The Grilled Cheese Hideaway Gallery is hosting my second annual art show. The opening night is September 20th, from 6 to 9 pm. There will be original cow art, realistic and fanciful, watercolour and collage. There will also be great nibbles: miniature grilled cheeses, tiny soups and yum punch. Please come and provide the sparkling conversation to make the event spectacular. More information needed? Call the Grilled Cheese (705-731-2137) or Bearly Thayer Studio (705-738-4154).
This is a little late to be posting an opening, but I want to tell you that The Kawartha Arts Network co-operative hosted an opening last Saturday for their current show, "Paint it Big". Many of the participating artists were present to talk to guests about their work. This is a real plus of a show opening, to speak with the creators of the work and hear firsthand what inspired them and to share your reaction and interpretation of their work. I had a large piece in the show titled "Constellations of Bobcaygeon I", it is my largest collage to date measuring 30" x 22".
So you missed the opening of Paint it Big...that is no biggie because the show runs until April 5th. Also, there will be another opening for the next show in April as the co-operative has a new show every month. You can contact me for information at firstname.lastname@example.org as the Kawartha Arts Network is in transition since their recent incorporation.
"Constellations of Bobcaygeon I"
I just heard last night that I have been accepted to the Victoria County Studio Tour that will be held next fall. The show will be for two weekends, October 4-5 and October 11-12. This will be the 29th year the tour has been held, I was in it way back in my other life, as a weaver, when the show was only 4 and 5 years old.
Studio tours are self guided tours in which guests follow a map that guides them to each participating studio. The map is in a brochure that also has samples of each artist's work and a description of their practice. The brochures are distributed previous to the tour and there is not charge for going on the tour.
The studio tour concept is a collective that brings local artists together and pools their advertising resources for the benefit of all. Guests come from near and far and many return annually. In Victoria County there is the added enjoyment of viewing the fall colours. The second weekend is also Thanksgiving weekend so it is a great outing for families who are already gathered to spend the holiday together.
You can get more information about the tour @ www.vcstudiotour.com .
This week I'll be displaying my work in two locations in Bobcaygeon. The Boyd Art Room at the library and The Grilled Cheese Hideaway Gallery. I am showing my new constellations of Bobcaygeon series of collages and a select number of field collages.
The collages themselves are painted with acrylic, nail polish and glitter and have sewing patterns incorporated into the surface.
All the collages have wee cows in them, these are the subjects that tell the story of the pieces. The cattle, though in fanciful environments such as floating through the night sky or walking along an instructional line of a sewing pattern, behave and interact like real cattle.
Please, if you are in Bobcaygeon, stop by and have a look, take out a book, enjoy a grilled cheese.....
la quête du veau
Snow Cupcake Garden @ Humane Society of
The back story: Last winter I made cupcakes in the snow. They were about three to three and a help feet tall, painted in bright colours with non-toxic tempra paint. I made two versions of my garden on my front lawn, the first one melted in the January thaw. Passersby stopped their cars and took pictures of my garden and talked to me about what I was doing. I made cupcakes on other people's lawns too, they were called "Random Acts of Cupcake". I did them as surprises for people, to cheer their day. I did this as Princess Lorraine, complete with tiara as "safely helmet", and left a cupcake card telling the recipient they had been "cupcaked".
The story: This winter was not a good snow cupcaking winter because the snow was not "packy", it was just too cold! Fortunately there was one good day for cupcaking and that was just in time for the humane society's National Cupcake day! I was able to sculpt the garden shown above for the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes. I hope this whimsical installation will add the enjoyment of everyone who comes out to help the animals during this sweet fundraising event.
This project was inspired by my desire to share the joy of creating with the community. I wanted to bring my art out of my studio and get people talking about something fun, I wanted to give them a lift of spirit.
Crumpet the calf is debuting on facebook today. She has been sharing my Bearly Thayer Studio facebook since her arrival last June and I think it is about time she had a platform of her own. Her posts to my studio facebook are always popular so I think she should get some followers to her own page.
Crump will be talking for herself on her facebook page, but I'll do the typing for her as her cloppers are cloven. She will post her activities, thoughts, and opinions. There will be photos and paintings (by me) to enliven her posts. She has only just begun, but if you want to be among the first to follow this little bovine, here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crumpetthecalf I hope the link works....please let me know if it doesn't.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Artist Trading Cards This week I hosted my group's monthly Art Talk meeting. Usually we have a light lunch and talk about our current work, share ideas and offer encouragement. It is always uplifting and we all feel better able to go on with our creating. For something different at this meeting, I planned an Artist Trading Card session. This is something we used to do at art school in Haliburton, Ontario.
Every Thursday at lunch time, Tiffany, from the Rails' End Gallery would come to the school with a delightful selection of art materials and whoever wanted to could join in and make ATCs. The cards I traded for then are reminders for me of my happy times with my awesome classmates. I thought it would be fun to do the same with my Art Talk friends. We had a great time and two of us traded cards, the third member took hers home as it had a special message that she wanted to keep.
Here is a little bit about Artist Trading Cards, in case you want to do some too. I got these rules from the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre in Haliburton.
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), also known as Art Cards, are tiny pieces of original art, which are designed to create connections and interactions between artists. These cards are made all around the world and traded through personal exchanges or by mail.
ATCs can be created by ANYONE..you don`t need to be an artist to enjoy the arts, and express yourself creatively. Rules:
1) An ATC must NEVER be sold. Only exchanged or given as a gift.
2) All ATCs must be made to the dimensions of 2.5``x 3.5``.
3) On the back of the ATC the artist should write part or all of the following information: title, year, name, contact information, and card number*. * ATCs are usually made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind.
The numbering works as follows:
1) Originals: a unique ATC. They can be numbered (1/1) or not at all.
2) Editions: a set of identical ATCs. They can be numbered (1/3, 2/3, 3/3).3) Series: a set of ATCs that are based on one theme but are each unique. They can be labeled "(1/3) in a series".
The numbering isn't really important....what matters is that you enjoy the process of creating each card and do it with care. You can use any sort of technique or medium that you choose. This is your chance to be creative and discover new methods and skills. Don't think of the size as a limitation, but as a chance to explore things that would be impossible with a large scale work.
Artist Trading Card: Cross Your Heart by Lorraine Thayer
When I returned to art school at the age of fifty-something I met an artist who changed how I thought about showing my work to the public. He told me that when an artist makes work and puts it out in the world to be seen, it is like someone calling down a drainpipe. "Helloooooooo" he yells, "anybody there?". Very occasionally, if that someone is lucky, someone else calls back "Hello". That is what happens when we put our work out to the world, just occasionally someone gets us and hollers back, hello. Bingo!
The artist I'm referring to was Peter Kolisnyk. He was a sensitive and intuitive artist and art observer who delighted in the simple and the direct. I am indebted to him for so much in my artistic journey.
Ground Outline, 1977Copyright Peter Kolisnyk (with the CN tower seen behind and above the installation)
Hans Hofmann was a German born American abstract expressionist who lived from 1880 to 1966. Here is something he had to say about the work of artists:
“The artist's technical problem is how to transform the material with which he works back into the sphere of the spirit.”
This is what I am working towards with my cow collages. When I work in the abstract expressionist manner I feel freer to let loose with my feelings than when I am working representationally. I am striving to transfer that freedom of expression to my representational cattle work. Sometimes I feel I am close to doing so. Here is a sample of that freedom beginning.
I love living in the country. It is where I have chosen to make my home and I am inspired by my cattle and the quiet fields but it isn't the best place to share ideas. So, two artist friends and I get together once a month or so to have an art talk. We take turns hosting the talk, the host provides soup, coffee and a dessert and we all bring our own sandwiches for lunch. Everyone brings an art piece or an art idea to talk about. We share our thoughts about the work or offer suggestions if someone is having an "issue" with a piece and wants advice.
These informal art talks encourage me to keep my work practice up. I look forward to sharing my new ideas in this safe environment with artist friends who are encouraging. It is similar to being back in art school where the ideas flowed and were shared freely.
I encourage artists, whether in the country like me, or maybe in the city but isolated in their studio, to find a group of like minded artists and get sharing. It might be the first step towards showing your work to a larger audience.
What did I show at Art Talk today? Let me show you.....it is the second in my constellation series. The title is "Taurus Constellation II" and it shows not only Taurus but Orion as well. This collage is on gallery style stretched canvas and measures 12"x12".