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Archive for December, 2016

Big 500 Show 2016 @ the Ford Building

I’m one of the artist-volunteers helping to hang artwork for the Big 500 show, this year at the Ford building on SE Division (near Genies cafe’ and across the street from the Independent Publishing Resource Center). It’s only been about three hours, and we already have over half the building covered in art! 

If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s cash and carry, all pieces $40 each, and all pieces were created especially for the show. They’re show in “random order”, so even though some of the work is by collectible local artists, you won’t be able to know whose piece is whose until you look on the back of the work. Thus, each piece stands on its own merits.

Having gotten such positive feedback since last year, I’m continuing in what I may turn into an annual holiday tradition, and hanging “light panels” featuring LED lights that can be switched on and off from the back of the work. 

This year, I experimented with using copper wire, tissue paper and acrylic gel to create the translucent “lanterns”. The effects are resilient and show off the light to good effect. A magical happening during the art making process, was that the copper wire oxidized during the drying process- so the framework shows a little bit of verdigris patina through the tissue. I kind of like it myself 🙂

I hope you can come and check out the show, opening tomorrow, Dec. 10th, 2 to about 10pm. I’ll be there! And if you show up later in the evening, you might be in for an extra treat out back in the parking lot….