2010 Spring Art Mart

This year's Spring Art Mart will also be the debut weekend for my newest collection of Mitsuro jewelry in silicon bronze.

Since you've been reading along, you know I've been working towards this event since the beginning of the year. Documenting the process has been an interesting experience, and I really appreciate all the feedback I've been getting about my work.

If you haven't heard about all this "behind the scenes" stuff, you may want to visit a few of these handy resources:

More handy tools for connecting to both me personally and my artwork are available on The Morpheus Company's contact page...or you can just ask me this weekend at the Art Mart.

2010 Spring Art Mart
April 23rd - 25th, 2010

The Bath House Cultural Center
521 E Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 670-8723

Friday, April 23rd: 7-9 PM
Saturday, April 24th: 12-7 PM
Sunday, April 25th: 11 AM-6 PM

Art lovers once again get a great opportunity to support local artists (and acquire some wonderful art in the process) during the Bath House Cultural Center's Spring Art Mart, April 23-25, 2010. The Art Mart has always been the place to find a special piece of art for yourself, family, and friends: paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, cards and other unique creations.

The Bath House Winter Art Mart benefits the Bath House Cultural Center's year-round visual and performing arts programs. Purchases benefit everyone: The lucky owner will take home one-of-a-kind artwork, while local artists and arts lovers will be able to continue enjoying the arts at the neighborhood cultural center on White Rock Lake.

An Art Preview Reception is scheduled for Friday, April 23, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and will be open to the public. Art Mart visitors are invited to raise a glass of cheer to celebrate the kick off of the Art Mart weekend, have a chance to become a Friend of the Bath House, and take a first look at the artistic creations and auction items being showcased in the Art Mart.

In addition to the art sale, which continues during the weekend, Friends of the Bath House will host a silent auction. All participating artists have generously donated art for the auction. This year's auctioneer will be Artistic Eye; proceeds will go to the Bath House Cultural Center Advisory Council to support visual and performing arts at the Bath House.

The Bath House Cultural Center

 

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04 / 19 / 2010

 

studio al fresco

Yesterday the confluence of an absolutely gorgeous day and the need to work with some particularly noxious chemicals had me packing some of my studio gear and working out on the back porch of the studio.

The big project of the afternoon? Patination.

When silicon bronze is initially cast, the raw metal is kind of a bland color. Over time, the surfaces will darken via oxidation. Of course, the warm color isn't just for show; that tiny layer of oxide build-up also protects the surfaces of the castings from corrosion.

raw bronze castings

Without patination, it's kind of bland.

As handy a natural phenomenon as this might be, Mother Nature isn't likely to finish the job before my next opening. In order to speed up the process, metalworkers apply a variety of chemical oxidizers to forcibly create patinas on metal. Each chemical has a different effect, which will vary based on the metal it is applied to and the method by which it is applied.*

*If you're interested in a ridiculous amount of metallurgical nerdity on this topic, check out The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe.

Silicon bronze's innate resistance to corrosion is an excellent attribute, but it also makes this entire process even harder. My first collection of bronzes narrowly avoided failure, simply because I couldn't find anything strong enough to cut into the surfaces.

Which brings me to yet another note to the metallurgically nerdy: Seriously, be really careful about searching up a random recipe for a bronze patina and experimenting. While it's possible fortune might smile upon you and darken your metal, some of these mixes are really dangerous.

Even worse, they may kill you while not working at all.

Most of the classic recipes in the public domain were formulated for use on the older style zinc-based bronzes. These alloys went out of common use back in the Eighties, replaced by more durable and workable silicon-based alloys.

These modern metals will laugh off most of the classic methods of coloration. Usually at four in the morning, two days before your show's opening. Trust me, I'm wise only from experience.

Fortunately, that same "wisdom" led me to discovering a mix that worked pretty well. Unfortunately it's also caustic, flammable and toxic.

don't drink the soup

Around here, we call it The Soup.

This lovely concoction is slowly raised to near-boiling temperatures, at which point the fumes alone are strong enough to rust lesser metals. It also can do a number on your lungs, which is why I was so thankful for the pleasant weather.

Three rounds of dip, wipe, dry and repeat gives you something...disgusting, but dark.

You wanted that well done, right?

No really, this is a good thing.

From this stage, the pieces are left to rust for a day, and then I start the slow process of polishing the uppermost surfaces back towards a shine. This will leave the lowest areas the most darkened, and the patina that got into the pores of the metal will (hopefully) color the entire piece beautifully.

You can see the results of this mad science in about two weeks, at the Spring Art Mart.

 

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04 / 09 / 2010

 

an art show with a 125 mile blast radius

blast radius

One of my illustrations was just accepted into a juried show at the The ARTS gallery at Collin County Community College. The show, which features work by 125 local artists in a variety of media, has the interesting requirement of the artist needing to both live and work within 125 miles of the city.

I'm excited to participate, and hopeful that the event's impact far exceeds its blast radius.

125 Show

125 Plano Arts Association Juried Show

Please join us as the Plano Art Association presents a collection of exciting works executed by local artists.

The juried exhibition will include work in several categories, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Exhibit Dates: April 12 - May 15
Reception: Wednesday, April 14th, 6 PM - 9 PM

The ARTS gallery exhibition hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM

For more information: The ARTS gallery

 

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04 / 05 / 2010