Marissa is another person I have not seen in a million years but should know that I admire her. We met in the theatre department at Columbia College and I was immediately impressed by her intelligence, outgoing nature and humor. She is sooooooooooooo cool! Marissa is one of those people whose opinion I value very much and she’s super smart and thoughtful. If you are in the Chicagoland area check out the 16th Street Theatre where she is managing director.
I’m travelling to Portland, OR for my next art show!
The Fitting Room Gallery
Artist’s reception November 3rd, 1-4pm
Located at PDXchange
3616 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR
October’s Lady of the Month is Rosamond. Another Chicagoan. I’m not exactly sure when I met her but I think it was through the local comics scene in Chicago. I’m almost certain we met at a comic art critique group at Chicago Comics, but it might have been at the DIY Trunk Show where I met Monstrochika. I think we both bonded over our awkwardness and general nerdiness, and I thought she was super cool. I’ve admired her article writing over the years. Now Rosamond organizes a monthly storytelling event at Galery Caberet called Miss Spoken. I’ll definitely be attending one of those shows next time I find myself in Chicago.
I am excited to announce that I will be participating in a group art show at Castleton University this month! I will be showing a few of my newer abstract pieces! Here are the details:
This exhibition is a group exhibition of three painters from the surrounding region. From the Rutland artist J.R. Ewing with his bold color palette, to New York State based Roscoe T. Starkself-taught artist with excellent craft and meaning, to Mindy Fisher with her “Ornaglyphs” and her avian explosion of color there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Artist: Mindy Fisher, Roscoe T. Stark, J.R. Ewing
Exhibition: October 20 - December 1, 2018
Reception: October 26, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm
Castleton University Bank Gallery
104 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT
September’s LOTM is my friend Api. Api was another person I met during my work study in the Math and Science department. I was blown away by Api’s art, style and kindness. She is a very caring person. I remember her being a great listener and I feel like my view of the world widened when I met her. It was always a good day when I got to work with Api.
August Lady of the Month is Jess! I met Jess when I started working at my current day job. She worked at the gas station that I would visit for my daily snack and cafeine rations. She was always super friendly and I thought she looked like a cool girl with her short pink hair and fun glasses. One day she no longer worked there and I missed her smiley face. Later on we were reconnected when I walked into a small market to find her working there a few towns away. It turned out we shared several mutual friends and we would see each other at karaoke night. I appreciate Jess’s point of view, creativity and kindness. Last I knew she was working on jewelry so if I find out she has a website I will share here when I get the URL.
I miss this woman! I met Katrina during my college years in the Theatre Department at Columbia College. I didn't really get to know her until my last year when we worked in the scene shop together. I was always very shy and quiet and she was/is the opposite of that. I remember that once we started working toghether on scenic projects our bosses would comment on how well we worked togehter, that we were like a ying and yang. I remember we working on some pieces for "Our Contry's Good" and I needed a maidenhead for a ship. We were having trouble shaping her body so we used my bra to shape her boobs since Katrina wasn't wearing one.
Now she lives in Oklahoma with her family and I live in Vermont, but I appreciate that I am able to connect through social media. I love reading her point of view on current issues. She is very compassionate and smart and full of life. I think this painting accentuates her badassness.
PS - This is my July Lady of the Month. Yes. I'm late again. I'm late with August too. Will I ever be able to turn this around? We shall see. I do have the next three finished and scanned...now it's just a matter of posting 'em.
Again I find myself behind on posting the Lady of the Month portraits. I'm actually ahead of schedule with the paintings, but struggle to find the motivation to touch a computer to scan and upload these. But I made it finally!
I decided to do a double feature for May and June. I was stalking some of my artist friends on facebook and found a photo that my friend Eric Bartholomew took of these two ladies working at an Atomic Sketch event - Deva (left) and Vanessa (right). I met Deva and Vanessa through a mutual friend (who I have already featured) and we met semi-regularly at local Chicago coffee shops to work on art and chat for several years. I miss the mini community we had and feel grateful that I was able to spend time with such talented artists who inspired me.
Deva makes these gorgeous paintings of mysterious, ghostly women, usually created on discared wooden objects. See her work here.
Vanessa's colorful abstract landscapes are dreamy. They remind me of viewing colorful leaves on water through frosted glass. See her work here.