Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Clear Vision in the Year Ahead

That's what I'm aiming for in 2020... half a joke and half seriousness.  Another artist friend of mine says she doesn't make resolutions anymore in the new year, but finds a word that will fuel her intentions in the new year.  That seems like a very reasonable thing that I might alter (alchemy you know) to include a phrase - Clear Vision.

But to break up all these words.... here's what our Christmas tree looked like this year.  We've decided we need to go smaller b/c of the size of our little downstairs living space.  Ceiling height barely big enough for my tall guy.

I already have three different shows coming up in 2020, which I've begun work on in the studio in between trying to clean it out and re-organize after a very busy fall.  But even though it's making me kinda crazy, it's always an honor to be invited to create a piece for a show and to have work accepted for a show!  I am Grateful.

I was invited to create a Station of the Cross for a church in Arlington, VA by an arts writer friend on Facebook.  I decided to participate when she told me that it could be abstract.  I was drawn to the 6th station, which is Veronica wiping the face of Jesus with part of her veil, which was transformed into a print of his face.  Very interesting project for a fallen-away Catholic (don't get me up on that soap box) and someone who disdains just about all religions that are misogynist in nature, which includes just about all of them except maybe the Unitarian Universalists. 

The Domestic Considerations series was all about misogyny, like Titan's Daughter here:

Some work of mine - digital alchemy and abstract photography - was juried into the Portland Regional Chamber 433 Gallery show which is up from next week until the end of April.  B/c of the Chamber's schedule, we don't have a First Friday show until April.  So more on that later.

The other piece I'm working on is for TAE 2020, which will be in Myrtle Beach, SC from April 3rd to the 15th.  Here's a link to the site.  Money of course goes to a charity.  Ironically we will be in Folly Beach SC beginning of March for a week.

And I was surprised not to find my name in this blog post from Hyperallergic, hahahahaha. 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Happy Merry Merry

Hope you have the loveliest holidays full of laughter and joy.  Me?  I'll be working on cleaning the studio over the holidays and finally getting my art work organized into a program that will track things for me, like editions etc. 

The Dada Art Santa Installation Selfie Photo Project went well with me raising over $200 for #UMVA (Union of Maine Visual Artists) and #ILAP (Immigrant Legal Assistance Project).  One of the artists at the Holiday Sale which ran concurrently, Tracy Ginn, had some big fun posing in the installation with artist Chris Reed taking the photos.  They were done with a sorta-like #Hipstamatic app called Vignette, which I'm gonna have to get for my droid phone.  I really liked this one

Then the strangest thing happened at home - we received a package addressed to Ann Tracy, but to an address in San Francisco.  JK emailed the company to ask how we should return it as we had not ordered the set of Green Egg pots and pans with a ceramic coating on them.  The company congratulated him on his honesty and then said to either keep or donate them!?!

Since our pans and pots were just about 40 years old (we got them for a wedding present), we decided to upgrade to the new ones and donate our older (but still very serviceable) ones to a church that helps settle African immigrants here in Maine.  Guess the universe wanted us to have new kitchen stuff!!

So I finally uploaded this new piece of digital art to the Fine Art America sales site - click here

What I like about this double exposure iPod photo with filters, is that it walks a very fine line between abstraction and narrative.  But you know I've always kinda been like that.

After I get the studio a bit more organized, it's on to the next art project: a postcard size painting for  #TAE20  - the Twitter Art Exhibit which raises money for many worthy charities.  It will be in Myrtle Beach SC this coming April.  If you're going to be in the area, would love for you to send me a photo of the work in the show. 
April 3rd – April 15th
William H.Miller Studios & Fine Art
714 Main St
Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Selfies for a Cause...

That's right, you can take a selfie with the UMVA Gallery Dada Art Santa and half the money goes to the nonprofit gallery and the other half goes to ILAP - the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.  Click here to read all about this wonderful group that is helping new Mainers from Africa get their legal status squared up.  Imagine, having to leave your home country because of physical danger, traveling on foot through Central America and ending up in a country where you don't speak the language and the customs and weather are so different from your homeland!  And we NEED these new Mainers as the population of Maine is older than all the other states. 

If the text is too small, click here to see the article in the Maine Art Scene.

The Biggest Thanks go to my friend and fellow UMVAer - Andrew Chulyk!  He's the genius behind the Dada Art Santa Head.  Also big thanks to Chris Reed, who helped out on a couple of work sessions. And while I'm thinking of thanks, a hearty future thanks to John Kreutzberger for helping transport Dada Art Santa and the silver tree (part of the installation) from the studio to the gallery and to Christine Sullivan who is going to help me put said installation up.

So this big event along with the UMVA Holiday Sale goes up on December 6th, First Friday from 5 to 8 pm.  We also continue on the following Saturdays, the 7th & the 14th from 10 am to 5 pm.  So don't worry if your schedule is already full for 1st Friday, come visit us on either Saturday.  Hope to see you soon.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Kusama Dots and Migration at the ICA Boston

 A couple of weeks ago, JK & I threw the dogs in the van and drove down to Boston to see Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room Installation with my buddy Jonathan and his girlfriend Melissa.  We drove (at least half an hour on electric battery and then hybrid) down with the dogs b/c we couldn't find a dog sitter and we were leaving the following week to go to Seattle for Thanksgiving with the Christiansens, JK's sister's family.  When we lived out in California we used to share hosting Thanksgivings, until Al Kreutzberger, JK's dad got too frail to travel and then I hosted them all at our house, which luckily had a big dining room to fit a dozen people around a table.

But back to the ICA and Kusama's work which was amazing.  Here are a few photos from the installation:

Then we saw a Nick Cave sculpture, which really reminded me of the huge installation he did out at Mass Moca a couple of years ago.

 Which lead nicely into work by Lavaughan Jenkins, who was unknown to me, but Jonathan had met him a few years back.

The following are all from the Migration series they have up there now and I highly recommend you get down to see it.  I didn't post some of the most powerful videos but do go and see them.

Sorry about this not being focused, but it should be fairly legible. 

What I found the most amazing was this wall installation by Reena Saini Kallat:

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Dona Nobis Pacem

It's the Peace Blogging time of year, thanks to the efforts of Mimi Lenox and the rest of the bloggers out there who are joining in the blogging for Peace movement.  I'm using one of my encaustic photos for this year's Peace Globe.

Am madly working on another project in the studio and needed a break... ok....  now onto it....

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

November 1st Friday

It's amazing how different work looks in different spaces...  the Waxing Ann(e) Show is pared down, but looks terrific at the Chestnut St. Lofts after just finishing hanging it.  Hope to see you there from 5 to 7 pm....

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Art & Family

Pretty much what this past weekend was all about.  My sister and her partner came out to visit us when they came up to see his family in Tyngsborough and New Hampshire... and most likely the next time we'll visit them in North Carolina will be when we go out to visit JK's brother's family out

While they were here, which was only 2 nights before they flew back home, we just did the Arts District in Portland other than walking the grounds of Applegate with the dogs.  The group encaustic show was still up at UMVA...  only one more Friday to see it before an edited version of it goes over to the Chestnut St Lofts Gallery.  You'll ONLY be able to see that show ONE more time before it closes to the public.... November 1st from 5 to 8 pm.  Hope we see you there!

We also took them to the Portland Museum of Art.  They had an N.C. Wyeth show up, but I wasn't that impressed as he was mostly an illustrator.  I'm really not that much into representational art.  I truly prefer abstract works, for the most part.  But I really liked much of what they had out in their new acquisitions section out past the gift shop.  Here are some of my favorites.

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.