Crafts & Art for the holidays

My award winning painting “tried in vain” and two other pieces of mine also done in the last year are showing at the Greene County Council on the Arts in Catskill, NY. If you aren’t familiar with the Annual Salon show it’s an experience not to be missed. Loads of artwork of all medium, styles, and subjects, hung high to quite low and all snug up together. What also makes it unique is that if there’s a piece you fancy and want to buy the staff cashes you out and takes it off the wall right then and there. That means you could find some wonderful gifts while supporting local artists and the art council. Here’s a photo of us hanging the show…

And my walnut ink drawing of a seated figure is on the left in this photo (the brown wood frame).

The Salon show is up now through early January.

This year I opted to sign up to be at a smaller craft fair. So if you want to see my lampshades (and me of course) come to “Christmas by the River” in Coxsackie this Sunday December 4th. I’ll be in the old fire house on South St, just go to the end of Reed and turn right. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there. 

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A Balloon Massacre

In case you haven’t “liked” me on Facebook yet I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see the last day of the “AVIARY” installation created by Jason Hackenworth.  It was first exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC for one day through the Works and Process program then it traveled north with only one destination.  Catskill, NY.

In Catskill, thanks to the Masters on Main Street program, this huge sculpture was exhibited for an entire month (in sections though, since there’s no space big enough to show it in one piece).  This culminated in a balloon popping event which although not highly attended, was an awful lot of fun for the adults who participated. There was no way for anyone there to not smile and laugh at the chaos that went on.  If you weren’t there it’s really a shame, but you can at least see the silliness in my photographs. The first photos are of it installed during the Wine and Cheese Festival earlier in the day.  Directly after that all the balloons were dropped onto a tarp and then… Balloon Massacre! 

Balloon Popping Event Videos –  Part 1  &  Part 2

:) New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I’m kicking off the new year by participating in a show called “Playing With a Full Deck” at the Greene County Council on the Arts in Catskill, NY.  The show will run from January 18th and culminate in an auction of artwork on March 1st.  It’s a pretty cool show where 52 Artists collaborated in the creation of a one of a kind, limited edition, deck of playing cards. I CREATED THE 3 Of SPADES! The back was designed by Kiki Smith.  The artwork from my card will be on display in the gallery for the duration of the show so I hope you get a chance to stop by the gallery and take a look.  It’s unlike any work you’ve seen from me before and I’d love to hear your reactions so feel free to drop me a note. I’ll post pictures from the show after it opens.

Erika's Spade
A teaser from my card 😉

What the gallery has to say about the project ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ 

“PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK is an innovative fundraiser for the Greene County Council on the Arts’  Program. Original works will be exhibited in the GCCA Catskill Gallery along with a limited edition deck of playing cards, designed by a star-studded list of 52 artists with Kiki Smith’s custom design for the card backs. These pocket-sized art collections are available for a limited time at $35.

FUN EVENTS

♠ Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 4-8 PM:  OPENING RECEPTION

♠ Saturday, 8 February 2014 @ 6 PM: CHARITY TEXAS HOLD ‘EM  POKER TOURNAMENT:  Buy a deck to play. Win lift tickets, spa days, golf rounds and more!  Space is limited so reserve now.  Call 518-943-3400 or email gcca@greenearts.org to save your seat.

♠ Saturday, 1 March 2014 @ 7pm:  AUCTION (Selected works from the exhibition)  & CLOSING PARTY

FUN THINGS TO BUY

  • ♦ POCKET SIZE ART COLLECTION, 54 ARTIST DESIGNED POKER-SIZED PLAYING CARDS IN A CUSTOM BOX (includes 2 jokers).  Edition of 500, 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.  $35 Pre-event orders – Purchases before January 18, 2014.  $50 Purchases at the opening event, January 18 and after.

♠ 54 ARTIST DESIGNED POKER SIZED PLAYING CARDS (including jokers) ON 3 UNCUT SHEETS.  Edition of 25.  Three sheets, unframed.  15″ x 10.5″ (6 cards across, 3 cards down on each sheet).  $50

♣ BECOME A NEW MEMBER AT THE $75 LEVEL AND RECEIVE A FREE POKER-SIZE DECK

♥ DELUXE COLLECTION, LARGE SIZE DECK OF 54 ARTIST DESIGNED PLAYING CARDS, SIGNED BY ALL THE ARTISTS IN A CUSTOM BOX.  Edition of 25.  3.5″ X 5.75″ cards.  $100

♦ PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK T-SHIRT WITH JOE STEFKO’S ACE OF DIAMONDS DESIGN.  Mens & Womens Sizes S, M, L, XL available.  $35

♠ SET OF FOUR ENGRAVINGS BY KIKI SMITH.  MADE TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT.  Image size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ on 6 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ rag paper.  Edition of 9 (only one set remaining).  $1600

Gallery sales and auction proceeds  are split 50% to the Greene County Council on the Arts and 50% to the artist.  100% of the profits from T-Shirts, Kiki Smith engravings and the limited edition deck of cards will benefit the GCCA Visual Arts Program’s exhibitions and services for artists including professional development seminars for artists and crafts people at all levels. This gallery serves as a cultural anchor on Catskill’s Main Street hosting readings, youth arts events, lectures, meetings and partnering with artists. cultural organizations and community groups to add to the cultural vibrancy of the region.  

Help spread the word!  Forward this IndieGogo campaign to your friends. Like us on Facebook. Tweet away! #52PickUp. And let us know if you want to sign up for the Poker Party, or be on our mailing list for the auction. We are grateful for your help.

Greene County Council on the Arts.  398 Main Street, PO Box 463.  Catskill, NY 12414.  518.943.3400.  greenearts.org   gcca@greenearts.org