Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Online Store

I've set up an online store so you can now purchase artworks at any time. Check it out here.

Currently I'm listing tree rounds that were featured in two shows this fall, Vivid Conversations and Fine and Funky Art Boutique. And because there is a particular interest in birds, I make new ones regularly.

Here is one sample item: on Square Market

Monday, November 24, 2014

Santa's Workshop in Full Swing

At last minute I decided to do the Fine & Funky Art Boutique organized by Maggie Kunze, held at the Opera Galleria each fall.

It's a much better alternative to organizing something myself, and there are crowds that come annually. So, I've been quite busy preparing. I'm putting together quite a display, madly making cute - and I mean CUTE - things, and trying to throw together a booth display to make the artwork proud.

My studio is looking a lot like Santa's workshop on Christmas Eve, with tools and supplies strewn all over the place. And every five days or so I clean it all up and start over again. I've got a small studio.

And, to make it all the more interesting... I decided to do the booth display by not spending a dime on it.

What? Yes, that is right. I'm creative, right? So why not use my scavenging skills to build a booth as well? I mean, I already save every plastic container and groovy cardboard box I've ever come across just for this purpose. They can be useful, and now I get to show you how. Start with some key furniture pieces, select some perfect cardboard sheets, add a bit of paint, some glue, bent wire, toothpicks... and voila! Booth!

Which is still in concept stage... but just wait! It will be done soon!

Fine & Funky Art Boutique
Opera Galleria, 123 N College Ave
Friday Dec ,5 5-10pm, Saturday Dec 6, 10-5pm

Monday, November 17, 2014

Making More Rounds

Since the big carved heart tree round was so popular at Ayn and Barbara's heart show, I decided to do a few more of these little beauties.

They feature pine beetle kill tree rounds that I've harvested at my brother's land. There are endless ways to play with these naturally beautiful rounds, so I'm making a wide variety of them. They are great hung in a group... and they are priced so you can buy several and do your own grouping.

Be sure to come to the Fine and Funky show early... these are going fast! See you Friday December 5th, 5-9 pm, and Saturday 10-5pm. Opera Galleria, 123 North College Ave in Old Town.

Fine & Funky Local Art Boutique

Save the just a few weeks the 13th annual Fine and Funky Art Boutique opens for two days only! Make your list now so you'll have time to check it twice...we'll have plenty for both the naughty and nice.

December 5th (First Friday), 5-9pm and Saturday 6th, 10-5pm at 123 North College Ave in Old Town.

This is always a popular event! I've been busy in my workshop preparing for this show of some old work, some new, and all of it affordable. Shop for the holidays and treat yourself too!

Everything from $5-$100! I'm pulling out paintings and prints on paper, collaged vases, little painted blocks, tree round sketches, and the ever popular Miss Emily Chickenson will make an appearance.

Stop by and say HI!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Celebrate Reuse!

In October I participated in the Recycled/Reuse event at the Art Lab in downtown Fort Collins. I showed several art works that are made primarily out of used or found materials. The show is to raise awareness of reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Miss Emily Chickensen made an appearance and was photographed for the Coloradoan Newspaper.

I showed a collection of rounds - pine beettle kill tree rounds that I've been creating one-off sketches on. They are for individual sale.

I also showed some collaged vases from a number of years ago. They will be making a big splash at the FIne and Funky Art Boutique too, as I'm getting a number of them from a friend in Seattle who has stored them for me. It's about time I got them back.

Celebrate Reuse!
At the Art Lab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins
ReUse Art Show and junk-crafting daily! All ages and free.
Thursday Oct 16-20, 2014

The Rounds Sketches use scavenged materials.

Miss Emily Chickensen has a novel growing out
of her head like hair and sports a hat with a
book-reading bird..

Monday, September 22, 2014

Must Love Art, Heart for Sale!

This past month I joined over 70 artists in the Must Love Art heart show hosted by Barbara Gilhooly and Ayn Hanna. The wall of hearts was fabulous! And needless to say, the work of Barbara and Ayn is phenominal. I've gone back a few times to soak it all up.

The show is still up through this Saturday, 27th. And, if you want to purchase anything online, they have a great site set up just for that. Take a looksee here and support a great cause! 

For this heart show I used one of the pine beetle kill pine rounds and carved a heart into it. How marvelous the beetle stain pattern radiates out from the heart. This heart was pretty popular, so I will be making more of them. Look for them at the November Vivid Conversations show at the Community Creative Center.

Vivid Conversations, exhibit of 11 artists

I'm excited to announce an upcoming show curated by Lili Francuz at the Community Creative Center at the Carnegie, 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins.

Vivid Conversations will run for two weeks from November 5 through 15th. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon - 6pm. On both Saturdays we are hosting artist talks and a panel discussion, so come meet the artists and share in the conversation.

Artist Reception: November 5, 6-9pm (First Friday)
Artist Talks: Saturdays Nov. 8 & 15, 1:30-3pm

The work of 11 artists:

Sanam Emami
Lili Francuz
Jennie Kiessling
Mary-Ann Kokoska
Bonnie Lebesch
Barbara Leyendecker
Thomas Mathies
Jill P. Mott
Sonya PauKune
Cheryl Rogers
Laurie Beth Zuckerman

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Successful Tour Weekend

Many thanks to all who visited my studio this weekend! I had a steady stream of people that kept me engaged in great conversations.

Also, thanks to the organizers of this event, Jeanne Shoaff and the City of Fort Collins, and all the helpers who organized and networked and spread the word to the public. I had people who were first-timers on the tour, which is a great sign that the tour audience is growing each year.

And, my greatest thanks goes to my wonderful helpers, the ladies who blessed my studio with their greeting skills: Lili Francuz, Jane Hoover, Laurie Beth Zuckerman, and Tana Meyers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Oh, and another note... for those who came to the studio you saw the three lady heads stationed outside my door. These heads were done by Diane Findley, Jeannie Essling, and myself. Thanks Diane and Jeannie for the head art!

There is always a great interest in taking the heads, but so far I've not been successful in getting the artists to return the head fully realized. I did give away a few this time, but if they too do not get returned for a show, I'll be keeping all the rest for myself, because I love doing the heads!

This head was great fun to do... with hair made from pages of a book, a comic strip collar, and a bird's nest with a bird reading a book. I call her Emily Chickinson.

You just have to have fun with these things!

Now on a completely different note, this year I staged a small version of the Love Letter Series exhibition in my Garage Gallery. Of the 44 paintings in this series, I had 11 on display - the most I've shown before.

I was very excited to share them with an audience and get feedback on the show. Hands down, people love color... and the entire show was a big hit. Thanks for the many compliments! (Yes, I agree, they should be in museums!)

I'll be spending time over the next several months organizing this exhibit, so stay tuned for more information! But first I'm going to take a summer break - it's beautiful out and it's nearly over! Note to self: bare feet in grass, picnic lunches, cell phone off. Yes!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Studio Tour 2014

The Fort Collins Studio Tour 2014 is June 27-28-29. Mark you calendars now, and start planning for this 3 day whirlwind tour of local artist's studio spaces. It is far too much to do in this limited timeframe, so choose your studios beforehand!

A list of participating artists is available on the Lincoln Center web site HERE. Many artists have web sites so you can preview their work. Also, in early June, printed maps will be available at the Lincoln Center and various locations about town.

Preview Exhibit is at the Lincoln Center through the first week of July. This is an excellent time to see sample artworks from each artist in person.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sweetness in a Small Package

Oh my, this little painting (detail) is so delicate and sweet, like confection! It is called Fruit: Very Simple. And what could be more simple than adding a bit of sweetness to your life through art?


And exactly on June 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, my studio will be open for the Studio Tour. Maps available all over town, or for download from the Fort Collins Lincoln Center web site. See you here!