2019 Art Shows

This was my tent at Talbot Street Art Fair in Indianapolis last year in June. Attaching my list of shows I hope to participate in this year (2019).

Most of them I have applied to but the juries have to meet and go through the entry’s, sometimes 100’s of them. The process is that the artists submits three to five good images of their work and a booth shot. Most of the time this is done via the computer, once in a great while they have to be copied to a CD and sent via postal mail with the the paper application. We also have to submit either a 100 character or word description of our work process, the two are a very different size. A jury fee of $25.00 to $40.00 has to be submitted also.

To make an interesting art show there has to be many various kinds of art, so when the jury score the artist, the show takes so many of the top scoring artists in each of the categories. Mine is 2D Mixed Media. The juries see each artist for possibly 30 seconds to one minute, and someone reads the description. This is done on a computer projector.

Then the show also makes a wait list, where if the accepted artist cannot make it they have others to fill the spot. If you get the call that you have been accepted the artist then has to submit the booth fee which varies from $100.00 to $600.00 or more. I am renting that 10 X 10 real estate for two days to share, meet, talk about and hopefully sell my art to collectors that visit me in my booth.

Along with these expenses I also have gas, food and lodging if I am away from home. At this time I have been accepted into a few, ones that I participated in last year and they had early applications.

My show schedule is on this website on the home page. As I hear from shows, I add to the list. I really love traveling around and setting up my mini galleries. It is a lot of work, especially in the heat, but it’s fun. I do have two new fans this year, so that will make four in the tent and that will help.

Why am I telling you this information? I felt the need to make aware that bringing our art to you is not done lightly and is not inexpensive but worth it. Please support artists that put their imagination, ingenuity, heart and soul into one of a kind art work.

You will make them jump for joy! For my followers, I treasure you and thank you.

  • Great Lakes Art Fair April 13,14 Novi MI
  • Bloomfest May 18 Leo,IN
  • Round the Fountain May 25 Lafayette, IN
  • Winona Art Fair June 1 & 2 Winona, IN
  • Talbot Street June 15,16 Indianapolis, IN
  • Devils Lake (2nd) June 15 Manitou Beach, MI
  • Three Rivers Festival July 13,14 Fort Wayne, IN
  • Chesterton Art Fair Aug 3,4 Chesterton, IN
  • Satek Winery Aug. 17 Fremont, IN
  • Fourth St. Art Fair Aug 31,Sept. 1 Bloomington, IN
  • Vincolet Winery Sept. 7 Cincinnati, OH
  • Art at the Riverside Sept. 28 Leo, IN
  • Hyde Park October 6 Cincinnati, OH
  • Historic Shaw Neighborhood Oct. 5,6 St. Louis, MO
  • Renaissance at Roanoke October 12 Roanoke, IN
  • Arts and Greens Market TBA White Lake,MI

Did You Know

What archival actually means? I like to find actual definitions especially when I am blogging to make sure that I am using the right word.


ar·chi·val
/ˌärˈkīvl/
adjective
adjective: archival
relating to or constituting archives.
“the club maintains an archival research library”
(of a material such as paper) of suitable quality to be used in archives.

“the illustrations are printed with archival inks that will last about 70 years”
The second definition pertains to the reproductions that I print here in my studio.
I use Epson archival inks that are lightfast and they claim should last 200 years without much degradation. The Epson Photo Paper Luster that I use, is substantial. I like a sharp and bright print and my paintings are very colorful I have found that the Photo Paper Luster works the best. This information I found about it:

Luster finish is most easily thought of as being somewhere in between gloss and matte. Luster prints are slightly glossy, which helps enhance the image’s color and details, but also feature a very fine “texture” to help reduce problems associated with glare and fingerprints.

I like to be able to make my reproductions to easily fit ready made mattes for my customers convenience.

I use an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer. It is wireless and can print many sizes, or canvas, which I have not tried, plus various other items.

Of course having the print completely in the sun would not prevent it from degrading, care does have to be taken with them.

You may not care if it will last 200 years or even 70 but be assured that you will be getting a quality and unique item.

I also want to let you know that when one shops online at Here’s My hART your credit card is secure. When setting up this shop I had to purchase the right to this security. You can see the lock up in the search bar. I use Square to accept the payments but Global Secure keeps the information secure through my web provider Green Geeks.

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Book Review-Without A Doubt by Marcia Clark

A few years ago I picked this book up at a used book store as you can see by the price tag of $3.00, and decided that this should be a good after Christmas read this year.

In 1995 I had a 4 year old and was a stay at home mom, so I had the time to watch “The Trial of the Century” each day and I was hooked and amazed when he was acquitted. I am still amazed after reading this book of the acquittal.

Marcia stepped away from trials after this one and she has never done another one. She also had young children at the time and was juggling motherhood, this trial, becoming a celebrity, illness, a divorce, and then her spouse filed for petition to get the children.
This is how I remember Marcia Clark in 1995, thin, now I think bordering on gaunt after reading the book, and I understand why. Such pressure this trial was and balancing everything else too.

After the trial she was offered this book deal for four million dollars. She was District Attorney for Los Angeles County, She needed the money it is not the same as having your own law practice. This trial changed her life so much, I am sorry that she only got four million. But it has led to other good things.

Here is Marcia Clark in 2016, 21 years later. She looks good! I had to study the picture before I was convinced that it was her. The trial ended on October 3, 1995 and the book was published in 1997. This book was hard for her to write, to go over the events, still recovering from her illnesses, trying to get her life back to some normalcy. She was mad, mad that the jury took race over evidence. For a trial that lasted from January 1995 to October 1995 it only took the jury 4 hours to come to a verdict.

An excerpt from the books Prologue. This book answered the questions that I have always wondered. I missed that this book came out, or I am sure that I would have read it. When I watched it on television it was broken up, and then the press conferences, it wasn’t a complete picture like this book.

Orenthal James Simpson killed his wife because he was a controlling, wife beating, narcissist. He planned the murder and poor 25 year old Ronald Goldman just happened to be at the wrong place and was murdered horrendously too. Race had nothing to do with it, but everything to do with the verdict.

Simpson had been dumped by his then girlfriend Paula Barbieri, through a voice message. Which by the way Barbieri didn’t tell that little important tid bit until the civil trial. Simpson had been ignored and not invited to dinner by his ex-wife after their child’s dance recital and he had been embarrassed. It all set him off and he planned the murder for that night.

Nicole was never able to totally get away from him like many battered women. He stalked her, watching her have sex after they were divorced, while staring though the window in the bushes. She would call the police after an episode of battering and nothing was every done. They found after her death, in a bank lock box, pictures of herself after she had been beaten. Information that she kept because she knew there was a good possibility that she would be killed and she wanted them to know who did it.

Marcia Clark has since written six other crime books and she has a show on A & E network called ; Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48. I will be tuning in for sure.

As for Simpson he was found liable in the civil trial by the Brown and Goldman family. Here is a good article about it from 1997.

In 2008 Simpson was convicted of an armed robbery in Las Vegas served 9 years of his sentence and was let out on parole in 2017. Here is a good article from the New York Times.

Also here is a pretty good article of where people are now and what they are doing. It does not talk about Nicole’s father though. He has since passed away from Alzheimers disease.

Orenthal James Simpson is now 70 years old, has now spent time in prison, owes more money than he can come up with and has been let out on parole. What is ahead for him?

Nicole Brown Simpson would now have been 59 years old

Ronald Goldman would now have been 49 years old

Two lives taken too soon and so brutally

I ate this book up and could not put it down until it was finished.

Merry Christmas (four days later)

We got our family Christmas photos taken, They make me smile! Love these guys! Today is Friday and I feel up to normal again. Wednesday all I did was sleep, read and do the wash. Thursday, I picked up, did the dishes and even picked up a paint brush! Friday I feel back to normal. I needed to get these pictures downloaded.
We always have to have a brothers picture in front of the tree.
I absolutely love this picture!!
My niece Wendy, her husband Adrian and the kids. Liam, Fiona and Neve. Cheers!! Football, baseball, hockey and racing are all represented here.

Hope your Christmas was great too.

Book Review-Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

I received this book as a gift last year (2017) and it had just come out.  I didn’t read it until recently and it worked out because I then watched the HW funeral and also Barbara Pierce Bush had gotten married in October and saw the pictures of that.  I follow George H. and Laura on Instagram. 

This book was thoroughly enjoyable.  The stories of the girls growing up and when they lived in the Governors mansion then the White House.  Their college years and when 911 happened.  They loved Kennebunkport and all their Grandparents and spending time with them and their cousins.

The two girls have gone to different universities, found their own careers which are very different but their comfort zones are being back together.  The connection from the womb.  They look very different and hold themselves very different too, but they think very similarly.  Service is a very large part of their lives.  This was a great read!

Peggy Cooper Cafritz

When I go through a magazine and find content that I don’t want to get rid of when I am done with the magazine, I tear it out and put it in a plastic cover to fit into a three ring binder.  That way I can revisit these articles that called to me and recycle the magazine.  I am starting on a second binder now.  When we moved I had many magazines that I had not gone through completely, so one day I pulled out an O Magazine and was completely enamored with this article “Art House”. It was from August of 2009 and about Peggy Cooper Cafritz and her home in Washington D.C.  She was a collector and supporter of African-American art and artists. She was also a civil rights activist, educator, attended gatherings, a collector of friends.  The first picture shows Peggy in her foyer with wonderful large art.  She buys what she loves not what matches with everything.  That is the way to do it.  

In this picture she has such fabulous colorful art with different sizes.  The bottom corner shows the house. Here is the article in OMagazine.

More pictures of her home, I just love it! Art, Art, Art!

So I came across this article again recently and did some more research on Peggy.  This is what I found….Soon after the OMagazine hit the newsstands on July 31, 2009 Peggy’s Art house caught on fire.  She wasn’t there, but was visiting friends in Martha’s Vinyard.  Here is the article from the Washington Post. 

The neighborhood was devastated, it seemed to be the hub of it, with the owner, art and visitors.

A little while later she started collecting art again for her new home.  It was a much more modern, glass and metal home but I think that the art softens it.  She is amazing to me.  She moved to a different neighborhood.  They never found the reason that the fire started but she did win a lawsuit against the city because there was not enough water pressure to put out the fire. 

Sadly in February of 2018 she passed away from complications of pneumonia.  She was 70.  Here is the obituary from the New York Times.

What an interesting woman, taken too early.  Here is another article that was interesting.

If you find a piece of art that calls to you, buy it, it will fit because you love it and it makes you happy. 

Happenings this week

Saturday I was notified by Artlink that my painting “No Goldfish Allowed” was accepted into the Regional Artists Exhibition in January. This show will be open from January 4th through February 7th 2019. This is my second year and I feel very honored.

November 30 and December 1st will be the weekend of Le Chic Holiday Market at the Memorial Coliseum. I will be setting my booth up along with over 100 other vendors. It looks like a great array of different gifts. Please come out and support handmade, local vendors. I will have many new paintings for sale.

I will have these five paintings for sale at the Pop Up Gallery that the Fort Wayne Artist Guild is having in the City Exchange on Wayne Street, Fort Wayne. Along with the paintings there will be cards and archival prints. The show begins November 28th and will end on December 29th. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6 pm. Please come out and support your local art guild.

I just learned today from the Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation that Barn Owls with spots are female. I didn’t know that when I painted this owl and named it Barney, but it is going to stay. I love to learn new things.

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The Story Behind the Paintings

I recently added this painting to my online store. Most of my paintings have a story behind them. While I was putting all the necessary information into the computer to make it show up correctly it took me back to why I painted this.

It was during 2015, when the election campaign was in full swing and there was constant clashes between the people running for the presidential office. We the people, were being constantly bombarded with nastiness. I just hoped it would calm down after the election and this painting was my hope.
1. The dark blue sky above with stars with hearts hanging down from it.
2. Flowers in a vase and one being a peace lily.
3. The angel- I always picture my angels having auburn hair, it possibly comes from a card my mother gave me when I was small. It made an impact. She has embossed gold wings and her halo is braided hemp twine painted gold. She is holding the earth which was made with a Styrofoam technique. It has a coating on it so I could paint it easily and it is very light to be able to glue it on. She has her buddy, the wise owl on her shoulder and her eyes are closed in prayer. She has a white aura about her.  I used the well known words because they are the ones that kept coming to mind.
This painting was used for our Christmas cards last year also.
The original has since been sold.

Today, I just added this painting to the online Store. “Pursue the Passion” I decided to do a series of three paintings with hearts and this was the first. I am drawn to hearts as you can tell by my business name.

This was painted soon after I decided to pursue a career in art. I had left a business office job, took a year off and decided that I wanted to build an art business. My husband at that same time decided to change jobs also. He had gone from a State Policeman for 25 years, to working in the Department of Revenue for 10 or so years to pursuing car sales. Something totally different right? We were losing that steady. every two weeks. we know what it will be income to something somewhat steady and with a lot of potential. These are not easy jobs to be successful. Sales are long hours, a lot of walking and talking and sometimes you come up short. With the art business, I make the inventory, I market it, I am the IT person, I sell it and am always looking for potential everything. Both of us are pursuing a passion and we had to spread our wings to do it. To decide to take the leap. It works well that I am home keeping track of things, because he is gone many hours of the day.
So the big red heart, the white words, the wings that could be bird or angel. I worked on my mixed media technique with the ribbon of leaves at the top and the raised leaves at the bottom with molding paste and stencils. The outlines of the heart and wings are made with Shiva oilstiks. I love them, they are so smooth. The original is still available size 18 X 18.

The second in the series “Love Many Things”. Original is still available. Size 18 X 18

The third in the series. “For You” Original is still available. Size 18 X 18. Send a message if you are interested. 

 

Second “Find Your Creative Joy” Workshop

My sweet friend Joan was my only student for the second workshop. When I set these up I wanted to try a couple of different days to see which day was more popular. I believe saturday or sunday may be better than friday night. So from now on I will have them on those days.

I love Joan’s little canvas, it is fabulous! She had just visited Vermont and Maine this month and the trees were changing. This was the driving force for her colors, and it worked. It was a bold move with the dark blue sky but then she added a little gray and a little white to give it some movement. Then the dark green and light green with some burlap texture. Good choice patterns for her trees also.

Tearing the sun ray shapes to attach around the sun.

Left side of the canvas with the little flowers and textures.

Right side with the sunflowers.

The top of the canvas with the sun. We decided we really liked the color choices of the sun. She used copper colored paint to put surrounding it. Sign up on my home page to receive blogs posts, unless you are already signed up, to find out when I announce the next Find Your Creative Joy Workshop.