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.

 

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!

It’s ArtPrize 2012!

I’ve just returned to the Upper Peninsula after setting up “Recipes for Legacies”, an installation my daughter Catherine and I collaborated on for this year’s ArtPrize.

For this project, we combined two of our interests, the environment and women’s history, to create this project. We chose 9 women and honored each with a recipe card, listing their “ingredients” and their “legacy”, and a sphere made out of wire with paper cut-outs of their ingredients. Two LEDs hang in the middle of each sphere to shine light.  Using scissors (no die punches here!), Catherine and I cut out 1,373 images to create the 9 spheres!  By first taking the casing off of the wire (donated by CCI Systems of Iron Mountain, MI), we hand bent each piece to create the spheres .  Thank you, CCI Systems for the wire!

This past Saturday, we installed our art at Purple East on Ionia Street in Grand Rapids. A very big thank you to the owner, Kelly, for all of her support at Purple East!

Catherine and I were very pleased with the result!  As we looked at each sphere with each recipe card, it really showed what a difference each person can make in the world.

Hen House Details

Yesterday I began setting up the Hen House Installation at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. I am so grateful for the help many gave me, including Vincent, Pat, Chad, Jeff and my dear Russell.
Below are details about the hens.

For this installation, I began with the term “hen”. In Scotland, hen is used as a term of endearment for females. I decided to look at some of the changes women made beginning in 1910 through 2010. The “hens” I chose to had some kind of a connection for me.

On Sunday afternoons when growing up in rural Ohio, Channel 11 in Toledo would show old movies and silent films. Mae West and W.C. Fields starred in one of those movies. Mae West began her vaudeville career in 1910 with the help from her mother. She was certainly out of the box for that time period! One of her many quotes is, “Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.”

1920 brought about the “flapper”; a woman perceived to do things out of the social norm like wearing short hair, being loud, drinking, smoking and other forms of brash behavior for that time. Clara Bow, a famous flapper, was known for her sex appeal and was a popular for her acting in silent movies. ”The more I see of men, the more I like dogs”, was one of her quotes.

Amelia Earhart brought great adventure to America in the 1930′s with her skilled abilities as a female pilot. Amelia said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

1940′s brought on World War II and Rosie Riviter, the quintessential female who worked in the factories to help win the war.

In 1950′s, after the war was over, the women were expected to not only give up their jobs to the men who came home from the war, but to go home and be the perfect housewife. Many women did that and found themselves very isolated out in the suburbs, depressed and used alcohol and drugs to ease their pain. I named this hen after Donna Reed.

I recall seeing young women dancers on TV in the 1960′s with their mod apparel and go-go boots dancing to rock and roll. The civil rights movement was also gaining more momentum during this time period. This hen I named Pucci for the modern style of design, similar to the pattern on her dress.

In the 70′s, I saw many images of women working for the Equal Rights Amendment. This hen I named after Gloria Steinem and the work she did for feminists.

Olivia Newton John helped to make popular the concept of physical fitness with her, “Let’s Get Physical” song in the 80′s. This period of time also brought about a push toward building inner strength in the body.

The 1990′s brought about many changes of female involvement in politics, from more women senators than ever in 1992, to Albright, Reno and Ginsberg holding high office positions. Hillary Clinton also became one of the most empowered first ladies of history. In spite of these milestones, some stats also show a plateau of women’s involvement occurring during the 1990’s. This time period also brought to the courts many issues direct involving females like sexual harassment and violence against women. It also marked the period of third-wave feminism which encompassed women of color, non-heterosexuals, low income, and women issues from a global perspective. This hen I named Mary after a local judge in our city.

Millennium Millie welcomes us to the 2000′s with her party dress, rhinestones and sparkles. She marks the beginning of a new time; we all survived Y2K without computers shutting down and causing great disasters.

Ava represents the generation of young women in this 2010 decade.  The young Ava’s are going over the boundaries, and they do not let old considerations hold them back when those considerations no longer exist or simply do not apply.  Ava is a free range hen!