Archive for September, 2009

27
Sep
09

Villamagna Studio Clean-up Sale

Leftover from my tattoo show at Gallery on 43rd. Street in 2006.

Leftover from my tattoo show at Gallery on 43rd. Street in 2006, and is just one of my SALE pieces.

My studio tends to get cluttered and I take a lot of ribbing about it from friends and family. I admit my workspace does get clogged with stuff, but as assemblage artists will tell you, it is the nature of the beast. Years ago, when I was concentrating on watercolor and color pencil, life was simpler and my workspace much less hectic. Recently I made one of my semi-annual attempts to clean the studio and hopefully make more work space available. While my tin cans, old metal, and miscellaneous collage and assemblage stuff takes up a lot of my studio space, I discovered something else. I have way too much “old” art work that is also taking up valuable work space. These are pieces that are left over from various exhibitions, parts of past themes of work, or works that just do not fit in with what I am currently exhibiting. So, I have decided to have a “sale”within a sale!

I will be exhibiting my work at Oglebayfest Artists Market in Wheeling, WV on October 2, 3, and 4, 2009. About one half of my booth will be devoted to my Studio Clean-up Sale: older work that has been taking up space in the studio and will be sold CHEAP! These include assemblages, collages, mixed-media paintings, and some older tin work. And as those pesky used car dealers keep telling us, “When they’re gone, they’re gone!” (The other half of my booth will be current work that WILL NOT be discounted.) I have never done this before, so in a future blog I will let you know how this works out!

22
Sep
09

Redneck Yard Sale

 

Only in West Virginia!

Only in West Virginia!

 

    Last Saturday Chris and I were walking to Wheeling’s Centre Market to grab some late afternoon lunch and we stumbled upon the sign shown above. Now I am not exactly sure what a “redneck yard sale” is, but I sure was curious. However, we looked down the alley in the direction the arrow was pointing, but no yard sale was in sight. Perhaps the sale was already shut down for the day. Bummer!

    Although I missed the redneck yard sale, I did drive over to Pennsylvania to visit the Bull Creek Fleatique on Sunday morning. It was that kind of cool, crisp morning that lets you know fall is right around the corner. As I walked around I heard dealers mumbling about forgetting their gloves. The kettle corn booth smelled especially good this day (do aromas travel more easily when the air is cool?), and I began salivating for the sweet ‘n salty snack even though it was only a little after 7 AM. Here are a few pics:

 

The morning sun comes up on the flea market early birds.

The morning sun comes up on the flea market early birds.

 

Got gas?

Got gas?

These clocks were just begging to be part of an assemblage.

Time to make art! These clocks were just begging to be part of an assemblage.

More odds and ends to stimulate the artistic mind!

More odds and ends to stimulate the artistic mind!

Two "incomplete" Brownie Soda signs waiting to be adopted.

Two "incomplete" Brownie Soda signs waiting to be adopted.

How about your own siren?

How about your own siren?

 

A beautiful morning for a flea market!

A beautiful morning for a flea market!

16
Sep
09

St. Louis Art Fair

 

Packed and ready to head to St. Louis on Thursday morning.

Packed and ready to head to St. Louis on Thursday morning.

    This was my first time doing the St. Louis Art Fair. Chris, her mother Pat, and I headed out early on Thursday morning. I had recently purchased a used cap for the Sport Trac, but still did not have enough room for everything. Two days prior to our departure I purchased a cargo carrier at the local Tractor Supply store. It fit right into the trailer hitch and easily held a few more bins.

 

Entering St. Louis.

Entering St. Louis.

    Ten hours of driving time got us to St. Louis and we had great weather all the way. Those sunny, 80+ degree days would last all the way through the weekend and even on the way home to West Virginia. We arrived at our hotel at about 8:15 PM and in plenty of time for the kickoff of the Steelers-Titans game. (Go Steelers!)

 

The famous Brown Shoe Company.

The famous Brown Shoe Company.

    On Friday morning I walked to Clayton City Center to register for the art fair. Along the way I passed the Brown Shoe Conpany, home of Buster Brown Shoes. In front of the company entrance is a wonderful sculpture of a high heeled shoe by sculptor Victoria Fuller. 

 

Victoria Fuller's "Shoe of Shoes".

Victoria Fuller's "Shoe of Shoes".

 

A detail shot of the sculpture.

A detail shot of the sculpture.

        Our hotel was only a block and a half from our assigned booth space which was quite nice. We were able to park our truck close to our booth for easy unloading. Set up went well, but it was warm and I was a sweat ball by the time the show opened at 5 PM. I was thankful that the rain predicted earlier in the week was no where to be seen!

 

A portion of my booth at the St. Louis Art Fair.

A portion of my booth at the St. Louis Art Fair.

    My next door neighbor at the art festival was Minnesota potter Robert Briscoe. Chris and I purchased a few of Bob’s bowls to take back by home with us. These squarish bowls have a chunkiness that I really like and I am looking forward to eating out of them.  Chris and I loved the big platters Bob had for sale, but they were a little out of our spending range for this trip. Bob is part of a group of potters who put on an annual studio tour and sale in the Upper St. Croix River Valley and we discussed the event at length.

 

Robert Briscoe and his ceramic work.

Robert Briscoe and his ceramic work.

    Another artist in our row was Michael Bauermeister, whose wood vessels were breathtaking. You could not help but stop at his booth and stare in amazement at his sculptures.

 

Michael Bauermeister and his sculptures before the opening of the festival.

Michael Bauermeister and his sculptures before the opening of the festival.

    Now as if the art festival itself was not enough action, there was a bonus. I was meeting my half-sister Diane for the first time. It was a couple of years ago that she contacted me and told me she was living in the St. Louis area. When I found out I had been accepted into the festival we agreed to meet. Diane and her daughter, Jasmine, came to the festival all three days. We tried to catch up on each others lives the best we could in between my talking with potential art buyers.

 

Jasmisne, me (holding a photo of myself at age five), and Diane.

Jasmisne, me (holding a photo of myself at age five), and Diane.

    The reunion weekend did not stop here. Chris’ aunt Cetty, cousin Jane, and Jane’s husband, Tom, came to the festival on Friday night. They live in nearby St. Charles, MO. 

 

Jane, Pat (Chris' mom), me, Aunt Cetty, Chris, and Tom.

Jane, Pat (Chris' mom), me, Aunt Cetty, Chris, and Tom.

    On Saturday evening I was approached by part of the festival committee and congratulated on being selected for an award. Within minutes, an “Award Winner” banner was installed on my booth. The award, First Place in 3D, was presented along with a check for $1000. at an artist’s breakfast on Sunday morning. The award also means I am entitled to return to the St. Louis Art Fair in 2010 without having to go through the jurying process. Considering all the talent at this event, I was quite surprised to be selected for one of the awards.

 

My award banner gets installed.

My award banner gets installed.

 

Painter Michel

Painter Michel Delgado from Key West, FL.

 

Chris with our "State College friend",  Florida photographer Gary Siedel.

Chris with our "State College friend", Florida photographer Gary Seidel.

 

Painter Tim Hooper who we first met at Pittsburgh's 3 Three Rivers Arts Festival a few years back.

Painter Tim Hooper who we first met at Pittsburgh's 3 Three Rivers Arts Festival a few years back.

 

Painter Michael Pomerantz of Lakewood, OH.

Painter Michael Pomerantz of Lakewood, OH.

    I first met Michael at Pittsburgh’s A Fair in the Park several years ago and at that time he was living in Kent, OH. We discussed the possibility of Michael having a show at West Liberty University during the 2010-2011 exhibition season.

 

Artist Bryan Cunningham

Artist Bryan Cunningham of Michigan.

 

Florida artist John Whipple.

Florida artist John Whipple.

 

Assemblage guru (and painter) Lynn Whipple.

Assemblage guru (and painter) Lynn Whipple.

    Chris and I first met John and Lynn Whipple at the Winter Park Arts Festal about ten years ago, and had last seen them at Atlanta a year or so later. It is hard to pick up a contemporary art publication that does not contain the work of work of either of these talented artists. Chris and I own a couple pieces of Lynn’s assemblages, so it was great to do some trading and take home a piece of John’s work.

 

Lynn and John Whipple with my "Bunny with Bling".

Lynn and John Whipple with my "Bunny with Bling".

    The St. Louis Arts Fair proved to be a well run, highly professional event with exceptionally talented artists. The work in this festival is some of the best I have ever seen at an outdoor art event. It was great to be a part of it!