Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TOAF: The Abstracts


I am working in series for many of the pieces I am presenting for this first time at The Other Art Fair opening 11/8 in Brooklyn. In an earlier post, I highlighted my collage work created in series on sheet film holders from vintage cameras. Like most of my work, it includes many, many layers of both paper, thread, and metal (and other) embellishments.

But I also like to paint - and leave it at that. So for the fair I created a series of seven, small,  abstract pieces on 5" x 5" x 1.5" wood panels. The series is called Tangled up in Blue


I will admit that when completed, I was drawn to add marks, collage and perhaps even found objects. But I love the simplicity and elegance of these pieces as is and find new details in them every time I look.

SOULS IN MY MIND

ECLIPSED

IN THE DISTANCE

RUNNING WATER

CLIOUDY MORNINGS

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

MAIDEN VOYAGE

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The fair, presented by Saatchi Art, runs from 11/8 to 11/11 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 130 juried artists are included in the show and I will be there in Booth 20 for the entire exhibition. 

TOAF opens Thursday night 11/8 from 6pm to 10pm with a private view party. The exhibition continues on Friday 11/9 from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 11/10 from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11/11 from 11am to 6pm. If you would like to attend the VIP opening on Thursday night, please email me at shap97@gmail.com for complimentary tickets. If you would like complimentary tickets to attend the fair Friday through Sunday, click here and use code ARTIST.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

TOAF: The Collages


With just four days to go until the opening of The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, I am still making art. The fair, presented by Saatchi Art, runs from 11/8 to 11/11 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. 130 juried artists are included in the show and I will be there in Booth 20 for the entire exhibition. 

I am including both new art and reworked pieces. One of may favorite series debuting at the fair is a collage series, created on sheet film holders from vintage cameras. I love how they have a built in hook at the top so they can hang as is. Although you cannot tell by the photos, some of the pieces have "flaps" that lift up revealing other collage material and text.

I  have 11 works completed...but may have 1 or 2 more by the time the fair begins.

CENTRAL STATION

DREAMER

FLOAT

FRAGMENTS

EXPEDITE

IRON MOUNTAIN

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

SNOW DRIFT
 

JOURNEY HOME

WELL RED

WHAT ONCE WAS

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The fair opens Thursday night 11/8 from 6pm to 10pm with a private view party. The exhibition continues on Friday 11/9 from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 11/10 from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11/11 from 11am to 6pm. If you would like to attend the VIP opening on Thursday night, please email me at shap97@gmail.com for complimentary tickets. If you would like complimentary tickets to attend the fair Friday through Sunday, click here and use code ARTIST.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Link Love: October

OCTOBER

So many links. So little time. Once a month I am going to share links to articles, artists, websites, social media feeds, artwork, events, books, etc. that I have come across and connected with. Click on through and prepare to be inspired. And if you missed any months, click here.

From Marie Kondo

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In or near London? Check out

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Five Art Techniques from

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Worth the read for its humor (all true)

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But gets "bigger and better"

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No More.....


(photo credit - when listed - found in original link)

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Other Art Fair


Thrilled to be a first time-exhibitor at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, New York. Presented by Saatchi Art, this fair runs from November 8 to November 11 and is being held at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The work of 130 juried artists will be shown and each artist will be at their booth for the run of the show. In addition, there will be artist talks, interactive art exhibits, a tattoo artist, and plenty of food and drink.


I have been working hard, creating new work and reworking older pieces as well. Would love to have you join me there. The fair opens Thursday night 11/8 from 6pm to 10pm with a private view party. The exhibition continues on Friday 11/9 from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 11/10 from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 11/11 from 11am to 6pm.


If you would like to attend the VIP opening on Thursday night, please email me at shap97@gmail.com for complimentary tickets. If you would like complimentary tickets to attend the fair Friday through Sunday, click here and use code ARTIST.

I am in booth #20 and I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New Workshop: Bento Box

-post updated in orange 10/19/18-

I will be announcing portions of my 2019 workshop schedule in the coming weeks and introducing the new additions to my workshop schedule as well. First up...

BENTO BOX
NEW FOR 2019

Hungry for creativity? Build your own Bento Box filled with art in this jam-packed workshop. We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest in its own container - think tins, boxes, bags, etc. 


Each of these will in turn be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. 


Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines and more. 


This workshop will be taught across 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. The longer the class, the more projects will be made. And each workshop will be unique.


In the end, the process of opening and exploring the contents of the box becomes a magical part of the art.

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Bento Box debuts as a two day class at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland from 2/9 to 2/10/19. Joker's Wild, another new workshop that is the sequel to 52 Card Pickup, will also be offered at the same visit on 2/8/19. Registration is now open for both classes and only a few seats remain. These classes have both filled but I have added a repeat performance of Bento Box at The Queen's Ink from 2/20-2/21. Registration is open.

Bento Box will make its way to the west coast later in the year at two very special events. First up is the first week of May at Tinker Tailor Artist Maker, a retreat from Art is You in Redwood City, California. Registration opens in December.

In June, I am excited to be teaching a four day version of Bento Box as part of my own retreat (including housing and meals) sponsored by the Pacific NorthWest Art School to be held at the Port Townsend School of Arts in Fort Worden State Park in Washington. The retreat starts 6/5/19 and registration opens in November.

If you are interested in the California or Washington retreats, please let me know by comment, email or direct message. I will be sure you are the first to receive more information and registration dates and details. I must have your email address to send the info and, while you may think that this is always provided when you leave a comment -- it actually usually isn't.

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Head to my workshop page to see additional 2019 workshops already announced, including classes in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin and both England and Scotland. Check back often as many more classes will be announced soon.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Exquisite Corpse: Part II



Last month I had the pleasure of co-teaching a five-day workshop with Holly Dean in Burritt's Rapids, Ontario - just outside of Ottawa. The workshop was originally called The Exquisite Corpse...but almost nobody signed up. We changed the name to Lovely Creatures and filled the seats. You can read about the town, the class and the experience here.

This post features the book I made in the workshop.


Measuring approximately 4.25 x 10.50 inches, this handmade book is based on The Exquisite Corpse, a game where three people draw on the same piece of paper - without seeing what the other has drawn. One draws a head, one a torso, and one a set of legs. The drawing is then unfolded to the amusement of all.  


The cover includes layers of collage, acrylic paint, ink and Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture, which gives it a faux encaustic and almost leather-like look.


Inside, the concept on the Exquisite Corpse was captured in the form of a flip book in three sections - head, torso and legs.


Turning each section individually leads to a variety of combinations of exquisite corpses lovely creatures. Here are just a few...







Happy to say that in 2019, I will be offering this as a 3-day workshop called Exquisite Creatures. Stay tuned for locations.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Garment District Arts Festival

Art in the Garment District NYC

Excited to be a part of the 2018 Garment District Arts Festival in NYC. 


From October 18-20, the Festival celebrates art in the Garment District with gallery exhibitions, open studios, receptions, art experiences and public installations.


I am one of twelve artists who are part of Makers Way - a free, interactive art experience taking place on Saturday October 20 outside on Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets in Manhattan. Between the hours of 11am and 5pm I will be doing make and takes using the Gelli Plate.

See the entire program here. Hope everybody near NYC will stop by for the fun.