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Come see me @ Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair!

My visit to Upper Arlington High School in Columbus was a ton of fun, and working with their lead arts educator, Alicia McGinty, was great. Yet another opportunity in that part of Ohio, which makes it easy to visit my parents and CCAD/Cols Art Museum friends! This coming Saturday (December 4th), photographer Ann Olson and [...]

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That’s what I get . . .

Gothic Vessel (After Duccio)

for fussing on about not having a lot going on, since the universe has now handed me a stack of self-induced and externally requested activities. Out of the Concourse Gallery exhibition in Upper Arlington (read: Columbus), Ohio, came a visiting artist residency opportunity at their high school! So I’ll be up there the 22nd/23nd (of [...]

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Shows comin’ on down

Concourse Art Talk - Viva Desigual!

Things are starting to wrap up on the exhibition front. Artworks in shows in Ohio (Concourse Gallery), Kentucky (Winchester Opera House Gallery and “Evolving Traditions” at Lexington Living Arts and Science Center) will all be coming home soon. As they do, I’ll be building my Etsy.com site (I’ll post the link here as soon as [...]

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Art Collage Glass Tile Pendants

Bird in Space art collage glass tile necklace

I ordered a bunch of supplies to make the uber-popular glass tile pendants, and am having a blast cranking them out. They are made with smooth edged glass tiles and have mini art collages decoupaged on the back with Diamond Glaze. The jewelry “bail” is attached with sturdy E6000. After an enthusiastic review person-to-person and [...]

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Secret to success

as an artist? Can you go ahead and make plans, submit work, and get in the studio immediately after (or during?!?!?!) a major artistic ego stomp? If the answer is affirmative, good for you, because it’s going to happen sooner or later and you need that tenacity to carry on. Consider this a “pep” talk [...]

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Third time’s a charm

Collective Visions E-Card

The third exhibition event I’m involved in is upcoming at the Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington. Here’s the digital exhibition announcement . . . I sold one piece in Winchester, and maybe there’ be more takers. “The Last (Church) Supper” is up at the Evolving Traditions craft exhibition @ LASC in Lexington, maybe someone will [...]

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Exhibition in Winchester . . .

Winchester Opera House Art Gallery Exhibition Announcement

The group exhibition that I’m in with dear friends Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido & Emma Perkins at the Winchester Opera House Art Gallery is opening soon with a reception on Friday, September 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. Click on the image to see the full (and undistorted) exhibition announcement.

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Show card for the LASC Evolving Traditions Exhibition –

Show card for the LASC Evolving Traditions Exhibition - Front

Check out the show card for the LASC Evolving Traditions Exhibition – a detail of my Last (Church) Supper is front and center.

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Workshop updates & other news

Everything’s gearing back up again at work and otherwise! First, the South Eastern KY Tourism Board/Org is developing a tourism iPhone app that will feature SE KY artists – and I’m one of them. Don’t know how they found me, but if you download it (to be released in September), I’ll be represented by several [...]

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Fabric dyeing adventures with Mary Lamb Nehring

Ladies Textile Terrorist Society

My friend & fellow textile artist Mary Lamb Nehring hosted me in July for a quick and dirty art cloth workshop. I’d always been curious about surface design techniques that involve dyes, but didn’t want to make the investment in the studio and supply needs necessary. It was great going to Mary’s studio and playing [...]

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Oh Hon . . . You must go to Baltimore!

Little Italy restaurant - lobster ravioli is yummy

Admittedly, I was on the fence about the upcoming American for the Arts conference in Baltimore the weekend of June 26th since it followed right on the heels of the CraftSummer class and due to my arrival at midnight on Friday, I had already missed John Waters and Arianna Huffington, BUT, Saturday I was able [...]

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The Travel Fairy

will soon be posting images of the FAB trip to Baltimore, hon, with all sorts of suggestions for the “must do” in Charm City.

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CraftSummer 2010

Me & Cabana Boy (Ron Stevens)

It’s been nearly a week since my Surface Design in Textile Collage class wrapped up. What a wild group! Of course, I’m pretty good about creating a “permissive” environment, and the ladies just ran with it. It’s a kick to be paid to sit in a room with a bunch of rabble rousers, listening to [...]

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When it rains . . .

Photo of garden in KY humidity, bee pasture in background

After some dead time, seems like everything is happening at once.  All three of my pieces were accepted for Cream of the Crop at the Southern Ohio Museum, work is up in Winchester and @ Miami U, and now it’s time to pack up stuff for Boston.  Oh, and there’s that little trip I’m taking [...]

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painting sketch in progress . . .

painting sketch for "Pillfield, Kentucky"

Painting sketch for another Appalachian pastoral ~

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new artwork . . .

Ecce Homo, 2010, Collage/Painting with Diamond Glaze, 10 x 8"
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MSU Summer Arts Academy wrapping up

SAA Textile Artwork

Today’s the last day of the MSU Summer Arts Academy, and we’ve had a fun and productive time with the seven high school students from across Kentucky that have worked in the areas of photography, mixed media & shaped paintings, digital art and textiles.  Guess which one I was in charge of . . . [...]

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Textile intersession class @ MSU

Abby Brading

Well, the textile intersession class at Morehead State University just wrapped up.   It was one of the most pleasant teaching experiences I’ve ever had – the class was held @ MSU’s Center for Regional Engagement, housed in a 1940s cape cod house with a very cozy rec room in the basement.  Here’s some examples of [...]

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Bad for You!

Lynda Barry and me with the BAD FOR YOU cupcakes

Lynda Barry came to MSU in late April to do lectures/seminars/workshops/demos, and she was the best visiting artist I’ve brought in over the ten years of arts programming work.   Lynda loves Kentucky and we love Lynda!

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Nashville!

SEC in Nashville

Pete and I went to Nashville over Spring Break and had a riot.  Here’s what we got into. First mistake: thinking I could actually leave the BLUEgrass.  It was the SEC final game with UK.  You can take the girl out of Kentucky . . . I did some research with friends and the Internets, [...]

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Embellished Fabric Cuff Workshop – Saturday, April 17!

day of dead cuff

I’ll be teaching an Embellished Fabric Cuff Workshop on Saturday, April 17 (noon – 4 p.m.) at CoffeeTree Books here in dear old Morehead.   Here’s the info: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Textile artist Jennifer A. Reis will lead an Embellished Fabric Cuff afternoon workshop on Saturday, April 17th from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. at CoffeeTree Books in [...]

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

view from the magpie's nest

March and April are totally crazy at my job as gallery director/college professor, so I like to imagine myself skipping down the hallway singing that.  It’s only a dream at this point. The Winchester workshop was a smashing success! Photos below . . . The room set up by the very attentive Miss Brett Martin, [...]

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A word of caution . . .

Don’t use an iron on laminates you tried to make at Kinko’s that still had big air bubbles – not a brilliant idea to think that squashing a bunch of heat on the plastic sheet will magically make adhesion happen!  Some of the harpy chickens (see previous post) look a little like potato chips – [...]

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just because . . .

I call this one "Appalachian Harpies on Studio Table" ~ with yoyos, of course.

Appalachian harpies with yo-yos in the sky.

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