LIVE ON FIVE, the Big Auction of Small Works is BackPosted on February 6, 2023
I'm working on 5"x5" paintings for the LIVE ON FIVE event at the Buffalo Arts Studio on March 11th. Since I also have my 'TOYOLOGY' show in March, I am in the frame of mind to paint some of the 'lost toys' I have found and saved. You can log on to BuffaloArtsStudio.org to see more about the event and get tickets. The team at BAS are working hard to create a wonderful party.
"Toyology" Solo Exhibit at Daemen UniversityPosted on January 5, 2023
As the new year begins, I am getting ready for a solo exhibit at Daemen University in Amherst. "Toyology" combines previous work with new pieces and I am excited to see it all together in this unique space.
Although it does not open until March, there are many details to arrange. Here is the invitation postcard which goes to the printer this week.
Everyone is invited!
UPDATE ON THE TOY GUN PROJECTPosted on December 20, 2022
This past summer, we held a "steamroller event" in the TriMain parking lot. Lenny Lane, of the F.A.T.H.E.R.S. organization, rolled over and crushed several hundred toy guns. Since that time we have sorted and organized the pieces, breaking them down by color and size. Shirley Verrico and I held a brainstorming session at Buffalo Arts Studio with artists who work with unique materials.
Kathy Sherin, Ani Hoover, Bill Koch, Rebecca Schwarzberg and others have all added their expertise. These toys are difficult to work with, hard to break down or melt and are filled with wire springs. So far we have presented four possibilities to Lenny's group and we will wait to see what the community prefers. See the attached PDF and contact me if you have questions or ideas to add to the mix.
BUFFALO SNOWPosted on December 1, 2022
November 20, 2022 was the date for the historic Lake Effect storm that slammed Western New York. Over 80 inches fell in the southtowns with just a foot up in the city of Buffalo. The event made national news and showed off the well organized teams who plowed out and got everything running smoothly again. Then the weather changed and now there is no evidence of what we all went through. What else will nature bring us this season? Here is my 'Buffalo Snow Girl', acrylic on canvas. She loves snow!
Buffalo Arts Studio Show and SalePosted on November 16, 2022
The Buffalo Arts Studio Show and Sale opens on Saturday, November 19th with a reception from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. After the opening, the exhibit will continue until December 22, 2022.
I am presenting mixed media paintings centered on fire, a subject both fascinating and challenging to me. Here is: 'Fire Juggler', mixed media on Fabriano paper.
Coming up is the Buffalo Arts Studio STUDIO ARTIST SHOW AND SALEPosted on November 2, 2022
November 19 - December 22, 2022.
The Opening Reception is Saturday, November 19th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. It is a very festive night with 30 open studios, refreshments and a donation-based bar.
To get in the spirit, I have completely torn apart my studio. I think I will hang a retrospect of work previous to 2022 and price everything at a deep discount.
Come check it out!
Toy Gun Exchange - UpdatePosted on August 25, 2022Lenny Lane of F.A.T.H.E.R.S. brought a steamroller to the TriMain parking lot and helped crush over three hundred plastic toy guns. The next step will be a crew up in the Buffalo Arts Studio, sorting the pieces by color. From there, many possibilities will arise!
Toy Gun Exchange - UpdatePosted on August 22, 2022
F.A.T.H.E.R.S. collected over three hundred toy guns and exchanged them for healthy, nonviolent toys. On Saturday afternoon, August 20th, we plan to crush the toy guns with a steamroller. Once they are broken down, the pieces can be transformed into art to honor the community. I look forward to gathering ideas and experimenting with materials.
The Toy Gun ExchangePosted on July 28, 2022
For 20 years a group known as F.A.T.H.E.R.S. (Fathers Armed Together to Help Education, Restore and Save Lives) has been working to help inner-city youth. After the mass shooting at the Tops Supermarket on Jefferson Avenue, F.A.T.H.E.R.S created an exchange program where children could bring in their toy guns and receive a healthy non-violent toy. When I read this story in the Buffalo News, I called the director, Lenny Lane, and asked if I could pick up the guns and transform them into public art. He liked the idea and now we are on a mission to make this happen. My first step was laying them out on a tarp in the yard to see what I have to work with. I learned from my Zoo project, that plastics have both strengths and limitations. These guns are very complex with hard components including metal inside. It will take a lot to transform them! To follow the steps as we create something new, follow me on Facebook
PAINTING FOR CROW CREEKPosted on July 8, 2022
This Spring the BNWaterkeeper asked if I would create a painting to highlight the Brook Trout. This beautiful fish is native to the area and an indicator of health of our fresh water. If the Brook Trout are surviving and reproducing, then our headwaters are in good shape. BNWaterkeeper had a plan to clean up Crow Creek and improve the channel under a road that was blocking their lifecycle. When we drove out into the beautiful countryside south of Attica and found the headwaters, we were dismayed to see trash dumped in the creek and an impassable channel. Now BNWaterkeeper is almost finished with a great restoration. My painting was used in their fundraising.