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

 

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

 

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.

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!

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

[singlepic id=458 w=320 h=200 float=left] See six of my small works alongside the creations of many wonderful regional artists at the Tinman through New Year's Day.

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

Little Spokane River Artists Studio Tour – September 25

[singlepic id=438 w=135 h=140 float=left] [singlepic id=439 w=135 h=140 float=left] [singlepic id=440 w=140 h=135 float=left] Jinkies, the Little Spokane Tour is just over a week away! I am so excited. Last year's tour was a tremendous success, as many of my beloved paintings both old and new found homes.

This year there is one important change: the hours are longer! We will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday September 25th. Other than that, not much has changed but the art. Once again I will be showing in the beautiful screened gazebo at Hulda Bridgeman's studio, and once again, I will bring a mix of new and older work, much of it at special prices for the tour.

I've even created some new pieces just for the event: my three Peachberry mini pastels, above. They were inspired by the abundance of mountain ash berries in our yard. The pastels are only 6" x 6", but I have found some extra-funky silver frames for them which give a striking effect.

[singlepic id=441 w=320 h=210 float=left] In addition, I'll have plenty of larger pastels, some unframed pieces, and a few oils including some little 6x6 "teacup oils." This is always a fantastic event. I hope you can make it!

Here's the info:

Little Spokane River Artists Studio Tour

Saturday, September 25, 10 am - 5 pm

Studio tour map

Google map to Hulda's studio

Sausalito Art Festival

[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=440 float=left] It's hard to believe the season is almost done! Sausalito Art Festival is the last of four shows in four weekends, and my final festival of 2010. We're at our hotel, digesting the first of probably several dinners from Lotus Indian Cuisine in San Rafael, and waiting to set up the booth in the morning. This is a fun and busy show and I'm excited to sell some paintings and meet my fellow traveling artist friends one last time this summer. Of course I just ran into half of them in the parking lot after retrieving a missing bra from the car, but that's pretty much how it goes, isn't it?

Anyway, here's the pertinent info:

Sausalito Art Festival When: September 3 – 6, 2010 Where: Marinship Park, 2400 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Hours: Friday (Opening Gala), 6:15 p.m. - ?, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #310

Art in the High Desert

[singlepic id=422 w=320 h=320 float=left] Art in the High Desert starts Friday! I'm so looking forward to this small, beautiful, and beautifully-juried show. If you're in the Bend, Oregon area, please stop by!

Art in the High Desert

When: August 27 – 29, 2010 Where: The Shops at the Old Mill, 661 Powerhouse Drive, Bend, OR Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #14-15

Art and Glass Fest at Arbor Crest

[singlepic id=435 w=320 h=360 float=left] Art and Glass Fest at Arbor Crest is this weekend. I'll be in my usual spot right by the entrance, with some new work in both oil and pastel, plus a few "classics" for a change of scenery (I spend a lot of time looking at my paintings all summer!) Arbor Crest is a beautiful winery, and the weekend promises to be beautiful as well. I hope to see you there!

Art & Glass Fest at Arbor Crest When: August 21-22, 2010 Where: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N Fruit Hill Rd, Spokane, WA Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

The Trials of Unpaid Help

[singlepic id=434 w=460 h=360 float=] So that's it for Sun Valley. As always it was beautiful, fun and a bit sleepy.

Luckily it was a bit better for me than last year, when I bought a double booth space and seriously regretted it. This year I decided to minimize costs and make the most of a single space by going up. I extended the tent, and finally put to use the extension walls I bought from another artist at this very show.

Problem was, I bought the walls so long ago I didn't remember exactly what came with them. More to the point, I forgot. I quickly realized as I went to put up the first extension that a crucial piece of hardware was missing. We looked in the box, and found a single item rolling around the bottom---a steel pin with a ridge around the middle. Unfortunately, I needed eight. At that moment I could picture them, in their little case on a shelf in our basement, ten hours northwest.

There was NO WAY I was going to have gone to all the trouble to raise the tent and not use those walls, so we set off to find a replacement in a town without a hardware store. My husband Paul was less than thrilled about this. It turned out to be with good reason.

After a frustrating time looking through densely crowded aisles, he finally spotted some turnbuckles at the local drug/hardware/variety store that appeared to be about the circumference of our pin, except with a hexagonal profile. Thinking the ridges might make the turnbuckles a bit too big, he picked up a file to take off any extra material. I thought they would fit just fine as-is but bought the file, just in case. TWO HOURS of "just in case" later Paul finally finished filing the ridges off of seven, much-tougher-than-they-looked aluminum tubes. The walls went up.

And after that very long, hot and trying setup, Paul had the grace to tell me the booth looked "awesome." Thank you, Paul. Your patience is epic.

p.s.

Later that day we learned that as much as our setup sucked, it could have been worse. Our friend Jody, a jeweler, realized halfway through setup that she had forgotten a crucial part of her display. She actually drove home to get it before the show opened the next morning---four hours each direction. What a life.

Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival

[singlepic id=431 w=460 h=240 float=] Friday the 13th kicks off the 2010 Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival! This is one of my longest-running art fair traditions: it will be my fifth consecutive year in the show. I am so excited!

I have to admit last year was a little rough to say the least. The area appeared to be hit hard by the economy, and between that and the unusual stormy weather, attendance was way down. As were my sales. Upon leaving I swore I would skip this year. But, as the jury deadline drew near, suddenly I could only remember how much fun the show is and how much I love the scenery, and the KB burritos, and the people running the show, and the other artist regulars. So much for that!

(OK, I'm having a major deja vu right now. I must be repeating myself from an earlier post. But hey. This is my Sun Valley story at the moment.)

So beyond all the drama previously mentioned, I'll be showing pastels and oils again, including some new work such as Raintree Study No.3, above. I'll also be debuting a taller tent, since I can't stop messing with my display. My original set of Pro Panels included some wall extensions and I realized that with my latest redesign I can actually use them, so I'll be giving that a spin. My long-suffering booth and I hope to see you there!

If you plan to go, here's the pertinent info:

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival When: August 13- 15, 2010 Where: Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum, ID Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #G-5

Alice Invitational Opens Friday

[singlepic id=418 w=320 h=340 float=left] The Tinman Gallery's Alice in wonderland Invitational opens tomorrow night. My pastel, Why Not (left) will appear along with the Alice-inspired work of over 40 well-known regional artists.

The opening reception starts Friday July 30th at 5:00 and goes on until 9:00 p.m. The show itself stays up through August 21.

The Tinman is located in Spokane's historic Garland district at 811 W Garland Ave. Regular business hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday.