Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Sweat-er at Cyclogik, Friday Dec. 7 !!!

Yes, it is that time of year already!  On thursday the kind folks at Cyclelogik will be clearing space on the walls of their shop for the annual art show curated by none other than artist and self-described art-pusher, Andrea Stokes.  The opening takes place Friday night and the place is always packed to the rafters (I'm not kidding), so come early and get your Christmas shopping done.  Over 40 of this city's intriguing artists are represented with small and medium sized works for every collectors budget.  Art, bikes and coffee--an unbeatable combo.  See you there!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Refab 1, Dec. 1st at the ReStore

December 1st?  How did that happen?  What better way to usher in the final month of the year, than with blistering cold and a trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Drop off donations for Habitat for Humanity, buy a storm door, drink some coffee and talk to a local artist!

At today's art event, dubbed Refab I  (artists showing work with reclaimed materials in a recycling environment) , I was joined by two fabulous interdisciplinary art-friends, Annette Hegel, and Nancy Green.  I was privileged to spend the day exchanging stories and ideas with these engaging and inspirational folk.

Annette Hegel, a local and international art activist who has done everything (no, really!) , brought intriguing pieces combining miniature figures with reclaimed objects to create arresting environments that challenge ones sense of scale while drawing in political themes.

In Watching the fireworks, tiny white figures sit watching Gaza burning from their perch on a chunk of rusted steel.

Nancy Green, whose show, Variable Change at Zen Kitchen runs until the end of December, is exceedingly resourceful at combining found objects in smart compositions and shows remarkable facility with paint, ceramics and metal while maintaining an art of delicacy. 

 The work Nancy brought to the show included paintings on off cuts of plastered doors, glassed in drawers with birds nests and framed antique bottles with subtle text punched into copper strapping.

I brought a selection of current junk masks, and debuted my 2013 photo calendar.

Thanks to Myrna and the Gang at the ReStore for their hospitality and remember, you can now bring your e-waste to either NCR location anytime.  Look out for Refab II, coming in the new year!