Juried Exhibitions This Winter

Paula and I were thrilled to learn that a total of six of our prints have been accepted for inclusion in three juried exhibitions for January – Valdosta National 2010, Midwest Seasons, and The Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibit.

“Tim” was accepted for the Valdosta National 2010 by juror Dennis Applebee.  The exhibition is held in the Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA and runs from 1/19/10 to 2/5/10.  We wish we could be there for the opening reception on Tuesday, January 19, but other commitments preclude us from heading south.  We’re looking forward to receiving the exhibition catalog.

Digital Image of "Tim"

Tim, (18 x 18 inches), ©2008

“We Could Live in a Cabin in the Woods” and “Thermocline” were accepted for Midwest Seasons.  Midwest Seasons is an annual juried exhibition that showcases entries from American and occasionally international artists and celebrates the beauty and power of the Midwest Seasons.  It’s held at the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) in Wausau, WI and runs from 1/24/10 to 2/28/10.  This year’s juror was Daniel Atyim.  I had a piece selected for last year’s show, so we know that CVA has a beautiful, well-run gallery space in downtown Wausau.  We hope the weather cooperates so we can attend the opening reception on Friday, January 22.

Digital Image of "We Could Live in a Cabin in the Woods"

We Could Live in a Cabin in the Woods, (32.5 x 22 inches), Edition of 6, ©2009

Digital Image of "Thermocline"

Thermocline, (20 x 32.5 inches), Edition of 6, ©2009

“Thermocline,” “Dismembered Lakes,” and “Winter Lake Day” were accepted for The Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibit.  The St. Louis Artist’s Guild, a nationally known arts center, mounts this annual exhibition at its beautiful 1920’s mansion in the heart of Oak Knoll Park in Clayton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.  This year’s show runs from 1/24/10 to 3/19/10 and was juried by Sabina Ott.  We have good friends in St. Louis, so we’re hoping to combine a quick visit with the reception on Sunday, January 24.

Digital Image of "Dismembered Lakes"

Dismembered Lakes, (31 x 40.75 inches), ©2008

Digital Image of "Winter Lake Day"

Winter Lake Day, (24.75 x 40 inches), ©2008

New Beginnings

The prospect of a new year has us thinking about both the past and the future … so we’ve decided to start a blog to capture notes about what is happening at Carta StudioWorks.  Both of us will write short updates, but expect to see more from Dave as 2010 begins.

Looking back for a moment, 2009 was a year of developing new work and experimenting with new techniques and subject matter.  We’re thinking especially of the figurative works we presented at Madison’s Spring Gallery Night.  Abstracts and landscapes have since dominated, but figures have become part of the scene and the Fall Gallery Night show had some of both.

We love participating in MMoCA’s gallery night events… so energizing to engage with people coming to look at artwork.  Since many have asked Dave how he creates the work, he’s written a fuller description of his technique and, in the process, updated his artist’s statement – to read them, please see our website sections: Artist Statement and The Artwork.  We also really enjoyed hosting our potter friends, Dean Schwarz and Nate and Hallie Evans for the Spring and Fall Gallery Nights last year.

Looking ahead, Dave continues to create new work while Paula works on the website and other marketing activities.  We’re both looking forward to seeing Dave’s work in a number of juried exhibitions this winter as well as to opening for another Spring Gallery Night show (Friday, May 7).  We’re also excited to welcome back Nate & Hallie Evans of Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery.  We hope to see you there.

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