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I’ve been exploring some 3D substrates on which to mosaic. I create them myself and then mosaic to my heart’s content.
Some time between October 4, 2014 and October 9, 2014, this piece was stolen from River’s End Gallery in Waukesha, WI, USA.
Interestingly enough, the Waukesha Freeman ran some photos from the Art Crawl on 10/4 and this piece is in one of the photographs in the newspaper.
If any of my Waukesha area friends see this piece for sale on Craigslist or wherever, please let me know. It’s 8 x 10 inches, glass layered over mirror, and embellished with beads and ball chain.
30West Magazine featured Waukesha Guitartown in their September 2014 issue.
There’s a nice description of my 10 foot guitar and a photo of my playable guitar in the article.
You’ll find the article begins on page 28.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Winchester, Virginia, has today announced the names of 287 artists from around the globe whose works are included in the exhibition Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, which opens at the MSV on September 7, 2014.
The artists, who represent every U. S. state and 35 other countries, all responded to a challenge, issued by the nonprofit Landfillart Project of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to transform discarded hubcaps into works of art. The complete list of artists is now posted online at www.theMSV.org.
According to MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, the Museum decided to organize the unique exhibition after its creative team learned of the Landfillart collection, traveled to Pennsylvania to view it, and judged the objects and the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message that inspired them to have universal appeal.
Landfillart founder Kenneth Marquis—environmentalist and owner of picturing-framing businesses and art galleries in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania—says the idea for the hubcap project occurred to him when he encountered a pile of rusty hubcaps for sale at an auto show in 2008. He purchased the lot with the idea of challenging artist friends to turn the hubcaps into art to demonstrate the potential of creative reuse. The idea captured the interest of artists and rapidly spread. Today, the Landfillart collection numbers more than 1,000 works of art from artists across the globe. While the entire collection is online at www.landfillart.org, Second Time Around marks the first time any of the objects will go on view in an exhibition.
Following the closing of the exhibition at the MSV on March 1, 2015, an abbreviated version of Second Time Around is tentatively scheduled to travel nationally under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Kansas City that creates and manages regional, multi-regional, national, and international programs.
MSV Director Evans anticipates that exhibition-goers will be astonished at the scope of creativity, skill, and artistic disciplines that the objects of Second Time Arounddemonstrate. Artists not only used the hubcaps as metal canvases upon which they painted, but also as material to construct sculptures, with the largest object in the exhibition being nearly eight feet tall and weighing more than 600 pounds. A number of objects illuminate or are kinetic, and many incorporate found and repurposed objects in addition to the hubcap.
According to Evans, Second Time Around will provide a dense, visually rich experience, with objects stacked on some walls nearly floor to ceiling, presented on pedestals, and overflowing out into the Museum’s lobby spaces. “Visitors will be greeted by an explosion of color and creativity that this massing of hubcap art provides,” says Evans. She anticipates that visitors of all ages will find Second Time Around to be both fun and educational. Evans expects children to be especially intrigued by fanciful objects that artists created from hubcaps, including, to name a few, a large ant, flying saucers, fish, and even a “junkyard dog.”
I think my Mosaic Guitar “In Tune with Wisconsin” may be the most photographed guitar in Downtown Waukesha. Every time I’m there, I see people taking photos of it with family or friends.
If you are willing to share your photos of yourself, your friends, or your family with my guitar, I’d love to post them on my just-for-fun Facebook Page for all to see.
Send any photos you have to [email protected] and I’ll post them with or without your pertinent information – you choose. How many photos can we get up here?
Several years ago, I participated in a volunteer artist call by The LandFillArt Project. They sent me a reclaimed hubcap off an old car, I did my magic on it and sent it back. I love the idea of using recycled, upsourced, and repurposed materials whenever I can.
I called her Landfill Princess. She was in an online exhibition at LandFillArt.org and that’s the last I heard of her . . . until today.
The exhibition will open September 7, 2014, at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), in Winchester, Virginia, USA, and be on exhibit through March 1, 2015.
Mine is one of 287 objects selected out of more than 1,000 artworks now in the Landfillart Collection. The exhibition presents work from artists in every U.S. state and 35 other countries.
The dense, visually exciting installation has a strong environmental message and will incorporate WASTE NOT from the Green Revolution “eco-zibit,” which is based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and its Black Creativity Council and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
As some of you know, I used Laticrete’s Epoxy Grout for my 10 foot guitar mosaic to celebrate Waukesha Guitartown in 2013. If you are a mosaic artist and have never used epoxy grout, I highly suggest you purchase some and learn how to use it (and if you’re thinking about grouting around the house – a backsplash or your shower tile – give it a try!). It’s so much finer textured than cement based grout and it’s just as easy (dare I say easier) to mix, spread, and clean up.
When I grouted my giant guitar in May of 2013, being a somewhat messy artist I dropped some grout on the drop cloths and promptly stepped in it. It got stuck in the treads of my work shoes and stayed there. Since it had set up quite well while I was working, I forgot about it until just recently when I discovered some of their grout STILL stuck in my treads in January of 2014. Not a big deal you say?
Those are the shoes I wore on our 3 week vacation around the American West which had me walking through Yellowstone National Park, the Little Big Horn Battlefield, Boise ID, Las Vegas, San Diego, Flagstaff AZ, Santa Fe NM, and many, many, many points in between. We put 5600 miles on our car during that trip, and many many miles on our feet!
That’s some seriously durable grout! 7 months, lots of miles, and there is still grout stuck in the flexible treads of my work shoes.
I I shared this anecdote with Laticrete just for grins, and look what they posted on their blog!!
Thanks Laticrete – you’ve made a believer out of me!
In late September 2013, we set out on a vacation of a lifetime. We spent three weeks driving through the American West as far south and west as San Diego CA, and as far north as Boise Idaho. We wandered through areas we’ve never seen and visited friends and family along the way. The terrain and geology is so very different from Wisconsin. I found inspiration and beauty almost everywhere I went. Without going into a long involved travel log of where we were and what we saw, here are some of the MANY photos I took to spur inspiration back in the studio.
The colors and the changing shapes around the country just floored me. The elevations were amazing and the views astonishing. Living in mostly-flat-with-some-rolling-hills-Wisconsin, I was continuously fascinated with the way mountains and hills cut across the sky. Every day brought a new formation and different perspective. I’m already producing work based on the inspiration I’ve stored up, and there are LOTS more pieces to be born out of this vacation. Thanks for enjoying a small part of it with me!
River’s End Gallery in Waukesha has opened another location in Elm Grove. My work will be carried in both galleries, so those of you on the eastern end of the area will have a new art venue to explore! It’s located in the Village Court at 890 Elm Grove Road (between the Sunset Playhouse and Sendiks).
The first week of operation, September 4th – 7th there will be opening specials in the Elm Grove location only.
The following works are currently on display in the Elm Grove location for your viewing enjoyment.
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Every year I donate a specifically made mosaic piece to a non-profit organization to raise money for outreach and research into cluster headaches. It used to be OUCH, but since they closed their doors, it’s been Clusterbusters.
A family member suffers from this despicable disorder, as well as some close friends and spouses of friends. We cluster-headache families stick together and support each other as best we can even though we’re scattered all over the globe.
My donation for this year’s fund raising auction is below. I have a prior commitment that weekend or I’d be down there with the rest of the cluster-families watching them raise money during the auction.
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