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A few installation shots at the opening reception of “Heat” at Practical Art in Phoenix. There was a surprisingly good crowd and I had an unexpectedly good evening meeting a couple new artists and enjoying the place. If you’ve never been into Practical Art, its an adorable boutique of all hand-made, local artisan goods ranging from soap and postcards to jewelry and dinner-ware, including bowls, cups, salt shakers and flasks! There’s so many cool things to discover and I highly suggest you stop by. My piece and this show will be up through the end of July!
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Another piece of mine has been accepted into the 3rd annual “Heat” juried exhibition at Practical Art in Phoenix! The opening reception will be Friday, July 11th from 7-9pm.
Funny story is that I submitted to this show right after not hearing about another show, and thought if I changed my last name that would somehow magically make my art “better” and it would be accepted. Next thing I know, I’m randomly checking my junk mail folder a few days later and find out I actually did get into the first show in addition to “Heat”! Moral of the story, changing your name does nothing. But still, I think I like Tiera Sue better anyways :)
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monOrchid Art Gallery
In May I was accepted into a summer-long art exhibition and competition and monOrchid Art Gallery in downtown Phoenix. The exhibition, “Thermal Phx” is meant to give emerging artists a chance to showcase their work over the long summer months when not much else is happening in the valley. For June, we were to represent traditions in of art history in the form of Landscape, Still Life, and Portrait. Unfortunately, I was voted off after the first round along with two other artists. In July, the remaining 6 artists “Pushed the Envelope” to create new pieces and go head-to-head in another public vote! The 3 remaining artists will move on to August for the final round - where the winner receives a solo show in 2015.
Additional articles :
Local Revibe Round 1 - http://localrevibe.com/first-round-thermal-phx-monorchid/
Local Revibe Round 2 - http://localrevibe.com/thermal-phx-returns-monorchid/
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Its been about 2 1/2 months since I left all of my commercial work in photography. I probably haven’t picked up a half-way decent camera since then…and I say that because I take photos with my phone - but that camera sucks major balls.
This past week I got my grandfathers Canon AE-1 working, loaded it with film and shot a few things. The organic feel of calculating the image in my head and hearing the shutter click was beautiful. It felt close. What I shot didn’t matter, but the act of shooting was important. It was a test roll anyways…
Previously, I had developed expired film with instant coffee, vitamin C and soda wash and it half-way worked, so I wanted to see what the results would be on current film. Aside from a few light leaks - I was very pleased with the results! The images above are samples of a rough scan.
I think I’ll continue working on this - I just need a few things : my film changing bag out of storage, and a film holder for my scanner.
Photographed a father-daughter mother-son Valentines Dance tonight at Las Sendas in Mesa. I actually put in my two weeks for the paper back in December but work for them freelance from time-to-time. I’m almost done making a transition on my jobs. Starting next week, I’ll only be working at the Shemer Art Center!
That will hopefully give me more time to develop my business and make art! Patience, and love is all you need :)
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Happy New Year to my long deserted blog! This year I’m going to work more on photography for the sake of my own art instead of commercial practices. First steps are to stop working for a studio and start working for an art center…oh wait. I did! The Shemer Art Center and Museum in Arcadia has taken me on part time to work for them and I’m so thrilled! My first day at work for 2014 I spent accepting artwork for our newest show, the New Horizons High School Art Exhibit. 2 students from (almost) every high school in the valley are submitting work for an awesome show. Anyways, more on that later!
Second step is to make more art. So i’m working on that one. I’m also working on our composting business, and designed the website so that has taken a LOT of time. Now that I’m done though there will be more time for me, and art, and me. Here’s to the new year and hoping to do more of what I love and less of what I don’t!!
Landscapes have and always will be a staple of photography.
Texas-based artist Irby Pace asked himself, how can I use the landscape model but also add a unique twist? The answer: Puffs of colored smoke.
I just received the last image with pink in a print…yeah, PRINT! I’m speechless and so humbled to be apart of the first annual Photo Eye Print Exchange! Roughly 23 artists submitted work to have traded with each other and I cant believe its comprised of so many talented people. I cant wait to frame and hang them :)
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My boyfriend and I, along with others, have been working over the past several months to start an urban farm in downtown Phoenix! We planted our first trees at the end of June and you can see JD setting a pomegranate into place in the first image. The second is him preparing our 3rd garden bed in the beginning of October. We want to grow local, chemical and pesticide-free produce for people in the area!
Phoenix, Arizona has been labeled a food desert by the FDA. That means at least 33% of the population lives more than 1 mile away from a grocery store with fresh produce. There are a lot of other farms and local produce spots popping up, and we are so excited! However, we want to bring the same fresh and local food to those who cant necessarily afford it or travel several blocks to get it.
Our goal is to have several urban farms throughout the phoenix area, so that several communities have local access to food, less than a mile from their home. If you’d like to learn more, or follow us on our journey feel free to “like” our Facebook page : Recycled City. It will open in a new window.
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