Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wits' End Studio

Finally Chris has got her studio remodeled and in celebration has started a personal blog. I think she has plans for an Etsy shop too but that link doesn't go anywhere interesting yet.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Madison Open Art Studios

Which reminds me, the Madison Area Open Art Studios is happening again next fall, the first weekend of October. I checked the site and there is some kind of meeting next Tuesday, so it is good I checked. It is possible that registration of artists has been extended past the last deadline that I was all hurrying to meet last month, or it could be the website hasn't been updated. You could try it and see.

Photography in the neighborhood gallery

I was sitting on a bench talking on my cellphone yesterday, next to a sandwich sign advertising a one-day gallery show, when the wind switched around to the south and tornado siren sounded. I sought shelter, as you do, in the gallery where it happened two young fellows, Joe and Eric, were having a terrifically varied photography show, and we talked.

We talked about the other Saturday events happening the neighborhood that I had been surveying. We talked about the gallery space on Lakeside Street, and about art fairs and what is an artist to do these days of modern times here in the future. We talked about their signs which said EXPLOSION (a nine-letter word in three lines) in a square typeface newly designed by Joe (only the caps because he had a hard time making lower-case look square), with a sort of flower-power look, which were hand-stencilled onto the signs. They had big photos for free, or mounted ones for minimal cost. Even the big wall ones mounted on foamcore were only like $150. Joe has a day job and does websites, but his is down. Eric does creative media consulting at BrickHouse (the cool pictures are all on the link) and does wedding photography too and works in a frame shop and was willing to frame anything I was interested in to my desire.

They had both black and white and color pictures. They had abstracts, landscapes, architectural photography, baby pictures, still lifes, long-exposure nighttime photos, and band performances. Film and digital. Have I left anything out?

Need anything for your wall? Thanks, I already have some.