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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.

 

 

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 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!

 

 

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)

“EM·BOD·I·MENT”- My spectacular evening at OZ Arts Nashville!

What a thrill and an honor to have my work in the company of such amazingly talented artists and creatives! (Click here for  some great candid shots by my dear and talented photographer friend Chris Scruggs (“The Other Chris Scruggs.)
I’m still basking and processing it all.  Stephanie Pruitt has pulled off the season’s most smashing art soiree!  Pre-ticket sales were record setting and last check there were over 600 visitors!  Wow!  What a whirlwind immersion experience.  I reconnected with folks I haven’t been able to speak with in a while and made some new friends, too.   I can’t thank Stephanie and everyone at OZ Arts Nashville for this unbelievable opportunity.  

Here’s the poem we all interpreted, by Stephanie Pruitt.  My piece represented the lushness of alliteration in the phrases “the floats and falls” and “shadow and shine”.  The recirculating water was a metaphor for “The End is an invitation to begin”.

Close Reading  (bold emphasis mine)

Ask questions both obvious and obscure.
Grow to appreciate the shadow and shine,
how most simmered pots of good vs. evil are an unseasoned soup.
Notice what is there and not. Notice patterns. Notice what you notice.
Embrace the barreling grasp of fear that can propel,
and the freedom of a blank page that can paralyze.
Know that scissoring backwards from the conclusion
can’t pinky promise an aha, but proves you’ve survived
the floats and falls & …ever after,
remembering The End is an invitation to begin.

 

Chakra Art

My latest project hangs 34″ long, weighs app. 5 lbs and is comprised of seven pieces (each 4″ x 6″) to represent each of the chakras. This original design is in honor of my cousin, Tammy Dunn of Elementals Massage (http://www.elementalsmassage.com) who, in less than 3 years, has completely reinvented herself and recently moved into her new massage therapy suite at One2Yoga (http://www.one2yoga.com).  The piece will be donated to her professional organization, the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) for a fundraising auction at their annual conference.  Here it is on both white and black backgrounds.

Finished piece white background Edited         Finished Piece Black Background edited

Here are a few process pics.  Enjoy!

 

 

Sea and Sky

Day 5 of the Facebook challenge:  Thanks to Randy L. Purcell (http://www.randylpurcell.com) for giving me the opportunity to reflect on my practice through this process of self-curating.

Together these pieces represent: 1) my progress toward a more holistic treatment of my primary creative materials, 2) my love of the ocean and beach and, 3) my concern over the ongoing struggle to provide clean water to all of earth’s citizens.  Water covers nearly 3/4’s of the Earth’s surface yet access to clean drinking water eludes millions of human beings.

The physical properties of water and glass share some similarities.  A liquid at room temperature water becomes solid when frozen, and vaporizes when heated, rising to the sky to return to us again as a liquid.  Glass also changes according to degrees: at lower temperatures it presents as a solid but becomes viscous when exposed to extreme heat.  In addition, sand is one of the main components of glass.

“Low Tide” contains both sand and glass beads.  In keeping with my love of metal the glass pieces in “Water, Water”…” are made blue with the use of copper inclusions.  Finally, “Turquoise Sky” is made of tiny, fused glass beads which allow water to flow through as it does in nature, back to the ocean.

Thank you to all who took the time to read.  This has been a fun journey and I look forward to what lies ahead.