This weekend I’ll begin working in actual metal on the commission project I talked about last week. I’ve been working out different designs in paper and had another sit-down with the patron commissioning the trophy. I’m super excited to start in on it and I think it’s going to turn out fabulous!
I initially came up with two different designs to offer her, and she chose one with a few editing ideas (that I completely agree with. They actually made me like this design more than the other one which I had been favoring.) I fixed it up and we talked some more about little parts of the design. Now I just need to start it!
Today was the day and this year’s Art of the State exhibition was another great example of the awesome art Pennsylvania has to offer. There was a great mix of pieces in various styles and media. This year there were quite a number of paintings on panel instead of canvas (which I like) and at least three screenprints (which I also like) and quite a lot of whimsy (which isn’t quite as up my alley.)
It’s fun to see the other artists who’ve been juried back in to the exhibition multiple times. I begin to recognize the names and faces (not to mention the art!) Jason Lyons, Robert Stickloon, Erma Martin Yost, and Drew Zimmerman are just a few of these.
It was also nice to see so many PA Guild of Craftsmen with work again this year. And most of them from the Yellow Breeches Chapter to boot! Jason Lyons, me, Gay Foltz, Gay McGeary, & Erma Martin Yost from the YBC and Sharon Merkel, Sue Reno, & Emily Squires Levine from other chapters/at large members.
My one complaint about the opening would be that moving it to a Sunday afternoon from a Saturday evening changes the atmosphere. People were way more casual and while still pretty packed, it didn’t feel quite as busy. The Saturday evening events felt more like a gala. Also, they ran out of food and drinks pretty early and no booze. But we’re really there for the art and that was spectacular!
That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Hopefully I’ll see you there and you can see these pieces, Fragmented, and bunch of other great art by other great artists too! 2 – 5pm! And teal hair!