Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Art of Horror

I am incredibly excited to be a part of this show at the S.P.A.C.E gallery again this year! Being a costume designer, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. There's just something about it that inspires me . Then, have my "haunting" work on display in this show is a real treat! 
"The Art of Horror is a collection of dark artists who explore the musty recesses of their wickedly creative closets and shake loose a few skeletons to startle and disturb the unsuspecting villagers."
If you find yourself in Burlington, VT this Friday, swing by the SPACE gallery and check out the exhibition, it's guaranteed to give a thrill. 

Jme Wheeler
This horror-themed art show will terrorize you with pieces by:Beth Robinson, Kevin Montanaro, Mark Prent, Catherine Hall, S. Vogelsang, Lila Rees, Justin Atherton, Nikita Frankenstein, Jme Wheeler and yours truly! 
Friday, October 1, 2010
5pm - 9pm
Kevin Montanaro
The gallery is open through October 31st, Thursdays-Saturdays 11AM-4PM.
Beth Robinson
The Opening Party on October 1st from 5-9pm will host audio and visual nightmares assembled by the creeps at S.P.A.C.E., as well as ghost stories from the Queen of Halloween, Thea Lewis. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free and open to all ages, but those who are faint of heart and prone to hysterics might wish to consult with their doctor or priest prior to attending!

Also, I want to give a HUGE shout out to Stacey Merrill, aka Artsnark! She has always been a huge supporter of my work, and continues to do so with her blog posts from way down south in Tampa, FLA.  She is also an extremely talented artist, as well as a generous and giving friend. I wish you could be here this weekend Stacey. You would love this creepy show!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Strangest thing happened this week- I was in 4 Etsy treasuries. This never happens to me. Etsy has been pretty much on snooze for the past year. So to get so much attention in one week, just sort of knocked my socks off.
Thank you all the shops who have featured my work this week! Hopefully it will lead to some sales.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

my captain

Working and getting over a cold. That's what I have been doing since I can home from the gallery at 404 Pine Street after an energizing Art Hop Weekend, The Hop was great and really has motivated me to get into the workroom every night. My solo show at Seminary Arts in the Center is opening in about a month and I have tons of work to do!

Here's a little taste of the work that is going into the show.

This piece, I like to call, Captain O My Captain, I finished late last night.  When found the frame and the tintype at Whistle Stop Antiques I just fell in love with him. For months he sat on my worktable with a few other elements, waiting patiently for me to commit to him. Finally, something swept me up, and I started in on him with fervor. It's strange to me how things just are that way. That odd moment when something clicks and the work "just happens"

I'll be looking for some more of that inspiration to strike me tonight.  I'm working on a few more soul houses as well as a very large piece about nightmares. Time to get back to work.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Catching Up

check out the finger
Two weeks ago, I made a pilgrimage to New York to take a class with the amazingly talented and inspiring Judy Wilkenfeld. Judy creates the most beautiful and thought provoking handmade books I have ever seen. Her tomes have no written narrative but tell compelling stories, just the same.  Each piece she creates is a unique work of art that resonates deeply with the viewer.

 Judy is from Australia, and when heard that she was coming to the US, I could not pass up the opportunity to take her class.  
 For two days we sat on the wrap-around porch of the Homestead, Sallieanne McClelland’s home and creative space, learning Judy’s technique to create an accordion book. She creates books with layers and layers of texture imbued with symbolism and then add a dash of mysticism and magic. More than the techniques of putting the structure together, and how to use specific products and tools to get the result you want, I gleamed a sense of spiritualism from her books, seeing many of the up close and in person for the first time. The book Charlotte O Charlotte that she created to teach this particular book structure was designed around the folk story of Frozen Charlotte and consequently the dolls that were manufactured at the turn of the century.
assembling the pages

After Judy imparted her knowledge of book making to us, and gave us the tools and inspiration to create our own stories she set us to task. Each participant created something, unique and personal that could be a foundation or template that could be further built upon.

The two fun-filled days were packed with many great suggestions, one in particular I will not forget, concerning cutting book board with a proper metal ruler.  That weekend left me very inspired and  motivated to get to work.

I am still working through my ideas about Captain Ahab and his wife. The book I started in Judy’s class is about him and his young bride. I, of course, have been working on this theme in my work for almost a year, since I read Ahab’s Wife by Sena Naslund.  I guess I am just not ready to let go of it. Must be there is something for me to figure out, some ghost I need to set free. At any rate, I left the class with an almost completed piece and all the tools and momentum to finish it. I think it is remarkable the energy, traveling and taking part in a course like this, can help to lift my creative spirits and propel me forward.

Thanks Judy! It was so worth the trip!
On my way down to the class, I stopped at the home and studio of one of my old friends, Nick Gamma. Nick and I go all the way back to the 80’s, driving around Long Island, making trouble with some other equally nutty personalities with very unorthodox haircuts and battered leather jackets. Ah… that was the past… we are far more sophisticated and refined now.  

set up @ Nick's
 At least Nick is. Since he graduated from FIT in the late 80s, he has propelled himself forward into an amazing career in graphic art and design. He is 20 year veteran in the entertainment industry working with some of the industries top photographers.  He has directed close to 100 photo shoots for some of the leading musicians and entertainers.  Tapping in to his own creative roots, Nick has been developing his own art through photography.  He brings out a very unique and striking beauty from his subjects. It can be something as simple as a building or a tree but way he manipulates the light and draws you into the frame is what is so very special about his work. So when I was thinking about getting press shots taken for the press kit I am putting together, I wondered if he would entertain the idea of shooting me. God knows, I am not the easiest subject to photograph. I don’t smile for the camera. Nope, you’re lucky if you get a smirk out of me.  I am too self conscious about the whole thing. So when he said yes, I almost fell off my chair. 

Taking photos of me in the dark reaches of my basement, where I work on my art in the utility room, wasn’t really an option to me. And not nearly as glamorous as going down to Trumbull, Connecticut where he lives. Plus, it was on the way to my class, so that was that. It was decided! We would shoot in his neighborhood. No “Where Women Create” studio shots for me. Sorry Somerset, maybe next time.

We had a great time, catching up and going through the whole process. Nick invested so much time thinking about the back grounds, scouting the locations, setting up the shots. We spent the entire day working in the studio and on location. The result is some incredible photos that I am extremely pleased with. Not only will the serve the purpose of good printable press shots, but they are stunning and artistic. Credit completely due to man behind the lens.