I have a couple of art fairs/shows coming up that you can catch my work at:
- Art Bat Mini Show, 722 E. Burleigh St., opening Thursday, November 7
- Whitefish Bay Middle School Holiday Boutique, 1114 E. Henry Clay, Thursday, November 13, 4-8
- Highland Holiday Market, 1706 W. Highland Ave., Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Quaker International Gift Shop, 3224 N. Gordon Place, Friday, December 5, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, December, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- RRAGS (Riverwest Random Recyclable Art and Gift Show), Polish Falcon, 803 E. Clark Street, Sunday, December 14, 12-5 p.m.
- Bloom Gallery & Creative Ground, 5205 W. North Ave., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.
You just missed me at Riverwest Art Walk which was fun indeed. It was great to have the event extend to The Toy Factory and The Nut Factory this year.
Please feel free to call me at 414-801-7869 and come for a studio visit if you so desire. I am there everyday (#212 at The Toy Factory, 3707 N. Richards Street) and it really is no big deal for you to stop by and have a cup of tea with me and pick up an item or two.
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Lately I have been painting a ton of paper mache skulls and skull masks in the day of the dead fashion. My friend Luna always makes those polish batiked Easter eggs around Ostara time- I make skull stuff around day of the dead. It’s a seasonal crafty thing. Crafts really are a nice way to celebrate the spinning of the wheel now aren’t they? And it’s a craft, but it’s really an art. Or is it an art that is a craft?
I find I do do “rounds” of things- rounds of mosaics, rounds of skulls, rounds of paintings, rounds of mugs, of bowls, of message tiles. With each round the skill and approach I bring to the media progresses. I am dying to make my next “round” of terracotta tea cups right now, but alas I am forcing myself to finish the other rounds of things I am currently working on first. I am really going to have completion on a few things before I move on. But I am chomping on the bit I tell you. Chomping.
So another thing I experimented with this summer were some “random acts of public art.” It was pretty fun although also a little nerve wracking and disappointing.
So anyway , many of tiles I installed down by the river were stolen within two weeks of when they went out. It felt pretty lousy. Here is something that took me months to pull together intended for the enjoyment of all for at least a few months (I do realize art of this sort is indeed temporary) that may have lasted only a number of days. Wah. But I felt like it was giving a gift – you cannot control what happens to that gift once you give it. No strings. So that is how I tried to look at it. There were times I played with the tiles in my studio and came up with ideas to make mosaics to sell or keep (in my garden) but I decided that no, I would adhere to the original vision. And so I putt them out there. And they were stolen/ destroyed. Oh well, what the hell, move on.
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I have been making lots of paintings. They are a bit loud… I try not to judge. I follow inspiration, a humble servant. Other words to describe them might be; colorful, bold, uplifting.
I made some ceramic crosses that turned out pretty cool. Want one? My sister really encouraged me to make them for the first communion crowd. I did get into it once I got going. The weird part is though that when they were hanging on the wall during Art Walk, they kind of vibed me out. It brought into question what my art says about me. Well, looking at all these crosses you would think that I am a Jesus freak. I do love Jesus, don’t get me wrong, but I actually believe in all sorts of things. I guess if it works for people to feel the love, then I am all for it.