outcome.

Along with the "throw-away" version of prints there were also plenty of extremely detailed, beautifull, labor intensive prints that sent inspiration and awe through my soul. I could have stayed there for hours but had to move on to make the next activity which was a visit to the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative studio on North Western Avenue.

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is Chicago's longest-running independent printmaking workshop founded and operated by Deborah Maris Lader. It offers a street front location open to the community along with individual rentable studios. I wanted to be able to compare their studio and work environment with that of Tiger Lily's. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to meet and talk to Deborah Maris Lader as she was busy with other visitors during the Open House. Instead I spoke with one of the more serious renters that seemed to be quite happy and inspired with the CPC and its professional and freindly atmosphere.

Check back for more details on the conference...