Challenges

Sneak peak of the Alchemists group piece ©2014

Sneak peak of the Alchemists group piece ©2014

In life, we’re faced with all sorts of challenges. Some are challenges that life throws at us, others are ones we give ourselves.

This year I challenged myself to work in a group and create a piece together. I challenged myself (with some prompting by Mackenzie at the PGC) to come up with a brand new workshop. In fact, my list of goals is kind of like a batch of yearly challenges.

So far my challenges have forced me to grow and learn. I feel like they’ve helped me become a better, braver artist.

What sort of challenges have you given yourself this year? What challenges have others given you? How have they turned out?

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Moth-erflys and Multiples

Four part way finished pairs of brass earrings ©2014 WTEK Each is about 4" long

Four part way finished pairs of brass earrings ©2014 WTEK Each is about 4″ long

It may seem as though I haven’t been working much in the studio, but I assure you, I have. Lately I’ve been working on some new giant earrings (like the ones I wore to the JAM opening) and on some top secret stuff I haven’t been able to post here.

The top secret stuff is for the YBC Group project and I’ll post  a ton of stuff about it once it’s finished. For now satisfy yourself with these glimpses.

©2014 Christine Goldbeck

A weird view of what I'm working on this weekend for the Alchemists... ©2014 WTEK

A weird view of what I’m working on this weekend for the Alchemists… ©2014 WTEK

The Alchemists in our element (get it? element?) ©2014 Christine Goldbeck

I also just wanted to throw up a couple images from my garden. This year my mina is out of control and taking over my porch. I can’t wait until it blooms. Also there was a super cool moth-erfly on our butterfly bushes this am. That’s right – moth-erfly. I’m not sure whether it’s a moth or butterfly, sure is pretty though.

©2014 WTEK

©2014 WTEK

Cool motherfly ©2014 WTEK

Cool moth-erfly ©2014 WTEK

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JAM Juried Show Reception was Packed!

WOrk in the main room at JAM Gallery, including La Musa by Michael Weaver second from the right.

Work in the main room at JAM Gallery, including La Musa by Michael Weaver second from the right.

Yesterday was the reception and awards ceremony for the 1st Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition and it was amazing! There were a ton of people who stopped in and a bunch of the exhibiting artists as well. It was great to talk with the different artists about their process and inspiration for their pieces.

That's me standing by Cascade and the award winning Akimbo

That’s me standing by Cascade and the award winning Akimbo

And what pieces they were! There really is something for everyone at this show. There are paintings, sculptures, abstract, realistic, new media, and old represented here. I found so many pieces that features wild textures. Michael Weaver, whose piece La Musa also won an Award of Excellence, hand embroiders drawings and paintings, this one in a Day of the Dead themed series. The thread overlaying the charcoal and graphite drawing created an interesting contrast and changed it from being a straightforward portrait to an icon like object of adoration.

Another artist, Joe Vescovich, works in encaustics, but his work is super textured. He builds a wooden board backing that gets built up in plaster, then covered with encaustic and shellacs to create wild textures and color patterns. It was interesting talking with him about striving to bring movement into his work.

A wall in the inner room of JAM Gallery including 2 pieces by Greg Jaskot

A wall in the inner room of JAM Gallery including 2 pieces by Greg Jaskot

Work by Joe Vescovich (top) & Charles Branigan (bottom)

Work by Joe Vescovich (top) & Charles Branigan (bottom)

Another award winner, Lisa Lynn, whose Barbara (Pothead) won 1st Place in Sculpture, talked about her journey from creating functional work to focusing on sculptural pieces that may or may not have a functional element secondary to the design. She also adds textures using surprising source material such as orange bags and rondelles she creates herself.

Greg Jaskot had some beautiful assemblage pieces that featured found objects, stenciled and hand painted elements in sections and layers.

Like I mentioned earlier, it is a varied and beautiful show, plus all the works are for sale, so you could take the beauty home with you. You can see more images of the work on the JAM Gallery Facebook page, also more photos of the reception.

All photos taken by JAM Gallery
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