Thursday, June 30, 2011

Studio and Two Shows

The studio has been somewhat taking shape, there is still a lot of organizing to do. I will get a shelving system in August that I will be able to put a lot of my things in, but until then, it will be messy. I am going to try to get it organized, since I need to get going on finishing up illustrations for a book and start work on new projects. The image is a photo collage, sort of a 360degree view of my space. I just need some more space in the form of shelving to be organized and use the space for printing, drawing, watercolor, and design work...

My work is featured in two shows, one in Helsinki and one in Seattle. The one in Helsinki is already up at Galleria G, Pieni Roobertinkatu 10.
Mon-fri 11am-5pm, sat-sun closed

The popular summer members exhibition has new work from both well known and new graphic artists. Here are a couple of overviews of the gallery area. This is the gallery for the finnish graphic artists society, and you will find a wonderful large collection of prints to browse through. If you are not in Helsinki at the moment, many of the artists works can be viewed online, here is the english version link. You can view works either in Sales Collection or Artists.

These were just a few of my favorites:
Ritve-Liisa Virtanen, Bear Your Cross I, 2011, Screenprint, beeswax, collage

Pia Kousi, From the series: Topsy-turvy-photo-stereo-synthet, 2010, pigment on film, plexi

Maija Lavia, Puun Kosketus II (Touch of the Tree II), 2011, pigmentprint

Kirsi Neuvonen, Matkakertomuksia: Sininen Portti (Travel stories: Blue Gate), 2011, etching, aquatint, copyetching (not sure what that technique is)

The other exhibition will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA. The exhibition is installed on July 15th, so you can stop by to see the work after that. If I remember correctly off the top of my head the show is up for at least two months.
"PS 5" features five Puget Sound printmakers work: Bill Colby, Dorothy McQuistion, Janet Marcavage, Ann Johnston-Schuster and Mirka Hokkanen. I hope to get some photos from someone when the show is up to post those as well.

Next time we'll look at some illustrations. Until then, have a great day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Splendid Spring!

I have not disappeared, and am still here. This move has taken all my strength first mentally and now physically, but we are finally on the home stretch of it I believe. We are in Germany, in a "permanent" house and our furniture arrived on Friday. Since then we have been furiously unpacking our belongings and trying to find a place for it all. My studio will be quite an interesting mixture of locations, having my heavy presses and flat file downstairs occupying half of the living room and the rest of it currently on the third floor attic/loft space. My feet and hands are swollen and my body - oh so - tired from unraveling paper, lifting and going up and down stairs. I tell 'ya I haven't had any trouble sleeping at night. ;)

My work has not been unnoticed during the last week or two, and prints were featured in three treasuries on Etsy. I'll relay them here, for lack of better pictures to post at this time. I'll put some pictures of my studio in progress this week.