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.
I have 3 pieces on the wall upstairs at the Pancakes & Booze Show, tonight at Hawthorne Theater in SE Portland, OR 8pm-close. I will also be doing live art making. Stop on by and say hello! Admission is only $5 and it gets you tons of original local artists on display, live art making and body painting, DJ’s, and of course… all you can eat pancakes! How cool is that?
My jacket is almost done being modified… Phoenix patch is done and has been sewn on to the back… I have also added shoulder pads and made a few structural alterations to the body and sleeves; it now more resembles a 1940s style jacket. There is a very special occasion that I am planning a Steampunk/Dieselpunk ensemble for, and the jacket will be prominently featured! I will reveal the secret and post complete pics very soon… Stay tuned!