artist collaborations

Tours now open at Liberty Bank Building

Guess what I found out about the Liberty Bank Building? So many people are so curious about what’s inside that tours are now open to the general public!

If you’d like to see my collage portraits in the residents’ lounge, you’ll need to sign up for one of the weekly tours. Here are the available dates:

Tour groups will be small — only 14 people per visit. I’d sign up right now right now if I were you…

Saying goodbye to North Light Books

I’ve met some of my favorite people through books: real, live people who wrote the books that introduced me to collage and mixed media art. So I’m a little sad to hear a specialty publishing empire is crumbling. F+W Media, which owns North Light Books and several other imprints, declared bankruptcy recently. North Light published many art technique books, including Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of the Art Retreat.

Ric ë  Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

Ricë Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

I was lucky enough to watch Earl Zachery collect photos while Ricë Freeman-Zachery collected the words. And then Ricë turned around and included a comment from me in the book. (I still get a little thrill out of seeing the pull quote.) I’ve also become friends with her editor Tonia Jenny, who edited two books by another artist/author pal, Michael de Meng.

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Fortunately, none of these people rely on F+W to pay their bills anymore. But I still have their books in my collection, and I still keep up with some of their authors on social media, including MaryBeth Shaw, Crystal Neubauer and Gina Rossi Armfield.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

If these artists keep writing, I hope Quarry Books scoops them up. (Quarry published three of the five books in which my art and commentary appear). I want them to help my artist/author friends keep blowing people’s minds. In the meantime… g’night, North Light.

Liberty Bank Building: be the first in the door

Remember field trip days when you were a kid? That break from the norm to go on an adventure?

Curator Esther Ervin (wearing hat) leads Redmond,WA students on a Liberty Bank Bldg art tour. Credit: Jackie Peterson

Curator Esther Ervin (wearing hat) leads Redmond,WA students on a Liberty Bank Bldg art tour. Credit: Jackie Peterson

You can recapture that feeling at the grand opening of the Liberty Bank Building apartments — it’s only 22 days away! Details:

The event is free, kid-friendly, and open to the public, so I’m planning on arriving early. I may have said this before, but it bears repeating: unless a resident invites you to visit at a later date, this is your last and only chance to see the art in person. Mark your calendars!