Monday, December 31, 2012

Some New News

I recently learned that two pieces from my 3 Tributaries were accepted into Making Connections: An Exhibition of MIAD Printmaking Alumni. This will be up in a few months time and shown during the Southern Graphics Council International Print Conference in Milwaukee this spring. I wish I could afford the ticket to attend the conference, but alas, I cannot. My art will just have to soak it all up for me.

I am also holding a Watercolor Techniques class for an adult that I know....I'm not too sure what to call it tutoring if it's only one it really a "class"? Either way, I'm teaching art to an adult for a small fee and I feel as if it's actually going to help me out in the long run. I always need more adult teaching experience to put on my CV as I'm still trying for an elusive college adjunct position!

Next year I'll get it. Next year, we'll all get what we need.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Stolen Art - Taken from Honey Carry-out in Baltimore

Within the last month, I found out that one of the pieces I competed for MICA's Invited: The Anniversary List was stolen. It was taken from the corner of Barclay and East Federal Streets in Bmore. Whomever took this had to use a ladder and cut about 15 zip ties off. Although I am flattered that someone went to SO much trouble, they still STOLE something from a neighborhood that enjoyed and celebrated the work and time I put in with them. It was a GIFT to them and someone decided they needed it in their living room more. LAME.

So Baltimore, if you happen to see this art at any house parties you go to this holiday doesn't belong to them. Do the right thing, please take it down and return it to Mr. Park at Honey Carry-out in Station North.

This took much time and love out of me. And I want Mr Park to have his art back.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

2.5 Things

2 real quick things:

I have put up my Baker Artist Awards profile here, so wish me luck!:

The opening of Strokes of Genius is TODAY at 3:00 pm in Annapolis at the Maryland Federation of Art. I'll have some images from that and my recent solo show linked for y'all soon!

p.s. The silent auction piece at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has sold for $90! A very good price for its size...ALL of the proceeds will go to Community Action of Hamilton County, NY. Thanks to everyone who bid and congratulations to our final bidder...I really appreciate it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

BUST - ed!

My 3 Tributaries exhibition was mentioned in this month's issue of BUST magazine! For those of you not in the know, "BUST is a groundbreaking, independently run women's lifestyle magazine that connects with bright, cutting-edge young women. Fierce, funny, and proud to be female, its revolutionary editorial mix addresses a variety of women's interests, including pop culture, crafting, music, fashion, sex, news and celebrity interviews."

Thanks to Libby Zay for the mention of the show AND, more importantly, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October! The mention is in the "Hot Dates" section on page 19, for any of you with a subscription, otherwise, here's a screen capture...


And as a reminder, I will be hosting a FREE collograph printmaking workshop for anyone and everyone in the area of Blue Mountain Lake, on November 3rd, from 3 - 5:30 pm, with the exhibition's closing reception right after from 5:30 - 7pm. Hope to see ya, NY!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Strokes of Genius

A while ago, I submitted a few pieces for inclusion in the national juried (Mark Karnes) exhibition of painting, Strokes of Genius at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. First of all, what a cool title, and secondly, I'm really happy to have been accepted into the exhibition with my watercolor on paper piece, Mark II...

Strokes of Genius runs November 2 - 24, 2012, see you there!

Friday, October 5, 2012

3 Tributaries Opens TODAY!

I am very excited about my solo show, which opens today! I will be up in Blue Mountain Lake for the reception in November! With the help of Laura Smith (their previous gallery director), we set up some really great events that the community can participate in. More information about the exhibition and additional programming is below: 

3 Tributaries
On view October 5 - November 3, 2012 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Closing Reception: November 3, 2012 from 5:30 - 7pm

There will be a domestic violence advocate from Hamilton County available at the closing reception with information on domestic violence and prevention.
Additionally, I will hold a FREE printmaking workshop on November 3, 3-5:30 pm (ETA: date has changed!) in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. This process is the same one used for the series, 3 Tributaries. "One of the most important resources for people experiencing domestic violence is a safe space, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Explore your own thoughts and experiences with ‘safe spaces’ in the form of a collograph printmaking workshop. This hands-on workshop will detail creating a printmaking plate as well as a simple hand printing process that can be easily duplicated at home.”

(And currently, this piece, 'Home', is up for silent auction at the art center. All proceeds benefit Community Action of Hamilton County)

I hope you can find the time to join us! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Anniversary List

The opening for Invited: The Anniversary List is tonight! The details can be found here on an early post:

But I wanted to give you some of the "making of" photos behind the two pieces I created. I always love process shots, so I thought maybe you might be interested too. The theme of the two pieces, for me was about "location" or "place". I worked with the location and the history of the business and the owner.

Helper Kitty is helping

For one side, I used the imagery of the Hibiscus flower, which is also the national flower of South Korea. South Korea is where Mr. Park, the owner, is originally from. I think it makes the idea of "pollination" that much more relevant.

For the second piece I decided to further the bee theme by recreating a honeycomb pattern. Underneath it all I placed Baltimore City and Maryland maps, which you can still see peeking through the paint. There is a tiny little star print on this one, which "places" the store location on the Baltimore City map. You can see it a bit better on the close-up shot of me above. But again, this was about location, as well as the material I needed to use, iron. This was in the form of prints taken from the manhole covers on the corner in front of the store...again, location/place.

All in all, I am really happy with how these turned out, and Mr. Park and the neighbors seems happy as well. And really, who could ask for anything more? What a great experience, I'm really looking forward to the reception tonight.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Community Building Awareness

The opening of the House Show at Urbanite@Case[werks] gallery was just this past Friday. I had proposed a community art piece in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). Basically I proposed that we all make some row houses, and that I would try my darnedest to get this piece of art to the policy-makers when all was said and done.

We used the same technique that I used for my collograph printmaking pieces and my series, 3 Tributaries, which was all about domestic violence and large statistics. This community art piece would be in much the same vein.

I had been told ahead of time that I would be in the gallery's actual closet (we needed to use glue and acrylic paints - not the norm for a really nice gallery, so I totally understood)...but I was worried going in. Not because I was put in a weird gallery space, but just that the space we'd be working in was recessed a bit, and I worried that it would be hard getting people into the storage room/closet while also enticing them to make something for me.

Well, I need not have worried! That storage closet was hoppin'! People were actually waiting in line to make the pieces! At about 7p I also had a friend stop by to help me, Denise Duarte, who is a very fine public artist hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada. Denise is currently in MICA's MFACA program in Baltimore and generously volunteered to help me and give me a break so that I could talk to people at the show.

I was able to make many people aware of the actual statistics of DV nationally...some patrons were literally dumbfounded. The piece started out blank, with just one statistic, and then as participants finished their row house, I painted the house (if they wanted) and placed it on a panel underneath the stat. for them. I was amazed and appreciative at some of the frank conversations I had with people about DV and about why I was doing this. The House Of Ruth Maryland generously provided me with some pamphlets and some small crisis situation cards which were taken by quite a few people, that I saw.

All of this was about awareness...and I also made the first row house myself, in honor of my mom. I painted it hot pink, especially for her. In a way, she's always leading the charge for me. Sometimes I wish this were not the case and that she was alive and that she and I could go to the mall and shop or something as equally banal...even just to talk to her. She'll never know what an impact she continues to make in my art and in all of the people who see and engage with it.

I also saw quite a bit of creativity in these houses...the adults were having a really great time designing their row houses and gluing the simplest of recycled materials. Bottom line is, grown-ups should really do themselves a favor and make more art. 

All in all, it was a successful event for me and for raising awareness of domestic violence in our communities. More photos below...

This row house above almost made my heart stop....he really ran with the concept and made it happen. By including the words, he furthered my own metaphor in the most interesting way. He created a new layer of meaning to the project that I had not considered.

And before I drop the 3 Tributaries series off for my upcoming solo show, I will be talking/guest artist-ing at Paula Phillip's Finding Baltimore, Foundations class at MICA. I think this participatory community art piece will serve to illustrate to them just how much one, solid idea has served me, even two years later. Gotta love my Baltimore and its iconic imagery.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Big. Damn. Shebang.

Oh my gosh, there is so much going on lately! And I know my last two posts have been show info...and here is more. This reception and the House Show's reception are on consecutive weekends.

I'll have to put up a more extensive post about my working process on these murals. I took a bunch of photos at each stage. But until then, here is one of the pieces I made, located on the corner of E. Federal and Barclay. Reception information is below...woohoo, y'all!

*Join Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. and Governor Martin O’Malley for a very special Final Friday event as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District!

Friday, September 28th

Rooftop of the Charles Street Parking Garage (1714 N Charles Street)

*Governor Martin O'Malley
*John Waters
*Music by Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Four Hours of Funk's DJ Exclaim, and Dig's Landis Expandis
*Stiltwalkers from Nana Projects
*Circus of Wonders featuring Magician David London and artistic face paint by Jeramie Bellmay and Patricia Tamariz
*Joe Squared pizza
*Flying Dog beer
*Tours of MICA's "Invited: The Anniversary List" exhibition with the Pushpops and Graham Coreil-Allen
*Tours of Station North with Baltimore Heritage

This month, Final Friday will be a wind-powered event thanks to Clean Currents. To learn more about Clean Currents and renewable energy visit

Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. is generously funded by the Goldseker Foundation, Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, PNC Foundation, Blaustein Philanthropic Group, T Rowe Price Foundation, and the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation.

more info:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hey NY State!

I have a FREE workshop coming up on November 3rd (ETA: date has changed!) at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. This workshop is offered by me in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness month (October) and it is an accompaniment to my upcoming exhibition at the art center, 3 Tributaries. So if you are around the way of Blue Mountain Lake and want to stop by, here is the listing on their website:

and here it is in long-hand:

Printmaking workshop with Shana Goetsch
Saturday,  November 3, 3-5:30 pm 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
“One of the most important resources for people experiencing domestic violence is a safe space, emotionally, spiritually and physically.” Explore and create your own ‘safe spaces’ using collograph printmaking with featured artist Shana Goetsch.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

House Show

I'm in this upcoming exhibition! Here is the press release:

Urbanite @ Case[werks]
September 21–October 24, 2012
Opening reception: September 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

HOUSE SHOW studies and celebrates the idea of the rowhouse as storyteller. Co-curated by Marianne Amoss, Marian April Glebes, Sarah McCann, and Jessica Young of D center Baltimore, the exhibit examines how these familiar structures serve as narratives, recording and telling our personal stories and the stories of streets, neighborhoods, and entire cities. What are the stories contained within rowhouse walls? How do rowhouses reveal how we live now, and how we used to live?

In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of both Case[werks] and D Center Baltimore, HOUSE SHOW features work in a variety of mediums and by a range of artists, representing architecture, photography, sculpture, oral history, and more.

The exhibit is at Urbanite @ Case[werks] from September 21 through October 24, 2012. The opening reception will be held on September 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Complementary programming will take place during the exhibit, both in the gallery and at off-site venues. Additional information about these events is forthcoming.

Urbanite @ Case[werks] is located at 1501 St. Paul Street, Suite 116, Baltimore, MD 21202. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 410-332-4160.

D center Baltimore is a broad cross-section of disciplines and individuals invested in improving and encouraging design—in all its iterations—in the Baltimore region. D center's members believe design thinking has the capacity to change the world and that banding together in creative collaboration will greatly improve the quality of urban life. For more information about D center, please visit

ABOUT URBANITE @ CASE[WERKS] in collaboration with D center Baltimore Urbanite@Case[werks] serves as a showcase of Station North and other Baltimore artists for audiences traveling into Baltimore’s Penn Station, thereby expanding the audience for local artists and the local and regional recognition of Station North. By highlighting interdisciplinary work, the exhibitions in Urbanite@Case[werks] draw participants and audience from diverse fields including architecture, fine arts, photography, design, and more. Urbanite @ Case[werks] is a collaboration between Urbanite magazine and Case[werks] and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. For more information about Case[werks], please visit

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I just wanted to update you on THREE of the exciting things I will be a part of in the next few months:

On view September 28 - November 11, 2012 
Opening Reception: September 28, 5-10 pm
"MICA's inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class invites you to join them in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Station North Arts & Entertainment District by presenting Invited, a two-part exhibition. The exhibition series will feature site-specific artworks in 10 area businesses as well as a party-themed gallery show in MICA's newly renovated Graduate Studio Center Riggs Gallery. The work by MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program highlights the College's active role in community revitalization, ensuring that all businesses and residents in nearby Station North-one of the nation's first state-endorsed Arts & Entertainment Districts-embrace and are engaged with the unique artistic nature of the district. Invited is presented by the 10 inaugural candidates in MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program, under the guidance of faculty members Jeffry Cudlin and Gerald Ross, who also serves as the College's director of exhibitions."

(I'm one of the 10 site-specific artworks.)

HOUSE SHOW (group exhibition)
On view September 21 - October 26, 2012 at Urbanite@Case[werks] gallery / for D Center Baltimore
1501 Saint Paul Street, Suite 116
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 6-8 pm
"HOUSE SHOW will examine how these structures serve as narratives, recording and telling our personal stories and the stories of streets, neighborhoods, and entire cities. What are the stories contained in rowhouse walls? What are the personal, political, and social implications of how these buildings were and are created, used, and left vacant or torn down? How do rowhouses reveal how we live, and how we used to live?"

(I'm presenting/facilitating a participatory art piece, a narrative about Domestic Violence that will grow with the exhibition, and within the gallery space.)

3 Tributaries (solo show)
On view October 5 - November 3, 2012 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Closing Reception: November 3, 2012
Additionally, I will hold a free printmaking workshop on November 3, 3-5:30 pm in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. This process is the same one used for the series, 3 Tributaries. "One of the most important resources for people experiencing domestic violence is a safe space, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Explore your own thoughts and experiences with ‘safe spaces’ in the form of a collograph printmaking workshop. This hands-on workshop will detail creating a printmaking plate as well as a simple hand printing process that can be easily duplicated at home.”

(And currently, this piece, 'Home', is up for silent auction at the art center. All proceeds benefit the Blue Mountain Lake community.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Snarky Art Friend

Recently I learned of art critic Robert Hughes' passing. What a terrible loss for the art world! All of his series', The Shock of the New, American Visions, Visions in Space, are some of my all-time favorite videos on art, many of which have been posted on this blog. I am really sad that I will not get any more quality, critical reviews from Robert Hughes. What a spit fire! Here is the absolute best clip of him, in some of his best work, The Mona Lisa Curse...

Rest in Peace, Robert. Hopefully, for your sake, heaven doesn't allow the art of Damien Hirst.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Ladders. I make them now. Here are two more ladders paintings, both acrylic on canvas...

And here is the first one in this new series which I completed last week ...

I've wondered recently if, in fact, I base my work on geometric shapes that are appealing to me. I went from circles (365.series) to rectangles (the row houses) to circles within rectangles (the Beyond Rorschach pieces in my last thesis) and now I seem to be back to rectangles / squares again with these ladders. I wonder, are triangles next? That's something to think about.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Something Old, Something New

I reworked an old painting, The State of Independence. I was not quite happy with it at the time I first conceived of it. It was one of those in-between floater pieces. One that doesn't fit in a series, one that I needed to make for whatever reason in order to get to somewhere else in my work. So this piece was one of those...just hanging out, not belonging. I am series motivated, I like to make things in groups so that I can explore multiple angles of an issue. If I have a true interest, it's not going away in one piece, I have to thoroughly exhaust myself with the the subject before I'm done.

An outside force did compel me to dig this piece out of its storage's a long story, and it seems to be a moot point for me now because of my excitement of coming up with this. Seems this piece was almost finished and I just didn't know it. I don't want to say it was nagging me, because it didn't keep me up at night, but I didn't like the piece until now. Every time I saw it I disliked myself a tiny little bit for not getting it right and not know where to start to do so. The fact is (and I knew it at the time too), that my metaphor was not sound. And with the way I work, that's absolutely, if I don't have that working, I should forget about even putting the paint down.

Ah, but you see, this was for an 'assignment'. At the time, I resented having an art 'assignment' (other than a thesis) in grad school...oh who am I kidding, I still do resent it. Needless to say, this one was a fail for me, but I had not had parameters set on me since becoming a professional artist, or ever really. I guess the moral of the story is, I don't do well with art assignments because, who cares, get me to my next series!

So this piece was lying about and something compelled me to pick it up again and 'fix' it. Right now it's tentatively named Step. I like the idea of exploring the metaphors for ladders, so I'm going to go with that premise for exploring any new works, for now.

Here we are, new and improved...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Artist Talk Video

I finally have the link for the Artist Talk video from my thesis work! This was originally filmed in April. Many of the bystanders you see are actually undergraduate students from my GTI class, Global Perspectives: Politics and History. In this half hour I talk about the Art That Circles The Earth exhibition as well as my own series, The Psychology of One. So if you've ever wanted to hear and see me talk, now's your chance. Please check out the link below and enjoy...

Also, I failed to upload one of the new paintings I made in the last post. The piece got carried by the wind of the airconditioner and so I found it later. Whoops. Here is that watercolor...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yep. More.

I was on a roll, what can I say other than 'watercolor on paper'...



Mark II

Mark I





Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This Is Where It's At

So I painted some more new pieces. I feel that with the last fifteen I made, I was just treading water...until I got to this point right here. It's important for me to work through being stuck, work it out and stumble around on the paper, even if it takes awhile. I am of the opinion, and I have said it before, that not everything I make is going to be dipped in gold. No, my paints are not made of stardust, unfortunately, so they do not produce automatic winners. Sometimes I make some crap. The last 15 were certainly not crap, but some of those paintings were created on the back of some crap, for sure...I flip the paper over and use the back as a new surface if the first side has an awful result.

But anyway, let's not dwell on the crap and get on to the good stuff, which is here, right now! It's nice to discover a new way of mark-making for me on this most constant of subject matters...and mediums...watercolor on paper...

BOOM. I'm there.