Dimensions 2013 sculpture show – Sept. 12-15

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I’ll have three new goddess sculptures on exhibition and for sale at the National Capital Network of Sculptors along with 28 other artists who work in a variety of mediums.  (click pics above to enlarge)

DATES:  Thursday September 12th – Sunday September 15th, 2013

LOCATION: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland near the Market)

Free Admission

EXHIBITION EVENTS:

Thursday (6-9pm): At the opening night/vernissage, there will be an open bar and refreshments plus we will be holding a silent auction to benefit the Boys and girls Club of Ottawa – a great opportunity to bid on some smaller works from our members and support a wonderful charity.

Friday (6-9pm): Come on out and meet all the artists!! Refreshments will be served

Saturday & Sunday (10am-5pm): Various exhibiting sculptors will be demonstrating how they create their works

All this week: Each the NCNS is will be featuring profiles of several of the participating artists allowing you to get to know them and their art a little better. Check the site daily or join the NCNS Facebook event to receive regular updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167881486734361/

You can find me there for the vernissage (Thursday) & meet the artist events (Friday) and as well i’ll be demoing how i create my works on Sunday from 3-5pm (no fire though, lol).  For more details and artist profiles take a look at the NCNS site here: http://sculptureottawa.ca/

Quiet Hope sculpture on exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre

Quiet Hope sculpture on exhibit at the Shenkman Arts Centre

The full name of this pregnant goddess sculpture is “A Quiet Moment in the Garden of Hope” and she will be on exhibit (and for sale) from April 2-30, 2013, in the Shenkman Arts Centre display case in Orleans, along with works from other artists in the National Capital Network of Sculptors.  Do stop by and take a gander!

This piece is 9.5″ square and the goddess alone is about 3″ long – the largest pregnant version i’ve ever made – the picture below gives some perspective. I made the goddess, all the glass components, created the textured background then customized an existing frame to match. She has a sparkling faux diamond in her belly button and the butterflies were purchased from murrini artist Greg Chase.

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It also gave me the chance to incorporate some new mixed media techniques I’d learned from a Sara Sally Lagrand class (who makes the most fabulous glass and mixed media brooches!).  I keep going back and forth regarding whether or not to keep the frame…

There’s an interesting story behind this particular sculpture as well:  This mixed media piece is the 3rd large sculpture i’ve made and was created for the Expressions of Infertility art competition run by a local infertility clinic last fall.  Now that was a somewhat strange event…

I had created this piece based on the joy, optimism and hope that women trying to conceive experience, however, i don’t think that theme went over well in this particular context. Having never been infertile, I realize now that i didn’t really understand the depth of turmoil this brings to families and especially to the infertile couples themselves. Many of the other pieces submitted were very dark and spoke to feelings of blame, depression, worthlessness and desperation.  As well, the energy at the vernissage was quite tense – especially around the two women there actually with babies (which i assumed were conceived with the assistance of the clinic).

That evening I finally realized that despite the original intentions of the clinic, while it was advertised as an art competition, in actuality, it was (or became) more about the clients of the clinic using art as a therapeutic medium to express the devastation they were experiencing or had experienced.

I still love this sculpture as it reflects my own happy experience with pregnancy but looking back now, that competition probably wasn’t the right venue for it… In any case, here is my background story on the competition site that led to the creation of this piece:  http://bit.ly/11CBBUS

Introducing the Stone Goddess Under Moonlight

A quick video (thanks again to Liana!) of the sculpture in my latest exhibition (Best of the National Capital Network of Sculptors, closed 2/23/13) at the City of Ottawa Central Archives: “Stone Goddess Under Moonlight”.

She’s the second sculpture in the Elemental Goddess series and represents earth (as well as being my favourite of the three sculptures I’ve made so far)…

Making (some) progress…

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Slowly getting this pile of beads from the last few months photographed… Next will be to edit and size them all before actually creating listings in my Etsy store.  Siiiggghh… This the super boring part of beadmaking (hence why my store is usually empty) – second only to cleaning beads.

And because I am a total procrastinator when faced with unpleasant chores, here’s the same pic as above run through the Percolator app on my phone. Cool, huh?

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OK, back to work…

Cool video on goddesses in prehistoric art

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The first 3.5 minutes or so of this video show some really fabulous ancient goddess sculptures…

UPDATE:  I  had to remove the video as it kept auto-launching (how annoying!).  If you’d like see it, either click the picture above or HERE.   (video starts with a short ad.)