It’s a new year, a new decade and I’m excited about the prospects! I’m planning a studio “rethink” (ie. Remodel) to start the year off… and I’m working with Sidestreet on some workshops/demos. It’s going to be a great year!
It’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year… The trick is, you just have to avoid the overly busy shopping places and the cranky hubbub. That’s right… You don’t have to stand in line at big corporate stores to buy mass produced gifts. No, you can be selective and creative in your shopping. This is how I do my gifting (which keeps me cheery). I buy from fellow local artists if I don’t make it myself. I like to be merry and full of the creative holiday spirit, don’t ya know.
This was my table at my friend Nicole’s Mt. Tabor Holiday Open Studio. It was a fantastic weekend… my big seller, as always, was my hand drawn, unique Copic Marker pinback buttons. But there were lots of other things that sold… like magnets, zines, cards and matted art.
If you visit Sidestreet Arts on 28th & Ash in Portland (OR), you’ll see new matted art, new magnets, Christmas cards, buttons and more. And you could always contact me with questions or visit my online shoppe. Meanwhile… happy holiday-ing! Don’t forget to be jolly.
I will be giving an Artist Talk at Sidestreet Arts (Portland, OR) on 8-11-19. I’ll talk about the inspiration for “Closer to Home,” as well as the muses and symbolism in the artwork. There will be delicious brunchy foods and drinks. Talk starts at 1pm, but if you are one of a dozen visitors to come at noon, you’ll get one of my zines!
Here’s the SE Examiner’s blurb on the matter… courtesy of Brian… Thank you, Brian! You all are awesome over there!
Sidestreet Arts: July 31-Sept 1, 2019
I’m “Closer to Home” … on July 31st, with an opening reception on August’s First Friday, I will have all new mixed media and acrylic paintings in the main featured gallery. There are twenty brand new pieces along with some fantastic new work by Portland ceramicist, Nicole M. Curcio.
This show deals with my changing relationship to Portland; from a tourist destination, to home, to muse, I examine the things that make Portland Portland, and also … my new home.
Opening Reception: Friday Aug 2, 2019 from 6-9 pm.
Artist Talk & Reception: “Bridges & In-roads”
Sunday, August 11, 12-2 pm with talk @ 1pm.
Sunday, July 14th is Bastille Day… and Sidestreet Arts is going to celebrate! Okay, it was my idea. Anybody that knows me knows that I’m a Francophile … and since the Portland Art Museum is currently showing Paris 1900, I thought it would be an excellent idea to celebrate “all things French.”
And why not? The French have a Joie de Vivre and an appreciation of the arts… I’m an artist… Sidestreet Arts is a gallery… it makes perfect sense to me. Parfait.
So…. an art gallery celebrating Bastille Day should have some French art. I awhile back, I created some artwork inspired by my love of Paris. Using my Posca paint markers and colored pencils, I drew some French buildings and even some Cubist-leaning abstraction-ated drawings using that amazing blue ultramarine. I put up four of these framed mixed media pieces… and immediately sold “Paris Rooftop Chimneys” … prompting me to now make some more.
Meanwhile… if you’re in the Portland area on July 14th, Sidestreet Arts will have a glass of Kir and some Brie waiting for you at noon!
There is so much going on!
The gallery is getting an exciting new mural on the outside of the building… and as the gallery member handling this event, it’s been a series of processes to get to here… which, as of Saturday, will be the actual time to paint! The outstanding Portland artist, Gary Hirsch, will be painting our 28th Avenue Sidestreet Arts wall, along with help from gallery members. Gary’s wonderful BotJoys enhance and bring joy to many other murals around our fair city, and we are ever so pleased to have him do ours!
Work continues on my “Closer to Home” show coming to Sidestreet in August. I’m down to the last two paintings to finish. One is a stubborn self portrait that I’ve painted, repainted and re-imagined what seems like a million times. The other unfinished piece is a ratty old recliner that I encountered not long after moving to Stumptown. It will live on in infamy once the mixed media on paper is finished up. Another piece in that series is “Judy” (above)… captured when we visited a lively Irish Pub in the Alberta Arts District in the Alberta neighborhood. I like this piece as it captures a moment… and one wonders what is happening just off scene …. off the paper in this case. “Closer to Home” will be at Sidestreet Arts in August.
AND Bastille Day is coming on July 14th. Sidestreet will be celebrating the fete with Frenchiness. More on that coming. But there will be French food, music and art! What’s not to like!??
Mad Bee. I had no idea when I titled this piece that there was such thing as “Mad Bee Disease”. This is what the French call our Colony Collapse Disorder. They did “discover” it first, however.
I started this painting with a black paint pen drawing of a bee on a dull orange ground. I used a palette knife to lay in all the color, including the yellow “not-bee” areas (background). The black paint pen was used to define a few shapes and lines. A layer of gloss varnish made the colors really intensify.
Mad Bee is currently showing in the “Birds & Bees” show at Sidestreet Arts (in Portland), $175. The gallery takes phone orders and also does shipping.
Saturday, November 10th is Launch Day. The Online Store will be up and ready for orders and just in time for the Holiday Season… So come by the store, check things out… and PLEASE, I would love feedback on your experience at the store. I want it to run as smoothly and as happily as is online-ably possible!
Hot Toddy Sunday at Sidestreet Arts…
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, you have been officially invited to Hot Toddy Sunday at the gallery (140 SE 28th Ave) on Sunday, November 11th… where you’ll be treated to Bloody Marys… Ha! Kidding! Just checking to see if you were paying attention. You’ll be brunchin’ and munchin’ And day drinkin’ with rum! Come party with the artists… and it’s ALL FREE! Come see my Jazz Collages up close… and enjoy all the wonderful art of my fellow artists at Sidestreet Arts.
I got to the gallery on Friday to find that “Max Jacob” was sold. This is a fine way to start the opening to your show. The reception for The New Member Spotlight Show was a success with many folks grazing the walls and the munchies. It was a successful evening all around.
Max Jacob was a friend of Pablo Picasso. Max first saw Picasso’s work at the successful 1901 Galeries Vollard showing in Paris, Picasso’s first exhibition of his work in the city. Max, a poet, was immediately smitten with the young artist, who had not yet reached fame and fortune. Max took Picasso under his wing, taught him French and introduced him to French literature. And like most of Picasso’s friends, Max was used and abandoned when in need after Picasso had achieved great wealth and fame. Max died in hospital after the Nazi’s abducted him from the abbey where he was staying. Picasso turned his back on Max, refusing to sign his name to a petition for Max’s release. I had such great sympathy for Max, and I was compelled to do his portrait in collage this past summer. Max is smiling, as he did often, and was a constant source of wit and humor for Picasso and his band of artists.
Upcoming Event: Because we like to party at Sidestreet Arts gallery, our next “to do” is on November 11th… it’ll be Hot Toddy Sunday. We’ll be serving a warm antidote to the incoming cold temps and wet weather. Don’t miss “the mulling” … where you can sip hot toddys while hobnobbing with the artists.
November Art Goings On… Running up to the holidays… new e-store launch… art show and reception-ing!
There is so much going on at this very moment! Holy bananas! My head is spinning… and the holidays are coming! AAAAAA!
At Sidestreet Arts, the new show just opened … The New Member Spotlight Show features my latest Jazz mixed-media-collage pieces. There are 11 pieces of which over half are brand spankin’ new. I’m so pleased with the new work and they will be up until December 2nd (we extended it a whole week… just because). Don’t miss it!
The opening reception for said show is the First Friday in November from 6-9pm with all the wonderfully delish-y foods our gallery members prepare. (Judy’s making peanut butter cookies..mmm). Can’t make the opening? There’s another reception on the 11th… more on that in a future blog.
If you need to know more about Sidestreet Arts, there’s a link in the left-hand column under “Sites”
I’ve got new greeting cards at Sidestreet as well. Nice 5×7 reproductions of a few of the Jazz artworks in the show… and a few other designs as well. They are vibrant on the outside, blank on the inside.
And Speaking of new stuff… There is soon to be a store launch! I’m nearly done with preparing my online store! It will link from here and you’ll be able to order art, prints, cards, buttons, zines and more! Keep your eyes open on this here blog for the official announcement and launch date!
Whew! You made it to the bottom of the post… like I said, there’s a lot going on.