The Bees Knees: 100 Postcards for Honey Bees
An Event Bring Awareness & Attention to the Importance of Honey Bees
Event Supporting the HoneyLove hosted by Alexi Era Gallery 100 Postcards by international, national and local artists! The Bees Knees is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for Honey Love, urban bee keepers and activists trying to help our honey bee population. The Exhibition will feature 100 artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home right away showing your support along with a honey tasting featuring local harvested honey. On the back of each postcard is a special message about how you can help the bees. 100% of all sales go to HoneyLove and their commitment to save the bees! We aim to raise awareness, bring hope and also create a dialogue about the importance of bees.
Opening Reception: July 19th, 2014 7-9PM
Special Collectors Preview: July 19th, 2014 6-7PM (RSVP: $20, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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"We Are All Aliens" Watercolor Mixed Media (acrylic pen, mirror, doll parts, thread, nails) on Canvas Board, 15x30 inches, 2014. Created for Mars Bizarre: An Alien and UFO Themed Group Show at the Rat Factory in Hollywood, CA, on March 21, 2014.
Yesterday we pruned a cherry tree in our back yard. So I decided to do some freeform building and built a trellis from those branches with some nails, twine and weaving. My boys helped a lot and later picked and wove in dandelion flowers. This is going to be a wonderful hide out with all the peas and pole beans growing over it.
"Acorn Magic" is a little steampunk sculpture that lights up. That is a real oak twig that has the little acorn tops still attached to the branch. I attached beads and watch faces in the cavities and then sculpted a tiny winged creature out of found objects and wire. At the base of the piece is a tiny vacuum tube that lights up with the flick of a switch. This is 8.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
I finally finished this piece. I wanted to make a little steampunk faery made out of pearls and watch parts. As I was assembling the little creature I thought about where I wanted to put it. It was too fragile to be jewelry so I decided it needed to be on display. I found this old hand blown glass vile that fit it just perfectly. So I carved a copper tube and wired in a little flickering light as a tiny pedestal. The glass and copper are held fast by a hand turned brass base. How wonderful would this be as a display piece on a mantel or for a steampunk Christmas.
Yesterday and today I worked on a new Steampunk inspired sculpture. I decided to make a bee. So I strung together some beads from old pieces of jewelry, attached feet, wings, eyes and other bee elements and mounted it on a golden rose. The bee and the rose then were mounted in a broken vacuum tube and mounted in a hand turned hardwood base. The result is this enchanting little bee resting on a flower. So much love went into this little sculpture.
Today I created just to create. I have been dealing with some serious writers block which has turned to a creative block. I think I am putting too much pressure on myself with this project and my life. It is really hard for me to post something EVERY DAY. That alone has frustrated me. So I have worked myself up to this spiral of doubt.
This piece is a mixed media piece made out of paper I painted. It is a paper sculpture with thread. It is completely free form with no real purpose. I just wanted to see something come to life. There are 4 little cards hanging from some of the strings. It says "I am so confused lately. My mind is a jumble of thoughts, ideas and emptiness. It is frustrating. I can't stop creating, but nothing inspires me. I need a project or commission. I need to just calm down and not put so much pressure on myself. Your ideas are good enough. The right story will come to you. Then you need time." This piece isn't for anything particular. It was just an exercise to organize my thoughts. A bit of art therapy.
I am going to post some of my experiments and thoughts. It can be anything from photography to fashion to metal