Art Matters! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Banksy backlash, er, splash back http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5126 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5126#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:13 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5126 Continue reading Banksy backlash, er, splash back

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Girl with the Banksy Accessory molested in Bristol.

A new mural by elusive graffiti artist Banksy has been vandalised just 24 hours after it appeared on a wall in Bristol, his hometown. Tenant Ellie Morgan . . . said: “It’s a real shame and a bit annoying. Someone just snuck down, did it and then snuck off.”

Wait, what? Isn’t that Banksy’s M.O.?

Pop quiz, multiple choice: 1. Turnabout is fair play. 2. What goes around comes around. 3. Hoist by one’s own petard.

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Hanging Art Shows: Tips and Plans http://stermer-cox.com/2014/10/hanging-art-shows-tips-and-plans/ http://stermer-cox.com/2014/10/hanging-art-shows-tips-and-plans/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:29 +0000 http://stermer-cox.com/?p=766 Introduction My purpose today is to share some tips and ideas about hanging art shows outside the home or studio.  Planning and preparation are key to an efficient and smooth operation. Recently, I was talking to one of  my sisters about hanging art shows.  My sister has hung art shows in her home, but not […]

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Introduction

My purpose today is to share some tips and ideas about hanging art shows outside the home or studio.  Planning and preparation are key to an efficient and smooth operation.

Recently, I was talking to one of  my sisters about hanging art shows.  My sister has hung art shows in her home, but not in a gallery type venue.  She is getting ready to hang a show of my Father’s artwork in Albuquerque this November.   As I started sharing tips, it occurred to me that this might be something to share with others.

Margaret Stermer-Cox with Paintings

Successful Hanging Day

Hanging Art At Home – v – Not Home

There is a big difference between hanging an art show in your home or studio and hanging in a gallery or non-traditional venue.  Here are some major considerations:

  • Time.  You may have limited access to the gallery space.  The show must be hung within a defined timeframe.
  • Materials.  You may have to bring all the hanging materials with you; do not assume the venue will provide them.
  • Assistance.  The venue may or may not have someone available to assist you.  You may need to bring your own help.

Put another way, when you’re hanging in your studio or home, you control the situation and deadlines.  You can be as efficient as you want to be.  However, in a gallery or non-traditional venue (cafe, coffee house, winery) you will have constraints based on the venue’s daily operations.

Tape measure - essential tool

Tape measure – essential tool

Pre-Plan

My husband and I have had the pleasure of hanging several shows.  Some of them we have had to travel several hours to; some were in a different state.  In order to accomplish our task of hanging the artwork within the allotted time, we had to get efficient and establish procedures.  We pre-plan the operation and have assigned duties.  My husband hangs; I assist and am the gopher.

Tips

  • Think through the hardware that you will need; create a “hanging day” toolbox.  I have such a toolbox and a list of essential ingredients.
  • If possible, get the wall dimensions.  Once you have the wall dimension, you can develop a hanging plan*
  • Create checklists for tools, equipment and documentation.  Please see checklists at the bottom of the page
  • Take extra paintings just in case and changes in situations
  • Preplan and, have a “plan b” with a little redundancy.

Art Plan

* Here a step-by-step outline of how to develop your hanging art plan.

  • Get the dimensions (height & width) of each wall or space available to you.
  • Get the dimensions of the framed artwork you wish to display.
  • Consider the margins, or how much space you want around you
  • Then its a matter of arranging and adding up measurements.

For example:  Wall space equal 70 inches wide.  I have five paintings I am considering.   There widths are 14.5, 22.5,  23, 20 and 14 inches respectively.  If I wanted to hang 22.5+23+20 paintings, I’d have 65.5 inches committed to paintings.  That only leaves me 4.5 inches between the three paintings (two spaces equaling 2.25 inches).  Maybe that’s OK; maybe that’s too crowded.  That will may be an issue decided on hanging day.  Its a matter of style.

I like to come up with two or three options.  I present them to my husband.  The final decision on layout is usually made on hanging day.

Bottomline

In summary, taking the time to plan and prepare before art hanging day may help you have a smooth, efficient operation.

And, what to do when you’re done?  I might go have a nice cup of espresso with a fudge brownie to celebrate a smooth art hanging operation.   How about you?  And, for those of you who have done art hanging operations, suggestions?  Your lessons learned?

Sample Checklists

Equipment Checklist

Equipment Checklist

Sample Document Checklist

Sample Document Checklist

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Wall Script http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2014/10/wall-script.html http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2014/10/wall-script.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:28:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=545246c0b15e696b5665e9a06ed09af8 Continue reading Wall Script

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I often feel that a big difference between art in a museum or gallery and that which might be sighted in a back alley is that the former was done with conscious intent and the latter just showed up over time. I love to discover these latter, “unclaimed” pieces of art wherever they appear.

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Weathered Presence http://thewinstonweekly.blogspot.com/2014/10/weathered-presence.html http://thewinstonweekly.blogspot.com/2014/10/weathered-presence.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:25:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=6ed5330ff9b8d0e8f4755507e40ddc13 Continue reading Weathered Presence

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“Weathered Presence” is part of the seemingly otherworldly phenomena of stone lattice at Shore Acres State Park on Oregon’s Cape Arago. These formations are also known as tafoni and honeycomb weathering.

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Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show http://www.mypaperarts.com/2014/10/23/earth-spirit-vessels-from-my-paste-paper-show/ http://www.mypaperarts.com/2014/10/23/earth-spirit-vessels-from-my-paste-paper-show/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:18:47 +0000 http://www.mypaperarts.com/?p=1764 Continue reading

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In August I had a show in the Studio Artist Gallery at the Ashland Art Center. Everything I showed was done with paste papers. I just realized that I hadn’t posted photos of the show. I got too busy with my move and totally forgot. So, here are some photos of the Earth Spirit Vessels that were in the show.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gypsy Dance, contains 622 pieces of hand-folded paper. All of the purple colors are paste paper.

What are paste papers? The short answer is that I combine pigment (I use acrylic paint) with paste (I cook my own and also use methyl cellulose) and apply it to wet or damp paper (think of finger painting). That’s the short version. If you want more information, check out these posts:
Making Paste Papers: Part One
Making Paste Papers: Part Two

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tumbleweeds, is currently my favorite vessel. I just love its shape and rusty colors, like rusty nails. It contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper. All the pieces for the show have burl wood bottoms as you can see here.

What makes my vessels Earth Spirit Vessels is that within 25 of the folded papers are hand-calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded, they are made a part of the vessel and not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. I include documentation with each Earth Spirit Vessel which includes photos of the calligraphy which in included in the vessel.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Sandstorm, contains 500 pieces of hand folded paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Blue Crystal, contains 390 pieces of hand folded paper. The blue with silver paper is paste paper.

 

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Glacier Melt, is made from 672 pieces of hand folded paper. The turquoise blue with silver is paste paper. The blue color looks like the color of the rivers in Alberta, Canada which had glacier run off. Absolutely beautiful and unforgettable!

 

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit, Tiger Lily, contains 598 pieces of hand folded paper. The brown and golden color with gold flecks is paste paper.

You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels on these posts:
Earth Spirit Vessels
 New Earth Spirit Vessels

Enjoy, Candy

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“Losing Your Head” at Manifest http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5092 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5092#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:02:33 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5092 Continue reading “Losing Your Head” at Manifest

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Cow, oil on linen, 18.5 x 37"

Cow, oil on linen, 18.5 x 37″

I was happy to get an email a few days ago informing me that my still life of a cow skull will be shown along with ten other skull paintings in Losing Your Head at Manifest, in Cincinnati. I was startled at how small the selection was for this show, given the typical flood of entries, with only nine artists exhibiting:

Thank you so much for participating in this process and for your patience! Our jury for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 11 works by 9 artists. We received a total of 340 entries from 131 artists. Your exhibit is currently planned to be presented in our North Gallery, and it promises to be quite stunning!

I have Lauren Purje and Susan Sills to thank for the inspiration behind the three skull paintings I’ve completed in the past year and a half. Lauren challenged me to try a human skull–and the biggest challenge turned out to be simply getting my hands on one, which I’ve written about before. Once I’d completed and shown it, Susan stepped up and offered to loan me a baboon skull, which she’d come across on a trip to Africa, and gave me outright the cow skull I used  for the painting that will be shown at Manifest. The baboon painting just came home from a show at Minot State University, and the human skull painting arrived home yesterday from the Tallahassee International at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. These vanitas paintings are uniquely challenging but also uniquely rewarding: conveying the complexity of the surface of a weathered, aged skull, discolored from time in the soil, brings an unusual sense of fulfillment when it turns out well.

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Edible art. New edible custom products on Zazzle – new ‘canvas’ for my artwork. http://jilliancrider.blogspot.com/2014/10/edible-art-new-edible-custom-products.html http://jilliancrider.blogspot.com/2014/10/edible-art-new-edible-custom-products.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:44:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=3447695a3b3f4b27817894625a824cf1 Continue reading Edible art. New edible custom products on Zazzle – new ‘canvas’ for my artwork.

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When I saw the new edible offerings on Zazzle I couldn’t resist creating these from an ‘old’ ACEO artwork of mine that was fun to do. It can be customize further with image or text additions – maybe a photo of the new baby?Great for baby shower or birth parties for a girl, don’t you think? Brownies! FUN!See it here … http://www.zazzle.com/

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Launch of Community Works Redesigned Website! http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/10/launch-of-community-works-redesigned-website-2/ http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/10/launch-of-community-works-redesigned-website-2/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:32 +0000 http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/?p=4260 I am so proud to announce the launch of Community Works redesigned website! It went live last Saturday evening and has already had a lot of visits, as one might expect from a non profit community service website like this. Please like Community Works on Facebook and visit their website to see the amazing work they […]

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Community Works logoI am so proud to announce the launch of Community Works redesigned website! It went live last Saturday evening and has already had a lot of visits, as one might expect from a non profit community service website like this. Please like Community Works on Facebook and visit their website to see the amazing work they do in Jackson County for abused women and victims of sexual assault/rape, abused children and families who are dealing with/recovering from severe trauma, homeless and runaway youth, and so much more for some of the most vulnerable and hurting people of Jackson County’s communities.

The programs this organization operate rock! Best known and with a great reputation for the Dunn House Shelter, many don’t know the name of this non profit that provides compassionate and effective help and support for women escaping abuse/domestic violence, or that they provide services for women, children, youth and families seeking to recover from sever traumas and connect them to resources that can help them further. Please visit the new website to learn more about the organization and its programs, volunteer and/or contribute to their work with a tax deductible donation, see their upcoming events and more!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this Friday at 4pm they are sponsoring a Walk to End Domestic Violence in Medford. Wear purple and join us at the Medford Courthouse to raise awareness of domestic violence!

Between working on Jennifer Faith’s website and this one for Community Works I have learned more than I ever thought I’d want to know about domestic violence. I had no idea that one in every three women around the world will suffer abuse and violence at some time during their lives. This statistic is consistent no matter what country, culture or religion you consider, and those women of faith are in the worst position of all since these patriarchal organizations tend to encourage the men and advise the women to keep silent and not try to leave under the threat of offending God. Most of the time the stigma of domestic violence and the fear of their abuser (and the fear of angering the God they love) keeps them silent and trapped in a situation that will only get worse and could even cost them their lives. Women who do finally work up the courage to make their escape still are not safe.

Problems with the justice system and the ongoing controlling behavior of their former partner results in another ugly statistic: 70% of the women who die from domestic violence are killed AFTER leaving their abusive partner. Women need help, guidance and support throughout all the stages of abuse until they are back on their feet and are truly safe from their abuser, and Community Works provides support for survivors as well as those still in an abusive situation.

You could very well know someone who is secretly hurting, and their life could be in danger right now. Please share the site with your network so they can find help without humiliation and you may save a life.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the HelpLine 24 hour crisis hotline at 541-779-4357 or toll free: 1-855-216-2111

Community Works: Strengthening Lives to Change Community – Strengthening Community to Change Lives

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Mountain Glen Harps Website Launched! http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/10/mountain-glen-harps-website-launched/ http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/10/mountain-glen-harps-website-launched/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:43:50 +0000 http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/?p=4255 Yesterday I launched another website, http://mountainglenharps.com/! Proprietor Glenn Hill of Mountain Glen Harps handcrafts the most amazing harps, often hand carved, each one a unique a gorgeous work of art. His website had been on the internet since 1993 and needed updating to make it responsive so people can view it on mobile devices, as […]

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Custom Harp by Glenn Hill of Mountain Glen HarpsYesterday I launched another website, http://mountainglenharps.com/! Proprietor Glenn Hill of Mountain Glen Harps handcrafts the most amazing harps, often hand carved, each one a unique a gorgeous work of art. His website had been on the internet since 1993 and needed updating to make it responsive so people can view it on mobile devices, as well as modernizing the look and presenting his incredible work more effectively.

We converted the site from html to WordPress, using the fabulous Divi theme from Elegant Themes. The Mountain Glen Harps home page is a great demonstration of what can be done with this theme.

Because Glenn is very internet savvy and had been maintaining his former site himself, he transferred most of the content and will be making changes to the presentation of the information. I, however, was the lucky one who got to redesign his home page, and I have to say I’m very, very proud of how it came out. Glenn liked it too, in fact his was the only email I’ve ever received that said nothing more than OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in 80-point letters! It’s always wonderful to see one’s clients so excited about the results of your work! Last week I also launched a newly redesigned site for his wife Laurie, proprietoress of Markwood Heavenly Strings & Cases at http://markwoodstrings.com/ All just in time for real life, too – Glenn and Laurie leave today for a big harp convention – the first they’ve been to in 8 years! We’re celebrating the launch of a new look and wishing them both the very best at the convention!

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The Custom Harp builder, Glenn J. Hill of Mountain Glen Harps 2014-10-22 08:19:00 http://thecustomharpbuilder.blogspot.com/2014/10/welcome-everyone-to-my-new-web-page.html http://thecustomharpbuilder.blogspot.com/2014/10/welcome-everyone-to-my-new-web-page.html#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:19:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=6f1e1414fe2d43d7735299ce9a46077f Continue reading The Custom Harp builder, Glenn J. Hill of Mountain Glen Harps 2014-10-22 08:19:00

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Welcome Everyone to my new web page, written in Word Press code. 

I just realized that I have been building Harps, And websites for a looong time !  My first web site was in 1993, written with AOL Press,.. 21 years ago ! But I started building harps back in 1978, which is 36 years ago !:-)

So, just click on this link to get to my new site. It is still under construction on some of the 39 pages, with many more images and videos to be added.

mountainglenharps.com

Enjoy, and let me know what you think !

I will be at the Southeastern Harp Weekend, on Oct  23rd through the 27th in Ashville North Carolina, showing a brand new custom carved Myrtle wood 36 string nylon harp.

This weekend !! :-)

 This harp is carved with angels in flight, a crescent moon with a semiprecious stone set inside it, crystals, gold leaf, painted and carved feathers and also it sounds really, really GOOD ! :-)  Come and see me and my lovely wife Laurie, of Markwood Heavenly Strings & Cases, at booth ‘B’ ! :-)

Here are some shots of this harp under construction .

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