Monday, August 18, 2014

"Immersed and Illuminated" at Five15 Arts in September

Marlys Kubicek and I will be having a two person show at Five15 Arts Gallery in September.  Marlys's works are mostly collagraphs of creatures from the pages of the Illuminated Manuscript.  They are creepy, weird and beautiful.  My prints are all underwater creatures of a natural variety done as monosilkscreens and collagraphs. 


We will be sitting the gallery this Saturday, August 23rd from 1:00-5:00 where Five15 to the Power of 5 is showing.  If you haven't seen it, there are over 75 works of art by 66 local artists.  Prices are very reasonable and all 2D  work is 12 x 12 inches.  
 Our show will open First Friday September 5th.  All new work!  You might see something like these little guys...and find them illuminating.
 
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 4 - August 23, 2014 - April 19, 2015

THE 7 C's of ARIZONA EXHIBITION

Sky Harbor Airport is celebrating the Superbowl coming back to Arizona in early 2015 by having an art exhibition focused on the 5 Cs of Arizona - our 5 major crops :  cattle, citrus, cotton, copper and climate.  But they are extending the 5 to 7 and including cactus and canyons.  There are 8 large display cases in Terminal 4 and 8 artists have been selected to represent the 7 C's. 


Howard Post - cattle
Mark Klett - canyons and cactus
Lisa McCollum - citrus
Ann Morton - cotton
Anne Moran & Robert Brown - copper
Ed Mell and Wendy Willis - climate

If you know the paintings of Ed Mell, you might think his would fit into the canyons category but because the work is of storm scenes, they are assigning him to climate.
 
My swimmers will be in a case of their own in Terminal 4, Level 3 beginning August 23rd and will be on view until February 2015.

October 5th will be the opening of the Terminal 4 Gallery exhibition of the 7 C's of Arizona and we will be represented in that exhibition as well, along with artists from the Airport's private collection.  That show will be on display until April 19th.  All in all 10 of my prints will be on display at the airport! 

If any of you find yourselves in Terminal 4, go to level 3 and look for my swimmers.  Let me know if you see them! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Fling in Napa Valley


Rainy Friday evening at Nancy's studio


This fantastic weekend workshop started Friday evening at Nancy Willis's studio where we attendees were asked to draw with pencil on thin sheets of styrofoam which we inked up and handprinted.  So FUN and easy.  Good ice breaker and chance to get our printmaking juices flowing for the next day.  There we spend a whole day at Sue Bradford's studio Saturday, pulling monotypes and ghosts, some with chine colle...
Inking table, water based ink, handprinting with barens
Some prints from Friday night
My prints from Saturday. Top two are first pulls, second row are the ghosts.
On Sunday we returned to Nancy's studio to take our less successful prints and enhance them by drawing and painting on them with watercolor pencils and caran d'ache crayons.  Then we cropped and adhered them to panels.  So the two on the right became these prints on panel.  
8 x 8"

5 x 5"

It was a great weekend.  Hopefully I can entice Nancy and Sue to come here and do the workshop at the Phoenix Center.  Let me know if you'd be interested in taking it here.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Catching UP

I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.  Here is the final version of my turtle/babies print. 
"ONLY ONE"
 
Green sea turtles lay 100-200 eggs and only one will survive to adulthood.
 
Candace Nicol, a wonderful artist/educator from Reno came to Phoenix to conduct a Collagraph Workshop for members of the Arizona Print Group.  Everyone loved Candace and we all learned some excellent collagraph tips and techniques. 
 










This will probably become an annual event since Candace's friends come for Spring Training...!
 





Thursday, January 23, 2014

Print Exchange Mania

Print exchanges have been an important part of my art practice.  When I was first starting out, Melanie Yazzie invited me to be in a print exchange.  I made a 5 color reduction linocut - a major effort I since learned and because I put so much into it, I got invited to another, and another, and another.  And so on.  In a print exchange you create an edition which you send off and in return you get a print from the other artists participating.  I now have an amazing collection of prints from artists all over the world.  Another benefit is that the print exchanges are almost always exhibited somewhere, galleries, universities, and with Melanie's exchanges, the prints become part of major collections.  These are nice resume items for sure.  By participating in these exchanges, I have learned about some fantastic artists all over the country, and they have learned about me.  It is so fun to cement this knowledge with Facebook friendship and come March, even meeting some face to face at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in San Francisco! 

I recently completed a print for a Melanie Yazzie exchange called Birds and Animals of My Land.  This time (whatever was I thinking) I did a 7 color reduction.  But I really loved doing it. 
 
And now I am working on yet another M.Y. exchange - Animal Mammas and Their Babies.  I printed the first of TWO colors and am happily carving away (my favorite part of the process) in preparation of printing this weekend.


I will post the final version when it is finished.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I can't believe it has been 3 months since I last posted.  A lot happened with the opening of my exhibition at Five15 Arts for the month of October.  My sister, showed with me and came for the Third Friday reception.  We had such a good time.  I wonder if there ever will come a time when we live in the same city.  She is very settled in California and I love Arizona.  I guess we are lucky we aren't a continent apart. 

I had a great year teaching at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.  The people who work there are just the most fun and best people to work with.  And the students are so open to learning and happy to be there.  This year I topped off my year by participating in the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, sharing a booth with Marlys Kubicek.  It was a fun event and great to see so many people out enjoying the beautiful weather and great deals for art. 

NEED MORE STUDENTS for January Classes!
I will be teaching 5 classes in two weeks.  IF I get a couple more students in the Thursday Monotype class.  This is painting with ink on a plate and then running it through the press.  Immediate gratification for those used to longer processes like oil painting.  I also need two more students in Wednesday night Relief Printmaking.  This class, for beginners, shows how easy it is to begin creating art with little or no drawing experience.  For those who can draw, it is a way to make multiple original prints from a single plate.  Students in this class have created editions for print exchanges where their work is exhibited around the country and the world.

To register, or for more information click Phoenix Center for the Arts Registration. Click on the Printmaking tab to see the classes I am teaching.  I am also running TryMe like classes through Amazon Local - deals end Friday 1/3.  Go to Amazon Local PCA Printmaking to get the deal and then call the Phoenix Center to sign up for one of my 3 hour classes.  The TryMe type classes are for those of you who aren't sure you will like printmaking.  So you get to experience the thrill of pulling your first print in a single noncommittal class.  :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope it is art-filled!




Sunday, October 6, 2013

FAMILY MATTERS at Five15 Arts Gallery

My brother and sister came to town last week to bring Nancy's work down from Napa Valley.  We planned this show, with minimum discussion about what our individual works would be about...just our own views of our family history.  We didn't see each other's new work until the installation day.  It is remarkable how well it all works together.  Nancy focused a lot on us siblings and I had more work about Mom and Dad...overall there was a nice balance.  And having both her and my brother, Jeff, here completed the Willis Family circle as we hung the art...the remaining members of our little tribe.  
The work was well-received at First Friday's opening.  Viewers related to the images, smiled, looked closely, perhaps remembering something from their childhood or family gatherings.  Some asked for the story behind a certain piece. Our family lore is well represented here.  But I love when the viewer finds their own connection...
I can't wait until our Third Friday reception, with Nancy here to meet and greet with me...I am so happy to be showing with her.  A dream come true.  Come share it with us!


(I also want to thank Scott Cerasano, for his installation expertise and support; Michelle Terry-Helmick for the fabulous upcoming reception food/beverage; and Kathi Knox, whose support in the studio allowed me to complete half of my newest works.  They say it takes a village and my villagers are the BEST!)