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The art in smart

Just a thought for today: Supporters of art are movers and shakers, which is why ART is the foundation of SMART!

House and Home as Subject

I will be posting new small collages in the Small Works Gallery. These collages are based on subjects rather than full-blown themes. They are less labor intensive and therefore less expensive to purchase. These collages are still finely crafted and treated with the same care as my larger pieces; they are simply less complicated compositions. All are handmade and other papers on canvas, treated with a clear acrylic matte finish so they need no glass, and come wired and ready to hang!

Below you will see Card House, a 5 x 5 inch paper collage on canvas, $25 – SOLD, greeting cards still available

Card House

From the House series

From the House series

Best of Intentions

Well, I have finished grading all my students’ work and turned in the grades (I teach art history at Wright State University in Dayton and love it!). Now I can really focus on the studio. It’s always a juggling act between teaching and creating. I suppose I could not teach, but I love sharing the history and interacting with my students. I love when they return from the “dreaded” museum visit and tell me with surprise that they had a great time! As a teacher I am developing new art appreciators and patrons, and without them we can sell no art!

I had wonderful classes this year filled with interesting and engaged students. Every time I teach I learn something new and I think this knowledge informs my own art. It also makes me appreciate my place within the continuum of artists and history, and I think that’s a good thing.

I promise, that new art will be posted soon!

Sacred Ground Art Exhibit

Good morning! For those of you in the Dayton Ohio area, I want to alert you to an exhibition opening on March 27, 2010 and running through May 2nd. The exhibition is called SACRED GROUND. Hosted by the Marianist Envirionmental Education Center on the grounds of Mount St. John – many of you locals know this place as Bergamo – this year’s show explores the gift of land as a place to encounter the sacred, and the values that ground us in caring for the land. (I lifted this last part directly from their brochure).

The OPENING RECEPTION is Saturday, March 27 from 2-5 pm at Gallery St. John, which is there on the grounds. There you can meet the artists and writers involved in the exhibition and enjoy music and refreshments.

There are a number of events connected with this exhibition, so I am providing a link to MEEC’s website: http://meec.udayton.edu. If you are concerned about the viability of our natural world and our human connection to it, check it out! I hope to see you.

Where have I been?

For any of you who read my posts or check my latest work, you are probably wondering what has happened to me, since I have not posted in months. I always have such good intentions to maintain a steady stream of commentary and actually was doing pretty well – for awhile.

Well, I am still here and still making art. I just haven’t photographed and posted any new work; I am still making new work. Actually I have been quite busy making work so I will practice my photography skills and post some. I did a series of “Peace” symbols and am working on a new series called “Oxford Faces”, based on photos I took in Oxford, England last April. I am continuing the “Medusa” series and am working on three pieces having to do with the land as sacred space.

I am teaching a lot right now, which accounts for some of my busyness: four art history classes and a studio class. I love doing this but it does take time! It is important to me however to keep up with the history of art as it places me in context with my predecessors. It also informs my work, and I hope, enriches and improves it. I am proud to be a part of the history of artists, however small. I also feel I am doing my part to develop new art appreciators, collectors and patrons. So I work hard to balance art teaching and artmaking! Anyone who is an artist understands the dilemma of time management (as do most of us I am sure).

Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will be back soon to update you on things art.