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!! 

Perfect Upzette's Derby Portrait is Off to U of Mich Employee Exhibition!

Upzette is done and ready for the U-M Employee Art Exhibition! I believe it'll be on display on the first floor of Taubman Center in about 2 weeks, opening reception on 9/9 and then it'll be up for 2 months. Let me know if you see it!

PS: "The honor of People's Choice, determined by votes of visitors to the exhibit, will also be awarded."

VOTE for my Derby Self-Portrait in the People's Choice Award!

Voting is open for the Derwent Art Prize People's Choice Award! I think you can vote at the page below... could you take a minute and vote for my roller derby self-portrait?** Thank you!!!!


Self-portrait detail.

Self-portrait detail.

**IMPORTANT NOTE:  You have to LOGIN to vote! Clicking 'like' is not enough. The site is not clear about that. If you do not see a pop-up asking for you to login, then something isn't right. I think this is common on phones. Sorry for the confusion - I've emailed the organizers. Please consider re-voting if you think this might be you. You're the best! 

Breaking News! A Derby Portrait is Going to London!

...and it's my self-portrait that was chosen. So fitting! (I have spent a lot of time in the UK, and hello, it's a drawing competition!) To say that I'm honored, humbled, and thrilled is a gross understatement! Also, I'm under-the-weather and it's Monday, so, thanks for the pick-me-up, Derwent!  ...AHHHH!! See the entry HERE.

TONIGHT ONLY! Derby Portraits on Display!

If you are in the region, you might consider stopping by Massage Mechanics @ 11/13 Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI to see all of the portraits I've been doing for Art Prize! They will be up from 6-9pm. 

Not to be a braggart, or anything, but they are MUCH nicer in person that via these camera phone pics :)

Art Prize Update: Venue Connection! I'm showing at The Mitten Brewing Co.!

We here at... oh hell, it's just me, who am I kidding... **I** am thrilled, humbled, excited, and blessed to announce that I have paired with a venue for Art Prize in Grand Rapids! The Mitten Brewing Co. was one of the first venues I contacted. It's a restored firehouse on the west side of GR - it's a perfect pairing! There will be an opening before Art Prize officially opens... stay tuned for more info!

THANK YOU to all of you who are supporting me and this project! See it HERE.


The First Friday Art Show is in 4 Days!

Just to recap:

An early preview of my Art Prize derby portraits will take place at Massage Mechanics (#12 below) on Friday, June 6th from 6-9pm! Local folks, come on out and see all of these lovely ladies (and gents - soon!) for yourself at Ypsi's June First Friday. I'd love to see/meet you :)