Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fortitude



Although Maine is the more north-eastern state, it really had an impact on the Civil War.  You can look at the Wiki article here or take a trip out to Casco Bay and see Fort Gorges, which was built in the Civil War but then never used!

It's truly an amazing place that could be used (with some safety features updated) for theatre, dance, performance art, film, photography, you name it.  One day I will take a group of models and photographers out there for a photo shoot!  Maybe I should make that a goal for 2020.

I was pleased as punch to be juried into a show to benefit the group that is trying to update the fort and keep it in good shape for future generations, if we do something about climate change now.  If you'd like more info on the Friends of Fort Gorges, click here.

In the meantime, come on out and see the art that has been created to help keep the fort afloat.  It's this Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30 at Arta, 223 US Rte 1 in Falmouth.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Step Closer....

I work with a group of art consultants called Indie Walls.  They allow artists to pitch art for upcoming remodels of hotels, offices and homes.  Generally the client will have some sort of idea board, but you do have to be creative at times. 

I've got one hotel already interested in putting one of my abstract digital works (that I would have to redesign to fit the space they have) BUT I hven't signed the contract yet.  Sigh.... patience is so difficult. 

And now, another hotel (in Utah this time) has "liked" one of my proposals:
Congratulations, your artwork was favorited...
         
This means that there is interest in your artwork for this open call. Increase the chances that your artwork makes final selection by pitching more of your work now.

But do I have anything else that might work?  Gotta dig thru the archives today and Fed Ex my work to the NYC show at Atlantic Gallery!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hilma af Klint

Maybe b/c I live in Maine, I love New York in the spring as they are generally about 2-4 weeks ahead of us in terms of flora.  Should have posted these photos of the Hilma afKlint at the Guggenheim last month when I was there with my friend, the very fabulous artist Cherie Hacker!  It was only 2 nights, but what fun to be there with an artist friend.

I'm posting from the train now as we travel back to Portland after seeing Glenda Jackson in Lear last night.  Wonder how long it will take me to post the photos from the trip we're on now!

Anyway... here are my favorite paintings from the Hilma show










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This work is by an Asian artist whose name I can't even find on the Guggenheim website.  But it was his response to Hilma's work.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

When it Rains

It's happened to all of us I'm sure.  When one fruit drops from the tree, others are ripe enough to follow.  Not only will I have a photo in the Professional Women Photographers "Abstracted Reality" show at the Atlantic Gallery in NYC....  but am jazzed to be included in this closer to home group benefit show for Fort Gorges at Arta in Falmouth.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Abstracted Reality - showing in NYC

I must admit that I was very disappointed that my work wasn't accepted into the #CreativePortland group show that is up at their gallery on Free Street.  But then I got an email saying my work was going to be exhibited in NYC!

 I am so jazzed to tell y'all that one of my photos was accepted into the Abstracted Reality group show produced by the Professional Women Photographers.  But, b/c of committments I have here in Portland, Maine; I don't think I'll be able to make it to the artists' reception.

So for those of you who will not be able to see this show in person, here's my accepted entry.  It was shot in Goldfield, Nevada.  


But for those of you in the New York City area, who would like to go to see this show, it opens on June 4th and runs to June 15th at the Atlantic Gallery, 548 W 28th St.  There will be an opening reception June 6th beginning at 6 pm.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Scam of the Day

Got an email from the international encaustic association to which I belong saying:

"I would like to reach out to you again with regards to the email scam that was sent to the membership from an "Angela Fry," in case you missed our first email about it. It appears they have sent a second round of emails to those who responded to their first inquiry; these responses are identical except for the individual names of artworks. This is a scam, most likely one of the overpayment scams, whereby a person posing as a collector sends a (fraudulent) check for too much money, (often for shipping), to the artists and asks for reimbursement of the overage.
You can find out more about these kinds of scams here:
https://www.artworkarchive.com/blog/don-t-be-fooled-by-email-art-scams-how-to-spot-and-avoid-fraud

and here:
https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/overpayment-scams"

I had just received an email from, guess who?  Yes, Angela Fry!  She told me she lived in Cumberland Maine, just north of where we are in Falmouth, just five miles north of Portland.  That's why I responded to the first email, but by the second one, where she missed the fact that she needed to go through Etsy to buy the work, I had realized that it was just a scam...sigh.

Come on folks, go here to buy a mother's day present.  A pillow with woodblock flowers would be a lovely touch to any decor! 

Meanwhile, it's finally dawned on me that I need to get working on new encaustic pieces for our show in October... and of course I'm making travel plans - but short trips!  Next week I'll be in NYC with my friend Cherie Hacker and in May JK and I are going there to catch King Lear with Glenda Jackson starring in the title role.

Back here in the studio, I'm working again on some encaustic monoprints... here's one on archival tissue paper.


I now need to find some inexpensive rice paper in larger sizes to get some ready for the show in October.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TAE 2019


This is the completed postcard (4 x 6") mixed media painting that is winging it's way to Edinburgh, Scotland for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2019.  I've been making work for this annual international exhibit since I moved to Maine in 2011.  Here's a link to TAE. 

Back in the day (2006 to 2010) Asylum Gallery in Sacramento (an artists coop where I was a manager for PR) we would do mail art shows as benefits for the Women's Wisdom project, which is a nonprofit group.  Been thinking that I might produce another show like that for a nonprofit if I could find a place to stage it.  But not until next year, as I've got a three woman show to get up in October at UMVA.





Monday, March 18, 2019

Back to the Future

Is it almost spring where you are?  If so, you're lucky because we still have snow piles here in Portland Maine.  Although it was nice to get the schnauzers into the van and head south to St. Augustine Beach like we did the end of February.  We got back the 11th of March and it was kinda warm for a day...now it's in the 30s, but above freezing.  It was a crazy catch-up the  week after we got back and I had to h ave some dental work done that required me to get knocked out so that blew one whole day.

But before I left, I did some modeling work for a local firm (Czarnowski, thanks for the work!) that was doing a big whoop de do for GM in Asia.  Click here and you'll see me in the car of the future at :41

I'm also working on a postcard-size art piece for the TAE 2019 - Twitter Art Exhibit to benefit a charity in Edinburgh, Scotland... a city dear to my heart as I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 1996, the 50th anniversary of the fest. 

Here is a photo of 3 backgrounds I'm working on and need to finish tomorrow so I can mail them on Wednesday, so they'll get there before April 12th. 


Friday, February 15, 2019

New Work - Digital Alchemy and Paint and a Combo

Here in the studio, we're just about ready to set up the encaustic hot boxes and work on some new pieces for the upcoming 3-person show at the UMVA Gallery next to MECA.  Imposition and Yielding: Travail en Cire will open in October of 2019 and features work by Anne Strout, Ann Deutch and yours truly.

But I had a problem with the venting that is just about all solved now and hope to get back to wax before we leave for our annual winter trek south in the van with the doggies.  But in the meantime here's some other work for your perusal....

Empire Heads - based on photos taken in NYC  © Ann Tracy 2018



Orange Sky - Digital painting - © Ann Tracy 2019

Havana Survivor - Mixed media and acrylic - © Ann Tracy 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Happy New Year

Hope y'all had terrific holidays with much love and joy.  This was the first Christmas in our new condo so we kept it small and local this year.  We invited our friend Nora for both the eve and the day as she's in the middle of remodeling part of her house and her kitchen is a mess.  Our friend Xtine also came over for Xmas Day dinner.



I don't know why I scheduled cataract surgery for after Thanksgiving and before Christmas as it really messed with my elf duties.... as did having to move my studio to a new spot!  Yeah, let's make the holidaze crazier than usual 😿!

 After paying a huge chunk of change, I got new lenses in my eyes.  Yes, little old me who has been wearing glasses since she was 9 years old is not wearing any glasses as she types this at the computer.  I'm still astounded when I wake up and can actually see things!  Although it's not perfect and I will have to wear reading glasses for some stuff and will need glasses to drive (they couldn't correct the far distance, yes, I was THAT near-sighted).  But they won't be coke bottle bottoms like the others were.

I had to move out of the State Theatre Building b/c the folks that run the garage 2 blocks away where I park, decided that they were no longer going to rent parking space on a monthly basis - the BASTARDS.  I get the letter right after Thanksgiving that says it's effective December 1st !?!

Luckily I've found a new "open concept" space very close to my old space at Running with Scissors which has on site parking and actually even though it's smaller, the space is more usable and I got another big shelving unit which helps.

Now if only I could sell more work so it doesn't clog up the studio and storage spaces at my house... this is the paramount goal for this year - sell more work!  

One of the ways to do this is to be in more galleries and thanks to a great invitation, I'm part of a group show at ARTA Framing & Gallery with two new pieces of work.


Hope to see local friends out there and I'll post the painting and the digital mixed media print later in the month.  The show is up at ARTA, 223 US Route 1, Falmouth until Feb 15th, so buy some art for your Valentine!  The reception is this Friday, Jan 18th from 5 to 7 pm.

Remember 10 years ago when I went out to Bacau, Romania to be one of the judges for a theatre competition?  That's when I first met Justin Cuiche, a violinist who was my primary interpreter and come to find out, astrological twin!  We share the same birthday day, just 20 years apart.  We are still friends and JK and I visited him and his wife two years ago when we went to Berlin for the Biennial that  I was invited to show some work in.

He and his wife had twins last year, on our birthday!  And he has continued his work as a composer and musician.  if  you click HERE, you can hear one of his compositions.


Here's to a new year filled with love, hope and justice!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Chairs Review

Very cool article about the Union of Maine Visual Artists (#UMVA) show curated by Janice L. Moore - Some Reliable Truths About Chairs in the Press Herald or the local fish wrap s we used to call newspapers, unfortunately a dying breed.  Just click here.

If you go back to earlier posts you'll see the Homage to Ionesco, my paean to the granddaddy of absurdist theatre and author of The Chairs, which is not produced as much as Rhinoceros or The Bald Soprano.

And I just finished another small (5 x 7") mixed media painting that contains an encaustic wax monoprint on archival tissue paper.  I posted it to my IG, but you can see it here.  

You'll see it at the Holiday show Dec 15th & 16th at the UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center, on Congress St., to the left of MECA.

and here's a random photo

Little iPod photo from 2016... although if you like it, and would like a print or a canvas, all you have to do is contact me!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Little Help from my Friends


Yes, that's me with my assemblage/sculpture piece for the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) "A Few Reliable Truths About Chairs".  My friend and neighbor, Dr. Chris Brigham, who is the principal author, with Henry Bennett, of “Living Abled and Healthy, Your Guide to Injury and Illness Recovery.” Details at LivingAbled.com.


Thanks Chris....