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The Fall was a busy time, for both Art Life, and Family Life. Dave and I were (and still are) busy preparing for winter — putting away the boat, and winterizing machines that will be sitting out the season, cutting trees to saw into lumber,  stacking it to dry properly, making sure we have propane tanks full, etc. etc.  The first snows have fallen, so winter has arrived.

I participated in  a couple group shows with my Critique Group [Artists of Studio 10], and took several sculptures over to Grand Forks, ND for their annual TAG(The Art of Giving) art gala/sale and fundraiser. I also took a couple workshops to learn more techniques, AND have fun! One was to learn the use of Epoxy Clay sculpture, from Wanda Odegard. I still have to paint my piece to call it done, so I will share it in a later post. I also took a wonderful workshop from Tonja Sell, which focused on using a variety of textures in the works and combining media, such as Watercolor or Acrylic with Pastel, or  Acrylic with collage and texture mediums. I started 3 pieces at the workshop, and just now finished the last of them.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya's workshop -- done in Watercolor and Pastel.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya’s workshop — done in Watercolor and Pastel.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint -- also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint — also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

If you ever have the chance to take a Tonja Sell workshop, you should do it! Very Fun, and you learn a lot.

Coming up, Studio 10 is hanging a new exhibit at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, and after Christmas we are hanging a major exhibit at the Rourke Gallery in Fargo/Moorhead. I am busy with a few pet portrait commissions, and after that I hope to play around with the epoxy clay some more, and also have some started metal sculptures waiting for my attention. There is never a lack of things to work on!!

Hope all of my readers had a nice Thanksgiving — it is so good for us to look for the good things in life and be grateful.

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In August I finished the work on a Career Development Fellowship Grant I received from the MN Region 2 Arts Council. My project was to study, and learn to work with different metals, and try different methods than those I was already doing. I learned how to braze with a torch; anneal, hammer, and form non-ferrous metals, and methods for cleaning, and texturing them. I tried out various adhesives, patinas, and finishing products. Also tried out some forge work with steel, mig welding Stainless Steel, and Aluminum, and many other things — too many to list them all! There is SO much to learn, I will be continuing to discover new things for years to come. Many thanks to mentors Wanda Odegard, Roger Loyson, and Paula Jensen who worked with me, and shared their knowledge.

I had an exhibit to share with the community what I had learned and the sculptures created during my grant project. It was fun to talk to people about all the new things I have been doing. I will share a few images from that evening:

Here is the exhibit just after setting it up, awaiting the opening.

Here is the exhibit just after setting it up, awaiting the opening.

A few of the pieces on display:

Here is my favorite piece that I worked on — it took the longest but also used many of my new skills to create it, and was a chance to put several different metals together in one piece:

"Over and Under -- Where Two Worlds Meet" Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Wood, Patinas, Lexan

“Over and Under — Where Two Worlds Meet”
Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Wood, Patinas, Lexan

I have many more ideas brewing — I’ll share more when I can.

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I’m just going to post a few pictures, as I’m getting into the home stretch on completing my grant, AND have a new exhibit with my art group, Studio 10, going in at almost the same time. For any readers in northern MN, or nearby areas, you should come to see the show. All new works by 10 accomplished artists on the theme “Transitions”. Our opening is August 7th at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, from 5-7 pm. The show will be up until the end of September. My Grant project event is August 15th, from 4-6 pm at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, in Bemidji. I will be showing the work I have been doing in metal sculpture, using new metals and techniques learned during my Fellowship grant from Region 2.

Cut steel panel for a railing. Finished last fall, for a neighbor's house

Cut steel panel for a railing. Finished last fall, for a neighbor’s house

Another piece from my grant show -- just a sneak peak.

Another piece from my grant show — just a sneak peak.

Close-up of one of my new works, which will be at my grant exhibit.

Close-up of one of my new works, which will be at my grant exhibit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll share more pics after the events, when I have time to catch up on life!

 

 

 

 

 

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This year has certainly gone FAST. I have been busy enough to neglect posting new things and hope to do better in the year to come. I have been working on a grant, learning new metal sculpture techniques, and will have those to share in the new year. I have also been doing paintings for shows, and commissions and will share a few of them today.

IMG_5146wThis piece is entitled “Knock, knock …Whoo’s There?”  Won 2nd place in Super Gold category at the annual Artists of MN spring show.

"Harley"

“Harley”

One of my dog portrait commissions. Here is another:

"Ella"

“Ella”

and one more:

"Lulu"

“Lulu”

Here I am, working in the metal shop.

"Me. at work on a new project"

“Me. at work on a new project”

and a goodby for now shot of Groucho under our Christmas tree.

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Here it is the Labor Day weekend already! This summer flew by like the wind, with lots of things happening every week. It was a busy time for my art life that is for sure! I was very happy to complete two benches which will be at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. It was challenging to get them done because of the unusually hot weather this year, and the frequent thunderstorms when it wasn’t hot! Here is a picture of the benches the day we delivered them.

“Northwoods Evergreens” benches. They will be installed at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

The art group I belong to “Studio 10”, has an exhibit at the Wild Hare cafe for the month of August. Our theme for the show is “Moods and Foods”.  This was a challenge for me, as it was a bit out of my normal subject range — but challenge is good, and here is what I created for the show:

“Hot Trio” (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa) I wanted to portray the different moods that these 3 beverages evoke in this triptych. It was a fun challenge for me.

In the middle of the month I attended our Region 2 Arts Council board retreat. It was located at Ruttger’s resort here in Bemidji, and was a fun way to meet our new board members and get tuned up for the busy year of grants and art support ahead. How is this for a nice meeting room?

Meeting locale at Ruttger’s resort, on Lake Bemidji.

We’ve been having family and friends visiting now that the kitchen project is done, which is so nice after 2 years of chaos! We also were involved with two dragonboating events, in Bemidji and Duluth. I still managed to finish a pet portrait commission of Kit, a sweet little Border Collie. I also participated in the first ever ‘Art Extravaganza’ hosted by the Art Center for kids from 7-14.  Looking ahead now, I’m preparing for the annual Studio Cruise in October. I hope to get some new works painted for that event, so plan to come out and see me!       Here’s Kit:

“Kit” 9×12 Pastel on Velour Paper

 

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After my time in the cities, I had to dive into sculpture making to get my new piece ready for the sculpture walk in Bemidji. In between the frequent rainstorms I did get it done. We even had to install it in the pouring rain!

Installing "Hopes Rising" along Bemidji Avenue.

Right after that I had to repair one of my larger sculptures to have it ready, along with several other works, for an exhibit in Grand Rapids, Minnesota at the MacRostie Art Center. The exhibit is up for the month of June, a group showing titled “Garden Art/ Sculpture Exhibition”.  Stop by and see it if you are in the area.

"Oracle" at MacRostie Gallery

This Spring went by so fast I hardly had time to think! Here it is, officially summer, and I have a moment to reflect on the busy and fun times I had with my students.  My homeschool kids came to my studio and we looked at the art of the Oaxacan people of Mexico. We then created paper mache animals and painted them in that style. It was a fun (and messy ) project, with students from 1st to 9th grade.We also did a relief printing project that turned out great as well. They learned about positive and negative space and we did a space reversal by printing one on black paper.

Last week I was involved with a wonderful project — the first annual Bemidji Art Camp at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. It was a very fun time, working with some very talented girls. I will post more about that in my next update.

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I have returned from an enjoyable trip to the desert southwest: Tucson, Green Valley, and Tubac Arizona. I visited with my friends, Kari and Dave, and we squeezed in as many art activities as we could handle! It was a great time, with wonderful weather (80’s and 90’s felt so good after all the below zero’s we’ve had this winter!) delicious food, and great conversations.

I flew down with a turtle in my suitcase — a welded metal “Painted Turtle” to be exact. I brought it to the Feminine Mystique Art Gallery in Tubac, where it will reside for a while, looking for a new family to take it home.

Here is "Painted Turtle" at the gallery in Tubac

Also on site at the FM Gallery is my large gecko sculpture titled “Ancient Messenger”. It is on the exterior wall of the gallery.

"Ancient Messenger" at the Feminine Mystique gallery

We visited several galleries in Tubac, and also attended the Festival of arts, which is when visiting artists fill the town with their tent/booths up and down the streets, rather like the Art-in-the-Park festival we have here in Bemidji. A great chance to see a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Kari took me to her critique group meetings, where I met lots of friendly artists, and admired their works in progress. We spent part of one afternoon at the SRAL abstract competition exhibit, and a full day up in Tucson visiting the San Xavier mission and several more galleries.

I really enjoyed the visit to the mission. It was built in the early 1700’s, and is still active after all this time. There is a small museum on site which tells the history of the church and mission. I enjoyed seeing the elaborate carvings in the church as well as the beautiful buildings.

The San Xavier Mission

Interior of the San Xavier Church at the mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pyrrhuloxia

 

 

Other highlights of the trip included seeing the great variety of cacti and

unique plants that live in the desert areas, watching the wildlife and birds in Kari and Dave’s yard, (javelina, desert cottontail, quail, hawks, roadrunners, cardinals,  pyrrhuloxia, and several other birds species.) and soaking up a bit of sunshine.

I had two works accepted into the “Art Show at the Dog Show” exhibit in Wichita, Kansas. I shipped them last week. Then I got word that I had a painting accepted into the International “Animals in Art” Exhibit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I will be shipping that one tomorrow. (I hope) I am excited about getting my work into some juried shows!

Now it’s back to real life …  Hope to start work on a cat commission soon.

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