Upcoming shows: Food & Salvage (what a combination!)


red shiny cabinet decoupaged with pieces of Dog & Pony Show woodcut broadside by S.V. Medaris

Dog & Pony Show Cabinet • 14in x 7in x 4in • Salvaged materials: cabinet, thrift shop t-shirts

Opening Reception at Artisan Gallery this Friday night, April 11, 5-9pm (for multiple shows!)

Here’s the skinny on the 2 separate shows (actually, there’s 3 shows; I have work in 2 of them) at Artisan Gallery….

Artisan Gallery • 6858 Paoli Road, Paoli, Wisconsin 53508 • 608-845-6600

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Multi-color prints on letterpress

wood type and print on old letterpress 'Showcard' machineRecently we drove to an outlet mall in Illinois to get my “new” Showcard Press. That is, we arranged to meet the seller at the mall parking lot, pulled around the back, carried/lugged the press from one truck bed to the other, exchanged cash and some history about the press, then each drove away. Continue reading

Dog & Pony Show opens tonight!

detail of dog from 'Dog and Pony Show' broadside

Opening Reception Tonight:
Jan. 10, 2014, 5-9pm

Here’s the info:
JAN 10 – FEB 23, 2014: The Dog & Pony show
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Collaborations show at Artisan Gallery

hand-colored, linocut asian beetlesNow showing at Artisan Gallery: Collaborations. Here’s some in-progress and final (detail) shots of the piece I did with Kay Myers, below. Collaborative Metamorphosis features hand-colored, cutout linocuts of insects I did, plus (seen in the last photo below) some of Kay’s insects–exquisitely detailed paper sculptures.

The Collaborations show is up through October 28, 2012 at Artisan Gallery in Paoli, WI.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m.

Extended Holiday Hours:
Open Seven days a week Thanksgiving through Christmas 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Late Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7p.m.

relief printed insects, some hand-colored, some not

Insects printed (lino cuts printed on etching press), with some hand-colored…. (size: asian beetles approx 1/4 – 1/2 inches)

cut-out, hand-colored, relief-printed insects

Insects printed, hand-colored, and cut out, ready for assembly…. (size: asian beetles approx 1/4 – 1/2 inches)

mixed media insects

Detail from “Metamorphic Collaboration” 20in x 16in, mixed media. Those are Kay’s 3-d paper sculptures of insects.

‘Birds in Art’ interview by Rob Duns at WAOW

still of artist with turkey woodcut

Click on image to watch interview.

Marla Brenner and I were interviewed at the Birds in Art opening weekend. Watch the interview!

The part Rob left out of the interview was that the turkeys that I “liberated” were actually, originally intended for Thanksgiving dinners for friends and family. I raised the turkeys to use
as models AND for meat, just as I’d done years past with the Broad Breasted Bronzes and Giant Whites. But wild turkeys can fly (which I didn’t think about ahead of time), and they had a different agenda, so I started clipping their wings once I realized they were all going to fly away.

But then, through my own  need to have beautiful models, their wings were allowed to grow out (after a clumsy, unsightly wing clipping –hey c’mon, my models were escaping one-by-one daily!– that left my models looking like strange, ungainly, flightless birds that were not exactly fit for modelling). I decided then that wild turkeys flying off to be wild kind of made sense, and I sketched and photographed the birds like crazy once their wings grew out, knowing they were going to take off any day. And then, one by one over a few days they flew over the fence to freedom. They definitely earned it! Well, they also got a long, safe-from-predators, well-fed childhood before they took off.

And it was awesome the following spring to go on jogs with the dogs, when all-of-a-sudden we’d scare up a mama turkey and her rafter/gobble/flock of tiny little poults flapping like mad to follow her up into the trees. This happened often that spring. I felt proud–like they were my grandkids or something.

“Turkey Promenade” and 59 other “Birds in Art” works selected to go on tour…

graphic, full-color woodcut of wild turkey, facing viewer…to Kansas, South Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, and Alaska. Full list of venues here.

The Birds in Art exhibition is currently showing at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (the big opening weekend was last Saturday, Sept. 10th), and is on display through Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. After that, the 59 selected will continue on to the national tour (which ends in Anchorage, Alaska, January 20, 2013). I feel very honored to have had my piece selected!

Here’s more info about Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art and so forth:

What is Birds in Art?

(From the Woodson Art Museum):
Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are eligible for submission. Approximately 100 works are selected by a jury review of digital images. 

As the Museum’s flagship exhibition, Birds in Art enables the Museum to meet its goals of presenting and collecting art of the natural world having birds as the primary or secondary focus. A fully illustrated, four-color catalogue accompanies each Birds in Art exhibition. Catalogues are available for purchase online.

In conjunction with Birds in Art, the Woodson Art Museum selects an artist to receive its Master Wildlife Artist Award. The award honors artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in using bird imagery in their artwork. The individual recognized as the Master Wildlife Artist is further honored by a mini-retrospective (approximately 10 to 12 artworks) during Birds in Art.

Each year, 60 works are selected from Birds in Art to be included in a national or international tour. This tour considerably expands the exhibition’s reach to broader audiences.

Birds in Art opens to the public on the first Saturday following Labor Day every year and is on view for nine weeks. Specific Birds in Art education programs and special events will be available online by August 15 each year.