Friday, May 29, 2009

Art's Alive

I am so honored to be selected to be in the Art's Alive of Fine Art Festival! This is the first time I have ever done anything like this and I am thrilled! I have only done one other juried show before, that one was earlier in this year. This show is a little different, as it showcases Vermont artists in a group show at Union Station, as well as matches each artist up with a business on Church Street, where their art is showcased. Tomorrow morning, I am going down to the Crow Bookshop to hang my pieces in the window- I have decide to use all my "book related" works, taking with me two smaller altered books, and several collages on old book covers. I finished up three more tonight. I will display them in these beautiful speciem box frames that I found-
There is a gala opening on Friday, June 5th. I wish I could be there, but I am leaving for Asia on Sunday, AM and won't be back in time- The Journey of Captain Eva is going into the group show at Union Station. I am really excited to show it in this venue. I still think it is one of my favorite pieces.

If you are in Burlington, on Friday, check it out- There's live music and all sorts of festivities- Should be a blast!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New WIP- Sky Castle

Started this new piece on Monday- Strange, that I didn't quite know where I was going through it, till I started digging through my bin of stuff. The bin of stuff- I have three of them going right now- They are just filled with old photos, paper, epherma, scraps and do-dad's. I'm not an organized artist. My process is sort of an organic, connect the dots, discovered through treasure hunting and digging through piles of images.

Some times, I do know where I am going. The light bulb comes on. I have an a-ha moment. I visualize in my head the finished piece and the images I need to use in it. Somehow I know exactly which "bin of stuff" the image is. I do a little digging and pesto- there it is. Along with a bunch of other things that I didn't expect to find, but will inevitably use.But this weekend, I was not that way. I was sort of instant inspiration in the digging bins. I sat out on the screen porch, the sunlight working it's way in- the wind blowing as it does up here on the hill. And piece by piece, I put this spread together in a new altered book, Sky Castle.
The story is revealing itself to me, as one of two brothers. There is still more to the story for me to gleam from the process....

Friday, May 22, 2009

Face Lift

I want to give a big shout out to Renee Thompson, at Thompson Design, for my fabulous new banner. I am so happy with the work that she did and the turn around time! What a great job! Thanks so much. New business cards are in the works too-
A new look for the business is coming together. Next is the outline of the business and marketing plans. I'm getting together with Womenwise Marketing to work on finessing that up a bit.

Memorial Day weekend is going to bring some good down time to play in the garden, yard sale, relax, be inspired and make art!

Stay tuned for more new things coming down the pipe!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I am officially live on 1000 Markets

What's 1000 Markets?
It's a new online marketplace similar Etsy, but solely devoted to handmade products.
I was recently introduced to this lovely site by Ellen at Yellow Dog Farm. The visual layout is great, very simple and very easy to navigate. The merchants are all small, independent, artisan businesses, who make and sell unique products. They work together to create market places which are little communities - gathering places where merchants can
exchange ideas, and customers can browse and talk.

And have great hopes for this site to be an active selling tool for me. Click here to check out my shop.

Watch for more good things to come in the next few months.
My work will be on display downtown Burlington in the juried, Arts Alive Fine Art Show, next month.

I'm teaching another class at Artist's Medium and consigning some new pieces in a lovely little brick and mortar shop up in the islands.

Mid June will take me to Massachusetts to take a class with my favorite teaching artist, Michael De Meng and hang out with the lovely and talented Robin Lane.

July brings with it the Stowe Street Art Festival, which has had a change over in the staffing, so I am hoping for an excellent show this year!

Lots of things happening as the weather gets warmer. I only hope I can have enough time to relax in the garden and to play in the studio. Cheers!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Got supplies?

when people see my work, they always ask me where do i get my materials?  i tell them: treasure hunting.  it's treasure hunting season. the weather is getting warmer. tag sales and outdoor flea  markets are starting to pop up all over the place. which means one thing: i have to make room for new supplies. that mean's i will be listing lots of materials on etsy in the next few weeks so i can have space to all the new treasure i find. 

i just put up some darling images of flappers that i found and relisted a few ephemera packs.
 need golden angel wings? i've got some more of those to list too!

thanks for looking!

Friday, May 8, 2009

In memory of Al Myers 1952-2009

In Memory of Al Myers -

The random aspects of our lives come together once in a while-
so blinding and decidedly.

Allen S. Myers, passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2009. Al was 57. He was predeceased by his parents and brother. Over a 30 year career at Williston Community School, Al touched the lives of hundreds of students, sharing his love of learning and directing the school's drama program. He was a dedicated member of Lyric Theater and had appeared in dozens of musical productions since 1976. Al experienced special joy each Christmas as he helped produce Burlington's Polar Express and was a beloved instructor at Lyric's LyricKids Summer Camp. An enthusiastic amateur historian, he was a passionate member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors' Second Vermont Volunteers. Equally dedicated to his community and his faith, Al was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his family, Deborah, Briana, Eli, Meredith, Meredith's husband Andy. His memory will be a blessing to them and all whose lives he touched. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. All are welcome to celebrate Al's life at Williston Community School on Saturday, May 16, at noon. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to Lyric Theater Company, P.O. Box 1688, Williston, VT 05495 or to the Vermont Historical Society, Pavilion Building, 100 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609

The Wizard has returned to Oz, leaving us all with heartfelt memories and life lessons. Until we meet again on that yellow brick road, so long, Al. We will miss you.