ArtPrize 2017 is Upon Us!

Tomorrow, ArtPrize 9 opens in Grand Rapids, MI and it's my 4th time participating (!!). I spent the greater part of the last year working on my piece and I'm really excited to show it to everyone who visits The B.O.B. (the same venue who had me in 2015!). It was created with a pencil drawing, a watercolor underpainting, and then a final layer of carbon dust, ink & white chalk. 

Round one voting starts tomorrow and ends on the 30th - it's the most essential time for you to visit, if you want to vote for me. To that end, my voter ID is 64700 (you have to be in GR to vote... or at least to register)

Here are some images from the installation of my piece - Honey Gum Moss & Denim (click the title to view the project's webpage):

Two New Online Exhibitions Contain My Work!

Gallery 25N "Faces of Humanity" Exhibition
Opens Feb. 6, 2017

Huzzah! 5 of my Derby Portraits were chosen for an online "Faces of Humanity" exhibition that opens later this week at gallery25N.com!

Thank you to my roller derby teammates from the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes for their faces!

See all of them (there are 14) here on my website, if you're curious (and haven't heard me talk about this a million times): http://www.meganlovestodraw.com/derbyportraits


FusionArt.com - Watercolor Quarterly Group Exhibition
January 15, 2017 - April 14, 2017

It's also an honor to be chosen for a small group of 8 watercolorists for this Fusion Art exhibition.

They say, "Eight artists were chosen to participate in Fusion Art's first quarterly group exhibition. All the artists who participated in the competition have uniquely creative talents but the winners chosen exemplify a mastery in the use of the watercolor medium."

As someone who was never a natural painter, this is so gratifying. Perseverance pays off, friends. A big thank you to Peggy Macnamara without whom I would've never thought this medium was within my reach. Onward!

A Slideshow from Hanging My Art Prize 2016 Entry!

My entry, "How to Draw the Human Eye", is up and ready for your eyeballs at Women's City Club's gallery (254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI - just up the street from the BOB, where I was last year)! It's part of a stunning group of work... it's really worth a look!

Art Prize begins officially on Sept 21st (next Wed) and runs through Oct 9th. First round voting to determine the finalists is only during the first week, so, if you're interested in that, that's my best intel (you have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote, btw). To vote for my entry, my ID# is 62588. It's also displayed by my piece, as you can see.  If you go see my work, comment below! I wanna know! Bonus points for a picture of you with it :D

The Last Week Before Art Prize Goes Up

Whatta whirlwind! Everything is coming together for the hanging of my Art Prize entry at Women's City Club later this week. First off, the timelapse montage is finally done! You can watch it below:

Of course, it'd be even BETTER to see it IN PERSON alongside the actual drawings later this month, so, if you have the means, please consider going! (and throwing a vote my way if you like what I've done - I'm artist #62588) First round voting is 9/21 - 10/1, so, that's the BEST time to visit, in my opinion ;)

I'm framing all of the drawings myself with the help of my kits from American Frame, whom I love. A third (if not more) of the cost of sending it out to be fancified? I'll take it! I'm good with putting things together if I have the materials - a perfect fit as everything came in pristine condition and ready to go. So, if you're in the market, check them out! ESPECIALLY if you are within the vicinity of Toledo because you can also skip shipping and just go to their showroom to retrieve it all. Win!

 

This time of year always gets a little nuts, and apparently I have selective amnesia about that because I was feeling surprised (??). Get it together, self... this is the way of things when it comes to Art Prize - and all worth it!

Next up: find a cord to transfer my video to my tablet, frame that sucker, and finish putting the hanging hardware on everything. Bring it on Friday!

Take a Virtual Spin Around My 1st Solo Show!

Click on HERE to view the panorama above in 360 degrees (you may need to click the image to make it rotate)!

BIG thanks to Katrina (the gallery's curator) and my dear friend Rob for all of the help making this a reality - there's no way it would've happened without you! 

Wanna see these in person? The show (A Bout Face) opens tomorrow, 5/6, at 5pm (until ?pm) at Lansing, MI's MICA Gallery in Old Town (visit the FB Event or the gallery's website for more information). The whole thing will be on display until the end of June.

**If you stop in, please sign the guestbook under my self-portrait so I know you came!

PS: Is this a dream??! EXCITE!

Submitted - Toys Exhibition @ The Toledo Museum of Art

Monster Sprue, 2015, watercolor & pencil, 9" x 10"

In just under the wire - phew! I've submitted this watercolor to a toy-themed exhibition at The Toledo Museum of Art. I'll find out next week if it's been accepted! Wish me luck! PS: This was VERY fun to draw & paint. I've been wanting to do something like this for an eon, it seems.

Detroit's Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibition Includes BombYa & Murder!

Remember those roller derby portraits I created last year? Yeah? No? Well, two of them (l-r: Murder, BombYa) were chosen as part of The Scarab Club's Silver Medal Exhibition in Detroit! The opening was last Friday:

The portraits,  in situ , on opening night. Michigan Basement is playing on the right.

The portraits, in situ, on opening night. Michigan Basement is playing on the right.

...and it runs until the 28th of March. There will be a talk with the show's juror, Adrian Hatfield, on March 19th. I may attend to talk art. We shall see.

Oh, and then there's the "little thing" about Murder's portrait receiving 2nd Place in the whole thing. No truly, I am SO honored to have gotten this accolade! 

Hanging Art Prize - In Pictures (and Info About Voting)

My pieces will be hanging from now until October 12th at The Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI. If you like this project, I would sure appreciate your vote - that can be done IN (and only in) the greater Grand Rapids area from Sept. 24th - Oct. 4th (info here about voting). My artist number for voting is 56760

It's Game Time.

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

As silly as it might seem, I get nervous over everything where my work is on public display. Yes, "even" an employee art exhibition. There were 200 entrants vying for awards and lookit me! I got one! I'm very honored! Perhaps this will lead to more partnerships with U of Mich to display my work - the ladies talked to me about it - so, stay tuned for that.

Next on to ArtPrize...

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

All eight derby portraits are ready for framing in preparation for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids! The official hanging of the show is Sept 17th - I cannot fathom how time got me here already! I'll post some pictures documenting all of this. 

Now I'm going to go try not to fantasize too much about winning ArtPrize. That, ladies and gentlemen and everyone, would (and I'm not even remotely kidding) change my life.

A Lovely Night for Derby & Art

The derby portraits, hung up at Buhr Park for the  Ann Arbor Derby Dimes'  bout!

The derby portraits, hung up at Buhr Park for the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes' bout!

It was a great night for derby and to talk to folks about my work! I'm bummed that I didn't announce that this was happening here in the News beforehand... I don't know what I was thinking on that front.

Anyway, I'm so grateful to have met so many wonderful folks last night and am SO happy to have such a supportive league that let me have this little show.

Lastly, if you look closely at the ground (above), there were four blank pieces of drawing paper taped down! You know what that means... New art is coming!!