Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It is good to look back sometimes.

As an artist I'm always looking ahead to new work, no shows, new potential...and rarely do I ever take a minute to look back... old art work is forgotten, old accomplishments just water under the bridge.  But this is a disservice I think.  Recently I had to submit a resume/exhibition history for a project which forced me to consolidate and review the work I've been doing over the past few years. And I have to say I surprised myself.  I am not a boaster and typically under estimate what I have done...so seeing everything in a list and knowing I did all of this while keeping up a daily job and home and social life, well I felt I should give myself a pat on the back. So here it is. In public.  I want to thank artists who have inspired me and shared things as simple as how to format such paperwork. Being an artist is a continual education. Here's to moving forward! And here's a look at that laundry list I was so surprised by...



STATEMENT
My artwork reflects the family traditions that I was raised with and the value that was instilled in me for creating items by hand.  The work ethic of farm life and the appreciation of a partnership with nature have greatly influenced my artistic process and imagery. I make art to express that which is felt but unseen and to engage myself and the viewer with things we may have forgotten:  the connection to our roots, to childhood, nature, mystery, and the unknown.  It is easy to forget that we are creative from birth and stifle the impulse to play.  I hope with my art to stir some of those hidden inclinations back to life both in myself and in the viewer. I make magical art by blending printmaking with curiosity.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 First Night in the Black Forest (Installation), Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL
2012 Think Big, Rob Davidson Fine Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2013 Lost in the Wilderness, The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Animal Magnetism, ARTicles Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Explore More Installation, Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL


DUO EXHIBITIONS

2015 SHADOWSPEAK (with Polly Johnson), The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008 The Print Show, The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
2011 Florida Women, Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand, FL
2012 Super Fresh Group Show, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2012 Mullet Creek Art Walls (public art installation), City of Safety Harbor, FL
2012 Atomic Art Show, Clothesline Gallery, Sarasota FL
2013 Game On, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2013 Mixed Bag, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2013 Eat This, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2013 Whimsy, Metropolis Collective, Mechanicsburg, PA
2014 The Art of Women, Oleson Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Burg is the Word, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 100 Films, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Cats and Dogs, Blue Lucy Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 Elements, Black Amethyst Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2015 World on a String, Florida Craftart, St. Petersburg, FL
2016 Mixed Tape, Black Amethyst Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2016 Spirit Animals, Black Amethyst Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL


COLLECTIONS

1990 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Coleman Award Printmaking Collection
2009 All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg FL


AWARDS

2011 People’s Choice Award, Historic Kenwood Art in the Park, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Best in Show, Art on the Trail, Travelers Rest, SC

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

yART Sale 2017

 Excited for my annual studio sale! I have so much art, I hope some of it finds new homes because this summer I have a  lot of ideas for new work that I will be creating and I need the room and supply money! Gotta sell art to make art sometimes!



Saturday, August 6, 2016

save the date! HAUNTIZAAR will be Oct. 15, 2016

Excited about the inaugural HAUNTIZAAR show. I have organized the HOLIZAAR holiday bazaar for 9 years and am adding a spooky version to the calendar this year. Not sure why I waited so long!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Spirit Animals

 I was invited to participate in the Spirit Animals group show recently, loved the theme couldn't resist! Bear Spirit was my inspiration, I tried to make it ghostly and strong and immovable yet gentle... covered in layers of pencil and chalk, with symbols to protect against anger/wrath, provide good luck...it was a heartfelt piece.  I'm grateful that someone else loved it enough to purchase it! The show was filled with wonderful works and colorful creatures. A nice day in the life of an artist.



Sunday, September 20, 2015

GLOW ART









I have been playing with block prints on wooden panels all summer and with Halloween approaching decided to work some glow in the dark screen printing ink into the mix-- it is super fun when i turn the lights off in my studio at night!
This final piece shown on the bottom is THE OWL KING'S X-RAY.  I love the implied narrative you get when you add a title sometimes....

Friday, August 28, 2015

A One Woman Art Factory






I've been working hard getting ready for the holiday events to start...especially excited for Halloween!  I've got a full schedule of markets and fairs lined up starting the first weekend in October and I'm determined to be ready! Plus in Florida no one wants to go outside in August anyway, so why not stay inside and make art?!

You can find a line up of all of my scheduled events and other places to find my work for sale posted on my website http://craftyhag.com/Events.html


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Psyche on Display + Bears


so... recently the state of florida decided it needed to allow bear hunting to stem the population growth... personally i think people are more of a problem with our continual sprawl and cementing of habitat... so i've been working on some pro-bear posters...  which brings me to my real thought of the day which is how at a recent art festival that i participated in, i noticed that some artists display their skill and some display their psyche...  obviously i'm one of those latter ones that put my beliefs and passions and uncertainties in my work for all to see, vs. art that is more decorative in nature.  Not everything i make is filled with meaning, sometimes it is just fun to make an octopus or a jack-o-lantern... but always my subject matter is near and dear to me...