Setting up for the weekend show

Comet, living in the moment
Show weeks are always hectic, it's good to take moments and just relax. 
Comet is a good role model.
I came across a simple little essay this morning,
words of wisdom from  Pema Chödrön.
Finch and Thistles, 16" diam, Cathy Kiffney

Set up for the Mother's Day Weekend Show is going wonderfully 
thanks to Luna's easy going manner.  
The rain has let up for now. Hope for good weather this weekend.
 This spring has been cool and lovely.
Comet and Thistles

Luna Lee Ray

Just two and a half weeks until our Mother's Day weekend show at Luna Lee Ray's studio and garden. Luna's art is primarily paintings and mixed media and I don't know any other way to say this --I love her work!
Luna is a favorite art instructor at the ArtsCenter and a founding member and curator at the FRANK Gallery in downtown Chapel Hill.

Luna Lee Ray

Luna Lee Ray

My work is inspired and informed by my observations and interactions with the natural world, as well as my inner emotions, dreams, and visions. I am an avid (obsessive!) gardener, and spend many hours in the dirt, with my sketchbook and camera nearby.

The forms and processes I find in nature are not just lovely and fascinating, but also perfect visual metaphors for all my spiritual yearnings.

Luna Lee Ray

Technically, I love layers and texture and unusual combinations of materials. I often start with a random ground that influences the final piece in unpredictable and exciting ways.

Luna Lee Ray

It is often unclear where one material ends and another begins, adding to the overall feeling of mystery in the finished image. My goal is to draw the viewer into a deep, rich world.

Portrait of Luna by Barbara Tyroler

 I hope you will plan to come to Carrboro Mother's Day Weekend, five artists will be exhibiting in a relaxed garden setting. 11-5 both Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th, 2013! Here is the link to the show page with more information.

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Spotlight- Mirinda Kossoff

We have two fabulous jewelry artists at the Mother's Day Weekend show,  Mirinda Kossoff and  Rebecca McLaughlin Neigher.  I look forward to seeing their work up close and in person. The temptation  to buy some of this wonderful work will be excruciating! Well, if I sell enough of my work I can justify it. So please, come to our show! Here is a peek at Mirinda Kossoff's work. In the next post I will introduce you to Rebecca.

Mirinda Kossoff

Though I often work from design drawings to create a finished piece, I sometimes start on a “jewelry journey” without a fixed destination. I enjoy playing with the pieces and finding out where the journey takes me.
Mirinda Kossoff
 I like to experiment with new techniques, such as using resin with fine silver, adding keum boo (applying a layer of 24k gold), and figuring out how to incorporate a vintage piece into something modern and edgy.
Mirinda Kossoff
 Because I like to roam the world of design and fabrication, I rarely make the same piece twice, though I will sometimes create variations of a piece. The one consistent thing about my jewelry is that I make pieces I would want to wear. (And yes, sometimes I have trouble parting with them.)

Mirinda Kossoff
I work both in sheet metal and PMC (precious metal clay). I am a certified instructor in PMC, which is powdered pure silver mixed with an organic binder. I can work the silver much the way a sculptor works clay, though with certain restrictions. Once I’ve designed and formed a piece, I fire it in a jewelry kiln. The binder burns away and what remains is a solid piece of fine silver. I texture and oxidize my pieces to give them depth and dimension.

To see more visit her web site, and come to our Mother's Day Weekend show and sale! See you then. :)

Mirinda Kossoff
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Spotlight - Jean LeCluyse

I am looking forward to spending more time gazing upon Jean LeCluyse's wonderful drawings and paintings at our upcoming Mother's Day Weekend show and sale. The detail in her graphite drawings are mesmerizing and exquisite! Jean is a member of Frank Gallery in downtown Chapel Hill.

Before the Storm Graphite and Colored Pencil with Resin Overlay, 6" Jean LeCluyse
My drawings are richly detailed windows into a ‘secret’ narratives. The most successful images are ones that lots of people can relate to and reminds them of some story in their own lives. 
My most detailed works are done in graphite. My background in scientific illustration really takes over when I am working on a graphite drawing.

Hierophany, Graphite, 30" x 29", Jean LeCluyse
My mixed media pieces are most often acrylic, colored pencil, collaged elements and graphite over randomly textured surfaces that seem to serendipitously play into and enhance the imagery. The fun is the sense of adventure and discovery inherent in the process.

Night Watch. Gouache with Resin Overlay, 4". Jean LeCluyse
The mixed media pieces require constant decision making and moment to moment engagement. The graphite drawings are a break from this. They are more meditative and relaxing to do.
My plan is for the detail to pull the viewers attention into the drawing and into the story.
—Jean LeCluyse
Rope Tricks, Mixed Media, 18 x 24". Jean LeCluyse
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We had a great weekend show!

To the garden art show

Part of Luna's garden, what a beautiful day!

Our Mother's Day weekend show was a great success. The weather was beautiful and Luna Lee Ray has a wonderful studio and garden, just perfect for an open studio show and she is a delight to work with.  LOVE her paintings!  You can see more of her work at Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill.

Luna Lee Ray, paintings
Luna Lee Ray
I got to know the other two artists during the weekend and we had a fun time! Micheal Lupa just moved to the area from New York with his super smart and beautiful girlfriend who is going to Duke Nursing School on  a full scholarship. He used to work at  Polich-Tallix Fine Art Casting Foundry in New York. They work with many of the leading sculptors in the world.  He has his studio at Liberty Arts in Durham

Michael Lupa

Michael Lupa ceramic sculpture
Michael Lupa
 Gretchen comes from a textile design background and her art is beautiful--mostly solar plate etching. Gretchen has her studio near Hillsborough, and is a member of Artspace in Raleigh.  Her and her husband are avid sailors and had just spent a week sailing in the Bahamas.  They also have a HUGE vegetable garden at their place outside of Hillsborough. Very talented woman!

Gretchen Morrissey
Gretchen Morrissey

Cathy Kiffney
Primrose in a ceramic slipper, Cathy Kiffney
my mom loved her Mother's Day vase
Blurry Vase, with Primrose

Woodthrush Platter, Cathy Kiffney
Gardens at Luna's

Kiffney's bird bath in the horsetail

Lupa sculptures

The weather was beautiful, thanks to the 200 + who came out! See you there next year.