It’s been a great start to the art show season!
At the first show of the year I got to witness art in community at the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL. My painting “Spheres of Completion” was the featured artwork for their yearly Community Project. Together the community created an enlarged 6 ft x 10 ft painting made up of 308 5 in x 5 in painted squares based off of my original painting. I so enjoyed watching the process as each one of the squares were painted by individuals in the community and then piece-by-piece added to a large magnetic frame.
I even slipped away from my art booth for awhile and got to paint my own square tile and have it added to the mural.
The completed community project piece will be on display at the Illinois State Museum for the next two years and at the 2019 Old Capitol art fair. It was really thrilling as an artist to watch the cooperation and creativity in action as festival goers participated in this interactive project by painting their very own section of the finished piece!
Finished! What a tremendous job by the community of Springfield to complete this painted mural project during the Old Capitol Art Fair!!! This project was brilliantly constructed and organized by the committee who organizes the fair-GREAT WORK everyone!
The Springfield show also had a Children’s Art Tent where only kids were allowed to shop for their own pieces of art. Artists at the show donated work which was priced at $4, $5, or $6 and then the kids got to pick out their favorite pieces. It was so great to have kids stop by the booth and show me their painting of mine that they selected in the Kid’s Art Tent. Another great way of making art accessible to all members of the community-even the very youngest ones.
The first weekend in June brought us to the Mulvane Art Fair in Topeka, KS. We sweated through a super hot set up day, but then the temperatures dropped and we had two fabulous art fair days on the campus of Washburn University. It was so great to meet so many new art friends in Topeka!
We travel to Spring Green, WI this weekend. Join us Booth #30B Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. (Show Hours Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 9-4.)
The studio is hopping in between all these shows as we also do final preparations for shows in Brookings, SD and Aspen, CO in July. We’d love to meet you on the road or if you happen to see a painting you are interested from my photos from the art fairs, please feel free to contact me and we can deliver or ship it out to you!
I’m pleased to announce that my painting “Spheres of Completion” will be the featured artwork for the Community Project at the upcoming 57th Springfield, IL Old Capitol Art Fair on May 19 and 20, 2018. An image of my painting “Spheres of Completion” will be enlarged to 6 ft x 10 ft and then divided into 308 5 in x 5 in squares. Each one of these squares will be painted by the public and adhered to magnetic tiles at the art fair. Then, piece-by-piece the painted squares will be reassembled on a large magnetic board. The completed community project piece will be on display at the Illinois State Museum for the next year and at the 2019 art fair. I’m looking forward to seeing cooperation and creativity in action as festival goers participate in this interactive project by painting their very own section of the finished piece! Come join the fun this Saturday, May 19 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 20 from 10-4pm.
In celebration of the community project at the Old Capitol Art Fair, I’ve created a series of mini-works inspired by the original painting “Spheres of Completion”. Stop by Booth #95 to see the original “Spheres of Completion” painting and see the inspired mini-works in a similar rainbow color palette which will be available for purchase. There will be so much color for everyone to enjoy!
This is the time of year when the anticipation starts mounting-I’ve been working in the studio preparing for a new art fair show year. This involves much sketching, journaling, sorting, organizing, preparing canvases, dealing with filing taxes and show applications. And, after all the many hours of preparation, the fits and starts, painting a new body of work.
I’m so excited to share this new work as I hit the road traveling. We will be spreading our art fair wings this year- traveling to three new shows in Springfield, IL, Topeka, KS and Aspen, CO. Can’t wait to meet new art friends out on the road. We are also looking forward to returning to several previous shows. The schedule isn’t finalized yet so keep checking back to see if we might be able to connect again in person this year.
In this new year I’ve been thinking about deep focus- how sometimes I achieve it and sometimes I wander so far from the path. I accomplished some big tasks over the last season of creating art and sharing my work at art fairs and exhibits. Some of my work is more visible from the outside and some of it is unground and deeper quiet work that is much harder to detect. I was so struck by the words of Carol Green who so eloquently said, “Ultimately, what takes an artist to the next level is the integrity and presence of the art they make.” (Carol Green of Green Naftali Gallery in NY) She captures in succinct language the type of art that I believe flows out of periods of deep concentration and focus.
Deep focus is an all too rare commodity in our culture today. We are well aware of the many distractions that can so easily pull us out of places of flow and concentration no matter the type of work we do. I’ll admit that over the past two months I have experienced competing forces pulling for my time and attention and I allowed some things to fall off my schedule. It is easy for creatives to battle feelings of guilt when they drop out of activities for periods of time instead of celebrating focused attention to the large work at hand. The message our culture sends is that you have to be more, share more, do it all…when in reality these activities may be in direct opposition to the activities that will actually help you create the deep and meaningful work you long to produce. I don’t think the works of presence and integrity that our society so desperately needs in so many fields of study can occur without this ongoing deep focus of mind, spirit and heart.