Sunday, February 15, 2015

Great opportunities for you!

Sometimes I guest blog for the WCA Philadelphia. My latest blog for them was a list of great exhibit and residency opportunities. Sharing exhibit ops is a great way to connect to with other artists!
Here you go:

Here are some opportunities that I have found and would like to share. They cover the areas of Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and parts of New England. Some of the deadlines are close - so if you are interested - I would recommend opening up the links sooner than later! 

Sarah Doyle Gallery (Rhode Island)  seeks submissions in all media for September 2015 through May 2016. Art must align with the Sarah Doyle Women's Center's mission of exploring issues of gender, especially the intersections of gender with race/ethnicity, economic class, sexuality, gender identity, age, dis/ability, and other markers of identity. CLICK HERE

The Noyes Museum of Art (Oceanville, NJ) has established an artist membership program for regional artists. The Signature Artist Membership is for professional artists, while the Associate Artist Membership is for emerging artists. Exhibition opportunities at the Noyes Museum and its satellite facilitiesin Atlantic City, Hammonton and/or at Seaview Resort in Galloway, participation in programs and events, and access to artist resources are some of the benefits of acceptance in this program. CLICK HERE. 

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts will convene its next regular business meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. In a meeting organized around the theme of the importance of artists to our communities, the main item on the agenda will be the announcement of the 2015 Artist Fellowship Awards. Directly after the conclusion of the business meeting, the Arts Council's 18th Annual Artists' Roundtable will convene at the same location at 2:45 p.m.  This year's Artists' Roundtable will highlight topics of interest to artists working in all disciplines. The event will feature three 60 minute sessions with presentations on professional opportunities for artists, exhibition and performance space and networking.Both events are FREE and open to the public.Registration is required for the Artists' Roundtable. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Eileen.Peterson@sos.nj.gov or 609-633-1251 or NJ Relay 711

Women’s Studio Workshop (New York State) offers a six to eight week studio residency grant to support an artist creating a new body of work in one of WSW’s studio disciplines – intaglio, hand papermaking, letterpress printing, silkscreen, book arts, photography, and ceramics.CLICK HERE. 

Call for Entries: Women's Caucus for Art - New Hampshire Chapter "Juried Exhibition - FORCE OF NATURE: Exploring the Power of the Feminine"
The Women's Caucus for Art is seeking artists to submit to this call for entry. When women demonstrate their feminine power and energy in positive ways that command deep respect, they are often referred to as a "Force of Nature." Artwork should reflect this theme. Broadly interpreted, concepts might range from myth and legend to the personal, historical or political. Artwork considering Nature (as in Mother Nature and her natural forces), eco art and ecofeminism are also strongly encouraged. Up to three artworks. 2D, 3D, video, installation and performance are acceptable for submission. WCA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Judith Brodsky is the Juror.
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 6-August 14, 2015

Here is one for New Hope PA - http://www.newhopearts.org/default.aspx?pg=720

Woodmere Annual Juried Show - click here.

Call for Sculptors: Morris Arts "Public Sculpture"
Morris Arts is seeking an experienced stone carver to implement a proposed public sculpture in the town of Morristown. We are seeking someone that has a portfolio of completed carved stone pieces that have been commissioned or purchased. The selected artist must have documented experience working in a community setting and be comfortable with community engagement in all aspects of planning.
Please submit your resume and three images to Kaity De Laura via e-mail at kdelaura@morrisarts.org. Have questions or concerns? Please contact Kadie Dempsey at kdempsey@morrisarts.org 
Submission DeadlineFebruary 28, 2015
Please click here for more information.

Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ, has several open calls. CLICK HERE

In Liquid Open Calls. CLICK HERE.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Vermont Studio Center

So what was the Vermont Studio Center like? 
 Yes, it was cold. One night, the temperature reached -20 degrees Farenheight. It was hard to breath deeply because of the cold. Thankfully my Arctic gear came in handy! The average temperature, though,  was about 20 degrees above zero. The buildings were very warm - they were heated with pellet burning stoves. I have no idea what a  pellet burning stove is - but it was warm. 

This was the view from my studio in the Schultz building. At 3:00, I heard the school children dismissing from the school a block away on the hill. That was my cue for a coffee break. 

This was my room. All rooms are singles, but there is a shared bathroom. In the house where I was, there were about 6 women sharing 2 bathrooms. The accommodations are simple, clean and quiet. 

This was my walk from my studio to the Red Mill where all the meals were served and where the community activities (artist's talks, writer's readings)  took place. In the warmer months, the talks take place in the church auditorium. 


One of the Sundays, I went for a long walk- about 5 miles. 


I just love seeing shapes in the world.



One of the best features of this residency are the professional artist visits. There were painters, printmaker and sculptors - as well as writers- that attend VSC. They give a presentation of their work and provide studio visits if you wanted. I got some great feedback from these people and was so appreciative of their time.
The visiting artists were:


My schedule was pretty simple. I was up at 6 am; grabbed coffee and went to the studio by 7:00.  I set my daily goals and then headed to breakfast by 7:30. By 8 am, I was at the studio again and ready to work. Lunch was at noon until 1:00. I took a break at 3:00 for fruit and tea/coffee. Dinner was 6. Some nights there were artist's talks by the residents or by the visiting artists, as well as the writer's readings. These events took place at 8 until 9. On the nights that there were not activities, I prepared my cutting for the next day. Most nights I was in bed by 10:00- except for two karaoke nights on Saturday. Yes, I sang. I was even a back up singer - it was so rockin' that the locals video taped it. No, I didn't have a lot to drink either. Somehow, I can get silly without alcohol. For two of the evenings, there were open studios. 

This is Aida. She is Harlan Mack's dog. Often she would sit in my studio with me while I worked. Of course, her snacks were plentiful. Harlan Mack is the sculpture advisor at VSC. 


I met some really amazing people while I was there. It is wonderful to think about the kind of community we built in such a short time.   Feel free to check out their websites:
Gila Berryman (writer)
Wesley Rothman (writer)
Jess Silfa (writer)
Renne Simms (writer)
Philip Palmedo (writer)
Melissa Jenks (writer)
Ginger Irish
Stephen Narain (writer)
Carolyn Whelan (writer)


And of course, my Schultz studio mates or as we referred to ourselves, "the Schultz Family."

If you are wondering, how is it possible that I could get to know this many people in such a short time? VSC was such a welcoming place that encouraged a sense of community, collaboration and openness. Our ages and experience level varied and made for lively conversations and connections. We lived, ate and worked together in close and cozy quarters. 

I worked on two major pieces for my solo show in Lock Haven, PA. I wanted to explore a new body of work - but alas, my schedule didn't permit it. I really needed to make some large work for this major exhibit. But, I sketched a lot of new work. Thoughts of combining found wood (painted) and natural wood (tree branches) are bouncing in my head and sketch book. 

My residency ended with a trip to meet Duncan Johnson at his studio - a well renowned Vermont artist and sculptor. I totally have studio envy when I saw his amazing place. From his studio, I headed home. 



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Settling into Vermont

The drive was grueling. The evening snow gave way to an eerie fog by the time morning arrived with the warm temperatures. What should have been a 7 hour drive turned into an 8.5 hour drive because I got lost in the Adirondacks. Getting lost in the tall pines, switch back roads, fog and snow reminded me of the drive in opening scene in The Shining. Anyhow, I made it. The folks here at The Vermont Studio Center were very welcoming. They stayed late to greet the late comers - like myself. I sincerely appreciated that. That evening is a bit of blur - I ate, meet some people and crashed about 8:30.  The next morning I was greeted by a light snow fall.

view from the porch of my house


The first order of business was to organize my scraps of wood into colors. The large pieces of wood are organized by color in my studio. But when I start cutting them into smaller pieces, I haven't been so careful to group them back into color. It makes working a nightmare. So, I spent the day organizing and  getting the feel of my new space. Monday was also orientation day. You know - the tour of the buildings; meeting with the other sculptors and reviewing the workshop rules. Tuesday was the first real day of work. It was a bit slow, but I am acclimating to a new environment and practicing kindness to myself as I settle in.
color sorting
A bit about the studios here. WOW! The studio is spacious! It is about the size of my studio at home - but without all the equipment and supplies. I can work on two pieces at a time. That is such a luxury!


I have signed up for the artist talk night next week. I am excited and nervous to share my work with such an impressive group of artists and writers. The internet is a bit slow here- so for more photos, please follow me on Instagram - Studio1301. 











Sunday, December 21, 2014

Building Community

Working in the studio is a lonely business most times. Except for my neighbor who stops by on his walk with his dogs, I see no one during the day. I realized that I needed a community- other artists who inspire me, understand the creative process, and artists willing to share opportunities and experiences. I am in the process of building that community in my professional practice.

It is important to me to be seen as a professional artist and to be recognized as a knowledgeable artist who knows what is going on. So when the opportunity to came to join my professors and other MFA students at Moore College of Art & Design for their end of the year critiques – I cheerfully accepted the invitation. I was both honored and delighted. It was a great opportunity to make conversation, have fun, feel motivated and get inspired by the all the amazing talent in the MFA program.



I had so much fun reconnecting with my former professors Paul Hubbard and Virginia Maksymowicz and the Dean of the Program Dona Lantz. I met some new professors - Lesley Shipley, Joshua Marsh, Theresa Rose and guest critic,  Anthony Romero. Alumnus Dawn Kramlich and I were welcomed by the faculty and  we had chance to talk about the adventures of adjuncting. What an inspiration it was to see the work by artists  Aimee Gonthier; Kristina Goverts; Melinda Houvig; Veronica Scarpellino; Alexander Conner; Chello Firefli; Michelle Sherman; Jennifer Vatza; and Omenihu Amachi.


Another development in this idea of connecting to community is my upcoming residency in Vermont at the Vermont Studio. I look forward to becoming friends with other amazing artists.  Even though I am bit nervous about leaving, I am still eager to see how this residency will inform my work. I know that my life will be enriched in ways I can’t even imagine right now.

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Finally, as I stated in today’s e-newsletter, it is the Winter Solstice. There seems to be the great stillness before the sun's strength comes back, and daylight grows longer. It can be productive time to rest and reflect. It's the fruitful dark out of which new life can eventually emerge. I wish you a joyous holiday and a wonderful new year!


Friday, December 5, 2014

The Aftermath @ the Noyes Museum

Last night was a great opportunity to meet some of the other exhibiting artists at the Noyes Museum. The exhibit is The Aftermath, and runs until January 11, 2015. The exhibit curated by Doug Ferrari.  From the surge of debris, raw materials, and emotions left by the hurricane, the artists in this exhibit discovered new channels for their creativity. This exhibition is a look at how seventeen artists have responded to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. 



The moderator was Doug Ferrari, seen on the left; sitting next to him is yours truly; then, Maggie Fischer Brown,  Mike McLaughlin,  and Joanie Gagnon San Chirico and Richard Buntzen. The evening was informative, heartfelt, and fun! A special thanks to Dorrie PapademetriouDirector of Exhibitions & Collections at the Noyes Museum and Doug Ferrari. 



I also wanted to share this image with you. This piece, Surge,  is the traditional Court House Steps quilt.  This quilt is inspired by a fisherman friend and his experience on his scallop boat during Hurricane Sandy. Because of insurance policies and regulations, he had to stay on his boat during the super storm. That kind of courage and dedication was mind blowing. I asked him about the huge tidal waves he must of seen crashing into land. He replied that the water didn’t come crashing in, instead it rose and surged like a bath tub overflowing and spilling all over. After hearing his story, I made this piece. This photo is of him and his wife. 


For more about the exhibit, please read this review: CLICK HERE. 

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College is located at 733 Lily Lake Road in Oceanville (Galloway TWP.), NJ, 08231. Their telephone number is  (609) 652-8848 and their website is http://www.noyesmuseum.org/visitors.html. The hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Thursday until 8:00 PM & Sunday noon to 5:00 PM






Saturday, November 8, 2014

Go Float Yourself

I know my blog focuses on the creative process, art reviews and opportunities, but I wanted to share my most recent experience with you because I think you may want to try it to have some time to be self reflective, relax and unplug. What creative spirit doesn't need time for self reflection and calm? The other day I tried out a “float” – a visit to our area’s newest flotation tank space called  the Float Studio. The Float Studio is located on Sunset Avenue in Ocean, NJ. 




A flotation tank is also known as an isolation tank, sensory-deprivation tank or “restricted environmental stimulation therapy” tank. Don’t even ask if it is like 1980 sci-fi classic Altered States with William Hurt. I had no desire for lamb or a visit to the zoo afterwards. I didn’t have any crazy animal hallucinations like Lisa Simpson had either. It has nothing to do with those. 

The Float Studio is a warm and tranquil place with contemporary furniture and diffused lighting. There are two float rooms, each with a private shower and a tank. Each floatation tank holds 10 inches of water kept at body temperature with eight hundred pounds of dissolved Epsom salt.

Before entering the tank, I showered and shampooed thoroughly to remove any hair products, makeup and deodorant that might contaminate the water.  I was given earplugs for my ears and a foam noodle for my head. While it’s nearly impossible for my face to become submerged in the tank, I was told that some people have trouble relaxing and prefer the floating head support. For the first few minutes, I used it but found it cumbersome once I became acclimated to the floating sensation. If you wear contacts, you will need to take them out. Since I swim in the ocean frequently, I knew not shave my legs the day of my float because of the salt.



My experience was just relaxing. I floated naked and weightless in complete darkness, enveloped in a warm salty bath, listening only the sound of my own heartbeat and feeling acutely alive and three-dimensional. The darkness was optional – there are lights inside. At first, I found it difficult to relax because of recent shoulder injury. But after a series of stretches, the pain subsided and I was comfortable. There was enough room in the tank to swish around and play and to even sit up. I liked how I lost track of time, how I lost the dividing line where my skin ended and the water began, and how lost physical orientation within the tank. My brain just emptied. There was no email to answer, no work, no dinner to make, no conversation – just quiet. I had to time to reflect on personal goals and aspirations and just be with myself without any expectations. Time to be self reflective without any distraction is powerful. 

At the end of my float, I showered again. A ninety-minute session, which is the recommended time, costs $65. Towels and soap are provided but I would recommend bringing your favorite shampoo (Dr. Bonners mint soap is provided for hair and skin) and a fresh change of clothes. There was no pruning of the skin nor was my skin dry and flakey. My skin and hair felt baby soft afterwards. After my float, the water would be filtered and disinfected with oxone and hydrogen peroxide; no toxic chemicals, such as chlorine, are used.

I came home, ate a simple dinner, and slept soundly. I felt clear in my head, invigorated and alive. I will be definitely trying this again. The Float Studio hours are Tues-Sun: 10am-8pm and the telephone number is  732-898-7100. Appointments are recommended.