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Biking in a Hay Field at Crystal Bridges

Russ surprised me with a weekend getaway, and we loaded our bikes onto our new bike rack and headed south. Riding around on the Compton Gardens and Crystal Bridges trails, Russ was determined to see a new sculpture that he read about at the entrance. After several trails and up many hills, we chanced upon this crazy installation of hay …

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Roxie Castro exhibition at Arts & Letters

Math to Go — Anywhere, March 7-28, 2014 at Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO, (417) 830-8186 Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Math to Go — Anywhere is a clever idea by Roxie Castro to create paintings on vinyl fabric inspired by her sister, the “Mad Mather.” This body of work on exhibt …

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American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is an wonderful place — three buildings of fantastic architecture dedicated to self-taught artists who follow their internal compass. The gift shop filled with art books and vintage toys and gimmicks was alone worth the trip around the Baltimore harbor on a rainy day.

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Portrait of an Artist: Carla’s Collections

You can learn a lot about a person by the things they collect, and the stories they tell about those objects. A collected object often has a history of how it was found, when and where. Or was it gifted? Then there is the story of who gave it and why. Maybe it was abandoned, and if so, there is …

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Stone Creatures in Time and Space

We were fortunate to have one of Russ’s friends from the ISC board come to Springfield as a consultant to aid in visioning as part of the search for a new director for the Springfield Art Museum. George has worked at great museums for over 40 years, but he’s also an artist and loves talking to artists. His current passion …

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Art Speed-Dating and Elevator Talks = PechaKucha Night #4

As Julie said in a previous comment on my blog post about hosting PechaKucha Night – it sounds a bit like speed-dating for artists. I love that description. The format of 20 images with 20 seconds to talk about each one puts you in the range of 6 minutes 40 seconds to present your work. That’s a lot of time …

Japanese Fall Festival banners during the candlelight walk

Inspirations from the Japanese Fall Festival

It’s the time of year that I sometimes work on art for the Japanese Fall Festival. I don’t do it every year, but over the past decade have designed many posters and t-shirts, so looking back through my files, you can see sort of a snapshot progression. I often return to Japanese wood-block prints from around the 1800’s for inspiration. …

Inspirational animated films – Secret of Kells and My Neighbor Totoro

We had a lot of kids visiting over the holidays, but that’s never the excuse around our house to watch animated films. Here’s a couple that really knocked me over. “Secret of Kells” is the story of Ireland’s sacred artifact, the Book of Kells. The film by artist/animator/director Tomm Moore is filled with screen after screen of gorgeous stylized characters, …

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Art behind the Art

Looks like art, huh? What a lot of people don’t realize is there’s “art” behind the art. The art of making things work, the art of presenting, the art of bringing things to completion. These are just a couple of photos from last week’s take-down of the Vital Threads show at Stephens College in the Davis Art Gallery. Annie Helmericks-Louder’s  …