artist reception – a bit of rain and one fine crowd

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This framed image greeted guests as they arrived to our reception.

IMG_3711Despite rain, we got off to a great start. I took my camera and planned to take lots of photos. But that didn’t happen. I didn’t think about pictures.

Here is all I captured …
Rick, Mary’s husband, sent  beautiful flowers. ↑ Thanks Rick!

The hallway wall shows a few smaller works from each of us. It’s a solid introduction to what you’ll see as you come upon the entrance to the North Gallery. ↓

b2 The stream of people coming and going was steady the entire evening.↓

IMG_3699How did this come about? What did you do to make this happen? The grouping is greatI
If I could focus I’d explain some of the story – how we connected, how we applied for the show. If I was not so focused and being lighter I’d say, I picked up the phone and asked! There is truth in all of it. Except I don’t believe I ever picked up the phone. I emailed, it’s the 21st century.

Mary ↓with a group of friends. They were taking too long, so I shot the photo.

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Mary, Carolyn and I ended the evening with these last photos. I’m including all of them, because we’re standing at slightly different angles, so you can see some of the background work of each.  And because I like all three of them.

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trio

IMG_3709 There were a number of people taking photos, including Mesa. As we get access to them, we’ll post them.

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Light Test

Before we delivered the show I had about a week of wiring and testing to make sure the suspended sculpture would work. Each piece is fabricated so that the electrical cord runs up to the ceiling and over to a LED driver which will also be mounted on the ceiling. The wiring process was interesting and Pere, our studio assistant, became better at fiddling with the drivers than I was. We celebrated every time one would light up which prompted Mitch Fry (we share studio space) to comment that we are cheap dates. He knows how to use electricity but for me it’s just that electricity is like magic-difficult magic.

At one point I had to call the lighting manufacturer to ask a question and he asked if I was a licensed electrician. I told him “no I am an artist”. In a somewhat huffy tone he told me that the first thing that should have happened is that I should have been connected to the entertainment division. He helped me anyway and it turned out they had sent the wrong drivers.

Everything worked we packed it up and took it to Mesa. Fingers crossed.

Testing the light at the studio

Testing the lights at the studio.

After testing the pieces were  wrapped to go to Mesa

After testing, the pieces were wrapped to go to Mesa.

Pere, studio assistant, with a finished sculpture.

Pere, studio assistant, with a finished sculpture.

we deliver the artwork

It’s an interesting opportunity to drop work off in person. One gets to know the various people who contribute to the success of an exhibit.

Marco, as noted earlier, is the new Exhibits Preparator/Specialist. I arrive to find him on a very high ladder. He is setting up an area where the museum showcases its permanent collection. I guess those ceilings to be over 25 feet high.

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And though busy, he takes time to show us his new digs. He has an impressive workspace that is clearly to his liking.  I spend time talking with him and learn that Marco is one of few Latino exhibition specialists in the country. Bravo!

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Marco, Mitch, Mary and Peri

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Because shows are coming down and new work is going up we are directed to leave the work in the area where the private collection is stored. The climate controlled space is sprinkled with great artwork.

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Mary needs to look at the ceiling in the North Gallery, which is not as high as the other galleries at the center. She can hang her sculptures with no out of the ordinary concerns. She talks low voltage, electrical panels, and transformers. I have a hanging issue with my 2 large works, and Marco makes a suggestion that appeals to my aesthetics. Mary and I wonder why the space looks smaller. We joke because the majority of our work is now complete, we have no overwhelming emotions – is there a connection?  And Mary finishes up saying that her mountain will be delivered soon. How many people can say that?

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Meanwhile back at her studio … Carolyn is completing her painting. I caught her progress at an early stage where she was mapping the woods out. All her work is at Mesa, she’ll be delivering this 16 panel piece soon.

IMG_3554Impromptu lunch with a variety of creative people – personal history is shared but so are things like banana art, transformers and inventor Tesla.

Art.

gift of time

Sharon Lavender in the role of studio assistant.

Normally I spend many hours alone in my studio.  During a deadline I become hermit-like, while my friends, family and my husband tolerate my absence.  I have received help in the past, but there isn’t a lot for someone else to do.  A lot of my work consists of personal drawing technique.  The format of this piece allows for a helper.  Monica donated a day to me and now, my mom Sharon, has been putting in hours.  In fact, she has calculated that it will be 75 hours, done over 11 days.  I am fortunate that she has been able and willing to do this.  And it is such a switch, since studio time is usually time spent away from family rather than time spent with them.  There has been lots of family talk to go with the art making.

 

Mom’s hands while she transfers my lines on to a panel.

 

Preservation Woods photoshop sketch.

Here is the complete image, which will be transferred on to 10 panels for a total size of 80 x 160″.  Thanks Mom!!

 

10 x 10″ MCA benefit show

All proceeds benefit MCA exhibitions and educational programs.

Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) is having its Fourth Annual 10 x 10 Benefit Show & Sale, which features the work of more than 100 artists from Arizona and beyond. Participating artists created original work (2-D or 3-D) of art in keeping with the 10 x 10″ theme. The pieces will be on display at MCA from Oct 3-14 and sold at the reception on Oct 10. Each piece will be available for $100. First come, first pick! Doors open at 6pm sharp!

Mary and I are participating.

Martinez – Homage to the Cat
mixed media collage on canvas

Shindell – Tulip
Hand colored archival inkjet print

For more information and a list of participating artists, please visit their website.

WHO:     Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s
WHAT:    4th Annual 10 x 10 Benefit Show & Sale
WHEN:    Weds, Oct 10 (6-8 pm)