Art Show Opening

Monotype aquatint etching 1/1

Monotype aquatint etching
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Showing one of my aquatint etching monotypes from the series:”Natural History”,’Natural History: Memories”.

Group exhibit juried by Ginny Sykes With concurrent group exhibit Humans Being II curated by Riva Lehrer

May 10 – June 20, 2013 / Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6–9 p.m.

CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery (WMG) presents a group exhibition with works by 21 artists, juried by Ginny Sykes. Body and Brain is an exhibit that focuses on the relationship between mind and body, with interpretations in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, and photography works.

Ginny Sykes’ work includes painting, performance, installation, film, and public art. She has exhibited in national and international exhibitions. Her public artwork includes private commissions, community based projects, schools, parks, and civic spaces. Sykes has taught in both the Museum and the School of

the Art Institute of Chicago, the Evanston Art Center and Lill Street Arts Center and is an Illinois Arts Council Roster Artist. Sykes is a core artist with Chicago Public Art Group. Her work is included in the publications A Guide to Chicago Murals, Urban Art Chicago, andThe Chicago Public Art Guide. Sykes is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Included artists are Nicole Alger, Aviva Alter, Marcia Babler, Sharon Bladholm, Robin Carlson, Jennifer Chammas, Susan Emmerson, Sharon Gilmore, Polly Greathouse, Judith Hladik-Voss, Hannamari Jalovaara, Elizabeth Jameson, Hannah King, Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Roberta Malkin, Maryellen Murphy, Sally Raab, Nirmal Raja, Kathryn Shinko, Jennifer Tiner, Kathy Weaver, and Gail Willert.

Woman Made Gallery 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 Website: www.womanmade.org

Gallery Hours: Wed–Fri noon–7p.m. / Sat–Sun noon–4p.m. / Admission: Free

Woman Made Gallery is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; a CityArts Program II grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs; the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, a donor-advised fund of the Chicago Community Trust; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; a major anonymous donor; and the generosity of its members and contributors.

“The Amy Machine”-Work in Progress Report #2

Sometimes you get a gift/blessing that you don’t recognize at the time.  Or aren’t ready for.

Then, one brilliant day, ( for me last Saturday, and a new moon! ), the gift reveals itself.  And you end up giggling with the perfection and timing. (well, that’s what I did!).

My project- a large 4 panel (5′ x 7′) fabric/linocut/assemblage piece- “The Man Who Couldn’t Hear Orange”, has been languishing for a long time.  Blogged here that it was time to take control and finish this.  For feng shui reasons alone!  See earlier blog…

One of my tools is an older sewing machine–I don’t hand quilt-I use the machine to make quilt type marks to solidify the structure.  So excited to get started.  Then, the machine begins to cough up thread/snarl/jam.  Horrors!  My newer machine can’t make the marks I need!  No $$$ at this time to fix it.

Then!  The Amy Machine!  My friend decided to give me this over a year ago, because she felt I needed it.  It is an “all the bells and whistles” kind of tool.  I hadn’t had the energy to explore it.  Wasn’t sure it was what I should be using.

Saturday!  Took out the manual and after 1/2  hour got the thing bobbined and threaded.  Computer selected. And what is the upshot?  It is perfect for all the things I have been dreaming of making this past year.  When I was too ill to work at all.  I needed “the art before the force”?  Sorry, punning can be vile to some.

Called Amy-who was very happy-and kept reminding me it is my machine-not the “Amy Machine”.  What we call and name things/people/situations is extremely important. Haven’t decided on my new machine’s name.  (OK, I do name some equipment-my current computer is Minerva.  My music XHD is Calliope.)  What is the name of the Fate who draws out the threads of life?  Love the internet–Clotho! Kind of apt for a sewing machine.  Also called the Norns.  The Daughters of Necessity.

So, If you are stuck-artistically/personally/physically-et ceterally- don’t give up before the miracle!

Have a great time doing something today!

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“Windy City”–a construction (for sale!) Lucite/masonite/brick/lock and key!