High Priestess

21 01 2013

I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of a show here at Artspace called, “The Oracles”. It was an amazing show where 22 artists were asked to create a tarot card, each one of the major arcana. I was asked to create the High Priestess.

Once I started reading about the High Priestess and everything she represents, I really felt like I needed more of her in my life. Basically, the High Priestess is about looking within and following your instincts. Knowing that you know best. I hadn’t been following my instincts and I feel it threw me off course for a little while. I’m back on track now, following what I feel and not over thinking things. (at least I try to… 🙂 easier said than done) She is mysterious and mystical and knows all. She is typically shown with a black and white pillar on each side of her, symbolizing dark and light decisions and she stands in contemplation between the two. Instead of the pillars, I have used the light itself to illustrate the light and dark sides of the high priestess. She is half in light and half in shadow. She is holding onto scrolls, information that you can see, but she is not quick to reveal.

She is usually crowned by the moon, shining light on what you may not have noticed before. I show the moon behind her following a spiral that emanates from her third eye. The Golden Spiral. I have always been fascinated with the Golden Ratio, as it’s the most aesthetically pleasing mathematical equation. It’s found in nature and in architecture. Whether it’s on purpose or an accident, it’s fascinating to me. It seems like a paradox–math and art–but also, so very obvious. Of course it can be boiled down to numbers. Of course there is order in this chaos. Of course everything is connected. You just have to listen. From your inner workings, to your outer world.

High PriestessHigh Priestess, 18″ x 24″, oil paint

This show was amazing to be a part of, and I’m so happy to have been involved in it. There was a tarot deck made from the 22 original pieces of artwork that were shown, which you can buy online here.

Thank you to Dawn Manogue who coordinated this project as a part of her culminating project for a Masters Degree in Integrative Health and Healing with the Graduate Institute.

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Art Festival this weekend!

24 09 2010

Come visit me at the Unionville Festival, Sunday, September 26th! I will be set up along the river with other local artists behind Matthew’s Restaurant, 55 Mill St., from noon to 5pm.

Come support local artists! I will be selling prints, cards and original works of art!

Hope to see you all there!





Boston Science Museum… of Art?

3 05 2010

I went to the Boston Science Museum this weekend with my sister and her husband and we had a great time. It had been years since we have all been there. The last time was probably 20 years ago on a school field trip. Everything was hands on, and we were all having so much fun. Well, now that we are older, and we already learned most of this stuff in grade school, the regular exhibits weren’t as fun. But we still went to the butterfly garden, and the electricity show. (It was cool, but again, much cooler when you’re ten.)

So we went walking through the museum trying to find something interesting. And I came upon an exhibit of artwork called Running the Numbers by Chris Jordan. I had heard of his work before, but never seen it in person. He creates manipulated digital photographs that represent statistics that are hard to imagine. Once you see his photographs, you no longer have to try to imagine it, it’s there for you to see.

For example, below is a close up and full shot of Cans Seurat, which depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the United States every thirty seconds.

This next one looks like pipes:

but it’s actually Plastic Cups. There are one million plastic cups shown here, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.

This one is called Gyre. It shows 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic that enter the world’s oceans every hour. All of the plastic shown was collected from the Pacific Ocean.

Statistics are numbers, and numbers can be hard to visualize. Chris Jordan turns these statistics into visuals for you and the result is staggering. They are beautiful and grotesque at the same time. Beautiful works of art that portray the grotesque nature of our consumerism. To see more of his influential work go to Chris Jordan’s website.





Open Studios!!

9 11 2009

I will be showing my artwork at Artsake Gallery during the Open Studios of Northeastern CT this year. From 10-5 on November 28-29, and December 5-6, many art studios in the northeastern corner of CT are opening their doors for visitors! Get out your wallets and support local artisans from the area! Get a loved one a handmade gift they will never forget.

Artists of all kinds will be there: painters, woodworkers, glass, jewelery, printmaking, ceramics, textiles. You name it! Visit aosct.org for more info and a map of the area.

This year WindhamArts is running a promotion with participating locations. Get a pin by becoming a member of WindhamArts (for $20.00). When you wear your pin at the participating locations you are eligible for different discounts or raffles! Join now! Click here for more info. If you come wearing a pin to Artsake Gallery, Jennifer Hopkins will be raffling off a handmade bookmark!

So come visit me at Artsake Gallery. I will have NEW ART to show you! And as always, I will be selling prints of my artwork, and cards for the holidays.

I am showing with two other artists. Barbara Cambra is a textile artist who combines color and pattern to create unique usable art: table runners, lap quilts and wallhangings handquilted for adults and children. Jennifer Hopkins, owner of Artsake Gallery, creates handmade glass beads. You can purchase individual beads for your own creations or choose gifts of bookmarks, bracelets and necklaces. Lamp-work demonstrations on Sundays. <—These are a lot of fun to watch!

Artsake Gallery is located at 273 Tolland Stage Rd (corner of routes 74 & 30), Tolland, CT

AOSCT.org – for more info about the organization and other studios

Here’s one example of a new art piece I have to show you…

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This is created in colored pencils and is 12.5″ x 15.5″. I think the title is going to be “Believe” but I’m not sure yet, if you have any ideas, please let me know!





Art is in trouble

4 09 2009

I know we’ve been in a recession for a while now, but I’ll admit I’ve  been lucky. I am a freelance designer and illustrator. It’s slowed down this summer, but it’s summer, it happens every year. No one wants to work, including me! I don’t mind having a little more time to go out and enjoy the weather. Now that it’s September, I think people are ready to get back to business and kick-start this economy. It’s picked up a little for me and I hope it has for everyone else too.

I submitted my artwork recently to the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC) Open Juried Show. I brought in my artwork on Tuesday and stole a glance at the other artwork around. The art was good! It was nice to be in competition with other people’s artwork again, and hopefully to be in a show. I’ve been slacking on entering competitions and trying to get my artwork shown lately. I thought I had a good chance of getting in. It was high caliber artwork, but all of it was different, and not one of them was similar to what I submitted.

I got a call last night informing me about the show. I had to come pick up my artwork today. Not because I didn’t make it into the show… no one did. The show at the FVAC was cancelled due to lack of funds… I listened to the message with my mouth agape. I couldn’t believe it. I was surprised and disappointed. Not only that the show was cancelled, but the FVAC was temporarily closing. Here is an excerpt from their website:

The Farmington Valley Arts Center Board of Directors has announced that the Center’s offices are closed effective immediately, and all scheduled classes and events cancelled until a strategic restructuring is completed.

So I went in today to pick up my artwork. I offered to help. I asked if there was anything I could do. They seemed surprised that I wanted to help! but grateful. They were so nice. I don’t like to see any arts organization, let alone one as prominent as the FVAC, go up in smoke. They also have working artists studios there, and they are not closed. I encourage everyone to swing by and see what the artists are doing… and buy something!! They are having an open studio next weekend (I think the activities are tentative, but the artists will be there for sure) September 12, 10am – 4pm.

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The board of FVAC is going through a restructuring process and hopefully will come out bigger and better on the other side! I encourage everyone to support the arts and your local community. For most people art is a hobby. But for a select (lucky) few it’s a career. The FVAC supports the arts in all realms, and I hope you’ll support the FVAC.

Go to the FVAC website: artsfvac.org





Artwork on Display at Caffeine’s Cafe

4 09 2009

My artwork is now on display at Caffeine’s Cafe in Unionville, CT. 45 S. Main Street #8 in the Stop & Shop plaza, next to CVS.
Caffeine’s is a quaint little coffee shop that just moved in (from further down rte 4 in Farmington) I have some of my state birds and flowers, along with a few other animal pieces and my faery drawing.

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So come on down and have the best coffee in town while viewing some local artists work!
…I’m such a rhymer today, and I don’t even know it! 😉





Help & Care Project Thailand

8 07 2009

horseonBlackThis Sunday my artwork will be on display at a benefit event in New Britain. “Help & Care Project Thailand” is taking place at The Monster Lab Recording Studio. 321 Ellis Street, New Britain, CT 5pm – 9 pm. $20, all ages.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is going a journey to a small village of about 300 people to build a library and children’s center in the mountains along the border of Mayanmar. Volunteers will be teaching the children to read and write and playing sports with them. You can be a sponsor and buy a brick for $25 or two for $40.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is also creating a veterinary clinic and animal shelter in Chuphon Province, where a 63 year old woman and her two daughters are caring for 200 dogs and 100 cats! For $35 you can save an animals life and they will send you a picture of the pet you have saved!

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There will be photos on exhibit by Savanna Mazur and Zoraida Lopez as well as some of my original drawings and pastels of animals. DJ Occult69 will be performing along with a jazz trio The Lynn Tracey Project. Food will be provided by Naples Pizzeria in Farmington. Complimentary beverages will be served.

This is a beautiful alternative venue for shows and events, ideal for recording live performances. On the 6th floor of an old factory building with high ceilings and big windows looking out over the mountains, you can catch an amazing sunset.

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Located at 321 Ellis Street in New Britain, CT, it is easy to get to. Simply take Rte 9 to exit 25 (The Ellis St / Kensington Exit) Take a right off the exit ramp, and it is the first building on your right. (You’ll see a sign on the side of the building that says ‘Incubation Center’) Park in the lot on the left- if it is filled there is a detour to go around to the right and park in the lot in the back of the building.