To create art is also an act in self-sufficiency, intelligence, and courage ... and the eleven women artists in No Net Ensnares Me assert their own independent wills to make. Fastidious technical knowledge, exploration of materials, and emphasis on craft and skill demonstrate that these artists, and their artworks, speak in a voice as clear as Jane’s.
To use a musical phrase, this "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" was the elision* to the largest public art program in New York City: Each and every one of the 50 Sing for Hope Pianos has been permanently homed in an NYC public school after their musical sojourn through the City's parks and public spaces. These pianos will now go on to have a new and resounding life supporting kids who love to learn music.
I'm pleased to be participating in the 1st Annual Portrait Show at the Jo Hay Open Studio gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. With merit awards juried by distinguished painter Anne Packard, Jo Hay Open Studio is donating 25% of all sales to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, whose mission is to understand and protect our coastal environment and marine ecosystems.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6-9pm at 167 Commercial Street, Provincetown MA.
Each artwork in this exhibition is a vehicle for a personal interpretation of some of the emotions - joy, conflict, struggle, hope, anxiety, passion, challenge - that I have experienced through my time as a full-time Caretaker of the residency program at Vytlacil.
Seen through a feminine lens, climate and culture change, cohabitation, dominance, sacredness of place and perception are re-examined. The ensuing dialogue between these artists works encompasses the tension perched between permanent and impermanent.
NEW ULM — Christine Carmichael was an interior designer with a zeal for enlivening run-down structures. She served as lead interior designer and project coordinator for The Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm. Charis Carmichael Braun will unveil her oil portrait of Christine during a reception honoring the late interior designer in the 4 Pillars Gallery, "Christine Carmichael: A Life by Design."
And although the pianos — which are designed by an array of volunteer artists, community members of all ages, and celebrities — are only out in the public for two weeks, the plan is to allow the instruments to continue to have a life influencing others.
This year over 400 artists responded to my call for work, making the process of choosing ten paintings especially challenging and exciting. I would like to publicly thank all of the artists who sent work for me to look at: it was humbling to see how much great painting is happening out there.
First-time artists-in-residence may unconsciously load all their eggs into one basket, expecting their experience will be The Solution needed Right Now (also assuming it to be Once-In-A-Lifetime). However, that kind of thinking strangles the creativity anticipated to blossom. Give yourself the tools—resilience, commitment, honesty—to be aware of your environment, inside and out, and to adjust when things develop in a way you haven’t expected.
The concept artist residency is synonymous with “space and time.” Residencies are founded on the belief that at some point during an artist’s career she or he may have neither the desired space nor required time to create. While every artist might agree that there are not enough hours in the day to do his or her work, whether full-time or stealing moments, there are more reasons to take advantage of a residency besides simply seizing time and space.
Bringing together local and international artists based in Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Manhattan these selected works speak to the endless possible deviations from reality as envisioned by an unfettered mind.
In the age of instantaneous messaging, constant updates on news feeds, disposable anything and everything, lives broken down into shorter and shorter segments, catering to our waning attention spans – the works in Human Brevity question whether the soul or the internet is the path to immortality.
This extraordinary mosaic is a celebration of faith in Christ within the diversity of their community. The process for the creation of the artwork was designed to offer an opportunity for everyone to participate.
There are two thousand lucky New York City MetroCards upcycled as zoetropes, impressionist cityscapes, shunga-stylized erotica panels and nail-polished pug portraits at the Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again exhibit, and we stopped by the Sloan Fine Artgallery opening last week to see them.
Charis Carmichael Braun, another repeat Single Fare rider, gives a glimpse of an amazing project she was involved in with her Church. She also is mid production on a trio of beautiful metrocards to include in this year's show, pictured below.
The mosaic tells a visual story with favorite Bible passages, Christian symbols and Bible stories. Like traditional stained-glass windows found in many churches, our artwork shares the hope, joy, faith, trust, peace, love and grace we have in our Savior. (These words are even hidden in the mosaic.)
A New Ulm native and photographer for The Journal, Braun volunteered to lead the effort to compile and design a 130-page book, an "active pursuit of one’s local history.” Braun took most of the photographs featured in the book and helped design it. “There are many more sites than are pictured in the book,” Braun said. “There are about 170 sites in the county.”
"When you place a marker somewhere, it solidifies and almost immortalizes what happened at that point," said Carmichael Braun. "What's in the book is just the gateway to the more exciting and the colorful stories that are sometimes forgotten and not mentioned."
She said her favorite works are a still-life she painted during her first year as a student at Bethany Lutheran College, a double-portrait of herself and her boyfriend and "the next one," referring to her future works because "it's going to be better than the ones I have now."