Thursday, July 30, 2015

Exhibit Pics: Bits and Bobs

Hello again! I'm finally back to post pictures from the Bits and Bobs steampunk exhibit opening. (I swear, once I have internet at home again I'll be a better blogger.)

My mom, Henry and I left NKC at 7 a.m., but still managed to miss the storytime at the library. (It was a loooong drive!) But we saw a fencing demonstration that cracked Henry up, and the exhibit itself was absolutely astounding. We also met a member of the world's largest owl species!

 The only picture Henry held still for the entire time.

 Posing with one of Kat Kaufman's creations!

 Fencing demo

 You can see the shiny new goggle strap I sewed onto my goggles!

What the bottom half of my outfit looked like. I was an airship pirate!

 Henry didn't hold still for this picture....

 ..or this one.

Thanks to Kat Kaufman for organizing another wonderful steampunk exhibit!

If you missed the exhibit, you can see GREAT images of the entire thing on Facebook. You should really take a look, because I barely took pictures and there are lots of great pieces on display! Like my mixed media piece which I didn't manage to get a good photo of...and so many more!

Related posts:
"The Art of Discovery" at Johnson County Library (Event Pics)
Steampunk Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Event Pics)
Sewing for a Steampunk Soiree

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bits and Bobs: A Steampunk Exhibit Opens This Saturday!

I had great intentions of posting about this sooner, but clearly that didn't happen.

Regardless, Bits and Bobs: A Steampunk Exhibit will be opening up this Saturday (7/18) at Mustard Seed (214 N Main St.) in Buhler, Kansas. I have the honor of being one of the many artists whose work will be on display. In addition to a visual piece, I'll also have a steampunk/sci-fi story I wrote on display, which I'm excited to share.

Cover I designed for my story,
based on the original cover design from
when I gave the story to Matt for his birthday
earlier this year

For those of you who aren't on Facebook, here is the event info:

The art will be on display from July 18 through October 17th

Opening ceremonies will be on July 18. We will have live music, fencing demos, a tea tasting, a fundraiser, and of course art. Also, we will have Roger Toliver Photography at the event, photographing you holding a rare Eurasian Eagle Owl! We will have a library kids' story time and a workshop, sales at local vendors, and more.

Artists and presenters include: Beverly Holman, mixed media sculpture; Ruth Cohen, fiber art – crochet; Jenna Tomlin, copper artist; Katie Kaufman, costumer and jeweler; Bob Spangler, mixed media prop maker; Mikael Clear, costumer and prop maker; Pake McNally, metalsmith; Anney Day, accessories; Ana Heaton, illustrator; Julia Deniss, jeweler; Dusty Howlett, hand made pens; Brandon Schnur, ceramist; Gary Pendergrass, mixed media sculpture; May Evans, painter and author; Bill Knechtal, photographer; Tom Krekow, photographer; Mark Wickersham, fencing demonstrator; Denise Donnelly, tea maker; plus musical guests A Ship Called Revenge!

I will be at the opening from 11 am until whenever Henry gets overstimulated, and I'll be wearing my most risque Steampunk costume ever, so that will be fun. See you there!

Related posts:
"The Art of Discovery" at Johnson County Library (Event Pics)
Steampunk Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Event Pics)
Sewing for a Steampunk Soiree
Steampunk Magazine Cranks My Cogs
2 Steampunk Web Comics You Should Read

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ask the Oracle / The Skin that Binds Us / Maker Faire KC (Event Pics)

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting again!

Since the pastels I used on my arms for the last Oracle performance got all rubbed off, I painted my arms for my latest performance. It was fun, but people kept wanting to take away my oracle cards, so I think next time I will have making little personal take-aways a part of the experience. I don't quite feel like I've gotten it quite right yet, so I'll keep tweaking. Right now I'm still in brainstorm mode for how I want to do it next time, so I'm not sure when it will be ready.

Self-painting before the costume went on

At the gallery

 Betsy making final touches!

Betsy's artwork was amazing as always! 
I loved seeing her smaller pieces and the spooky skulls too!

This past weekend was Maker Faire Kansas City, and I helped at the Create Your Own Reality table with Darcy. We invited people to make Artist Trading Cards (to take with them or trade for ones others had left behind) and to add to our Creating Reality tree (by writing what they want to grow in their lives on a piece of fabric and tying it to the tree). I had a great time and was especially excited to meet and observe a woman making prophetic art for people as it's very similar to what I'm attempting to do with my "Ask the Oracle" performance!

 Fun with Jesus-themed packing tape!
 With Create Your Own Reality founder, Darcy, at the Creating Reality Tree
 Our messy craft table :)
Artist Trading Cards I made.

Related posts:
Ask the Oracle @ the Pop-Up Gallery (Event Pics)
Starry Night Performance Art, Sweet Love Performance Art

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Ask the Oracle" at Grimm & Barrett Art Gallery this Friday!

If you'd like to experience my performance art with a psychic twist, I'll be at the Grimm and Barrett Art Gallery (3915 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111) this First Friday, performing "Ask the Oracle" from approximately 7-9 PM.

"The Skin That Binds Us," an exhibit of new, large-scale paintings from local artist Betsy Barrett will also be on display. "Using the imagery of conjoined twins as a metaphor for self, and the dualities found in all of us. Barratt depicts the internal conflicts of the psyche, to overcome, embrace, and let go, aspects of the self less desired." (Source)

Live bands will be performing and light refreshments will be provided, and the gallery will be open until midnight. Find out more details on the Facebook event page

You can check out images of my previous "Ask the Oracle" performance here. (This Friday's will be similar, but a bit different.)

 Related posts:
"Ask the Oracle" at the Pop Up Gallery
"Swarm" A Collaborative Performance (with Betsy Barrett, et al.)
"Our Lady of Perpetual Beginnings" at the Slap-N-Tickle
Starry Night (Performance Pics)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ask the Oracle @ the Pop Up Art Gallery (Event Pics)

Here are some pictures from the "Ask the Oracle" performance I did earlier this month. I had a lot of fun and plan to have a repeat performance of it at another location for next First Friday. Stay tuned :)

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pop Up Gallery! And a special thanks for those who were brave enough to ask a question of the oracle ;)

Related posts:
Our Lady of Perpetual Beginnings at the Slap-N-Tickle
My Part in the HyperKewl Relics Project
Swarm: A Collaborative Performance (Event Pics & Videos)
Starry Night! (Performance Pics)
Event Pics: SlutWalk / Chalk Drawing Demo

Friday, May 1, 2015

"Ask the Oracle" Performance at the Pop Up Gallery TONIGHT!

Nothing like last-minute news, huh?

Tonight I'll be performing as an oracle at the Pop-Up Gallery (2100 Grand Blvd.) as part of the activities going on for First Friday. Plus, for those of you who didn't see my exhibit there last month, there's have another chance to look at it!

The Pop Up Gallery is open tonight from 5-11 PM. I will be doing "Ask the Oracle" from 8-10. The Pop Up will feature over 10 artists and several live performers. From their event listing:

*10+ local emerging and established artists showcasing original artwork throughout 6,500 square feet of gallery & event space.

*Live Music by NICKI SCRUGGS (vocals & instruments) exciting, emerging locally based singer/songwriter, and former American Idol contestant showcasing

*Live African Drumming with ZANZIBAR emerging local world music ensemble showcasing Djembe & Dunun traditions of the Malinké people.

*Live acoustic set by Jasper Alford of The Leisure Boys, a group based out of Minnesota!

*Live Poetry by KAI ZEN Kansas City based emerging poet/songwriter :)

Art Raffles! Contests! Games! win art! win prizes! just win!
Artists Include:
Cyan Townley (mixed medium) exciting young artist, presenting recent work as part of a senior showcase

D'Antoinette Yancey (fiber arts/photography) established local photographer and artist, highlighting exciting creative approaches to fiber and photography

Jeff Watson & Jeremy Cole (mixed media/collage) two locally based emerging artists, showcasing their exciting 'DRAWN IN' approach to what is art!

Nancy Bovee (ceramics) established local artist & mentor, presenting a series of exciting ceramic artwork

Albane Ruiz-Campagne (photography) local emerging international photographer, presenting photography highlighting work from around the world

Mitch Stroup (photography) emerging commercial photographer, showcasing work on metal and other mediums

 Jim Sawyer (painting) late artist, with a passion for pop culture and celebrity

Phil Meyer (acrylic on plastic) emerging KC based artist, showcasing a signature process, inspired by his artist father

Mark FitzSimmons (abstract painting) American war veteran showcasing his approach to expression and experience

Sterling White (pencil, mixed media) talented emerging KC based teaching artist showcasing inspired mixed media and found object work
Here's a sneak peek at my costuming:

Hope to see you tonight!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Come See Me at 1st Friday with Tibetan Monks

"Mulan" (mixed media, 2015)

You read that right, folks, I'm going to be out at this next First Friday (1/3/15) at the Pop Up Gallery (2100 Grand Boulevard) for "A Spiritual Awakening," an arts and culture event with local artists, live music, refreshments, and Tibetan monks who will be creating a sand mandala, chanting, selling hand-made items and more. This is the Facebook event page with additional information.

I will be showing my latest mixed media piece ("Mulan," pictured above), a collaborative painting that Henry and I made together, some older pieces, and also some doodles. Since I haven't done an art event in a while, I'm quite excited. Moreso because I love when the monks visit!

Hope to see you there!