I’m opening my studio doors for Somerville Open Studios 2014, May 3 and 4! I’m a proud member of the fantastic art community at Mad Oyster Studios in east Somerville, right by City Hall, and this will be my first year participating in Somerville Open Studios (aka SOS — See Our Studios!)
Mad Oyster Studios is stop #100 of the Somerville Open Studios sites (see the SOS website for more detail if you don’t know what this means), and I am in studio G7 with Jonathan Rich. Here’s my profile on the Somerville Open Studios website if you want more information about the location and how to get there by trolley.
I’ll have my recent work up on display, as well as a show-and-tell of the comic book making process. You’ll walk away from my studio learning a little something — peeking behind the curtain and learning a bit about the magic of Comic Book Publishing. OoooOoh! I might even have a few prints and comics available for sale, we’ll see.
Some folks in Mad Oyster Studios are going to be open for the Friday night preview — officially I am not; however, if you are in the building and want to stop by, I’ll be in situ setting up, so you are free to stop on by (just be aware that I won’t be fully set up).
Hope to see you there! Should be an awesome time!
I was honored that my work, For My Boston Strong, was chosen to be a part of this fantastic show on cartooning in a great new art space in the middle of Davis Square:
(Happily in front of my piece at the opening reception.)
A lot of the Boston-area cartooning and comics community came out for the opening reception. It was a packed house (in the dead of winter no less! no easy feat in New England!) and it was truly wonderful meeting new people, putting faces to names and talking to people about my work.
(Discussing my work and process with a fellow community member and artist.)
Comic-making can be very isolating – a lot of visual arts are, but a lot of us comics folk feel like we’re slaving away in our caves, and then we scatter our work to the four winds and hope someone sees it. Generally you don’t get to submit your work to any kind of fancy reception-ed show, since comics aren’t “fine” art (pshaw, whatever). So it was as genuine thrill for me to see my work on the wall, and watching the reaction of people as they stopped by to read and take in my work. I remember watching a couple standing together, reading my pages, and I watched as they fell silent and reached for each others’ hand as they moved from page to page. It was a powerful moment, a beautiful reminder of the reaction that people can have to something that I’ve made. It was a thrill.
Of course, it was great to bring my family to see the show as well so they could finally understand a bit of what I’ve been working on all this time:
(And my husband, who has been my number one supporter and fan. And a guest-star in the comic on display.)
If you came by the show while it was happening, I hope you enjoyed seeing all the fantastic talent and wide range of styles and themes on display.
If you’d like to see my comic again, it’s online here: http://between-sleeps.com/2-for-my-boston-strong/
Some of the press for Doodle:
I’m really excited to announce that I have a new art studio, and it’s in the fantastic Mad Oyster Studios in awesome Somerville, MA. I used to live in Somerville (back in the day) and it has a very active art scene, so I’m excited to be officially a part of it.
I just moved in last week, so I’m still setting up my space, but here’s a little preview of what it’s like:
After my initial move-in, I turned off most of the lights so my husband could nap on the couch. It’s not really that dark in here! (Though admittedly I do like to work in a cave-like place… can’t be good for my eyes though.)
Since my walls are mostly masonry (great for fire-proofing, not so good for nailing stuff up), I rigged up a not-very-elegant-but-very-useful pine board rig to hang up frequently used tools, as well as a mirror for checking expressions and all that.
Here’s me looking terrible and exhausted after finishing moving in! It’s pretty much the worst photo… why did I post this picture again…?
I’m getting really excited for tonight’s opening reception of Doodle. Will I see you there?
Doodle at the Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA (right in Davis Square).
Opening reception tonight, 6-8pm! Meet and greet the artists!
More info on the show-
I’m excited to announce my work for Doodle, an upcoming art show at the NAVE Gallery Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.
My work, For My Boston Strong (Between Sleeps #2), will be on display with a number of other artists in this curated show devoted to all things cartoons, which will run from January 10-26, 2014. The opening show will be on January 10th (a Friday), 6 – 8 pm, and I will be there! It would be great to see you! Here’s the Facebook event for the opening show if you’d like to officially RSVP.
So, if you are in the greater Boston area, please drop on by the NAVE Gallery Annex (directions here) to see all the work on display, especially if you are a fan of cartoons and comics.