More About the Andersonville Galleria

Getting back to the post previous to the last one, it is time to share more of my hanging process.

After painting
After painting – my subtle green wall

Now that the wall was painted (in my subtle green), I took a close look at the wall regarding traffic flow, lighting (which Elliot from the Galleria http://www.andersonvillegalleria.com/index.html happily helped me to adjust), and the wall that is not connected to mine physically, but visually can be a deterrent due to it being perpendicular to the center of my wall.  The shadow area at the top of the wall created a visual separation and I wanted to be sure nothing would be cut in half due to lighting.

Freshly created lotus blossoms
Lotus blossom scraps of paper
Tags for the blossoms

Next, I took an inventory of some of the items I want to sell. Narrowing it down to three kinds of items I created helped to make the overall placement within the space much easier: 1- the larger size dancer prints from my original watercolor paintings (framed and unframed – the unframed ones can also be ordered here on my website on the Dancer Series page), 2- black and white rabbit prints (also from my original drawings) that I made into one-of-a-kind pieces by adding color with Prismacolor pencils, and 3- handmade paper flowers I created from German crepe paper (a different color on each side) purchased from my favorite paper store in Boulder, Two Hands Paperie http://twohandspaperie.com.

Thumbnail of layout on a sticky note

After taking measurements, but before pounding of nails, I created small thumbnails on sticky notes to get an idea of what arrangement I would prefer.  I started with my largest pieces, the Dancer Series, and carefully began measuring the placements of L-hooks and nails, taking into account the added space needed from the hangers (tabs or hooks).

Dancer prints

Once the Dancers were in place, I measured from the middle and worked my way out to hang the rabbits.  Placing the rabbits on the couch the day before to consider the 2 matting colors and the order of the rabbits based upon the visual direction of each piece, made it so much easier to hang because the placement decisions were all ready made.

Rabbit order one – one mat color on one half, the other on the second half?
Rabbit order two – alternating mat color? I chose the first one with grouping similar colors together.

Dancers and the rabbits hung where the lighting was optimal.  The final section of paper lotuses I hung in the shadowed area, to give an overall flow to the top, while spreading the color throughout.  The lotuses are made in three different sizes which create more interest and texture in an area that needs the interest without over powering the other pieces.

Shadow area above the rabbits
Close-up of crepe paper lotuses

While hanging the artwork, I kept in mind to leave space for title cards, descriptions and an artist statement.

 

Mail Art entry 11!

mail art 11a copy

Inspiration once again came from the stamp and wanting to play with black and white gouache .  For this piece, I began with a piece of cardboard from a sheet set that had printing on one side and blank white on the other.

mail art 11c

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well, I sanded the blank side with some fine sand paper. After addressing and stamping the cardboard, I set it to the side and cut a smaller piece of card stock that fit inside a printed border on the back side of the cardboard.  From a recently acquired package of miscellaneous papers, etc., I pulled out a solid teal piece and a playing card.  I sewed the teal paper in the middle and cut the card at an angle. Placing the card in strategic locations, I sewed those into place.  Next, I added a piece of red ribbon.  Finally, I sewed the new “sewed” card onto the back of the cardboard.

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well to the slick cardboard from the sheet, I sanded the blank side with some fine grade sand paper. The gouache stayed onto the card beautifully.

Once I finished the front and let it dry, I flipped it over, looked at that 3 of hearts and began to reminisce about all those Canasta games. That playing card brought back many memories of playing canasta with my family. Being allowed to play Canasta with the adults was truly a right of passage.  Numerous Sunday afternoons were spent playing cards with my family and visiting with cousins, aunts and uncles.  My Aunt Agnes always placed bowls of chips and chocolates onto the table only to be washed down by soda pop.  Strategy, stories, and laughter often ensued.  Enough reminiscing for now, back to the project …

mail art 11b

Originally, I thought I would draw or paint some silhouettes of figures (like those the stamp) onto the sewn back side of the card, but it seemed only right to add the Williams Rule book and a few thoughts.

Recipes for Legacies Now at Bay College West!

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It is so much fun having this installation at Bay West. The ventilation system is blowing varying currents of air on each of the spheres, making each rotate at different speeds.
Thank you to Russell for his ladder climbing and line tying help, as well as Shelly’s, Jeff’s and Rick’s input.
The spheres will be on display for approximately two months, so if you get a chance stop by and take a look! Thanks to Vicky’s idea of making a booklet, new booklets are ready for viewers to help guide them around the installation.

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Recipes for Legacies at the Dickinson County Library!


Hello all! I’m very excited to let you know that the installation Catherine and I made for ArtPrize 2012 is on display at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. Thanks to Vicki the librarian, viewers can pick up a booklet to carry along to help interpret each sphere. It will be at the library until the 17th or 18th of January; from there, it will travel to Bay College West at the North End of Iron Mountain, where it will be on display for about a week.

Join us in celebrating nine women who changed the course of our planet through their environmental leadership.

Each woman and her impact are visually represented through a three dimensional wire globe with paper cut-outs symbolizing key points in her life.  Explore the “recipe cards” for more information on the ingredients of each woman’s legacy.

These heroines include Rachel Carson, Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai, Lois Marie Gibbs, Julia “Butterfly” Hill, Dai Qing, Marina Silva, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Music, Gold, Finery and Queens

As the weather gets cooler, I find my body wants to stay inside to work, while my mind continues to think of all the many things to work on in our new garden/yard/park area.  It’s been a very full summer and at times, hard to believe fall is definitely here.  But today’s snowflakes grazing my face quickly reminds me winter will soon be here.

On the cooler days when I stayed indoors, I found the desire to create art pieces with three dimensional objects, in a two dimensional format.  Spurned on by my commitment to have three pieces completed for an Artworks and Friends show at the Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba, I decided these would be wonderful, if they turned out.

I shopped around at the local thrift stores and dug into various “supply” boxes to find many of the treasures to compose my pieces.  The hunt for the right items carried many surprises as one item tied in so lovely with another.  One of the biggest delights occurred after placing the Victoria picture in the heart shaped frame and finding the sheet music titled, “Vittoria Mio Core!” – Victorious, My Heart!  The feather, mask, gold chain and rhinestones just fit with Marie, as did the small old lock front.  That reminded me of her time spent in prison before her execution.  “Looking Up” is a reminder to look ahead at what may occur in a life.  For Princess Katherine of France, she later married Henry V and became queen.

In addition to all my treasures, I found a delightful site called The Graphics Fairy where Karen has a multitude of many images to be used! Here is a link to her site:  http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

On that site, I found three wonderful images of two queens (Victoria and Marie) and one Princess Katherine, to create my compositions.

In addition to many things gold and shiny, and sometimes not so shiny, I included parts of sheet music, feathers, rhinestones and ribbons.

Here are the completed assemblages:

“Looking Up” features Princess Katherine

“Marie”

and “Victoria”

These three pieces are currently hanging at the Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba until Dec. 18th.  If you get a chance, stop by and also see their Northern Exposure show!