Friday, October 15, 2010
Eden UCC in Edwardsville as your first stop on the ARTEAST tour through Madison County, IL. More than 150 artists will participate this year by opening their studios or exhibiting at a wide variety of locations. I will be one of nine artists at Eden Church exhibiting my latest artwork. All venues are free and many sites will not only have a large variety of art on display, but many of the artists will be demonstrating thoughout the weekend. For more information, pick up a tour map at Eden UCC or at Jacoby Art Center in Alton, IL.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville last night. Thanks to Kathryn Hopkins, who curated the show, the work of all six artists invited to exhibit fits together so well, one might think we had collaborated before creating the art. If you were unable to attend the opening, the show runs through August 28, 2010.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Mining in Cornwall dates back more than 3000 years when traders from the Mediterranean, such as the ancient Romans, visited Cornwall for their tin mines and other minerals. China clay, or kaolin, was discovered in Cornwall in 1746 by William Cooksworthy who filed his patent in 1768 and established the Plymouth Porcelain Company. Originally course earthenware, the new English white porcelain was available to the wealthy who desired the look of Chinese porcelain.
From Sea to Moors to Sea (new title)
Four of my handmade paper constructions will be on display, along with the five tidal pool paintings, at tonights opening of E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs July 23 through August 28, 2010.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
For many summers, my husband, Peter, and I have returned to his birthplace - Cornwall. In the farthest western tip of the United Kingdom, Cornwall is a land of one-lane, two-way stone lined hedgerow lanes; open moors; wild ponies; herds of sheep; palm trees; wild flowers; estuaries; stone circles; iron age villages; amazing gardens; two coastlines (the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean) and is divided from England by the River Tamar. Only a few miles apart, each coast has it own personality with its own micro-climate - warm and protected or harsh and wind-swept. Guided by ordinance survey maps, if we are not backing up our family’s very small car while nose-to-nose with a Lorry or pulling in our side mirrors to allow another car to pass, we spend much of our time on foot exploring pre-Roman paths on ancient Bodmin Moor or wandering through working fishing villages.
Peter carries his Canon 50D; and I pack my acrylic paints, watercolor paper and a sketchbook everywhere we travel. As an illustrator, my earlier paintings were often tight and exact, but in 2008, began looking at the abstract landscapes of Peter Lanyon at the Tate in St. Ives. After many small works that looked like Lanyon knock-offs, I finally began painting in two very different styles - very loose, abstracted coastlines and detailed morphs of possible tidal pools.
Cornwall Tidal Pools #1
Cornwall Tidal Pools #2
Cornwall Tidal Pools #3
Cornwall Tidal Pools #4
Cornwall Tidal Pools #5
All five of the paintings above, along with four of my handmade paper artworks, will be on display at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL at the E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. show July 23 - August 28 2010. Please join us for the opening on July 23 from 6-8pm.
Monday, July 19, 2010
With the opening of the E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. show this Friday night 6-9pm at the Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, I've been busy making frames, cutting mats and mounting the artwork in the frames.
I hope to post more information, but Blogspot seems to be in a tizzy today and will only allow me to upload posts in the old edit format. Not exactly sure how this will look when this is posted, but will push forward anyway!
Pat Vivod, will also be one of the six artists in the E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. show, along with Brandon Hayes, Michele Katz-Reichlin, Robert Longyear and Joan Powell.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL on Friday, July 23 2010 from 6-9pm. Inspired by the coastal paths and pebble beaches of Cornwall, UK, my paintings are morphed tidal pools that may be plant, animal or mineral. The handmade paper constructions were inspired by stone circles, estuaries, iron age villages, disused tin mines and china clay pits that both anchor and erupt from the Cornish landscape wedged between the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the River Tamar. The show will run July 23 through August 28.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
As I was cleaning and organizing the wet studio on Wednesday for the next three weeks of papermaking, I rediscovered many of the textiles and handmade paper artworks I created and exhibited, then stored while working on my BFA and BS in Art Ed a few years ago. Although my busy schedule teaching and finishing my MSEd has only allowed me a minimum of time to create new art, I did have snippets of time in the studio creating work for two shows at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville. Yet, I didn't have it in me to clear off the shelves or dig through the piles of scraps saved just in case they could be used in the future. What I didn't realize until this week was that each object I had stored still held memory, and with that memory, a power to keep me from moving on. Most of my artwork during the past decade has focused on people who I have lost, found or abandoned during my life. One of the pieces created for my BFA show had the same title.
For the rest of the day, the muck of the wet studio could not suppress my boundless joy! As I worked, I kept hearing Cat Stevens' song, Morning Has Broken. What a gift from our Lord!! Cleaning was pure pleasure.
Pumped with turtle power (one little step at a time, just like my recovery), the studio was cleaned from the floor drain to the top shelves while the Hollander beater hummed along filled with flax. In July, Betsy and I will clean the two second floor rooms and turn my little dry studio into her guest room, while moving the studio supplies into her larger old bedroom. I can hardly wait to open the rest of the boxes and get on with living life!!