FEBRUARY LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

This month I was a bit scattered with all that is occurring in our world.  One of my pieces will reflect the current situation.  Also, this is the month of Valentine's Day and I am sharing a piece honoring sweethearts and lovers the world over.  I have always loved Valentine's Day and the handmade cards I receive from friends.  The adorned chocolate boxes are priceless and although my sweethearts are my friends and chocolates and roses do not come my way, I enjoy walking the aisles of various shops to see what has been created for this special occasion.

 

"Love Has No Boundaries" This particular piece does have a message.  Love takes many forms and all of us must respect each individual's choice regardless of our differences.  

"Love Has No Boundaries"

This particular piece does have a message.  Love takes many forms and all of us must respect each individual's choice regardless of our differences.

 

"Into the Light" In this particular piece and the first one I use Jonathan Talbot's transfer method which I find to be one of the best.  You can Google his name to view not only his work but equipment and tools available to accomplish your own works of art.  

"Into the Light"

In this particular piece and the first one I use Jonathan Talbot's transfer method which I find to be one of the best.  You can Google his name to view not only his work but equipment and tools available to accomplish your own works of art.

 

"Birdsong"  

"Birdsong"

 

"Liberty Lost" Each day I am appalled and saddened by Trump, his administration and the Congressmen that support him.  I have few ways of expressing my opinionsbut I join artists the world over that are creating pieces in protest. *** MUST NOT MISS - The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is to be constructed in Los Angeles. - If fabric art is the way you express your creativity, Colossal has now released DIY Indigo Textile Kits which are available at their shop:  www.thisiscolossal.com - Shepard Fairy has now released a new series titled "We the People" in protest of the Trump administration. - Netflix has launched a new documentary series "Abstract:  The Art of Design". - The British Royal Mail will be honoring it's first artist, David Bowie, with a postage series. - "Loving Vincent" a partially animated film has been released which examines the life of Vincent Van Gogh and 94 of his paintings. - Did you know that in Las Vegas, Nevada there is a museum featuring old neon signs...visit the Las Vegas Neon Museum if you visit. *** LOCAL "Salvaged" showcases the collage and paper works of Kate River at David Anthony Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico through March 31st. "Continuum:  Light, Space and Time" continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico through May 21st. - "Time Frozen" is a new exhibit at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through March 14th. - "New Works" featuring Cynthia Cook and Karen Brown are being show through March 31st at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. *** NATIONAL - "Surreal/Unreal" continues at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, California through February 18th. - "Larry Bell" is at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts in Malibu, California through April 2nd. - The fabulous work of Greg Miller is featured and the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California through March 4th. - Frida Kahlo's art is now on view at the Dali Museum in St. Peterburg, Florida through April 17th. *** INTERNATIONAL - Through February 25th Marlborough Fine Arts in London, England exhibits etchings and lithographs of Sigmund Freud and Francis Bacon. - The Festival of Textiles is now on view at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, England through May 7th. *** In closing, I wish all of you a deliciously sweet and colorful Valentine's Day.  Fill your month with creativity and the joy found there. *** You may reach me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com You may view my art at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com  

"Liberty Lost"

Each day I am appalled and saddened by Trump, his administration and the Congressmen that support him.  I have few ways of expressing my opinionsbut I join artists the world over that are creating pieces in protest.

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MUST NOT MISS

- The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is to be constructed in Los Angeles.

- If fabric art is the way you express your creativity, Colossal has now released DIY Indigo Textile Kits which are available at their shop:  www.thisiscolossal.com

- Shepard Fairy has now released a new series titled "We the People" in protest of the Trump administration.

- Netflix has launched a new documentary series "Abstract:  The Art of Design".

- The British Royal Mail will be honoring it's first artist, David Bowie, with a postage series.

- "Loving Vincent" a partially animated film has been released which examines the life of Vincent Van Gogh and 94 of his paintings.

- Did you know that in Las Vegas, Nevada there is a museum featuring old neon signs...visit the Las Vegas Neon Museum if you visit.

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LOCAL

"Salvaged" showcases the collage and paper works of Kate River at David Anthony Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico through March 31st.

"Continuum:  Light, Space and Time" continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico through May 21st.

- "Time Frozen" is a new exhibit at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through March 14th.

- "New Works" featuring Cynthia Cook and Karen Brown are being show through March 31st at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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NATIONAL

- "Surreal/Unreal" continues at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, California through February 18th.

- "Larry Bell" is at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts in Malibu, California through April 2nd.

- The fabulous work of Greg Miller is featured and the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California through March 4th.

- Frida Kahlo's art is now on view at the Dali Museum in St. Peterburg, Florida through April 17th.

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INTERNATIONAL

- Through February 25th Marlborough Fine Arts in London, England exhibits etchings and lithographs of Sigmund Freud and Francis Bacon.

- The Festival of Textiles is now on view at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, England through May 7th.

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In closing, I wish all of you a deliciously sweet and colorful Valentine's Day.  Fill your month with creativity and the joy found there.

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You may reach me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

You may view my art at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

 

JANUARY LIVING ART ON THE EDGE - THE POLITICAL EDITION

Because of the political situation in the United States, I feel it is my responsibility to present a blog of activism.  Each collage this month represents my reaction to the results of our election in November.  As artist's I feel we need to speak up against wrongs in our world and inaction is the same as allowing things to pass us by...we can all give voice!  We can all be activists! 

 

"I Hang My Head"

This was my reaction to the fact the Republican Party selected Donald Trump as their candidate of choice.

"Waiting" A result of all the anxiety leading up to election day.

"Waiting"

A result of all the anxiety leading up to election day.

"I Can't Believe My Eyes" Election results left me in shock.

"I Can't Believe My Eyes"

Election results left me in shock.

"Trump Won; Better Run" As I have a Canadian son, my first reaction was to immigrate back to Canada.

"Trump Won; Better Run"

As I have a Canadian son, my first reaction was to immigrate back to Canada.

"A Gift for Trump:  'Nasty' Women" Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" in one of the debates and started a movement against him.  

"A Gift for Trump:  'Nasty' Women"

Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" in one of the debates and started a movement against him.

 

"No, No, No.  This Can't Be Happening" As inauguration day nears and every day presents new Trump messages to limit our rights and eliminate Democracy, I cry out! ***** This month I am keeping the blog short...it New Year's Eve!   I will not be presenting Local, National, and International exhibits, but will share some "Must Not Miss". ***** MUST NOT MISS - Check out the en vogue abstracts and city-scapes of Paul Balmer at www.paulbalmer.com, - Renowned origamist, Goran Konjeood creates beautiful origami sculptures (not just cranes) that can be viewed at:  www.organicorigami.com - Are you a puzzle enthusiast?  You have to see the Infinite Galaxy Puzzle created by Nervous Systems at:  www.n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com - If the Bauhaus movement was one of your favorites, YouTube has a lovely dance company show at "Das Triadische Ballet" - Japanese photographer, Shimpei Asai, was given 100 hours with the Beatles in 1966 Tokyo.  Tokyo Genesis Publications has now published "Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Japan" - Newspaper sculptures are available for view at:  www.strictlypaper.com   Plug the name, Chie Hitotsuyama in their search engine and be dazed and amazed. - Ian Berry paints with denim...no, not a paint, but cloth!  Go to his website:  www.denimu.com ***** In closing, I wish each and everyone of you a joyful, artfully creative New Year. You may contact me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

"No, No, No.  This Can't Be Happening"

As inauguration day nears and every day presents new Trump messages to limit our rights and eliminate Democracy, I cry out!

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This month I am keeping the blog short...it New Year's Eve!   I will not be presenting Local, National, and International exhibits, but will share some "Must Not Miss".

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MUST NOT MISS

- Check out the en vogue abstracts and city-scapes of Paul Balmer at www.paulbalmer.com,

- Renowned origamist, Goran Konjeood creates beautiful origami sculptures (not just cranes) that can be viewed at:  www.organicorigami.com

- Are you a puzzle enthusiast?  You have to see the Infinite Galaxy Puzzle created by Nervous Systems at:  www.n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com

- If the Bauhaus movement was one of your favorites, YouTube has a lovely dance company show at "Das Triadische Ballet"

- Japanese photographer, Shimpei Asai, was given 100 hours with the Beatles in 1966 Tokyo.  Tokyo Genesis Publications has now published "Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Japan"

- Newspaper sculptures are available for view at:  www.strictlypaper.com   Plug the name, Chie Hitotsuyama in their search engine and be dazed and amazed.

- Ian Berry paints with denim...no, not a paint, but cloth!  Go to his website:  www.denimu.com

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In closing, I wish each and everyone of you a joyful, artfully creative New Year.

You may contact me with any questions at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

DECEMBER LIVING ART ON THE EDGE - The Peaceful Edition

Because of post-election blues, I first had considered showcasing my protest pieces, but decided that all of us needed a break.  The following pieces are more restful and hopefully will instill in you, also, a sense of peace, calm and restfulness.

In these days of confusion, consumerism, and commercialism we must each find our peace.  I always have found that if I 'bury' myself in creativity I become at one with the Universe and my heart and soul begin to calm.

"Sweet Buddha"

"Sweet Buddha"

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"  

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

 

"Garden of Oblivion"

"Garden of Oblivion"

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"The Peace Within"

"We All Sleep Under the Same Moon"

"We All Sleep Under the Same Moon"

Last, but not least, a tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen

"Dance Me 'til the End of Love"

"Dance Me 'til the End of Love"

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MUST NOT MISS

- Noah Scalin, author of "A Skull-A-Day" will have a new book encouraging creativity on a daily basis.  "Creative Sprint:  Six 30-day Challenges to Jumpstart Your Creativity" will be available in April of 2017.

- Later this month, Nobuyoshi Araki's "Hi-Nikke" which translates as 'Non-Diary Diary' will publish.  Over 1,250 photo images amassed on a daily basis of Tokyo life.  Available at:  www.fondationcartier.com

- In Chichibu, Japan (2 hour train ride from Toyko) there is an unusual museum, Chinsekikau (Hall of Curious) which features over 1,700 stones resembling human faces.

- For a refreshing take on collage, check out Alex Lukas' website at:  www.alexlukas.com

- Be mesmerized by the bookarts of Leslie Marsh at:  www.leslie-marsh.com

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- The Denver Museum of Art in Denver, Colorado has a number of interesting exhibits to view:  (1) "Glory of Venice" - featuring paintings from the 1400's - 1500's, (2) "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" which features over 70 original costumes from the Star Wars series, and (3) "Shock Wave:  Japanese Fashion Design of the 1980's and 90's".

- "Continuum:  Light, Space and Time" continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico.

- "The Alchemy of Decay" continues through December 9th at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  If you view any exhibit, this is the one.

- "Online/Offline" is the latest exhibit at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through December.

- Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico features through January 6th "Small Scale, Big Ideas".

- In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Mariposa Gallery features the new paintings of Diana Stetson through December.

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NATIONAL EXHIBITS

- Shelby Pizarro is currently exhibiting at the Dillsburg Public Library in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania through January 31, 2017.  The exhibit showcases her many techniques in collage.

- Sandra Koening will be featuring her unique jewelry stylings at the Covington Latin School in Covington, Kentucky at their Christmas art sale on December 4th only from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Through January 2, 2017, Shenna Shepard's whimsical assemblage animals are the window display at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

- "Agnes Martin" continues through January 11, 2017 at the Gugenheim in New York City.

- "The Art of American Dance" continues at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas through January 16, 2017.

- "Shoes:  Pleasure and Pain" will be on view at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through March 2, 2017.

- "Surreal/Unreal" at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, California features works of Miro, Ernst, Margritte and much more through December 24th.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- Continuing at the Kunstmuseum Basel in St. Alben-Graben, Switzerland is "The Figurative Pollock" through January 8th, 2017.

- "Chihuly:  From Sand.  From Fire.  Comes Beauty" continues at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada through January 8, 2017.

- "Abstract Impressionism" is on view at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England through January 7, 2017.

- "Pushing Boundaries:  Dine, Graves, Lichtenstein, Raushenberg and Rosenquist" continues through January 22, 2017 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Melbourne, Australia.

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All my artwork is available at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

You may contact me at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

In closing I wish you all a holiday season filled with peace, joy and compassion.

 

 

NOVEMBER LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

On Saturday morning I was listening to "New Dimensions" on National Public Radio.  The guest was a yogi and he was speaking about the things in life that lead to happiness.  The one that struck me most was "Creativity".  

We each have various forms of inspiration which may include nature, others art, meditation, etc.  I often find art documentaries inspire and will list here 10 that I have enjoyed:

-  "Troublemakers:  The Story of Land Art"

-  "Art Bastard"

-  "Renoir - Reveled and Reviled"

-  "Painters Painting the New York Art Scene:  1940 - 1970"

-  "Crumb"

-  "Herb and Dorothy"

-  "Levitated Mass"

-  "Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry"

-  "Who Gets to Call It Art?"

-  "The Jeff Koons Show"

Personally, I find the art of others inspires me most and at the top of my list is still Hannelore Baron and Lenore Tawney.  Thus, I continue my series "Honoring Hannelore Baron" with 2 pieces this month.

"REMNANTS"

"REMNANTS"

"POST FATALE"  

"POST FATALE"

 

The above pieces and all my artwork are available at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com   I may be contacted at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

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MUST NOT MISS

- The driftwood sculptures of Debra Bernier may be viewed at www.debrabernier.com

- "Les Diners de Gala" - a reprint of the cookbook with recipes and images by Salvador Dali will be available at Amazon on November 20th

- YouTube has a few films by the mail art great, Guy Bleus - just place his name in the search engine of YouTube

- The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York is cleaning out their closet and beautiful fashions from the 20's and 30's are available.  www.fitnyc.edu

- Playing with perspective and color to entice, Daniel Gordon's collage work may be viewed at www.danielgordonstudio.com

- This is a big 'wow'!  The pencil sculptures of Jennifer Maestre may be viewed at:  www.jennifermaestre.com

- Elegant and ethereal jewelry created from fiber is the mainstay of Mariko Kusumoto at:  www.marikokusumoto.com

- Using everyday newspaper, Chie Hitosuyama crafts detailed animal sculptures.  These can be viewed at: www.hitotsuyamastudio.com

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- "Shock Wave" Japanese fashion from the 1980's and 1990's continues at the Denver Museum of Art through May 28th, 2017

- "Continuum:  Light, Space, and Time" is on view at the Harwood Museum of Art through May 21, 2017.  The entire museum is re-hung with works that create a narrative illustrating the paradox of the Taos aesthetic.

- "The Alchemy of Decay" is on view through December 9th at the Rotunda Gallery in New Mexico's State Capital in Santa Fe.  It is the best exhibit I have seen recently.

- On November 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Santa Fe Book Arts Group have their annual flea market.  Supplies for mixed media, assemblage and collage are available.  It is held at the Palace of the Governors on Washington in Santa Fe.

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NATIONAL EXHIBITS

- "Pop for People:  Roy Lichtenstein in Los Angeles" at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles through May 12, 2017

- "The Art of American Dance" will be on view through January 16, 2017 at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas

- "Agnes Martin" continues through January 11, 2017 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City

- The art of Shelby Pizzaro will be featured at the Oyster Mill Playhouse from November 4-20

- Dominic DaSylva's collage art will be showing his work titled "War Torn" at the Orlando, Florida Museum of Art on November 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.  He will also be in a group show at the Dandelion Cafe in Orlando featuring "Working Girl" (a tribute to women in the workforce).  This show will be on view for 2 months beginning November 2

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- "The Figurative Pollock" will be on view through January 8, 2017 at the Kunstmuseum Basel in St. Alben-Graben, Switzerland

- "Abstract Impressionism" will be on view through January 2, 2017 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

- "Cindy Sherman and David Salle:  History and Tapestry Paintings" is on view at the Skarstedt in London through November 26th.

- "Robert Motherwell:  Abstract Impressionism" is on view at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery through November 26th in London

- "Chihuly:  From Sand.  From Fire.  Comes Beauty" is on view through January 8, 2017 at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada

- "Pushing Boundaries:  Dine, Graves, Lichtenstein, Raushenberg and Rosenquist" is on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Melbourne, Australia through January 22, 2017

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This concludes this month's blog.  I wish all of you much creativity in whatever form you choose.  Find your muse and follow!

 

 

 

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OCTOBER LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

How many times have you heard "Variety is the spice of life"?  This was my 'theme' for my September artwork which is quite varied. 

There are many artists whose work you can easily identify for the fact that most of the pieces have similar imagery.  The artists from my area that come to mind are Erin Currier, Ed Sandoval, R.C. Gorman, etc.  In all honesty, I become stale if I stay with one form and, therefore, this month is different from many of my past blogs.

I hope you will enjoy the following pieces.  Please check out all the happenings across the globe after viewing my latest work.  We are a very mobile society...currently I have friends visiting in Germany, Austria, and Italy and one leaves shortly for Switzerland and Spain.  For this reason, I share exhibitions to entice those travelers.

"JAPONICA" Materials used:  1940's enameled album cover from Japan, antique photo and paper ephemera

"JAPONICA"

Materials used:  1940's enameled album cover from Japan, antique photo and paper ephemera

"Meet Me at the Fair"

Materials used:  St. Louis World's Fair album cover, antique photos and ephemera

"The Butterfly Queen" Materials used:  Paper ephemera, pin, key chain

"The Butterfly Queen"

Materials used:  Paper ephemera, pin, key chain

"Standing for Standing Rock" 50% of sales proceeds go to the Sioux at www.standingrock.org Materials used;  Paper, 2 arrow heads, feathers on acrylic painted museum board

"Standing for Standing Rock"

50% of sales proceeds go to the Sioux at www.standingrock.org

Materials used;  Paper, 2 arrow heads, feathers on acrylic painted museum board

"Circles of Life" Materials used:  Paper ephemera, clay piece, cord on acrylic painted museum board

"Circles of Life"

Materials used:  Paper ephemera, clay piece, cord on acrylic painted museum board

The above pieces and all available artwork may be viewed at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com   I may be contacted at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

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MUST NOT MISS

- The newly opened African America Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

- Opening for tours on October 6th is the Prince museum " at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN

- Take a road trip to the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum at Joshua Tree, CA

- The Museum of Whimsy is now open in Astoria, Oregon

-  Check out the beautifully intricate laser cut art of Gabriel Shama at:  www.gabrielschama.com

-  The fabulous paper art vessels, cups, constellations, etc. of Cecilia Levy may be viewed at:  www.cecilialevy.com

-  Using letters and, alas, scissors Annie Vought creates lace-like works of art.  View her website at:  www.annievought.com

-  Beautiful fused glass art like none other may be viewed at:  www.ambercowan.com

- A deluxe edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" illustrated by Salavador Dali is available in hardcover at Amazon

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

-  "Shock Wave" Japanese fashion design of the 1980's and 1990's will be on view through May 28th, 2017 at the Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado

-  "Pressing On" featuring 16 contemporary Taos, New Mexico printmakers at the Stables Gallery, Taos, New Mexico

- The El Rito Studio Tour takes place through Sunday, October 2nd in El Rito, New Mexico

-  "Non-Objective Taos" may be viewed at 203 Fine Art through October 10th featuring: Shaun Richel, Mimi Chen Ting, Marcia Oliver, Lisa Burge, and Peter Chinni in Taos, New Mexico

-  Through October 31st, Vivo Contemporary presents "The Space Within" in Santa Fe, New Mexico

-  Meow Wolf's "House of Halloween"opens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October from 6 to 9 p.m.  It features 3 hours of incredible costumes, dance, music, and performance art.

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NATIONAL EVENTS

-  The New York Film Festival continues through October 16th in New York City

-  Cirque de Soleil's "Kurios:  Cabinet of Curiosities" (a Steampunk extravaganza) can be experienced at New York's Randalls Island through November 27th

-  In the spirit of Halloween, Cornelia Parker's "Psycho House" will be on view through October 31st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

-  Last chance to view "Cindy Sherman:  Imitation of Life" which closes at The Broad in Los Angeles, California on October 2nd

-  "Metamorphosis of Altered Books" can be viewed at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts through November 6th

-  Through October 16th the San Francisco Center for the Book introduces 20 emerging book artists in "20/20 Vision"

-  "Pipe Dreams" works by George Herms, master of junk assemblage on view from October 1 - 29 at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

-  "Georgia O'Keeffe" is on view at the Tate Modern in London, England through October 30th

-  The Monsalvat Arts Festival will be held October 16th in Eltham, VIC, Australia

-  "The Art of Banksy" will be on view from October 2, 2016 through January 22, 2017 at Mel's Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia

-  "Revolving Binary Forces" the work of Lin Chi-Wei famous for fantastic multimedia constructions is on view through October 8th at Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong

-  "Fine Art Asia Art Fair" will be held from October 2nd - 6th at the HK Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong

-  "Chihuly:  From Sand.  From Fire.  Comes Beauty" on view at the Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto, Ontario, Canada through January 2, 2017

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This concludes this month's blog.  I wish you a month of 'hallowed events' and creativity.

AUGUST LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

Some artists have one style or genre they work in and others alternate between genres...that's me!  Our creative stylings change and I prefer to vacillate as I learn new things. 

This month I present you with two genres.  My first two pieces are my usual, but the last four are in the style I frequented most while living in St. Louis.  Because of my collection of oddities, etc. I wanted to use some of these accumulated pieces and tickle your creative palates. 

 

"SHE SELLS SEASHELLS"  

"SHE SELLS SEASHELLS"

 

"BITS OF TIME"  

"BITS OF TIME"

 

"ALWAYS A LADY"  

"ALWAYS A LADY"

 

"ABUNDANCE"  

"ABUNDANCE"

 

"SISTERS FOREVER"  

"SISTERS FOREVER"

 

"DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS"  

"DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS"

 

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MUST NOT MISS

- Check out the artwork of Larry Calkins at:  www.calkinsart.net

- The film "Florence" with Meryl Streep is out about the eccentric opera 'wannabe' who booked Carnegie Hall to showcase her voice which was quite lacking and which she seemed to be quite oblivious to how it was perceived.  The film focuses on the year leading to the performance which received a standing ovation for her overwhelming audacity.

- The Japanese blog 'SRI Threads" at threads.srithreads.com features textiles, ephemera, and images of Japan.  There haven't been recent postings but still well work the looking.

- For gorgeous mixed media vessels, view the site:  www.gizellakwarburton.co.uk

- Intoxicating is the only word for the collages of Waldemar Stremple which can be viewed at:  https.strempleart.tumbir.com

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- "Women of Abstract Impressionism" continues at the Denver Art Museum through September 25th.

- "The Presence of Light" continues at Taos, New Mexico's Town Hall through August 5th.  This is a group photography show featuring Robbie Stienbach.

- Ronald Davis' "Still Alive" continues through August 31st at the Hulse-Warman Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

- Poteet Victory has added a new piece to his Abbreviated Portrait Series and can be viewed at McLarry Modern.  The piece is titled "DNLD TRM" - oh, so fun!

- August is ART MONTH in Santa Fe.

- "The Space Within" will be featured at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe from August 16th through October 31st.  Their shows are always group exhibits with some of Santa Fe's finest.

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NATIONAL EXHIBITS

- The late, great NY Times photographer, Bill Cunningham's exhibit of the 1973 "Battle of Versailles" fashion show is on exhibit at SCAD FASH in Atlanta, Georgia.

- "Burning Man" at Black Rock Desert, Nevada runs from August 28th through September 5th.

- "This is Collage" is at Haphazard in Los Angeles through August 6th.

- "Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life" continues at the Broad in Los Angeles through August 6th.

- "Metamorphosis:  The Art of Altered Books" continues through November 6th at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

- "20/20 Vision" introduces 20 emerging book artists at the San Francisco Center for the Book through October 16th.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- "Georgia O'Keeffe" is on view at Tate Modern in London through October 30th.

- "Kurt Schwitters-Merz" continues through September 30th at Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich.

- "400 Van Cleef and Arpels Jewels" is on exhibit at Marina Bay Sands Hotel through August 14th in Singapore.

- The Venice Film Festival runs August 31st through September 10th.

- " 20th Century American Masters" is on view at Galerie Gmurzynski in St. Moritz through September 4th.

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IN CLOSING

From time to time we all need something to get us out of the art doldrums; so I leave you with "Seven Tips to Spark Creativity":

1. Take a trip to an art museum or gallery.

2. Clean your work space.

3. Keep an 'inspiration box' (or notebook) with ideas for future work.

4. Be observant of your surroundings.

5. Sleep on it.

6. Remember there are no mistakes.

7. Believe in yourself.

Have a wonderful August and remember you may contact me at anytime at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com or view all my art at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

I also post work on Pinterest, Facebook, and Etsy.

 

JULY LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

This month I have been experimenting with Jonathan Talbot's transfer method.  I have tried many methods but I find this the easiest and the cleanest method.  Last year I took a workshop with Mr. Talbot and learned more about his system.  If you have the opportunity to attend one of his workshops you will with come away with a plethora of information and new skills.  I recommend checking out his website:  www.jonathantalbot.com and considering his method explained in his book "Acrylic Image Transfer". 

Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson also have a book "Image Transfer Workshop" that has many transfer techniques.  You may find it interesting to try all the different methods and determine for your preference.

Another goal this month was to use maps.  All the backgrounds on the artwork are maps of that particular city.  I love maps!  A wonderful map artist you may wish to check out can be found at:  www.markpowellartist.com   His work will 'wow' you!

Normally this is not my style but it is always good to experiment.  All five pieces completed this were primarily done with transfers.  Using gloss gel medium, transfer paper for an inkjet printer (he also has transfer paper for laser printers), release paper and a tacking iron the following pieces were created.

 

"LONDON ALIVE AND WELL"  

"LONDON ALIVE AND WELL"

 

"A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND"  

"A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND"

 

"PARIS ON MY MIND"  

"PARIS ON MY MIND"

 

"SALZBURG SUITE"

"SALZBURG SUITE"

"THE ROMANCE OF ROME"

"THE ROMANCE OF ROME"

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MUST NOT MISS

- Shelby Pizarro, a fellow subscriber, has an art blog at:  sisterhoodofthemuse.blogspot.comShe often explains her techniques and does beautiful work.

- Are you on Facebook?  Along with Jana Bennett, we have created an art group where you may post your artwork (any genre) and contact info.  The name is "Creative Minds - Imagine That!"  Just check it out and if you wish to join send a request and wait for approval then post away.

- Artist, Taylor Nichczynski, is now doing pet portraiture for the holidays.  You may contact her for more information at:  tnichczynski@yahoo.com and request images of her work.

- Check out the colorful and intricate paper sculptures of Jen Stark at:  jenstark.com

- Designer, Scott Thrift, has created a clock called "Today" with a singular hand and no numerals.  Time is represented in gradient jewel tones for dawn, noon, dusk and midnight.  It is available for pre-order at Kickstarter.

- Wolfgang Buttress' beehive inspired Expo Pavilion has been transplanted to Kew Gardens in London.

- Sound designer, Yuri Suzuki, has a new installation piece using Swarovski crystal bells to orchestrate music....Google it!

- A paper marbler will bring you to your knees with his video recreation of Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  It may be viewed at:  thisiscolossal.com/2016/6/dark-water-vam-gogh

- Roxanne Evans Stout new book "Techniques for Layer Color and Texture" is filled with challenges and suggestions for collaging.  Now available at Amazon.  She also offers online collage workshops and is currently offering a Bundled Workshop price of $106.00 (a savings of $50.00).  She may be contacted at:  www.rivergardenstudio.typepad.com

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- Denver Art Museum offers an exhibition "Women of Abstract Impressionism" through September 25th.

- "The Presence of Light" a group photography exhibit featuring Robbie Steinbach is on view at Taos Town Hall, Taos, NM through August 5th.

- Ronald Davis' "Still Alive" is now on exhibit at Hulse-Warman Gallery, Taos, NM through July 31st.

- 203 Fine Art, Taos, NM will feature a group exhibit of many Taos contemporaries from July 8th through August 6th.

- "Books, Bosch, and Brilliance" runs July 2nd through 30th at Blue Gaucho in Penasco, NM feaaturing Nancy Lay, Nicki Marx and Lise Poulsen.

- Lance Letscher's "Secret File" continues at Tai Modern, Santa Fe, NM through July 2nd.

- Nisa Touchon Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM will feature an exhibit with Melinda Tidwell and Zach Collins through July 14th.

- "Nature Through Glass", an Australian Glass Show is on view at Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM through July 25th.

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NATIONAL EVENTS

- Yes, Cindy Sherman's "Imitation of Life" is still on view at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles through October 2nd.

- Seiko Tachibana's "Frames of Reference" is on view at Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, CA through July 23rd.

- "New Paintings" by Mitsuko Namiki is now on view through July 30th at the First Independent Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

- Through October 23rd "Japanese Laquerware" is on exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

- Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR has an exhibit "American Made:  Folk Art Treasures" from July 2nd through September 19th.

- The Leslie Feely Gallery in New York City continues the Hannelore Baron exhibit through July 16th.

- "Stuart Davis:  In Full Swing" is on view at the Whitney in New York City through September 25th.

- Continuing through July 31st is "A Japanese Constellation" at MOMA, New York City.

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

- Through August 14th at Whitechapel Gallery in London is "Imperfect Chronolgy:  Mapping the Contemporary".

- "Ai Weiwei 360" continues at the Royal Academy of Arts, London through November 20th.

- Continuing through September 15th, "Delacroix as Model" at the Louvre in Paris.

- "Kurt Schwitters: Merz" is on exhibit through September 30th at Galerie Gmuizynska in Zurich.

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IN CLOSING

Experiment!  Trying new methods will bring you not only pleasure (and some frustration at times) and will enhance your work.  Whatever your creative genre, do it!

You may contact me any time at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.comor view my artwork at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Ican also be found on Pinterest and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

Welcome back!  This month I will be doing a tribute to the late, great Hannelore Baron whose assemblages and collages have been making quite the smashing hit in the art world lately.  First with the Jack Rutberg Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles and now at the Leslie Feely Gallery in New York City.

Before I begin I would like to note that I will be making one slight change at the end of the blog by listing the "Must Not Miss" before exhibitions.

HANNELORE BARON TRIBUTE

She was a Jewish immigrant whose family escaped from Germany following being expelled from their school, their father being beaten with a hammer by the Nazis then placed at Dachau and fleeing by foot to the French border where she and her mother and brother were arrested and sent back.  They finally escaped to New York but Hannelore was haunted all her living days with images of her father's beating and the traumatic events that followed.

Her work is basically a reaction to the hardships endured as an adolescent and are often dark.  She has been singled out as one of the contemporary art's finest in her particular medium and "a spiritual sister to Paul Klee". 

YouTube has an exceptionally relevant video titled "Hannelore Baron:  A Collage and Assemblage Exhibition" produced by Jack Rutberg of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

I share with you here a few of her images:

 

Her art is basically recycled or upcycled and I have done my own tribute to her this month with my own recycled/upcycled art.  I hope you enjoy!

 

"TIMES FORGOTTEN"

 

"DOCUMENTATION"

 

"NOT SO LONG AGO"

 

"THE FORGOTTEN"

All my artwork is available at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

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MUST NOT MISS

- If you are a book artist or just a lover of book art, check out "360 Mt. Fuji" at:  www.thisiscolossal.com   They also have a number of flip books available.

- Connor Everts passed on April 24th leaving us a legacy of phenomenal contemporary art.  You may view his work at:  www.connoreverts.com

- Another fine collage artist is Lee McKenna.  Using photos and miscellaneous ephemera, wonderful collages are the result.  The website is:  www.leemckenna.tumbir.com

- Will Farrell (yes, the comedian) has created a short film about the metal insect sculptures of Edouard Martinet for London's Sladmore Contemporary.  View at:  www.sladmorecontemporary.com

- Joe Freedman has created the Duograph which is said to create infinite numbers of geometric design.  It is a Kickstarter extravaganza!

- Debuting in September on PBS is "Make It Artsy" - can't wait!

- Chameleon Pens are now available from the U.K. based Chameleon Art Products and said to create over 100 color tones with only 20 markers.  They are available at Amazon.

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- Samurai" continues at the Denver Art Museum through June 5th.

- "Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company:  American Moderns and the West" is on view at the Harwood Museum in Taos through September 11th.

- "Modern Art in Taos:  The Second Chapter" will be on view at 203 Fine Arts in Taos through June 30th.

- "Small is the New Big" at Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe through June 15th.  This gallery is renowned for its collage work and an upstairs collage museum.

- The Carol Coates exhibit continues at Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe through June 5th.

- Lance Letscher has new works at Tai Modern in Santa Fe from June 3rd through July 2nd.

- "Presence/Absence" opens at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe from June 1 through August 15th.

- The Santa Fe Studio Tour is June 18th and 19th then June 25th and 26th.

- "Rust and Clay"  New Works by Kelly Whitcomb" available at Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque from June 3rd through the 30th.

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NATIONAL EVENTS

- First and foremost, "Unseen Work by Hannelore Baron" at the Leslie Feely Gallery in New York City through July 16th.

- Works of Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City through June 25th.

- The World Stamp Show - NY 2016 is now happening through June 4th in New York City.

- "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty" at MOMA in New York City through July 24th.

- "Andy Goldsworthy: Roof" is ongoing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

- "Marc Chagall:  Orphee" is also ongoing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

- Works of Agnes Martin are on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through September 11th.

- "Cindy Sherman:  Imitation of Life" will be on view at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles from June 11th thought October 2nd.

- Paper artist, Cara Barer presents "Condrillon" at Bermagot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, California through July 23rd.

- "Alexander Calder:  Motion Lab" at MOMA in San Francisco through September 10th.

- "Andrea Stanislav:  Convergence Infinite" at the St. Louis Art Museum through June 19th.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- Three new mirror room installations by Yayoi Kusama will be on view at two galleries in London:  the Victoria Miro Gallery and the Victoria Miro Mayfair Gallery from June 3rd through 18th.

- "Conceptual Art in Britain:  1964-1979" at Tate Modern, London through August 29th.

- "Ai Weiwei 360" remains on view through November 20th at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

- "Exhibitionism:  The Rolling Stones" remains on view at the Saatchi Gallery, London through September 4th.

- "From Kandinsky to Pollock" will be on view at the Gugenheim in Florence, Italy through July 24th.

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So much to see and so little time.  Stay creative and enjoy life.

If you have any questions, you may contact me at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com or view all my available work at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

The lovely month of May has arrived!  Flowers are budding or in full bloom and hearsay has it that many of my artistic subscribers are putting their talents to work.

Jana Bennett in Missouri is working at establishing a commercial kitchen to create her culinary delights, Linda Taylor in Missouri is taking her art and her jewelry creations to her local farmer's market this June, Cheryl Fosmo of New Mexico has created yet another Garden of Eden, Kai Harper in Penasco is writing a book of her wonderful culinary treats and treating us also with her adventures in life.  She is also a wonderful artist.  Loretta Nichczynski has her photography and paintings at a local coop and our visitors center.  Ah, the wonderful world of creativity. 

I mention these various aspects of creativity so everyone can find their niche and find fulfillment...we are not limited to painting as an art form.  Art has no limits...nor do you!  We are born to create!!!

Now for my monthly artwork which is followed by exhibitions including local, national and international...and please check out the "Must Not Miss" section for items to inspire.

 

"ROMANCING THE MOON"

"ROMANCING THE MOON"

"SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED"  

"SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED"

 

"FRAGMENTATION I"

"FRAGMENTATION I"

"FRAGMENTATION II"

"FRAGMENTATION II"

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- "Samurai" at the Denver Art Museum through June 5th.

- "20 Years/20 Shows" at Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico through May 22nd.

- "Giving Voice to Image" at Vivo Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico through May 30th...complete with poetry readings.

- "Carol Coates:  Solo Exhibition" at Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico from May 13th through June 5th.

- "Freedom in Music Project" at Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 6th through May 31st.

- "Ugly Pie:  Works by Gabriel Abeyta" at 555, Taos, New Mexico from May 14th through June 11th.

- "Modern Art in Taos: The Second Chapter" at 203 Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico from May 14th through June 30th.

- "Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company:  American Moderns of the West" at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico from May 22nd through September 11th.

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NATIONAL EXHIBITS

- Lauren Mantecon's "Shape Shifting" at Mark Wooley Gallery, Portland, Oregon through May 15th.

- "The Masters of Color:  Miro, Matisse, Chagall" at Galerie Michel, Beverly Hills, California through May 14th.

- "Picasso" at Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, California through May 27th.

- " Moses at 90" at Wm. Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, California through June 25th.

- Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirror Room", The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, California through Autumn, 2016.  (Word of mouth has it that this is an ethereal experience).

- "Robert Maplethorpe", Los Angeles County Museum of Art through July 31st and "Agnes Martin" through September 11th.

- "Passages in Modern Art:  1946-1996" at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas through May 28, 2017.

- Robert Motherwell: The Art of Collage", Paul Kasmen Gallery, New York City through May 21st.

- Cornelia Parker has created a replica of Hitchcock's "Psycho" house atop the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City through October 31st.  The house is a 30 foot fabrication.

- "Edgar Degas:  A Strange New Beauty", MOMA, New York City through July 24th.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- "Stumbling Pioneers" featuring the works of Jules de Balincourt, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England. (Love color?  This is your show).

- "Exhibitionism:  The Rolling Stones", Saatchi Gallery, London, England through September 4th.

- "Ai Wei Wei 360" continues at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London, England through November 20th.

- "Conceptual Art in Britain:  1964-1979", Tate Modern, London, England through August 29th.

- "Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art", The National Gallery, London, England through May 22nd.

- "Delacroix as a Model", Louvre, Paris, France through August 1st.

- "Andy Warhol:  Shadows", Gugenheim, Bilbao, Spain through October 2nd.

- "From Kandinsky to Pollock", Gugenheim, Florence, Italy through July 24th.

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MUST NO MISS

- Kai Harper renowned for her culinary adventures at Sugar Nymphs in Penasco, New Mexico now has a website featuring all her whimsical, colorful paintings:  www.kaiharperart.com

- Check out Pichi and Avos murals of Greek gods against the chaotic backdrop of graffiti:  www.pichiavo.com   (They give Banksy a run for the money).

- Hot!  Hot!  Hot!  Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico...great programs and wild art!

- Google Edoardo Tresoldi.  He resurrects in wire mesh towering cathedrals and miscellaneous architecture.

- David Kracov's book sculptures leave me with my mouth wide open:  www.david-kracov.com

- Bet you didn't know that Harvard University's Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies houses a collection of over 2500 pigments.

- Netflix now has an extraordinary documentary about the concert pianist turned piano instructor, Seymour Bernstein.  Be sure to watch "Seymour" - it is one of the most profound docs I have seen in many years.

- Calvin Nicholls creates with paper at:  www.calvinnicholls.comHis constructions are mind-blowing.

- Are you an insomniac?  Composer, Max Richter has released an eight hour opus "Sleep".  It may be worth the try.

- Nick Bantock has completed a follow up to the Griffin and Sabine series titled "The Pharo's Gate: The Lost Correspondence of Griffin and Sabine".  The story is intoxicating and, as always his artwork almost makes me drunk with pleasure.

- YouTube has a 3 part documentary on Jean Michel Basquiat "Basquiat Documental (Documentary)"  You must scroll to find the 3 parts as they are not in order.

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Until next month, I leave you with a quote from Seymour Bernstein.  "I never knew with my two hands I could reach the sky."

Please visit my website to view all my artwork at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

 

 

 

 

APRIL LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

This month as last month, I will delve a bit further into 'inspiration'.  Each aspiring artist has their own take on inspiration.  Instead of sharing my usual artwork, I am going to present "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"  - 15 minute collages I have committed to doing every day for a year.  Some are good, some are bad, and some are ugly, yes, but doing this keeps the creative juices flowing and the inspiration does come.

Before sharing these pieces, I would like to introduce another artist, Noah Scalin, who has published a book "Skull-a-Day".  His website is www.SkullADay.com and he has also published other books encouraging others to initiate their own year long project.  His project was far more complex than mine and I think you will enjoy his book.

Another artist I discovered through my friend, Kathleen, is very inspirational.  Her name is Leighanna Light and her website is www.leighannalight.comShe delves in Mixed Media and and Bookarts.  I was quite taken by her work.

The following collages are a few of my year long project.   I used bits and pieces of collected ephemera to create them.  I do confess that sometimes they took me longer than 15 minutes but 15 minutes was my goal.

If you are lacking inspiration, set a goal and do not concern yourself with the results.  The late, great Andy Warhol quoted the following "Don't think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art."

This philosophy is in synch with my own "Just do it!"

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- "Audacious:  Contemporary Artists Speak Out"  at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado through February 26th, 2017.

- "Small is the New Big" at the Nisa Touchon Fine Arts Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico begins April 15th.  Also, check out their Collage Museum.

- Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico presents Lesley Richmonds solo exhibition of exquisite cotton, silk and mixed media creations April 8th - 29th.

- Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico new show "Giving Voice to Image" - a melding of prose, poetry and art begins April 5th - 30th.

- Hulse Warman Gallery in Taos, New Mexico features Robbie Steinbach's "Surface Tension" through April 24th.

- Taos Shortz Film Festival will be held at the TCA, Taos, New Mexico April 7th - 10th. 

- "Art Speaks:  Taos Pueblo Artists" - 7th annual self-portrait exhibit will be at the Encore Gallery of the TCA in Taos, New Mexico from April 28th through June 5th.

- "Charles Berninghaus: Artist, Son, Visionary" runs April 15th through October 9th at the Taos Art Museum in the Fechin House in Taos, New Mexico.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

- The Salvadore Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida continues "Disney and Dali:  Architects of the Future" through June 12th.

- New York's MOMA continues "Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954" through May 1st.  Also, "Edgar Degas:  A Strange New Beauty" continues through July 24th.

- The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston continues "Visiting Masterpieces:  Pairing Picasso" through June 26th.

- The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona continues "Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker" through June 5th.

- The Broad Museum in Los Angeles continues Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirror Room" throughSeptember 20th.

- Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles continues "Modern and Contemporary Work" through April 30th.

- Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York City features the work of Susanna Bauer through April 16th.

- The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco feature the meticulous bamboo weavings of Fujitsuka Shosei from April 5th through 10th.

- The Royal Academy of Arts in London, England continues "Painting the Modern Garden:  Monet to Matisse" through April 20th and "Ai Weiwei 360" through November 20th.

- The Saatchi Gallery, London, England presents "Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones" from April 4th through September 4th featuring works by Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen and more.

- London's Newport Street Gallery presents Jeff Koon's solo exhibit "Now" from May 18th through October 16th.

- The National Gallery, London, presents "Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art" through May 22nd.

- Galerie Kronsbein, Munich, Germany presents Banksy's first solo show in that country from April 14th through September 10th.

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MUST NOT MISS

- Check out the art of Mark Powell at www.saatchiart.comMark uses vintage envelopes and maps to create these intriguing works of art.

- Using leaves, stones, wood and embroidery Susanna Bauer creates delicate and wondrous works of art.  Her website is:  www.susannabauer.com

- "Mapplethorpe:  Look at the Pictures" premieres April 4th on HBO.

- Wow, wow, wow!  Iris Scott fingerpaints beautiful art...www.irisscottfineart.comYou won't believe it.

- Available on Netflix "Raiders of the Lost Art" -  uniquely informative.

- Nick Bantock's final volume in the Griffin and Sabine series "The Pharo's Gate" has now published.  Mine is on order!!!

- Sotheby's Institute of Art offers online courses placing the art world at your fingertips.

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IN CLOSING

 I leave you with one more quote:  "Every day of that year, I had to have a new experience, find something new in my environment, create something unique, and thus I lived much more engaged in the present than I ever had before."

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You may contact me any time at livingartontheedge@gmail.com or view my artwork at www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Have a wonderful April!

 

 

 

MARCH LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

This month I want to focus on inspiration or the things that may inspire you.  There are many outlets to creativity:  art, music, writing, performance, photography, installation just to name a few. 

I love to create collages intuitively by pulling images from various sources then using them to create a piece of artwork.

Here are a few pieces that I have done using this system:

 

A friend shared with me a site that may help you get those creative juices flowing.

www.artfuljoyfulyou.com

A free 4 week course begins in early April; so you can register NOW!

Also, Tina Welter's current blog at: http://tinawelter.blogspot.com   is very inspirational this month.  Tina's blog often focuses on the scary side of doing art...being a Fraidy Cat and fearing others will not appreciate your art. 

I say "JUST DO IT"!!!  Yes, you may not like some things you do but keep on because it will come to pass that you create something wonderful.

Some things to consider for inspiration are nature, your locale, others arts, music, book, and experience.  Be an explorer of inspiration.

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Here I share a few pieces done this past month:

"MIXED MESSAGES"

"MIXED MESSAGES"


"INTERPRETATION"

"INTERPRETATION"

"WABI SABI ENSO"  

"WABI SABI ENSO"

 

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LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS:

- "Fracture: Cubism and After" at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado through March 20th featuring works of Picasso and Lichtenstein.

- The Harwood Museum in Taos, NM features two installation pieces.  Agnes Chavez with Marcel Schwittlick and Robert Schirmer's "Origination Point" and Terrie Hancock Mangat "Medicine Bough Mountain Retreat 2015" through May 1st.

- "Obsessions" continues at Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico through March 22nd.

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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

- The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida continues "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston" through March 6th.

- The Salvadore Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida presents "Disney and Dali"  Architects of the Imagination" through June 12th.

- New York's MOMA present "Jackson Pollock:  A Collection Survey, 1934-1954" through May 1st.

- The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ features "Stradivarious: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker" through June

5th.

- The Royal Academy of Arts, London, England continues "Ai Weiwei 360" through November 20th.  Also, "Painting the Modern Garden:  Monet to Matisse" through April 20th.

- The Tate Modern, London, England continues "Alexander Calder:  Performing Sculpture" through April 3rd.

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MUST NOT MISS

- Radim Malinic's new book to help unblock the creative process "Book of Ideas".

- Seth Apter's March workshops.  Please check website:  www.sethapter.com

- Donna Watson March workshops.  Please check website:  www.donnawatsonart.com

- Leighanna Light's workshops.  Please check website:  www.leighannalight.com(Let her artwork wow you!)

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IN CLOSING

As an artist and part of the human race, I feel I am responsible to make a statement in our world of confusion.  I will merely use an Albert Einstein quote and a small piece of prose by Martin Niemoller.

"The world is a dangerous place; not because of those that do evil but because of the people that don't do anything about it."  - Albert Einstein

Now the Niemoller prose:

"First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me."

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Enjoy the Month of March and remember you may contact me anytime at livingartontheedge@gmail.com or view my artwork at www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Last, but not least...C-R-E-A-T-E!  We are born to create.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

Ah, the month of love!  I did a bit of research and from most sources I found that February 14th was just another day to commemorate a saint.  According to the Huffington Post, it was rooted in pagan partying.  Anyway, our culture has taken it to new heights with literally thousands of Valentine cards and candies and gifts given to those you love.

Several years ago a friend's son underwent a quite successful heart transplant and I decided to do a tribute piece to Grant's new heart..most appropriate I would think with all those Valentine hearts floating about. 

Grant is a prolific artist now living in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you may enjoy his work at:

www.grantsearcey.com

"A GRATEFUL HEART" ***

"A GRATEFUL HEART"

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The following pieces have nothing to do with the season of love but I hope you enjoy them.

"At Loose Ends" *** As you may have noticed, I have been doing a "Feather Series" over the past few blogs.  I will now present the latest followed by the other two that I completed last year.  Depending on inspiration, I may create more for this series.      

"At Loose Ends"

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As you may have noticed, I have been doing a "Feather Series" over the past few blogs.  I will now present the latest followed by the other two that I completed last year.  Depending on inspiration, I may create more for this series.

 

 

 

"One Feather"  

"One Feather"

 

"Two Feathers" - from December, 2015 Blog    

"Two Feathers" - from December, 2015 Blog

 

 

"Three Feathers" - from October, 2015 Blog Instead of falling into the American way of consumerism, consider making your own Valentine's this year...a little cardstock, colored pencils, paper cut-outs, ribbon, or glitter...make it your own! *** LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS - "Wyeth:  Andrew and Jamie in the Studio" at the Denver Art Museum through February 7th - "First Folio!  The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe from February 6th through the 28th.  This is part of a national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library commemorating the 400th anniversary of the bard's death - Coming to the Harwood Museum in Taos in May is "Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company".  A publication by the Museum of New Mexico Press is available for pre-order and is expected to be ready in April.  It will be a 9 x 12 hardbound books comprising 219 pages. - The annual "Miniatures Show" begins at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico from February 5th through March 6th - Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe presents a new exhibit "Obsessions" through March 21st - Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe continues "Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist Tendency in Collage" exhibit through February - Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe will also hold its monthly collage party on Valentine's Day from 1 to 4 p.m.  Cost in $15.00 *** NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS - Although Jack Rutberg Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles no longer has the Hannelore Baron exhibit, they leave us with two gifts.  First the exhibition catalog is available at a nominal price of $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping.  The catalog is excellent and may be obtained by calling 1-323-938-5222.  The gallery staff are wonderful. Also, a fantastic video is available on YouTube.  Please key in "Hannelore Baron: A Collage and Assemblage Exhibition" and enjoy. - KP Projects, MKG in Los Angeles presents "Vivian Maier:  Photos from the Maloof Collection" through February 27th - "Andy Warhol:  Life and Legends" is on view at Pepperdine University's Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California - "Robert Irwin:  Light and Space" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego through February 21st - "Pages:  Artist's Books/Publications/Related Works" is available for viewing at the JDC Gallery in San Diego - "Frida Kahlo:  Her Photos" is at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona through February 8th - Mardi Gras and all its creativity is Tuesday, February 9th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Enjoy colorful and artistic parades such as Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu and Rex - "Hello!  Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" is on view at Seattle's EMP Museum through May 15th - "Picasso Sculpture" continues at New York City's MOMA through February 7th - "Frank Stella: A Retrospective" continues at the Whitney in NYC through February 7th - A recreation of Joan Miro's studio continues through February 12th at London's Galeria Mayoral - "Alexander Calder:  Performing Sculpture" continues at Tate Modern in London through April 3rd - "Works to Know by Heart:  Matisse in Focus" continues through May 2nd at Tate Modern in Liverpool- *** WORKSHOPS The following workshops can be registered for at:  www.sethapter.com - "Artistic Artifacts (Photo Op)" with Seth Apter in Alexandria, Virginia on February 19th - "Artistc Artifacts (Dimensional Stenciling) with Seth Apter in Alexandria on February 20th - "Artistic Artifacts (Collage Camp) with Seth Apter in Alexandria on February 21st The following workshops with Donna Watson can be registered at:  www.venusstudiosarts.com/donna-watson.html - 'Wabi Sabi and the Spirit of Collage" with Donna Watson will be held in Palm Desert, CA from February 14th-15th - "Personal Expression:  A Design Approach" will be also held at Palm Desert February 16th-18th *** MUST NOT MISS - Karen Landey's new art DVD "Deep in the Pool" is now available on Amazon - In April, HBO will debut a new documentary on Robert Mapplethorpe - For notions galore go to:  www.tinseltrading.com *** Before I natter on too long, I will close. If you have any questions about my artwork, please email me at: livingartontheedge@gmail.com To view or purchase any of my pieces: www.thefullcirclestudio.com Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!

"Three Feathers" - from October, 2015 Blog

Instead of falling into the American way of consumerism, consider making your own Valentine's this year...a little cardstock, colored pencils, paper cut-outs, ribbon, or glitter...make it your own!

***

LOCAL COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO EVENTS

- "Wyeth:  Andrew and Jamie in the Studio" at the Denver Art Museum through February 7th

- "First Folio!  The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe from February 6th through the 28th.  This is part of a national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library commemorating the 400th anniversary of the bard's death

- Coming to the Harwood Museum in Taos in May is "Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company".  A publication by the Museum of New Mexico Press is available for pre-order and is expected to be ready in April.  It will be a 9 x 12 hardbound books comprising 219 pages.

- The annual "Miniatures Show" begins at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico from February 5th through March 6th

- Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe presents a new exhibit "Obsessions" through March 21st

- Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe continues "Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist Tendency in Collage" exhibit through February

- Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe will also hold its monthly collage party on Valentine's Day from 1 to 4 p.m.  Cost in $15.00

***

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS

- Although Jack Rutberg Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles no longer has the Hannelore Baron exhibit, they leave us with two gifts.  First the exhibition catalog is available at a nominal price of $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping.  The catalog is excellent and may be obtained by calling 1-323-938-5222.  The gallery staff are wonderful.

Also, a fantastic video is available on YouTube.  Please key in "Hannelore Baron: A Collage and Assemblage Exhibition" and enjoy.

- KP Projects, MKG in Los Angeles presents "Vivian Maier:  Photos from the Maloof Collection" through February 27th

- "Andy Warhol:  Life and Legends" is on view at Pepperdine University's Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California

- "Robert Irwin:  Light and Space" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego through February 21st

- "Pages:  Artist's Books/Publications/Related Works" is available for viewing at the JDC Gallery in San Diego

- "Frida Kahlo:  Her Photos" is at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona through February 8th

- Mardi Gras and all its creativity is Tuesday, February 9th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Enjoy colorful and artistic parades such as Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu and Rex

- "Hello!  Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" is on view at Seattle's EMP Museum through May 15th

- "Picasso Sculpture" continues at New York City's MOMA through February 7th

- "Frank Stella: A Retrospective" continues at the Whitney in NYC through February 7th

- A recreation of Joan Miro's studio continues through February 12th at London's Galeria Mayoral

- "Alexander Calder:  Performing Sculpture" continues at Tate Modern in London through April 3rd

- "Works to Know by Heart:  Matisse in Focus" continues through May 2nd at Tate Modern in Liverpool-

***

WORKSHOPS

The following workshops can be registered for at:  www.sethapter.com

- "Artistic Artifacts (Photo Op)" with Seth Apter in Alexandria, Virginia on February 19th

- "Artistc Artifacts (Dimensional Stenciling) with Seth Apter in Alexandria on February 20th

- "Artistic Artifacts (Collage Camp) with Seth Apter in Alexandria on February 21st

The following workshops with Donna Watson can be registered at:  www.venusstudiosarts.com/donna-watson.html

- 'Wabi Sabi and the Spirit of Collage" with Donna Watson will be held in Palm Desert, CA from February 14th-15th

- "Personal Expression:  A Design Approach" will be also held at Palm Desert February 16th-18th

***

MUST NOT MISS

- Karen Landey's new art DVD "Deep in the Pool" is now available on Amazon

- In April, HBO will debut a new documentary on Robert Mapplethorpe

- For notions galore go to:  www.tinseltrading.com

***

Before I natter on too long, I will close.

If you have any questions about my artwork, please email me at:

livingartontheedge@gmail.com

To view or purchase any of my pieces:

www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!

JANUARY, 2016 LIVING ART ON THE EDGE

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Because of travel delays and much more I will not be blogging this month.

I hope all of you have a great start to 2016.  In New York City this past Tuesday they had a "Good Riddance to 2015" day...let's hope 2016 brings peaceful changes.

 




LIVING ART ON THE EDGE DECEMBER POST

Happy holiday season to all!  Yes, we are well in the midst of it and it is a very busy one indeed.

This past month was surprisingly productive as there were 'glitches' that stymied me here and there, but that is life, isn't it?  I hope you enjoy the following art and this month I will share with you one of the easiest transfer techniques that I use.

"Two Feathers" This particular piece is part of the Feather Series I am working on.  In my October post I presented "Three Feathers".  The raven here in "Two Feathers' is a transfer and the method is relatively simple. Instructions: - Using clear contact paper, place image face down. - Gently sand the back of the image. - Spray with water and carefully rub backing off the image to remove excess paper. - Using a pan of water, occasionally dip the image to clean off the paper you have rubbed from the back of image...do not pour this down your drain as it can clog pipes. - Continue this process until all excess paper is removed.  I find by holding the image up to light you can see whether or not all the excess paper is removed. - Once you have a clean image you may mount it to your artwork with gloss medium.  

"Two Feathers"

This particular piece is part of the Feather Series I am working on.  In my October post I presented "Three Feathers".  The raven here in "Two Feathers' is a transfer and the method is relatively simple.

Instructions:

- Using clear contact paper, place image face down.

- Gently sand the back of the image.

- Spray with water and carefully rub backing off the image to remove excess paper.

- Using a pan of water, occasionally dip the image to clean off the paper you have rubbed from the back of image...do not pour this down your drain as it can clog pipes.

- Continue this process until all excess paper is removed.  I find by holding the image up to light you can see whether or not all the excess paper is removed.

- Once you have a clean image you may mount it to your artwork with gloss medium.

 

"Hymn" This piece was inspired by a Chinese hymnal that I was given to integrate into my art.  

"Hymn"

This piece was inspired by a Chinese hymnal that I was given to integrate into my art.

 

"Fukushima" At my last Art Encounter group, a dear friend named this piece for me.  I felt it was an appropriate name.  Art groups are a great way to share ideas and be inspired by others.  I have found it invaluable to my creative process and am grateful for all the ideas that I have accumulated there.   

"Fukushima"

At my last Art Encounter group, a dear friend named this piece for me.  I felt it was an appropriate name.  Art groups are a great way to share ideas and be inspired by others.  I have found it invaluable to my creative process and am grateful for all the ideas that I have accumulated there. 

 

"Revelation" This particular piece was a result of a situation where I discovered that things are not always what they seemed to be.  

"Revelation"

This particular piece was a result of a situation where I discovered that things are not always what they seemed to be.

 

"Rustifarious" Yes, I am a lover of rust!  I find all these wonderful pieces many times on my walks.  On occasion I will be 'gifted' with something by a friend who knows my quirks. *** LOCAL NEW MEXICO AND COLORADO EVENTS: - "Pressing Through Time" continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, NM through January 4th, 2016 - "Taos Folk Pop-Up Store" continues through December 24th at the Stables Gallery in Taos - "Lighting of Ledoux" in Taos is December 5th.  This is a annual event where galleries open their doors and light hundreds of farolitos along the historic street in Taos' oldest art district. - "Holiday on the High Road" featuring High Road artists begins Saturday December 5th through the end of the month at Light Mountain Gallery in Penasco, NM - "Observing the Withdrawn" a mixed media installation by Todd Christensen is on view through January 4th, 2016 at the ART.i.factory in Santa Fe, NM - Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe will have their monthly collage party on December 5th from 6 to 9 p.m.  $15.00 charge - "Exquisite Corpse" exhibit continues at the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fethrough December 12th - The Santa Fe Book Arts Group Contemporary Book Arts Exhibit continues at the Capitol Building Rotunda through December 11th.  It's a real WOW! *** NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS: - "Hannelore Baron: Collage and Assemblage runs though December 24th at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles - "Chaos and Control" the ceramics of Jay Kvapil will be on view at the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles through December 23rd - "45 Years of Bookarts" continues through January 10th, 2016 at the Center for the Book in San Francisco - Laszlo Layton's prints created using a large format camera and the cyanotype method then hand painted will be on view at the Ottosen Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona's Desert Botanical Gardens - "Art on Paper/Miami Project" will be on view at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami from December 1st through the 6th. - The Jewish Museum in New York City presents the exhibit titled "Unorthodox" through March 27th, 2016 - New York MOMA continues "Picasso Sculpture" through February 7th, 2016 - "Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture" continues through April 3rd, 2016 at Tate Modern, London - "Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus" continues through May 2nd at Tate Modern, Liverpool - Ai Weiwei's exhibit continues through December 13th at the Royal Academy of Arts in London through December 13th - "White" and exhibit of the ceramics of Edmund de Waal continues at the Royal Academy of Arts in London through January 3rd, 2016        *** MUST NOT MISS: - This totally 'wowed' me...check out the following website to see Tokyo's latest contribution to artists:  http://thisiscolossal.com/2015/11/japanese-pigment-store/ - Are you a ceramics fan?  Check out www.janakilarsen.com for phenomenal finishes and glazes - Andy Goldsworthy has a new book that documents many of his nature pieces titled "Ephemeral Works: 2004-2014 - Last but not least, a site selling unique curiosities:  www.obsolete.com     This may be a good source for installation and mixed media artists                                                                               *** Once again it is time to leave you until the next month.  Should you have questions about techniques or any processes used in my pieces, you may contact me at: livingartontheedge@gmail.com To view all artwork and pricing, please view my website at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com Enjoy your holiday season and flaunt your creativity!  

"Rustifarious"

Yes, I am a lover of rust!  I find all these wonderful pieces many times on my walks.  On occasion I will be 'gifted' with something by a friend who knows my quirks.

***

LOCAL NEW MEXICO AND COLORADO EVENTS:

- "Pressing Through Time" continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, NM through January 4th, 2016

- "Taos Folk Pop-Up Store" continues through December 24th at the Stables Gallery in Taos

- "Lighting of Ledoux" in Taos is December 5th.  This is a annual event where galleries open their doors and light hundreds of farolitos along the historic street in Taos' oldest art district.

- "Holiday on the High Road" featuring High Road artists begins Saturday December 5th through the end of the month at Light Mountain Gallery in Penasco, NM

- "Observing the Withdrawn" a mixed media installation by Todd Christensen is on view through January 4th, 2016 at the ART.i.factory in Santa Fe, NM

- Nisa Touchon Fine Art in Santa Fe will have their monthly collage party on December 5th from 6 to 9 p.m.  $15.00 charge

- "Exquisite Corpse" exhibit continues at the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fethrough December 12th

- The Santa Fe Book Arts Group Contemporary Book Arts Exhibit continues at the Capitol Building Rotunda through December 11th.  It's a real WOW!

***

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS:

- "Hannelore Baron: Collage and Assemblage runs though December 24th at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles

- "Chaos and Control" the ceramics of Jay Kvapil will be on view at the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles through December 23rd

- "45 Years of Bookarts" continues through January 10th, 2016 at the Center for the Book in San Francisco

- Laszlo Layton's prints created using a large format camera and the cyanotype method then hand painted will be on view at the Ottosen Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona's Desert Botanical Gardens

- "Art on Paper/Miami Project" will be on view at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami from December 1st through the 6th.

- The Jewish Museum in New York City presents the exhibit titled "Unorthodox" through March 27th, 2016

- New York MOMA continues "Picasso Sculpture" through February 7th, 2016

- "Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture" continues through April 3rd, 2016 at Tate Modern, London

- "Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus" continues through May 2nd at Tate Modern, Liverpool

- Ai Weiwei's exhibit continues through December 13th at the Royal Academy of Arts in London through December 13th

- "White" and exhibit of the ceramics of Edmund de Waal continues at the Royal Academy of Arts in London through January 3rd, 2016       

***

MUST NOT MISS:

- This totally 'wowed' me...check out the following website to see Tokyo's latest contribution to artists:  http://thisiscolossal.com/2015/11/japanese-pigment-store/

- Are you a ceramics fan?  Check out www.janakilarsen.com for phenomenal finishes and glazes

- Andy Goldsworthy has a new book that documents many of his nature pieces titled "Ephemeral Works: 2004-2014

- Last but not least, a site selling unique curiosities:  www.obsolete.com     This may be a good source for installation and mixed media artists

                                                                              ***

Once again it is time to leave you until the next month.  Should you have questions about techniques or any processes used in my pieces, you may contact me at:

livingartontheedge@gmail.com

To view all artwork and pricing, please view my website at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Enjoy your holiday season and flaunt your creativity!

 



LIVING ART ON THE EDGE NOVEMBER POST

Welcome to November and Daylight Savings Time Everyone!

Some months are more prolific than others and this past month was not my best but I certainly had a fabulous time just the same.

This month I will share the pieces I completed for my website, a sample piece from the Jonathan Talbot workshop in order to explain the process and 4 donated pieces I did for the Taos Feral Feline Friends Annual Fundraiser.

"Homage"  

"Homage"

 

"Carnivale"

"Carnivale"

The next piece has no name as it was my sample piece at the workshop to try various techniques.

Jonathan Talbot's method of collage assures that you will have a flat surface when finished without air bubbles.

The Technique:

- Gloss medium your substrate

- Gloss medium both sides of papers, cloths, etc. that you will use in the collage and let substrate and papers dry completely before adhering.

- When dry, using the Release Paper and Tacking Iron, adhere papers to substrate.

This is a very quick review of his method, but if you are interested in pursuing this method please go to his website at:  www.talbot1.com where you can order the release paper, tacking iron and the book that explains the process in much more detail.  All items are reasonably priced.

 

Sample piece from Talbot workshop                                                                             ***** Now for a funny story I heard on NPR this week. Evidently a European museum was showing an installation piece called "After the Party".  The room of the installation was strewn with empty champagne bottles, cigarette butts, etc.  When the museum clean up crew came that evening they thought there had been a party and cleaned the room so it shone like a jewel.  Fortunately, museum staff was able to 'rescue' the installation from the garbage and the artist re-installed it. The following pieces I did for the feline fundraiser.  The first was an 11 x 14 collage titled "Cat's Sleep Anywhere".  To create this piece,  I applied a foreign newspaper for the background.  Over this I applied teabags followed by transferring images of cats and a poem about cats. T  

Sample piece from Talbot workshop

                                                                            *****

Now for a funny story I heard on NPR this week.

Evidently a European museum was showing an installation piece called "After the Party".  The room of the installation was strewn with empty champagne bottles, cigarette butts, etc.  When the museum clean up crew came that evening they thought there had been a party and cleaned the room so it shone like a jewel.  Fortunately, museum staff was able to 'rescue' the installation from the garbage and the artist re-installed it.

The following pieces I did for the feline fundraiser.  The first was an 11 x 14 collage titled "Cat's Sleep Anywhere".  To create this piece,  I applied a foreign newspaper for the background.  Over this I applied teabags followed by transferring images of cats and a poem about cats.

T

 

"Cat's Sleep Anywhere"

The following three pieces are card sets I created for the fundraiser.


*** LOCAL AND NEW MEXICO AND COLORADO EVENTS: - "Pressing Through Time" continues at the Harwood Museum through January 24, 2016 in Taos - November 3rd through January 18th, Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe will present their next show titled "Materials Matter" - November 7th at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Bookarts Group has their annual flea market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - November 7th from 6 to 9 p.m., the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe has a collage party.  Charge is $15.00 - November 13th through December 12th, the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe presents "Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist Tendency in Collage" - November 13 through January 9, 2016, Zachariah Rieke of Santa Fe will be in a show titled "Surface Tension" at the William Havu Gallery in Denver - November 14th and 15th, Melinda Tidwell, collagist, will do a workshop at the Santa Fe Community College.  For more information:  melindatidwell@gmail.com   NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS: - Through November 21st, the Arena1 in Santa Monica, CA presents "Made in Cuba/Hecho en Cuba!:  Recycling Memory and Culture" - Through November 28th, Ota Fine Arts in Tokyo presents a solo exhibit of Chen Wei - Through January 10th, 2016, a presentation titled "45 Years of Bookart" featuring Sas Colby, Betsy Davids, Jaime Robles will be at the Center for the Book in San Francisco - Through February 21, 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles presents the photography of Isiuchi Mikayo - Through December 13th, the Royal Academy of the Arts in London continues the Ai Weiwei exhibit - November 8th through February 14th, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo presents "Yoko Ono:  From My Window" - November 11th through January 24th, 2016, the Tate in London presents "Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture" - November 20th through May 2nd, 2016, the Tate in Liverpool presents "Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus - Through February 7th, 2016, the "Picasso: Sculpture" continues at New York MOMA - November 22 - March 13th, 2016, New York MOM presents "Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey" ***** In closing, I wish you a month of creativity and a Happy Thanksgiving! If you wish to view my website:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com and if you wish to contact me:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com    

***

LOCAL AND NEW MEXICO AND COLORADO EVENTS:

- "Pressing Through Time" continues at the Harwood Museum through January 24, 2016 in Taos

- November 3rd through January 18th, Vivo Contemporary in Santa Fe will present their next show titled "Materials Matter"

- November 7th at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Bookarts Group has their annual flea market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- November 7th from 6 to 9 p.m., the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe has a collage party.  Charge is $15.00

- November 13th through December 12th, the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe presents "Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist Tendency in Collage"

- November 13 through January 9, 2016, Zachariah Rieke of Santa Fe will be in a show titled "Surface Tension" at the William Havu Gallery in Denver

- November 14th and 15th, Melinda Tidwell, collagist, will do a workshop at the Santa Fe Community College.  For more information:  melindatidwell@gmail.com

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

- Through November 21st, the Arena1 in Santa Monica, CA presents "Made in Cuba/Hecho en Cuba!:  Recycling Memory and Culture"

- Through November 28th, Ota Fine Arts in Tokyo presents a solo exhibit of Chen Wei

- Through January 10th, 2016, a presentation titled "45 Years of Bookart" featuring Sas Colby, Betsy Davids, Jaime Robles will be at the Center for the Book in San Francisco

- Through February 21, 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles presents the photography of Isiuchi Mikayo

- Through December 13th, the Royal Academy of the Arts in London continues the Ai Weiwei exhibit

- November 8th through February 14th, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo presents "Yoko Ono:  From My Window"

- November 11th through January 24th, 2016, the Tate in London presents "Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture"

- November 20th through May 2nd, 2016, the Tate in Liverpool presents "Works to Know by Heart: Matisse in Focus

- Through February 7th, 2016, the "Picasso: Sculpture" continues at New York MOMA

- November 22 - March 13th, 2016, New York MOM presents "Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey"

*****

In closing, I wish you a month of creativity and a Happy Thanksgiving!

If you wish to view my website:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com and if you wish to contact me:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com

 

 

LIVING ART ON THE EDGE OCTOBER POST

September was a fantastic month.  The highlight for me was taking a workshop from Jonathan Talbot, a collage artist from Warwick, New York. I had followed his work and techniques for many years and, alas, he was in Santa Fe.  It was everything I had hoped a workshop would be.  My issue in past workshops is to 'freeze' when the goal is to create a piece.  Mr. Talbot did not concentrate on creating but on techniques and process.  I learned so much.  This blog will share some of the photos I took at the workshop.

Northern New Mexico is full to overflowing in the autumn with art events.  Taos had its second year of The Paseo....art installations from all over the States.  One piece in particular that stands out was from Burning Man.  The Taos Fall Arts Festival was phenomenal.  The Invite was the most innovative that I can remember.

In my own art I decided to take a different route on several pieces and will share them with you now.

 

                                                            "Entity"

 "Paradigm Shift"    

 "Paradigm Shift"

 

 

"Six Wins"    

"Six Wins"

 

 

"Three Feathers" Now for my usual genre.  "Missing You" was inspired by an uncle who served in the Navy for many years and was well loved by his family...in my imagination he & his immediate family shared many letters, telegrams and photos when he was sailing far away. "Days of Yore" was inspired by my childhood.  Our house was filled with music and dance...my Mom could jitterbug up a storm and my Uncle Sam and Aunt Francis would often dance to entertain us.

"Three Feathers"

Now for my usual genre.  "Missing You" was inspired by an uncle who served in the Navy for many years and was well loved by his family...in my imagination he & his immediate family shared many letters, telegrams and photos when he was sailing far away.

"Days of Yore" was inspired by my childhood.  Our house was filled with music and dance...my Mom could jitterbug up a storm and my Uncle Sam and Aunt Francis would often dance to entertain us.

"Missing You"  

"Missing You"

 

"Days of Yore" Now for the workshop!  At the very end of our two days I started a piece, but, as usual, froze and did not finish.  When I got home and digested all I had learned I headed for my studio, put on Abba's Greatest Hits and voila..."Listening to Abba" is the result.  It would be an interesting study in art to listen to various genres of music and create while listening...I cannot imagine what Heavy Metal would result in!!!!! I have included a few photos from the workshop which was held at the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery on Rosina Street in Santa Fe.  It specializes in collage and mixed media.  Upstairs is The Museum of Collage...a must!  

"Days of Yore"

Now for the workshop!  At the very end of our two days I started a piece, but, as usual, froze and did not finish.  When I got home and digested all I had learned I headed for my studio, put on Abba's Greatest Hits and voila..."Listening to Abba" is the result.  It would be an interesting study in art to listen to various genres of music and create while listening...I cannot imagine what Heavy Metal would result in!!!!!

I have included a few photos from the workshop which was held at the Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery on Rosina Street in Santa Fe.  It specializes in collage and mixed media.  Upstairs is The Museum of Collage...a must!

 

"Listening to Abba"  

"Listening to Abba"

 

Jonathan Talbot and Moi.

Jonathan Talbot and Moi.

Jonathan with some workshop attendees.

Jonathan with some workshop attendees.

Ruth came all the way from Texas for the workshop.

Ruth came all the way from Texas for the workshop.

Lisa drove down from Taos with me for the workshop.

Lisa drove down from Taos with me for the workshop.

Jonathan's wife, Marsha.

Jonathan's wife, Marsha.

My friend, Linda, is the first on the right.  She also came down from Taos and tried, tried, tried avoiding me and the camera!                                                                            *** LOCAL AND STATE OF NEW MEXICO EVENTS: - October 3rd and 4th is the El Rito Studio Tour...my all time favorite is the Vanderbrooks.  Pottery, painting, photography, collage and mixed media are their mediums and all done well. - October 3rd and 4th is the Wool Festival in Kit Carson Park, Taos, New Mexico. - October 3rd through 11th is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. - October 23rd through 25th is the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. - October 6th through 29th the Stables Gallery in Taos presents "Pressing on 5" - 17 contemporary printmakers are featured. - Through January 17, 2016 the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe presents "O'Keeffe in Process".                                                                        NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL: - Through February 7th, 2016 MOMA in New York City features Picasso Sculpture - over 100 pieces of sculpture "complimented by selected works on paper and photographs." - Through October 19th, "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" continues at the Whitney in New York City" - Through October 19th, "Joseph Cornell's Wanderlust" continues at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, England. - Ai Weiwei is also at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London through December 13th. - The Royal Academy of the Arts is on the move with an exhibit of the ceramics of Edmund de Waal.  If you are a movie or book buff you will recall his "Woman in Gold". - Through October 11th Agnes Martin's "Retrospective" will be on view at the Tate in London.   MUST NOT MISS: - The Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe.  Open approximately 5 months.  The gallery specializes in collage and mixed media.  The upstairs is devoted to the Museum of Collage.  It is well worth a trip to Santa Fe just to take in this gallery. - The Broad Museum in Los Angeles has just opened on September 20th.  This is a most unique museum for the fact that there are no entrance fees.  Edythe and Eli Broad showcase over 2000 pieces of contemporary art (their own collection).  Artists include, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Chuck Close and many, many more. - The 2016 Pirelli calendar is out!  In the past it has been quite racy.  This year it features 12 provocative photos by Annie Liebovitz which include Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, and Tavi Gevinson. - "Living in a Fairytale World" by Mr. Finch is a book for all fabric artists out there.  He uses leather, old tapestries, roadside finds to create butterflies, birds, bulbs, bunnies, spiders, moths, mice and much more.  Wow! IN CLOSING: Happy Autumn!  See you next month.  

My friend, Linda, is the first on the right.  She also came down from Taos and tried, tried, tried avoiding me and the camera!

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LOCAL AND STATE OF NEW MEXICO EVENTS:

- October 3rd and 4th is the El Rito Studio Tour...my all time favorite is the Vanderbrooks.  Pottery, painting, photography, collage and mixed media are their mediums and all done well.

- October 3rd and 4th is the Wool Festival in Kit Carson Park, Taos, New Mexico.

- October 3rd through 11th is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.

- October 23rd through 25th is the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally.

- October 6th through 29th the Stables Gallery in Taos presents "Pressing on 5" - 17 contemporary printmakers are featured.

- Through January 17, 2016 the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe presents "O'Keeffe in Process".

                                                                      

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL:

- Through February 7th, 2016 MOMA in New York City features Picasso Sculpture - over 100 pieces of sculpture "complimented by selected works on paper and photographs."

- Through October 19th, "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" continues at the Whitney in New York City"

- Through October 19th, "Joseph Cornell's Wanderlust" continues at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, England.

- Ai Weiwei is also at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London through December 13th.

- The Royal Academy of the Arts is on the move with an exhibit of the ceramics of Edmund de Waal.  If you are a movie or book buff you will recall his "Woman in Gold".

- Through October 11th Agnes Martin's "Retrospective" will be on view at the Tate in London.

 

MUST NOT MISS:

- The Nisa Touchon Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe.  Open approximately 5 months.  The gallery specializes in collage and mixed media.  The upstairs is devoted to the Museum of Collage.  It is well worth a trip to Santa Fe just to take in this gallery.

- The Broad Museum in Los Angeles has just opened on September 20th.  This is a most unique museum for the fact that there are no entrance fees.  Edythe and Eli Broad showcase over 2000 pieces of contemporary art (their own collection).  Artists include, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Chuck Close and many, many more.

- The 2016 Pirelli calendar is out!  In the past it has been quite racy.  This year it features 12 provocative photos by Annie Liebovitz which include Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, and Tavi Gevinson.

- "Living in a Fairytale World" by Mr. Finch is a book for all fabric artists out there.  He uses leather, old tapestries, roadside finds to create butterflies, birds, bulbs, bunnies, spiders, moths, mice and much more.  Wow!

IN CLOSING:

Happy Autumn!  See you next month.

 

LIVING ART ON THE EDGE SEPTEMBER POST

August has come and gone.  September rushes us towards autumn and a quieter time...a time for creativity.

In August I attended the "Killer Heels:  The Art of the High-heeled Shoe" at the Museum of Albuquerque.  It was absolutely fascinating.  What torture women put themselves through for the sake of fashion.  I no longer wear those "fashionable" shoes but still appreciate their whimsy and aesthetics.  As a result of this exhibit, I did two pieces using some Polaroid transfers I did of an art shoe exhibit in 2002 at ArtFest in Port Townsend, Washington.  I will explain the process later but first another piece I completed in August.

 

"Ancient Ruins"                                                                                                                        

"Ancient Ruins"      

                                                                                                                 

Now are you ready for a "really big shoe?"

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

Now are you ready for my pieces?  They are totally whimsical and I had fun doing them.  I took slides then transferred them onto Polaroid film.  Then the images were rolled out onto watercolor paper and I enhanced the color with colored pencils.

 "Red Shoe Diaries I"  

 "Red Shoe Diaries I"

 

"Red Shoe Diaries II"                                                                                       

"Red Shoe Diaries II"

                                                                                      

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LOCAL EVENTS:

- Through September 10th, Zachariah Rieke's exhibit of new paintings continues at the Wade Wilson gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

- Through September 12th, the Artes des Cartes show of recyled art is on view at the Stables Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

- September 5, 6, and 7is the Open Studio Tour for member of TAO in Taos, New Mexico.

- September 5th and 6th is the Pilar, New Mexico Studio Tour.

- September 12th and 13th is the Rio Costilla, New Mexico Studio Tour.

- September 12th and 13th is the Alameda, New Mexico Tour.

- September 11th, 12th and 13th is the Las Vegas New Mexico Studio Tour.

- September 12th and 13th is the Sandia Heights Open Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

- September 19th and 20th is the Poqoaque River Art Tour in New Mexico.

- September 19th and 20th is the Pecos Studio Tour in New Mexico.

- September 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th is the High Road Art Tour in New Mexico.

- October 3rd and 4th is the El Rito, New Mexico Art Tour.

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

-  Yoko Ono's One Woman Show continues through September 7th at Moma in New York City.

- Jeff Koons: A Retrospective continues at the Whitney in New York City through October 19th.

- Joseph Cornell's "Wanderlust exhibit continues through October 19th at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, England.

- Warhol's Nature exhibit continues at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.

 

MUST NOT MISS

Take a look at the mosaic sculptures of Michael Ferris Jr. at www.michaelferrisjr.com

For a surreal take on collage please check out Belgian artist, Sammy Slabbinck, at www.saatchiart.com

 

IN CLOSING

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a wonderfully creative September.  Please check out my updated website at:  www.thefullcirclestudio.com

AUGUST, 2015

July has been an interesting month.  I continue to experiment with different aspects of creativity.

Another venture is to find interesting ways to present my blog to feed your curiosity.

- This month's blog will include artist events both locally, nationally and internationally.

- A piece I had set aside for more inspiration has finally come to fruition in the form of "Let There Be Peace".

- A new collage titled "A Simple Life" was created without the use of adhesives.  Instead, primitive embroidery stitches were used to adhere the papers.  This piece was inspired by the Japanese artist, Junko Oki.

- Two pieces in my "Collection Series" are now completed.

I hope you enjoy what follows as much as I did creating it.

LET THERE BE PEACE

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They are strong and I admire their ability to stand in the face of fear without a waiver.

If I were not consumed with apathy would I be able to make a difference?

Or would I run and hide?

Life is too short to sit back and let the world pass me by.  Shall I take a risk as those before? 

The time is now to test my strength and try to stand strong.

  A small effort is better than none.

 

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A SIMPLE LIFE

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Contemporary life can lead to emptiness...a void.  Humanity is drained from the human spiritand overcome with the nothingness.  All hope can vanish and without hope there is nothing.

With effort, the spirit can be renewed and revitalized.  

A difference can be made.

 

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THE COLLECTION SERIES

               

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CARDILICIOUS

 

 

TAGAMANIA

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LOCAL EVENTS

- July 31 - August 2 - "Collector of Memory" - an open studio at the home of Gail Rieke in Santa Fe, New MexicoHours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.  Email Gail at gail@riekestudios.com for directions.

- Through August - Zachariah Rieke will be showing at the Wade Wilson Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

- August 5 - 31 - Kai Harper and Joel Lage will have a pop-up show at the old post office next to the general store in Truchas, New Mexico.  Opening reception is Sunday, August 9 at 4 p.m.  The gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the exception of being closed on Tuesday.  Kai will be showing her dream-sequence acrylics and Joel will be showing his acrylics on cardboard.

- Through August 9 - "Killer Heels - The Art of the High Heeled Shoe" will be on exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexcio.

 

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

- Through September 27, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England presents "Wanderlust" an exhibit of collages and boxes created by the late, great Joseph Cornell.

- Through September 7,  Yoko Ono's "One Woman Show, 1960-1971 is available for viewing at MOMA in New York City.

- Through October 19, Jeff Koons "A Retrospective" will be shown at the Whitney in New York City.

 

MUST NOT MISS

Taschen books has published "The Art of Burning Man".  Photographs by Canadian photographer, N.K. Guy covering the Burning Man event in Nevada from 1998 to 2014.

 

IN CLOSING

My website is now available for viewing and the monthly blog will also be available on the website at www.thefullcirclestudio.com

Please check it out.

Until next month, C-R-E-A-T-E!

 

 

 

July, 2015

Because I will be leaving tomorrow and will not return until July 3rd, I am publishing the July edition early.

My intention was to present my collection series this month but on the 20th of June I had a 'Gathering of the Goddesses Shrine Party' to honor the Summer Solstice.  So many beautiful works of art were created.  I decided to share them with you instead.

It was a very special day.  Fourteen women gathered to create an homage, an altar or a shrine.

I hope you enjoy their creativity!

I did not have the opportunity to photograph everyone and some shrines were not photographed as they were not completed.

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"Goddess of Wild Places"

by Maria Anderson

 

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"To Bee or Not to Bee"

by Maria Anderson

Maria Anderson

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"Shrine to Creativity"

by Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

"Bogey Beloved"

by

Maria D'Agrosa-Sweney

Backside of "Bogey Beloved"

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Maria D'Agrosa-Sweney

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Judith Duncan

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"Goddess of the Blessed Schnitzel"

by Linda Gottlieb

Linda Gottlieb and her sidekick, Josey

"Mother & Matron"

by Barbara Oline

"Diana & Me"

by Marian Jackson

Left to Right:  Linda Gottlieb, Marian Jackson, Barbara Oline

"Shrine to the Release of Stress"

by Chris Fairchild

Chris Fairchild

As we were creating, Chris made the comment "It's

so quiet and we're not eating."

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 "Spirit Dwelling"

By Kai Harper

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"Ode to Summer Solstice"

by Kathleen Vanderbrook

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"Roy Rogers Tribute"

by Mary LaCroix

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"Japanese Pilgrimage"

by me...Gayle Montgomery

Kay Pitiglio

 Kay was still working on her shrine...we wish her well.

I hope you have enjoyed the change of pace in this blog.  There is nothing like the camaraderie of

a group of creatives gathering to share a special event.

Until we 'create' again, I will close.

You may find me on Pinterest and soon an updated website.

Contact me anytime at:  livingartontheedge@gmail.com