Just a quick note to let you know about our open studios event this weekend at theVelvet Mill. Friday Night will be a gallery reception and studio stroll from 6-9pm and Saturday 11-3pm studios will be open again so drop by and take a closer look at all the creativity (usually happening behind closed doors). You will also be able to catch the last indoor farmers market from 10-1pm before they head outdoors for the summer season.
I'll be in studio 4B, pop in and say hi!
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news, exhibitions and other musings
In Good Company
As an artist, I can easily spend hours on end alone in the studio! While I enjoy my own company ;-), having a community is also important. I’m fortunate that my studio is in a repurposed velvet manufacturing mill. So on the other side of my studio door is a growing community of artists and small businesses. I can catch up with artist Laura Gaffke over a coffee at Zest, or take a yoga class at The Open Space, without having to leave the building!
While my local community is growing, I also try to stay connected to the creative community I became part of in graduate school, at the New York Academy of Art (NYAA). Apart from being located in NYC!, the School has a great MFA program, growing Continuing Ed department, and a wonderful, active and supportive alumni community, which I am grateful to be part of.
I'll be heading back to school! next month to see the 2016 MFA thesis show and meet new Alumni :-) Show opens May 17 and is always worth the trip.
Also next month, I'm excited to have these two paintings above, exhibited alongside the work of 21 other artists affiliated with the Academy. I feel honored to be in the company of such talented, artists and professors.
This special NYAA exhibition will be at The Vendue Hotel in Charleston, NC. and is co-curated by Rick Davidman and Robert Lange Studios. Show Opens May 26. You can read more about the exhibition and the artists in this article in American Art Collector. or visit their websites below:
Melissa Anderson, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Jaclyn Brown, Michelle Doll, Peter Drake, Heidi Elbers, Michele Fenniak, Shauna Finn, Alonsa Guevera, Caitlin Hurd, John Jacobsmeyer, Christian Johnson, Casey Krawczyk, Will Kurtz, Lisa Lebofsky, Benjamin Martins, Alyssa Monks, Stefania Panepinto, Jennifer Presant, Jessie Peterson Tarazi, Melanie Vote,
View the exhibition online
Opening Reception for New Horizons in Modern Maritime Art Exhibition
Saturday April 30, 5-7pm
at Th Mystic Seaport Museum Maritime Gallery
Opening Reception April 30
My painting, Rollin' Surf below will be on view will in this exhibition along with artwork from 50 invited artists. Show runs through July 17.
Wave Paintings are on a roadtrip, Next stop Charleston, SC!
I'm honored to be exhibiting with 21 artists affiliated with the New York Academy of Art. I feel in such good company amongst my fellow alumni and professors! The work left town today for a show at The Vendue - Charleston's Art Hotel.
The exhibit will open in May and run through September and includes work by Melissa Anderson, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Jaclyn Brown, Michelle Doll, Peter Drake, Heidi Elbers, Michele Fenniak, Shauna Finn, Alonsa Guevera, Caitlin Hurd, John Jacobsmeyer, Christian Johnson, Casey Krawczyk, Will Kurtz, Lisa Lebofsky, Benjamin Martins, Alyssa Monks, Stefania Panepinto, Jennifer Presant, Jessie Peterson Tarazi, Melanie Vote, and Annie Wildey.
Wishing them a safe trip ! Stay tuned for more news and images of the exhibition.
Happy April Fools' Day
Now I don't usually send e-blasts back to back, but I couldn't let April Fools' day pass without a mention, as it has special meaning for me. I also hope you'll take advantage of my little April Fools' Day offer below, of free shipping on my spring notecard collection, today only!
April Fools' Day and Me
April Fools' Day, a day for pranking and playing practical jokes on those considered to be fools if they fall for them, has surprisingly become a day of some significance in my life. Here's why, rewind some 30 odd years...
April fools day was always a fun day, growing up in the UK. You paid a little more attention to things to anticipate and avoid being pranked, especially at high school. That said almost every year without fail our art teacher would manage to out smart and out prank us in some quite monumental and elaborate ways, often planned over months!. One in particular took advantage of my excitement and insecurity. At 17, I was high on life after being accepted into art school, until I received a rather formal letter one morning from the art school, with instructions for an essay and self-directed project for all incoming students. It was loaded with art speak gobbledy gook, my heart stopped and my excitement turned to fear and dread. That morning I arrived at school early and marched into the art room in a panic waving the letter, desperate for some help. Mr Welsh, arms folded with a smirk on his face, didn’t leave me in my misery too long. I’d been had, well and truly! Fast forward 5 years...
...Age 24, young and carefree, I arrived in the US on April's Fools Day 1989, and was relieved to find my BFF from High school, waiting for me at New York's JFK airport. I think both of us were quietly suspecting we'd been pranked and we're relieved to see each other at the airport!. Fast forward quite a few more years...
...After working in a career with the British Government in New York City for 18 years, I left to start a new career in the Arts. It turned out my last day of employment was March 31st, and the first day of my new chapter was April 1st, 2006. September of that year, I began an MFA program at the New York Academy of Art. Fast forward a few more years...
...on April 1st, 2012, I married my husband at Dubois Beach in Stonington, CT. and settled into our new life in our home in Mystic, and my studio at the Velvet Mill in Stonginton CT.
So fool or not, April 1st marks some meaningful moments and anniversaries in my life, for sure!.
Happy April Fools' Day to you ;-)
Take advantage of my little April Fools' Day offer
free shipping on my spring notecard collection. Today only!
A Few of My Favorite Paintings
This small edition of blank greeting cards features some of my favorite wave paintings. Each pack contains 5 different cards with envelopes.
Click on the button below to head on over to Etsy for more details, and if you feel the urge to splurge a little don't forget to use the code 1APRILFOOLS for free shipping and save yourself a few pennies!
Offer ends at Midnight Friday,April 1st
Spring into Action
It's been a busy time in the studio creating new work for upcoming exhibitions - details coming soon. This one is fresh off the easel, a triptych which will be previewed at The New York Academy's Tribeca Ball. It's a biggie, the painting and the ball ;-)
Click on this detail to see the full painting..
Spring into Action for Summer
These great workshops are filling up, but there's still a few spots if you spring in to action soon ;-)
Making Waves in Penthouse this Month ;-)
I am excited to be included in this unique pop-up installation -Mementos. The 50th floor penthouse apartments at 70 Columbus, Jersey City. will showcase art, furniture and objects by some wonderfully talented artists and artisans. Join us for sunset cocktails and spectacular views at the opening reception this Friday
A Pop Up Exhibition at 70 Columbus Penthouses
February 5 - March 6, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri, Feb 5, 5pm-9pm
(sunset cocktails from the 50th Floor)
Preview my wave paintings on view, in this slideshow
PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with 70 COLUMBUS, presents a one-month pop-up exhibition highlighting the passion and talent of the creators and makers of Jersey City & the local area.
The exhibition “Mementos” features the multi-faceted dimensions of love through art and objects. “Mementos”, will be showcased in an authentic apartment experience with local artists, boutiques and artisans from the community and nearby. The 50th floor penthouses, with their stunning panoramic views, will be transformed into elegantly furnished homes where all art, furnishings and accessories are for sale. This meticulously curated experience will be a warm place to get to know your neighborhood shops and a superior coterie of artists that weave together themes of love and remembrance through paintings, drawings and sculpture. "Mementos" is a selection of works inspired by this positive expression of love.
Artwork curated by Michelle Doll & Lisa Lebofsky Jewelry and Fashion consulting by Jessica Van Treuren Interior Design by Regina Mariano.
Preview a slideshow of some installation shots
Dreaming of Summer Creative Adventures
It may not feel like it now but summer will be here before we know it, and it's not too soon to start dreaming and planning your creative adventures. I'm excited to be returning this summer to two wonderful locations. Want to join me?
Painting Acadia: Plein Air
June 19-26, 2016
Schoodic Point Acadia National Park, Maine
Painting Schoodic Point. Left: Ard Berge painting and setup, Top right: Annie Wildey, Bottom right: Annie's painting.
I'll be returning to Schoodic Point this summer as a visiting artist along with John Volk in this plein air art retreat lead by Ard Berge
Be inspired by the rocky coasts and forests of Maine’s Acadia National Park in this plein air landscape painting retreat led by Ard Berge. Over seven days, explore nature drawing, the colors of sunlight on surf, and quick painting on locations mined by Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. The retreat fees include meals and shared housing at Schoodic Institute inside Acadia National Park as well as five days of instruction with additional presentations from Visiting Artists John Volk and Annie Wildey.
Costs and additional information here
Printmaking at The Omega Institute
with Dan Welden
Take One or Both Workshops
SAVE THE DATES
Solarplate Workshop, August 27 - 28, 2016
Monotype Workshop, August 28 - Sept 2, 2016
I'm looking forward to seven days of printmaking assisting Dan Welden at the Omega Institute in two workshops, Why not join us for one or both workshops!
Dan is a wonderful teacher with a lifetime of experience, and what better place than the OMEGA INSTITUTE to explore your creativity and awareness? Whether you sign up for two days solarplate printmaking and or 5 days of monoprinting, it will be an adventure to create without expectations. Develop your sense of observation, confidence and hone your artistic abilities….no matter what level you are. A complete studio with several presses will provide a congenial working atmosphere for you to enjoy the process with new tools and exciting color.
All in the holistic and inspiring setting of the Omega institute!
Stay tuned for registration information early in the new year., hopefully around March 1st, 2016.
The Omega Institute
Making a painting is a very intimate personal experience. It's a journey of trials, error, doubts, fresh starts, new terriroty, surprises, hopefully successes and finally, completion.
The point at which you stand back and think... Hmmm, well I'm not sure there is much more I can add, without the risk of taking it into the' over worked' zone. The painting may feel finished, but it still hangs on the studio wall, framed by the patches of built up paint from this and previous works in progress, where brushes have been wiped clean, or excess paint removed. There is still a feeling of deep connection to the journey and the stages of creation. The attachment is strong.
It is only when I see my paintings out of the studio and in a gallery or a home, that I can really see the finished piece. This new context creates a distance which allows me the opportunity to see more of the painting's strengths and beauty, and only a glimpse of the mistakes or struggles of the journey.
It's a lovely bonus on those occassions when I get to deliver the piece to a client's home myself, and share their excitement of seeing the painting in it's new home. I got the chance to do this last month with 'Surf in Snow'. Here it is in it's new spot.
Surf in Snow Oil on Linen, 48x60, Private Collection
Keep Calm and Dream On
I found the perfect pillow for 2016!
I found this little pillow while I was mooching around one of my favorite towns, Greenport, Long Island. I couldn't resist it, so it came home with me. It's the perfect reminder in and out of the studio!
It's so easy to get a little stressed in life and in the studio, and while a wee bit of stress can be good when you are working to a deadline, it's also essential to have a sense of calm. Calm allows room for curiosity and play, and ultimately a little bit of magic to happen! And of course we all have to dream a little to manifest our goals and desires. This past year has been a wonderful year in many ways, and I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have had from all of you. A big heartfelt thank you!
I hope the coming year brings you many moments of calm, and time to dream so that you can manifest a little magic for yourselves x
Peace, Health and Happiness
New From The Studio
News on summer art retreats and workshops will be announced soon
Join me this weekend
It's that time of year again for the Velvet Mill Holiday Open Studios, where we invite you to explore our creative community and celebrate the start of the holiday season with us.
Join me in my studio 4B for a special display of new work by four artists and friends. We will have affordable paintings, notecards, prints and calendars, Come see what we've been busy creating these past few months. you might just find that perfect gift for that perfect someone ;-)
we will be in the studio...
Friday, Nov 20, 6-9pm
(Other studios and businesses will be open later on saturday)
On View In December
Above: Winter Surf ,14x18, oil on canvas,
...This show consists of gallery artists and a few guest artists who, while using a variety of sizes in their practice, also create small versions of their signature styles. Small, in this case, is loosely defined as paintings and works on paper that are under 20 inches at the largest dimension. In creating these, the artists pare down their visual vocabulary to the most important marks or motifs. From Sydney Licht and Josette Urso, who tend to work in small scale on a more regular basis, to Annie Wildey and Don Martiny, who typically use larger scale to create atmosphere or impact, the humble iterations in this show all stand on their own alongside the rest of the artists’ current oeuvre. More info online...
Annie is a British painter and printmaker and lover of the sea.