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!
Final 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.
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).
Well, Cube’sters since we can’t speak directly I’ll choose and tell you the not so good news first. The jury is in (literally) and my “Water, water everywhere…” work is….wait for it…OUT!!! So no out-of-state gallery exhibit for yours truly. And while it would’ve been nice to be accepted on my first attempt I have to admit being a tad relieved. I have SO MUCH going on right now and going into production for the installation was a daunting idea.
So meanwhile, back at the ranch…my current awesome artist/mentor hooked me up with another opportunity: the chance to work with the curator of the Parthenon Museum (Centennial Park, Nashville, TN). We had a chance for a sit down that went exceedingly well but, alas, this time it was I who opted out. This was a difficult decision but I’m learning to listen to my instincts. This meeting prompted me to reexamine my journey and begin the process of narrowing, of weeding out, of focusing on exactly what is right for me – in this moment.
So a door closed and window opened. And I? Let’s just say I’m enjoying the fresh air.
Well, Cube’sters, two things are now official: 1) the Guinness Book of World Records has accepted this massive undertaking for consideration to break the record for largest box mural (I think it’ll be classified as a mosaic) and, 2) I’m hooked! This post covers the last three, yes THREE, events where I’ve volunteered. This is so much work, er I mean FUN 🙂 and I’m so lucky to be making such interesting new friends and meeting other, more established artists! Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StackedBoxCommunityMuralProject for volunteer opportunities, schedule of events and the like. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these pics!
(As always, click one for larger images and a self-guided tour.)
Matt Fischer, owner of Picture This Framing and Art Gallery with my hubby and the artist, Randy Purcell.
Randy post painting party!
Setting up at Opry Mills…
Ken Walls (the artist) and me painting his creation at Opry Mills.
Ken and the kids with one of his other Murals, in progress…
Me painting “the robot”.
Myles Maillie’s mural sketch at Picture This on 5th in the Nashville Arcade.
Matt Fischer, director of the project, owner of Picture This Framing and Art Gallery and Metro Arts Commissioner
Lest you begin to suspect that engaging in art is all work, work, work….this post comes courtesy of our summer “stay-cation”. Of course we’ve partaken of the mandatory summer blockbuster movie, motorcycle riding (see my Facebook page for pics at https://www.facebook.com/alice.shepherd.79), done a bit of shopping, dining out and sleeping in, and piling up to watch recorded movies at the house while munching taboo snacks. We also highly recommend Bruce Munro’s extensive light exhibit at Cheekwood (no pics but you’ll find plenty online). And now, without further ado, selected photos (yes, this is one exhibit where photography is allowed) from our docent guided tour of Art Deco cars and motorcycles. Happy summer, everyone!
My husband/best friend/he who I cannot live without.
The Frist was once the main post office in Nashville. The architecture alone is worth multiple visits.
Truly a work of art: built by Henry Ford’s son and never put into production.
Here we are with one of the most luxurious cars in the collection; it was a wedding gift from the Shah to his beautiful bride who coincidentally passed only the week prior at age 91.
And here are some pics: That’s the great Myles Maillie in the middle, Matt Fischer (Owner of “Picture This” framing and art gallery in Hermitage, TN, and Vice-Chair, Metro Arts Commission) to the left and Sierra (hope the spelling is correct) to the right.
This is one installment of more to come. They’re going for the Guinness Book World record. How fun to be a part and how exciting to work under the direction of Myles. He sketched out the design in black paint, directed us in filling in the broad strokes of color then went back and fleshed out the final painting. Awesome to do and to watch him work. (Insert satisfied “aaahhhh” here 🙂
This challenging and fun piece was commissioned by a new friend. The symbol that is fused into System 96 glass is based on an original tattoo designed by her husband. Here’s the finished piece as hung in her home and a pic of the tattoo. Also check this link for larger images to see more detail: Custom Art It’s 8″ x 8″ x 1 1/2″ overall. Kiln formed glass is 6″ x 6″. Thanks, Sarah C. and see you soon!
On April 10th Adrienne Outlaw, Nashville’s own socially engaged artist, agreed to have me intern in her cutting edge practice! I’ll admit to feeling like a star-struck adolescent. (Frankly, that alone is priceless :-). If you aren’t familiar with her work check out her website and blog at http://www.adrienneoutlaw.com. I discovered her work years ago at an exhibit at Cheekwood which fundamentally altered my perception of the roles that art can fill. I am humbled and grateful for this rare opportunity. Of the many – and there are MANY – things to learn the end game is to create and share more holistic and meaningful works that are a confluence of personal experience with my background in sociology and philosophy. To be sure it’s a tall order! I’m already working on my first assignment and thinking of ways to keep the blog appropriately updated. Until next time, stay engaged!
I’ve had the seed of an idea for some time for a piece that involves a heart. So when I took the glass blowing workshop my aunt Chris bought as a present for me I chose that shape for my take home piece. Here it is:
It covers the palm of my hand. The process is very cool (well, actually, it’s VERY HOT). Either way, I hope to incorporate this technique in some future work.
I’m very excited about the possibilities of the combination of techniques I used to make this piece: the word is made from mica (bronze) letters fired inside the glass, channels through the glass for the rope to hang it on and permanent image transfers. I totally love the transparent effect on the clear glass! The piece is temporarily assembled for display until I can finish it in my usual metal/mixed media style. The aesthetic for the piece was inspired by the couple’s beautifully organic wedding invitation and ceremony, which included their picture, and a quote from the rehearsal dinner invitation (“whatever souls are made of his and mine are the same”):
I’m considering offering such pieces as personalized art and/or for gifts.THOUGHTS ANYONE?