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Art Exhibits: 2016-2017

I have been so fortunate to be busy, busy, busy!!!  But I have been remiss in posting my events to my blog in favor of posting to my Artwork Cubed Facebook page.  All these are under my “Events” section in the website. Here’s a brief  rundown:

Centennial Arts Center, 2016 – Stretching the Boundaries

TN Craft Mid-State Members Exhibit: The Gordon Jewish Community Center , 2016 – TN Craft Mid-State Member Exhibit

Art on the West Side – Art on the West Side 2017

Brentwood Public Library – The Brentwood Library 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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“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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“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!

Draped Glass: New life for a Broken Bowl

Fresh from the kiln this morning.  This piece is tangible evidence of the guiding philosophy of my art practice, “Solve et Coagula”, (breaking something apart and putting it back together, stronger).  It started out as a birthstone bowl that met with a tragic fate.  Instead of trashing the many pieces its owner bravely returned them to me.  I fused them back together with additional glass and the gift to me was inspiration to attempt my first drape!  It turned out beautifully and I am grateful.

(Overall 10″w x 5″h with a 3″ base)