She Bends @ Var West Gallery, Milwaukee

A dream come true — “All that Glitters” is headed to Milwaukee this January for She Bends. When I first moved to LA, She Bends was showing at MoNA. I immediately followed all the artists on Instagram, signed up for Meryl’s class (among others), and soaked up the talent I hoped to one day be part of. It’ll be hard to contain my excitement. This is proof hard work does pay off. Don’t give up on your dreams. Checkout @shebendsneon and https://www.shebends.com/ for more information.

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(From the She Bends website:)

“She Bends is a network of femme identifying neon benders from around the world. We provide each other support and resource in our individual journeys. In addition to the She Bends exhibition, our artists are also featured in a quarterly rotating window installation in San Francisco’s Hang Art Gallery. She Bends is curated by bender and artist, Meryl Pataky who lives and works in the Bay Area, California.

Our community of artisans is comprised of industry veterans, teachers, students, curators, writers, business owners and activists.

The goal of She Bends, in addition to sharing our work, is to be able to provide financial assistance and mentorship to young artists looking to start their own shops, work on engaging projects or afford shipping to various exhibitions they take part in on a regular basis, including She Bends traveling exhibition. As well, we would like to bring knowledge of this skilled work to disadvantaged and marginalized communities in the form of workshops in order to empower individuals in their career opportunities. We accept donations towards this cause.”

Labor of Love @ Art Share LA

I’m so excited! After just over a year in LA, practicing neon as often as possible—I made it into my first gallery exhibit! Come visit Labor of Love at Art Share LA, starting September 15th. I’ll be featuring “All Work and No Play” and “All that Glitters”.

A quick bit about this exhibit and its artists…

Art Share LA is hosting a curated open call exhibition to showcase art as work, and artists as workers. This special Labor Day exhibition is aimed to highlight the artist as a whole person — to not only honor and share the hardworking, human side of their creative hustle, and how the pursuit of a “day job” affects their practice, but also to appreciate the activity of work as a noble subject for fine art, and to include and spotlight the use of materials, techniques, and processes that in themselves are labor-intensive, and assertively made. All forms of “Labors of Love.”

The exhibition gives viewers the full picture of the artist behind the work, what factors influence their art, and what it takes in order for an artist to have the ability to create — both inside and outside the studio.

Featuring work by 20 talented local artists:
Brian Allen
Brooke Barttelbort
Elizabeth Covington
Lynn Creighton
Lauren Davidson
Christopher Gupit
Emily Halpern
Erik Herrera
Angela Izzo
Melissa Jolley
Hyun Jung Ji
Lois Keller
Manny Legaspe'
Jack Lewis
Alan Joseph Marx
Kaylee Richards
OliGa
Orlando Roberts
Satomma
Betzi Stein

https://artsharela.org/event/labor-of-love/

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City of Angels

I'm moving to LA. I have to admit it's exciting to make a change. I have no plan set in stone. I need a place to live and I need a place to work. I know a few people, but I'll have to rebuild my close community. Regardless, I felt completely inspired by my surroundings. 

Light it up

The play of shadows and light can completely change a landscape. It's a concept that seems simple enough, but honestly, it's still something I struggle with. I spent a whole day photographing flowers, both in the studio and outdoors. Here's a few from that day...

Cherry Slush

I couldn't leave these luscious illustrations sitting on my computer, soak em up and sink your teeth in. 

Old film

While digging through old projects I came across some film that made me pause. At the time, I honestly didn't know a damn thing about photography, other than I really enjoyed capturing a place in time. I'm still amazed that these came out using the Canon Sure Shot I borrowed. I've moved heavily into the digital realm lately, either behind the camera or as a tech assistant. We move forward with a planned list of photos, collaborating with many, and editing until the image is perfect. This little find reminded me to go take photos with no guaranteed success, the payoff is even more enjoyable when you develop.