My Art Shows

Art, Art, Art Weekend in San Jose

Whew! Last weekend was something else for art in San Jose. Despite having to spend every waking moment wrapping up my taxes, I spent a little time checking out some exciting things in San Jose. The Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair had a diverse group of work from galleries across the country and attracted many visitors. It started on Thursday night and ended Sunday. I had a chance to pop in on Friday night and had passes for the VIP room for some free wine. Although I could only make it for a one-evening visit, it was really fun and I saw works by everyone from Andy Warhol to Chris Johanson. I didn't get to photograph too many artists, but there were so many great familiar and new artists to see.

Alex Katz  - one of my all-time favorite artists

Alex Katz - one of my all-time favorite artists

Mel Kadel  - another favorite

Mel Kadel - another favorite

I also debuted my first full-sized art installation for the Shelter show at The Citadel Gallery. It was nice to be part of this dual exhibition at The Citadel Gallery and Works Gallery while the art fair was taking place. As you may have seen in my previous post, I have been working for the last few weeks on this piece. It was an incredible experience, to build something up and let it evolve naturally at that scale. It sort of told me where it wanted to go and the result is what you see here. No rulers were used and everything was drawn freehand. A real chair and hanging bulb are the only tangible objects. All else is ink and paper. The show closes on April 26th.

My Shelter installation at The Citadel Gallery

My Shelter installation at The Citadel Gallery

Empire Seven Studios had their 6 year anniversary party and boy, it was fun! Many friends came out of the woodwork to celebrate their amazing influence they have had in San Jose. They showed work from artists who had shown their before and artists they would like to see in the future. Artists included Jason Adams, Jason Arnold, Ken Davis, Jeremy Fish, Jayde Fish, Mitsy Avila Ovalles, Kyle Pellet, Jai Tanju and a whole lot more. One of my favorite pieces was a black and white pyramid that you could sit inside of. It was all drawn in black and white. You can guess why I'd like that, huh?

Seeing Things Gallery showed work by Lance Cyril Mountain, a mix of oil abstractions, mixed media and photographs by the son of Lance Mountain. Last weekend was the closing party for the show.

Just before writing this, I came across this Forbes article about Cherri and Brian from Anno Domini. It's a nice read if you want to learn more about who I consider to be hometown art heroes.

The energy around town was pretty great. San Jose has come a long way!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Chris Johanson  at the Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair. He was born in San Jose.

Chris Johanson at the Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair. He was born in San Jose.

Lay Low Art Show and Self-Discipline

I've been working very hard for months on a solo show at Seeing Things Gallery. It's been a wild ride of commissions, returning to teaching about 10 hours per week and creating new work for this show these last few months. I spent a lot of quiet time on a chaotic workload. I am happy the flyer is finally finished as the December 6th opening date looms closer. Please come by from 7-11pm!

Lay Low, new work by Frances Marin at Seeing Things Gallery

Lay Low, new work by Frances Marin at Seeing Things Gallery

For me, working on a show means digging into the fragile parts of my brain. It means negative self-talk happens, moments of insight create positive and productive work time and this up and down usually happens up until the night of the show, when I breathe a big sigh of relief. This show, more than any prior, was very intuitive. The paintings evolved and changes were made by gut feeling. I can often over-think my work, and though that still happened, I was more easily than ever able to quiet that side and just get to work. 

A big reason I was able to work on this show, commissions and teach part-time these last few months, is because of a very disciplined schedule. While I wasn't actively working every single second, 24-7, I was working pretty close to that. I missed shows that I wanted to go to (Mazzy Star?!), celebratory events with friends and overall most human interaction that was outside of my teaching job. I exercised almost everyday and only drank water, coffee and green juices. Spending a lot of time alone is great in some ways. I found the past resurfacing and made better sense of that. I thought a lot about changes I want to make for next year and beyond. I realized what was most important to me in all categories of my life. Spending a lot of time working alone can also be rough. There can be too much thinking and too much self. You realize how important it is to get outside and live life. 

While self-discipline has been a recurring thing in my life: it got me through college, put me in a swimming/yoga/running routine years ago, quit smoking, multiple detoxes/cleanses, it was this time that I felt it in a more true sense of the phrase. I'm excited to see where this goes.

Delta Workshop weekend adventure

Well, it's been some weeks since my art show was hung at Delta Workshop in Sacramento, CA. I've been excited to share with you a recap of how the two weekends went midst the heat, the show and the ranch. Here we go! 

I headed up to Sacramento on June 1st to drop off and install the work. My boyfriend sent me off with some necessary liquids. Here are some mason jars of green juice, water and coffee for the ride up.

I headed up to Sacramento on June 1st to drop off and install the work. My boyfriend sent me off with some necessary liquids. Here are some mason jars of green juice, water and coffee for the ride up.

When I arrived, Bridget, the owner of Delta Workshop, greeted me with 
her usual friendly smile. Here she is showing me some of her stationery 
selection. 

When I arrived, Bridget, the owner of Delta Workshop, greeted me with her usual friendly smile. Here she is showing me some of her stationery selection. 

The install went smoothly and you can see my artwork behind her display rack.

The install went smoothly and you can see my artwork behind her display rack.

The following weekend, June 8th, I ventured up with my boyfriend and friends to attend the opening. This was going to be my first time at my friend Bella's family ranch in Shingle Springs, CA. Bella always told me the ranch looks like my paintings. I think she's right.

A vintage trailer on the ranch. 

A vintage trailer on the ranch. 

I see where Bella gets her amazing vintage style. This scene of her mom's living room is perfectly welcoming.

I see where Bella gets her amazing vintage style. This scene of her mom's living room is perfectly welcoming.

Bella's mom  is a great cook and we ate nopales (cactus) that grows right off the porch steps, steak and green chile, a New Mexico staple. 

Bella's mom  is a great cook and we ate nopales (cactus) that grows right off the porch steps, steak and green chile, a New Mexico staple. 

Morning coffee and archery.  

Morning coffee and archery.  

Breakfast on the ranch.

Breakfast on the ranch.

A sketch I made of Bryan playing Mancala.  

A sketch I made of Bryan playing Mancala.  

Los  Piñones, a truly great family that I feel honored to know.

Los Piñones, a truly great family that I feel honored to know.