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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!

 

 

“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.)

 

 

 

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!

Fused Glass Mosaic Chosen for Permanent Collection!!!

12"d Sunburst Mosaic; Astral Musings Collection, 2015

12″d Sunburst Mosaic; Astral Musings Collection, 2015

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that during my presentation at ARTable last Saturday night, one of the pieces from my new “Astral Musings” collection was chosen to become part of the permanent collection for Nashville’s “Arts at the Airport“!

I am deeply humbled by this privilege. My sincere thanks to Deann Bradford (Exec Director, Leadership-Donelson Hermitage) and Matt Fischer (Chair, Metro Nashville Arts Commission) for this honor.  And uncharacteristically at a loss for other words to express my gratitude and excitement!  Stay tuned for more info and pics of 2015 ARTable!!!

“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!