Picking Up the the Pieces
The Studio Tour – two weekends of open studios all over Santa Fe – has come to its happy end. The last few days have been filled with taking down and packing up the framed collages that I displayed, and generally returning my studio to its normal functionality. Some of my guests requested the creation of prints of some of the collages, and I am getting that lined up.
And in response to several requests, I will be conducting collage workshops in the Autumn. I am looking for a good location, and I will post the information here in due time.
I made some updates to the website to reflect recent sales. Our resident Dragon is on its way to its “forever home” with a new customer (Yay!). Its place in the web store is taken by “Brighter Than Noonlight”. Of course, prints and cards of the Dragon are still available.
Art in the Arroyo
Santa Fe is an amazing place to live. In addition to the clear light and fresh air, it is full of artists and creatives who enliven this town with surprises. You never know what you are going to find.
This morning I was walking in the arroyo and I came across these wonderful sculptures. The unknown artist used the rocks found in the sandy river to build little vignettes. Look at the masterful use of materials at hand, the sure placement and balance of each rock. Recommendation: go, go, go see them before a monsoon flood or human indifference destroys them. Try to catch them early morning or evening before sunset: the shadows play an important part of the effect. They are in the Arroyo des Chamisas, between Richards and Rodeo Roads.
Time for me to return to my work! I have a few tasks to complete before a have a ready work space. And yet, summer breezes call me: I am taking time to get to an art opening on Saturday and the dress rehearsal of Don Giovanni at the Santa Fe Opera! What a great town!
Peace and Love,
What a busy week it has been:
Prepping for the Studio Tour and celebrating Bloomsday, helping to hang the Preview Show and attending the Tour Reception, and finally opening up my home studio for the Tour.
I did take time out from this flurry to do something quiet and contemplative.
On Monday evening, I drove up to Museum Hill to view sunset of Solstice Day, and then turn around and watch the Full Moon rise above the mountains. It was spectacular, a fitting moment for appreciation.
June 16th was celebrated well – otherwise known as Bloomsday. That is the day James Joyce fans all over the world commemorate the events in the novel Ulysses.
In Santa Fe, we met at the newest venue for participatory art, Meow-Wolf, and were entertained by traditional Irish music and staged readings from the book. My latest piece, a portrait of Leopold Bloom was projected on screen before the show as well as displayed on an easel beside the stage. The white shirt I am wearing in the photo is the one I was awarded for my reading of the Molly Bloom soliloquy at the 100th anniversary celebration in Forest Park, Illinois in 2004 – I embellished it with the words, including the big “Yes.”
And now, a big “Yes” and a big cheer for the Santa Fe Studio Tour. We launched with the preview show at the Gallery of Santa Fe University of Art and Design (I helped crew the set up before dashing to Bloomsday).
Visitors came to the reception on Friday night, June 17th, to get a taste of the work of the 95 artists participating in the tour. I displayed “Bottom’s Dream”, my Midsummer's Night Dream fantasy.
The weekend was hot, but hundreds of people ventured out all over Santa Fe. I exhibited my prints and posters in my garden, and the framed original fine art collages in my studio. This is a great opportunity to see these! they are rarely exhibited. I showed visitors my technique and my tools while at my easel, and I told the stories about the artwork on display in the studio.
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Love and peace!
This has been a busy week here in Santa Fe, at least for us artist folk!
I have been preparing for the big SANTA FE STUDIO TOUR, coming up on a few weeks. For this event, I open up my home studio to the public and invited guests, and this means that the studio has to get “ready for its close up”. The last few days have included much outdoor preparation – those of you who have visited me before know that my studio opens up to my little backyard patio. So I have been sweeping, planting flowers, pruning trees… and getting the swamp cooler ready for summer. And with this done, I am ready to bring in and install the artwork. I will be displaying several framed original collages (Including “Bloomsday at Molly Malone’s”) and demonstrating my collage technique to visitors.
The Tour takes place on the last two weekends of June, plus the Preview Show on Friday, June 17 in the Gallery at Santa Fe University of Art and Design). More information can be had by going to the Tour’s page. The brochure is readily available at Santa Fe area art stores and hotels as well. (One of my pieces is on the front cover of the brochure!) You can find me on the Tour at Studio 35, near Siler and Cerrillos, just down the street from Jackalope.
Meanwhile, I will be at the SANTA FE RAILYARD ARTISAN MARKET, this Sunday as usual, from 10 am to 4 pm. This will be one of only two times I am going to be at the Market in June - I will be in my studio for the last two Sundays, hosting my event on the Tour. Come see what I am working on… I am racing to complete it before June 16th – Bloomsday! I will be celebrating the day with song and story with the other Joyce Geeks at MeowWolf. (Find it on Facebook: Ulysses in Fancy Town).
And now back to the easel – time to cut and paste!
Love and peace,
D E C O
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