Upcoming Shows for Fall Semester

These next couple of months I’ll be busy getting work out. Here’s a list of some places that I will be showing my work in the near future. If you’re around check it out!

Lake Charles, LA, October (not sure of exact dates) – “McNeese Drawing Invitational” at McNeese State University, Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA

Richmond, VA, Oct 5 – Oct 25 “Death is in the Details”, at the Studio Two Three Gallery

Hot Springs, AR, Oct 5 – 29, “Self Portrait Exhibition”, Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs

New York City, Oct 20 – Nov 17 – “New Prints 2012/Autumn, 43nd New Prints Show” at the International Center for Printmaking

Garden City, KS, Oct 26 – Dec 1, “ESU at GCCC”, at the Mercer Gallery, Garden City, KS

Grants Pass, OR, Oct 31– Dec 2, “The 99%”, at the Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College

Emporia, KS, Oct 22 – Dec 3, “Faculty Exhibition”, Emporia State University, Eppink Gallery

Cape Girardeau, MO, Nov 1 – 3 “Metamorphosis: Frogman’s Assistants Portfolio”,

Cape Girardeau Public Library on occasion of the Mid America Print Conference

Beaumont, TX, Dec 16 – Feb 23 -“Modern Impulses and Surreal Dreams” at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University

Josh Hamlin and I will both be at MAPC in Cape Girardeau at the vendor fair representing GRS Tools. If you’re around come on by and check out our goodies.

I’ll also be heading to Garden City, KS to do a workshop and lecture at Garden City Community College on Oct 26.

The Paper Chase: Volume 1

Last Friday, began the first of a quarterly event called The Paper Chase: Volume 1 that will be taking place at the Invisible Hand Gallery in Lawrence, KS. Adam Smith, the gallery operator/owner, called on recent Georgia MFA graduate Andrew Burkitt to curate the exhibit. Artists included: Justin Plakas, Richard Weinrich, Hannah and Blake Sanders, Emmy Lingscheit, Brett Schieszer, Johanna Mueller, Jessica Caldas, Taylor Williams, Beth Kleene, Scott McPherson and myself. The Paper Chase is like a small print fair, where a variety of unframed works are on displayed on tables. The aim was to present a wide variety of quality work from all over the country at affordable rates. The Invisible Hand Gallery recently located to new larger space at 846 Pennsylvania Ave – a few blocks down from Mass Street. This is a steadily growing Arts area where artist are renting spaces in warehouses. For more information on the gallery, check out the links below.
 
 
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Visiting University of North Carolina – Pembroke

At the invitation of Brandon Sanderson, I recently spent a week at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke where I tormented young printmaker minds. Pembroke is a small college town consisting of about 2500 residents – which mainly consists of Native Americans (The Lumbee Tribe). I was taken by how ethnically diverse the campus was compared to where I teach in Emporia, KS. The art facilities were pretty nice for a University of its size. Pictured below is the front of the Art Building.

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Luckily there was a Starbucks just outside of the art building, where I could get not only coffee but also sandwiches and smoothies. The baristas had a powerful drawl and I was often referred to as “Honey” and “Sweetheart”. Before I left they had memorized my real name.

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Monday was really packed. The workshop began early at 8 am for the basic drawing class. Many of the advanced printmaking made it at the early hour – that’s dedication! The 45 minute workshop covered basic leaf forms, shading and drawing of the spine. Students were engaged, took notes and drew along. It was a great group of beginning students.

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At 11 am, I gave an artist lecture to printmaking I. Another thing that amazed me was that the students were sitting there taking notes on everything I said. It was a pretty amazing feeling to think that everyone in the room was engaged in what I was saying and not playing on their cellphones.

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At 2 pm, I met with the advanced printmaking class. We looked through a portfolio exchange of engravings that my former Professor Gerry Wubben and I had put together. Following that I gave an engraving demonstration……supervised by a Miniature Queen.

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Later a large group of us met at Brandon’s house and he served us a feast of BBQ. There was also an exhibit of work from people that Brandon had met through Frogman’s print workshop. At Brandon’s request, I gave a talk about the awesomeness of Froggies and the print community in general. 

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There was also a ceremony christening Brandon’s studio with his new presses. For legal reasons, I can not go further into what happened.

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Later, I had a critique with a few of the students. I did not photograph the work from this critique, but the image below is by one of the students named Reilley. It was a banned subject matter theme….a mermaid and a unicorn snorting a pile of coke. Struck me as hilarious.

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The next day the editioning began for a portfolio (Melanie Yazzie’s “Searching” portfolio exchange).

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This was followed by bowling….in slightly embarrassing outfits. Thank you Daniela!

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I also had the opportunity to shoot Tequila and chat with UNCP Emeritus Professor of Printmaking Ralph Steeds. I feel lucky in that Brandon and Ralph were both kind enough to trade me some lithos so I have more examples for the students here. Below is Ralph’s studio.

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Before I left, the students printed some shirts and my new “Engraving Club” block that I had finished while I was there.

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I had wonderful time visiting and met some great students. I hope to see some of you at Froggies next year…..preferably in my class!!