Last Friday I went to the opening of the Art in the Metroplex show at the Ft. Worth Creative Arts Center, where my piece “Anomaly” was included in the exhibit.
A tradition in the area since 1983, the show was founded by a group of artists including Beth Lea Clardy, in collaboration with Texas Christian University Art Department faculty and staff. In 2014, the show was moved to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. This year, over 200 artists entered the competition and Juror Peter Doroshenko of the Dallas Contemporary selected 34 pieces of the 600 submitted. (source: fwcac.com).
The show is up through October 29, so stop by and see it if you’re near downtown Ft. Worth. There are some fantastic exhibits in the nearby museums (including Kahinde Wiley at the Modern), so make a day of it!
Productivity is never pretty around here. Making art is like childbirth to me. I start out hopeful and full of promise. At some point it makes me sick (I call it the “ugly phase”), but I keep going, knowing it’s worth the struggle. And toward the end, I will do anything – endure any torture – to get this thing finished and out of my space.
I have been finishing three new comissioned pieces – I just returned from installing one, and two more are awaiting delivery this week.
Meanwhile, my studio is ashambles. Unlike childbirth, there is no nesting going on here, just complete violent, creative chaos.
As I came back into the studio this afternoon, the amount of stuff I have strewn everywhere is insane. Paint, dirty brushes, bits of cut paper all over the table and floor, awaiting placement on some collage or journal.
Project ideas, notes scribbled on lined paper that was torn out of some book. Scissors, glazing medium, screwdrivers, nails, art supply catalogs, plastic bags, ideas for teaching art projects…
But it means I have been making art, and that is good.
The A/C went out last week, just in time for summer’s last stand. Fortunately, I am married to quite a handy man. He’s helping me out by installing a fan today. Come on, cool weather, I need you.
And, athough I’m exhausted, I’m really thankful for this hot mess of a studio.
Here are some photos of my current solo exhibit, “Look Around,” which opened on Friday, January 9 at thegallery8680. It was a bitterly cold night (by Texas standards), but we still had a great turnout.
Robyn always has the most beautiful reception table — a work of art in itself.
There will be a closing reception this Sunday, January 25 from 2-4pm.
I’ll be sad to take it down – I liked each piece in my studio, but hanging my art in the gallery really transformed the work into a cohesive unit. Here are some pieces that will have a new home after the show.
I set a challenge for myself this month to post on my blog daily, and this, my friends, is the final post for the month of April 2014. I did it!
There were days that were a lot more inspiring than others, some very exciting with good news to share, and others that I just didn’t feel so motivated about. But I’ve found that this has been a really good exercise for me — it has kept me focused each day, because I knew I would need to share something interesting each day with you.
Just like my journals, my blog posts are a good resource for me to see what was going on in my life at a particular time.
An overview of this month’s posts:
I have gotten to share some of my visual journals with you, which until this month I hadn’t published online. Posting on my blog daily has encouraged me to finish some of those journal pages that I had started but had been dragging my feet on finishing. See awesome april posts # 1822, 23, 25 and 27 for new journal entries, and I have a new visual journals page that I’ve been adding to all month.
I shared things that inspire me along the way(days # 5, 6, 7, 14, 20, 28) and the advice I would give to my artist self 20 years ago (#16).
My trip to Europe is officially on the books, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s been 10 years since I traveled overseas, so I’m happy to have something fantastic to look forward to next year.
You got a few glimpses into my studio (day # 10, 15, 26, 28), and the studio of my friend Jennifer Cowley (day #2). I also shared a few of my art friends (day #11 and # 24), as well as some of my students’ work in progress (day #3).
I’ve had a great month getting my work out there. I revealed the news that I was selected to complete a public art mural for McKinney this spring. ( I’m still waiting on a start date, and I’ll keep you all posted on the latest developments with that project). Meanwhile, I’ve also sold a few paintings this month, and been selected for a juried show.
Thanks to all of you who have been reading my blog this month, and to my new ‘followers.’ As always, I’d love to have comments from you on any of the posts.
I am happy to announce that I have been selected as the artist for McKinney’s first public mural project. Today I was honored to be a part of the official unveiling of my design, during the Arts in Bloom event on the square.
Here you see me with the design, along with some of the Arts Commission members. Left to right is Matthew Bado, myself, Hamilton Doak, vice-chair of the McKinney Arts Commission and owner of Orison’s Art and Framing, and Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery. Also in attendance, but not shown: Linda Spina. (A big thanks to Allegra & Helen Minkes for their support and awesome photography skills!)
In addition to the City’s funding, there have been private donors that have also made the mural project in McKinney a reality, so a big “Thank You” is due to everyone who had the vision of bringing a public mural to their city. I’m grateful to have been chosen for the task, and know it will be a fantastic addition to downtown.
I’ve been working on this project for a few months now. After submitting my application in December, I worked on a couple of rounds of designs in January and February. I was notified in March that my design was selected, and I’m waiting to get the go-ahead, once all the details gets cleared through City Council.
For my concept, I went with an Art Nouveau-esque design, inspired by artists like Alphonse Mucha. The design includes cotton fields (a huge part of McKinney’s history), and native wildflowers that have each special symbolism that relate to the downtown area (paintbrush, trumpet vine, wine cup, blanket flower). The actual mural will be even more vibrant and full of detail.
So where will this mural go? Glad you asked! The mural will be on an exterior wall of a downtown building (currently slated to go on the south wall of the Cadillac Pizza building). The finished painting will be 40 feet wide, and about 9 – 10 feet tall, and I estimate it will take 4-6 weeks. I plan on posting pics of my progress along the way, so stay tuned!
While I was there, I enjoyed seeing the other artists working live out on the square. I was excited to meet Lynne Hubner, a very talented and skilled printmaker. I had seen and admired her work before, and she currently has a great exhibit of her prints at the front of Orison’s gallery. She was super nice, and I was even able to pick her brain about some of her printmaking techniques. I’ve got my eye on a couple of her prints……. you can see her work at lynnehubnerprints.com.
And I also had to stop and meet this artist, as I had watched his painting progress over a couple of hours. Being a fan of color, I was impressed with his use of complementary colors (green/red is a difficult combo to make look good, but he’s doing it!), and his expressive use of line. He told me he has a Facebook page of his art, so I’ll need to check that out.
Tonight I got to meet up with some of my fun artist friends at a local hangout here in Frisco, Eight11 Place. They have a great back yard, and it was a perfect evening to sit and sip wine, have a little flatbread and do some art talk.
Eight11 Place opened up in September, and has become one of my favorite places to meet up with friends. It’s in a little historic house on Main Street, and the proprietors, Lance and Ursula Clayton, are fantastically fun people. They are super supportive of local artists, and host new art shows there every couple of months. (I got to show my work there a few months ago). I didn’t know this at first, but Lance and I are both from Fannin County – me from Windom, and he from Bonham – and we know a lot of the same people. And Ursula brings the Austin vibe of casual sophistication into the mix.
Artist’s conversations are so robust and colorful! I enjoyed hearing stories about childhood, travels, jobs, families, art shows, life challenges, and even getting to hear secrets about certain attendees’ former lives of dancing on tables and singing “Moon River.”
I was having so much fun, I only got a few poor snapshots — but here are some of the artists who were there – click their name to see their artwork.
So, no joke, I’ve challenged myself to post on my blog every day this month. I thought it would be fun to show the day-to-day things that go on with my art life, from the creating, the marketing, the networking, etc.
Here’s what I’ve been up to the past few days.
Over the weekend, I was a part of the Arts in the Square here in Frisco. The weather was gorgeous, and there were tons of people that came out (thanks to all of my friends that stopped by). I got to meet a lot of new people, too, which is always fun. Here’s a shot of my booth – I had such a sweet setup on Saturday.
I did learn, however, that even though it was only 70 degrees, it’s not a good idea to put your encaustic art in direct Texas sun. Don’t worry, nothing was damaged, but I had to shuffle those pieces to the shady areas after lunch.
Sunday morning greeted us with crazy strong winds, so we had to adjust the booth layout a bit (we didn’t really have a choice). At one point that morning, all the walls were down, and there were about 5 volunteers helping us hold things down so it didn’t blow away. Not fun. But, thanks to my logistically gifted husband, we got it back together and had a good Sunday, too. I went to bed Sunday night feeling like I was still swaying in the wind.
Tonight I went to hang out with some friends at the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco. I took my youngest daughter and we had fun doing some printmaking. Thanks to Deborah Gallatin for her great demo. Here are some works in progress by a couple of artist friends of mine, Kelly Bartlett and Linda Brooks Alred. Looking good, gals.
I had the privilege of hosting a workshop yesterday for several art teachers here in Frisco. At the end of the day, I challenged them to go out and participate in “guerilla” art. (I was inspired by Keri Smith’s “The Guerilla Art Kit” — a great, easy-to-use book on how to get started making anonymous, public art). They divided into 6 different groups and each went out to make their mark on the world. Here’s what they did:
The guerilla group known as “Sam Itch“ left hidden fortunes about town for others to find. Wish I could have found one, or been a fly on the wall somewhere to see when someone came across each one. Hopefully, some unsuspecting passers-by made fortunate discoveries!
Another group, cleverly known as “notice the name of my group” left little notices in a local park — encouraging others to see the beauty around them.
“Notice the Nice Kick” encourages viewers to examine a public sculpture that the viewer must look inside of and spin the wheel to view the football player kicking a football.
The CMs made a Wish Tree. They created leaves and wrote their own wishes – then left blank ones on the tree for others to add to. (I got to add my own wish to this one).
“Big Pine”made ‘friendly’ notes out of simple circles.
This is one of my favorites – I love the way adding the eyes makes the locker look like a face!
The “Rockerillas” transformed a rock garden into a work of art.
Very cool! And last — but definitely not least — is a work done with chalk.
Thanks to all of these artists for sharing their work! Keep up the creativity this summer!
Here’s a look at some of my newest work, hanging in the Iconic Love show here in Frisco.
Here is a look at my work at the Discovery Center (8004 N. Dallas Pkwy). The reception for that venue is this Friday, February 17, from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Come see it — they all look so much better in person! Details (and better pics) on my web site www.moliverfoster.com.
“Originals” is a multi-media, multi-genre, multi-cultural event, combining the talents of three original singer/songwriters and four talented visual artists, for a night of multi-sensory experience.
This event kicks off the new HD venue, Theatre 166 in Carrollton, offering suburban art and music lovers an inexpensive night out on the town.
The evening will feature an exciting art exhibit, curated by thegallery8680, featuring artists Misty Oliver-Foster , Brandon Snow, and Amy Ishmeal Carter, and Asher Feehan in the gallery hall.
The concert will take place in an “Austin City Limits” style listening room, presenting Peter Bixby in a short singer/songwriter style set, original contemporary Latin Fusion music byTania Cordobés, with a special ensemble including some of the area’s finest professional Latin music specialists ( Carlos ‘Fifo’ Rengifo, Jorge Ginorio, Jose Aponte, Yoban Quijano), and an original set by “Stereo Child”, featuring Christian Ross, Peter Bixby and Lisa Clough-Lachri.
The listening room has 124 seats available, so seats are limited. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door.
Theatre 166 is located at 2425 Parker Road, Carrollton, Texas 75010. If you are driving from the Dallas North Tollway, exit and go west on Parker, it’s not very far past the Arbor Hills trails on the right, kind of where Plano turns into Carrollton.
Theatre 166 is BYOB for adult beverages. Lone Star coffee sells light snacks, coffee and the like. True Spirits is next door and they have a large selection of beverages if you need to pick something up at the last moment.
The show begins at 7:30 pm on Friday evening, Sept. 30, 2011. and will last until about 10:30 pm.
So if you’ve found me here, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already heard about the artseen studio tour, coming in October to Frisco. Just in case you haven’t, let me fill you in.
Earlier in the year, I began collaborating with other artists and art lovers to come up with a way to connect our working artists with the community. Many of us are involved with local arts groups, such as Frisco Arts and the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco, and we participate in many shows here in the area, including the great shows at thegallery8680. But we wanted to make a more personal connection with other artists, collectors and admirers that we’ve met (and hopefully, some that we haven’t yet). We decided to organize a studio tour, opening our creative spaces to the public. And, thus, the artseen studio tour was born!
We’ve gathered a group of fifteen talented and diverse artists who wanted to show the community what they make and how they make it. Some will be at their home studios, and others have paired with merchants in downtown Frisco to bring their ‘studio’ to the streets. As a result, most of our artists are geographically close together, making the tour easy for our guests. In addition to the artists, thegallery8680 is a part of the tour, featuring their new show “Black&White.” The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco will host their Fall Member Show, “Beautiful” at The Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center during the tour as well.
We are delighted to have two unique art collections open to the public during the tour. Frisco residents Rex & Betsy Lowe are opening their home for guests to view their amazing private art collection in their Starwood home, and Marla Fields has gathered a small collection of works by Texas artist Frank Reaugh to be on display at her historic home in downtown Frisco. We are so privileged to have these collections on the tour, and we are grateful to the Lowes and Ms. Fields for joining us.
I hope you can make it to my studio on October 15 or 16. I will be showing a lot of work that I haven’t shown before — drawings, prints, and mixed media works, as well as paintings that you love. I’m looking forward to getting to share my sacred studio space with you.
Welcome to my new blog! After much deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new blog- new title and everything- to contain my latest news, updates, artwork, and ideas. My old blog was ok, but due to the fact that it was linked thru my yahoo account, I was having a hard time updating and posting as easily as I wanted to. Blogs really shouldn’t be that difficult! So I decided to start fresh.
With this blog I hope to post more often, add more photos, and let you know a little bit more about myself. I also have a lot of new ideas and artwork to show you. So, check back often!
My next big adventure is the artseen studio tour, coming this October 15 & 16. I will open my studio for visitors, and I hope you can stop by. In addition to participating in the tour, I’m also coordinating it. It’s quite a lot of work, but I’m very excited to start an art tour here in Frisco. There are so many really talented artists here. Hope to see you at the studio tour!
The “Color: Between the Lines” show has been success. Thanks to all who were able to make it out so far, and thanks to all of you who live to far away to attend but sent me your good karma anyway.
Putting together an art exhibit is quite the task, and I can really appreciate the benefit of having a gallery handle it for you (although we were not privileged to that benefit in this case). In addition to making half of the art in the show, we’ve spent weeks preparing biographies, planning the menu and trying to invite anyone and everyone we could possibly think of. Then there was updating my web site, sending e-mails, updating Facebook, etc., etc. I may sound like I’m complaining, but really I’m not. As hectic as it is, I rather enjoy all of the prep work. And I feel very privileged to have the opportunity. It really is a lot of work, though. All in the hopes of baring your soul to the world (or rather a small circle of friends and acquaintances) and hoping to break even. What a romantic life, being an artist.
In addition to the reception, I’ve been up to the gallery space a few other times to show friends and family my work. Each time I had to take my daughters, they kind of groaned under their breath, saying “But we’ve already seen it fifty times.” Experts in hyperbole. Not yet experts in flattering their mother. Makes me wonder how they’ll remember their childhood……”My mother used to make me go sit still in the galleries where her art work was on display. We’d have to look at the same boring things over and over and over. It was absolute torture…”
The show closes this Friday. The gallery will be open Friday night from 5-8pm, so if you still haven’t seen it and want to, please come by. Thanks to T. Scott Stromberg and his wife Sammie for all of their work in pulling this show off, too!