A sneak peek at the new art show!

I’m just going to share a couple “teaser” images with you today, down the line I’ll share each of the new pieces up close & personal. I couldn’t be more delighted with how this show looks! Our artwork blended effortlessly and seems like they were made to show together.

blog artsplash gallery wall 1

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It’s a fun mix with her abstract canvas work and my dimensional art! There are a lot of other art surprises included but this gives you a good feel for the show. Don’t forget that tonight is the private opening and tomorrow is the public opening/gallery walk from 5-9.

Funky Ferndale

If you wonder what I’ve been doing lately, I’ve been spending lots of time gearing up for this show in Ferndale, Michigan! I plan to having over 50 mandalas and mandala inspired art pieces in my booth for this three day show. I’ll be in booth #123 – pop in and say hello while you are browsing the funky treasures!

Last minute reminder!

I know I posted info about this show a few weeks ago and have mentioned it in a few recent posts but I wanted to give your memory one last “jog” before the weekend! I’ll be setting up my booth this afternoon and ready to go Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Just so you know, I’m packing a few new creations that haven’t even been shown on the blog or the website yet! Come take a peek, say hello and get a little pre-holiday shopping done while you support the local art community.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Lynne

Custom framed digital art

texture art #7, digital art, custom framed (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Recently I posted images of new digital “texture art” that I created using photos of rocks/nature combined with the texture/colors of some printmaking details. (You can see those HERE and HERE!)  In those posts I mentioned that I had sent some of the images to be printed on aluminum. They turned out beautiful & shiny! I debated how best to show them and thought of combining them with a wall sculpture of some sort. When Mark & I were making art for the recycled art show I brought them out to the shop and played around with several ideas, none of which really excited me. Then Mark suggested we use some stamped scrap metal to create “frames” for a couple of the prints.

texture art #4, digital art, custom framed (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Perfect!  It’s so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and work together creatively! We ended up framing two of them like this, I am considering do a “float” type of display on some of the others. I will have them on display at the upcoming Autumn Art Fair at the Garfield Park Art Center on November 20th & 21st. Be sure and mark your calendar and come see all the wonderful art that weekend. It would be a wonderful place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays and support the local art community!

Be there or be square!

Lynne

One of the new “recycled” art projects…

(untitled) mixed media wall sculpture, 20x12" (c) 2010, Lynne & Mark Medsker

Mark & I have been creating artwork together to show this weekend at the “Deja Vu All Over Again” show in Columbus, Indiana (click here for more info).  This is one of the first completed pieces –  there are several others that are close to completion or in the “drying” stages. It’s been fun to work together & brainstorm a bit! I have been having a lot of fun with cement, grout & sand mixtures added to wood for texture and interest so I wanted to incorporate something like that into a few of the pieces we made together. This was a piece of scrap wood from my father-in-laws barn, I have no idea how long it had been out there but it was a great piece to “recycle” into some new art. Since I’ve been enjoying the texture on wood I had purchased some “crackle” paste a few weeks ago that I hadn’t played with – this seemed to be the perfect piece to give it a try on!

wood piece with crackle paste (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After I applied a thin coat it had to dry for several days before I could add anything to it. I sealed it and then began to use washes of acrylic, using both liquid acrylics and acrylic inks. After applying them I sprayed water to thin them further and let them drip/run around the wood and into the cracks on the surface.

first layers of acrylic - image 1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
first layers of acrylic - image 2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Using the thinned paint is a bit deceiving because it looks quite bright but, since it’s such a thin layer, it dries in a much more muted tone. This is how it looked after the first two layers (shown above) dried.

work in progress, dried layers (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

What a difference! I ended up going back and adding another (slightly thicker!) layer or two of color before I was satisfied with the saturation. The metal “frame” for the piece was welded from old parts that we keep in stock out in the workshop. It’s always fun to dig around and pull pieces out, arrange them, switch them and get them “just right” for whatever project we are working on. When we first started making metal artwork together we painted all the pieces in bright colors, lately if we do anything at all to them it’s just buff them to a shine & seal them with clear paint. For this piece the metal was left in it’s natural, semi-rust state since I wanted to give an old, weathered looked to the entire piece. I added the three accent pieces to the wood after it was dried & re-sealed. It’s new enough it’s not even been given a name yet but I wanted to give you a little preview of what we’ll be showing this weekend.

Whatcha think?

Lynne

Déjà Vu Art Show Returns to Downtown Columbus


PRESS RELEASE: Broken toys, yesterday’s newspaper, and china shards may seem like trash to most, but in the hands of professionals, they can be transformed into beautiful art and fine crafts. On Saturday, November 6, those in the Columbus area will see such work when they attend the sixth annual Déjà Vu All Over Again Art Show.

Held at Yes Cinema and Conference Center located at 4th and Jackson Streets in downtown Columbus, Indiana, the show will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Twenty-three artists from throughout the state were invited to display their work, which includes collage, mosaics, assemblage, jewelry, metal sculpture, furniture, leather goods, woodworking, and fiber arts.

Some of the more unusual entries are those of Bloomington artists Nick McGill and Susie Seligman. Reusing old machine parts, McGill transforms them into unusual candlesticks, and Seligman turns auction and flea market finds into whimsical chairs and sofas.

Other Bloomington artists include Martina Celerin showing her spectacular weavings and Cappi Phillips who will display fanciful mosaics. Popular artist and metal sculptor Glenn Carter is returning for his sixth show.

Many who have toured the “Back Roads of Brown County” will recognize Chris Gustin’s rag rugs, and first time exhibitor Talia Halliday, of Bloomington, will display handmade journals created from old hardback books.

Also new this year are Nashville mixed media artist Tim Carter-East, jewelry artist Ann Johnson of Muncie, and Anita Hopper of Indianapolis. Hopper repurposes old leather goods to make stylish clutch purses and handbags. Bloomington artists Mary Hambly will display intricately designed Paper Art Quilts, and Ruth Rives will show felted purses.

Other new participants include Columbus residents Larry Brackney, who creates assemblage, jeweler Martha Butler, woodturner Bill Griffith, and fiber artist Sophie Callaghan Miller. Showing jewelry made of vintage buttons is Maggie Dixon of Elizabethtown.

Some returning artists are Edinburgh jewelry artist Lori Henderson, Columbus’ Marilyn Brackney, who will show found art dolls, and the husband/wife team of Mark and Lynne Medsker of Brownsburg. Mark is a metal sculptor, and Lynne uses mixed media to create collages. Also back to display their work are Columbus woodturner Chad Shock and jewelry artist Jill Stillwell.

Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, Pentzer Printing, and YES Cinema, this free event is held in celebration of America Recycles Day.

All the art and fine crafts were created using scrap or repurposing items most people throw away. The show’s sponsors hope to demonstrate that such work is just as interesting and equal in quality to that made of new materials. In fact, recycled art is becoming collectible, and it’s often exhibited in fine galleries and shows across the nation.

In addition to the art show, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation is sponsoring a Shred-a-Thon from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Speedy Shred, a local document disposal company, will provide shredding boxes for papers and security certificates for those wishing to use the service. A donation of $5 per container is requested, and participants may bring up to two, legal-sized boxes of documents.

Also, Bartholmew County residents attending the event may trade as many as five, 60 or 100-watt light bulbs for the equivalent in CFL bulbs. Local school students who received a grant for their service-learning project from State Farm will manage the exchange. To learn more about Déjà Vu, visit http://kid-at-art.com/htdoc/dejavu10.html.