A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Facebook that one of our artists, Stone Peng, was a semi-finalist in a photography contest, hosted by NPR’s Science Friday. We were thrilled to hear of his making it into the top ten entries submitted from across our country. Stone’s image of a single horse resonates with many of us in rural areas during the winter. His images are always quiet looks into the world around West Michigan. I am proud to represent his work in our gallery. Stone let me know that he placed 3rd in this National Competition. Congratulations, Stone!
It’s Day 10 in my 100 Days with One Pound of Clay. This has been hard. Life keeps getting in the way. I figure that seeing art shows is a form of being creative – looking at work made by other artist, considering the piece, and looking more.
How do you get information about art exhibits, museum events, etc? A comment blipped through my reading this morning commenting that many newspapers no longer have a dedicated art section. I got thinking about our local and regional newspapers. The author is correct. The Grand Rapids Press might have an article somewhere buried in the Sunday paper’s lifestyle section. I usually go online using Facebook, blogs, or the websites of local museums to find out about exhibits. We read the Sunday New York Times. Some weeks it takes about four days to get through it. The Times continues to have an entire section focused on Art in Manhattan. Many times, I fly through that section. Others times, a great editorial is written about a musician, author, or artist. Sadly, you can’t read the NY Times online unless you have a paid subscription. Its not so bad to have all of that newsprint around though. It gets used in the studio.
Another site that I found is The Artist’s Network. It is a website that provides forums, announcements, discussions, educational videos for artists and others. I don’t know what I think about it yet. If you are a potter or someone interested in the ceramics world, Ceramics Arts Daily, could interest you. They provided educational information and focus on featured potters from all over the world. The Huffington Post offers an arts section online.
The Huffington Post reported on Detroit’s Kresge Foundation’s 2014 Eminent Artist – Bill Rauhauser, who is 95. Bill told the Post that he started taking photographs when Detroit was the Center of the World – a great city.
I started making little sweaters. C2C is hosting an “Ugly Sweater Show” in December. The entry must be an ugly sweater using the art medium that you are currently working in. So, I am making little sweaters that will lead up to a much larger one. Its interesting considering what texture creates a sewn quality, etc. I can see many versions of these little guys over the next few months.
Let me know where you find good discussions/information regarding the Art World. Have a fun weekend.
C2C Gallery offers Art For Your Every Day Life. For wedding couples, we provide bridal registries for one of a kind functional artwork. We represent over 15 potters and 20 other artisans from Michigan and other areas. The owner, Cyndi Casemier, and other potters would love to create dinnerware and serving pieces for the couple to use in their daily lives. We have a skilled jeweler who can make jewelry for the bride and/or wedding attendants. We offer photography, original paintings, and signed reproductions for the new home. See our website for more information: www.c2cgallery.com.
“Stories In Clay”
Can you believe that school has started or will be starting soon? For me, it seems as though we just celebrated Fourth of July. In Grand Haven, The Coast Guard Festival marks time for many residents as the end of summer. The days are still warm but nights are cooling off. We begin to think about new shoes for kids and school supplies. I sent my youngest off to college. My last one. Another rite of passage crossed.
We have an interesting ceramics exhibit in the gallery through September 15. Blair Clemo and Israel Davis are both professors at Grand Rapids Universities. Both gentlemen spend their days working in clay and instructing students. But, their approach to the same medium is very different.
Blair Clemo instructs wheel throwing at Grand Valley State University. Blair throws on the potter’s wheel, alters his work extensively using handmade stamps, firing in an electric kiln.
Israel Davis instructs at Kendall School of Art and Design. He focuses on images from dreams, his life, or the life of his family. He screen prints images onto his clay work and then fires in a wood kiln.
As always, we will be hosting an opening on the First Friday of September for these two artists. Please put Friday, September 6 on your calendar. Stop in between 6 and 9pm. Michael Drost, jazz guitar professor at Grand Valley will be performing on the same evening, 6 to 8pm.