Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nashville Billboards April 2, 2011

This is the weekend the Billboard Art Project will exhibit the work of 21 artists from around the world in Nashville. As the copy reads,
"21 artists, 4 billboards, 24 hours."
Paintings and photographs will be projected larger than life around the city on this Saturday, April 2.

Be sure to cheer when you see some familiar art by this artist, Beth Crews Rommel. Yes, niftyart will be projected to 21' by 10' size for all of Nashville to see.

David Morrison is the man behind this project. He held the first digital exhibit in Richmond, Virginia last year. As David writes on facebook, "The Billboard Art Project is a viable artistic medium that takes art out of its normal confines and clusters and allows for the marvelous inadvertent discovery that wakes people from the mundane. The Billboard Art Project is a conduit for the dissemination of variety – cultural, philosophical, spiritual, whimsical, striking, and the sublime."

So send yourself, your friends, your family to view the spiritual, the whimsical, the striking and the sublime in Nashville this weekend.

Follow this link to find locations, artists, and more information about the Billboard Art Project.

and thank you David Morrison.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What if there are no threads? The third year tapestry unfolds.

At a loss for blogging words and direction, I confided the void to my artist friend, Hannah Hunter. She responded with the query, "What if there is no thread?" I wrote down those words and began to realize the thread had been misplaced.

Posting a photo of my artwork has been the common thread through the two years of the niftyartgirl blog. There have been many unrelated threads in my life lately: a large graphic design job, travel to Texas, keeping the house in order for showings, but the fine silk of art had slipped away for a bit. I am knotting and reweaving those shimmering threads.

Among those threads is a large painting in the studio, a stack of small paintings ready to move to the co-op and a piece to "weave" with a friend. What better tying together of visions than that with a fellow artist.

I am honored to say M.K. Shaw invited me to work with her on a collaborative piece for an exhibit in Connecticut. It will be part of the Dynamic Duo show at the Celebrations Gallery in Pomfret Center.

We spent Monday afternoon in a wondrous free flow of ideas. It began with our writing every idea that occurred to us independently. There were two pages filled with a swirling colorful combination of words.

A trip to M.K.'s laboratory of all things hunted and treasured was next on the agenda. Several boxes later a fabulous framework to house our creation was unearthed.

Once again a flow of ideas on paper to develop a more concrete plan. We revisited favorite artists on the web. A search through M.K.'s grad school sketchbook brought us to another discovery. This photo represents the first step in that direction.

Last year M.K. and I created portraits of each other. What will the warp and woof of this year bring. Please return for the third year of the niftyartgirl blog.