12:00 – 8:00
Saturday, June 12
The Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 N. Delaware St.
My daughter, Phoebe, and I wil be performing at 12:30.
This is my hometown show. The show I cut my teeth on — my very first!
When I started carving birds, almost three years ago, I had no idea that it would lead me so far. Since that first show I’ve appeared in many, many more, shows. My work has been featured in 3 or 4 magazines. It’s seen in a handful of retail shops. I mounted a two man show that was featured on the Broad Ripple Gallery Walk and I’ve been named an Indiana Artisan. What a whirlwind!
When I posted the photo above I was struck by a couple of things. My step-daughter Emily Vance, Brainchild Designs, and I have parted ways. It’s not a bad thing — we’re still speaking — I just wanted a table all to myself. She’ll be at the show with her beautiful work, but you’ll have to look for her (I’ll tell you where she is when I know.).
When I started had a sense of what my work should look like and feel like. I wanted to be loyal to this vision as my work evolved so I articulated a set of rules for carving and designing on this blog. In looking at the work in the photo I’m struck by how much it has evolved — it seems to have more personality and life The rules worked, though, they still have the same look and feel — but better.
I’m also surprised that I’ve sold every piece on that table, but one, in the last year. The last of these pieces, the big crow, sold at The Bird Show a show Bruce Neckar and I recently mounted at Big Hat Books and Art. (I need to make another spin-a-crow! The original is in a doctor’s office in California.)
I don’t see any croquet ball bases in the photo. They’ve since become a signature of much of my work.
I inventoried my work for this weekend’s show yesterday morning. I’ve just come off two successful shows (Indiana Artisan Marketplace and The Bird Show). I teach school and have little time for art in the late spring and I’ve only been able to produce a few pieces (Three of them this weekend). After looking at this photo and my current inventory I’m thrilled (and a bit surprised) to have much more stock. Inpreparing for the two significant shows I really built up an inventory. We may not have 50 little birds, but we’ll be very close!
I’ve a busy summer planned. This show kicks it off. Take a look at the Shows tab above to learn more.