Friday, May 15, 2009

Linn Creek Arts Festival

I received word that I've been accepted into the Linn Creek Arts Festival to be held on Sunday, July 19, 2009 in Marshalltown, Iowa. I will have both jewelry and paintings to sell.
This festival was formerly organized by the Central Iowa Art Association, but this year the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance is organizing it. It has a new name, but is being held at the same location as previous years.
Mark your calendars! I hope you can come.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Golden Acrylics Workshop 2009

Late last month I had the opportunity to take another Golden Acrylic Workshop with Bonnie Cutts at the ART Store in Des Moines. Last year I took her acrylic skins and transfers workshop. This year we explored gels, pastes, and grounds, compared gloss with matte, fluid paint with heavy body paint. It was a blast!
This is my favorite project from the day:

We started the day making reference sheets with a samples of Golden products being placed on papers and tinted mixtures of the same products placed beside them. Another sheet compares heavy body paint to fluid paint mixed in a variety of gels and mediums. A third sheet shows paint mixed with a variety of gels, covered with the gel and painted over the gel. We also prepped a couple of our boards with grounds to allow time for drying. We would paint them in the afternoon.
Bonnie is a very knowledgeable and experienced artist. And to make it even better, she's a lot of fun. There was a wide range of experience and interest represented in the workshop. Even though I've been painting with acrylics for a few years, I found this workshop very valuable and worth taking. The less experienced that I observed seemed to be having a great time, too.
Check out the links I provided at the beginning of this post. Golden has a Working Artist Program with instructors located around the world! Patti Brady is the director of the Working Artist Program. If you can't attend one of the workshops, then you should certainly check out Patti's new book: "Rethinking Acrylic". This book is a great resource with plenty of inspiration for anyone who is driven by the "What If?" when playing with acrylic. In addition to Patti's work, she has featured several other artist's work including three of Bonnie Cutts' pieces.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Art in the Heartland - Cherokee, Iowa

Last Friday night my sweet Hubby wrote the previous post on this blog, because I was exhausted after too little sleep and many hours of preparations. We had traveled 150 miles to Cherokee, Iowa where we set up my first solo art exhibit at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium.

There's nothing like a good night's rest to revive the body. After checking out of the motel, we headed to downtown Cherokee. We had an excellent lunch at this cafe.

I love the architecture and signage in this town. There were different types of brick and stonework to keep things interesting.

We were surprised to discover this little park and walking path that led to the Sanford Museum. It was tucked between two buildings. I wonder what happened to create that space.

UPDATE: This was "called Treptow Park, in honor of a WWI hero from Cherokee. He was killed in that war. It was kept up well, for a long time, but some years ago, it began to be neglected. A few years ago, the lot came up for sale and was bought by the museum. We redid the park, with many contributions from our great community, and called it Sanford Lane, thinking the walkway would connect up to the museum, which it does. The big mural on the side was done many years ago by an art class.I think that is some of the story, anyway." Information provided by Michele from the Sanford Museum. Thanks, Michele!

We went back to the Sanford to take pictures. On Friday we had finished setting up the exhibit after closing and didn't get all the shots we wanted. The following are the paintings as you go along the wall from left to right. I put a link to Flicker on the right sidebar of this post where I noted the titles of the art.

I am very pleased with this first exhibit. The museum has been wonderful to work with. I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Regina's Art is at the Sanford Museum Gallery!

Regina standing by the Art Wall at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, Iowa.
We managed to get a nice grouping of 20 pieces on the wall. It was quite a day, beginning with an emergency trip to Regina's Dentist to repair a crown that had popped off last night! The three hour trip to Cherokee was uneventful but a nice drive in good weather. Looking forward to a more relaxing day tomorrow and maybe some "adventuring" on the way back home.
If you are in the area around Cherokee in May, come see Regina's art work at the Sanford Museum and be sure to sign the guest register!
(posted by "hubby")