Monday, October 14, 2019

Encaustic Show Re-Ignighted at Chestnut St. Lofts Gallery

If you missed the Opening of our show at the UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center, come see us first Friday in November at the Chestnut St. Lofts Gallery.  The show will be smaller, as it's a smaller space but it still will be mighty. 

The only problem is that it will ONLY be open to the public on 1st Friday, November 1st.   But we still have  one and a half more weekends that the work is up at the UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be open from 1 to 5 pm until October 26th, when we have to take the show down and move parts of it to Chestnut St. Lofts Gallery.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Appropriation Anyone?

While it's certainly a bad thing to steal someone's words and use them as your own, there seems to be a different space around images.  While we don't want to culturally appropriate what is not "owned" by white people, artists have been recycling images for many years.  And when you think that the "most classical" of art educations have been to sit at the Louvre and copy the work of others, it might not be surprising that artists have used appropriation as a device for probably centuries.

The Maine Arts Journal dedicated their entire fall issue to the concept of artistic appropriations, and asked member artists to feed back to them.  And I'm proud to say that I finally found the time to do this!  If you click on this link, you'll not only read what I wrote, but thoughts of other artists as well.

What can artists do with encaustic wax?  You'll see what three artists have up their sleeves, or rather down on the wood, or in my case, paper (#encaustic mono-types).  I do have a couple of mono-types in the show hung in ways with magnets!

We open on First Friday, October 4th from 5 to 7 pm... hope you can stop by and I will also have the print rack there with other mono-types I've done.   I will be gallery sitting on October 12, 18 & 25 from 1 to 5 pm and will bring the print rack with me. 

Tomorrow I'm off for the wilds of Haverhill to shoot that bank ad where I play the Hip Grandma, yes, it was typecasting !

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dinner Party in DC

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It's Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party that is at the Women's Art Museum in DC until January of 2020.  I don't think I'll be able to get down there to see it, which is a big shame on me, as it has definitely influenced me as a young artist  The good folks over at Hyperallergic have a wonderful interview with her at this LINK.

Right here in Port City, I'm working my tail off getting ready for the big show Imposition and Yielding: Travail en Cire at the UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center at 516 Congress Street in Portland, between the CVS and MECA.  Although there are three of us in this group show, I've had to do all the PR work, plus most of the administrative work.  

This has pulled me away from actually making the art that we need to show so I'm realizing that I can't get into a situation again where I'm doing ALL the heavy lifting  I'm thinking about having a contract made up that completely delegates all the work involved in curating a show to each person and if the people either don't have the skills, don't want to learn them when I offer to teach them how, or just they don't want to do the tasks, I won't get on board..  

This is important for me as it was always my frustration doing all the admin work while I ran the theatre company.  I have a meeting with another artist tomorrow about a "project" that he wants me to join.  But if there aren't enough people to do the admin work, I'm pulling up my big girl pants and saying No Thanks.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Come Visit 2nd Saturday in September

For those of you not on the "FeckBook" to quote an FB buddy, here's the next show up for Open Concepts Gallery which is the little gallery space we have here at the shared studios.  And I'm being an uber lazy blogger by just posting the event release I've been sending out to media. 

Come see what our artists did on their summer vacation, Saturday, Sept. 14th from 1 to 5 pm at the Open Concepts Gallery, 50 Cove St (in the back), Portland, ME.   This gallery is for the members of the shared studio space which has just recently re-opened the gallery space, with Ann Tracy as curator/director.  Artists participating in this show include "Digital Alchemist" Tracy, painter Susan Tureen and neon artist David Johansen.  The exhibit continues by appointment until October 25th.  A closing reception in tentatively scheduled for Oct. 25th.  Please contact for more information and viewing appointments.

Open Concepts Gallery joins the Indigo Arts Alliance and the Cove Street Arts Center to form the Cove Street Arts Corridor in the former industrial area of Maine's largest city. 

"We are aiming for art exhibits by member artists every quarter, " said Gallery Director Ann Tracy.  "We have a variety of painters, glass artists and multimedia artists here at the gallery and it would be a shame not to publically celebrate their work.   I'm eager to showcase the work of all the talented folks here at Open Concepts."

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Acting & Donating

My agents at Dirigo Talent are just the best.  They got me a gig playing Linda, the old hippy produce lady who helps a young man buy the makings of a Santa Fe Chicken Salad.  It's for a training video for a local grocery chain in New England.  Although I had to be on set and in Hair and Makeup at 7 am (arggg), I had a terrific cast and crew to work with and at least they're paying me for getting up that early, LOL!  Here's some photos for those of you not on Facebook that much...

I'm also going to donate some work to a new artist-run space for their fundraiser.  It's an oldie but goodie - Death of a Toxic Relationship

The silent auction will be August 30th from 5 to 10 pm at the New System Exhibitions gallery, 82 Parris St, Portland ME.

Monday, August 5, 2019

East Bayside Block Party

You can come up and see me at the East Bayside Block Party, August 10th!  My Open Concepts Gallery and Studios mate, Dave, The Neon Guy, will take the morning shift (10 am to 1 pm) and I'll be hosting in the afternoon from 1 to 5 pm...I've still got some great bargains left from our June showing with our Bayside neighbors. 

The new fall show will open on a 2nd Saturday, Sept 14th, most likely noon to 6 pm...  details when it gets closer. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Have You Seen Higher Ground Yet?

If you haven't there's still time!  Thanks to everyone who came to the artist's reception on July 5th.  If you missed it, don't worry as the exhibit is up and available for you to see every day that the Wellness Connection is open until 6 pm on July 27th.

If you're kinda nervous about going into a medical marijuana dispensary, let me quell those jitters for you.  It's not seedy or in a "bad" part of town and the people (and clients) who work there are very nice.  You don't have to have a medical marijuana card, but you DO have to be over 21 years of age.  You'll just show them your driver's license and you can go look at the work.  Hell, you can even buy any of the work that has been especially priced for this show b/c there is no gallery commission.

If you want to buy something, one of the workers there will give you my email and phone number so you can call and we can arrange the deal.  I take credit cards (although do have to charge you an extra 3% as that is what Square charges me) checks and cash and will even deliver the piece to you, or you can come down to the studio in East Bayside to pick it up.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Higher Ground

That's right, I'm showing work at a marijuana dispensary!  Why not?  Just because someone uses medical marijuana doesn't mean they don't like art!  Many people use marijuana for disease or pain, so why shouldn't they have art in their lives!  Maybe they'll start going to more art shows and such. Or even if they never become collectors, what the hell, at least the work by Maine's #Digital Alchemist™ gets out there!!  I will be at the event for the first hour, then come find me at Local 188 .

and I got a nice little email from the folks:

I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Ann Tracy's has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Maine Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Maine Blogs on the internet and I'm honored to have you as part of this!

I'm hoping that they will also include the blog I'm doing for UMVA!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


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.