Surface Design Class

It’s been awhile, so I thought I should post something.  In December, I will be teaching my first class ever, a 6-week surface design class at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden.

The class will be an opportunity for students to spend more time on surface design, building up layers and textures using wax, mason stains, slip, and underglazes.

Artist Talk

This Saturday, at the invitation of Patricia Belyea, I will be giving a talk to the Contemporary Quilt Art Association about my journey as a printmaker and ceramic artist.  I will be sharing images of my work, including artwork that I made prior to taking up printmaking, early and recent monotype prints, prints inspired by various people and events in life, photographed assemblages, manipulated architectural photographs, and recent ceramic efforts.

I will be using Keynote Live to present my slides.  I will post a URL to the event in the next few days, if you are interested in following along.  You will only be able to view the images, as I am not doing a live audio feed.

The presentation will start between 11 and 11:30 AM, and will include about 75 slides.

Jansen Art Center Juried Summer Show

I’ve got some of my photographic assemblages in this show.  The opening is this Thursday.  When I am in the studio, the in-between steps grab my attention, and I like to document them before they are destroyed as part of the process.  Sometimes I prefer them to the final outcome!   I’ve also got some small ceramic pieces in the cup show, which is showing at the same time.

Jansen Art Center Summer Juried Show



Barbara Gilhooly Painting:  #87 Pattern Language Tile

Last week, on a visit to Greeley, Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite artists.  My dear sister Marian was playing horn in the orchestra for Otello at Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, and got me a ticket.  While I was waiting for the opera to start, I decided to check out the gallery opening that was going on, featuring artists from  the Fort Collins Artist Studio Tour .  After about five minutes, I remembered that BARBARA GILHOOLY LIVES IN FORT COLLINS and then I discovered that she and her wife Ayn Hanna both had work in the show. My mission was clear, I had to find out if they were there in person, and then introduce myself.

Barbara was very gracious and invited me to her home for a studio visit.  My sister and her former horn teacher (who now lives in Fort Collins) went with me to Barbara and Ayn’s home the following day.  Seeing all of the different mediums Barbara and Ayn work in and how organized they are with their marketing and sales of their work was very inspiring.  Barbara and Ayn both have backgrounds in printmaking.  Barbara shows internationally, and Ayn has been featured in American Craft magazine.  I ended up buying 2 small paintings for myself, as well as a beautiful hand-hooked wool rug.  Marian bought a french horn  badge stitched on vintage fabric from Ayn, a fellow horn player.

After our shopping frenzy, we visited Jim Lapaso‘s outdoor wind sculpture gallery, about a mile away from Barbara and Ayn’s.

All in all, I was very excited to see such great art thriving in Northern Colorado.