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Hot Eye!

By Exhibitions

Putting on an exhibition, even one without any particular theme or restrictions as to medium, size of work or number of participants, still requires a great deal of planning and attention to detail. To the casual observer it may seem haphazard, random or even chaotic.

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To me it is a clear and natural process, though a bit difficult to articulate. I think a good analogy might be the lead bird during migration. My gut tells me to head in a certain direction and I just keep flying until I get there.

Yesterday was the day when all the artwork got dropped off for the next Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance (TVAA) exhibition, Foray III.

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As the work arrived I started arranging it in the space, moving pieces around and seeing how they interacted with each other.

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For me it’s like a conversation between the pieces. They must communicate well with each other and that in turn helps the work express itself more fully to you the viewer.

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When I was in High School at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) we used to play a game our teacher Frank Gross called “Hot Eye.” He would project two seemingly unrelated images and then have us compare and contrast them in every way.

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Composition, palette, content, political overtones, skill level, provenance — anything we could think of — with the end result inevitably being our seeing how the work was more related than not.

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Arranging a show like this is essentially one big game of Hot Eye. It is exhilarating, and exhausting. I’m very glad to have flown with my mom yesterday. She made the perfect “wing-woman.”

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In two days Sue Latta and I will get the show hung and then it will be clear to everyone where we were headed all along.

Getting warm…Warmer…Warmer! Hot Eye!

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Local Color – Boise 150

By Exhibitions, Field Trips

All this year Boise has been celebrating her Sesquicentennial, and all Boiseans, even very small children who still call Pasta Putanesca, bisketti, can pronounce the word that means Boise is 150 years young. Woot woot!

In honor of this Happy Birthday the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance applied for and received a grant to curate an exhibition of artwork by local artists about Boise, and produce a catalog to accompany the exhibit. We called it Local Color – Boise 150.
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Each artist whose work was selected also wrote a few sentences about Boise as portrayed in their artwork, and that statement is on the page with their art in the catalog. This is my painting titled “Le Boi-cycle”…

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and Mike’s titled “Boise Blue Doors”…

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Mike and I wrote the grant. Jacqueline Crist selected the art for the exhibit. I arranged and hung the exhibit with assistance from Sue Latta, and my mom, Shirley McCarter, both of whom are also featured in the catalog. Debra Smith edited the artists’ writing, and Will Spearman and I designed and curated the catalog itself.

It was a huge learning experience, in fact we’re still learning from it. We had an event at Rediscovered Books last night along with three other writers/editors who produced books for the Sesquicentennial. Debra Smith who is not only the catalog’s editor, but a dear friend did the presentation for Local Color.
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Thank you Deb! I’m one of those people who would rather share a mochalottachocolatte with God (and you know what that would mean) than engage in public speaking.

By the way, we still have copies of the Local Color catalog available for sale: $19.95/copy plus standard shipping in the US and Canada. Contact me if you’re interested, and Mike and I will both sign your copy. Woot woot!

An Ordinary Monday

By Ordinary Days

Today was one of those days. Just one of those ordinary days. An ordinary Monday. I did the laundry. Thawed a flatiron steak so I didn’t have to shop for dinner. Listened to some NPR while I folded the clean clothes. And I got started on a new painting I want to finish by the 22nd so I can submit it for the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance Foray III Exhibition.

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I’m using canvas this time because framing is so expensive. This canvas has a 2″ gallery wrap edge which I will paint black. It won’t cost me any more money, will look professional, and be ready to hang.

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After I drew the outlines of the hot air balloons with pencil on the canvas I started painting using acrylic paint and a #5 (pretty teeney) brush).

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All of the hot air balloons will have quilt patterns. Patterns in general, and specifically quilt patterns show up all the time in my work. It’s that Domestic Art thang that resonates with me. Quilt patterns always have descriptive names. Descriptive names resonate with me too. This pattern is called “End of Day.”

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Today I think I’ll call it “End of An Ordinary Monday.”

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