Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Another DAM good show: Northern Lights

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In producing a voyage to the unique beauty of Up North, the Detroit Artists Market’s latest show falls short. Perhaps because of its limited scope (a showcase of northern Michigan artists), co-curators John F. Korachis and Rebecca Glotfelty failed to produce (as promised) a coherent artistic statement that reflects the charm of northern michigan. And I am okay with that.

John and Rebecca showcased 20 northern Michigan artists whose work ranges from delicate, detail rich watercolor paintings to comical, readymade-esque sculptures. The show starts and ends with pieces that have the strongest points of view. Namely, the first few paintings (the paintings by Meredith Krell and Rick Kolb) have vivid colors (straight out of the tube primary colors) that depict postcard scenes of northern Michigan. The last few items are sculptures of a dog, a duck, and a deer’s head that Douglas Racich crafted out of found objects (the dog’s head is a boot). While an entire show of crafted sculptures would not resonate with me, I think that these pieces are a nice stopping point in the show. The show has quiet moments, funny moments, and confusing moments – like all worthwhile voyages should have.

One piece that I particulalry liked was Steve Toornman’s Lake News. This is a serene painting that captures a stolen moment on a magnificant lake. I am glad that the show did not cling on to easily recognizable images from northern Michigan, but I am equally glad that the show does highlight some of the great imagery of northern Michigan. (Fun Fact: two of the most successful pieces (in my view) were painted by two artists who are married—Meredith Krell and Steve Toornman from Charlevoix.)

Please make a point to journy to the Northern Lights, which closes on Friday, May 27, 2011. DAM is open from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and is located at 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, .

iPhone political caricatures?

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

iPhone Flower

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This new drawing app is the coolest-- it even kind of looks like a watercolor

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Monday, May 02, 2011

iPhone bird

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I just purchased this app-- it's called LiveSketch. The one on the bottom is sideways. Hummingbirds

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Another iPhone bird

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

iPhone pic

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Not a good sketch, but here it is. I draw these with an app called Finger Paint

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daily visual journal pieces exhibited through june...

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some of my Daily Visual Journal pieces are on display in an exhibition of work by 3 art therapists. The exhibit is called "Pathways to Healing" and is showing at St. Johns Van Elslander Cancer Center located at 19229 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Here is the information posted about the exhibit:
Art Therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the creation of Art is healing and life-enhancing, making a difference in people’s lives.

Art Therapy at the VanElslander Cancer Center meets monthly for a two hour open group workshop. Anyone who visits The VanElslander Cancer Center is welcome to attend and share in the art making. It is lead by Jane Spaulding, a licensed counselor and art therapist. It has become a friendly gathering where companionship and personal support enhance the creative process. "I want our art makers to use the colors and creative thoughts they experience in art therapy to replace the worries and anxiety brought on by illness and every day stress". Art Therapy at Van Elslander Cancer Center presents the opportunity for everyone to find their creative soul through art materials and friendly support.

Kelly Darke, MEd and Margaret M. McGuinness, MA, MEd, ATR are Art Therapists using art making as a healing pathway to resolve challenges in their personal and professional lives. As artists, we create visual images of situations confronting us; these can be difficult or easy, serious or light-hearted – every area of life is open for interpretation through art. These images can be built on to develop a strong body of work, which can be shared with others as another form of art therapy.

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