Art And That What We’d Rather Not Do

Return To Balance

I can’t think of one artist who would rather be attending to business than making art. Michael and I usually try to keep a couple of shows going throughout the year, but got slack in 2018. Thank the gods for Lauren’s Cafe in Boonville. Our friends Natalie and Lauren keep us in mind and slip us in here and there. We will be showing there for a quick month March 18-April 14.

Michael has been working on assemblages, and Susan is planning on debuting all works on paper. Above is one of those works, ‘Return to Balance.’

Feeling guilty about not getting a show calendar going, I did spend time updating our little website, linking to sales pages (feeling a bit sullied after that) and working on our monthly newsletter. Got to admit the newsletter is fun, probably because it is so visual. I even got links to the website, and Etsy (the sales pages) of to the right of this blog. Mailchimp sign up will actually take left-brain time, and my studio is calling…

Any artists who have conquered the business side of the studio, please let me know your secrets…

Show at Lauren’s March 18-April14—–Great Food—–Good Friends——Great Art

 

 

 

An Avalanche Of Stuff

headAs I write this I can hear Michael in the background entering all of the ‘junk’ purchases we made last year into QuickBooks. Each entry is accompanied by a “que-beep” as it makes its way to the list of items that were purchased and added into our tax information for Mr. Dean, our tax man,  to work his tax magic.

All that stuff….which brings me to today’s comment. We are asked at every exhibition, “Where do you get all that stuff?” So I have broken it down into the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s the orthodox list:

Friends and family- My darling cousin sent us a bag of drawer pulls via her husband, (my real cousin) today, via his 4 hour drive over! Now, let me see….next time can I send back some homemade jam? oops let the cat out, Debbie…

Ebay and Etsy-This is Michael’s world. He is a closet shop-o-holic. He finds so many cool little items there. He prides himself on never paying more than $7. (I know this is not always true…) But I overhear him talking a seller into free shipping all the time! oops, family secrets are out, Michael….

Yard sales-These are a desert of plastic junk these days, but sometimes….a real sweet antique shows up….like the vintage chess men Michael bought that were handed over in the (huge) copper pot that they didn’t charge for… We sold the copper pot on Ebay for enough to buy much more junk!

2nd hand stores- Like yard sales, you have to be willing to sift through some funky plastic junk, but the books can be a find…and my pal who works at one got me the metal folk-art kitty in the piece I just finished below.

Antique stores- This is the fun finds when we are on vacation. Last year my sister gave me a carry-on suitcase from her closet so we could lug all the good stuff we found while on our visit (with the cousins.)

And now the unorthodox list, or the list of shame…

The dump-We are rural, real rural. Garbage doesn’t magically disappear from our driveway. We will be spotted checking out the “metal” pile every 6 weeks or so…please, just don’t call out, “Hey! What’s up you guys?” when we are trying to go incognito….

Michael’s garage finds-Michael paints houses for the basic money we survive on. His clients are constantly telling him to ‘take what he wants,’ they just want to be rid of the stuff in the garage. Our cool headboard at the top is from someone’s garage. It was an old stair railing…

Our driveway-okay, not so inspiring , huh? But a lot of rusty nuts, bolts, and washers can be found on our ranch. These little embellishments can come in handy…

Here’s the folk art cat piece called Mrs. Sayers Magic Cats (there’s a story behind that) and our really cool headboard is at the top of this post.

Mrs. Sayers

 

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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New Exhibition of Assemblages

Michael and Susan are going to be exhibiting an extensive collection of their assemblages, both new and older works through the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California. Opening reception will be at the museum January 30th, 4:30-7:00pm. The show will run through April 17th. If in the neighborhood, and interested in checking out some intriguing works by several assemblage artists, do stop by! We will be announcing dates for our artist’s talks concerning our works, and historical interests of assemblage in general.

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Mosswood Market Hosts Michael in February

lipMosswood Café & Bakery is currently showing Beat Gallery Artist Michael Wilson.
Displayed in the exhibition are recent Art Assemblage and Collage masterworks.
Assemblage art is a form of structural sculpture that incorporates found and junk objects requiring the aesthetic disciplines of three dimensional abstract arts culminating in a harmony of design and purpose. It is often accompanied by the visual context of archetypal forms and cultural iconography. Assemblage Art continues to captivate viewers and allure designers nationwide, the discussion of art and meaning is alive under this amazing collection of parts and objects.

This lively compilation of recent works by these artists presents a rare chance to view a rich display of current art assemblage and how this unique form fits into our contemporary art scene. It is the renaissance of art in America today. Opening in early February and running through end of March 2014, Mosswood is located in downtown Boonville, California, 14111 Highway 128 in Mendocino County. Excellent food and beverages available.
11-3:00 pm all days of the week.  Hope you may make it in, it’s worth the trip !