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Zoom into my Brown Bag Lunch Artist Talk on Thursday, January 27th @ NOON—hosted by the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Lansing, Michigan. Registration is required for online access—https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brown-bag-lunch-artist-talks-registration-214841325187 We will talk about my art practice and participants can ask questions freely—“see” you there!

I truly enjoyed this past weekend with an online workshop, Re-Connect, with Eric Scott (https://ericscottart.com/). He guided us to connect with our intentions and thoughts for the new year, inspiring journal entries and much reflection. I had a blast trying out combinations of drawing, painting, and collage on my pages. I don’t think that I am completely finished with my new journal and I am reveling in the process. I am obviously searching for a new direction in my artwork this year…..

This morning I enjoyed young artists creating their own holiday cards at the Art School, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan. https://flintarts.org/learn/news We used permanent black markers with watercolor paints to add color. One of the artists decided he needed to draw a dragon too. Lots of fun! Yesterday morning we worked on making simple books with paper, tags, envelopes, staples, stickers and tape–WOW. One industrious artist made his own portfolio to hold his books. I will be teaching more youth art classes beginning in March, 2022, and I am looking forward to it!

This past weekend was packed with holiday fun at the Art School, Flint Institute of Arts, in Flint, Michigan. Saturday morning youthful artists created their own special journals, beginning with a spiral notebook and customizing it with robust imaginations. Sunday morning the pre-school artists wielded watercolor paint and black markers to create brilliant unique cards. Their artful spirits are inspiring to me!

View a YouTube video “Art Talk” to see my recent exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan. https://youtu.be/5eIqcaRHJdU

Come visit Williamston on Saturday the 4th and see my journal making kits and funky jewelry, 11AM-6PM! Upstairs at Keller’s Plaza, come to The Artisan Alcove gallery and check out offerings from 11 regional artists. I will also have flap books for sale and THERE WILL BE refreshments! 107 South Putnam Street–please note that there is no elevator available.

Since I just finished up a gallery exhibit on Wednesday, I have been thinking about past experiences. I have tried showing my art in various environments–below I share my thoughts and suggestions. This is purely my personal, limited experience—everyone is different and approaches their art their own way.

SITUATIONPROSCONS
  Church or Religious EntityCommunity outreach
Support an organization that you believe in
Feedback from appreciative audience
May host reception
Most likely an accessible facility
Church 1st, Art Gallery 2nd
Limited hours of operation
No installation help
Volunteers who are not well versed in art may be on site for visitors
No direct sales
You fund your own reception
Volunteer opportunity for artist
Gallery space may be recycled and redesigned into an art gallery
No insurance or security
Limited subject matter/”family friendly” & non-offensive to all ages  
  Municipal or City Art GalleryCommunity outreach
Contribute to quality of life in the region
Works are for sale/city reimburses the artist with payment
Promotion on community calendar of events
May host reception
Most likely an accessible facility
May be all volunteer run/possibility of unprofessional approach to art
Limited subject matter/”family friendly” & non-offensive to all ages
Hours of operation dictated by city
May be paid parking
You fund your own reception
Gallery space may be recycled and redesigned into an art gallery
Volunteer opportunity for artist
No insurance or security  
   
Public LibraryAlign to library mission of lifelong learning
Community outreach
Partner with library may bring future opportunities
Publicity with library calendar of events
Paid staff on duty in Library all the time
Most likely an accessible facility
May host artist workshop or presentation
No installation assistance
Library 1st, Art Gallery 2nd
No insurance or security
Limited subject matter (non-offensive to all ages)
Responsible for own publicity and social media
May not allow reception or sales
You fund your own reception
Volunteer opportunity for artist
Gallery space may be recycled and redesigned into an art gallery
Academic InstitutionOutreach to students, as well as faculty and staff
Subject matter open & unrestricted
Provides promotion through its online presence
Supports mission of art education and creative practice of working artists
Professional approach to visual art
Gallery Director is paid position
May offer professional fee and/or reception
Space is designed specifically to showcase art
Most likely an accessible facility
May host artist presentation
Hours of operation dictated by academic calendar
Lack of visible support from administration and faculty
Do your own social media to supplement media efforts
No direct sales
May not offer help with installation and tear down
Probably does not provide insurance or security
Apply for show well in advance, 1-3 years
Volunteer opportunity for artist  
Art GalleryHosts reception
Uses its’ mailing list for promotion
Sales are a top priority
Staff is sensitive to artist’s intent & goals
Subject matter open & unrestricted
Contribute to Gallery’s mission of supporting and sharing art with others
Art displayed in best possible way
Installation and tear down help
Promotion online important
Space is designed specifically to showcase art
Gallery receives 40-60% commission on sales
Most likely an accessible facility
Staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and professional
May host artist presentation
May be paid parking only
Membership usually a requirement for gallery exhibitions
Board members may not be visibly supportive of show
Apply for show well in advance, 1-3 years
May be a volunteer opportunity for artist
May not offer insurance or security  
November, 2021
I was at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery on November 18th to video my art talk with the Gallery Director, Liz. https://youtu.be/Rxs4ix9cyxk Check out my video!

Eric Scott Online Workshop, Mindful Mark Making in Mixed Media This was a fantastic class on the 13th! Unique approach to thoughtfulness in one’s artmaking–plus much sharing of intriguing art by participants! A wonderful experience for me–I highly recommend Eric’s instruction. https://ericscottart.com/online-workshops

Having Fun Making a Book I collaged the 2 wooden covers with book pages and tissue paper. Then I created shaped pages with painted, non woven interfacing and watercolor paper. The binding rings that hold it all together are embellished with beads, sequins, safety pins and fabric strips–loads of fun to make! Finally, I wrote in quotes from some of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs, circa 1976.

“Wish You Were Here” book with watercolor paper pages and collage–pages were first washed with pale watercolor colors. The flaps incorporate photocopies of postcards written by my Mother over the years. Loved working on this book!

Exhibit of my Work Next Month! I will showing recent work, from the past two years, at the Fine Arts Gallery, November 8-23. Mott Community College houses a nice art gallery in the Visual Arts & Design Center–check it out! Please note: View my art talk live on YouTube–it is not a public event due to pandemic precautions https://youtu.be/bEjem_ohV5A. There is a free parking lot next to the VADC building–masks required.

Classes at Flint Institute of Arts

I enjoyed several young artists yesterday at the Art School https://flintarts.org/learn/news ! We experimented with scribble drawings first–where imaginative adults and children worked together on a drawing. Later, creative young women made butterflies with collaged papers, tape, and drawing. WOW–everyone did a fabulous job of making art on a Saturday! Thanks to the Art School … Continue reading Classes at Flint Institute of Arts

Exhibit at Haslett Public Library (CADL branch)

Thomas Moore, librarian, and Haslett Public Library are displaying a 9/11 remembrance exhibit this month–it is wonderful. You can also add your own commemorative artwork panel to the 9/11 wall. Honor your feelings about twenty years after September 11, 2001.