Monday, January 24, 2011

worth re-posting

This is a message that was posted on Julie Sadler's "collageclearinghouse" site. Alexis' work is REALLY cool!

A message from Alexis Anne

Dear Friends,
I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the new year.

This Saturday at Swarm Gallery in Oakland is the opening reception for Bloom & Gloom, a duo exhibition with my friend Katy Horan and myself. The works I’ve created for this show are all non-figurative, a side of my work that I have always loved personally, but have not exhibited much.

Other news: studio visits from just last weekend have been posted on Juxtapoz and The Flop Box... Follow those links to check them out. And, on January 30th, keep your eyes peeled for an illustration I made for the New York Times Sunday Magazine On Language column, utilizing football players, of all things.

Below is the press release for Bloom & Gloom, and a couple images of my new work for the show; hope to see you Saturday!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In progress?

I'm always wondering whether I should do an "in-progress" post of a piece I'm working on; but I definitely am doing it this time, because I'm really excited about this piece. I will elaborate upon why I'm particularly excited about it in the next couple days or so. Enjoy (so far)!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kirkland Arts Center Members' Exhibit

Shown here is my piece (in a group of three); a hanging "wall mask" by my friend Sue Firsching; and a mixed-media piece by Tom Townsley entitled "Sea Change" Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

contrast Steve, contrast!

A while ago now, I created the "base" layer for a couple of 6 X 6 panel collages. I was very satisfied with the one I show here; except that I was having a difficult time "building" upon the base. Seemed like nothing was "working". This week I decided to do something "dramatic" (I'm using a lot of "quotation marks" in this post, aren't I?) and add some painted color to the piece. I like it. Why? Because it adds to the contrast within the piece. DUH! Simply principle Steve. Now I have to "complete" the piece with other interesting elements. Enjoy!

fun sticks

My sister Debby and I went to see the Tim Burton exhibit at MOMA a couple years ago. We both really enjoyed Burton's book about "Oyster Boy" and various other strange characters. One day while Debby was hiking near her home in the central Adirondacks, she found a stick that seemed to be calling out "I am Oyster Boy". So she brought it home and made an Oyster Boy stick. She then proceeded to do a "Match Stick Girl" stick and another one (not sure of the name). I'm always happy when friends and family exercise their creativity. Nice job Deb! Enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Size matters

Spent the weekend in Providence and on Saturday went to the Cotuit Center for the Arts to see the "So Big!" exhibit sponsored by the Cape Cod Arts Foundation. My friend Coco Larrain was exhibiting her self-portrait that has been featured previously on this blog. I was struck by the size of this impressive artwork! There were many great pieces in this exhibit; but I think Coco's was one of the best, for sure. It really made me think, once again, about the importance of paying attention to the reported dimensions of pieces seen in books and magazines (and on the internet). Enjoy!

Highly recommended!

I forward here a message that I received from Jonathan Talbot regarding his up-coming workshops. I attended two of these workshops and they were AWESOME! These will be held in his studio in Warwick, NY (in the Catskill region of New York State):

"Four workshop opportunities have just been posted on my website at Two are collage-focused, one is about image transfer, and one allows each participant to select the medium of his or her choice.

At you will find additional information, links to comments of and works by past workshop participants, and links to both online and mail-in registration forms. You can also call me at 845-258-4620 for answers to your questions or to register by phone.

I hope one of these workshops will fit your schedule.


Jonathan Talbot"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Interesting dilemma in "Art Space"

Anyone reading this blog and interested in the plight of artists traversing the landscape of the creative journey should read the blogs posts of Julie Sadler at "". I'm sure she would appreciate feedback. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Japanese influence

My good friends Anthony Morgan and Lindsay Bretz came up from Pennsylvania to visit for New Year's. One of their goals was to create a couple of collages from some of the materials they collected while on vacation in Japan last year. In fact, Anthony proposed to Lindsay while they were there!!! They will be using collages to create invitations for their wedding in May (cool idea!). Here are the products of Tony and Lindsay's efforts yesterday. I think they did a GREAT job! Enjoy!