Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What did we find "In the Wall"? Shrines of course!

Welcome Everyone!

Part two of my "In the Wall" series is completed and I am happy to say was a complete success! Other than small altoid tins and matchbox worlds this was my first real box assemblage class and I have to say I was more than a little nervous about teaching it.  I realized a week before that I could never be 100 percent ready forthis class unless we were all placing the same item inside the same size box.  Anyone that has taken a class from me knows that I loathe forcing all of my students to do exactly the same thing. So to keep from driving myself crazy I decided to chill out-we would just have to improvise what ever was needed to finish our projects.  And improvise we did! 
The interesting thing is that all of us seemed to discover hidden shrines in our walls! You can see my not quite finished Sailor's Shrine above.

Here is Maureen's Madonna Shrine:

Here is a close up of the Beautiful Madonna: 
Aren't the colors in this shrine exquisite?

Here is Lisa's Madonna shrine:

And here is a close up of the incredible Crystal Madonna against the beautiful crackle paste background texture. Yummy!

It's difficult to believe that just a few short years ago both of these artists had never created anything larger or more complicated than a Domino.  And here they are now creating beautiful mulitlayered 3-D professional quality assemblages! Who wouldn't want to find one of these incredible shrines hidden for 100 years inside a wall?
Seeing the art above I bet that there are a few out there that want to know if I have this class on the schedule for C.Andrews studios again?  The answer is no. It's time to move on.  I would however consent to teach the Shrines In the wall privately at the studio to any one that might be interested. Just email me at connie@isbjorn.com.

Stay tuned for samples of my upcoming collage class called "A Whole New World".  Also on May 5th and 6th I will be participating the CoCa Opens Studios. I will post more about this later in the week.  In the meantime: Collage on!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

CoCa Library Exhibit is up!

Greetings Everyone!
Well the CoCa (Colony of Coastside Artists) exhibit is now hanging proudly at the Half Moon Bay Library.  You can view a couple of my textural collage above (Tree of Ages and Ancient Evening).
It took about 1 1/2 hours to set up this exhibit today for 21 different artists.  The showing looks great if I do say so myself!  This is a truly talented group of coastside artists and I am honored to be included in this exhibit.

The Colony of Coastside Artists is a really great group of people that meet once a month to talk about their art , show any new work and to support each other. And we have an incredible range of items created from fiber arts to glass to jewelry to Photograply, mixed media, painting, living succulant art and pottery.  Almost all the artists in the group are local so please if you are in the area go by the Half Moon Bay Library at 620 Correas Ave and show your support. 

While you are at the library you can also pick up the CoCa Open Studios brochure.  Our next Open studios will be May 5th and 6th and the brochure has a listing of all the artists and studios that will  be participating along with a map to each studio.  Our open studio will be in conjunction with the SOMA spring Art stroll.  Which means that the entire area from Half Moon Bay north to Montara will be one great big art Exhibit.  How cool is that?!