i am finally happy with my work for the cedar show! i hang it tonight... and am writing up cards and artist bio ... it's 4:40 am and i have been up for over an hour... i am up before the sun today... my favorite kind of morning... by the time my neighbors start their coffee... i will have 3 secret hours on them...
my grandmother, is the single most inspirational person i have ever met. she used to talk to the sun, dance and sing for no reason at all... she always had time for me, even though she was the busiest person i have ever met. she would indulge my whims and make-believe... she was diagnosed with alzheimer's going on 10 years ago now... and i have watched her go from confused, to lost, to someone i don't know... it has been a very sad thing to watch... and i know that it is the single hardest thing for me so far in life to watch her mind fade when her body was still strong.
i have been trying to think of a way to use my art to pay her back some way...
i have been printing postcards to advertise for my shows over the last few months... and i am going to start offering them for sale here as well as at shows... i am going to be selling sets of 10 like the one pictured above (2 of each design) for $10. i will send them to you for free and $5 from each sale will be donated to the alzheimer's association... to help people like my grandmother through research and education.
it's been a crazy couple of weeks...and the next few promise to be just as busy... my apt... already tiny... is infested with paintings that seem to multiply like roaches... only... prettier of course... i find myself blocking cupboards and closets with stacks of canvas...
just a quick note to let you know... my show at duplex... on hennepin ave in uptown... which has been running since november of '09 is coming down on June 7th. i've had a great response... and this is my second consecutive show at this chic restaurant... if you haven't been there... i would suggest you stop in some night soon... my favorite menu item... the hanger steak! even if you just stop off for a beer... they have a cute bar and the best poutine in minneapolis... they also serve up a playlist of eclectic music that never disappoints me... and i'd like to think i have pretty good taste :)
i received an email yesterday informing me that i was selected for an upcoming juried show... "visual jazz" ... i entered one piece... the details are below... as well as my piece... i will be in attendance at the opening... come by and see the other works and say hello!
On Thursday, June 17th from 6-9pm the Artist Mercantile will host the art opening for the Visual Jazz Show. During the show you can feast your eyes paintings, sculptures and mixed media all inspired by all things jazz. The Visual Jazz Show is an event working in conjunction with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and KBEM-FM. The event is free and open to the public. The Artist Mercantile is centrally located in downtown St. Paul which makes it easy to stop in and browse the Visual Jazz before going to hear the live version taking place in Mears Park, the Artists Quarter, or one of the other many other locations. Each original piece in the Visual Jazz show has been hand selected by a three piece jury. Sculptor Frank J Brown is included in this jury. You may have seen some of Franks work in the permanent collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Frank will be providing the Artist Mercantile his musician sculptures series. This series will be up and for sale for the duration of the show. The other two jurors are Jazz connoisseur Davis Wilson of the Artist Quarter along with Jennifer Bisch, Proprietor of the Artist Mercantile. Show runs from June 14th through July 3rd 2010.
just a quick word of thanks to everyone that came out for my show last night at the nomad... :) thanks neza for your savvy purchase ~ thanks interesting regulars of the west bank... and friends both near and far... i have a few photos... i will post more as they trickle in...
This article by Kate Iverson is on the front page of www.secretsofthecity.com today!
The Nomad Pub actually does a pretty good job of rotating cool local artists on their walls and tonight's debut is no exception! Head to the West Bank for a post-work brewski and a gander at local gal Jennifer Sandquist's latest works. Sandquist's portraits definitely sing to the heart of the teenage girl in their angsty femininity and fashionable sensibilities, though the work manages to retain a street-savvy vibe that's both fun and edgy. Good fodder for the hip roadhouse-esque appeal that the Nomad enjoys, say we! The opening runs from 7-10pm with DJs to follow after 10pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more info visit www.jennifersandquist.com or www.nomadpub.com. ~ Kate Iverson
last night i finished off the pieces to complete the set of 3 for janet. i also started on a large piece for my cedar show and worked on a couple other pieces... tonight's the opening at the nomad! woohoo! 7pm :)
i received a photo today from jeff winke. he arranged a show for me in milwaukee a couple of years ago... he also happens to be a gifted poet. i especially love his book "coquette" ... you won't be disappointed if you check it out... the poems are urban and sexy... and short! :)
anyway... i did this painting and it was a gift to him for arranging my milwaukee show~