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Sisters, Twins, Artists Lisa & Lori

Sisters, Twins, Artists Lisa & Lori

Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer bring their opposites into collaborative artistic expression.  I was introduced to them at their studio in Bend, Oregon in the historic Old Mill District.  Their current work features fiber art, although their history and skill sets come from diverse beginnings.

Both studied for degrees in art from University of Oregon.  Lisa delved into print making, black and white work, and prefers realistic expression; Lori painted and is a colorist.  They entered their art careers separately but in the recent years began to collaborate using fabric.

They have developed a unique synergy in producing art together – they take turns.  Without a determined subject they literally start with a blank piece of fabric.  One after another they layer ideas and textures until the image begins to formulate.  A finished hanging may contain up to a thousand independent stitched pieces.  Lori said they toggled between landscapes and architecture as a rule and their work has won awards and accolades from collectors.

While it is common for artists to make changes and move into new territory, these twins entered into painting through a phenomenal experiment.  After deciding to explore painting together, they set up canvases and waited.  For weeks they stared at the two blank canvases.  Finally, as their habit is, one said, “Today we will paint.”  There was an hour allotted and they set up easels so they could not see what the other was doing.  After the time was up they compared the work, and the result raises chills, as is evident in the picture of the two paintings.  They both chose practically the same image!

Their individual styles are quite different, even as much about their lives is similar.  It makes for good art.  The arrangement has worked for them over past years – 14 in fiber and 1 in paint. They will continue to grow and explore as the next chapter is written.  They were exhibited all over the world through the US Department of State and are firmly established in the art of Oregon.

Learn more at:  http://www.lubbesmeyer.com

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

252_Crystal Winter Scene-4aToday I sit tonight in a relatively warm, safe place and am most thankful for that. I realize that much of this world does not enjoy the same privilege at the moment. We gather with friends and family to celebrate a holy season of remembrance; it honors the birth of Jesus Christ. At the time of his birth the message of the angels was ‘peace on earth, good will toward man’.

This is still good tidings of great joy and my wish for all.

Earlier, I faced this holiday without an idea of a card design. I enjoy making cards for family and friends so I pondered my options. Fortunately in the past year I had gone to my friend’s studio session called ‘Play to Create’ or PTC Day. Kelly Peterson owns a company that does amazing textural and color treatments for interior decorating called Layers of Color. She also distributes Modern Masters acrylics to artists. It is a unique niche that has immense potential for the artist. I have used her paints and special effects and can say I rate them with the best I have used.

This is stream of thought writing and brings me to my solution for a Christmas Card. I had participated in a PTC Day at her studio where she opens her treasure trove and lets artists play. She introduced many textures and novel ideas. Although it was mid-summer, I produced this design used on my personal card this year. It is made with textures, crystals, acrylics I’d have never encountered otherwise.

I send this image to you with the intent of spreading peace; may 2013 become the very best year for you!

Warmest Regards, KC

SANTA FE ART DIALOGUE by KC Moore 8-17-12

There is a common discussion in the artist community about galleries and selling art.  While many artists try to be represented, others are reaching out on their own.  I spoke with an artist in Santa Fe who experienced the frustration I’ve heard from many others.  Here, as everywhere, the market has tanked, leaving emerging artists in the void.  I remember the closing of many significant art galleries in Sacramento after the 2008 stock market debacle.

Micaela Gardner says as a matter of fact, galleries are closing or not taking on new artists.  Tall and slender, her dark, straight hair frames her expressive face.  Intelligent and quick is she, so our discussion was fun.

Micaela is our bartender and we discuss many subjects.  Her background is dance and bar management.  I comment that it is not a combination I’ve encountered but I’ve realized that artists have to have survival skills.  That means having a job that covers expenses because ‘you just can’t count on the art selling’.

We discuss the local area and ask for her recommendations for lodging and restaurants because we intend to return next year.

I ask to see some of her work but she only has a poor quality picture on her phone. (Artists, take note and be prepared!)   She says her new style is softer, not as bold as it once was. She says her work is in large format panels.  Her website posts 2007. 2008 and 2012.  Between that time her work sold faster than she could document it.

Our discussion pivots and pirouettes, but returns to the art world.  Micaela (pronounced MakIla) talks about how her work was gaining traction in San Francisco and was ready for the next step up in the art world only to be left in the void.

During our conversation, she mentions Billy Soza War Soldier, a prominent and controversial, local Indian painter (read future blog entitled ‘Coincidence and Controversy’).   Before we wander on she tells us to check out the 5th floor of La Fonda for the best view (unknown to tourists) of the city plus a few other gems.

Micaela’s website can be viewed here: micaelagardner.com

Sacramento Women Take Back the Night

Sacramento Women Take Back the Night is proud to once again be a participant in the 2012 worldwide V-Day Campaign.

Coordinator Nicola Hil states “We have been granted the rights to host a V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ which will increase awareness and raise money to end violence against women and girls. This year, event proceeds will go to support the 2012 V-Day Spotlight Campaign on Haiti and local organizations Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), My Sister’s House, and WEAVE.”

There will be two performances:

Monday April 9th at The Guild Theater located at 2828 25th Street, Sacramento.  It will be followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast, V-Day Sacramento organizing committee, and representatives from our beneficiaries.

Saturday, April 14 at The Crest Theatre located at 1013 K Street, Sacramento
Time: 6:00 PM Silent Auction / 7:00 PM Performance

I have donated a framed print to this Silent Auction entitled ‘Beyond Reason

BEYOND REASON by KC Moore

Donated Framed Print

Representatives from our beneficiaries will be present at both performances.

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://vdaysac2012.eventbrite.com/
Tickets are $20 General Admission, $18 Military, Students, and Seniors.

For more information contact: Nicola Hil, Board President of Sacramento Women Take Back The Night – sponsor of the event. – coordinator@vdaysacramento.org

The event website is:  www.vdaysacramento.org and our facebook event page is: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/260429167376155/.

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BEYOND REASON by KC Moore

BEYOND REASON by KC Moore

Framed print of original art by KC Moore is donated for this fund-raising event

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An Evening with Cary Farley

Cary Farley will perform at The Guild Theater in Sacramento on March 17th at 8:00pm.  He is sponsoring a second fund raising event for Mustard Seed School, a local school for homeless children.  Mustard Seed School is associated with Loaves and Fishes, an organization helping the the local homeless population.

Cary is a wonderful musician and song writer from Sacramento.  He has been a friend to the arts and has had success in his career.

To learn more about Cary and purchase tickets click on Cary’s website at: www.caryfarley.com

Hope to see you there!

Surrender, a new Bronze by Bobbi Baldwin © by KC Moore

From the womb of the artist’s hands comes the birth of Surrender.  Bobbi Baldwin comments on the release of her new bronze statue.  “I am elated at the outcome born from incredible personal experience.”

SURRENDER shown on slice of petrified wood

The process of taking an emotional journey from concept to a final bronze sculpture was not an easy one. Bobbi has had many experiences with sculpting, but creating something out of pure emotion was harder.  She says it took several approaches.  It began with the ‘hands in the air’ pose but decided that it had been overdone and was cliché.

David Simon at LAAFA (Los Angeles Academy of Fine Art) gave Bobbi clarification about her vision; she states “he helped me to understand that it was the moment before praising God (hands in the air) that we reach a point of understanding. “It is this moment of surrender that I wanted to capture.”

She started with a nude model but decided to clothe her and used the material as part of the metaphor.  The flow of the fabric expresses the sensitivity of life.  Its ripples and wrinkles are thin yet remain weighty – it covers her yet exposes her to the world.

Emotion is evident and supple in the curvature of the body, angle and arch in the foot, fingers, toes, and facial expression.  Every detail adds to the experience including the way her foot and fingers spread out beyond the boundaries of the square representing that life has no boundaries.   The light patina creates a softness to complete the journey, a serene moment of change when despair turns to belief.

Surrender is now available in a series of 49; it measures approximately 6” in all directions and weighs a surprising 2.75 pounds.  From concept to completion, the process took 3 ½ years.

Contact Bobbi Baldwin Art to own this endearing human experience.  Email:  Bobbi@BaldwinFineArt.com

What is the Youth Invitational? © by KC Moore

Answer: The opportunity for school-age artists to participate in a real gallery opening.

This is now the 7th Youth Invitational.  It started modestly and has gained momentum over the years.  Art teachers, professional artists or gallery owners invite young artists they wish to encourage.    Some have already won awards and have clear aspirations of becoming career artists.  For those participants, this provides a nice line-item for their resume.  For others, the infatuation in art changes but they take the celebration and experience into other avenues.

Mika at the 1st Youth Invitational

Mika at the 1st Youth Invitational

Jeremy participated as a high school student and says “I sold my first piece of art after being in the show.”  Another young woman Alyse decided to make art her career after her experience.  She is now in the final year of art education curriculum.

Part of the inherent value is public appreciation and part is the affirmation of the importance of art.  We limit the applicants to 20, to provide individual attention and the ability for each one to discuss their work if they choose.   I have been impressed at how articulate a 9-year old can be in discussing their art.  If given the voice, children have much to say to our world.  We encourage them to find the positive influence they can make through art, and help them gain the courage to produce it.

The generation of now is the generation of our future. I like to invest wisely and cannot think of a better bet than children.

This year’s show will be on display at Kennedy Gallery at 1114 20th St, Sacramento, CA from February 11th – March 3rd.

The 32 Foot Floating Art Studio © by KC Moore

I admit it, I’ve had studio envy.  That is until I found an artist that had less and did more than myself.  This artist was nationally known and the pieces he painted on this sailboat were in a sold out show.

RA Smith on the Deck of the Agape

RA Smith on the Deck of the Agape

Robert Alan Smith left Ventura College where he was an art instructor for 14 years and returned to animation.  He was in his 50’s at this time and living on his boat named Agape.  His day job was working for the studios like Disney, Hannah-Barbera, Marvel, etc., it was the 1980’s.

In his free time he continued with his love of fine art painting.  I’ve tried to imagine how an artist can paint in such small quarters – without stationary footing!  He lived and painted on his 32 ft Kettenberg, a sailboat in the Ventura West Marina.  I understand this boat was actually the second one sold in that series of boats.

RA Smith on the Agape

RA Smith on the Agape

Within this limited footprint, he lived, dined, slept and painted.  Often the easel sat on the table and he stood while applying thin layers or glazes of paint.  There were times when he could paint in the cockpit but even that was limited to a few feet of space.  I try to imagine what kind of light he painted by, considering he probably painted into the night.

When your passion is painting, an artist will use whatever they can to continue to produce.  The series he developed consisted of about 20 pieces of oil on cardboard.  The theme was entitled ‘Alpha and Omega’ and it became a very successful show proving that it is not the fancy studio, it is the inspiration in the heart of the artist that makes great art

CHRYSALIS © by KC Moore

Why CHRYSALIS?

Actually, the original title of my last show was going to be ‘Cocoon’.  The word resonated with me because when you close a door and do not have another open it’s like going into a place of rest.  It seemed to express my sentiment because I am retiring from the gallery scene in Sacramento

Two years ago I was in the 404 Gallery which closed it’s doors, followed by Midtown Framing & Gallery which I had been in for over a decade.  At that juncture I thought I would retire but within a week I was invited into the Kennedy Gallery Art Center.

For the past 12 years I’ve been in an opening night event (sometimes two or three) every month and it became the rhythm of my life.  So without the preparing and moving of art, cataloging etc, there feels like there may be a void.  I am not negative in this thinking, in fact I’m looking forward to retirement.

Recently I read that we should retire ‘to’ something, not from something – but I don’t know what shape or direction it might take.  I started and still coordinate the Annual Youth Invitational, however this year I have a team to help.  This is in the 7th year and it has been a gratifying experience to help young artists find themselves in a real gallery opening.  It has made good changes in many lives.

I’ve had the privilege to coordinate gallery shows, introduce the Guest Artist Program at Midtown Gallery and promote various artists.  I’m sure I will continue promoting, blogging and tweeting about art.  Again, I do not know the direction, but I need the time, space and rest.  I will continue to post new work on my website although at a more leisurely pace.

By the way, I was telling my daughter-in-law about my final show as we strolled and the theme title ‘Cocoon’.  It was then that my 7 year old grandson Henry chimed in, with a very authoritative tone he stated “its Chrysalis Grandma”.  And so it is!

Please join me either Preview Thursday on March 8th from 6-7 pm or 2nd Saturday March 10th from 6-8 pm at the Kennedy Gallery Art Center located at 1114 20th Street in downtown Sacramento, CA.

KC Moore

KC Moore