The Art Fly

Santa Fe Respite

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Almost canceled it due to flooding on the east coast, and in my studio, but decided to get outta town for a week – destination Santa Fe, NM! It was a great adventure hiking and climbing, flea marketing, gallery hopping, pueblo touring, and tram-riding to the top of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque just before flying back home to Pennsylvania.

Still ripping off floor and moldings in my studio, dehumidifiers going non-stop, can’t wait to get back to the easel…

“Piece Progressions” on Crafthaus online

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Miriam Rowe curated an interesting idea for a Crafthaus online exhibit – she asked artists to take a series of photos showing the evolution of a creation from start to finish. Click here to see for yourself the wide range of talent and materials – and all that goes into a work of art!

My 6-slide “Piece Progressions” is of a bamboo mosaic from selection of bamboo poles, to cutting and detailing, to finish work titled Falling. It’s listed on the Crafthaus page under Norine Kevolic.

Please email me with any questions or comments.

Artists’ Gallery Exhibit at Federal Courthouse in Trenton, NJ

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“Wait”

Acrylic Painting
26″ x 28″

I’m a partner in the Artists’ Gallery, an 18-member co-op in Lambertville, NJ. In April we were invited to take our work on the road – to the spacious halls of the Clarkson S. Fisher U.S. Courthouse, 402 East State Street in Trenton, NJ. The work will be up until September 15, so please visit if you’re in and around this historic river area. See the Artists’ Gallery website for info, images, and all the details you’ll need.

The Artists’ Gallery is a partnership of 18 established and regionally represented artists with national and international reputations. The Gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street in the heart of historic Lambertville, New Jersey, and is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm and at other times by appointment, 609-397-4588.

Or feel free to email me with any questions.

“Bamboo Vessel”

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Bamboo vessel
2.5″ x 1.75″ bamboo, cherry base, sycamore lid

I have quite a nice selection of wood varieties in my workshop, assorted scraps that fellow woodworkers have saved for me. And now I have the perfect idea for combining them – these small containers!

I cut this piece of bamboo on an angle, and figured out a pleasing thickness for the wood caps. I sanded through the outer skin where bamboo meets sycamore lid and cherry base, leaving the node area in its natural state. The lid is shaped to fit inside the bamboo about 1/4″ and is an interesting piece of wood in itself. I sand and sand until the edges feel like a natural extension of the bamboo.

This one is not for sale, but I’m working on others…

Please email me with any questions or comments.

“Quartet”

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Acrylic on panel
24 x 18″

This is one of my favorite flower paintings of alliums and irises, that I’ve never exhibited publicly – until now. I’m showing this and a few other garden-themed paintings at the Artists’ Gallery for this month as we are participating in the Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour.

Check out the Artists’ Gallery link for details! And, don’t forget, 15% of the sales go to the Kalmia Club, one of the oldest women’s clubs in New Jersey, whose volunteers are dedicated to education, leadership training, and community service.

Please email me for purchase of this painting. Better yet – visit the Artists’ Gallery!

“Uplift”

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Bamboo Mosaic
16.5″ x 16.5″

This is the 4th of my recent mosaics celebrating bamboo. I’m really surprised at how many shapes and patterns I’m finding with this medium. The patterned bamboo circles reminded me of rose windows in Gothic cathedrals, so I went with that idea. I added curved bands that wrap across the bamboo strips – to suggest offerings. Uplift seemed an appropriate title for this piece.

Each of the mosaics are mounted in a deep frame made of poplar wood, that I designed to protect the edges of the bamboo.

Please email me if you are interested in purchasing this natural mosaic for $800 plus shipping and insurance.

“Swift”

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Bamboo Mosaic
16.5″ x 16.5″ bamboo with umber paint glaze

This is the third of 4 of my bamboo mosaics currently on exhibition during the “Meditations on Nature” show at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. I’m really excited to be adding this medium to my other favorites: painting, silverpoint drawing, and wood mosaics.

Here I used an umber paint glaze that I rubbed through to accentuate the bamboo grain – and lines of swift movement. After splitting the bamboo poles and rough-cutting the shapes, I sand the edge of each piece to a slight bevel. The “H” shapes inside the circles are cutaway sections of the ridges (nodes) that are seen on the outside. To protect the thicker bamboo edges I designed a shadow-box type of frame and gave it a “patina” of age.

Please email me for purchase of this framed mosaic for $800 plus shipping and insurance.

“Falling”

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Bamboo mosaic
16.5 x 16.5″

This is one of my four bamboo mosaics that will be on exhibit until June 5 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ for my 2-person show with landscape painter Michael Schweigart. If you’re anywhere near the river towns of Lambertville (NJ) and New Hope (PA), please join us Saturday (tomorrow) night from 5-8 pm for our opening reception. Our show “Meditations on Nature” features Mike’s beautifully detailed landscape paintings, my silverpoint drawings, paintings of glass spheres with natural elements: stones, cinnamon, bamboo, and mosaics in wood and bamboo.

My bamboo mosaic process requires lots of time, energy and exploration. First, I split the dried bamboo poles and rough-cut them. As my design ideas unfold, I cut shapes, scribe the pieces to fit, sand the undersides flat, and hand-sand the edges of each piece to a fine bevel. I use epoxy and metal weights to adhere the pieces to the back panel.

Please email me for purchase of this work for $800 plus shipping.

“Meditations on Nature”

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“Moonlit”

“Onward and Upward”

It begins tonight! “Meditations on Nature” is a two-person exhibition about Nature. It features my beach stone paintings, silverpoint drawings of animal skulls, glass spheres, and the beautifully detailed landscape paintings of my fellow artist Michael Schweigart. I’ll also be introducing four bamboo mosaics, showing my recent explorations into the elegant world of bamboo. I’ll post more photos of this show soon!

Come Visit! The show starts tonight and continues until June 5, with an opening reception Saturday, May 14, from 5-8pm, at Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ.