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.

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:

and here:"

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 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.