Stop by: opening celebrations

bakersdozenI'm excited to announce that my work has been juried into two exciting shows in Denver, both with opening receptions this Friday, May 2nd. I'll be spending time at both… just not sure where I'll be when!One of my Daily Mail collages will be on view at RedLine's First Annual Juried Show, "Intersections." The opening reception is Friday, May 2nd from 6-10pm at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, Colorado. If you're not familiar with RedLine, it's a great space with a whole crew of artist residents at work adjacent to the main gallery space and lots of community arts-related programming. Definitely worth an exploratory visit! The show runs through May 16th. Jurors were Carlos Frésquez, Michael Paglia, and Collin Parson.Another collage will be part of Mai Wyn Fine Art's First Annual Juried Show, "A Baker's Dozen." Thirteen artists were selected for the show and the "best of show" artist will be awarded a solo show in 2015. (I would love it to be me!) The juror was Michael Chavez, manager of Denver's public art program. The opening reception is Friday, May 2nd from 5-9pm at 744 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado.The show runs through June 14th; gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.Hope you will come out and look at artwork this First Friday... and that I'll bump into you at one exhibition or another!

Just one thing in the mailbox... an inauspicious beginning

"MAR 01, 2013," original collage on paper by Janice McDonald, 7.5 x 5.5," ©2013."Harvesting" the potential collage elements from the postcard.This is the first collage created for the "Overlooked Archives" show. The only thing that arrived on March 1st, 2013 was a coupon/postcard from Bed, Bath & Beyond. It made me wonder if the concept of working with each day's mail would provide enough interest and content. My persistence paid off though and the resulting body of work and  show were strong. Thankfully!I referenced this collage in my artist statement. Most people could imagine where the pieces came from once I pointed it out... there are common elements delivered to all our mailboxes. 

On a quieter note...

Reflecting on a small group of the Daily Mail collages. Views of the "Overlooked Artifacts" exhibition at Spark Gallery on a quiet afternoon... There were 75 original collages, framed with UV glass and archival matting, each 12 x 9" in size and hung chronologically in a grid. This represented each day's mail from March, April, and May of 2013.It's always great to have company in the gallery, but sometimes I look forward to a lull when I can take it all in, size it up, and think about where my work may be taking me next.View upon entering, to left of door at Spark Gallery. The long wall of collages...The final few collages and the end wall with my artist statement and guestbook.   

Lots of framing to do...

The assembly line!                    My next exhibition at Spark Gallery in Denver includes collages made from papers culled from each day's mail over a three-month period. So I have 70+ small works to frame in the next week or so.This is always the hardest part of preparing for a show: the detailed and tedious parts of signing, labeling, inventorying, matting, framing (cleaning glass)... I'd much rather be working on new collages, or the commission I have with looming deadline! Ah, well, I'm getting there with the help of a neighborhood teenager's assistance and the knowledge that it'll all be worth it when it's up on the wall. The opening reception is on Friday, October 25th from 6-9pm. Save the date!