Sunday, November 29, 2009


365.two-hundred, fifty-one

So, I have approximately forty, new-to-you, circle paintings up. 'Where?', you ask? Well, rather than uploading them to two places, I put them directly on flickr. Handily, I have provided this link for you: the slideshow of two-hundred, through two-hundred, sixty seven.

Also, here is the painting that I recently sold. Mailing it tomorrow! See ya, Orange Figure, Leaning...

(all images copyright protected, Shana R. Goetsch)

An Invitation to a NEW Gallery

I'm in this show. This Saturday!

You are invited to the opening of the Terry McCormick Gallery. A reception will be held December 5, 2009, from 12 to 5 pm. Terry McCormick Gallery is located at 2522 North 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI.

Evelyn Patricia Terry, artist, writer, lecturer and curator, started the Terry McCormick Gallery in honor of her friendship with George Ray McCormick Sr., who made his transition in July of this year. Terry successfully organized and facilitated diverse venues for collectors to acquire several pieces of McCormick’s sculpture, carvings and drawings during the past several months, but there are wonderful pieces remaining to be placed.

Terry McCormick Gallery features both folk and fine art. The gallery plans to have at least two openings a year, and will be available by appointment to private groups and patrons at other times. You may call 414.264.6766 or email with questions or to schedule a time to visit.

McCormick’s artwork includes mixed media sculptures (only a few of his welded bugs remain), carvings, pencil, and pen and ink drawings. Other featured artists are Shana R. Goetsch, exhibiting abstract water color paintings on paper; Ras ’Ammar Nsoroma, exhibiting paintings and creating on the spot ½ hour portraits; and Evelyn Patricia Terry, exhibiting her own art works including collages, drawings, mixed media monoprints, found object brooches, and images from her newest work-in-progress, the “Play the Race Card” series.

more information is available here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pretty Link

I recently made it into the juried online gallery!
I'm very proud.

(from their website:) is a nonprofit web site created by the partners of the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin to support the state's culture, arts, humanities and history.

Partners of include:
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Wisconsin Library Association
Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin Public Television
University of Wisconsin-Extension--Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning

Friday, November 20, 2009

Witness, Listen

Celebrate the National Day of Listening

I just received this wonderful email...I'll share it because I think that StoryCorps is one of the finest organizations/ideas out there. Conversations, listening, witnessing, sharing. Good stuff, y'all. I'm on it StoryCorps, I'm ON IT. *runs out*

Dear Shana,

Thanks for helping us spread the word about StoryCorp's first National Day of Listening last year. The second annual National Day of Listening – celebrated on Friday, November 27, 2009 – is just around the corner! With your help, we hope to make the National Day of Listening an ongoing holiday tradition, when all Americans set aside time on the day after Thanksgiving to honor a friend, loved one, or member of their community by interviewing them about their lives and preserving that interview for generations to come.

We’d like to ask you to take part in this year’s National Day of Listening by conducting an interview with someone you know and blogging about the experience. Here are some tips:

  1. Let your fingers do the talking! Include details about why the National Day of Listening is meaningful for you and how you plan to participate.
  2. StoryCorps' Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide has all the information you need to get started.
  3. Pledge to participate! Tell us how you plan to get involved, and read about all the other ways people throughout the country are participating.

Thanks again for being a part of this exciting new tradition.

Happy Holidays!

The National Day of Listening Team

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Brand New Day

And a brand new blog! I have started a new blog to document an ongoing process of collaborative mandala-making. It has just started, because the partnerships themselves, have just started. Look for moremoreMORE in the coming weeks. Here's your LINK. Circle the Earth.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Spirit Animal

Hm. There are quite a few new things going on lately. First, I am starting a collaboration piece with a (primarily) collage artist from Virginia. I am interested to see how this will work, since I've never actually met him in person. It could be a dream, or it could be a nightmare. We've decided that we'll get two turns each on two separate mixed media paintings, approximately 18" x 24". We're exploring mandala themes/imagery in this work. The joy of this project will be in the surprise, plus I'll be routinely receiving mail. I also managed two other artists in the meantime, for this traveling project.

Also, I am starting a new deer painting/print (first of this season). It's going to be a self-as-deer portrait. As always, these Deer Hart (Dear Heart) pieces are about love, loss, loneliness and heartbreak. They are also heavily laden with mythical, spiritual, and metaphorical references (the heart, the blood, the hunt). I've been systematically hitting every facet of 'love' that I can think of...including the unhealthy kinds. So, some pieces in this suite have inevitably referenced the subject of domestic violence.

This self-portrait, I'm just starting so I can't really tell you where it will lead. I'm leaning towards it being about self-loathing/versus self-love. We'll see what I get. This is my beginning imagery source, the photo I had taken for my birthday this past year. I think you can see where I'm going with it already...

Speaking of deer, two of my pieces are up right now on JSonline Art City blog. They are featured in an ongoing series about the use of deer imagery in contemporary art. The series was conceived by guest blogger Lonnie Turner, and is entitled
Deer Hunting. Check it out, it's just getting started!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Here are some random submissions for an upcoming show....somewhere I can't mention, so as not to jinx things. *knocks on wood* I'll let you know when I know. It's a whole new operating system for me. I will play the world's little game for a bit, and keep my "giddy" at a minimum. These are 4" x 6", water based mixed media paintings on paper.

Spill I

Spill II

Spill III

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Did I Mention...

I designed this lil album cover?

Mr. Eccentric Band Guy needs to remain anonymous, but if you see this anywhere in your travels...just know, it's Shana-made.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

You Come

You Come To Bury Me

(image copyright protected, Shana R. Goetsch)

More Watercolor Circles

These are two larger watercolor circles I did awhile back, just had to wait to get photos of them. These are made on 400 lb. paper, which is a lot sturdier than I am used to. However, I used to be used to heavier paper...I found this extra bit while I was organizing.

Got Paid for Work

That's right, I finally got paid for doing some creative work. I am doing some graphic design/brochure work for a friend. She rules. Anyway, here's my down payment! It's really nice to finally be valued.