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Against the Grains Show Opening

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The opening reception for the Against the Grains show took place on Friday August 28th. The space that the Salem Museum provided for us was spacious and well-lit and we had a great turnout. The show comes down this Friday the 25th, so make sure to check it out if you get a chance!

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IMG_2262The show included work by Jim Burtch, Michele Deemer, Cory Greer, Melissa Jennelle, Kent Moore, Frank Toler, Wayne Llywelyn, and myself.

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Thanks to the Salem Museum for opening their space to us and thank you to all of my friends and family who showed their support!

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Against the Grains Art Show @ The Salem Museum

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Please join me and six other wonderful artists at our opening reception at the Salem Museum on Friday August 28th from 5 to 8PM. I’ll be showing some paintings that I’ve never displayed before so make sure to come by and check it out! The show will be up until September 26th.

The Salem Museum is located at 801 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153.

Read more about our show:

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John Paul Caponigro Lecture

Recently at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, we had an exhibition featuring the work of father and son photographers Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro. I taught several art lessons inspired by their work and came to really love the photographs.

Right before the show was deinstalled, John Paul came to do a lecture on his creative process and I was fortunately able to attend. He is a wonderful speaker and so positive and encouraging. Something that especially resonated with me were his thoughts on planning and–ready for it?–attention. I mentioned earlier this week that I would bring this up again. The theme for my first summer residency in Chicago was Attention and since then I hear about it everywhere and all the time!

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John Paul brought up the theme of planning and noticing as he talked about the way he works. Basically, once he knows what he’s looking for (he used waves as an example), he notices them everywhere: waves in the sand, waves in the water, waves in the sky. When you pay attention you notice patterns.
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John Paul also signed some copies of this book, which showcases his work and his father’s work. Had to get one!

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I can’t stress enough how valuable it is to hear an artist talk about their work and their practice. Take the time to listen and I can almost guarantee that you’ll appreciate the work more afterwards. As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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June + July Inspiration

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1. Maria Lassnig’s paintings–especially the ones with pink

“I was tired of pretending for the sake of others that I would survive. I became preoccupied with the burdens that sick people bear on behalf of those around them who are well.”

2. Interviews with Gregg Bordowitz

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3. Pepto Bismol pink

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4. Pinky Bass’ embroidered photographs

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5. Sugar

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6. Joseph Grigely’s Conversation pieces

Links: 1a/1b/2/3/4/5/6

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“The Art of Science” Opening Reception

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Hey! If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia area, here’s something you can do this week. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute is hosting their Spring 2014 Exhibition and the opening reception is this Thursday April 17th from 5:30-7:30pm. The theme of this show is “The Art of Science.” Both scientists and artists have contributed work and it’s sure to be an amazing collection. I have three oil paintings in the show and they are all for sale. Come check it out! Here is a link to the event: VTC Spring 2014 Exhibition

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Spring Photography

If it weren’t for allergies, spring would be one of my favorite seasons. I love watching things come back to life this time of year and of course the warmer temperatures is probably my favorite part. Yesterday, I took some photos around my yard because I know this stage with the buds in the trees doesn’t last very long.

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New Camera!

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This past week, I was fortunate enough to get a new camera. I had been using a small Sony Cyber-shot digital camera for the past few years and I got tons of great pictures out of it, but it was time for an upgrade. I started doing some research on DSLR cameras and soon found one that seemed worth the investment. I wanted a camera that was user-friendly, but would also allow me to grow the more I used it. After reading lots of reviews and debating a little bit, I ultimately went with a Nikon d5200. I’m so happy with it! I just got it a few days ago so I’m still learning about all the features, but my boyfriend and I tested it out this weekend on the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and we were really impressed with the quality. It was a perfect day for taking pictures :]

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