This weekend, Nate and I were over at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville to install the new Bone Series piece, we worked on it for over 4 hours and it still needs a little tweaking but it’s looking really good! These are the same pieces (plus a few more) that I used for my Bone Series Installation at the MAH for Everybody’s Ocean exhibit, but the pieces are being displayed in a completely new configuration. Conceptually, I feel that the pieces in this installation represent the connections we have with each other, the synapses happening within our own bodies and how we are stitched together from past to present, from inside and out.
Be sure to come by for the opening of Sculpture Is: 2015 on June 11th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. The exhibit will be up from June 1 – Oct 31, 2015.
I have been teaching clay classes to kids and adults through a variety of programs for nearly 20 years and I’ve held classes out of my home studio since 2005. I have seen students go from little 5 year olds making cookie cutter smilely faces to mini-artists making masterpieces. Here is just a sampling of my talented students working on the wheel and showing off finished work. I’m so impressed by their attention to craftsmanship, their patience to work on a project week after week and their ability to let go when its just not working out. I’m so lucky to get to spend time with these guys!
To learn more about classes at the studio for kids, teens and adults, click the link: earth art studio
I’ve been a part of the Art in a Box program at The Compound Gallery in Oakland CA for a few years now, which has been great. They’ve recently expanded their studio spaces and added a new sculpture exhibition space called the Fabrefaction Gallery and I’ve been invited to exhibit my work there this summer. I’ll be showing work from my Bone Series in an exhibit called Relics of the Tide, these pieces have never been shown outside the studio so it is their public debut and I’m so excited!
Relics of the Tide
Show dates: July 18th – Sept 6th
Opening Reception: July 18th 6-9pm
About The Compound Gallery:
The COMPOUND Gallery & Studios was established in 2008. We were voted Best Art Hang Out 2012 by the East Bay Express! Located in the Golden Gate district of North Oakland, our two buildings boast over 12,000 square feet. Visit them at: 1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608
I’m so excited to once again be participating in the Sculpture IS exhibit at Sierra Azul Gardens this summer. It’s one of my favorite local exhibits and it incorporates art and nature beautifully. This year I’ll be doing a site specific installation of my Bone Series. If you were able to make it to the Spring Studio Sale a few weeks ago, you saw a mock up if the installation in the studio, I’m hoping that the garden and sky space will only enhance what is already so exciting about this installation. Hope to see you at the reception!
Sierra Azul Gardens
2660 East Lake Ave Watsonville CA
Exhibition dates June 1 – Oct 31
Artists reception June 11, 5 – 7 pm
For more information contact: Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery
Just got the word that I’ve been accepted into the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2015. It will be my 11th year participating and I can’t wait to see you at the studio!
Save the dates:
Artist # 254
October 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 11-5
Yes, I’m late to the game but I’ve finally joined the modern world and opened an Instagram account, so if you’ve given up on other forms of advertising filled social media and instead just want to view beautiful pictures of art, nature, travels and works in progress, you can follow me at jenniwardart. #whereartandnaturemeet
Its just a few more weeks until Summer Sculpting Workshops start at the studio! The workshops are filling up, but there’s still a chance to snag a spot for your cr8iv artists! Click the link for the schedule and details. B CR8IV!
Up until now, we couldn’t really talk, I would write, you would read, but that’s where it ended. I will admit it, I was afraid of the Spam but with my Spamblocker in place (fingers crossed!) you can now talk to me, right here, on The Dirt! Just sign in and add a comment to any post I’ve created here, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and ideas- so talk to me baby!
Thanks for following along with my musings on life in the studio.
I just caught this quick and clever TED Talk by Bell Pesce about 5 easy ways to kill your dreams. For all my artist friends and entrpreneurs out there, enjoy….
This past Friday morning the fog was thick, the air was cool, everything was still dripping from the short but sweet rain the night before and the trail was calling. I walk nearly everyday in Nisene Marks State Park; it’s close to my studio and a beautiful place to explore old growth redwood groves. I usually only have time for a one or two mile hike on trails I’ve walked a thousand times before, but this day I needed to indulge in alone time in the woods. I always say that my time out of the studio, exploring nature is just as vital to my work as being in the studio with my hands in the clay and at times like this that I am reminded of how true that statement is. I headed out on a 6+ mile loop with Indy by my side and didn’t see another human for over 2 hours when I was nearly back to my car. Burning muscles, tired dog, muddy boots and one happy girl.