Monday, January 12, 2009

Always Something New at the Flemish House

  • Fused glass dichroic pendants by artist Brenda Nicklas
  • Attribute necklaces by Distler
  • Maulsticks by artist Gingi Martin --- A maulstick, or mahlstick, is a stick with a soft leather or padded head, used by painters to support the hand that holds the brush. The word is an adaptation of the Dutch maalstok, i.e. the "painter's stick", from malen, "to paint". In 16th- through 19th-century paintings of artists, including self-portraits, the maulstick is often depicted as part of the painter's equipment. from Wikipedia.com

maul stick in use

Sunday, January 04, 2009

ACEO show scheduled in Spring into early Summer

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ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) is where my brain is these days formulating a way to promote this concept to all of Elk County and beyond perhaps. I approached our local Executive Director of the Elk County Council on the Arts, and dear friend Abbi Peters about including ECCOTA and then she also suggested Appalachian Arts and our good friend Liz Boni. We need to schedule a meeting of our creative minds this month at some point to start the process. I feel the 3 of us working together will further this endeavor greatly especially having shows in all 3 galleries for all levels of artists to display their work.

Here is a little about Art Cards from Wikipedia:

The only standard requirement for an ACEO is that its height and width measurements be 2.5" x 3.5" (64 x 89 mm), either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation. The sky is the limit for every other aspect of the art.
The size, 2.5" x 3.5", is exactly one-quarter of 5" x 7" (127 x 178 mm) - a common size for photography and illustration. This means artists focusing on 5" x 7" artwork can easily scale-down their works to exactly 1/4 size (using photo-manipulation software) to create ACEO. Else the basis of printed ACEOs can later be modified with other methods - such painting or inking-over the base image.
There is no standard thickness for ACEOs but people customarily make them thin enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.
Whilst some people are sticklers for archival qualities, art does not necessarily have to be "forever" so many people use whatever materials fit their artistic needs, irrespective of those materials' longevity.

****I did replace the ATC (Artist Trading Cards) with ACEOs for the same guidelines apply. The only difference between the two thoughts is that you can sell the ACEOs where as the ATCs are just for trading among artists.

The goal then will be to have local artists teaching techniques from all mediums/techniques including oils, watercolors, ink, assemblage, photography, pencils, calligraphy, glass, fiber, en caustic wax, fimo, paper sculpture, computer generated, etc. before and during this show to further knowledge of mediums among all types and levels of artists.
These original works of art will be collected and shown at The Flemish House Art Gallery, Elk County Council on the Arts and Appalachian Arts with a possible trading at the end among artists and also the opportunity of selling during the show to the public.

Great sites to further explain and for artist examples from all over the world:
http://www.squidoo.com/making_aceos depth explanation with mediums and other sites
http://reviews.ebay.com/So-what-is-ACEO-anyway_W0QQugidZ10000000002208702 ebay artists explain
http://aceo.org/ more, more, more
dmdgallery.blogspot.com/2006_02_01_archive.html great scratch board technique
http://www.myspace.com/aceo_uk they had a big showing in 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyyKxptprsY from the UK show
http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/ remember the ACEOs are able to be sold..but, this is a great site for info on art cards in general from the UK

~ I have already contacted a few of my friends and they are busy creating as I am writing this post.
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