Posts filed under "Artfest"

Resurfacing after the Big Show

Today is possibly the first day I haven't thought: "Okay, what am I forgetting to do for the solo show?" But in spite of the pressure (that I put on myself), it was wonderful sharing my art with friends like Deborah Olsen -- who came all the way from Port Townsend, WA for the reception.
Thank goodness I had Tally Oliveau to help me hang the exhibit... we were done in about an hour and a half.
And that evening, I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see one of my long-time Artfest friends Nikki Gamon: that girl has crossed the state of Washington to see me and my art. Twice. 
This is about the time of year we'd all be seeing each other at dearly-departed Artfest. So it was especially sweet to see them this year, especially the dynamic Canadian duo of Janine Shea and Nancy O. 
I'm not a party planner. The possibility of no one showing up, decorating, feeding people... all that kinda gives me hives. So I especially want to thank the following:
  • The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission, for the exhibit space
  • The Husband for creating the reception menu
  • Sarah Wyatt for inviting her friends from Mensa
  • and The Husband and Tally again, for regularly talking me down from the ledge. (That's why I'm smiling instead of sobbing in that photo below.)
And for the people who couldn't make it to the reception because they were on the other side of the planet, I've done the next best thing: Etsy! 
(You knew that was coming, didn't you?) Prints of all the pieces in my solo show are now available in my Etsy shop. The originals are also in the shop, but I realize most Etsy shoppers gravitate toward the more affordable prints. Must go now... I'm off to mail thank-you notes the old-fashioned way.

Missing Artfest? Me too.

This is the first spring in four years I haven't gone to Artfest, the dearly beloved/dearly departed art retreat held in Port Townsend, WA for the past 13 years.
It's not just the frenzy of trading precious bits of art... or even the amazing techniques I've learned there... it's missing the chance to let my freak flag fly with my besties, no apologies necessary.
There's a very good chance I'll see some of my Artfest friends later this spring, thank goodness. Here's what some of my other favorite Artfest peeps are now up to.
Teesha and Tracy Moore, the founders/organizers of Artfest, are now offering smaller, more intimate retreats closer to the Seattle area. Teesha's also offering her first online class, with co-instructor Jane Davenport.
Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus DeMeng are about to team-teach at Art Is You-Nashville. (They got hitched New Year's Day 2012). They still teach separately as well.
For those of you who never experienced Artfest in person, here's a tribute, courtesy of filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage of 1000 Journals. (Artfest veterans: get the tissue box. You might get a little weepy.)
Have you been to any retreats recently? Making any plans for a retreat later this year? Tell me in the comments or on Facebook.


New art show: fitting in more art

What was I thinking, entering another show while getting ready for my own solo show? Time to pull out the big (staple) guns.
But then I was invited to join a group art exhibit at Seattle City Hall... and I caved.
The Onyx Fine Arts Collective show will be in two galleries at City Hall, from March 6th to May 1st. (Yes, that last date is the day of my solo show reception. Eeek.) I'm entering two pieces; this one is based on a journal page and a piece I started in Erin Faith Allen's class at the final Artfest. I'm painting (and stapling) after the kids go to bed. I'll let you know next week if I make the entry deadline. Eeek.

Miss Lucy's debut

Isn't it time you had a little more steampunk in your life? Of course it is.
Let's join Miss Lucretia "Lucy" Pettigrew, relaxing in the garden in full Steampunk Sally gear, shall we?
Originally I was going to set the watch face, surrounded by copper tubing, on her chest. But it just seemed a bit much. Then I remembered, hey -- I have a ball tea strainer that would make it look like a pocket watch!
A green tag from my stash contrasted better against the rest of her clothing color palette. That tag turned into the base for a necklace hung on a chain of safety pins.
You might remember I said Miss Lucy's a bit of a firebug. She keeps a match within easy reach, in a bottle at the end of another safety pin chain woven into her curls. (Not gonna be easy to explain that to the authorities.)
And the goggles... putting them together from rubber scraps was so much fun I recommend making your own.
Miss Pettigrew will be joining me at the Artists' Garage Sale in mid-June. So if you'll be near Everett, Washington next month, come see us in person!


Posted on May 2, 2012 and filed under "Artfest", "art shows".

Have we been introduced?

Just thought I'd give a shout-out to a few new friends I met at Artfest:
Hey, it's the tutu lady! When Carrie Clayden isn't taking photos of people whirling in the tutus she makes, she's running Hip Chick Designs, and teaching at Art Is... in Benicia, California. Did I get everything?
You might've seen Jennifer Blevins being tortured by me and a few other friends at Sirens in Port Townsend. Don't worry, she's recovered enough to continue blogging at the Trend Spot (she gets to hunt for trends in our alterna-arts world).
And Emily Cline, whose new secret name I am honor-bound not to reveal. (Hint: it kinda makes her sound like a gunslinger.) Besides being ridiculously beautiful, she also helps women reconnect with their inner craftiness at Doodlebugheart.
Posted on April 30, 2012 and filed under "Artfest".