I just hung artwork at Proper Eats Market & Café in the charming St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, this past Memorial Day. I have something like ten pieces, mostly in the dining area, plus this stained glass piece in the front window:
This piece was a miracle “rescue”, of sorts, as it had been just about finished several years back- but the vintage carved wood frame that the image had been collaged and painted on to had started to split and fall apart! I would suspect it was a piece from the 1930’s or earlier, as the frame had been cleverly assembled from many smaller pieces of wood, and the molding that held the glass to the frame was one long piece of twisted paper, secured by tiny nails. I was so afraid that the exposed glass would shatter! And I just couldn’t, at the time, see how to reconstruct the piece. So it was wrapped up in a spare tablecloth and some cardboard, stored in a corner, and forgotten for a long time.
Finally, in search of some new pieces to put in this show, I got bold enough to unwrap it. By this time, it had sustained several moves and a number of reshuffles from one corner of living space and/or art studio to another. There was some rattling going on inside the package. I was worried. What would I find?
When the piece was eased gently out of its casing, I saw that the rattling had come from a random piece of plastic that had somehow gotten inside the package, hastily wrapped as it had been. The glass was completely intact, all of the frame pieces present. What’s more, it had been packaged together with a number of other pieces of raw glass that had been saved for other projects- with no extra wrapping or padding. Somehow, it had survived all of that traveling and jostling around, and so had all of the other glass inside. Unheard of!
So, I carefully reassembled the frame, resealed the glass with sturdier, more modern means, and carried it on down to the show. Eh Voilá: You will get to see a piece that almost wasn’t meant to be.
The remainder of the works show off my interest and focus in the past few years, of combining assemblage and fiber arts/beadwork techniques on canvas and 2-D works. Here you will have a chance to examine them up close.
And if this weren’t enough: I have the space for TWO whole months- June through August- so expect some changeup of work, and hopefully some intriguing new items, part way through the season.
And if THIS, plus the chance to visit one of Portland’s fine independent markets and their tasty food & beverages, were not enough- the show will be up during “The Constitutional”, St. Johns’ yearly art celebration event, happening June 11th. Read more about it here, then come out and have a good time up on the N. side!