art pop-ups

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Children's Book Illustration, Maine College of Art | 0 comments

Art is popping up like peonies this week. I’m thrilled to be part of Maine College’s of Art’s Summer Art Sale, collect. We went to the preview Thursday night in their new space on Free Street in Portland.

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The infinitely lovely Annie Wadleigh greeted me with the news that my Heron Moon had sold to her neighbor. Sweet!

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MECA decided to forgo the  37 year tradition of an art auction in favor of a direct sale, where artists set their own prices. You can read more HERE.

There was a TON of work, with bright orange tags that made it feel a bit like a sale at Hub Furniture, but art was moving!

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My pastel, Two Vessels, moved from the floor here to another wall while I was chatting with fellow MECA educator, Judy Labrasca.

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Here’s another of mine, Full Sap Moon.

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I also talked with a student, Isaac Atkins, whose painting I thoroughly admire. This one is a nod to icons and whimsy all at once.

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Earlier in the evening, we popped in to Aucocisco Gallery for another Double Dozen show, this one featuring MECA’s department chair of illustration, Scott Nash and his talented wife, Nancy Gibson Nash.

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Scott displayed his original book illustrations inside vintage portfolios.

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You could feel like an art director opening up a present, with production stickers reinforcing the purpose.

Nancy’s work showed her love of vintage ephemera, and a daring ability to repurpose old books into new symphonies.

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Both of these shows are up through the weekend. Check ’em out!

I just discovered that, for the first time, one of my books is on Longfellow Books’ wall of top 40 bestsellers. Had to see it to believe it!

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It’s #22, right after World War Z. Maybe a YA mash-up with zombies meeting Pinocchio in the belly of a whale could be next? Actually, I am moving from whales to veils this week. Sketching ideas for another Portland Stage poster. That’s one thing I love about illustration, it keeps me on my toes!

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