Monday, May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois

“The subject of pain is the business I am in. To give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.”

Ms. Bourgeois has died. It's a shame it took so long for her to be "noticed". She was a very interesting woman and artist. This little old lady had guts and an amazing zest for life... Here is a link to a GREAT blog/article about her (originally from the NY Times).

watch this:

and this:

and a link to her obituary from the Washington Post:

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Soon, My Beloved

I have moved to Baltimore finally, and I have physically carried the bulk of my belongings several times now. I am physically exhausted, and mentally drained. I crave water like a long lost lover. And I cannot paint. Presently, the logistics of my new apartment are frightening. Things (I will term them that because I have no idea what's in all of these boxes...even the labeled boxes, for some reason. Fancy that, it's all a surprise) are aaall ooover the place. I'm pretty sure my official watercolor painting bucket was one of the first things I moved in here, so it will surely be one of the last things that I find. It traveled with me, and my cat, in my car, on the road trip here. Only the best, most loved of my things got such preferential treatment.

For the past month, I have been writing all of my ideas out on paper, with that I have a general guide of my original thought process, for when I am able to start back up. *sigh* I long for it (the brushstroke, the color, the words, the paper, the FEEL). Soon, my beloved...

Monday, May 24, 2010

New/Coming Up/Passageways

Press Release from the Terry McCormick Gallery:

On July 24, 12 - 5, Shana R. Goetsch is showing a recent installation of individually titled pieces, for the Terry McCormick Gallery: Contemporary Fine and Folk Art. This third Gallery Day event of the year provides more opportunities for viewers to experience Goetsch's poignant presentations. Keep up with postings to Goetsch's blog at

The Terry McCormick Gallery is otherwise open by appointment. The popular neighborhood gallery is Located at 2522 North 18th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206, It is in the lower level of artist, curator, writer and speaker, Evelyn Patricia Terry's home. You may contact Terry at 414.264.6766 for an appointment. Tour arrangements for moderately-sized groups are welcome.

Additionally, the Terry McCormick Gallery is showing newly-acquired metal garden sculptures along with religious and secular carvings by George Ray McCormick Sr., with Terry's "Play the Race Card" series and a selection of paintings and pastels by Ras `Ammar Nsoroma.

Additional information about Goetsch:

Shana R. Goetsch's artwork frequently involves themes of social justice, empowerment, love, loss and bereavement - she began painting in 1989 after the murder of her mother. Often using words, cultural references or found objects, she injects personal voice, history, and meaning into her pieces. Much of her work addresses the issues of Domestic Violence, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, both of which continue to affect Goetsch personally. On Gallery Day, she will show found object/mixed media paintings, which reference the idea of resurrection. The pieces allude to passageways between one form of "life" and the next. They are installed in a manner which suggests different aspects of the same, past experience.

For the last year, Goetsch has served as a volunteer for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, in the Domestic Violence Unit at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. During that time, she also worked extensively with the Riverwest Artists Association, serving on its Board of Directors, with appointments on the gallery and programming committees. She received her BFA in painting from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2008, and is attending Maryland Institute College of Art starting in June, for a Master of Art in Community Arts degree. In addition to classroom studies, Goetsch will be placed in a year-long artist residency with a nonprofit group, school, or community center within the city of Baltimore. This additional component is an Americorps program, which is run in conjunction with the college’s Community Art Corps. Goetsch is expecting her degree in August of 2011.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This painting, which was recently in the Guildess show FLOW, is now getting donated to RAA for The Stimulus Show. I decided that since it went so well with the one that sold, that I should just give it up (they were two peas in a pod).

And, people really seem to like the circles, so maybe it'll get some outrageous bids, who knows. Anyway, one of the board members was over last night and I gave all three of them up to her. I'll be officially living in Baltimore when the drop-off dates are happening.

I'll see ya around, pretty girl...

watercolor, rust on paper

Friday, May 14, 2010

I've Come a Long Way, Baby

Me and My Two Shadows, 2001

Empty Shell, 2001

These two lovely pieces will be donated to the upcoming RAA show The Stimulus Art Auction. I knew that the call was scheduled to come out soon, so I had these out and waiting for it, specifically. These two pieces are so old. Really, they're almost ten years old by now, but I'm still very fond of them. They are from a series of three, all different aspects of 'self' that I was feeling at the time. The series was about personifying the object, the fruit. I also think they show some elements of my professor's influence. Anne Miotke is a well-known regional artist who works in watercolor, with still-life imagery in a photo realistic way. I think that's a bit of what we have here, being that I was just starting to learn the art of watercolor painting at the time.

Well, these are no longer mine, and are so ready to be auctioned and appreciated!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Continuum Continues

I am showing 18 of my Continuum series pieces this August at the VADM (Virginia Discovery Museum) in Charlottesville, Virginia! This will be the postcard image (mostly for leaving at the venue itself, rather than business cards), it's getting printed today.

And here's a little email version I whipped up...

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Opening I Had to Miss

I don't enjoy that, since I am an exhibiting artist in the show. BDAAA's Hello Again, Recycled Art exhibition started yesterday. I was in Baltimore at the time, and it couldn't be helped. But I took some photos during the drop-off day last week, so at least I could give you something to look at in the meantime.

One of my favorite artists from my days at MIAD is in this show with me. (unreal!) Thomas Noffsinger's work was always hanging in the lower level hall, on the way to the library. He's a professor there, but I never took any of his classes (he's 2D/4D Design faculty). Anyway, I always thought he was so talented, and knew how to use just the right amount of found objects in his work. He really utilizes his medium. Seriously, I think his work is genius, and he is someone whose skills and talent I should learn from. Of all the pieces I saw hanging in that school, his are my most remembered. would have been cool to meet him at the opening reception, but alas...

Here is the link to the flickr set. The exhibition starts at the bottom, with this really bad photo of me in front of one of my pieces. Every. Time.