I will be joining nine other artists at Gallery 6 PDX for a group "sculpture" show in April...more on that later.
My neighbor just emailed me the photos that he took of my Gracie (black labradoodle) and the other neighbor's cocker spaniel puppy, Henry. They are both now about the same size (approximately 20 lbs), but it's obvious that Henry is going to be a bigger (and more dominant) dog. We've had some major snow (and ice) in the last few days (it's almost all gone today), and these two had the opportunity for some heavy duty play. It's nice to get them together. As we always say..."a tired puppy is a good puppy." After a good romp with Henry, Gracie will come home and do some heavy duty napping!
Woo hoo!! I've just added new photos to my file of "little box" assemblages HERE!
We've got WINTER WEATHER here in the Portland area this week with lots of cold air and several inches of snow, but probably nothing like what some of the rest of the country is experiencing. Nevertheless, it brings us almost to a complete standstill. It will all disappear in a couple days or so, when it begins to rain with temps going up to about 50 degrees. In the meantime, Gracie (ten month old mini labradoodle) is fully enjoying her daily romps in this fluffy white stuff.
Gracie has been playing with the neighbor's new cocker spaniel puppy, Henry.
Once again, I've just added some new photos of my new newest "little box" assemblages here.
Liz Cohn had a great "First Friday" reception last night at her gallery, Gallery 6 PDX. Liz is the owner and curator (and artist) of the gallery, and was showing some of her own collage work from the past years. Her show will be up through the end of the month. I will be in a group
sculpture show at Liz's gallery in April...more on that later. Photos from last night:
I've just added new photos of some of my latest "little box" assemblages here.
Big news...if you are an artist living here in the Portland, OR area, the application process has just opened up for the Glean Program once again. They are looking for five artists who are willing to glean for materials for five months at the Metro Transfer Station (the city dump). They'll pay each artist a $2,000 stipend, plus you'll have a group show (earning 80% of your sales) in August. Each artist is required to create at least ten pieces for this residency. You can find more information (as well as download the application-due at the end of this month) here. You can also read all the information (with photos) that was blogged by the artists from the last two seasons here. You can also search here on my blog for photos and information about my own personal experience in 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed this project two summers ago...the city dump is a "treasure trove" for artists!
If you live in an area of the country (or world) that might be interested in starting such a program for artists, you can contact Amy Wilson, local program director, for more specific information at firstname.lastname@example.org
As I blogged earlier, my neighborhood (two blocks from my house) is undergoing some major transformation. A new line of the city's MAX commuter train is being put in place, much of it having to be elevated in the area where I live. It promises to be complete by Sept., 2015, so there are several months yet to go. I've been out with my camera trying to document some of the very latest ongoing progress:
Newest work added February 8, 2014
Newest work added January 12, 2014
I've noticed that because of the limitation of size of this new assemblage series (each piece being constructed in a small cardboard box...5 x 4 x 1 "), there are some unique problem solving challenges to always address. By the way, these cardboard boxes are the kind that cheap jewelry might come in (with the piece of white cotton inside)...I got a huge case of these at some yard sale a few years ago, and am just now putting them to use. They are remarkably sturdy especially after I've "worked" them with glue, papers, objects and glass.
Newest work added-January 3, 2014
January 1, 2014
Happy 2014 ! I'm celebrating the new year with some new assemblage work. I've been concentrating on smaller pieces, all of them constructed in small cardboard boxes approximately 5 x 4 x 1 inch. I've been combining my collection of vintage photos with the other kinds of "objects" that I've been gathering for various projects-much of the detritus still coming from my art residency a couple summers ago while working at the city dump. As usual, I've again been using glass to cover (and enshrine) each of my pieces. As is always the case, the glass adds a dimension of difficulty when it comes time to photograph each piece. Here are a few of the new pieces...I'll continue to add to this collection as I get more work completed and photographed:
Boys Fort, an artisan type store in downtown Portland, is having their second annual Box Show, running through the end of this week. I just happened to wander in at noon today while in the area, and discovered the show, which consists of the work of some forty local artists. The boxes were apparently auctioned off last week (what a great way to get people into your store!). I was not aware of this show-didn't have anything included, etc., but hope to be a part of it all next year (yes, I did have a quick talk with the manager).
I asked to take a few photos of some of this year's boxes...there were a few of them that were real standouts, some of the others-not so much. Have a look:
Boys Fort is located at 902 SW Morrison (corner of 9th and Morrison) in downtown Portland.