Nellie"s Needles

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rocky Mountain Gorge

Since I shared photos of the top of these mountains I'm in for three weeks, here are photos of one the many gorges between them.  This one is the St. Vrain Gorge that runs between highway 7 and Lyons, Colorado.
It's all downhill from here.  Lee didn't touch the gas peddle once.

 The St. Vrain River runs through it.
 I don't know what happened that I got this shot.  It portrays the feeling of wonder and awe of this magnificent geography.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Top of The Rocky Mountains

These are photos on Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park taken with my iPhone.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Here is where work stopped until I return to my studio in August.

That's when the beach grass layer will be added to the base layer of sand in the bottom row of panels.

I'm pleased with the wave action.

The kind of day I thought I wanted to present, the idyllic summer one with a storm brewing on the horizon, has changed.  All those waves are present from a storm that has passed AND there's another brewing on the horizon.  It's become the break between.  Just like what we've been experiencing weatherwise ... just what life can be.

Monday, July 12, 2010

ArtPrize Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

Just in case you missed this episode on CBS Sunday morning yesterday as I did.  It's gives you a good idea of what ArtPrize is about and why I'm so pleased and excited to be a participant this year.

Friday, July 09, 2010

I'm An ARTPRIZE Artist!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook are familiar with this photo.  It portrays the anxiety of getting a venue in which to exhibit "The Lake" in ArtPrize*.  I had announced my entry in this post.  But entering and getting to be an exhibitor are two different things.  It was a scramble of 2,249 registered artists vying for exhibition space in 226 registered venues.

I had mailed a packet of written information with photos to fifteen of my first choice venues.  Two weeks later I sent emails that included updated material and pictures to those venues plus fifteen more.  One venue very much wanted "The Lake" to be part of their exhibition.  However, after a trip to Grand Rapids to view the space, I determined that this large scale installation piece would not show well in any spot where there was space to hang it.  Declining that invitation was nerve wracking.  What if no other venue responded to my work?

I received a couple of emails expressing interest in my entry.  However, all but one indicated that they would get back to me later after they had curated their exhibitions from ALL the entries.  So when this email arrived I got excited:
Your work is very unique, and with a subject matter that resonates with many of us.  We do hope to include your entry in our venue.  I'll be in touch when things are solidified.
I had to make another trip into Grand Rapids to get a repaired sewing machine (that's another post yet to be written).  While there, I took two panels from "The Lake" plus the study to show the art director for that venue.  He liked what he saw.  I liked the exhibition space.

Woo Hoo!  "The Lake" will be in the DeVos Place Convention Center.
It's located at 303 Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.  This is the lobby entrance.
Art by 54 artists will be exhibited here.  "The Lake" will hang in the Skywalk Gallery.


After the final audit of artists and venues that secured each other for ArtPrize 2010, the results are…
  • 1,713 artists
  • 192 venues
Artists from 21 different countries will exhibit, including the United States. 44 different states in the U.S. will be represented.

*ArtPrize is an open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize. Part arts festival, part social experiment - this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote.  So if you're in the vicinity of Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 22nd to October 10th come join the fun!