Call for Entry Ann Arbor Art Center Extended

The Ann Arbor Art Center is redesigning and and re-thinking its programs for professional fine artists.  This exhibition might be worth applying for.

Entries Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Sunday, March 15

The Art Now Series is an expansion of The Print. This Annual Series creates focus on other media as well as printmaking. We are pleased to present this year’s exhibit which features innovative work in PAINTING. Cash prizes are totaling more than $700 being awarded.

Juror: Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo)

Eligibility: Artists nationwide may submit a maximum of three entries. For this exhibit painting can be interpreted widely. Artists working with new genres such as installation, digital process, or collage are welcome to apply, as well as artists who work with traditional paint medium. Entries must incorporate paint in some capacity. All work should be created within the last two years. Works submitted must have not been previously shown in any competition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

For more information, prospectus & application form please click here:http://ow.ly/HcJox

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Lustron Stories – Americans at Home

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Thanks to the kindness of ka, you all know that this project is now on exhibit at PUBLIC Gallery in Louisville. It goes next to the Ohio History Connection in Columbus between Memorial Day and Labor 14072602FremiottiTableDay. Right now I am working on finding a book publisher. Not going to self-publish because the themes, including the Great American Dream and the success of these homes in realizing the Bauhaus ideal of using industrial materials to create affordable housing indicates, at least to me, that there is a wider potential audience than I can reach myself. I also put a video on YouTube which you can see here http://youtu.be/EGmUOdtvHpc

Since many of you get my update email, I will try to not repeat but wanted to briefly mention the presentation. If you remember the four pieces at TMA, they were matted and framed using aluminum. Pretty common for me when I am…

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Chuck Mintz Lustron Houses in KY

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Chuck Mintz will be showing 20 of his photographs of Lustron Houses at @PUBLIC, 131 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 (Whiskey Row Lofts, Second St. & W. Main St.) from February 27-March 28, 2015.  Opening is February 27, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Talk March 14, 12:00p.m.T he project is featured currently on Lenscratch:  http://lenscratch.com/2015/02/charles-mintz/.

Chuck Mintz  will be talking about the Lustron project on ArtxFM radio at noon on Friday, Feb. 27:  http://www.artxfm.com/listen/

For a video of the Lustrong House Project go to: http://bit.ly/1FxmlIa

 

Margi Weir’s Drawings Now Showing in North Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Ohio

Margi Weir’s drawings are now showing in several exhibits around the U.S.:

  1. 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)
  2.  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)
  3. 26th National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University,Baltimore, MD
  4. Home, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

David Eichenberg in Moldova

David Eichenberg (he of the hyper-realist portraits on aluminum in the TAA95 exhibit)  is currently in a show in Chisinau, Moldova at the Natural History Museum.
The show is called “An International Exhibition: The Figure as seen by the Eyes of Contemporary Artists” It is curated by Italian Hyper-realist Painter Giuseppe Muscio in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in Chisinau. It will run from the February 10 – 25, 2015. 

Call for Art in Detroit

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

 

RCP Imaging for Artists in Portland MI

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.

rcp test strip  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: keith@rcp-usa.com.

I’d be interested in hearing from other artists about their experiences with any other scanning services in the region.

 

Artist in Residency in the Burren

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I wanted to let you all know I am the current resident at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. I am here through April with plans to attend another resident afterwards in France or Berlin. The Burren is a magical place from what what I have seen so far. The landscape is wild, ruff and strikingly beautiful even in its current wet season.

“The Burren derives its name from the Gaelic “bhoireann” which means “a stony place”. The stone in question is mainly carboniferous “karst” limestone. Hundreds of thousands of years old, it defines the unique landscape surrounding the College – in strange, yet beautiful, bare and fissured terraces than many compare to a moon landscape, which hide a myriad of caves beneath.

Though bare at first glance, the stony outward face of the Burren is far from barren. Within the many crevices and cracks, which punctuate its craggy pavement hills, grow some of the world’s rarest flowers. This remarkable terrain is also home to a rich variety of fauna. Its equally lively bird and marine life is interesting too for the sheer diversity and quantity of species.” – Excerpt fromThe Burren college website

The studio spaces are an open construction that you share with other artists, students and graduates. The community of artist are open and engaging. The collage is situated next to the little town of Ballyvauhan, a fishing village on the coast. The villagers have embraced the school and visiting artists with open arms.

I would be more then happy to share more of my experiences on my return to the states in June. If anyone is interested, more information on the residency can be found on there website.

http://www.burrencollege.ie/programmes/residency

Cheers!

Katie