The Big 500 Show is back in Portland, Oregon, and it’s their anniversary! I’m excited to see the show back at the Pioneer Place Mall, former home of Peoples’ Art Of Portland Gallery. Clearly the artists rock so hard that they got invited back for another appearance!
For my pieces this year, I am exploring more in-depth the fusion of a variety of mixed media materials, techniques, and processes:
It’s been a bit heinous getting ready for the show, after getting my own place, moving my household across the state in September, setting up my art studio in a whole new building, work transitions, health transitions, and so on. So I hadn’t had as much time or brain power as I’d like to be able to focus on what I wanted to do.
Yet, I’d wanted to give more time and opportunity to the part of me that loves to feel things, to play with materials and enjoy the colors and textures, to go with an intuitive vision. So I started with a mere flash of an idea- working with metal foil and making lantern-style light “boxes.” Add to that some cool finds in my materials stash that I hadn’t seen in years, and some beachcombed treasures, and I was off and running.
I’m excited about the possibilities with the light boxes, as it provides a sustainable way to light up a space that can last for a long time, has replaceable components, and uses minimal power. Also blurring the lines between art and functionality; pieces that are paintings or sculptures by day, can take on an added dimension by night.
I will be at the opening (get there by 2pm for a PARADE!) so I hope you can make it out! If not opening night, the show will be up through Christmas for all of your holiday shopping needs.
Greetings, all. After an unexpected series of life events (emergency move, health issues, etc.) I have settled in a new spot and just finished restoring my art studio in the Portland Metro area. Still a bit rough around the edges, but it is all set to focus down on drawing, painting, mixed media and fiber arts/embellishment work. I’m excited to get started again.