I've been going through a lot of art angst, and it seems that the solution is to crack down and get back into the art part of this whole thing. The marketing plate is spinning, and it's time to go back to the production plate, and spend some hard hours in the studio. I've decided to try out studio hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 5pm - 10pm.
With the knee-jerk ink-dumping paint-spattering ten-pictures-an-hour whirlwind habit that I've gotten into, this is going to be torture. Five hour studio stretches? You may as well tell me to run ten miles. It's going to be just like starting to exercise after a long break. But hopefully this will get me back to center, get me in focus again, and get the creative juices flowing.
Feel free to stop by the studio during those hours - I'll be glad for the break!
Exceptions to the new studio hours (this coming Wednesday is a NCAC meeting, for example) will be posted outside the door and on my website's calendar.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Last week I was thinking about my art, and thinking about how I wanted it to be edgy and raw and honest, the way it used to be, but how I had really strayed from that autobiographical and guts-baring path. I had all these thoughts, these self-doubts milling around in my head, and I wrote them out on scraps of paper. Then I thought - hey, why not take these insecurities and just go for it and make them into art? The finished product is here: "On the couch - Insecurities and Truths". I think I'll go with this theme for a while... will likely frame these, and just go with the writing a la Jenny Holzer. Stay tuned for detail shots of this one...
Sunday, February 3, 2008
February 3rd, 2008
This is a copy of the periodic newsletter I email out. Let me know if you'd like to join the mailing list!
I’ve launched a blog called “Idiotic Idioms” which features a weekly cartoon, updated every Monday. Be sure to bookmark it and check back every week to see if you can guess the idiom!
I’ve been busy performing as Co-President for the North Country Arts Center as well. We’ve got a lot of programs coming up, including On My Own Time, and we’re already starting to plan the annual Colors of Fall Festival. If you’re interested in a booth, be in touch. Also, we’re planning an Open Studios Tour in Warren County. Let me know if you’re interested in being a stop on the tour, or would like to be part of the planning committee!
My third solo show of 2007 at Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington, Vermont is still up at the moment, though I will be taking it down soon. Run and see it if you’re in the area! Many thanks to all who showed up for the reception.
The website aephemera.net has gotten herself a makeover, and she’s super pouty about it. Take a look and see for yourself!
I continue to update my etsy shop at least once or twice a week. Check it out to see some new artwork for sale!
If you can believe it, I actually don’t have any shows lined up until August. There may be a group show here and there, but other than that I’m wide open. If you know of a gallery looking for an artist to show before then, please drop me a line!
Valentine’s Day Formal
Date: Friday, February 15th a
Time: 7:00 pm - ???
Where: My studio located at The Shirt Factory, Suite #307 (Third Floor), Corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, New York
What: A formal dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Both couples and singles friendly. BYOB and potluck. Click here to RSVP on MySpace!
More information can be found at http://www.aephemera.net
Class sizes are limited, so reserve your seat early!
All classes take place at the studio, located at The Shirt Factory, Suite #307 (Third Floor), Corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, Glens Falls, New York
Valentine’s Day themed Bookbinding class with Janet Nolin
Date: Sunday, February 10th 2008
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: $40, All materials included*
Why not give your loved one a gift you make yourself? We will have Valentine’s Day themed materials as well as other beautiful papers to choose from. All materials are included in this class! Walk in with nothing, walk out with a beautiful handmade journal and all the skills and information you need to make more! Class is led by Janet Nolin of ButterflyGrace Creations.
How to sell your art or craft online
Date: Tuesday, February 19th 2008
Time: 6:00 pm
This beginner’s class is for the artist or crafter who is finally ready to part with some of their work. We will cover everything you need to know to start up your own online business, including which websites to use, how to use them, describing your work, shipping, taxes, shop policies, promoting, networking, and more.
Introduction to Chainmaille
Date: Saturday, March 1st 2008
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: $45, All materials included
Learn the basics of chainmaille – how to make rings, where to purchase supplies, and how to put together a stunning “fringe” style necklace in your choice of colors! All materials are included in this class, and students will leave with a gorgeous piece of jewelry they make themselves.
* You may notice that the price for this class has gone up. For our first two classes, we were still feeling out the cost of materials and have calculated that in previous dates, we had taken a loss. The price change has been changed to reflect proper coverage of materials used.
I hope to see you at one of the classes or at the Valentine’s Day dance! Please keep aephemera.net and aephemera.etsy.com bookmarked – they’re updated at least weekly.
KATE E. AUSTIN