For those of you that have spent a lot of time in your gardens during this past year of pandemic lock downs, this upcoming online only show will give you examples of some great artists who are making art just for your garden! There will be links to their websites and online shops if you see something that’s perfect for your space.
Experience the art of the Visual Arts Network in person! Not one but THREE galleries in Santa Cruz are teaming up to host a brand new exhibit showcasing 450 different artworks by the creators on the Visual Arts Network. With over 350 artists on the Network, each gallery is taking on a group of artists by last name.
I just received notice that one of my newest pieces from the Bone Series: Medusa series was selected for an international online exhibition! You can see all 35 artists chosen for this exhibit here: Distant Ceramics
About: Distant Ceramics was created by Thomas Stollar to provide an outlet for artists during a time when physical exhibitions have become more difficult. This is the second edition of the online exhibition. Artist, and Associate Professor of Ceramics at West Virginia University Shoji Satake juried the show. We are very excited to announce that for this edition of the exhibition we received 320 artworks, from 125 international applicants. From this pool Satake, chose 35 artworks for the exhibition.
You can check out my individual page here, but be sure to explore and see all the talent that Santa Cruz has to offer!
About: The Visual Arts Network is a curated directory of over 300 artists living and working in Santa Cruz County. Here you’ll find creators of all kinds — from painters and sculptors to woodworkers and glass blowers. Each artist has their own page where you can learn about their process & their creations and connect with them directly. Search by name, location or medium, explore all the artists, or meet featured artists . Explore the Network and meet your creative neighbors!
For 34 years, artists across Santa Cruz County have shared their creativity directly with the community through the Open Studios Art Tour, a program of Arts Council Santa Cruz County. This year, our methods have had to adapt, but our mission has not changed. While we won’t be making that connection in person, we’re excited to present this online space where our county’s creators can showcase their work and build relationships with local art-lovers.
I just wanted to take a moment to THANK ALL OF YOU who participated in my Virtual Open Studios Sale this year! I was overwhelmed with the response and so happy to see lots of new art find happy homes! Hopefully we will be able to see each other in person, sipping wine, hugging hellos and chatting art talk next year, but until then, stay safe and healthy everyone!
And just to keep you all posted on my whereabouts and shenanigans…
I’ll be spending the rest of the year working on our property in Baja Mexico and enjoying leaving a cold, wet winter behind me. I’ll be setting up a little make-shift studio space there too so I’m sure to stay creative and busy. I’ve also set up the studio to be ready for my return with lots of new work from the large Rock Candy pieces drying and awaiting a ride through the bisque firing. And I’ll also be continuing working on my porcelain pieces embedded in resin, I’m looking forward to getting some of these pieces finished and up in the shop for 2021.
Thanks again for continuing to support independent artists!
The one art event of the covid season that you can actually attend in person (with social distancing and a mask of course!) is PVAC’s Sculpture IS: 2020 at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville. The exhibit opens July 1st and the garden will be filled with sculptures and is a wonderful place to stretch your legs as you cruise through the gardens.
There will not be an opening reception this year for obvious reasons, but you can explore the show during normal business hours for Sierra Azul Nursery from July 1st – October 31st. I have 5 pieces from my Relic Series installed; they are ceramic rings tied with sinew and attached to slate bases. There are also just a few pieces from the Umbel Series hidden in the garden as well. Hope that you get a chance to check out my favorite show of the year!