My second proposal to be accepted by the ReImaging Works committee is Manabu Haiku. It is constructed of five 36"x36" birch panels and will be installed in the New Lebanon branch. One of the five panels arrived shattered, so that will delay the project, but since it is not due until April 2016, I am not a bit worried! Dick Blick has notified me that they will replace the panel and I will get started once it arrives.
This six-by-six foot beast, Marketplace of the Mind, is a commission from the Reimagining Works project, a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Art Institute. The Kuosi Elephant Mask and Fairview High School were the inspirations for this playful acrylic on linen painting. View the entire proposal in this POST.
Over the past few years, I have been wearing my custom decorated Tom's shoes and I get tons of compliments! I created these during a workshop at ArtStreet University of Dayton in which I helped students decorate their Tom's. I incorporated various techniques into that pair and they had a lovely long life, but that life is quickly coming to an end, so it is time for a new pair! Want to learn some techniques and decorate your own canvas shoes? Check out the end of this post to learn about the workshops I am teaching at Studio 14 Gallery in Tipp City!
SHOE DECORATING WORKSHOP with Artist Amy Kollar Anderson
Turn plain canvas shoes into works of art!
Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 8:30 PM (There will also be a TEEN only class on Monday, June 20, and another all ages on Tuesday, July 19)
Cost: $35 (Includes all Supplies except shoes)
You supply the shoes, we supply everything else!
What to Expect:
Bring along a pair of canvas shoes to paint (Toms, Converse Chuck Taylor, Keds, etc.). Amy will work one-on-one with you using fun techniques to create your exclusive painted and decorated shoes. You may bring drawings or references to paint from or just have fun and be inspired by Amy’s ideas and supplies!
Open to teens and adults for a fun and creative evening out with friends and family. Lets create fun! To sign up please visit www.studio14gallery.com or email Leslie at email@example.com
FACE BOOK EVENT PAGE Join local artist Amy Kollar Anderson and horror author Rob E. Boley as they celebrate the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a dark fantasy coloring book, That Naughty Pipe: A Scary Tale of the Pied Piper & Gremlins.The evening will showcase Anderson’s art and Boley’s fiction—both of which will be available for sale—but it will also feature two of Dayton’s finest homegrown taste sensations: the gourmet hot dogs of Zombie Dogz and the craft beers of Toxic Brew Company. As well, Anderson’s original art will be on display. Attendees will also be treated to raffle prizes and the opportunity to pledge their support to the Kickstarter campaign for That Naughty Pipe.
On March 13, 2016, we attended the first in a series of receptions for the traveling show, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio at the Southern Ohio Museum (SOM). Curated by Charles L. Bluestone, this exhibition features the work of 48 Ohio artists, including myself, with the goal to raise funds to support The Ohio Art League. Both the exhibition and this adorable museum are worth the journey to Portsmouth, and while you are there you must check out the levy murals! In addition to their main exhibition, the SOM has an impressive permanent collection which includes the Art of the Ancients and The Clarence Carter Collection. We were also treated to a performance by the students of the Cirque D'Art circus school! As if the day were not amazing enough, SOM Executive Director, Mark Chepp and SOM Artistic Director, Charlotte Gordon, opened their home for a post reception party. Their home, a renovated store near the museum, contains their living quarter, studios and an impressive collection of art!
The next location for the eggs will be the Columbus Museum of Art with a reception on April 21st!
On April 22nd, from 1:30-5:30p, the Northwest Library branch (located at the corner of Hillcrest and Philadelphia in Dayton) of the Dayton Metro Library will hold an opening reception for this brand new building filled with brand new art! This event is open to the public.
For First Friday May, I got to hang out at Nucleus CoShare. From 5-8pm I worked on a painting inspired by my cat, while musician, poets, and dancers performed throughout the space. It was a wonderful event full of fabulous people! Thanks to all who stopped by and chatted with me. The painting will be auctioned next First Friday with monies raised will be split with SICSA.
Creating a blog home for all things Naughty...well, just for all things That Naughty Pipe: A Scary Tale of the Pied Piper and Gremlins, the collaborative coloring book written by Rob E. Boley and illustrated by me. We plan to launch the Kickstarter in April and have the books finished and printed by fall 2016.
2/29/16 Currently, I am working on the cover and postcard design, while Rob is finalizing the Kickstarter verbiage.
I have been sewing zippered pouches for over a year now and decided it was time to share my lovely kaleidoscope patterns. I make these designs by altering photos of my paintings. They are crisp, cute and just a bit creepy! Oh, and cat approved! These designs are available in a variety of fabrics choices on Spoonflower, and if you order by FEBRUARY 21st, you can get 25% off the ORGANIC COTTON SATEEN by using the code: SATEEN25.
This painting is 12”x18”x1.75”, acrylic paint, glitter, pouring medium, lava paste and glass beads.
What do all those letters mean? First, let's start with DVAC. That stands for the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and I have been a member for well over 15 years. You can read all about their mission and history on their site, so I will just say they are an amazing organization in the heart of Dayton, and lately, in addition to their stellar exhibits, they have been pushing some fabulous new programs. That brings us to CSA(rt), which stands for Community Supported Art. Inspired by the fabulous Community Supported Agriculture programs for family-owned farms, this program offers 'shares' to the community in exchange for some amazing, limited edition, long lasting artwork (instead of perishable veggies). This is the first time DVAC is offering the CSA(rt) Program, so there are only 50 share available, but for that one share you get 6 (SIX!) works of art!
The call went out and 120 artists applied to created 50 limited edition artworks. From those submissions, guest juror, James Yood, adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and contributor Artforum International, selected only six artists to participate. I am thrilled and honored to be one of those six artists! I can not tell you what I am making, though the piece above gives you a general vibe, but really will look nothing like it. Ha! How's that for a useless hint!?! The materials are ordered and I have until July to create them, then we have the Harvest Pick-up Party on August 9, 6-8p. Don't you want to join the fun? GET YOUR SHARE!
Isla Mujeres is a tiny island located just off of Cancun. We were originally told by the locals that the "Island of Women" got it's name from the history of pirates leaving their women there while they ventured off to pillage and plunder. Pirate Mundaca lived and is buried there. With a bit of reading, I discovered that it was given that name because it was thought to be the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. The legend states that the original inhabitants of the tiny island were the priestess of Ixchel and her court of woman.
This was our fifth trip to the island and Ixchel blessed the seven of us with with gluttonous fun and happiness (but hopefully skipped on the fertility part!). Back in Ohio, I am in the process of recovering from the adventure and daydreaming about the colors and textures of the island we have come to love. Til next time!