New Work by Susan

Aces High by Susan

“When a piece comes together quickly, I know it’s right. I was down at our old house on the back deck and found the skull that forms the foundation of this piece. Around here you never know what treasure is going to show up or where! Michael has a way of leaving cool stuff around like Johnny Appleseed. I have been the lucky finder of these tidbits many times. The leather-like background is one of my favorite textures to work against taking many layers of paint, polish, and ink to achieve. This piece is currently up at Lauren’s in Boonville.”-Susan

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Opening Tonight: ‘Transformations’ in Mendocino

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Tonight in the village of Mendocino the opening of a group show in which we are included; ‘Transformations’, will hold the artist’s reception from 5-8pm at the Oddfellows Building at the corner of Kasten and Ukiah Streets. New assemblage works by both Michael and Susan, as well as works on paper by us both will be presented along with fellow artists. Food, drinks, and fun included, and open to the public. Do stop by! The show it’s self runs until June 27, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Heading to Mendocino This Week

The Beat Gallery will be showing with a group of artists in Mendocino this month. The show, Transformations, will run June 8th through the 28th, at the Oddfellows Building in the village, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Opening reception is Saturday June 10th 5-8pm. This is always a fun show that gathers artists throughout the county.

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Fish Dance by Susan will be one of our featured artworks.

Hope to see you there!

Find Us At Mosswood This March

After ALOT of rain this winter, we were able to hang a new show at Mosswood Market in downtown Boonville. Mosswood is a favorite of ours, and of many people. Great coffee to get you going anytime o…

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Find Us At Mosswood This March

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After ALOT of rain this winter, we were able to hang a new show at Mosswood Market in downtown Boonville. Mosswood is a favorite of ours, and of many people. Great coffee to get you going anytime of the day, yummy pastries, and nice lunches, perfect for locals and visitors alike. Their staff is warm and welcoming, just the right touch for this cheery, cozy, café. I, personally, love the Mediterranean panini for lunch, happily carrying my ‘doggie bag’ home for an extra treat the next day…

The show features several new assemblage pieces from both  Michael and I, and some new works on paper more in the mixed media realm. The piece above the red bench is one of my favorite pieces of Michael’s; done in oil with collage worked in, it reminds us of Dorothy’s tornado trip to Oz, and aptly titled ‘Click Your Heals.’

We invite you to stop by Mosswood and take a peek at the new works, and treat yourself to  a cup of coffee and a pastry, supporting a great little local business that has been so supportive to Michael and I and the other artists they so graciously offer wall space to!

 

 

Art and The Power of Healing

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Michael and I were cleaning up photo files on our devises today, (thank you Leslie Saeta’s blog at  http://www.saetastudios.com ) Amazing how good it feels to purge hundreds of redundant photos and free up space on the computers, not to mention pare it all down so we can actually find photos we want without wasting time searching and searching for them.

Anyway, I ran across a photo of a work I did last year when I had the flu.

I rarely get sick, but guess I was due. After a couple of days of misery, boredom set in and I crawled up to the studio, and became immersed in this piece. It wasn’t a particularly serious work, but it was great fun to work on. Just right for a recovery process.

I don’t remember feeling sick during the time I was working on it. I do remember having fun arranging the corny Buck Rogers-like images and the imagined sounds of the ray guns going off. I also remember being amazed how long I was concentrated on it (days) when I couldn’t keep my attention on TV or a movie.

I think this all speaks to the healing power of art. That meditative state we reach as artists where time stands still. I believe it was one of the reasons I got over that flu quickly when it seemed to hang on for weeks for others. Doing art is a healthy practice, I just wish our society could see that and encourage art for everyone along with physical activity. Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Happily, this piece found its way to a good friend’s house, he chose it from a wall full of pieces. I hope it brings health and happiness to their home.