I had the privilege of over seeing the installation of 4 pieces by Anson DeOnery in the beautiful modern home of Roswitha and Ken Schaffer last month. We layered the pieces to create the multi-dimensional effect created within the gallery showing. I particularly love the nice natural light that illuminates the silks within the space. The images move whenever the air moves as people walk by them, bringing that same calming vibe they did in the rooms where they have shown. Lovely.
Walking up to the University the first day this is what I saw.
Every year, on the first Saturday in December, former Picher residents return to their abandon hometown to have a Christmas parade through the empty Main Street. The people consider this to be a family reunion of sorts.
The following images are from the parade on Saturday, December 3, 2016. There were over 70 entries in the parade and over 1000 people in attendance, most of which now live in neighboring towns.
Alice Thorson scripted an intriguing article on works that reflect key issues and problems facing Americans today in the Nov/Dec issue of KC Studio Magazine. Echo is featured within the article. You can see for yourself in the ARTIST PAGES, the title "POSING QUESTIONS" on page 80. Check it out!
An altered state, that is the best description I can give of my experience at Sabrina Staires masterwork exhibit “Echo.” It is a difficult presentation to describe in mere words. It ison one level performance art, swaying gently from the invisible whisps of air currents set in motion by passersby, but it is also a time machine, virtually transporting us on the ether waves to another dimension. One absolutely feels some of what Sabrina must have felt as she captured the images and later transferred them into translucent, other-worldly glimpses she now shares with the world. Bravo! Few photographic displays are staged in such a ingenious way. You owe it to yourself to experience this amazing creation. I have seen nothing like it. It will be at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore for 60 days.
Opening Night April 1st was a dream! I couldn't have hoped for more. I was completely blown away at the response to ECHO and the beauty in the room. Many people came who had connections to Picher. Those many were having wonderful, connecting conversations with others in the room who were there to see the exhibit. I counted at least 4 people who were in tears. This man pictured here, Ray Moore, was a graduate of Picher High School 5 years before I was born. He brought me beautiful, sparkling lead ore rocks that he had collected from the Picher mining site many years ago. He thought I should have them. He thanked me many times for the exhibit. My heart is full of gratitude for the wonderful response.
Lisa Marie Evans just completed this beautiful video about ECHO.
Check it out!
As a part of the upcoming installation I have been creating these box pieces with small silk panels mounted inside. I have painted the interior of the box and selectively applied gold leaf within the background of the image. I have spent months developing this process and completely enjoyed coming up with it. Now it's nice to just sit down with each one and just create!
The next logical step seemed to be taking the prints to the Leedy for a trial hanging in order to get a better idea of how many I will need to fill the room. You can see that there is another show hanging in the background of this image. I am talking to Erin Woodworth the gallery director here and what we decided in seeing the sheerness of the images is that the light boxes that I intended to hang in the walls surrounding the fabric would actually be a distraction. Whew! Glad we figured that out. The whole gallery will be filled with light flowing fabric. Clean, simple and light! Just what I was going for.
First it was bring them home and just staring at them on the ping pong table for a while. I was kind of afraid to touch them. After a few days I had the courage to peel and hang. Thank God for Bruce Scott and his handy with tools and systems mind. We suspended wire across the room as an easel for me to sew into each piece.