Last September I attended the first Women in Turning (WIT) eXchange at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. It was a life-changing experience. I describe it in an article published in the February issue of American Woodturner and again in an article forthcoming in the August issue, this time through the lens of creativity. Please check out the articles (I’ll link the second as soon as it’s published); I guarantee they’re worth the time.
The topic of creativity and how to ignite it has become an obsession for me. After diving deep over the last several months, I have developed a day-long workshop designed to awaken, foster, and grow participants’ creativity. I am really excited about it. My first presentation of it will be for the Prescott Area Woodturners in June.
I will post separately photos of the three collaborations I was part of at the eXchange, along with stories of their making.
The Tucson Museum of Art is holding its Spring Artisans’ Market this weekend, March 17–19, featuring more than 100 of the Southwest’s best artists and artisans. Come find that something special while you and your family enjoy great food, craft brews, blacksmithing demonstrations, free admission to the museum, and more! I will be in Booth 16 (the booths have been renumbered), which is right next to my usual spot, in front of the blue wall on the east side of the museum, catercorner from Old Town Artisans. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is in downtown Tucson at 140 N. Main Ave.
The Tucson Museum of Art is holding its Spring Artisans’ Market this weekend, March 18–20. More than 100 of the Southwest’s best artisans will have set up shop in the museum’s courtyards. Come find that something special while you and your family enjoy great food, craft brews, live music, children’s activities, free admission to the museum, and more! I will be in my usual spot, Booth 104, in front of the blue wall on the east side of the museum, catercorner from Old Town Artisans. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The museum is in downtown Tucson at 140 N. Main Ave.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will host Southwest Flair A-Fair, its 23rd annual arts and crafts show, this coming weekend, October 30th to November 1st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. More than 150 of the region’s finest artisans (including me, natch) will showcase their arts and crafts at Plaza Palomino (at the southeast corner of Swan and Ft. Lowell Roads). Come enjoy a weekend of beautiful fall Tucson weather and art! A portion of the proceeds from every piece sold will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. I will be in Booth 86, in the east parking lot.
br>The last weekend of this month, October 24, 25, and 26 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will host its Southwest Flair A-Fair at Plaza Palomino. This fine-art-and-craft fair, which benefits BBBS, will feature the work of more than 150 artisans—including me. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with free parking nearby and free shuttle service to and from the fair—just look for the signs. Plaza Palomino is located in Tucson at the southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell Roads. I will be in Booth 86, in the east parking lot, near La Placita Cafe.
Add some creativity to your holidays while you help improve some children’s lives!
Because of my injury, I had to cancel the shows I was planning to participate in this fall, but one event had already published my participation, and since it involves minimal setup and I will have help from a dear friend (thank you, Pat!), I have decided to go ahead with it. I will welcome visitors to my studio as part of the Tucson Open Studio Tour this coming weekend, November 10 and 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. I encourage you to come earlier in the day if you can, since I cannot guarantee how long my energy will hold up. (Please be patient with me if I need rest breaks throughout the weekend.) At present, this will be the only event this fall at which I will be selling my work, so please do come by for some of your holiday shopping. Pity purchases are welcome—I’m not proud and I do have a stack of unplanned-for bills to pay. If you cannot come but are interested in buying, please email me or call me at 520-760-8938 to arrange to see what work I have available.
For my address and a complete list of the artists and locations participating in the Tucson Open Studio Tour, see the Tucson Pima Arts Council web site.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope to see you this weekend.
Please join us at Flux Gallery this Friday, April 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. to celebrate spring and to enjoy the art of Tucson artists Lee Roy Beach, Steven Derks, Peter Eisner, Sheryl Holland, Dragana Skrepnik, and Lynne Yamaguchi. This will be our last event in our current space, as we will be moving to a different suite in Plaza Palomino, Suite 100, immediately after. So come join with us in toasting the glorious setting that has been our home for the last two and a half years. Flux Gallery is located at Plaza Palomino, at the southeast corner of Swan and Old Fort Lowell Roads, in Suite 136, across from Dark Star Leather and next to Abstrax Salon. For more information about Flux, please visit http://fluxartists.com.
The official press release (hence the use of the third-person):
“Beyond Containment,” an art exhibit of paintings and sculptural turned wood vessels, will open February 2, 2012, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC) Fine Art Gallery in Tucson. The exhibit will be up through March 13, 2012.
Woodturner Lynne Yamaguchi of Tucson will be showing her sculptural vessels at the JCC exhibit. Yamaguchi says that the “Beyond Containment” theme applies on several levels. “Though the vessels that I make are literally containers, I approach them as sculptural objects, beyond their traditional function. I also treat them as metaphors, primarily for aspects of the human condition. And much of my new work directly explores the idea of refusing to be contained; for example, a new series, titled ‘Becoming,’ includes works that play with shedding or breaking out of or emerging from an old form to embody a new one.”
Yamaguchi exhibits locally and nationally. She most recently exhibited her elegant wooden vessels at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. You can see more of her work at www.lynneyamaguchi.com.
C. J. Shane is best known for her oil paintings and monotypes. Her color- and texture-intense abstracted landscapes are deeply informed by the Sonoran desert landscape. To Shane, “Beyond Containment” refers to her experience of the natural world. “My hope is that the viewer of my art will be reminded of the serenity and depth to be found in the natural world.” Shane exhibits locally and nationally. Her work can be seen at www.cjshane.com.
“Beyond Containment” will be up through March 13, 2012. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on Saturdays. The Tucson Jewish Community Center is located at 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ.
"Beyond Containment" at the JCC Fine Art Gallery: "Starry Night on the Prairie" by C J Shane and "Pirouette" by Lynne Yamaguchi
This month, I have 12 pieces in the 1st annual “Home for the Holidays” invitational show at the Shemer Art Center and Museum, located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. The show features work from selected Arizona artists and runs from December 2 to 31, with an opening party Thursday, December 1, at which I will be one of the artists in attendance.
Here’s what the Shemer says:
If you are looking for unique, one of a kind, hand-crafted gifts to send to your family and special friends this holiday season look no more! The Shemer Art Center presents its 1st Annual Invitational Home For The Holidays Show & Sale, December 2–31, 2011.
The exhibit features high-quality work from 35 talented Arizona artists working in metal, clay, glass, beadwork, wood, paper, textiles, print and other diverse disciplines that will be for sale during the month of December.
AND … if you would like to be one of the first 100 VIPs (Very Interested Patrons) to get a sneak preview (1st chance to buy), a Holiday Party is scheduled for Thursday evening, December 1, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists will be in attendance!
Celebrate with holiday music, wine, appetizers, desserts, and good friends! Enjoy the camaraderie of friends new and old. Area resorts have also donated silent auction items including their signature gift items, a one-night stay, and spa privileges. Cost is $50/person ($35 membership included with the purchase of two tickets). Please help us celebrate our first successful year of managing the operations of the Center without City support. We’re on our own! Your continued support is vital to helping us sustain and grow this beautiful and vital community asset.
Starting December 2, items will be available on-line for purchase at
The Shemer will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday afternoons from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by if you can!