I’m pleased and honored to share that one of my black-and-white diptychs, No Room at the Inn, has been selected for a juried exhibition of prints at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. The exhibition, simply called Diptychs, will be on display in the salon gallery from January 18 to March 10. Receptions will be held January 26 and February 23. The show features 36 images and is currently available for view online.
Gallery C | Opening Reception
218-B Ash Street (upstairs), Fernandina Beach, Florida
Saturday, November 10
5 - 7:30 pm
Gallery C is exhibiting my work from November 9 - 30. And as part of the monthly Fernandina Beach Artrageous Art Walk, we'll host a reception on Saturday, November 10. I'll have lots of work from Amelia Island and beyond, including prints from my latest series, The Naturalist's Studio.
The gallery is owned by Carol Winner, who is a painter and mixed-media artist, and whose work will be on display elsewhere in the gallery. Please drop by to visit and see our work! Also, if you have friends in northeastern Florida or southeastern Georgia, I would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word. Thanks so much! Hope to see you there.
As a kid, I loved riding my bike. It was my ticket to exploring the town we lived in. Sometimes I had a destination (such as the Green Street pool, Perdue's Newsstand or Dairy Queen) in mind; other times I would just wander. It was fun to bounce along the narrow, rugged path through the woods and over the creek to my best friend's house. And I loved to race—whether it was against a friend or myself. I remember that there would always be one last burst of energy in the final push toward the finish line.
For me, the creative process is a bit like that. It’s the ticket to exploring my inner thoughts and feelings, as well as the world around me. Sometimes the path feels wide open; other times it is narrow, rugged and more challenging. Frequently I know where I'm going; more often I just have to see where the process leads. And, yes, there are moments when working on a creative project even feels like a race—with lots of excitement at the beginning and a burst of energy when the finish line is in sight.
I have shown some of my black-and-white botanicals in several galleries this past year, images have been published in several online photography magazines, and I am currently putting the finishing touches on a solo show that will be on display at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center throughout April and May. At some point along the way and in a rather arbitrary manner, I decided this show would mark the finish line for this project. Not that I will stop showing, sharing or even shooting this work, but simply that it will mark the official completion of this work as a project. Doing so allows me to celebrate what I learned along the way and shift gears to my next creative endeavor. I feel the excitement building and have had a burst of energy as I work to pull it all together.
The studio is a busy place. I’ve been touching up and buffing encaustic pieces as needed, adding an extra coat of finish to frames, printing new images, preparing labels, putting together promotional materials and more. It feels great to check things off of my to-do list. While generating ideas may be my favorite part of the creative process, I do find bringing a project to completion very satisfying, as well.
What are you currently working on? Have you established or visualized a finish line? How will you know when a project is complete and that it is time to move on?
As with any key event, there is a flurry of activity in the days preceding the opening of an art exhibition. Postcard invitations must be mailed, social media posts must be made, interviews may be scheduled, catering must be finalized, artwork must be delivered and, of course, the show must be hung!
Brenau Galleries Director Nichole Rawlings and Galleries Manager Allison Lauricella are the ones doing most of this leg work, as they do for all of the exhibits and openings at Brenau University. Other departments, such as public relations, may get in on the act as well. Yesterday, they published this nice article (CLICK TO READ), which I've now seen several places.
The artists are busy, too. At this point, our task is to help get word out. Today, we had a group interview with Jay Andrews on WBCX 89.1, the University's radio station. (CLICK TO LISTEN to the interview online.) And then we dropped by Sellars Gallery in Simmons Visual Arts Center on Front Campus to see how the hanging was going. There were still ladders and other equipment in the room, but all of the pieces were on the walls and the room looked beautiful.
Patricia Fabian, Sarah Claussen and I were interviewed by Jay Andrews in the WBCX sound booth this morning. (Artist Christie Gregory was unable to join us.) Listen live (89.1) this Wednesday and Thursday, 7:05am and 12:15pm, or click on the link above to listen anytime online.
The opening is just two days away, but I believe we are all ready! Thanks to Brenau, and especially to President Ed Schrader, for inviting me to participate in the 2017 President's Summer Arts Series. Hope to see you at the Opening Reception on Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Brenau University just published a very nice article about the four artists (of which I am one) whose work will be featured in this year's President's Summer Art Series. The exhibit opens this Thursday, May 18, with a reception in Sellars Gallery from 5:30-7:00 pm, which is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain open until July 13.
Other artists include Sarah Claussen, Patricia Fabian and Christie Gregory. CLICK TO READ more about these artists and their work. And then come on by this Thursday evening to meet the artists and see their work in person!
Another artist recently shared with me that one of her greatest challenges is knowing when a painting is finished. It’s easy to stop too soon or to overwork a piece, but at some point it must be declared complete.
The same could hold true of any creative project or body of work. It’s hard to know when you’re done. In particular, when we dive into a project we really enjoy, we may be tempted to stay with it too long. Sometimes fear holds us back: Is it any good? What will others think and critics say? Will anyone read the book, show up for the performance or hang a photograph on the wall?
Despite our uncertainties and fears, at some point we must cease work, share it with others and celebrate what we have created. That is what I am doing this month. Although I could (and might) photograph plants in black and white for a lifetime, A Bowing Acquaintance With Plants will debut in two venues. The first opening is tonight in Dalton. The other is in two weeks in Gainesville. I hope there will be other openings to follow.
I have chosen to present the images as photo encaustic panels for these exhibitions and have learned a great deal about working with encaustic medium (melted beeswax, resin and color pigment) in the process. I am eager to share this work and ready to begin using encaustic in new ways and in new projects. Showing this body of work allows me to do that—to consider the project finished and to move on to a new challenge.
Do you have a creative project in the works? How will you know when it is finished? How might you share it and celebrate its completion? What will you move on to next?
A Bowing Acquaintance With Plants
Gallery 111 | Creative Arts Guild
May 5 - 25
Opening Reception, May 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
This will be the first solo show for my black-and-white photo encaustic series of botanical images. Approximately 30 works will be on display. The First Friday Reception is open to the public. Would love to see you there!
It may still be September, but the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography, which runs throughout October, is already in full swing. Several gallery openings are being held this week, including two at Mason Murer Fine Art. One of those is the Women in Focus XXI exhibition juried by Fay Gold. Four of my black-and-white prints were selected for inclusion. The opening reception is free and open to the public, so consider dropping by during your Friday night on the town! Here are the details:
Opening Reception: Fri, Sep 26, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Fri, Sep 26, to Fri, Oct 31
Women in Focus XXI Juried by Fay Gold
Celebrating 21 years, a Women in Focus members Annual Exhibit, juried by Fay Gold. www.womeninfocusatlanta.com.
Women In Focus is a non-profit artist-initiated organization of women photographers who have joined together to support and promote the photographic arts. It was founded in 1993 by a group of women who recognized the need for a formal network of women photographers who could assist in each others' personal, professional, and artistic growth. Women In Focus has become a thriving organization whose diverse membership includes photographic artists ranging from beginners to seasoned professionals, all brought together by their passion for photography. Women In Focus values each individual member for the unique contributions that she brings to the organization and strives to provide all members with the resources that they need to thrive as artists. Women In Focus is dedicated to facilitating a forum for open dialogue regarding photography in all of its forms. Educational programs address both technical proficiency and scholarship by incorporating lectures, workshops, field trips and critiques and by covering topics related to the history and business of photography as well as the creation of images. Women In Focus engages in community activity by hosting events all around Atlanta. The scope of the group's activities is further extended past the geographical area of its home base through an Internet presence and joint projects with women photographers around the world.
Mason Murer Fine Art
199 Armour Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324 [map: Google Maps]
hours:Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 11am - 5pm
Sat: 12pm - 5pm
p: (404) 879-1500
ACP Listing #: 028
The following video was prepared for graduation weekend at Brenau University. It gives a nice overview of the University's Permanent Collection and galleries, and highlights a number of their visiting artists...yes, including me. Take a peek.
My work, along with the work of eight other photographers, will be featured in the Fall Photography Invitational Show at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia. The show runs August 13 - October 10, 2009, and an opening reception will be held Thursday, August 13, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Other photographers include O.C. Carlisle, Stefen Eberhard, Debra Frieden, Hewett Beasley, Jack Lawing, Stan Susky, Jennifer Julian and Fox Gradin.
Land and Sea: Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands will hang in the Brenau University President's Gallery from August 18 - October 12, 2008. The exhibit features two distinct, yet related bodies of work. The first is a series of color seascapes I photographed at Fernandina Beach over the past year or so. The second is a collection of black and white prints that explore the intimate details, or "fingerprints," of the southernmost Sea Islands--a string of low barrier islands off the coast of South Caroina, Georgia and northern Florida.
The President's Gallery is located upstairs in the Pearce Auditorium building on Brenau University's front campus in Gainesville, Georgia. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm and Sunday, 2pm - 5pm. The Galleries will be closed August 31-September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.
I will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:30-6:30pm in the President's Gallery. The talk will be followed by a reception for all current Brenau Galleries exhibits from 6:30 - 8:30pm in each of the galleries. Other exhibits include Body Image: Beyond Appearance and a unique collection of Polaroid photographs by Andy Warhol. The public is invited to attend.