Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Flying By

Wow I can't believe I haven't written since April! The Muck Boot Banquet last mentioned was a great success, with joyful, curious, handmade-bonnet-wearing viewers tromping around in the theater of (can you believe it?) an about-to-burst springtime orchard.  You can see some picture here thanks to Mark Dannenhauer. Now that we've been enjoying the heat of summer, that feels far away, and I'm looking forward to the fall show just around the corner. Save the date- October 16-19 - when The Royal Frog Ballet will be bringing you the 7th Annual Surrealist Pumpkin Walk and Cabaret.   

My biggest news is that I've just returned from my first residency in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and it was.... wonderful, intense, and invigorating.  I'm mostly thrilled, and a tiny bit apprehensive, to be diving back into the world of critical discourse, art theory and lots of thinking about my creative practice. During the residency, I got to meet an amazing group of students and faculty, hear lectures discussing ideas of trauma, darkness, the archive (and much more), have my work critiqued over and over again, and figure out what I would research this semester. As I embark on this journey, I'll try to blog a little more frequently to share where it is taking me.  I'm thrilled to be working with sculptor Olivia Bernard as my local artist teacher.  Below is a recent sculpture that I brought for critique. 

Other things I've been up to this summer? Teaching some welding classes....

Helping to facilitate a Photovoice project for Holyoke High School ELL students through the Western MA Writing Project and the ELL Summer of Power Program, and here is an awesome poster they made...

Experimenting with a line of fruit earrings that will hopefully be released this fall...

Creating candelabras and planters for sale at various shops and galleries such as Blue Gallery in Provincetown and 413 Glassworks in Cheshire. 

Last but not least, if you are interested in welding or melting glass with me, check out the list of upcoming classes on the left and get in touch!  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mucky Boots? Spring Treats!

It's been a long winter, and I'm thrilled about all things spring beginning! Beyond enjoying the warm weather for hiking, biking and not freezing in my studio, this means new projects, events, and a spring sale.  Read on...

I'm working with the Royal Frog Ballet crew again to put on a new show called the Muck Boot Banquet on April 17 and 26.  Performers, chefs, musicians, sculptors, dancers and farmers will converge to stage an outdoor performance and eating event at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton, MA.  Part spring celebration, part dance theater, part kinetic sculpture installation and part feast, the piece is a celebration of season and place. Vibrant, vivid, sharp, comic and tasty, it takes the audience through a walking feast of sensations. Song, scrumptious spring victuals, flowers, extravagant hats, lusty stories, and frolicking nonsense are all on the menu!

My theme is frivolity and I'll be making a maze of sorts, speckled with opportunities to play and enjoy each other's spring energy as the show wraps up. For tickets, visit the fancy shmancy ticket reservation page NOW! Tickets are selling out quickly.

I'm excited to share that I'll be teaching a Women's Welding Workshop on May 17/18 at my home studio. If you've ever wanted to experiment with steel fabrication, here's your chance!

I mentioned Local ARTery: Arts and Crafts Demonstration Day in my last post, but want to make sure you remember because its going to be fabulous!  Artisans of WMASS is putting on Local ARTery at Yankee Candle on May 3, and it promises to be a really fabulous event.  Over 30 artisans will be there demonstrating how they make their work, including jewelry,  glass, ceramics, weaving, knits, painting, tie dye, shoe making and more. Come learn and support the many talented local artists!

Other quick notes:

  • "Spawn", the large piece that I built for last month's show at APE Gallery, will now reside at Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton. So... if you didn't get a chance to check it out, go sample a beer from Easthampton's first microbrewery and look it over. 
  • To share my spring enthusiasm,  I'm offering 20% off my steel spiral mobiles between April 14- 20, and 20% off vegetable earrings and pendants between April 21- 28.  Order through etsy and use the coupon code SPRING20. 
  • Save the date, May 31, for Hadley Creates, an afternoon of craft workshops with local artisans Heather Beck Designs, Lou's Upcycles, 230am Studio, and Katie Ray Arts. This will be an affordable opportunity to try your hand at various crafts. More info coming soon. 
  • I'm painting a mural with my students at SMK Elementary School in Ware over our spring vacation.  I'm so excited to see the childrens' energetic and colorful drawings take over the entrance to our school! Here's a bit of the design in progress. 
  • An interesting event you might want to check out (I know I will) is the new Alchemy Fair in Holyoke on April 26/27. Craft, Food, Workshops and Entertainment all brought together at by AWM member Malea Rhodes Pottery at Gateway City Arts Complex, Holyoke, MA.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Beneath the Surface

It's March already and I've been out in the cold welding, melting and constructing a new piece for my show Beneath the Surface at APE Gallery that opens next week.  There's still a lot to do, but it is coming along and getting exciting!  The show opens next Friday, March 7, but the reception will be on March 14 from 5-8pm during Northampton Arts Night Out.

Carolyn, Scout and I have been meeting regularly to help each other think through our different pieces. Each of us is doing something very new within our practice, and though we make very different work, the similarities of layering, encapsulating and submerging are a common thread. 

Here are a few glimpses of my process and what's to come...

I hope you'll come see the show.  I think you'll enjoy it.

On another note, I'm hosting a beadmaking marathon day at the Yellow House in Palmer on April 5. This is an all day class where you can immerse yourself in melting glass!

Also, save the date for Local ARTery : Artisan Demonstration Day on May 3rd.  

Artisans of Western Mass
 is creating a large scale educational and fun environment to connect you to the handmade products you buy. Spend the day with us and learn how artisans create and produce their work.

Come see over 30 artists and crafters with demonstrations on weaving, pottery, fused glass, metal working, silver clay, fused plastic, quilting, tie dye, upcycling, photography, and many more! AWM is taking over the Yankee Candle Fitness Center on Rte. 5 & 10 in South Deerfield and filling it with all kinds of interactively creative activities including make and take stations, demonstrations, and hands on learning.

Admission is Free, all ages welcome.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Amherst Artisans and other Holiday Events

Well its a holiday whirlwhind. Here's what's going on...

I have work in two small works shows this season, one at Easthampton City Arts, one at Hope and Feathers in Amherst.  These are both great opportunities to get some great small art pieces at reasonable prices.   While you're in Amherst, don't forget to stop by Freedom Trails Gallery and ArtAlive for more great art and gifts.

Tomorrow (December 7) you can find me at the Amherst Artisans Show at the Amherst College Alumni House from 9-4.  This is a new show for me, but I think it will be a really nice one.  Its a small group of Amherst folks who make really nice stuff.

 The exciting R(e)volve Pop Up Shop at Eastworks in Easthampton will be running throughout the month, and they have a bunch of really fun events planned.

Glass veggie earrings, pendants and bottle stoppers will be available at Atlas Farm's Farm Store starting Decmeber 9. 

Artisans of WMASS continues its online promotion for another 2 weeks, so if you can't make it out to all of these great local art events, you can still get a deal from your local makers online. Head here to check it out. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Askew Installed!

On Friday,  I finished the installation of a commission titled Askew.  It was a great challenge to scale up this piece with no right angles!  Here's the original at 11 inches tall, built from 1/8" rod...

and here's the commission at 7 feet tall built from 3/4" rod. Thanks NAACO Gallery for organizing the commission. 


On November 23-24 I'll be at the Duxbury Art Association Craft Showcase. Come visit to get your holiday shopping started. I've been working on a new product line of candle holders and candlabras that would make great gift items.

This delightful holiday event featuring over 80 of New England’s most gifted artisans,
gourmet food court, artist demos & portrait sittings & free parking.
The show is a fundraiser for the DAA’s ongoing programs.
Duxbury High School
Saturday, November 23, 10pm- 5pm
Sunday, November 24, 11am - 4pm
$5.00* for entry plus lots of spending money to use when purchasing LOADS of awesome handmade crafts!

The welding shop is up and running, but not quite clean enough for a picture :) That will be coming soon. Since holiday production season has crept up on me quick and I'm getting really busy,  I'm going to postpone the welding class until January.   I've joined a new gallery called Oh So Pretties! in Wilbraham, MA, and I have to say the owner, Sherry, has an awesome collection of handmade goods. These are some bud vases I brought her.  Check out the Oh So Pretties! facebook here 

Monday, September 2, 2013

September News ~ Mattoon St Festival, Chilifest and more

On Saturday you can find me at the Mattoon Arts Festival, one of my favorite shows because of the great variety of high quality handmade work, the ambiance and friendliness of the people who live on Mattoon St, and the swarms of appreciative shoppers. I definitely recommend this one. I'm working hard to create this week so I can bring lots of fun things to the show including my spiral mobiles,  lots of cute bud vases and maybe some funky, new steel candelabras. 

But first, you can find me in Easthampton from 5-6 this Wednesday (9/4)  for the closing reception of my sculpture show, Sheltered, at the ECA's City Hall Gallery.  The work on display is a wall of sculpture including some new and old work along the themes of home and nesting, protection and exposure. 

And don't forget about the Chilifest! It is growing to a two day event this year, featuring all kinds of spicy fun.  I'll be managing the local art area where we'll have a shop of goodies from 10-15 local artists,  as well as seat weaving, glass beadmaking and blacksmithing demonstrations, and a make and take papermaking workshop for ages 8+ on Saturday all sponsored by Artisans of WMASS.  

In other news, my welding studio is in the drywall stages and should be opened for business soon! I'll be offering an introductory welding workshop in the fall, as I've heard lots of interest from folks in the area that would like to learn. More soon.... 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

NAACO Show and Spark! 2013

Spring is here! The magnolia tree in front of my window is about to bloom, and its been warm enough for me to ride my bike to my metal shop (since my new one is still under construction). Luckily this all meant spring break too, which is great because I'm busy preparing for a sculpture show at the North Adams Artist Co-op Gallery which will open this Thursday.

Also, now is the time to get your Spark! Art Share for 2013. The first pick up will be Thursday May 2, right around the corner!  The art share can be picked up at our quarterly art parties, delivered locally by Valley Green Feast, or shipped anywhere in the US.  It would make a great mother's day gift because it keeps giving all year long, but of course it can also just be a treat for you! Its an awesome way to get beautiful art and handmade housewares all year long. Check it out.

In other news, I'm working on my show schedule for the coming year, and thinking about a proposal for an outdoor sculpture at Art in the Orchard (hosted by Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton). 

 I'm also beginning to think about a far off collaborative show at APE Gallery in Northampton with Scout Cuomo and Carolyn Clayton. If you haven't seen their work, its definitely worth looking at. Carolyn is in the midst of a project called HOARD, that is being shown as part of the regional REACH Art Festival. She has constructed a mountain and is excavating ad cataloguing it with scientific precision. Scout makes stunning paintings that play with depth and light through a resin layering process that is truly intriguing.  I can't wait to see what we create together. 

Grace by Scout Cuomo

House Cut by Carolyn Clayton