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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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I had a wonderful time at a watercolor workshop led by Karlyn Holman. We spent five days in Washburn, Wisconsin, working all day (with pauses for meals) and sometimes even into the night hours. We learned techniques ranging from collage, and portraiture, abstract, semi-abstract, wet-into-wet, and “paint flinging”! It was great to be able to totally attend to art and painting for the duration. Here is the step-by-step on the portrait  I painted of my niece Carrie, ( and a tour of my studio:)

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We also had some beautiful weather and scenery to enjoy when we were there. Our motel was right on Lake Superior, with a marina right there — I got some wonderful sunrise shots!

Sunrise on day one.

and again:

Sunrise on day two -- the wonderful pink only lasted about 5 minutes!

Once I got home it was full steam preparations for the annual Bemidji area Studio Cruise. My sister and aunt came up to help me prepare, which was great! (Thanks Carol and Bonnie!) I was ready in time, and enjoyed 3 days of visiting and sharing my art with the public who made the drive out to my studio. Here is the entry to my studio — see the full quick tour in the slideshow above.

[Next post will include my demo painting I started during the cruise, and you can follow my progress on that. ]

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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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