Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The following was submitted by Gordon Vanus. Are they not too much fun? Check out his website at the end of this post for more images.
Priscilla and I got home late last week from our fall trip to Maryland. We managed to beat the storms on our return. We've driven by the Pig Out Place several times in our I-40 travels and have found the signs intriguing. We haven't got up the nerve to eat there yet but maybe someday. Online it is rated 4.5 stars out of 5. If you interested it is located midway between Oklahoma City and Fort Smith Ark.
I've updated my website with trip pictures. You'll find them under "What's New".
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Nancy Kozikowski's embroidery piece entitled "Pear Still Life"
Rio Rancho's first all-fiber arts show, featuring several of New Mexico's outstanding
hand weavers with national and international reputations opens Friday, Dec. 4,
with a reception from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery of the Inn at Rio Rancho and Conference Center.
Co-curators of the show, entitled “Unbroken Journey, A New Mexico Fiber
Arts Collection,” are Rio Rancho weaver and Rio Rancho Art Association member,
John Curran along with Espanola rag rug weaver Sandy Voss.
“Since this is the first such exhibit in Rio Rancho we wanted to showcase examples of the diverse weaving styles for which New Mexico is famous along with some of the contemporary work flourishing here, “ said Curran. “It simply wasn’t possible to show examples of every weaving style in New Mexico, so we settled on a collection of styles which we reflect in the invitational show’s title.”
Among the weavers taking part in the show, are Nancy Kozikowski and Susan Klebanoff, both tapestry artists with work in collections around the world. Also participating is Lisa Trujillo, owner with her husband, Irvin, of Centinela Traditional Arts Gallery
in Chimayo specializing in Chimayo and Rio Grande weaving styles, Donna Contractor, Pat Dozier, Connie Enzman-Forneris and Letitia Roller.
A video of Nancy Kozikowski demonstrating some of her weaving process.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Anyway, just wanted to post that my photographic work is on display for sale at the New Mexico Rail Runner/Santa Fe Southern train depot in Santa Fe, Also at the Range Cafe' in Bernalillo and at the New Mexico Veteran's Artists Association's Gallery in the BX on Kirtland AFB. If you happen to visit any of these venue's sometime soon please stop by and check them out.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mersad, the art teacher, was very generous letting me talk for almost an hour about recycling objects and learning to design with them. Her class is going to be making a dragon sculpture for the front of the school out of recycled aluminum cans. She has asked me to help her with this project. I think it will a lot of fun working with these little rapscallions ( that's another word I use like "Yea big" to describe something or someone).
Talking up my art really gave me motivation to finish other projects that I am working toward. I feel energized and excited to get back to creating. I have enough styrofoam to do just about anything I can dream up, and enough molds to make everything I can imagine.
Imagination is a great device for producing something wonderful. Even if it sits inside your head for years and years. You can build it up layer by layer until the finished project is completely imagined, then begin to create it in reality.
Sometimes you will need outside help to finish a project if you don't have all the understanding and tools at hand. I have had to ask others for help with something I want to create so I can make it just the way I see it in my head. There is a lot of trial and error involved in the creating process, but if you try something and it doesn't work, don't throw it out-it may work for something else later.
The biggest problem with recycled art is storage. But thankfully, I have a storage shed out back. I am not worried about anyone stealing my stuff...it's all trash anyway ;o}
Thank you kids for making my day! Can't wait till we start on the dragon.
Thank you Mersad for calling me to work with the kids.
Thank you Melissa Martinez for helping me schlepp all the stuff in and again to the kids for schlepping it all out again (that's another word that fits what I have to do with all this stuff).
Thank you God that You have helped me overcome my intense shyness! (I bet no one really believes I am very shy and timid)