I'm excited to announce that my work: When You Look Through Rose Colored Glasses, All the Red Flags look Just Like Flags, Watercolor and Gel Pen on Paper, 4"x6" has been accepted into:Amuse Yeux: A Small Delight for the Eyes (works under 10"x10"x10") at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado!
The exhibition runs from:June 22 – August 5, 2018.
809 Fifteenth Street
Golden, CO 80401
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My work: Nude Collage, Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 5"x7", 2017 will be featured in the 5th Nude Biennial: The Figure Revealed at Kaviar Forge and Gallery in Louisville, KY.
The opening reception will be May 25, 5-7PM during the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop.
The show runs May 25 - July 14, 2018.
Gallery and Shop hours are Thursday & Friday 12-6 and Saturday 12-4.
Gallery website: https://www.craigkaviargallery.com/
I'm excited to announce my work will be featured in Annex: Art's show "Same/Same"(two pieces with a similar subject matter in different mediums) at Gallery 66 in San Fidel Mexico! The show runs April 20-May 31, 2018. The opening (if you are in the area) is at 6pm, April 20th.
It is almost 2 AM when I am writing this. The snow is piled up outside. My string lights are glowing and my peach lemon tea is steaming. Me being a night owl, I'm unable to sleep and need to find something to do so I will eventually become tired. Something that doesn't involve a lot of mess or noise is updating this site, scouring art sites for open calls, and brainstorming upcoming ideas. Here is some of the things I have been up to.
My winter break was short and very hectic. During the two and a half weeks: one of my closest relatives passed away, I was sick on Christmas (and the rest of that week) with a respiratory infection, applied to art exhibitions, prepped a book cover submission, planned my senior thesis exhibition, worked on applying to graduate school, and somehow found time to work. On the positive side of this most of the preparation aspects and applications have been completed. Being snowed in has it's advantages! : )
My senior exhibition opens February 2nd 5-7 pm and runs through February 18 at the McGrath Gallery at Bellarmine Univeristy. My work is being shown with two other talented painting majors: Allie Jensen and Dakotah King (their names have hyperlinks to their Facebook art pages). I have dispersed show cards and am planning opening reception treats.
As the semester begins, I not only have to prepare for classes, senior show, graduation, but also begin working on work for my residency. For those unaware, I am one of the Arthur N. BecVar Artist in Residence at Bellarmine University for 2017-2018. This program was established to bridge the gap between students working in the arts whether that be english, theatre, music, visual art, etc. and the health science department. For more detailed information click here.
Well, I think I rambled enough for the night and a while. I will post another update in the near future! Peace <3
(I was going to find a "Ramble On" gif in an attempt to be tongue in cheek but I like this better)
I'm excited to announce that two of my pieces: Lollipop Tree and That 70's Vibe will be a part of "Abstract in Kentucky" at Kaviar Forge & Gallery in Louisville, KY. The show opens January 26, 2018, 6-8pm during the Frankfort Ave. Trolley Hop and runs through February 24, 2018.
So you have in the past year or so seen this (or at least I have) a videos of these portable watercolor sets on social media. I was very interesting in getting a set so I pre-ordered one for myself as an early birthday present.
This unique item was part of an Indiegogo campaign, which is crowd funded for those unfamiliar with the site. It made well past the amount needed (564% to be exact). Because I was late to the pack I was somewhere in the 6000's in terms of my order. So my order wasn't going to arrive until November (I ordered in May, but this wasn't an issue, it is to be expected with such a high demand). Even though the initial campaign is closed, you can still order it here.The campaign owner was very polite and professional. Any slight snag or delay in order was immediately updated on the campaign page.
Well the set arrived and I was very pleased. THE PACKAGING IS EXTREMELY CUTE! The set I ordered was the sketcher set which includes the Colorsheets with sixteen colors in total and a water pen. There are multi-packs available as well as one that includes an engraved wooden case if you would like something fancier.
Underneath each color it gives you space to test out the color. This is good because some of the colors look different in the palette versus on paper. There is also an attachable sheet to place in the back of the booklet to mix colors. Each sheet is separated by a protective sheet to prevent mixing of the pressed colors.
. These colors are very vibrant, almost florescent . I'm used to watercolors being more pastel versus this vibrant (I guess thats why "viva" is part of the title, for the lively colors). I don't know if this effects their lightfastness, but I don't see why you would have a watercolor outside or in direct sunlight. It doesn't take a lot to get a lot of color onto the paper because of the dense pigment, which is greatly appreciated. They are also transparent as advertised and as most watercolors are.
Overall I would highly recommend them! I'd give them an A! They are very beautiful and easy to work with! The water brush and small size makes them ideal to take on the go!
I'm excited to announce that I have two pieces in a show! For the Record 3:28, Acrylic on Vinyl, 2017 and Warm Below the Storm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2016 will take part in Lucky 13 at the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery in Mesquite, Nevada. The show will run from November 6- December 30. This is the first time I will have a painting on display in a gallery outside of Kentucky!
I thought I would give y'all a status update about Spoonflower. If you are unfamiliar with this company, it is a website that allows artists to upload their work and sell it on fabric, gift wrap, and wallpaper. I used this for my memory project in my concepts class. After doing the tedious task of uploading all the work, filling out tax forms (hooray, independent finances are soooooo....much fun :( ), and playing email tag with their technical support: I AM A VERIFIED SPOONFLOWER SELLER!
However, there are downsides and upsides. The upside is the print quality is fairly nice. I ordered 3 different kinds of fabrics and they look pretty nice (I haven't ordered wallpaper or gift wrap, but the fabrics show their dedication towards quality prints. They are relatively affordable, at least for the ones I researched that operate within the U.S.. Because they print within the U.S. they won't charge import tax, take long to arrive (mine did within a week and a half), nor do I have to worry about feeding into the epidemic of overseas sweatshops.
The main downside is in order to make prints available, I have to order a swatch of everything I want to make. This is to make sure the print looks nice before it sells. While I understand this logic, this doesn't necessarily help my bank account. The swatches are $5 for an 8"x8" square, but given the size of my catalog, ordering them all at once would costs over $200. This is why only the three I used for my project are the only patterns available. So I will only steadily be adding pieces over time, so bookmark the page or follow me on social media to be updated for when these uploads happen. There will be a link at the bottom of this page as well as under the shop tab on this website (. Thank you for reading!
I'm excited to say I will be apart of another exhibition at Kaviar Forge and Gallery in Louisville, KY. Image and Word will feature Stacked Realities #1 and #2. The exhibit runs August 25th through October 7th. The opening reception will take place at the gallery 6-9 pm on August 25th as a part of Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop.
The piece Musician's Nightmare will be a part of University Open's Student exhibit. The show is juried by LexArts with guests Matt Collinsworth and will be on exhibit at the ArtsPlace Gallery in Lexington, KY. The opening reception and awards ceremony for the show will take place May 17th 5:30-7pm and will run through July 1. It will be featured also as part of the Friday Gallery Hop May 19th 5-8pm.
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There are several notes to be made about the completion of this project. The first, is the “agony” of awaiting necessary supplies via snail mail. The second, hats off to people who make clothes by hand. Third and lastly is that satin, while beautiful requires an expert to properly cut and stitch together. The goals of the project I set for this project were completed. I created three designs from the three fabric swatches.
I would have liked to create more, but due to time restraints ordering more swatches would not be a possibility (without having paying for expedited shipping that would have been equal to the printing cost of the materials). The first piece (Green, blonde Barbie) I attempted to make was with the satin. When cut the satin frays on the edges and presents its own set of issues. The color and quality of the print was nice (which could be said of the other swatches), but if reattempted I would choose a different kind of fabric.
The second design (mostly yellow, black hair) was perhaps the easiest and probably my favorite of the three. The layout of the design works really well. It is also my favorite because the “model” is the only one of the three that is actually my doll (that I got from Downtown Disney). The third, the print turned out vibrant, but the finer details in the design are not easily seen This may just need to be an adjustment to the layout to make it less zoomed out.
I thought I would incorporate a little touch by adding the dogs to their models. Because Barbies have accompanying accessories, I thought I'd give the “models” companions. The dogs also feed into the memory aspect because all the dogs were mine. Back when the Barbie dog line came out, they were sold in sets of two. The sister, Julia and I split these packs up by picking our favorite. What is a fashionista without her friendly companion?
My work "One for Everything" will be featured in an upcoming exhibit: Donate Without Loss: Artwork Exploring the Healing Arts at Kaviar Forge and Gallery in Louisville,KY. The exhibit runs through May 26th-August 26th. The opening reception will take place May 26th 6-9pm during F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop
Link to Facebook page for the event
Proposal #4 Memory Proposal: As an artist I have been exploring patterns in my work. I have been told that these works would be ideal for clothing. This has led me to scour the web for a service that would print artwork on fabrics. It needed to be relatively affordable and printed within the United States (to avoid import taxes and not knowing whether or not the fabrics were being printed in “sweat shops”). I have settled on Spoonflower which has received recognition for it's quality, variety of fabrics and affordability. An 8”x8” test swatch of each fabric is available for $5 apiece. For my project I plan to order three different swatches. From these swatches I will cut out patterns for clothes to fit Barbies. The number of outfits will be determined by how much fabric is needed for each outfit. The goal is at least one per fabric pattern
Materials: Fabric Swatches x3
Relevance: I have always had an affection for miniature things. I believe this is why I like working so small. I have fond memories of playing Barbies with my sisters when I was younger. Part of the fun was dressing up the dolls in the clothes that were either bought or made (handed down from my mom and her sister). I would like to carry on this creation by creating the clothes. The small scale also provides a platform for me to experiment with fabrics. I would like to print off more fabric with my designs in the future and they will hopefully have marketable value.
Although it was somewhat difficult, I believe the project was a success. I originally intended to go on a raw diet, but quickly switched to vegan because of the lack of availability of alternative protein sources. Our campus has little to no available raw forms of protein. I could have gone out and purchased these myself. However, being a “poor college” art student, I am heavily reliant on the dining hall as my source of my meals. I wanted to observe the availability of natural food and healthy options for students that diet out of moral choice or for the health benefits. Adapting a vegan diet seemed easier and healthier by comparison. It was kind of daunting at times but I pushed through and kept with it for the full two weeks.
I have several take aways from this project. The first is the campus' lack of variety of vegan options. There are options available all the time like the salad bar, vegan station, and allergy free zone, but their menus are repetitive. Variety is supposed to be the spice of life (but). Many vegetables are cooked in butter, contain milk, or animal components (fat).
This leads into my second take away which is the acknowledging the difficulty that comes with being vegan. When I was shopping or picking something out to eat, I constantly had to check the labels on everything. Having a quick bite to eat involved either looking up the ingredients or researching online quickly to determine if what I was planning to eat was in fact vegan or not. Which in a way adds to the performance aspect of this project.
The final takeaway was the effect of the diet on my health. Because most of what I ate was natural or plant based source, didn't involve milk products, or eggs I generally felt better by the end of the two weeks. Many vegan options do not involve a lot of processed ingredients, most are made with very few and simple ingredients. The days that I ate more fatty foods, I didn't feel as a great. Most days I ate generally healthy and I was filled with a renewed since of energy. I all around do feel better. I like feeling this was and intend to stick with a more healthy diet. I am 98% I am lactose intolerant, so the lack of milk has heightened my energy and improved my skin. I will not be fully vegan, as much as I would like to for moral reasons. Living in the south it seems like everything is cooked in butter or animal fat. Constantly having my diet dictated by reading labels and researching everything is stressful and somewhat limiting.
The Scotian Women set. The mural is by yours truly, other technical elements were designed by Ben Aguilar. I was given the wonderful opportunity to design the mural for Bellarmine University's production of The Scotian Women. The play penned by Lee Pennington in 1981 focuses on the events surrounding the Scotia Mine Disaster in Oven Fork, KY in 1976. The work features vivid dreamlike imagery that is present in the mural. The play is written not only to reflect the emotions of the women at this particular disaster, but universal to any disaster of this nature.
The coal industry is such a large part of Kentucky's history and culture. Elements of this culture are prominent in this work. I was fortunate to be apart of this production. I attended the opening night of the show where Mr. Lee Pennington himself attended. Hearing from him at a talk-back after the curtain call was a great experience. I wish the cast and crew well throughout the run of this show. Break some legs!
General Admission: $8 Students & Sr. Citizens: $5
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Show Dates: March 23,24,25,31 @7pm
April 1&3 @7pm, April 2pm
Black Box Theatre, Wyatt Center for the Arts
Project #3 Nature Proposal: The upcoming project will be primarily performance based. I am planning to go on a vegan/plant-based diet for two weeks. I will then document my experience in a journal. The journal will not only include my notes but illustrations as well. I have purchased a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Any additional meals will be either at the grab-and-go carts or dining hall (primarily the salad bar) on campus.
Vegan or plant-based diets are generally associated with a healthy way of living. There is very little to no processed elements involved. Although animals are considered to be a part of nature, it involves heavy human manipulation to be eaten. Animal bi-products like milk also have to be altered in order to be consumed. I am personally trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle and this of course involves my diet. I would like to experiment with this diet for two weeks and see how it would affect my health. This could also serve as an assessment of the availability of healthier options on campus. If someone is like me, they rely heavily on the on-campus dining options. I have of course purchase my own groceries for snacks, but if I want to frame this from the perspective of a college student living on campus, this shouldn't be my only source.