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Traces, Marks, and Fragments

We went down to San Luis Obispo this weekend for the opening of Traces, Marks, and Fragments, the printmaking show at the art museum there.
SLO museum

The show was sponsored by the Central Coast Printmakers, and the juror was the artist Sandow Birk. I am very fortunate to have two pieces in the show. The first is Hopscotch:
Hopscotch

The second is called Freedom, and I am doubly fortunate in that this work was chosen to appear on the show’s postcard. How exciting is that???
SLO postcard

Mr. Birk spoke before the reception, talking about his jurying process.
Sandow Birk

Then the crowd dispersed into the galleries to see the show.
Gallery view

Traces, Marks and Fragments will be on display at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art through February 26.

Holiday Miscellany

This just in:
The Scott’s Valley Holiday Boutique & Fundraiser –featuring 30 local artists and craftspeople, including me– has been extended for five more days! So not only will it be open today, Sunday December 19, but also all week though December 23. Hours during the week will be 10-6pm Monday – Thursday, December 20th-December 23rd. Come on by for some last-minute Christmas shopping! The address is 222-I Mount Herman Road, in the King’s Valley Shopping Center, between Nob Hill Foods & Erik’s Deli.

Besides finding some good gifts, you’ll be doing a good deed: a portion of all sales will be donated to either the Second Harvest Food Bank, or Scott’s Valley schools. Your choice.

In the meantime
I’m putting the finishing touches on the block for my Christmas/holiday/solstice/what-have-you cards. A bit behind schedule, but I believe I may actually get them in the mail before Christmas. Here’s a mysterious sneak preview:

Carving my cards!

And now back to baking and wrapping. Fa la la la la!

Feeling Crafty

Busy, busy, busy, that’s what I’ve been lately. It’s the holiday craft fair season, and I’ve been printing up a passel o’ prints in preparation.

First up, this weekend, is the 2nd Annual Pacific Art League Craft Sale, in Palo Alto. It’s a juried show, which means (as Sarah-Hope says) no crocheted beer can carriers. It’s all classy stuff! There will be 14 artists showing and (hopefully) selling their work.

Palo Alto Craft Fair

I’ll be selling prints, of course; matted, loose, framed, and small ones as greeting cards. Come on by and say hello if you can! Here are the details:

Pacific Art League Craft Sale
668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto [see map]
Saturday, November 20, 11am – 6pm
Sunday, November 21, 11am – 5pm

I usually try to buy one ‘thing’ to upgrade and improve my booth/tent before each such event. This time I got a banner with my name and the rabid squirrel print on it. It looks awesome! Though as someone pointed out, the mad squirrel might scare some visitors away. Don’t worry; he doesn’t really bite!

My advertising banner

After Thanksgiving, I’ll be taking part in a four-weekend marathon craft sale in Scott’s Valley. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Cafe Press – $10 off sale!
And here’s another holiday shopping idea for you: things with my prints on them! That’s right: you can have a t-shirt with the pilgrim bearing his burden, or a mug with one of my paintings on it. All you need to do is visit my Cafe Press shop. Who could resist a baby jumpsuit with a giant chicken on it?

Baby suit with chicken on Cafe Press

To get $10 off your order, simply buy $50 or more worth of stuff (and it doesn’t all have to be from my shop, though it would be nice if it was!) and enter source code Friend10 at checkout. This offer is good on any purchases made between November 20 – 23.

I’ve ordered a lot of stuff from Cafe Press, and have been pleased with the quality of their items. And they’re pretty quick, too. Go check it out now!

West Coast Prints

Last night was the opening reception for West Coast Prints at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. I was very pleased to have my linoleum block print, Baba Yaga, accepted in to the show. And a fine show it is!

Here is the title of the show in the window at the PAL.
West Coast Prints at the Pacific Art League

Come on in, and join the crowd. You can see a couple of Tom Killion’s block prints on the wall.
West Coast Prints at the Pacific Art League

Gianfranco Paolozzi plays the accordion for our entertainment. I love that he played Kiss of Fire, one of my all-time favorite songs.
Accordionist

Baba Yaga is part of a lovely grouping of black & white prints. Nice company! The sturgeon is a stunning linoleum block print.
Grouping of black and white prints

Tom Killion gave a brief slide presentation about his prints and process.
Tom Killion speaking

And here I am, the proud artist standing near her work!
Artist and work

West Coast Prints will be on display through November 27, 2010. The Pacific Art League is at 668 Ramona Street in Palo Alto. It really is an excellent show; go see it if you can!

Baba Yaga

Watch out! Here comes a hut on giant chicken legs! It can only be….

Baba Yaga!

Baba Yaga linocut

For those who aren’t familiar with her, Baba Yaga is a figure from Russian folklore, an old woman who often flies about in a mortar and pestle (another great visual there), and who is known to occasionally eat children. She lives in the forest, in a hut perched atop chicken legs. (The Wikipedia link has a fascinating section about the possible origins of the hut on chicken legs.)

Mussorgsky included a piece about Baba Yaga in Pictures at an Exhibition. Just for fun, here is a Russian animation to that music.

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Santa Cruz Open Studios!
This coming weekend, and the weekend after, my studio will be open for visitors to stop by and see my work. Come on down!
Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10
Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17
10am – 5pm each day
816 Hanover St., Santa Cruz

I hope to see you there!

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