Last Saturday was one of the coldest nights we have had in Connecticut. The day before Valentine’s, which had a record this year of being the coldest Valentine’s Day since they started to record the highs and lows.
But, for one reason or another, we decided it was a good night to take in some culture from around town.
My husband and I put on a bunch of layers and made our way to Hartford’s Artspace gallery. If you live in CT and don’t know about it or have never been there, you should. The gallery resides in the first floor of the beautiful apartment building right across the train station in Hartford. The apartments are beautiful, just the kind I dream about converting into a studio, high ceilings, lots of natural lighting, and a bit of an industrial feel.
The Artspace gallery is volunteer-run by Tao LaBossiere and his wife. They are both active in the art scene all throughout Hartford County. And the shows they put on at the gallery are well worth the trip downtown.
Some friends met us at the gallery for the opening exhibition of “Elsewhere” which featured: Andres Chaparro, Hong Hong, Jourdan Joly, Terrance Regan, Sarah Rohlfing, Adam Viens, Amy Vensel. Let me tell you, this show did not disappoint.
From Chaparro’s emotive and musical mixed media paintings to the simplified paintings but full of depth and texture by Amy Vensel and a great installation piece by my friend Terrance Regan, the show couldn’t have ever let me down.
Check out some of the photos I snapped:
From museums one weekend to gallery visits the next is how I spend my free time in the lovely state of Connecticut.
Two weekends ago (already!) I made my way to the Slater Museum in Norwich, CT. They were having the opening reception for their Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition. A fellow ceramic artist, with whom I work a lot, Monica Hewryk, was juried into the exhibition so we ventured to the reception to see the rest of the CT artists’ skills.
Check out Monica Hewryk below next to her piece:
To my delight, I was able to recognize so many artists in the exhibition. I saw the work of many who are also members of CAFA (Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts). These members are very active in the annual exhibition and repeated recipients of the awards too, so it doesn’t shock me that they are active elsewhere. Check out the beautiful work below. And if you get a chance to see it in person, it’s even better!!
With these beautiful imagery, I leave you to write another post about another exhibition, and other artists also pouring their hearts out onto canvases and installations. Until my next art stop!
Today I’m posting some photos of my work. The following pieces were accepted into some juried exhibitions and I wanted to share my excitement here.
Like crazy, I have been entering some competitions for 3D artwork. Last week I found out three of my pieces made it in. The first was one of my “rhino” minis. It’s about 3.75 by 3.5 by 3.75 inches. It’s pretty tiny. It was accepted to a “small works” exhibition put on by the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Since I used to live in Philly, this was such exciting news!!! If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check it out, Small Favors XI opens on March 25, 2016 but you can find more information here.
The same day I found out about the small piece getting accepted into that show, I also found out two of my other pieces were accepted into a different juried exhibition. These pieces were both made last year, one in the spring and the other in the fall. It makes me happy to finally have my pieces be shown. These two were juried into an exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists. You can check out the exhibition artists’ work on their website. Please check it out and feel free to share the link with the world.
Soon I will post the photos of all my new works since last summer. For now, I need to finish my many works in progress and make new pieces. Thanks for stopping by.
It seems I may have gotten a bit lazy about updating my page.
On the other hand, it could be that I am getting somewhat more ambitious about my career goals and writing has been, sadly, a lesser priority. As much as I love writing, it’s not my career choice. This doesn’t change one of my long-term goals of writing a book….someday.
What career goals are be keeping me so busy?
Besides my two jobs, which keep me pretty busy, I am keeping my hands busy in clay.
Creating new bodies of work is exhausting when you find yourself always trying to buy a little time for solitude, music, and clay. My most important goal is to develop artwork that makes sense and work which communicates what I have, for so long, been trying to say. That in itself has been psychologically daunting because, inevitably, this incorporates some introspection. As insightful as this process is, it is gut-wrenching when it’s not common practice.
Naturally, my next goal is to show my work, because what is the point in divulging if not to spark a conversation about it. This takes some social skills which I am constantly trying to improve. It includes going to galleries, meeting other artists and curators, applying for artist opportunities, and maintaining social media updated among others.
Speaking of artist opportunities brings me to other goals: find a residency (or a few) to help me grow artistically while preparing myself to find an MFA program that will take me. This takes some research, preparation, and inspiration as well.
In the time left over for the rest of my life, I try to be with family, read a book, finally learn to play the guitar, travel, organize my kitchen, and feed myself.
It’s no wonder to myself that I can’t seem to hop on the computer to write another post. It doesn’t mean I have stopped going to see art or even talking about it with others. I am fascinated by the depth of learning throughout life, it’s a deep like the ocean floor and as detailed as marine life.
Still, I want to take readers on a journey of my life immersed in the arts. One of the reasons I started this blog. It might get a bit redesigned but its core will remain the same. In the meanwhile, I will attempt to post more often which means more post will be simply photos of my interesting daily events. There are so many good things happening and worry not, I will keep anyone reading updated!!
[Oh, and thanks for reading!]
Fall is the time of year known for the abundance of apples growing, the Oktoberfest events happening everywhere, Thanksgiving plans stewing, and the bright alluring colors of the foliage.
If you are an artist you are probably enjoying all these great attributes of the season, but you are also probably very busy creating work for one or multiple autumn art festivals. For now I am keeping my head afloat with new work, but the first show is coming up in three weeks and there’s still so much to do!
This is the time to get organized to be efficient.
So what is happening in Connecticut that has me excited and busy all at once, you ask? This year I am first-time participant of Open Studios in Hartford, a city-wide event where. This will be happening Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2015. There are close to 250 artists participating in this event, it is sure to leave your art yearning satisfied!!
There are 22 locations throughout Hartford that will be featuring art and artists from around the area. Below is the list of locations with addresses:
#1 Oak Hill Art Studio, 120 Holcombe Street
#2 Hartford Weaving Center, 40 Woodland Street
#3 Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street
#4 Venom Vintage & Creative Art Space, 11 Whitney Street
#5 Passages Gallery, 509 Farmington Avenue
#6 Majorca, 2074 Park Street
#7 Arbor Arts Center, 56 Arbor Street
#8 Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street
#9 30 Arbor Street, 30 Arbor Street
#10 The Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew Avenue
#11 1429 New Park & Bartholomew
#12 Trinity College Fifth Year Fellows, Trinity College
#13 Kempczynski Gallery & Studio, 130 Washington Street
#14 Colt Gateway, 140 Huyshope Avenue
#15 Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts @ Colt Gateway
#16 First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Avenue
#17 Hartford Artisan Showcase, CT Convention Center
#18 Hartford Dada Art Show, Capital Community College, 950 Main
#19 Hartford Prints, 42 1/2 Pratt Street
#19 Lindsey Fyfe Studio, 75 Pratt Street #504
#19 The Tobacco Shop Gallery, 89 Pratt Street
#20 ArtSpace Hartford, 555 Asylum Street
#20 Union Station Great Hall, One Union Place
#22 M. D. Robertson Photo Arts, 69 Myrtle Street C2
Here is a postcard that has been going around, but if you need more information, be sure to check out their website at: openstudiohartford.com/
Hope to see you there! I have been working on a lot of new work for this show. At my table you can find some awesome sculptures, big and little, as well as some great practical pieces like coffee mugs, bowls, pitchers, tumblers, etc. I want to leave you all wanting more, so come see me at the Colt Gateway (#14)!!