May First Friday at Stifel & Capra
Hard to believe it's May already! But with the new month comes a new FirstFriday! All the artists will be at Stifel & Capra on Friday from 5-8pm. New artwork for a new month... can't wait to see what everyone's been working on! I will be showing some of my mixed media pieces, similar to ones see in my Common Threads Gallery.... Hope to see you there!
Join us tomorrow night from 5-8pm at Stifel & Capra for the monthly FirstFriday art Happy Hour. From 5pm til 8pm, it's always fun. I have put up a show of "Spring Scenes" and gotten a nice notice in the Arlington Arts Examiner. Falls Church city has a great FirstFriday, always plenty of things going on, and restaurants offering discounts, and everything within walking distance. Hope to see you there!
I am honored to win an Honorable Mention in the "Art in City Hall" show in Alexandria VA. This city wide effort by The Art League, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Del Ray Artisans and the Torpedo Factory At Center brings this art show to the Halls of City Hall. On view every weekday from March 26 to September 14, the exhibit features artwork juried by Ali Ringenburg, from Principle Gallery. The Opening Recepiton is Monday, May 21st from 5:30 to 7:30.
Limb Letter won an Honorable Mention. It is part of my Common Threads Series of Mixed Media paintings. The series is an exploration of personal histories. My interest was sparked when I was clearing out an old family home… In among the treasures and trash were a cache of family photos, some labeled, many not. It made me curious about those people in the past, what did they think, feel, do? What was important to them? Who made a difference? How are they connected to each other and to us? What are the common threads?
In starting a painting, often I begin with a story to tell, but sometimes the story emerges from the artwork. Sometimes, the story is elusive. My process involves working with layers, transparencies and double exposures, by utilizing collage, photo transfers, paint, found objects, and monoprinting in my artwork. As I build up layers, earlier surfaces sometimes disappear, like memories, layered beneath fresh elements. At times, I peel away top layers to reveal what is underneath. Visual elements often found in my artwork include: leaves, trees, portraits of people, quilts and fabrics and threads. To me these represent families and their history, and the links the past has to the present.
I have been an artist all of my life. I can't help it. Drew on the walls in kindergarten, painted pictures in high school, went to Art School, worked as an art director, started painting again. And am loving it.