Ladies and gentlemen…
Winter turned to spring, April to May, and here we are face to face with the realization that there is only a little over a month left of the school year and our peaceful kid-free days. May Day indeed! All is not lost though, May also brings with it a lot of art opportunities!
If you’ve been following along at home (read: Instagram) you know that I have been doing quite a bit of screen printing lately. I’ve been printing that moth on anything and everything that isn’t moving – good thing Olive is quick on her feet! I was even able to resolve a series of old monoprints that “needed a little something more”. And the timing was perfect as the Art League of Lincoln put out a call for its first Traditional Printmaking Exhibit.
I’m happy to say that 3 of my monotypes are included in the amazing show judged by the talented Vinay Sharma!
The show runs May 2 to June 2, 2018 at Lincoln Arts 580 6th St. Lincoln CA
There is an Artist Reception on Saturday, May 12th from 5:00 – 6:30pm. I hope to see you there!
May also is the beginning of the Art Auction season at the Crocker Art Museum! I look forward to the Big Names, Small Art event every year. Small artworks (12″x12″ and under) by all your favorite artists up for auction with bids starting at $25. What could be better??
Having a painting included in the Crocker’s annual Art Auction! I am still doing the happy dance that started last month when I received that acceptance letter. It is such a honor to have a piece of art hanging in such a great museum!
Big Names, Small Art (BNSA) is Thursday, May 24th 5:00-9:00pm. Get a ticket and come out and enjoy an fun evening of art, music, food, drinks, and mingling with amazing artists. Bid on The Hand of Man and then be sure to head inside and check out A Dance of Splinter and Bone and all the works that are in the Annual Art Auction. They are on exhibit for the 2 weeks leading up to the auction on June 2nd.
Can’t wait to see what summer brings!
Wow. The Big Names, Small Art event at the Crocker Art Museum last Thursday night was a blast! Saw a bunch of friends, was out-bid on all the pieces I tried to win, and met people who were actively trying to win my piece! It sold for $185. sweet. But the best part of the night? Going inside the museum and seeing this:
Yep. A really bad cellphone pic of my print hanging on the museum gallery wall!
Pretty freaking awesome! oh and even thought the auction isn’t until June 6th, you can bid online here!
And my encaustic painting “Holy Wound Five” went to it’s new home.
Friday was a day of rest (read: headache) and then Saturday we got the keys to our new house! Greeting from the pool. 🙂
And believe me, that pool is mighty nice after a day of moving garage stuff in the 95 degree heat!
crap. We still have 2 more weeks of May. Each month I hope our stress levels are gonna drop back down to “normal”. It hasn’t happened yet. My fear is that this is the new normal; a crisis a day. And that would suck. My adrenal glands need a freaking break here!
Kyle sprained his ankle at volleyball practice on April 30th – the day we closed on the new house. Instead of celebrating, I spent the evening with him in Urgent Care. So April went out with the combo good news/bad news emotional slaps upside the head that life is now dealing us on a regular basis. May has been much of the same. All good things must be offset with an equally bad thing. There is a Buddhist lesson in all this about walking the middle path, but my balance is totally shot. So it goes.
2 days later I got 31 injections of botox in my head, neck, and shoulders to help with my migraines. It hurt. I can’t move my forehead. I was in constant pain for over a week. I had migraines. Last week I finally started to feel “better”, but I don’t think I can do that again. Let alone every 3 months! We’ll have to see how the migraines play out over the next 2 months. I am not optimistic. So it goes.
Last week the buyers closed on our house and we are now renting back until the end of the month. (I should insert a ::happy dance:: here but ugh… I’d probably break a hip) Packing is happening. Logistics for the move have been coordinated. So everything is moving along. ha! Of course last week we got a call from the tenants at the new house about a leaking balance tank on the hot water heater. Quick call to a plumber to get that fixed. ka-ching. So it goes.
Kyle’s ankle is on the mend and after a couple days of scrambling for doctor appts, fights about splints and crutches, and tears (mine of course), he was released to play last Friday. Just in time to finish up the Section championships this week and then hopefully on to NorCal’s next week. I hope they can take it all the way! I haven’t even seen one game this season. So it goes.
This weekend there was nothing on our calendars. Nothing. That was surreal. Our heart rates dropped. Coffee was drank in leisure and not chugged as we ran out the door to put out another fire. So we took a run to Ikea to buy new desks and spent the rest of the time packing and catching up on all the things. We were in the home stretch yesterday evening and trying to figure out what to have for dinner when the neighbor’s dog jumped on Erin and scratched her back pretty bad. Back to Urgent Care with another huge adrenaline spike. Erin is fine. No stitches thank goodness, but still… we all could have done without that scare. So now I’m thinking forget the dishes, I’m gonna wrap my family in all that bubble-wrap and wait for June. I am the only one who hasn’t been to that Urgent Care this year. So it goes.
But like I said, May ain’t over yet and this week we are back to busy. A couple volleyball play-off games and this Thursday is Big Names Small Art at the Crocker!! Something awesome indeed. And this is the last week of my Printmaking class. It is kinda of amazing that through all that has been going on these last 3 1/2 months, I have ended up with a really nice portfolio of work to turn in. So it goes.
And I’m almost afraid to mention that my woodcut “Split” was accepted into this year’s California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit!
Great news! My collagraph, The Theotokos Triptych, has been selected for the Crocker’s 36th annual Art Auction!
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM
SILENT AUCTION CLOSES AT 7 PM
This artful evening features work by more than 100 of the region’s finest artists, silent auctions followed by a gourmet dinner, and an exciting live auction. Casually elegant attire.
For Art Auction tickets, sponsorships or additional information, call (916) 808-7843.
Art Auction Exhibit on view: MAY 22 – JUNE 7
I have also donated Holy Wound Five to the Big Names Small Art event at the Crocker.
BNSA (BIG NAMES SMALL ART)
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 5:30 – 9 PM
FIRST SILENT AUCTION CLOSES AT 6:30 PM
Free to Museum members and Patron ticket holders
Reserve tickets at crockerartmuseum.org
“Join us for the art party of the year featuring “Small Art” by “Big Name” artists. Bidding on all BNSA items start at just $25. Music, a no-host bar, gourmet food, and docent-led tours of the Art Auction galleries round out the evening.”
I am so thrilled to have my work shown at the Crocker and to be able to support such a great museum here in Sacramento!
As long as “this thing” continues to be good news like I received in today’s mail. I just found out that one of my prints was selected for the Crocker Museum’s annual Art Auction!
I will have a piece of art hanging in a museum.
That is all kinds of kick ass!
And I needed that. Now we just need to get our house sold so that life can be all kinds of wonderful again! Cause March was kind of exhausting. On so many levels. The unplanned and accepted offer we put on a bigger house here in town, putting our house on the market, my friend Lisa passing away, the constant packing and cleaning and showing of house. ugh. All of which means I have not been able to make any art except when at class. Thank god for my printmaking class. Keeping me on the right side of sane.
So, let’s hope this one piece of good news rolls into more good news: revised offers and our house under contract. No more Open Houses. No more always being ready for realtors to come through. Then I can get my desk out of storage and get back to work!