New February Showcase Features Kiln-Formed Glass Sculptures

Friends of the Brentwood Library have honored me with this write up on my first solo exhibit. What a wonderful way to start 2017!

The Brentwood Buzz

February might be the shortest month of the year, but the latest showcase gallery sure isn’t short on talent. Throughout the month, the showcase gallery at the library entrance will feature Seasons in Glass by Alice Shepherd. Her work consists of beautifully crafted kiln-formed glass pieces in a variety of colors and designs.

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Shepherd started her kiln-formed glass practice in 2007 and then formed Artwork Cubed a full time studio built with her husband in 2011. The Nashville native has had her glass art recently shown in a juried exhibit at Centennial Arts Center and she is a regular at Picture This Hermitage Gallery.

Alice says her process is intuitive, describing her collection as inspired by the textures, light, and colors of nature and changing seasons. “These artworks represent my attempts to capture elusive feelings and precious memories in three dimensions.”

Take a few minutes to check out Alice Shepherd’s work at…

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2016 Periscope Pitch

Just a quick post to share my Pitch experience as part of the 2016 Periscope Class.  This is only the beginning of my new journey: I have a great start on better defining myself as an artist, a new body of work (albeit small, but more to come) and I’ve made lifelong connections with a whole new group of awesome friends from many disciplines. Thanks a million to Casey Summar and Amber Buker of ABC Nashville  for creating this opportunity and their tireless work, and to John Murdock for his on-point, entertaining lectures.  I will miss spending time in the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s state-of-the-art facility!  Thanks also to my group leaders, painter Karen Seapker  and Audra Harvey of Abrasive Media for their insightful guidance.  Another heartfelt thank you to Tennessee Craft for the professional development scholarship, my sponsor and mentor, the talented (and very patient) Kim Barrick, the judges and advisers who gave so generously of their time and knowledge like James Szuch and to everyone who came out in support.  I learned a lot and discovered new things about myself, like how much I enjoy a captive audience! Click here to see my slide presentation and scroll down to see my part of the email blast from Arts & Business Council.  Enjoy!

Arts and Business Council of Greater NashvilleFinal round of our three-part email series introducing the Periscope artist entrepreneurs who will be featured at next week’s Pitch!  

Our talented artist entrepreneurs will put their training to the test when they take the stage in September to pitch their arts businesses to the community at this capstone event for the Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training program.

     Alice E. Shepherd

A maker since childhood, Alice is a native Nashvillian and an MTSU Summa Cum Laude graduate with a business background and the passion to create. She sold wall sculptures made of lightweight metals and industrial parts before beginning her self-education into kiln formed glass. Arts at the Airport holds one of her glass works in their permanent collection and she has shown at Oz Arts Nashville, Seed Space and ARTable 2015. Her tabletop lamps and decorative pieces are available at Picture This and in a juried exhibit at Centennial Arts Center. She plans to develop larger glass and metal works with an industrial, metropolitan aesthetic and is looking to explore relationships with metal-smiths, galleries, interior designers and home staging professionals to help bring her work into homes, businesses and public spaces.

 

 

“What Kind Of Art Do You Make?”: Defining Your Discipline

Good summary of difficult to define categories. I think I fall somewhere between Mixed-Media leaning toward Multidisciplinary and dreaming of being Interdisciplinary by definition!

Daric Gill Studios

“I hear you’re an artist. What kind of art do you make?”

Depending on the type of work that you make, this could be one of the most awkward introductions you might face. The lines between art fields can get pretty blurry sometimes. More often than not, the person asking is really looking for a term that they know: painter, sculptor, drawer, graphic artist, etc. But what if you do several of them? How do you answer then?

In this entry, I’ll discuss the differences between a few artist classifications. I’ve also designed set of informative graphics that explains their differences by using funny food analogies. Check out the different classifications. Which one describes you?

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2016 Mission: Bringing back the METAL!

What a head-banging start to the new year already!  We’re on a mission to bring our passions with a vengeance: hard rock, heavy metal and motorcycle riding culture back into our lives and art. Big dreams and plans for new designs that come full circle to where this journey started: wearable and sculptural kick-ass art from Artwork Cubed! Speaking of, here’s are are some of my coolest custom pieces:

We started by checking out a set by metalcore band, Play the Victim, to welcome into the family our new 19 year old, vocalist nephew.  Great set at Rocketown in Nashville and proud to have another metalhead in the clan! Check out this track  http://playthevictimtn.bandcamp.com/track/catalyst and show ’em some love on their facebook page.  Gotta keep an eye on the up-and-comers!

This week we raged on at Lamb Of God’s “Sturm und Drang” tour with the mighty Anthrax at Marathon Music Works.  KILLER show that also included the band Power Trip who put in a thrashin’ performance.  Next month, the relentless, “Repentless” SLAYERRRRRR!!!!! https://www.wmarocks.com/events/detail/slayer-2016-wma. Shout out ya’ll to let us know you’ll be there and we’ll hook up!

We’re on the prowl for future show dates and scheming ways to connect with YOU…we and 68 Artwork Cubed initiates did some major connecting at the July 2015 show.  Here’s the coin (logo on reverse) they all got and me, post-show, with a sample of some of the love…washable ink stamps of my logo, one for them…68 for me!

We need you to continue to connect and inspire with us to create awesome new designs to bring to the Nashville metal community. We know you’re out there! Help us bring the 2016 metal evolution and let’s ride!

 

 

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Emily Brontë

I kicked off the new year by creating a piece I started in 2011 that was originally intended as a wedding gift for our nephew Daniel and his talented wife Eden (Eden Frangipane Photography). Things were going splendidly when suddenly the muses fell silent. Something was missing, elusive, beyond me.  Maybe I would finish it for their third anniversary, but no, still it was not yet time.                                                                                                                                                                               Until recently….

Fused Glass

Here is the fused glass component as it was in 2011, (double layer kiln formed glass with mica letter inclusions and transparency of their photo), patiently awaiting the right moment…

Then the moment came.  The couple has brought forth a new soul, their first child, daughter Basil.  And the muses sang, now they are three!

 

 

 

Wedding materialsThe concept and design are inspired by their enchanting ceremony/reception, and are distilled from their lovely, organic wedding materials: the photo (included in the wedding invitation), the rehearsal dinner invitation cover (copy seen here, original now permanently affixed to the back), the shape of the leather hang tag from the envelope address label…

now with the addition of an element that literally ties the entire piece together: the tricolor braided wire to symbolize three souls now woven into one.                                 (Click for larger pics; Detailed description at bottom of post)

Serendipity graced us when I presented it yesterday: with Basil’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents all present on Mimi’s birthday (her great grandmother and my loving mother-in-law)!  I was delighted to meet and hold sweet Basil and, as icing on the cake, the piece coordinates with the decor in her room so they plan to display it there.  All things in good time, indeed.

The muses are smiling.  I am happy and thankful.  It is one of my favorite pieces.

(Glass suspended by braided copper wire (through channels in glass) in painted wooden box padded with white leather and trimmed in torch fired copper. Hand tooled and aged leather tag, quote from original rehearsal dinner invitation written in the hand of Daniel’s creative mother, and my signature on back. Stands on rubber feet or hang.)

 

 

 

Now Playing Nashville!

Hey everybody!

I’ve just gotten word that my profile has been posted into the Metro Arts Artist Registry! Check it out at: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/profile/detail/35522.  Be sure to scroll down for pics. Next step: add upcoming events!!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the site while you’re there.   Looking forward to an exciting new year!

ARTable 2015

Pictures speak volumes! Here is my wonderful evening as a presenter for ARTable.  Thank you Nashville Arts Magazine and Paul Polycarpou for the coverage and fun auction. My sincere gratitude to Matt Fischer (Picture This) and Deann Bradford (Leadership Donelson-Hermitage) for this opportunity; and to Danielle “The Clay Lady” (Clay Lady Studios) and Tami Archer (Mid-South Ceramics) for being such gracious hosts at their gorgeous campus.

Thanks also to everyone who helped and to those who came out in support!  I hope you all enjoy your new artworks!  More pieces are available now at Picture This (my gallery page on their website is being updated as I write).Picture This Fall 2015 Display

In the meantime you can browse my website under Current Work for info and pricing. Let me hear from you and be sure to share pics!  Contact me here or at Artwork Cubed on Facebook and enjoy your fall season!