Sunday, December 18, 2016

Black Artists Matter

When I was in Chicago this past summer, I had the pleasure of going to the Kerry James Marshall retrospective at the Chicago Contemporary Museum.  It was a great show and I got an education about an artist I had not heard of before.  Back in November, the New Yorker had an article about the show of his work at the Met Breuer.

But apparently what I saw in Chicago was only the first part of the a retrospective of his work.  That's why I'm so glad that Seph Rodney wrote about it for Hyperallergic.  You'll find his article here.

Buy Black by Kerry James Marshall

Friday, November 25, 2016

Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art

Finally finding the time to talk to you about a fascinating show I saw in Berlin at the aforementioned museum.  One of the exhibits there was called Dada Africa: Dialogue with the Other.  "Marking the centenary if the Dada Movement, this is the first exhibition about Dada's response to non-European cultures and their art."

I thought I was smart picking up an English guide to the work on display, but I didn't photograph all the numbers that correspond to the guide.  So other than a few Hannah Hochs, most are not IDed.  But here are some highlights.  

I believe this costume is African and boy does it remind me of the work of Nick Cave, the artist, not the musician.

Hannah Hoch
Hannah Hoch  

John Heartfield

Raoul Hausmann

This assemblage might also be by John Heartfield

I did record some video, BUT, don't have a decent video editing software on this laptop... so I'll edit it on the big studio computer and upload it to vimeo and then post a link.... 

more later...

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lovely Louise

Louise Bourgeois has to be one of my favorite artists, not just "women artists".   She was remarkable in that she worked in many media including sculpture for which she is probably best known.  More info on her here.  I was going to a meeting of the UMVA - Union of Maine Visual Artists at the CTN, Community Television Network on Saturday.  I did get there about 5 min late, but the place was locked up tighter than a drum.  We'll see if they will answer me via FB.

But I wandered into the Institute for Contemporary Art which is part of MECA... the Maine College of Art.  On exhibit was Anguish: the Grave Misgivings of Remembrance, and that's where I saw this

An unusual drawing by Louise Bourgeois.  Considering the theme of the show was Anguish, I was puzzled by this choice.  But we all interpret things in a different way considering what we have learned in our lives and what we have experienced.  This is why I think the academic writing about art is a bit far fetched.  But you go see the show for yourself and make up your own mind.  It runs at the ICA space until Jan 14th.  More info here. 

AND a reminder to SAVE the Date - Dec 10th from 10 am to 4 pm
the Running with Scissors Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Open Studios.

I will have new inexpensive, small encaustic paintings and prints.  Also come hand crafted ornaments and some Cuban calendars! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Modern Women

I finally got a chance to see the Women Modernists in New York show at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA),  thanks to my old HS buddy Jonathan and his SO Jennifer who came up from Boston to see the show.  While I have always thought that I had a pretty good handle on modern art history, I was not familiar with 3 of the 4 painters in this show.  I mean anyone who doesn't know who Georgia O'Keeffe is, probably doesn't give a fig about art or pop culture. 

Red Flower Georgia O'Keeffe

I wasn't aware of Stettheimer, Torr or Zorach.  Of the three, Stettheimer is my favorite.

Self Portrait Florine Stettheimer
I loved her colors and how the work really showed her problems with being an woman artist at the turn of the century. 

They also had an exhibit of art featuring animals, which sounds lame, but it was very good.  However there is nothing on the PMA website and I forgot to take a photo of the artist who made this... a glittering buck.

I think that Matt Blackwell must have spent some time in Maine to create the following painting,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hot Off the Presses!!

I thought I would make a little magazine out of the images from the Domestic Considerations series, two of which are to be exhibited at the Berlin Foto Biennial during the month of October.

Now the whole series can be yours, along with the image that was chosen for the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography that was held in Malaga, Spain in 2014.  Plus there is another page containing four of my favorite digital collages and a Holga double exposure shot at a photo workshop lead by Elizabeth Opalenik, who I thank from my heart for teaching so much about photography - she is a goddess!

Domestic Considerations
12 pages, published 9/7/2016
Domestic Considerations is a series about women and how they live in the world today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Waxing Warmly

 Went to a great Encaustic Art Workshop led by the ever talented Otty Merrill, who used to have a studio down here at Running With Scissors.  Learned a few new tricks and made these two that I liked and a third I won't show you.  I know, I'm so mean, but it's not there yet.
"Country Song" Ann Tracy 2016 (c)     
This is the one I like the best and hope to submit it to Harlow Gallery up in Hallowell.

"Hope" (c) Ann Tracy 2016

I will also have work at Edgecomb Potters on Commercial St. in Portland and at Pinecone + Chickadee on Free St in Portland.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Domestic Considerations

I'm almost finished with the Domestic Considerations series.  Here's the 5th in the series of 6: Domestic Considerations: Glass Ceilings

My model is the marvelous Meredith Coffin, who I hope to work together with again in the near future.  I'm going to do a book with these images in it along with the El Dorado Series shot this spring in El Dorado, Nevada. 

If you are interested in the book, I'll give you a special discount.  Just contact me and let me know!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Met a Watermelon Man

No, I'm not talking about that great Herbie Hancock tune from the 70's (click here to listen while reading the rest of the post)

I was leaving the SpringBoard Pilates studio this morning after a great workout and as I stepped out onto the sidewalk, this young man carrying a plate of watermelon chunks was walking down the sidwalk.  "Nice watermelon", I said.  He smiled and said. "Do you want a piece?"  "Yes". I said as he proffered the plate.

                                              Just another reason I love Portland, Maine!

Sunday, June 5, 2016


You'd think that trying to scam artists would be very low on the totem pole ... but nooooo  ... I got this email last week
Andrea Zak

invitation show


I saw your work in the American Art Collector. We would like to invite you to show as a visiting artist at our gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gallery Andrea is located in old town scottsdale a premier location for the arts.
Gallery Andrea"
So I get right on the ball, firing off 5 emails to her this past week and then finally got a reply  asking me to sign off on the attached document and then we'd get down to details on the show they want to "give" me.  BUT within the document, I see this:
"Pricing:  The gallery will assist you in establishing art market prices for your art. The financial relationship for art sales: 50/50
Promotional Representation Fee: $900 for 3 months paid upon signing..  Renewal Representation is available."


May 28 (8 days ago)

to me

Yeah, right.  Here is what the website has to say about that:
"Most importantly, anytime you pay for exposure up front, you effectively reduce the incentive a gallery has to sell your art. It'll certainly be less than if you pay nothing and the only way they make their money is by selling your art-- like the large majority of galleries actually do. To repeat, in a traditional artist/gallery relationship, no money changes hands in advance of a show; the artist provides the art and the gallery provides the venue. That's how things work and don't let anybody tell you different. It's a partnership where each party takes on a comparable degree of investment and risk."
Shipping artwork is very expensive, which is why I've sworn off pursuing exhibits on the West Coast, unless I can just send a digital file.  

Here's a mixed media piece I'm currently working on


Friday, May 20, 2016

Boston Biennial - almost - Update

When I bitched about this on their facebook page, I got a message from the Boston Biennial folks explaining (once more) that they had already announced you had to check the website to see if  your work got it.... and the work was digitally displayed (so of course they didn't contact me for a print).  Can you help me wipe the egg off my face?  Mea Culpa ...

Did I tell you that I entered the Boston Biennial this year with pieces from the Domestic Considerations series?  It's always interesting to see what makes the cut in different competitions.  But I hadn't heard anything from them, so I checked their website on a whim.  You will have to scroll down the page to get to the Ts for Tracy...
Domestic Considerations: Drama
I was chosen as a finalist and no one notified me!?!  Guess they didn't show the work of the finalists in the physical location in Boston as no one emailed me to say that they needed a print of the work.  So while I'm proud that one of the images made the cut, am also dismayed that there was no communication. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Merry May Madness

After getting back from NYC to see our nephew Sean's wife Renee and their oldest, Hannah and seeing Hamilton; it was back to busy with our Running with Scissors' Open Studio Event at the end of the month.

My commercial agent was getting work for me too!  In early May not only shot 2 TV commercials, but played the role of the history teacher in The Witch Files, a movie being filmed up here.  By the time I did this spot, spring had finally sprung up here in Maine.

It was a delightful day to play Grams planting flowers and veg with the kids. 

Then I was asked if I would direct for Acorn Theatre's 24-Hour Theater Project.  Since my mid-May photo workshop to benefit Fort Gorges had to be put off until September, this seemed doable without being overwhelming.  Playwrights got their writing prompts (a place - pickle factory, a prop - rotary phone and a line - You have to pay attention if you want to learn something) on Sat night and I got a finished 10 min script the following morning at 8 am, then began working with the actors at 9 am... and the show goes up at 7:30 Sunday night!

Add to all that a sick dog - Tucker -  that had to be taken to the emergency vet and stay over Sunday.  He finally recovered enough to bring home on Monday afternoon.  So you can imagine that I was a trifle distracted, but directed my actors to my 2nd year in a row receipt of the People's Choice Award!

"What's This Play About? by DELVYN CASE JR.. 2016 Maine Playwrights Festival. Portland, ME. From May 08, 2016 to May 08, 2016. Winner of "The People's Choice Award" for best play at The 24-Hour Theater Project."

While I was doing that I was also working on more pieces to the Domestic Consideration series, here's #5

 I think there will only be one more in this series.  Hoping you will have a lovely spring.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

On the Road Again

Yes, I'm humming that good, old Willie Nelson song as I write this.  I'm back home now, but end of March and beginning of April have been satisfying my Irish Traveler genes.  I went to Las Vegas end of March for a great photo workshop called, Beyond Vegas with Mauricio Alainis which I will cover over at the Ann Tracy Photography blog.  It was great and I got to meet up and spend a few days with one of my oldest friends - Kate Maney.

Back in November when JK and I were at his sister's house in Northern California with that branch of the family, our nephew's wife said that she and Sean were starting a tradition that when their kids got to be 13, their present would be a trip.  Their daughter Hannah just turned 13 and wanted to go to NYC.   So of course I told them we would meet up with them (any excuse to go there) and I would try to get Hamilton tickets.  I scored the tickets back in December, at a premium price, but after seeing the show, I'm convinced that Lin-Manuel Miranda is some kind of genius theatre dude.

We stayed at the Algonquin, which has always been a dream of mine.  It's now a Marriott and my points work there!!  I loved the fact that they didn't much it up like the Weston chain did to the St Francis in SF.

From the lobby looking out at the front door and then the rest are going to your right.

Later this week I'll post about our trip to MOMA and the

Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective

Through May 15

The first New York retrospective of the irreverent poet-turned-artist reunites key works from throughout his career.
Marcel Broodthaers: <span cl /calendar/exhibitions/1542" href="">

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blast from the Past

Many of you long-time readers know about Beyond the Proscenium Productions, the theatre company I created in Sacramento back in 1994, which produced world and Sacramento premieres until 2009.  One of our best shows was Symphony of Rats, by Richard Foreman and directed by Nick Avdienko.  So proud of the work by Nick and All the Actors.  You can see the show by clicking here.

Here's a still from it...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ya win some and lose some...

That's so very much the case for creatives - no matter the media.  Just got an email from Don Archer over at the Museum of Digital Art in NY saying my work has been accepted into the first Catskills Digital Art Contest!  You can see more by clicking here and then scrolling down to see my entries.

This is good news as Friday I got word that my entries into another competition were not among those selected for the show.  Sigh.... 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Last of the Wax

These are the final two pieces from the encaustic works I've been working on for the CSArts here in Maine.  I added some gold leaf to both of them, which I like as a diptych.

Got some exciting news from the 4 Minute Film Festival today, In the Blood is an Official Selection for this year!  I'm pretty excited because it's kinda unusual for an "artist" video like this to make it into a film festival.  Here are the details for this shorts festival that plays at Patriot Cinema's Nickelodeon in downtown Portland Maine.

March 24
Doors 6:30PM
Festival Screening: 7:00PM
After Party and Awards
Tickets $10
Facebook Event:

Monday, February 1, 2016

More Wax

Here's the third of the five encaustic 4x4" mixed media pieces that I'm working on for CSArts Maine

It's really a great deal.  You get a new piece of art each month for 3 months for only $120!!  While you can't have this piece until you sign up, I also work on commissions if you wanted something larger or in different colors.

Here's another site on which I have work, please check it out and let me know what you think about it.  You can get FREE Worldwide Shipping + 20% Off Throw Blankets and Pillows when you order from my Society6 Store. Please note that this promotion is NOT automatically available on my Store, the promotion is only available once someone clicks on the link that you share with them.

That's all for today... carry on in all your awesomeness !!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


So, I told you already about being accepted into the CSArts project we have here in Portland, Maine?  No, well, it's like those farm CSAs...except you buy a 3 month or 6 month subscription and you get art instead of veggies!  I think it's a brilliant concept and was eager to learn about it and grateful to be included in the first season of it!  If you click here, you'll find all the details.

Really seems like a great deal to me, especially if you've always wanted to start collecting art.  This is an inexpensive way to start your collection with small pieces. 

So I'll bet your next question is, what are you making Ann?  When I first signed on, I was thinking of doing my digital collages, but the CSArts folks wanted me to make some encaustic paintings!  These are the first two:

They are members of the Geometry of Desire series.  The one on the right, "Vertices" has 24 carat gold leaf collaged into it.  The are small, 4" square.  So, unless you sign up for a CSArt subscription, these are unavailable to the public.  Unless you want to commission one from me, which is always a possibility!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Onward into the Future!

I'm a sorry excuse for a blogger since I haven't posted anything since mid-November, but you'll forgive me, right?   The day after Madeleines closed, JK & I jumped on a plane and flew out to Sacramento to visit friends and spend Thanksgiving with his sister, our niece and nephew and their families.  It was great fun to see how big all the kids have gotten plus we are making plans to see niece Renee and her daughter Hannah in NYC in April and I scored Hamilton tickets for us!

But that's then and this is now, but sometimes one leads to another like the fact that the following piece of art is my entry into the #TwitterArtExhibit (click here for more info).

Come to find out the show continues to April 26th, so we'll be able to see the work at Trygve Gallery while we're there.

It was good to have Christmas at home this year.  We had a great time hosting friends and neighbors for Christmas Day dinner....and next thing you know, it's a new year!

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