Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival This Weekend

[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=460 float=left] This weekend my pastels make their debut in Chicago at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival. This is a botanic-themed show on the grounds of the botanic gardens themselves. I've wanted to do a show in Chicago for some time now, and I can't think of a better venue to do it.

I've been told by the show's promoter that the Chicago Botanic Garden used a few of my art images, including Natarajasana, left, in their promotional materials and banners. I'm excited to see if they made the final cut. Here are the details:

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

When: July 6 - 8, 2012

Where: The Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois

Hours: Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What I'm bringing: Pastels

Booth #87

 

Cole Gallery - First Glance

[singlepic id=566 w=320 h=400 float=left] Want to find my work in the Seattle area? Unless it is Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair weekend, up to now that would have been difficult. Not anymore.

Cole Gallery in Edmonds now represents my work year-round, and I am very excited to be working with them. If you are in the Seattle area and haven't been to Cole Gallery, it is worth the short trip. The cozy and inviting gallery represents many top-notch, nationally-known artists.

Cole Gallery will introduce me this month with their Third Thursday event, making me December's "First Glance" artist. So long as I am able to drive over the pass, I will be there with new work. I hope many of you can come down!

Here are the specifics:

Cole Gallery 107 5th Ave S Edmonds, WA 98020 425.697.2787 3rd Thursday, December 15th, 5-8 p.m.

 

Bellevue and Peter Pan

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Can I be two places at once? If only.

This is one of those wish-I-could-be-two-places weekends. The Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair starts Friday in Bellevue, WA. I'm so excited to see my Seattle-area collectors and find  homes for some new pieces like Shiva Luna (above). Naturally, also on Friday, the Peter Pan Invitational opens at the Tinman Gallery here in Spokane. I'd love to see my cicada "fairy" wings (Dreams of Moonlit Flight, left) in what I'm sure will be a fantastic group show. But alas.

If you are going to be in Bellevue this weekend, please stop by and check out a LOT of new work in pastel at my new location: booth O-9. If you are in Spokane, please visit the Tinman for their great summer tradition: the literary-themed group show. Both events promise to be full of fantastic art and fun.

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair

When: July 29 – 31, 2011 Where: Bellevue Square parking garage, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA Hours: Friday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels Booth #O-9

Peter Pan Invitational

When: July 29th, 5 - 9 p.m. Where: Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Avenue, Spokane WA What: Nearly 50 invited artists show works inspired by the classic novel, Peter Pan

Salem Art Fair and Festival

[singlepic id=516 w=460 h=320 float=] This weekend is the Salem Art Fair and Festival! I've never done this one before, but I've heard glowing reports. There are some serious art fair rock stars showing in Salem, including pastelist Victoria Ryan, weaver Kim Morris, and painter Marla Bagetta. I can't wait to see everyone again and kick off the summer circuit. Time to do the last-minute show-packing scramble. Hope to see you out there!

Salem Art Fair and Festival

When: July 15 – 17, 2011

Where: Bush St & High St, Salem, OR

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

Booth #219

 

Something's Brewing in the Studio...

[singlepic id=515 w=320 h=460 float=left] At the moment, it's craziness. The building where I paint is undergoing some major changes, and it's keeping me very busy. More on that later, but let's just say I'm being pulled in a lot of directions. I'm also working to promote the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, which I suspect will be here before I even know what happened!

Thankfully, I do have a few shows coming up to keep me focused on painting. The Salem Art Fair and Festival is just three weeks away. Two weeks after that the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. And, that same Friday (July 29) opens the Tinman Gallery's Peter Pan Invitational. I've used the Peter Pan show as an excuse to try painting a subject that has always fascinated me: insects. Which probably doesn't make a lot of sense on the face of it, but for me, nothing conjured up visions of fairies better than cicada wings. Never having painted insects before, I tried a sketch before starting my piece for the show. The result: Cicada Study, left.

The cicadas were a fascinating challenge, and I may work with them more in the future. In the meantime, Cicada Study will be available at an art fair this July. I hope to see you out there!

 

 

Commission Accomplished

[singlepic id=506 w=460 h=400 float=] Ascension 2, my commissioned work for Providence Regional Medical Center, is completed and approved! The piece, pictured above, will be shipped off for framing in a few short weeks. I'm so excited to (hopefully) see it in its new home. It has been a wonderful opportunity and experience.

And now that I'm back in the groove, I see more oil paintings in my future... my oils juried into more shows than I expected this summer, and I need to make more. My summer fair schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks, so please check back!

In other studio goings on, my three works for the pastel salon in France are nearly done. Pictures to follow soon.

Goodness in Threes

[singlepic id=167 w=460 h=320 float=] A crazy good week just happened, and here's why.

First and second, I have been accepted to two great art fairs: one " old" favorite and one new to me. Art in the High Desert (Bend, Oregon) invited me to bring my pastels and oils for the third year in a row. This is an amazing, exclusive, high-quality show and I am thrilled to once again take part. Then I found out my pastels and oils and I would travel to Salem, Oregon for the Salem Art Fair and Festival for the first time this July. The new director received rave reviews for her transformation of this show to a top-notch, artist friendly venue. The list of 2011 artists boasts names you might see at shows like Cherry Creek and Sausalito. I can't wait! (Check out my summer schedule to date on my Art Fairs 2011 page here.)

Third, and very exciting for me, I received a major commission from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. Honestly, it has been so long since I submitted work for this project, I had completely forgotten about it! Then out of the blue appeared an email saying I made the final round. A week ago today came the good news: Providence wants a large-scale oil painting (3' x 4') based on my earlier oil, Ascension, pictured above. I'm already well into it---the painting ships in early May, rolled, no less! Fast turnaround for an oil painting, especially one that needs to be dry, but I'll make it.

Not too shabby for one Thursday-to-Thursday week. I remember saying not too long ago that I could really use some good news. Well, there you have it.

Eye 4 Art 2011

[singlepic id=502 w=320 h=400 float=left] Ready to kick off the art show season? I know I am. Luckily, Mead's Eye 4 Art is this Saturday!

The show and sale, founded by Harold Balazs, benefits the Mead Education Foundation. This year Eye for Art will feature 34 wonderful professional artists, including Harold himself. The show runs from noon to 5pm at Mead High School in Spokane. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family at the door, and there will be live music and hors d'oeuvres.

I've created some fun pieces just for the event, including Nishikigoi 1, left. Don't miss it!

Eye for Art Mead High School 302 W Hastings Rd Spokane, Washington March 5, 2011, Noon to 5 p.m. map

 

 

Taking Flight

[singlepic id=501 w=320 h=460 float=left] It's Art Show Limbo Time again, that usually painful two-month waiting period between the first and iffiest art fair jury results (Cherry Creek, et al.) and the rest of them. Skunked again by the C.C. jury, I am naturally questioning my very worth as an artist, at least until the next bit of good news. This is pretty much an annual event.

My coping strategy is to start work on next year's application a tad early. Since I actually did Cherry Creek a few years ago, I have a successful set of images to compare to my less successful set. Although the pieces are all from the same body of work, there are definite differences. The newer pieces are more literal, caught up in detail. The earlier set was quieter, simpler, more abstract.

Cherry Creek is a show that leans toward a modern aesthetic, so that makes sense. But they also have a whopping eight Drawing spots and receive literally thousands of applications each year. There is no magic bullet. Juries are always subjective. The same images that got me into the coveted Cherry Creek in 2008 won me a rejection from Boise Art in the Park. You just never know.

Fortunately, my first effort in the Jury Project has an ulterior motive. Waxing Wing, above, is not just a contender for 2012 Jury Image #3. It is the first piece destined for the Salon in St. Aulaye, France this summer. One of many good things coming up that I should probably be thinking about instead. Onward.

Pastel FAQs

[singlepic id=499 w=460 h=400 float=] As an artist, I talk to a lot of people about my work, especially at festivals. And I get asked a lot of questions. Many of them I hear over and over again. Some are questions such as, "why do you look tired?" or "do you really like leaves?". These are not the questions I will be addressing here. Luckily, even more often I am asked really good questions about my medium and how it works. So, I decided to put together some relatively quick (for me) answers and post them on a new page, Pastel FAQs. For example:

1. What is pastel? Pastel is a dry drawing medium, created by mixing pure powdered pigments with a minimal amount of binder and water, rolling it into a stick form, and allowing it to dry. The pigments used are the same pigments used to create all painting media, but the pastel form allows the pigments to appear closest to their original color. There is an enormous variety of pastel available on the market today, ranging from inexpensive, student-grade, chalk-like pastels to handmade, buttery, pigment-rich—and expensive—professional lines.

This one goes to eleven, so for the remaining ten Q and As, go here. Enjoy!

Spokane Club, February – April 2011

[singlepic id=483 w=320 h=460 float=left] This week, I hung a nice, simple, low-key, easy-going show... a show which had caused me no end of stress for the past month.

Not the show's fault, mind you. Nor the fault of the lovely Spokane Club, where the pieces are currently installed. Nor of Dean, the friend who scheduled and helped me hang the show. The stress was all me, of course. The short time frame I had to paint following a protracted studio move, the amount of art I had out in galleries, the learning curve of the new glass cutter. But all's well that ends well. Everything is painted and framed and hanging and I can move on to what's next at a more relaxed pace. Yay.

For those of you not familiar with the Spokane Club, here's the deal: it's private. This being the case, there was no public opening for the exhibit. As much as I'd love to invite you to see the show, unless you happen to be a member, I can't. So in leiu of the actual show, I've made a virtual gallery of the pieces in it. If you'd like to see them, go here.

Update: The Spokane Club has featured my work and me with a very nice article in their magazine, Signals, on pp. 18 - 19.

Also, it turns out you CAN see the show if you are not a member---the members-only thing isn't so strict as I thought. Fair play!

Works at the Spokane Club, February - April 2011

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Glassy Eyed

[singlepic id=484 w=460 h=240 float=] There are many artists out there who are much smarter than I am. They take their completed artwork to something called a "Professional Framer," and pick it up framed and ready to sell. I've heard of these creatures, these framers, working in frame shops, framing artwork for a living. I know they exist. I've even dreamed of hiring one. Trouble is, I've never thought that I could afford to have my artwork framed this way, so I have always done it myself.

I've changed the way I do it over time. I've learned to buy custom frames at wholesale, and graduated from cutting my own mats to ordering them pre-cut (once I figured out that it wasn't that much more money, after I've screwed up a few mats). I had my glass cut by the frame wholesaler, too. I had dialed in a pretty efficient, cost-effective system for myself. Then, I had the brilliant idea that I should upgrade my framing.

I found a new frame style that is similar to my previous mahogany stained wood, but wider and more substantial. It costs more but it is elegant and sturdy and worth it. But the biggest change by far has been---glass. After a particularly glare-y show at Sun Valley last year, one where I appeared to be selling a boothful of mirrors rather than pastels, I bit the bullet and switched to Anti-Reflective Glass. Anti-Reflective Glass is amazing, it makes the work look as if it is not behind glass at all. But while its cost alone seems to warrant the capitalization, it is so much more than expensive! It is also ever so delicate. And hard to clean. So much so that my wholesalers aren't supposed to cut it, but instead sell it by the box. Which brings me to why I am questioning my sanity and dreaming of Professional Framers.

Since I have to buy the glass uncut by the box, I have by necessity taken on the job of cutting it myself. Given my personal history, this should really be no big deal. I spent my early formative years (we're talking, two, maybe three years old) in a glass shop cutting scraps of glass with a hand-held cutter for entertainment while my glazier dad ran his business. My mom was climbing around on glass trucks basically until I popped out of her and she had to run to the hospital to finish the delivery on her lunch break. So you would think I had this in my blood! Cutting glass, no problem! Do it in my sleep! But after having a cut go sideways on a $50 piece of glass this summer, I am filled with therapy-worthy anxiety over glass.

I bought a giant wall-hung glass cutter to make the job easier (thanks to my wholesalers who found a used one for me almost instantly and at a very reasonable price). This should have been comforting but instead it, too,  intimidated me... I'd never used one before and here I was staring at it alongside a $200 box of glass. Three sheets per box. I thought, hey, my dad can help! He must have used one of these before, since he had a glass shop. Not so much. Turns out he cut giant sheets of commercial plate glass BY HAND with a long board and one of those little green-handled cutters. He then proceeded to cut several small pieces of my troublesome coated glass by doing little more than look at it funny, like some mythical character from Dune. Looks like I'm on my own with the wall-mount contraption.

In the end, I pretty much figured out the cutter. It cuts really well. And after I turned several large, expensive sheets of glass into small, more expensive sheets of glass, I even figured out that I have to run the glass through the cutter with paper to keep the coating from scratching. So I guess this is it, my new system. I'm less anxious now---slightly. The new frames look really good, and the glass just disappears. But after a very stressful week of framing for a show, I can't help but wonder what it would have cost to hire a framer instead. I kind of think I should find out so I will feel better about all the money I'm saving. Or am I?

(Above: Bohemia, ©2011. Pastel, 8" x 24". It will be on display along with several other new works at the private Spokane Club starting this Wednesday, February 2nd. If you happen to be a member, please check it out.)

New Year, New Work

[singlepic id=482 w=320 h=460 float=left] After what seemed like an eternity I am finally PAINTING! In what seems to have become my New Year tradition, I am out of the old studio and into the new. The new studio isn't completely (or even nearly) together yet, but with shows coming up, it was time to stop renovating and start my real work again. Feels good.

I've just sent out my second art fair application, now that I have rounded out my jury images with Moondrop No.2, left. My first application didn't go so well, unfortunately. My Arch Nemesis, Cherry Creek, has given me the raspberry once again. Curse you, Cherry Creek! I know what you're up to... letting me in once so I'll keep applying. Oh well, it's a long drive to Denver, and you don't provide electricity, and there are lots of other shows in the sea. (Harumph.)

But, onward! 2011 is shaping up to be a great year. I've already got two fairs on the schedule (Artfest and Sun Valley) along with an exhibit next month at a private club here in Spokane, the salon in France, and two new galleries in Oregon to keep me busy. And, I just signed on to do Eye 4 Art at Mead again this year.

Check back in the coming months for more on all of those, new shows on the schedule, and progress reports on the new work space. Happy New Year!

One Thing Leads to Another… and Another…

If you stop in here once in a while, you may remember that earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have some of my work published in the French pastel magazine, Pratique des Arts. It seems that lucky encounter is a gift that keeps giving. Recently I received a lovely email from Michel Bordas, a well-known and highly accomplished French pastelist and president of the Pastel Association of Perigord. He has invited me to participate in the Salon International of Pastels in Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, in the southwest region of France. The exhibit runs August 13 – 28, 2011. Seventy pastellists from around the world will each show up to three works. As the opening date falls on an already-scheduled show date for me, I will live vicariously through my paintings as they travel the world. [singlepic id=481 w=300 h=240 float=left]

At this past Friday's Best of 2010 show at the Tinman, I was offered a second solo show at the venue, to take place in March of 2012. That may seem a long way off, but considering that I am in the middle of moving between studios and will barely begin painting again before show season hits, I am thankful for the generous advance notice. The Pacific Northwest Inlander published this nice article about the Tinman show. I'm mentioned under the heading "Renewal." Thank you, Anna! (Above, some of my pastels at the show alongside the amazing abstract landscapes of Casey Klahn).

Finally, my newest gallery, Northwest by Northwest in Cannon Beach, Oregon, has sold the first of the pastels I took them last month. I will travel there, with new work in tow, for the Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling the last weekend of April.

If I ever get moved into my new studio (I swear I will start having moving dreams soon, where I move stuff and move stuff but nothing ever gets there) I will have a lot of work to do!!

Current Exhibit: Best of 2010 at Tinman Gallery

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Click here for images of most of my pieces in the show.

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Tinman Gallery‘s Best of 2010 December 3 2010 – January 1st 2011 811 W. Garland Avenue Spokane, 99205 509.325.1500

Tinman Gallery Best of 2010

[singlepic id=458 w=320 h=460 float=left] The holidays are upon us, and that means Holiday Art Shows! Between general contracting and odd jobs around the new studio, I've managed to squeeze in a bit of time at the old studio to make new work for the Tinman's Annual "Best Of" small works show. Moondrop Study, left, is my latest in a group of totally new pastels for the exhibit. Now, with temperatures in the single digits, blowing snow and icy roads, the biggest challenge ahead is actually getting the paintings TO the gallery. But I've got a few days, and things should get much better by the time the show opens December 3rd. With all the amazing artists showing at the Tinman, it should be a great one!

The scoop:

Tinman Gallery's Best of 2010 December 3 2010 - January 1st 2011 Opening reception Friday, December 3, 5 - 9 p.m. 811 W. Garland Avenue Spokane, 99205 509.325.1500

To see the rest of my new work for the show, read more...

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Aviary

[singlepic id=448 w=460 h=350 float=] Yes, in case you were starting to wonder (I was!), I do, in fact, still make art. Things have been beyond crazy here, which I will explain in a later post. Suffice it to say that I have added "general contractor" to my list of semi- and/or un-paid occupations alongside "artist," "framer" and "traveling huckster." BUT... I finally forced myself to go clean up my studio and make something before I drove myself and everybody completely batsh*t. In the nick of time, I might add. The result: Aviary No.1 Study, above. Whew.

River Bend Fine Art Gallery, Bend, Oregon

[singlepic id=445 w=320 h=400 float=left] Great news! This past weekend I was introduced as a "new artist" at River Bend Fine Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. The owner of the gallery, Jane Ujhazi, found me at Art in the High Desert this summer and invited me to check out River Bend. I did, and I loved it. The gallery is located in a historic brick building in Bend's charming downtown. The gallery space itself is beautiful, and Jane has populated it with exquisite artwork from regional and national artists. Jane's taste is impeccable, and I was happy to be included.

This past weekend my art was introduced with an exclusive preview event. Jane had elegant new display walls made for the occasion (seen in the photo above) along with a gorgeous catered spread and amazing live classical guitar from a local musician. And while the event may be over, the art remains; the show will be up through the end of the month. If you are in the Bend area, be sure to check it out. Jane has some of my best new work up, and the gallery is worth the trip.

River Bend Fine Art 844 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97701 TEL 541 728 0553

First Friday at 1900

[singlepic id=437 w=320 h=460 float=left] This Friday is First Friday! (What happened to September, anyway?) For the October Visual Arts Tour I'll have pastels and oils on display at 1900, the fantastic interior decorators' shop upstairs from my studio. If you've never been to 1900, it is a real treat. It is filled with fabulous and funky furniture, rugs, and decorator's delights of all sorts. I'm bringing as many new works as I could muster at the end of a long and busy show season. Oh and here's a bonus: 1900 is right across the street from Robert Karl Winery. First Friday one-stop shopping!

Here are the particulars:

1900 Opening Reception Friday, October 1, 5p.m. – 9p.m. 114 W Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA Map

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour THIS SATURDAY!

[singlepic id=444 w=260 h=240 float=left] Join me and twenty-three other professional artists at five studios this weekend at the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour. This wonderful event just keeps getting better!

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday, September 25, 10 – 5

Studio tour map

Google map to Hulda’s studio