Thursday, January 4, 2018

Change: the One Sure Thing

When I moved into the Pink House about two and a half years ago, I had a vision of what I wanted my gallery and studio to be. And I left lots of room for changing it all around.
Maria and her Saranac Lake Middle School Art Club at a collage workshop at the Pink House
Eco print workshop with Karen, Cris, Valerie, and Margaret. Super fun!
And a lot has changed! The studio remains pretty much the same (so I can teach here and host wonderful groups like the ones shown here!). I know now how many students I can accommodate for which classes, I know where my materials are (mostly), and it functions really well. But the gallery has gone through several revisions. For the first two seasons (June through September here),  I was open at least three days a week, as well as many other informal Open days. I had monthly exhibits, with the whole Food and Drink Thing, and lots of publicity. Loads of fun and I had such a great time working with many artist friends who showed their work here!

 But I knew I was missing the dance recitals of my granddaughters, family gatherings, and lots of amazing outdoor adventures with friends, and I decided that I needed to change how the gallery operated. The combination of my gallery's location on a small side street in my small village, the sparse visitors to the gallery, the huge energy and financial expenditures of putting on monthly exhibits, and a wonderful new relationship with a man who lives in another place - well, it didn't make sense anymore to sit in my gallery for days on end with little return. So last year, I was open three days a week from June through December and for studio tours. I was happier, lovely people still came in and we made nice connections, and I still showed my work along with that of friends. Lots of satisfactions but not much financial return.

Summer 2017 I cut back even further and was open mostly weekdays when I worked in my studio. Too much fun paddling, traveling, and learning to do. I have been open Fridays and Saturdays in December for Holiday Gift Gallery. Many thanks to all who have come in to chat, browse, and buy. I am so grateful for each of you!

Now I'm closing the gallery for the foreseeable future, after a Big Sale on January 20th. I'll still work regularly in my wonderful studio and enjoy my cozy home upstairs. And I hope to use that room for the local summer art walks and studio tours and for special short-term exhibits of my own work and that of others. Now I'll have a place for small dinner parties, which I can't manage in my little upstairs living room, and as well as a better office space. I'll miss my sweet little gallery business,  but I'm so looking forward to new projects and options!

So, it comes down to what makes each of us happiest and most satisfied. The next best step comes with clear thinking about what each of us wants to do with this short, beautiful life we are each allotted. I'll continue to post here about a big new project coming up, more classes and workshops at the Pink House, and miscellaneous creative adventures. 

I wish each of you Happiness, Creativity, and Abundant Love in the New Year and always. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Lovely, Quiet Holiday Gift Gallery

The annual Pink House Holiday Gift Gallery is open on Fridays from 11am to 8pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm through December 23rd, as well as when the Open signs are out or by appointment. Lots of "doing" for friends in need this year, so call me when you can make it to the Pink House. I'd love to see you. 

And so many wonderful gifts! Many by talented artist friends, some made by me, all carefully selected to help you find the Special Something for your Special Someone! And I am happy to ship to you or your dear ones!

Pilllows and Plant Prints 

The Eco Prints Department
The Gift Solution - a Gift Certificate for a workshop or scarf or tiny birdhouse or .....

Wool Hats by Ann Clarke I

Wool Hats by Ann Clarke II

Crepe de Chine Silk Scarves by Pat Pauly
Colorful Linen Pillows by Pat Pauly

Rustic Pillows by Cris

Fragrant Candles
Little Framed Eco Prints

Zen Rocks by Chad Pattison

Lots more for Heart and Home.  Hope to see you soon! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

The 2017 BIG little Show

Last week, I spent some time preparing a whole different set of work (from my usual) for the annual holiday show and sale at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Little framed botanical contact (or eco) prints. White frames,  a little green handmade paper - I'm happy with them!  The show opens on Friday, November 17th, and the opening is always a great opportunity to see far-flung artist friends from across the northern Adirondacks.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art on the Fly

On my way across New York State a few days ago, I stopped in Auburn, N.Y. to see the wonderful annual exhibit Quilt=Art=Quilt at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Always wonderful and inspiring! I loved so much of what was in this exhibit, and here are a few of the pieces that spoke to my current interest in narrative, text,  and hand stitching.  Enjoy, then go see it! Up through December 2017.
Stacy Hurt
Jette Clover
Shea Wilkinson

Sharon Carvalho

Helen Geglio 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sewing Machine Meets Rowing Machine

I have a new studio! We're calling it Pink House Studio East! This one is in addition to my larger, messier studio in the Pink House Studio West. My sweetheart and I are trying out spending more time together that will include more weekdays, and since I have the more flexible job, he invited me to set up a studio in his living room. I am finally sewing and constructing  in this cozy space. My old Singer is getting comfortable living next to the rowing machine. And as my honey pointed out, they are really pretty similar - shiny black machines with wheels as the functional essence.

Stitching on my deconstructed screen printed fabrics to make little shoulder bags. I love the back sides too, don't you?!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Exploring the World

Ring Wall surrounding Visby, Sweden
I just returned from a wonderful 10 days in Sweden with my sweetheart. We saw so many beautiful people, places, and things! So many images to keep my art practice lively for a very long time!

Tucked in the bottom of my pack on this trip was piece of raw silk, ready to be rolled with Swedish leaves and simmered with some vinegar on someone else's stove as we lounged after a long day of sight seeing. Well, the lounging part just did not happen - imagine! Too much to see!

So, I did manage to bring home a small collection of pressed Swedish leaves, many from the trails around Visby's ring wall, and they are now printed on two lengths of raw silk, awaiting a project that will remind us of so many beautiful walks during our trip.

King's Garden, Stockholm
Visby with a church ruins next to the restored and active cathedral.

Ancient grave site with stone boat, windmill, and David on the island of Oland.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Pink Afternoon

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with my wonderful friend Elizabeth Bunsen. She was full of energy from a recent trip to New Mexico, where she taught a workshop. She had invited me to try some cochineal dyeing in her beautiful studio. Pink is her current color and, as always, she was inspiring and generous. I've been wanting to learn how to use natural dyes in the treatment bath for my eco prints after seeing some very gorgeous results that other artists are producing. Here are some of our results. 
The difference in colors of these pieces seems to be due to different fibers and also whether the fabrics were pretreated with alum. The piece with the  embroidered bird is alum-treated cotton, while the bright pink is alum-treated silk. The silk scarf below was not alum-treated and was knotted for some variation is color intensity. Much paler than its silk-bundle sister.

This little bright pink bundle contains fresh crabapple leaves, and I'm leaving it wrapped for several days to see if the leave pigments will transfer to the silk, after a shorter processing time than I usually use for my eco prints.

Here is the lovely Elizabeth, and below is her clothes line with some of our newly-pink fabrics. Those with her mainly-orange eucalyptus prints were overdyed with cochineal. It is a wonderful combination.

I can't wait to get back to my own studio where I'll cook up a cochineal dye pot. Thank you for your hands-on tutorial, dear friend! What a wonderful afternoon it was!