Here is a peek into my art display at Salon Ori, a hair salon on Selby in St. Paul. It is not too far from my home. The show is up until January so go schedule a haircut or color! You can even buy some art while you are at it.
I have been preparing art for the display. Color choice is definitely integral to my work and I have always been faithful to blue, whatever the shade. Actually, I think blue has been faithful to me, as I find it a healing color in so many ways. I find it a calming and positive color. My bedroom is blue for these very reasons. I am so excited that all of the pieces that will be on display, big and small, incorporate the color blue.
I am apparently not alone in loving blue either. According to this article, blue is also the world's favorite color. What is your favorite color? Is there a color you tend to work with the most? In your art?
Below is a glimpse into some of the work that will be on display I have a solo show opening in November with Salon Ori, a local business of St. Paul.
In my last post, I spoke about my watercolor class from this summer. Here are some paintings I worked on during my classes. I am not used to painting from real life so this was a challenge from me. I am happy to share these! I hope to continue to get better at landscape painting. Note: during this class I became obsessed with rocks. You can kinda tell this from some of this work.
I have been reflecting over my past summer lately, now that it is fall. I spent the first part of my summer closing out my run as Festival Director with Altered Esthetics. I was so proud to hand over the Ae Film Festival to Chelsea Arden Parker and Ari Newman. It was the right time for me to move on since my term as a Altered Esthetics Board Member was coming to an end and I needed more time for my various projects...such a developing Moonland (my next film), focusing on Spectrum ArtWorks (soon to be Avivo ArtWorks), and concentrating on my mixed media art practice. I completed a third round of Photovoice with participants at ArtWorks. I also made a short film with Anita White during the summer, which was so much fun! I was able to fit in felting class with Alice too! I spent every Tuesday doing a watercolor on location class, where I visited various spots in St. Paul with a group of St. Paulites. We painted together and enjoyed the summer evenings in nature.
A vacation with friends at Madeline Island was just perfect, I had a birthday, and I completed the Intensive Training with Springboard for the Arts. I was a finalist in Fine Arts at the Minnesota State Fair but did not get in. There were 51 watercolor artists who were selected as finalists and only 31 were selected to exhibit. I was so close! To Really See: Exploring the Medication Taking Experience, a collaboration I started with Paul Ranelli, opened at the Cargill Hall in the Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central, too. I curated over 50 pieces of art for the show!
Below are some of my favorite photos from the summer:
I am happy to share that I have joined the team at Springboard for the Arts an an Artist Career Consultant (with a focus in film/video) and Work of Art Instructor. Read more here. As an adjunct position, the work is part time. I will continue as the Coordinator of Spectrum ArtWorks (soon to be Avivo ArtWorks). If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with me contact Springboard here.
Last week I traveled to Fergus Falls, Minnesota to participate in Springboard for the Arts Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend. I was among ten Springboard Hinge Artists that presented at a special event on the first night, where we all shared about our time at the Kirkbride, and summarized our various residency projects. I spoke about how perfect a two-week residency was for me. I rarely get dedicated time like that to work on projects, particularly because of my work as an arts administrator.
I screened my short film "Loss" and then I read three chapters from my next film, "Moonland," a project I started developing while doing my residency with the Hinge Arts program. After I returned to my hotel that night, feeling appreciative and excited, I realized that it never crossed my mind to ever do public readings of my poetry before. I quickly posted to Facebook: "I have always just incorporated my writing into my films. I know now from the positive experience of reading my work that I need to find more opportunities to do readings. I am very thankful for this realization...which is really a new door that I have opened and may enhance my artistic process."
I also enjoyed learning from and meeting other Hinge Artists and local artists of Fergus Falls. Community is very important to me, so this event will also remain unique to me, as I was able to connect with other artists that lived and worked at the Kirkbride, too.
Now that I am back home, and it has been a week since the event, I find myself looking back...to two and half years ago. When I lost my mother in 2015, the experience introduced me to raw emotions that ranged in levels of grief. To respond to this process and the complexity of death I made Loss where I chronicled my last moments with my mother. I have a few things I want to say about the video and where I am now, as I continue to make art around the experience of losing her:
I said goodbye to her,
I make video poems about her.
I sit with my feelings.
They reveal to me,
through images first
and then words.
Words mean a lot to me, but they alone
cannot express everything for me.
I need images too.
They tend to always come first.
That is why I make video letters, essays, and poems.
What is loss for me?
...Rather, what was loss for me then?
I felt a loss, mom, when I could no longer talk to you.
When I made Loss the word for me at the time was about holding on as well as letting go. I was going through an emotional process, and I still am. Now loss is more like an experience for me.
I stand here now.
Do you see me?
The word loss for me
is more like nodding.
I am saying yes to where I am now.
What was before me is an always.
Now is always changing.
Now is an antecedent.
Loss is the first in a video series I have been working on called "Video Words" where I explore my emotions attached to words.
I am proud to announce that Anita White and I finished our collaborative video Drawing in the Moment. Just shy of ten minutes, it documents Anita's intuitive artistic process. More than a music video, this experimental moving image project is a poetic exploration and journey of looking within and using drawing to appreciate various moments in life. From meeting strangers to processing difficult health challenges, the art and music from Anita express compassion and humor. The video shows how she uses drawings as a way to navigate and sanctify everyday moments. Her pen and open sketchbook allow her to receive and honor what comes her way with joy and wonder.
Music, lyrics, and art by Anita White. Camera and editing by Jes Reyes.
Drawing in the Moment will premiere next week on September 7 with Feminist Video Quarterly as part of Sound Unseen. The screening will take place at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. More details here. Facebook event page.
It was an honor to work with Anita. We met nearly every Sunday this summer putting the film together. Every moment of making the work was literally in the moment and intuitive - just how I like it! As Anita would say, "Ole!"
I am so excited about a new video project I started working on with Minneapolis artist Anita White. Together we are creating a poetic music video that explores her documentary drawing practice. More details to follow!
Come visit with me during the ComoFest Art Fair on Saturday, July 15th. I will be set up selling my watercolor paintings in the Lakeside Pavilion, which is attached to Como Dockside! If you have never seen my work before in person, I would love to show you! I will have my most recent sketch book out to view too. I have been obsessed with painting rock forms lately! Other work will be available for sale as well, including a few larger scale pieces that you can buy unframed at $150 or $200 framed*.
I will be offering a special on a selected number of my "small art" watercolors. For my 3x5's: $25 you will get a framed piece of work (ready to hang) and a bookmark handmade by me! For my 5x7's: You can take those home framed with a bookmark for $35.
You will also have the opportunity to check out artwork from my artist friend, Paige Tighe. I am helping her raise money for her upcoming trip to Japan! So take a walk around the lake, grab some food, and look at art...and buy it too!
Saturday July 15: ComoFest Art Fair
Arts and crafts for sale, plus live music. On the Promenade of the Como Lakeside Pavilion.
Free yoga class, courtesy of Studio M Fitness, outside at the Pavilion at noon. Bring your own mat if you have one. Registration requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
*I will not have larger scale ready to go home framed at the event. Art can be pre-bought. I will then work with you on selecting a pick up time after the work is framed, which is generally within 7 days of the event.
The lovely community-focused online publication, All the Women We Have Loved, has included a short film I worked on with Katie Rensch in their recent volume. The Wind of Our Body is a video poem that explores our exterior and interior selves. It is very much connected to the relationship with build with others. At the forefront is Katie and I having a conversation together. I am thankful for the friendship I have with Katie and the three films we have worked on over the years. All the Women We Have Loved showcases the power of female friendships through creative writing and art. Check out the latest issue here!
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