POP X is a new public art program that combines art exhibitions and events in purpose-built architectural pavilions. Sponsors include the Ann Arbor Art Center, the University of Michigan School of Architecture and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Ten spaces are available to an artist or a group of artists during this cultural festival, to be held October 15-24, 2015.
According to the recent Ann Arbor Art Center press release:
“Artists and curators are invited to present concepts for exhibitions inside of 100 square foot pavilions that form the core place-making and presentation vehicles for the inaugural POP X Festival in Ann Arbor’s downtown Liberty Plaza”
Pop X is open to all artists, but is probably most suitable for work that involves performance and/or installation. There is a $35 entry fee, and the deadline for proposals is April 26th. For more information and a prospectus go to:
My work will be in a group show at Motor Row Gallery, 2345 S. Michigan Avenue March 18-April 12. The opening is Friday, March 13, 5-9. There will be live music, a beer tasting, and most important of all, lots of art.
Opening weekend hours: Saturday, March 14, 3-7 p.m., and Sunday March 15, 12-5 p.m. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9.a.m.-3 p.m.
Margi Weir’s drawings are now showing in several exhibits around the U.S.:
- The 6th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (juror: Val Britton, MFA from California College of the Arts ;1109 entries from 379 artists, 47 pieces selected)
- 49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (juror; Kurt Dyrhaug is an Associate Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX) Weir received the Del Mar College Permanent Collection $1000 purchase award (shown above)
- 26th National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University,Baltimore, MD
- Home, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH
For artists who are interested in finding out more about art in Detroit and possibly exhibiting there, here is a great opportunity: Hatch Art has just issued a call for entries to Hatchback, an annual juried group show. The juror is Chido Johnson, Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies and there is no fee. Hatch is a well respected non-profit gallery and studio space. Like most Detroit art venues, the gallery is open for limited hours but it is clean, well-lit, professionally run, and has a strong following within the city’s arts community. The deadline for entry is March 3.
I showed my work at Hatchback 8 last year, and it resulted in an invitation to show more extensively in TABLEAU: Hardin, Letts, Schaedig, currently on view until February 28. The gallery is open this Saturday 1-6 and I will be on hand if anyone wants to come and scope it out.
For more information and to apply, go to: http://www.hatchart.org/hatchback
Like most artists, I have found a way in the past to make pictures of my work for use online at 72 dpi that I consider to be adequate, if not inspiring. I just take them outside on a bright overcast day, hang them on the barn door and photograph with my moderately good Panasonic DMC-F260 digital camera. After a little cropping and auto color correction with my rudimentary Adobe Elements program, I upload them to my website and that’s that. This worked reasonably well when my largest painting was 3’ x 4’ but when it came to shooting my more recent, larger pieces I have found myself running into problems. The images of the larger pieces were flat and the colors oversaturated -even for use online at a low resolution- missing the rich detail of the originals. They also were somewhat distorted on the edges. So I was intrigued when I heard about RCP in Portland, Michigan, just west of Lansing. They claim to produce extremely high quality images from high resolution scans using their state-of the art equipment. They offered me a free scan to demonstrate, so I decided to try them out.
I arrived at their offices and met Keith Menne, who is in charge of scanning. He demonstrated the process on a painting I had brought. The scanner, which sits in its own large room, is a mammoth piece of equipment which reminded me of a cat-scan machine. The bed is 4 x 6 feet which would allow most of my paintings to be scanned in one operation; larger pieces can be scanned and then “stitched” together to accommodate larger work. The machine’s lens is specially ground to eliminate distortion at the edges of the image. The scan takes place in two passes. In the first pass, the image is lined up for framing and focus; the second scan is image capture. The equipment is designed to get maximum surface detail and nuance as well as to reduce unwanted shadows and glare, and I must say that it did make a big difference with my work. Small variations in the thickness of the paint showed up much more clearly and the surface of the painting was cleanly represented. After the scan, Keith’s co-worker Jamie re-touched parts of the picture and he then produced 2 “color strips” to get the color just right.
I didn’t proceed to a full print of the piece, but it was apparent that the process represented a huge improvement in the quality of the reproduced image. RCP can print out images on a wide variety of papers, just about anything from fabric or canvas to fine art watercolor paper.
Of course, all this comes at a cost. RCP charges $82.50 for an individual scan, or $330 an hour on the scanner. They can scan 8-10 similarly sized images per hour, which makes the cost about $33 to $40 per scan. Then there is the cost of paper and output which I didn’t get into with them. Still, the product was impressive, and I think I will make use of their services when I make the step to producing fine art prints of my work. Anyone interested in more information can go to www.rcp-usa.com or contact Keith Menne directly: email@example.com.
I’d be interested in hearing from other artists about their experiences with any other scanning services in the region.
On January 11, 2015, the New York Times Travel section Cleveland, Ohio was listed as number 21 of 52 best places to go in 2015, and specifically, the city’s Golden Square Arts District and the new Museum of Contemporary Art were mentioned:
Arts writer Sally Deskins interviewed me for the online journal Les Femmes Folles: