1.04.2015

"It's All in the Details"

As promised, here are the images from our featured artists' reception on First Friday.  Jeanne Rhea, Sharon DiGiulio and I had fun meeting people and talking about our work.  The resident artists and new gallery owner Allen L. Clapp were on hand for the grand opening, which made for a lively crowd.  And to top it all off, when the evening was over, I had sold two pieces! 

"It's All in the Details" will be at 311 Gallery at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh until Saturday, January 24th. 

Thanks to my good friends and fellow artists Jeanne and Sharon for being willing to take the leap with me...I hope we'll be able to do it again soon!

Posing in the front display window...those 24"x24" pieces look great!

One of my walls, filled with Inspiration: Wax-Print bowls

One of Jeanne's walls, with her alcohol ink and resin pieces




Posing again, under Sharon's doll pieces

12.31.2014

Out with the old, in with the new...

As you can tell from the date of my last entry, I've been too busy to post.  As I gaze across the studio on this, the final day of 2014, I'm reminded of the past year, and I look forward to what's to come. 

First up will be my gallery show with friends and fellow mixed media artists Jeanne Rhea and Sharon DiGiulio.  Our show's entitled "It's All in the Details," and includes over 100 pieces.  The show will be the first of the year in the new 311 Gallery in downtown Raleigh, which opens on First Friday (January 2nd).  Here are some shots of us hanging the show last Monday, and our publicity piece. 

There'll be more images to come after the opening.  If you're in the area, I hope you'll join us; it'll be a fun evening.  Address:  311 West Martin Street, Raleigh.  First Friday hours:  6pm to 9pm. 

11.03.2014

Opening Reception: cimos

 
 
 
Next on my November to Remember calendar is the opening reception for my work in cimos, Raleigh.  If you're in the area, I'd love to see you on November 7th!  The reception is part of downtown Raleigh's First Friday celebration, so there'll be many artsy happenings to explore.  The collage shows a sneak peak of some of my work in the gallery, including my newest alcohol ink paintings, the "Waves of Nirvana" series.  Thanks to the fabulous Amy Griffith, cimos owner, for featuring my work, which will be up through January, 2015. 
 
See you on Friday night!

10.24.2014

Opening Reception: Liquidambar

Here's the official advertisement for my show's
opening reception next weekend
 
 
I'm excited to have my work in this lovely gallery in Pittsboro, NC.  The owners, Kitty and John Mecham are artists themselves, and know how to create a beautiful ambiance for the work of the artists they represent, as well as featured artists.  The opening will be during Pittsboro's First Sunday celebration, and my pieces will be on display until Sunday, December 28th. 
 
If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by. 
 


10.12.2014

A November to Remember


I've been preparing for two exhibits of my work, set for November.  One has been on my calendar since 2012, and the other came about just a couple of months ago.  When the second opportunity presented itself, I took a deep breath and said yes, realizing I'd have to figure out how to make both exhibits happen at the same time.  Taking that leap was a bit daunting, but I'm happy I did, and I'm excited to have my work displayed for sale during the holiday season in two beautiful venues. 

At cimos, " Downtown Raleigh's shopping destination for great books, local art, fun and fabulous gifts,"  I will have my painted paper and Gelli print collages, my "Leaf Dance" series small bowls, and my glass pendants.  The opening will be on First Friday, November 7th, and I'll be sure to post photos of how it all comes together.



And, at Liquidambar Gallery and Gifts in downtown Pittsboro, I will display my large bamboo bowls from the Sinuous Rhythm, Spirals, The Elements, and Synergy series.  The opening reception will be Sunday, November 2nd, from 2pm to 4pm, and the work will be at the gallery until December 28th.  Photos to come, of course! 

That's it for now...back to work. 

10.01.2014

Something New

It's a new month (how did it get to be October already?!), and I've added a new feature to Artventuring. 

In the right column, you'll find the "Blog Galleries" heading, along with links to each gallery.  This will make it easier for everyone to see my work at a quick glance (though I do hope you'll stay a bit longer).  As I create new work, I'll add to the galleries, and as always, your comments are more than welcome.

Happy October!

~Michelle

9.25.2014

Filtering the Input

"Somali Spirit" work progress detail
"Somali Spirit"
 mixed media collage: oil pastel, chalk ink, paper on MDF
24"x5"  ©2014
Inspiration comes in many forms: a vividly colorful sunset, a glimpse of an ancient scroll, a photograph, the design of a mask, the way another artist uses disparate materials--the list is endless. If you ask me how I come up with the ideas and designs in my work, I'll often say everything I've ever seen and done goes into each piece.  While that's not literally true (what a mess that would make on one substrate!), it goes to the heart of what I believe the artist's life is about; filtering the input and molding it into a cohesive vision for each piece. 

For my newest work, I'm going in a bit of a different direction, which combines my recent series of African textile patterns with collage elements.  In this, I'm inspired by the work of African American mixed media collage artists, two of whom I've met personally. 

I met Romare Bearden, the world renowned collage artist, when I was working with his collaborator Harry Henderson on the book "A History of African American Artists".  I was a sophomore at Wellesley, had just declared my Art History major, and was chosen to research some primary source letters for references to the neoclassical sculptor Edmonia Lewis.  Mr. Bearden invited me to meet him at his 5th floor walkup studio in Harlem during my Christmas break. He was very gracious; autographed a book for me, and I was awed by the works in progress I saw in his studio--the first "real" artist's studio I'd ever seen.  Unfortunately, my visit was curtailed, due to his five cats and my allergies, but I've never forgotten it.

I met Charlotte-based artist Monique Luck at Festival in the Park.  Her large-scale mixed media collages are luminous, with great movement and luscious color.  You can see more of her work here.

As for this new direction my work is taking; I'm still refining and learning--it'll be exciting to see where this part of my journey will take me. 

Romare Bearden, with one of his five cats
I saw this piece "Mecklenburg Evening: Heavy Freight"
at the Romare Bearden show in Charlotte, NC a couple of years ago. 
I love the way the sky is painted, and the layered landscape.
Monique Luck with several of her
large-scale mixed media collages