Thursday, May 31, 2012


Most of my work is out at 3 different shows and the cupboards are pretty bare.
I have conflicted feelings - one is of absence like when adult children grow up and leave...
and the other is inspiration like with a new box of crayons. 

Despair not, by the time I settle into some new work... the old work will be reclaiming their staked out positions.

Looking forward to my staycation-self designed-summer residency with a few books and journals to read and new ideas to flush out. With a lighter teaching schedule, each summer I use the time to set and fulfill some small goals. Several summers ago it was to learn social media and last year my blog. This summer? Still figuring that out... hope the white box that is my studio will provide me with the calm to do it soon.... next week... after the openings!

NK Gallery
June 1-22
reception June 1

Danforth Museum Member Show
June 3-22

Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
Woodstock NY
May 4-June 17

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Installation of PHYLA

Yesterday we installed PHYLA and it was great fun to be having some laughs and finally be pulling it together. Thanks to Wayne for being such a good sport and helping me out...... in spite of the man-eating macroblasts!!

IMPULSE rode in the trunk... and as shown below,  needed to lounge a bit to recover.
But pulled itself together once hanging from its perch.

Some old friends are joining the party too... WHAT LOOKS LIKE AN ELEPHANT sits in front of UNDERCURRENT.

Lying in a corner is HIVE, patiently awaiting to be assigned its place.

A total of 9 different sculptures are exhibiting.  
I'm very excited to be at NK Gallery and look forward to the reception this Friday, June 1 from 5-8 pm.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Impulse Photoshoot

Friday was all about the final details of my show PHYLA that is installing at NK Gallery this weekend... AND the photoshoot of a few artworks, especially IMPULSE (Dendrite III). This piece was a delight to photograph with all the copper lines and details to focus on. To see IMPULSE in full, please join us at the reception on June 1 from 5-8 pm at NK Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston (directly under Samson Gallery). Thanks!

HIVE Photoshoot

One of my favorite activities when preparing new work for a show... the photoshoot. Here are a few tease portraits of HIVE as it existed yesterday.  Today IMPULSE (Dendrite III) will be under the lights... more on that later!

This segment of HIVE represents work completed in the time frame of March 18-May 24, 2012. I'm soooo looking forward to watching this baby grow in the coming months/years.

To see more please join us at NK Gallery in Gallery II. My show PHYLA will be exhibiting from June 1-22 with the reception on June 1 from 5-8 pm.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Can Sleep in June

Installing a show is sort of like running a marathon - you need to keep up a good pace without too much exertion - and not waste any time.

No matter how much you're ready... there's always that list of a million last minute details to keep you very busy.

It helps to have such great friends on the sidelines, thrusting me cups of water and cheering me on :). 

I apologize for the radio silence... will be posting regularly soon... especially about the process of installing PHYLA at NK Gallery this weekend. Thanks for staying tuned!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

All Hands on Deck

How funny is it that aluminum screen transformed into an artwork is really just aluminum screen? The newest member of the HIVE project... arrived to our meeting a little early yesterday. I guess the anticipation was just too much!

The HIVE schedule will be taking a two week break. I will be using the time to finish final preparations for my solo show at NK Gallery in SOWA. PHYLA opens on First Friday, June 1, with a reception from 5-8 pm. I'll be hanging the show on Saturday May 26 and plan on creating some site specific artworks. HIVE will be present in its current state along with some new pieces and old favorites. Hope to see you... will keep you posted!

You can read more about HIVE here, here and here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wrap Up

....sorry, couldn't resist!

Here are some of the results from today's Art Liaison Program workshop at MEDITECH in Framingham. As you can see... an abundance of creativity.

Hi Ho

Today I'll be working with with some employees of MEDITECH in Framingham as part of their Art Liaison Program. The plan for this workshop is all about wrapping found objects to explore the form. Participants will be bringing in small objects no larger than the palm of their hands and we will explore materials and methods to transform these everyday objects into bound works of art.

I love the idea of this creative outlet as described here in the post for employees:
Remember, no prior artistic knowledge or expertise is required for participation in any of the Art Liaison sponsored events.  Our mission is to provide a relaxing and FUN atmosphere for anybody who would like to step out of their logical, goal-oriented work persona and into their intuitive, creative, free-thinking zone.  So please join us, enjoy lunch from Rita's Catering, and "unwind" as you bind!

I can't wait to see the creativity that happens... I always gain so much from the interactions in workshops - seeing how others see things for themselves.

And there are so many artists to reference for this activity too... here are some of my favorites...

Two poignant sculptures by Judith Scott

Christo and Jean Claude's 'Wrapped Kunstalle' (above) and 'Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci', Piazza della Scala, Milano, Italy, 1970  (below)

Andy Goldsworthy, 'Rock Covered with Poppy Petals'
A bit of stretch here with the wrapping definition but can't resist mentioning... so perfect in material and execution.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Micromorphic Reception

I am so sorry to have missed the opening reception for MICROMORPHIC at Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock NY. With too many personal and business commitments to speak of I didn't have the time needed to travel out and back.

My loss as you will see when you view the photographs of the exhibit taken by the curator, Laura Gurton... beautiful. Thanks Laura!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Open studios

A very nice weekend working on HIVE and sharing my work. The comments and feedback from people passing through are extremely valuable. Always great to experience so many reactions first hand. What's not to like about talking with enthusiasts about what you love doing?

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. And especially to everyone interested in participating in HIVE... I'll be in touch soon with this week's schedule.

Below are my two friends Bob and Mathieu trying their hand at HIVE... They've earned a footnote and I hope they join us again soon!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Birthday

Today is my mom's 75th birthday. I mention it here because she is my first teacher of needlework and even though my artwork often puzzles her... she is my biggest supporter. Here she is a few years ago with one of her own handknits. Both parents turn 75 this year within 2 months of each other and today we're going out to breakfast.