Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two New Creations and a Whole Lot of Ideas

Well my dear friends,
I have been a busy Bea (HAH!)

My curatorial project
This Collective Pull : A Mass Collaboration is well underway in terms of getting the word out there and receiving submissions. To any of you readers out there that are inter
ested in exhibiting artwork in an alternative Boston based gallery, please scroll to the previous post and upload the PDF call to artists! I still can't believe that a small exhibit that began in my friend Dan's apartment will now be a month long installation in a real honest to goodness gallery! I hope you will all make it to the opening on February 6th at 6:00pm. The gallery, fivesevedelle , is located at 57 Delle Avenue, Boston MA (get it?)

Work in the studio has been slow and steady, there is a large drawing that I have been struggling with that is nearing completion and I have been photographing it along the way so once it is done, I will post pictures of it going through the transformation from beginning to end. I have also been working with lots of collage work in which I am really building up the surface. I am antsy to be working three-dimensionally again, and have lots of ideas for how to do this. I have been working with clay and building up surfaces with torn paper as well. I am hoping that while in residence at the Hambidge Center in Georgia this coming April I will have the space to work larger. That being said, below are two pieces that crawled out of my brain this past week. I'd love to hear what you think!

Untitled, 10" x 13" Shellac, graphite, gouache and ink on bristol board. 2010


Untitled, 9" x 12", Shellac, graphite, gouache and ink on bristol board. 2010

I recently cleaned my studio (normally atrocious) and set up a flat surface to work on which was very helpful for the creation of these pieces. I really enjoyed working with the gouache, and I have begun working to incorporate it into my larger pastel drawings. I think the "chalkiness" of the paint will work nicely with the texture of pastel. We'll see!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This Collective Pull : A Mass Collaboration

Hi Everyone,

I am happy to announce the Open Call to Massachusetts Artists for This Collective Pull : A Mass Collaboration. This will be the latest installment of my curatorial project with Julie O'Boyle. I am happy to say that this time around we were offered a beautiful alternative gallery space in Boston, MA for a month long installment! The space is called fivesevendelle, and occupies a beautiful brownstone from the late 1800's, complete with fireplace and chandelier!

To download the PDF click here.

For those of you not living in Massachusetts, or not working as an artist, I hope you will save the date for the opening which will be February 6th at 6:00 PM. I will be posting directions and details soon! In the meantime, help us spread the word by referring people to our blog at Visit our blog by clicking here and become a fan of our facebook page here!

For images and information about the last This Collective Pull, see my blog post here.

I look forward to seeing your submissions, and if you have any questions you can email me at

Now hop to it! Deadline is January 28th!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!

It's been said many times by now I'm sure, but let me add my "Happy New Year" to the list.

2009 was a pretty good year. It started off in the best way possible with the inauguration of Obama, an event I am so thankful to have been able to attend, and not one I will forget. I am thankful that the end of 2009 marks yet another year that I have managed to balance my job and life with making my art. I kept my studio practice going while applying to exhibitions and shows, some I was accepted to and some....well....not. I am also thankful to have readers like you who follow my blog and leave some wonderful encouraging comments for me. I am going on three years having a blog now, and trying my hardest to make it a more regular part of my schedule. If I made New Year resolutions, maybe this would be one??? I pretty much make resolutions every day, so I stray from making a blanket resolution at the beginning of the year. However, I do have goals for this year. It's pretty simple: maintain my studio practice, continue exhibiting my work, continue to apply to residencies and get into graduate school. When I graduated from college I gave myself a few 5 year goals. I have achieved 2 of the 3, and have two years left to achieve the third. It is a once a year chance for that one, so we'll see!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve and here's to hoping 2010 is your best year yet!!

Images of new drawings coming soon, keep being patient! Also, please forgive the inconsistent formatting, I promise to make up my mind soon!