Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Small Works @ Red Gallery

I have five works from "The Great Heart War" in this upcoming show.

Nov. 28, 2007-Jan. 1, 2008 "Small Works" - An Annual Exhibition For the Holiday Season Featuring Unique Art by SCAD Students, Faculty, Alumni and Staff Priced at $500 or LessRed Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Ga. The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the 2008 "Small Works" annual juried exhibition for the holiday season featuring works on sale for $500 or less and measuring 18 inches or smaller. The exhibition highlights an exceptional range of media including photography, painting, ceramics, collage and mixed media by SCAD students, faculty, alumni and staff. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SCAD exhibitions.

Bus Water Show

Trapped and Confused

Take-out Tonight

Rabbit Ears

Possum Finds Heart

Nut Hunting


LuLu Hedgehog

Bird Hearts Deer


These are the Fabric Paintings I sent up to an invitational show in West Virginia called Bus Water. I cant attend the reception, but I know it will be a blast. I can't wait to see pictures of all the other artwork.

Mutation Craft Fair Fall 2007

I had alot of fun this year. I met a lot of nice new friends that are full of talent. I have more pictures, but I will have to post them later.

Here is an artical featured in the Savannah Morning News. They wrote a little about me. (you can click on the title of this post to go to the website and see more pictures.

Call 'em mutation misfit crafts

This one was in the paper.

French crepes, organic tomatoes and fiddle music mixed with created creatures with crazed countenances.
The season's final Starland Farmers Market shared the midtown parking lot with Mutation: The Venue for Misfit Crafts on Saturday. The craft fair, minus the tomatoes, herbs and a few other vendors, continues today.
At the time of year when craft fairs abound, these tables hold the unusual.
Julie Lake's jewelry invited a hands-on approach, where touching "warms the art." Some of her pieces incorporated foam insulation for an exhibit coming up at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore.
At the table with artwork from the community gallery Indigo Sky, Asa Chibás invited people to their opening reception Dec. 1. Jerome Meadows, Judy Mooney and Luther Vann are a few of the well-known names among the 16 listed who will be a part of the afternoon holiday fundraiser exhibition at 915 Waters Ave.
Chibás said they hope to raise money to support programs for children and the exhibition of their work alongside that of the professionals.
Business names under the craft fair tent reflect the nature of their owners, such as Pandora's Button Box and Landgoats Junkyard, with "all the junk you've always wanted."
Other names are fairly straightforward: Danielle Demasi sells bags. Betsy VanderVeen Rutz sells her handmade books and papers. Karin Soderholm designs quilts.
Leslie Geer stood behind the table of little potted succulents from Greenware Design. She's the planter, and Irene McCollam's the potter. Geer, a graphic artist, has a familiar story: "I moved away and came back."
Kristie Carlisle Duncan tells her story on Her logo came from a bird her great grandfather drew. Her little sachet sacks of lavender- and honey-scented rice developed faces with button eyes. Originally called drawer monsters, they have grown into "Geets."
She also sews free-motion designs on cards for holidays. She liked the back better than the front, "a happy accident," and turned them backside out.
A crew from
HGTV's show "That's Clever!" filmed her in April working on her ceramic pieces formed from balloons dipped in slip, then popped. She hopes to be on a segment next spring.
Mary Singleton Curley was part of the Saturday Farmers Market with her herbs, jewelry and fabric painting. The 1957 graduate of Beach High School left for Seattle for 20 years, then came back home to be with family.
Aunt Alice brought her Homemade Soaps.
Margie's Gone to Pot is the functional pottery of Margie Thompson. She had a new, bright, greenish-blue that "feels good in your hands."
Maria Fernanda Castro was handing out information about recycling Saturday. Green Lifespace consults about recycling and picks up material from 10 restaurants. They pick up recyclables from the Telfair Art Museum and some public events for free.
Yvonne Jouffrault was working behind a mobile yellow stand turning out crepes, "the French hot dog." She was working behind the hot plate where husband, Olivier, can usually be found. The Nutella crepes were usually the best seller, but Saturday, lemon reigned supreme.
Joe Nelson, alternating on fiddle and banjo, played with James Pittman on guitar. They had my attention when they played one of my favorite shape-note songs, "Angel Band."
Meghan Shannon and Amy Nieto are the organizers of the mutation craft fairs. Shannon said this was their sixth seasonal fair.
"We all work," she said, so craft fairs are created in the in-between moments. The fair continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. between 40th and 41st off Whitaker or Bull streets.
Adam Levine donated a couple of his quirky stuffed dolls called Adimals to raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. The Adimals will be adopted by the highest bidders in a silent auction.
After all of that creative fantasy, it was good to stop by Nita Dixon's restaurant for ribs, squash casserole, beans and rice.
That's a Savannah day at its best.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Loop, Link and Tangle

This post is way overdue, but I have been busy. The show was in the middle of November.
"The Battle" was chosen to be a part of a juried show at the Dimensions Gallery here in Savannah. Here are some photos of all the nice work taken at the opening last Friday night.

This is Cory and Jessica. They were in charge of all the hard work, and great at it too.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Back to West Virginia

It was a pretty trip before but now that the leaves are changing it is even better.

First Fibers Project

Weaver Bird Basket made from natural wire. Needle Felted Bird with crocheted leg warmers. Wet Felted Sheets, one with appliqued bird. Hand spun yarn, and various eggs full of different knots and knitting samples.

Monday, October 22, 2007

New and Improved Black Dog Studio Website

Last week I spent my time working on I think it is much improved and I am less embarassed to call it my design. This week I will spend more time on my Heart War Website. I have to rethink the format a bit to account for new works that will join the next showing. I sold all but six of the small ones in West Virginia so new ones will have to take their place.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Web Page Update

The web page for the heart war gallery show is ready! I still have links to add for the statement and other things that need to be fixed, that will come later on this week, but as of now you can see the work featured in the show.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Heart war web page.

I recieved good reports on the show yesterday, seems I have sold several of the smaller fabric paintings and i can't wait to see which ones. I am working on getting the website together for the show. There will be links to the gallery, Sketches and process, and the statement. I think it should be fun. Other than that i am plugging away at my fibers class homework. Knitting is harder than i thought it would be. I keep having to start over. Hopefully i will have the website ready by this weekend.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Great Heart War: Now Showing!

The great heart war is now available for viewing.

I believe the reception is at 6pm tonight.

It was a long weekend. David and I left Savannah at about 9, David on 2 hours of sleep and I on zero. There was still odds and ends that needed to be taken care of shotgun too. After 8 + hours we got to the gallery where Brent, the curator, and some students were ready to help. I don’t know what we would have done without them. We worked until about 12am and decided to return the next day to finish up what was left. Saturday Brent also interviewed me to show at the reception since I couldn’t be there. All in all I think everything went smoothly. After all that work I wish I could be there to see everyone’s reaction to the show. Here are some pictures of the work in the gallery. If you are in the area you should check it out. A big thank you to everyone who helped.( Brent, Students, Sabrina.) An even bigger thanks to David for not complaining constantly even when he should have (I promise I will clean the mess I made of our house this week).

I will be working on a web page just for the Show, as soon as I get caught up on my Fibers homework. I am learning to felt.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The battle STILL in progress.

And I only have a few more days 'til I am on the road.
I have taken the picture from the frame you saw it on before and have been working on an old fashioned quilting frame. (I will be sure to take a picture of this process and post it later) This has worked well in when paired with the quilting hoop and stand I found at a yardsale for $6. I love a bargain.
Here are some details. And details of details.
The river bed is full of death.
I really like the way these rocks turned out.
Yes that is the camera strap. It is hard getting pictures from above the head.

This bird is much more scary up-close.

This will be my last post before the show is hung. I can't wait to post pictures of how it all comes together.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007