Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What can you get for 5 bucks?!

A chance to win this!

"Chakra Grid", encaustic, lead framed, 36"x36"

Some of you may know that I practice Ashtanga yoga.  And I'm quite fond of the studio I go to so, I created this piece to be raffled off on November 3rd.  100% of the ticket sales will go to the Green Lotus Teacher Training Scholarship Fund.  One ticket for 5 bucks, 5 tickets for 20 bucks.  What can you get for 5 bucks?  An order of mozzarella sticks at the local diner?!
Seriously...  The Chakra are believed to be centers of the body from which a person can collect energy.  Ashtanga yoga is a particular style of yoga where breath synchronized movement is key to the practice.  In keeping with this idea, I painted each circle with one exhale as I turned each square in my hand, then put the 49 squares with circles together in the way you see them.  49 chakra circles, 49 breaths with no room for re-doing.  

September Update

Well, summer officially over and I am 3/4 of the way through my grant year.  Perhaps it time too assess how things are going...

One of my grant proposals was to 'reduce' my teaching.  I have done that BUT there was one workshop I just could not bring myself to eliminate... my Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat.  Having organized this before receiving the grant, and having wanted to do this for years, it wasn't even a consideration not to go ahead.  The idea of coming to Maine to make art, learn, work, relax and be with like-minded creative types generated so much interest that my August retreat filled right away.

 Here's a pic of the August 2012 Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat participants

Since the August retreat filled so quickly I decided to offer a second week in September.  What I learned from this is just how much I actually like to teach.  Being given the option not to and having chosen to teach anyway made me realize how important teaching is in connecting me with others who enjoy learning, making art and cultivating a creative community.     

Here's a pic of my September 2012 Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat participants

What else is up?!  Currently, I have work in 4 exhibits...

"Heated Exchange" at the Upstairs Artspace Gallery in Tryon, NC through November 17th.  

"Heated Exchange" was curated by Reni Gower.  Artists include:  Kim Bernard, Kristy Deetz, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Glessner, Cheryl Goldsleger, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Jeff Hirst, Tim McDowell, Laura Moriarty and Jane Allen Nodine.

Wave Phenomena, encaustic, fiber, steel, diam range from 18"-54" 

Click here for an online catalogue 

This piece is in an exhibit at Plymouth State University on view until Sept 29th...  

Three Loops, encaustic, 24x24

I also have a piece in an exhibit in the "Converge" show Maine College of Art...  

Set in Motion, encaustic, 36"x48"

And a solo exhibit at the Tenacre School in Wellesley, MA through October 22nd, where I was invited to be a visiting artist.  

Spirometry, encaustic, 36"x36"

Click here to see how these spirographic paintings were created with a pendulum.  

What's next?!  

My exhibit "In Motion" is coming up at Discover Portsmouth in Portsmouth, NH and will run November 9th through December 21st, with an opening reception on the 9th from 6-8pm.  This show will run concurrently with an exhibit I'm curating "The Power of Ten" which will be on the second level at Discover Portsmouth.  Stay tuned!  


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Interview with Tim Gaudreau

Tim Gaudreau was the 2005 recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant.  

 Tim working on the Waterville Seeds Project

How would you describe your work?

My work is interdisciplinary, often community-based and collaborative using a variety of media from photography to installation with the express intent of engaging the public in social and environmental issues.

What was your grant proposal?

My grant proposal included several main features from the basic budget for equipment upgrades to funds to support new projects and travel related for research and peer networking.

Did you stick with your grant proposal or did you make adjustments to your plan?

While I didn’t stick with my proposal word for word, I did generally follow the plan that I mapped out.  There certainly was room to adjust as my work and process evolved, but I did accomplish what I set out to do.

What kind of impact did receiving the AAG have on you and your work?

The grant had enormous impact on me – it boosted my confidence in a way that translated into increased encouragement to pursue the work that I was striving for.  The value of the time to engage in one’s work cannot be overestimated!  The grant enabled the time, attention and funds to allow my work to develop, if not flourish.  For example, one of the projects that the grant helped to fund became a significant work for me.  With the momentum of that work, as I followed my travel, research, networking agenda, I met the right people at the right time that directly led to several significant shows in California.

 Debut of the Zero Waste Recycle Station bins

How has your work developed in the years since receiving the AAG?

I’d say that as a result of the grant and the direction of my proposal, my work has developed to be even more interactive and community-based.

Do you continue to apply for other grants and have you received any? 

Yes, I have been quite fortunate to have received several grants since the AAG, including from the NH State Council on the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. 

  18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption

 What are you working on now?  

Currently, I’m experimenting with recycling discarded beer and wine bottles as a material for some installation ideas. This work is a little break from my more major, long-term project, My Carbon Footprint: 365 days of tracking my CO2 emissions, which is quite research and data driven.

Images of 18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption

Do you have any exhibits/projects coming up?

I have work currently in a traveling exhibition in China through the rest of the year. Turn Here at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia, PA just came down.  And, my carbon footprint project, 18.9 Tons: A Year of Considered Consumption, debuted in Boson a few months ago. I not sure what’s next!

To learn more about Tim's work go here www.wake-up.ws and here www.timgaudreau.com