Show Update: Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival - August 18, 2018
 Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display 2018

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display 2018

This afternoon, I will start organizing my collages for the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival this Saturday, August 18, 2018. The show is held in downtown Winthrop, Maine and runs from 9 am to 3 pm. I have been working on some new collages this week, some of which I will post tomorrow. Last year, I won "Best in Show" at the festival. What a thrill!

I hope to see you there, but if you can't make it, please consider sharing the information on your favorite social media platform.

Cheers!--Janyce

Here's my complete show schedule:

Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival

Winthrop, Maine
August 18, 2018
9:00 am to 3 pm

designing women

Longfellow's Greenhouses, Manchester, Maine
August 25, 2018
9:30 am to 4 pm

REM Craft Fair

Champion’s Fitness Club in Elm Plaza
off Upper Main Street in Waterville, ME.
Exit 130 off Interstate 95, towards Waterville.
October 27 and 28, 2018
10 am to 3 pm

designing women

Richard Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson College, Bangor, Maine
November 3, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Maine Harvest Festival

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine
November 17 and 18, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

 

 

Writer's Prompt: You Just Don't Get Pulses Like That
Writer's Prompt

Here's this week's writer's prompt: You just don't get pulses like that from the sky.

Use this prompt as a jumping off point for poetry, songs, stories, or artwork. Share your work on my Facebook or instagram pages.

Don't forget to save the date for the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival this coming Saturday - August 18, 2018. Details on my show page.

Cheers!--Janyce

Book Review: Collage: Contemporary artists hunt and gather, cut and paste, mash up and transform

Collage: Contemporary artists hunt and gather, cut and paste, mash up and transform by Danielle Krysa. (2014). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1-452-12480-3

What a cool idea!

Danielle Krysa, author of The Jealous Curator, decided to give the same photograph to 30 contemporary artists (31, including herself) with the instruction to make a completely unique piece of art using some or all of the elements included in the photograph.

Krysa writes:

Nothing makes a collagist happier than digging through a box of images or a stack of books until we uncover that perfect image--the kind of image that stops the heart, just for a second, because of the amazing creative potential it holds. The transformation is one of the best things about collage. The artist gets to finish telling, in a completely new way, a story that was started by someone else. (p. 10)
 Left: Mustache Master (2013) by Danielle Krysa; Right: The Challenge. Bill & Dan (1958) by Jack Cumming

Left: Mustache Master (2013) by Danielle Krysa; Right: The Challenge. Bill & Dan (1958) by Jack Cumming

This book provides a bit of magic with each page turn. Each artists' section begins with a brief narrative that gives insight into his or her artistic process. A sampling of the artists' works are also included along with the assigned piece that visually demonstrate the vast array of techniques, colors, and compositions available to collage artists today.

 Left: McJunkin's Theory and Gather it Up 5 (2013) by Holly Chastain; Right: The 3rd Grade Suitors of Jennie May White (2013) by Holly Chastain

Left: McJunkin's Theory and Gather it Up 5 (2013) by Holly Chastain; Right: The 3rd Grade Suitors of Jennie May White (2013) by Holly Chastain

The vibrancy and colors used by these contemporary artists are, as Anthony Zinonos says in his foreword, "nothing short of inspirational." (p. 9). I particularly love how each individual artist's personality is evident and that the so-called limitation of using one photograph actually resulted in limitless opportunities for discovery.

 Left: The Rest of his Family in the Living Room on the Other Side of the World and In her Corner of the World by Khanh H. Le; Right: When I Grow Up by Khanh H. Le

Left: The Rest of his Family in the Living Room on the Other Side of the World and In her Corner of the World by Khanh H. Le; Right: When I Grow Up by Khanh H. Le

I found some new favorite collage artists here and appreciate the joyous silliness in some pieces and the somber notes in others. Whether their work is representational or abstract, simplistic or complex, these artists give the reader something new and wonderful and surprising to discover at each viewing.

 

 Left: Upside Down Gardener (2011) and Communication Breakdown (2011) by Andrea D'Aquino; Right: Death to the Mustache (2013) by Andrea D'Aquino

Left: Upside Down Gardener (2011) and Communication Breakdown (2011) by Andrea D'Aquino; Right: Death to the Mustache (2013) by Andrea D'Aquino

Krysa writes: For anyone who has ever looked at the blank page and found it just too darn perfect and intimidating--collage is a blessing. Starting with something and building on it is a chance to remake stories, to create art out of something rather than nothing, to embrace whimsy and humor and pastiche. (p. 11)

I say for anyone who needs or wants a visual shot of inspiration, positive energy, and beauty, grab this book and open it to any page. Of late, I generally opt to go to my local public library instead of purchasing books, but this is definitely one I would want on my book shelves to reach for over and over again.

If you read this book, please let me know what you think!

Cheers!--Janyce

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Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival - August 18, 2018
Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival

My "Orange Blooms" collage is featured on this year's Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival postcards! I am looking forward to my third year at the show this coming Saturday, August 18, 2018 in downtown Winthrop, Maine from 9am to 3pm.

"Orange Blooms" sold and is a private collection, but I will have greeting cards available of the image, along with collage wall art large and small.

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Cheers!--Janyce

Thank You, South Portland!
 Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display - South Portland's Art in the Park 2018

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display - South Portland's Art in the Park 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to South Portland's Art in the Park yesterday. You made the show a great success! I loved talking to people with topics ranging from art, whether the weather would hold up, and fostering needy cats.

I have two more shows coming up: August 18 - Winthrop Sidewalk Arts Festival and August 25 - Designing Women - Manchester. My full schedule is listed here.

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Cheers!--Janyce

 

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South Portland's Art in the Park - August 11, 2018
 Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

Yay! South Portland's Art in the Park is here! The show runs from 9 am to 4 pm (Saturday, August 11, 2018) and is Mill Creek Park in South Portland, Maine. The map and directions to the show are on their website.

It looks like we'll be getting some scattered "liquid sunshine," but I hope you will stop by the show anyway. A little scattered "weather" will be a nice break from the hot and muggies we've been getting over the past few weeks.

Some of the items in my Gift Shop are with me at the show. Sales over the weekend subject to availability. I will update my shop by Sunday evening.

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Cheers!--Janyce

 

Ready for South Portland's Art in the Park - August 11, 2018
 Apple Blossoms in Vase. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper with acrylics on 16" x 20" canvas.

Apple Blossoms in Vase. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper with acrylics on 16" x 20" canvas.

The collages are packed and ready to go to South Portland's Art in the Park tomorrow - August 11, 2018. The event will take place in Mill Creek Park from 9am to 4pm. My booth will be in the grassy section toward Cottage Road, above the pond if you're looking at the map.

The forecast shows an 80% chance of showers. I'll know by 4pm whether or not the event is cancelled. My guess is the show will go on unless it looks like heavier rain throughout the day. I'll post an update later this afternoon.

Please note, I will be taking stock from my Gift Shop with me to the show. Purchases made 8/10 through 8/12/18 on my website will be subject to availability. I will update the listings by the end of the day on Sunday.

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Cheers!--Janyce