Saturday, July 23, 2011
I just got back from a great visit to The Artery in Milford, PA and what a great gallery it is!
I really enjoy visiting local galleries and seeing the work of local artists and since Milford is only a 45 minute drive from Warwick it was a great day trip. For those of you who have never made the trip, it is a great little town, much like that great small town feeling of Warwick. The small town streets are lined with antique shops, art shops/galleries and other great locally owned stores.
The main reason for my visit was to see the work of my teaching partner Richard Weber. Rick is a great clay artist and I admire his interest in all things spherical. He was headlining the show along with a talented group of artists.
Rick's works are called "Spheres of Influence." Most of his pieces are hand held and meant to be picked up and when you do this you notice that the works have small pieces of clay inside and he called them "rattles." Each one is hand built out of clay and throughout the school year he was talking to me about larger spheres made out of variations of materials including cement and styrafoam and his ideas culminated in a wonderful gallery show.
Here are some of my favorite images from the gallery. There are so many things to see from photographers, sculptors, painters and many more so I highly suggest you visit this great gallery soon!
It was a great way to spend a day in the summer and I certainly was inspired by all of the great works there!
Be Well and Enjoy!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This weekend we made a great trip to The Brooklyn Flea. This is such a great venue for art and fantastic finds. I was able to pick up a few great goodies myself!
When we first arrived I happened upon this fantastic mural painted on a wall. It inspired me for sure as a great abstract yet functional and colorful work in my classroom for the fall. This mural had a purpose as you can see in the photo, it was a map! Viola! It really caught my eye and my destination!
I have posted some pictures of my absolute favorite artists of the day. The first is a textile artist, Kate Durkin, who does hand embroidery on fabric. She was extremely pleasant as was her work. I loved the simple clean lines in her animals and we all know birds are my favorite, so I just adored the owls.
The bicycle made me think of my dear friend Jen and so I snapped this pic with her in mind! I chatted with her for a bit and she handed me her card which were super fun and had a hummingbird on them.... I knew I liked her... wink,wink.... you can find her work at www.katedurkin.com
Next I found these divine wheel thrown porcelain cups by S K T Ceramics. It is hard to find unique functional clay works and these certainly grabbed my eye. Again, my love for birds drew me in right away to this adorable little chick. The animals were beautifully carved and then glazed over. I really loved the black carvings in contrast to the milky glazed washes on the overall cups. I was ready to grab one and have a spot of tea. You can find more about Susannah's work at www.susannahtisue.com
There was an array of food so making a day out of it is just grand and will certainly tempt your taste buds with all of the fresh homemade treats and beverages. The entire area was covered with great people and finds including antique furniture, rugs, tapestries, records and much, much more! I cannot wait to get back!
On these beautiful weekends find some time to visit the "big apple" and take a closer look at the art and artists in your own neighborhood! Click on the title of this post and you will be directed to the site for The Brooklyn Flea.
Be Well and Enjoy!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Now that summer is here there are so many things we can do to get outside and see and find art. This week I went on an art seeking adventure and took both my husband and my camera along with me.
In college I had a photography concentration and even built a darkroom in my own home but I am just starting to dip my toe into the digital pond and got my first digital camera. As you can see pictures previously posted on my blog, I do enjoy using it.
As an undergraduate student, I loved photographing found still life and old houses. These things have so much character, life and story left to be depicted through visual art. Using my digital camera was great as I walked around such abandoned, scary and fantastic places. I think that duality for me is the exciting part of photographing old structures.
We traveled up to the once flourishing Sullivan County and walked around seeing the sights. There are many beautiful structures and small towns that are sadly quiet now but really still hold so much beauty so worth a visit. Click on the title of this post and you will be brought to a great link about all of the decay in the Catskills called the "Vanishing Catskills."
I was lucky to also find some great life in chickens as well which just proved that there is new life and beauty in the everyday.
So here are a few of my favorite images of the day. I know I will certainly be up there again enjoying the beauty and art among the abandoned.
Be Well and Enjoy!