One of my favorite art collectors approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me: “Do you know that Montgomery County’s Office of Community and Economic Development has a special section for artists? He showed me on his phone and by gosh, there it was!
Montgomery County, Ohio for many years has been a leader in supporting the arts, providing grants for artists in many disciplines. Due to budget issues, these grants are on hiatus, but this new app could be very helpful. Take a look: http://www.businessfirstdaytonregion.com/. Go to Tools For Your Business-top left, then select on bottom right “See more” and you will see The Business of Art.
Take a look, because, as my husband noted in this image he sent to me:
When I started writing this blog my intention was to write once a week and post on Monday. Now, I have to confess that I have not done so well with that, and any of you who read me already know this. While I enjoy writing very much, when I am really consumed with art making the writing takes a back seat, and my writing pen has been languishing there since the second of February. Oops. Can’t keep to a schedule? Sometimes, I can’t. It’s not possible to do it all, all the time.
Since February’s posting I have hung a new exhibit of my work in the office of the Dayton mayor, participated in an evening of art in Centerville, hosted an art party, submitted several proposals, completed one very large tapestry collage and several other collages, tweaked my new studio, given a workshop, delighted in the newly revised Montgomery County Business of Art website (more about that in a later post), and begun the planning of an art trip to Belgium and the Netherlands, all this while continuing my usual teaching and studio work schedule. Odd, all of a sudden I am feeling slightly breathless….!
It’s been a satisfying and productive last two months. I have made new art and met new friends. I have been lucky to spend time with old friends. Life has been good.
I am planning now for the summer and fall, and scheduling work on several series of collages, in addition to working on some other new non-collage possibilities. I have lots of ideas; more ideas than hours in the day!
I also don’t like to write posts that are too long, so I am going to close now with some pictures. Keep it creative!
Here is a (not great) photo I shot of one of my new tapestry collages from the Paper Lives series. This is the second one I have done and plans are under way for number three. The title is Sea Change.
My grand puppies, Olive on the left, Guyute on the right. They are good buddies.
I have been freshening up my Notecards page, and will continue to do so over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. Some designs have been revised, and I will be adding those from today forward. Have a great weekend!
Half the Sky is a new series I have started using colored pencil. The title comes from a Chinese proverb which states that “women hold up half the sky”. I was inspired by this saying when I read a book of the same title by the writers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn ( Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide; www.halftheskymovement.org/).
So, I am experimenting with this idea and how to present it visually, Let me know what you think of this first image!
I have already posted some pictures of the first in my new series of woven collages, but I am searching for a title for the entire series. For instance, my collages inspired by Jerusalem’s Western Wall is “The Wall Series”, and the Judy Chicago/Christine de Pisan collages are known collectively as “Dinner in the City”.
I am currently working on the second woven piece – it will be in blues and yellows – and would like a series name that reflects the idea of weaving paper, weaving thoughts, fibers, threads, etc. Send me your ideas!
AND, check out my facebook pages and my new blog, all listed here:
https://www.facebook.com/marsha.pippenger, Pippengart and Pip’s Awesome Cards
https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2836655160107730714#allposts: PipART (hope I got this part right!)
I have been working on lots of new pieces and several new series of work, so I thought I should post one. This is a 5 ft by 8 ft collage. I collaged strips of canvas and then wove them into a tapestry. This series needs a name. If you have any ideas, let me know!
I have been working on this idea for almost two years, and at last have completed the first attempt. It is a collage tapestry, created from strips of collaged canvas, varnished and woven into a 5 foot by 8 foot hanging work of art. I used copper pipe for the hanging rod. Now that I have finished one, I have all kinds of ideas for the next tapestry and the next and the next!
Earlier this year I presented a workshop to the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors on my working method, as part of the Society’s 75th Anniversary. The artist members celebrated 75 years of continuous existence by sponsoring 75 hours of workshops!
I was delighted to receive this comment from one of my workshop participants:
It was a pleasure to watch the dynamic Marsha Pippenger at work. Her presentation took on many different faces: sharing history, process, and personal stories and motivations from her artistic career. One of the aspects I most appreciated about Marsha’s demo was her openness about how she constructs her collages and how her thought process grows and changes as she makes choices within a piece. She even brought multiple preliminary sketches as well as a work in progress to share. She also described some interesting stories and characters from women’s history – including reclaiming the mythical Medusa as a positive force.
Going into an Art Demo Marathon session, you can never know exactly what you’ll take away from the experience. I know that listening to these interesting artists talk about their philosophies and working methods will help spark new ideas when I’m next in the studio. I’m inspired to get to work and I hope you are too!
Bridgette Bogle, Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, Sinclair Community College.