I have always been drawn to spiral shapes found in nature. In this exhibit, At the Core, I celebrate spirals and how they may appear in our lives. Symbolic spirals are one of the oldest geometric shapes found in all cultures throughout history. They are truly timeless and universal.
In terms of birth and growth, the spiral can be found everywhere in nature beginning from the core or center and expanding outwardly. Some spirals represent a path leading from our outer consciousness inward towards our souls. Movements between our inner and outer worlds are mapped by spiraling rings both individually and collectively.
“The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress made in spirals." ~Madame de Stael
Gerald M. (Jerry) Tuckman collaborated on this exhibit providing each painting with a title and an accompanying poem. We met in 2014 when Jerry and his wife visited my studio at NUarts during First Fridays Artswalk. Our first collaboration was for Autumn Alchemy at the Whitney Center for the Arts.
On Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM you will find me at the Artisan Marketplace being held in the Spectrum Playhouse right around the corner from The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Mass. In addition to mini journals and art cards, I have painted some small works, matted and ready to frame.
Here's the FaceBook Event Page for more details. I'm really looking forward to this event and having the chance to hang with a great group of other artists and artisans. See you there!
Art Cards - blank with matching envelopes
Small Works matted and in protective sleeves - ready for framing
I am also super excited about this year's ART ON LARK happening in Albany, New York on Saturday, July 16th from 11 AM to 6 PM. Among the many booths to stop by is Albany Center Gallery's booth showcasing this year's juried artists, including me.
This from the Albany.com website:
"Art on Lark is an annual summer street festival that celebrates local art and artisans in Albany, NY. One day each year in June, the city’s historic Lark Street is shut down to traffic and transformed by artists' displays including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, ceramicists, live performances, and music. Shoppers can enjoy all the regular businesses Lark Street has to offer including cafés, restaurants, gift shops and bars, as well as over 50 local artists popping up for the day with their individual booths. Attendees can also enjoy food, drinks, live music, and the best of Lark Street!"
Here are my paintings that were chosen for this show. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the art, hearing the music, seeing loads people and just enjoying a great day on July 16th. Hey, if you are in the area...it will be a fun way to spend a few hours.
While I'm devoting a great deal of time to making art these days, there is always LIFE happening too and what could be sweeter than the anticipation and joy of waiting for a grandbaby (except actually meeting the little one)? At least for me this is huge, something I love so much and that warms my heart as nothing else. You have met grandbaby #1, Samantha. Now we are awaiting grandbaby #2.
Summer is here - hazy, hot and humid in the Capital District and it's a fine day to gather artwork and materials for drop off at The People's Choice Show at the Upstate Artists Guild. This members show will run from opening night on June 3rd during the 1st Friday Albany Art Walk until June 24th.
Then on Sunday, June 5th, between 12-4 during ART ON LARK you can vote for your favorite piece in the show. Prizes will be awarded!
Birch trees are on my mind. I'll be delivering these two paintings today at Upstate Artists Guild.
I love summer here - so rich in art, cultural events and
the gorgeous landscape to explore.
I do my best pondering when I'm painting and so it began as I plotted out work for 2016 shows. I've been pretty obsessed with poppies all winter and have tried a number of approaches before adding lines and dots on these two. Then I went all "Peter Maxx" with the other painting. From these pieces I've gotten clearer on what I want to accomplish this year.
This winter I've been working on paintings in a new direction - Nursery Art. I'm inspired by being a Nana for sure; but let's face it, I've always loved everything to do with nurseries and children. So in addition to the paintings I'm more known for, I'm branching out to include nursery art.
This idea developed while I was painting my birch series in 2014. Sky Through Birches is an example. I just love trees, especially in the abstract. Sometimes I like collaging the tree trunks in and at other times creating patterns directly on the canvas, like I've done here.
These two paintings are works in progress. After consulting with some moms and moms-to-be, I'm thinking of adding an animal peaking out from behind the trees. Thoughts?
We had such a fun evening during the opening reception of the Holiday Glow Art Show at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Massachusetts last Friday night. It's an honor to be included in this show and I'm grateful to the staff for such a successful evening. Here are a few photos from the event.
The show will run through January 12, 2016. I have 24 original paintings exhibited and as always, you may commission a painting for that special someone in your life if you prefer. I've also included some smaller items like mini journals with original ACEO paintings, as well as art cards for holiday gift giving.