So tonight is the gallery opening of the “Roots” show. Everyone said I needed to make a piece to wear. I was just going to wear my Star of David. Whatever was I thinking? In my world of procrastination I started the focal on Monday. Heck plenty of time to get it finished. I finished it last night and got the pictures. Just in time I would say. This piece was inspired by my love of Judaism, Julie Picarello and Jana Roberts Benzon. Those two ladies do some awesome clay work. I am pretty darn happy with how this one turned out. I guess I am ready for tonight. Thank G_d Karen and Munchie will be with me. Karen has said she will take pictures so there will be some to share tomorrow…I hope. Thanks for stopping by and looking. I hope you have a wonderful day.
It seems that the girl doing community service there got her phone lists mixed up. I DID get juried into the show! oiks….now I have to get something to wear to the opening.
was today. Yep, i really did it. I took my “L’Chiam-To Life” down to the Bakersfield Art Museum and entered it into the exhibit. Talk about nervous. Oy. They said I should know if I get juried in at the end of this week or early next week. I don’t think I will be nervous about this part. Either I make it or I don’t. What I will be nervous about is if I DO get accepted. That means I will need to be at the opening on May 14th. I sure hope they don’t mind folks showing up in jeans or shorts cause that’s all I have On sort of the same track, while I was there filling out the paperwork for the exhibition, they asked me if I would like to be one of 50 artists who will be displaying decorated ceramic skulls for “Day of The Dead” exhibition opening September 17th. Lord knows what I was thinking because I said sure…without thinking. OIKS! Now I have a 3/4 size ceramic skull sitting in my studio…staring at me when i go in there….daring me to make it “pretty”? I guess now I will be doing a bit of research on “El Dia de Los Muertos”. It’s not part of my Jewish upbringing. In a way, doing the research will be good for me, teaching me new things, giving me insight into other customs and traditions. And this is always a good thing in my book. So, stay tuned…I am sure there will be…
This month the Bakersfield Museum of Art is accepting submissions for a juried show. The Theme of the show is “Roots”. How it is interpreted is up to the artist. Well one of my goals for this year has been to do more about getting my name “out there” so I thought this might be a good chance for me. I am a bit nervous about it all but the worse thing they can do is not accept it and then I have a new piece of art for the house.I decided to base my “Roots” on the Hebrew phrase “L’Chiam”- To Life. Going from there to a “tree of Life” was an easy step for me. I decided to use polymer clay and copper wire to create a tree form and then attach L”Chiam letters done in a faux cloisonne style. So far I have the base made (cut out and holes for the wire), the base tree form done with copper wire and the scrap clay packing done.I think this will come out the way it is in my head. The center portion of the tree that shows the wrapped wires will stay open….connecting the roots in the ground to the sky above us. Pretty esoteric eh? Stay tuned for more works in progress on this Tree. Thanks for reading.