Art for Good

One of the nice things about being an artist is that you can hide away in your studio working on art but still be a part of something bigger by donating your artwork to a good cause. A few times a year, I get asked to either donate a painting or to make something (painted furniture, birdhouses, kid crafts) to support a cause. Last year I renovated a friend’s old dollhouse (from her childhood) and filled it with tiny painted furniture and original artwork. It was really fun to bring the dollhouse back to life, and I ended up donating it to an auction fundraiser for Household Goods in Acton, MA. They are a terrific organization with a simple mission: they collect furniture and household donations from people who don’t need them and distribute them to individuals or families that do.

I’ve also donated to a number of art non-profits like Concord Art, Attleboro Arts Museum and the Zullo Gallery. I’m a big fan of these organizations for the educational work they do and for the opportunities they offer artists of all levels to share their work. Studio art is a solitary pursuit, so connecting with a non-profit (or several) can be a great way for artists to be part of a larger art community.

My piece “Something Blue” was accepted into the Artcetera Boston auction this year. This was an early Strata painting, and it was one of those pieces that never fully worked. So a couple of years after thinking it was finished, I went back into it and totally reworked it. And then recently, a poet named Matthew Goff wrote a poem about it and posted it on Instagram. How cool is that? It feels great to know that if this work sells at the auction, not only will it be going to a new home, but it will support the work of the AIDS Action Committee.

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Better late than never...

My new series got a mention in the Improper Bostonian a couple of weeks ago! Just back from traveling, so posting it now.  

By George

I've been working out some ideas for a new series on extinction/endangerment. The first completed piece will be part of the summer show at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery. I'll be sharing the walls with some incredible artwork by Ola Aksan, Adria Arch, Kate Holcomb Hale, Michael Gordon, Kristina McComb, Marie Najera and Julia S. Powell. 

The title of my new piece references George, the last male passenger pigeon, who died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1910. 

 By George, 18" x 18", mixed media on wood panel

By George, 18" x 18", mixed media on wood panel

Inhabiting Words

Finally got the new show I'm co-curating installed this week. It's a big show, ten artists in four galleries at Concord Art. Amazingly everything came together despite a super tight installation window. Wonderful opening reception last night, lots of great comments, people milling around, jazz in the garden, happy artists. Very satisfying. 

 The upstairs gallery at Concord Art. From left: Julia Csekö, Leslie Jackson, Lesley Dill, Deb Todd Wheeler, Squeak Carnwath and Andrew Witkin. 

The upstairs gallery at Concord Art. From left: Julia Csekö, Leslie Jackson, Lesley Dill, Deb Todd Wheeler, Squeak Carnwath and Andrew Witkin. 

Mass Art Auction Opening Reception

My husband and I stopped by the Mass Art Auction opening reception last night. It was amazing to see the walls covered from top to bottom with so much terrific artwork. And there's an impressive array of wonderful art in the Live Auction - big beautiful pieces by Shepard Fairey, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Rachel Perry, Mark Dion, Bill Thompson (to name a few) as well as two local friends, Jane Maxwell and Barbara Bosworth. Barbara teaches at Mass Art and was in the bird show I curated last year at Concord Art. And I met Jane many years ago when I was still writing books about collage and mixed media for Rockport Publishers. She shows with the wonderful Susan Lanoue

We walked around the show with Abigail Ogilvy, who then had to rush off to a meeting at the MFA. We decided to grab dinner in Central Square and I even managed to squeeze in a quick art supply run just before the store closed while Jim searched for parking. I lugged my giant bucket of gesso to Central Kitchen, where we had dinner at the bar. A perfect evening! 

True North on the walls at MassArt's Bakalar & Paine Galleries

True North Is Heading to Mass Art

True North was accepted into the upcoming Mass Art auction! It's a great event in Boston and provides financial support for scholarships and academic programs. A lot of wonderful artists have come out of Mass Art, including lots of friends, so I'm really happy to be part of this event. 

 True North 20" x 16" mixed media on wood panel

True North 20" x 16" mixed media on wood panel

The Salon Show

The Salon Show at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is up till the end of January. Jim and I are planning to go to tomorrow's First Friday to see what's new at the different galleries. We'll be sure to stop in at AOG as well. 

My new piece is called Beyond the Sea

Two Shows + a Magazine Page

Into the Green is hanging at Concord Art as part of the 17th Frances N. Roddy exhibition, which is up until October 20. 

I also just found out that I got a piece accepted into the second annual Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Scollay Gallery at Boston City Hall from September 28 to October 28. I'll be dropping off Harlem Birds today and hoping that the parking gods smile on me. 

Lastly, Abigail was interviewed for a piece in the Sept/Oct issue of Art New England about the new gallery scene in SoWa. I was thrilled to see my work included! 

Wasabi

I was contacted a couple of months ago by Meural, a startup company in NYC that has created a decorative frame for displaying artwork digitally in your home. The unit looks like a nicely framed artwork (instead of like a piece of technology) and can be used to show a single image or a rotation of many. The company invited me to contribute to their artist blog, the Meural Sketchbook, so I wrote about the color wasabi.  

The Pantone mugs I mention in my piece were a gift from a friend, Laura McFadden, who is a wonderful designer, author and artist. Check out her newest book, Knitless

 In the studio 

In the studio 

Summer Party at the MFA

My piece, The Language of Lines, was accepted to the juried auction at this year's Summer Party at the MFA in Boston. I dropped it off at the museum yesterday. Kind of fun to be able to drive right into the loading dock with all the trucks. One of the guys at the loading dock saw my piece and said, "Wow, you've made pigeons beautiful. Usually they're the rats of the sky." 

Birds in Concord

Just finalizing the details for the show I am curating at Concord Art. I found some wonderful artists doing work around the theme of birds. It's really coming together. 

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Birds in Boston

Well, after a crazy week that included my daughter's emergency appendix surgery Monday night - while my husband was out of town on business - my show is up on the walls of the gallery and ready for the opening night! Once Mira was home and Jim was back, I headed into Boston. Abigail and I scrambled to get the main walls painted gray, composed the show on Wednesday, and the installer took care of the rest. I stopped by the gallery last night and couldn't be happier with the result. 

And after all this, there's SNOW! Boston and Concord schools are closed but I'm hoping the storm won't keep too many people away from the opening. I'll be no matter what. 

Here's a sneak peak. The snow is up all month. 


Salon Show at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

It was a beautiful salon show at the gallery in Boston. My piece, Sway, was hanging next to my friend Bryony Bensley's portrait of my daughter, Mira, as the Green Man's Daughter. Bryony is a wonderful artist; we met a few years ago when we were both at the Albright Gallery in Concord, MA. 


Opening Reception at Three Stones Gallery

What a whirlwind night! Jennifer Johnston threw quite a bash and the gallery was packed with people. Lots of friends stopped by. It was great to speak with the other artists and we met a ton of new people as well. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to the wonderful staff at the gallery! It has taken me a while to post because Jim and I were so busy talking and mingling that neither one of us took a photo. Got this one today from my friend Hedi.