piano climbing

hi!

it’s cold in portland, yes! and it’s thanksgiving eve. the night before “thanks-turkey-bus”… the holiday involving puppies and snuggles, and pies of course.

and i wanted to tell you a story.

yesterday, the coldest day of the year so far (maybe it was 17 degrees at some point… debatable), i hung art at the immortal piano company.

it was a tuesday afternoon, busy still even though that is traditionally the slow day (for airlines anyways)… and i was running late due to writing a press release and labels for the show.

i hung 7 paintings, from the emergence show at launch pad. the rest of the paintings from that show (the ones that didn’t sell) are up at HELD, 7232 N Burlington Ave, in St. Johns. go see them!

so, yes, i went to hang the paintings, and started by moving a very large painting Martha (who owns the shop) has had for a long long time. we took it down and put up my biggest piece from this series, of chickweed.

then it took me like 3 hours to put up the other 6, measuring, climbing on pianos (only on the sides and backs, where they are strong), and balancing around. today i am sore! around the ribs. i didn’t think i would be, since i do manual labor type things quite often, but i am! not that i am complaining, i like that muscle use thing, i’m really just describing the acrobatics involved in putting these paintings up. maybe i climbed on 10 pianos. i had never climbed on a piano before yesterday. and i hadn’t really thought i would.

so, after much deliberation my paintings are up! go see them! they are on the west wall of the best piano shop in oregon!

and now, i am working on 7 small pieces to finish up the show. these are all of baby trees. maple, oak, pine, sequoia, sugar palm, ginkgo, and i think mango (haven’t started the last one yet). all of these are between 3 x 5 inches and a foot square. small. affordable. for everyone. come and get ’em! hot off my desk (since it’s so cold i’ve been working at home, not the studio).

the “opening” reception for the show will be on friday the 17th of december. if you purchase a piano during the show you will receive a discount on a piece of art! 10 percent off! more, if you buy a piano above 1000 bucks.

that’s my story, so far…

love, katie

ps i just heard there may be a remake of buffy the vampire slayer? huh? is that real? who’s going to be buffy? what about her vampiric love interests? also what? huh? really? i hope it’s as good as before. i love the original. it’s amazing.

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Hey, I’m having an art show next week!

Hello there, wonderful people!
How are you doing this lovely summer?

Me, well, I’m so good! I’ve got a show coming up next friday, I want to invite you. These are brand new paintings!

The show is at Launch Pad Gallery, that’s 534 SE Oak Street (Portland, 97214).

It runs from August 6th through August 28th, with an opening event on First Friday August 6th – from 6 pm to 12 am.
Come over for some artviewing, music, snacks (including amazing salad from Mizuna Gardens), & come hang out with me!

The closing reception will be on Saturday August 28th, from 2 to 4 pm… come over, we can drink coffee together.

The gallery is open wednesday through saturday from 12 to 4 pm. I’ll be making a few saturday appearances too, if you’d like to meet me over there please get in touch and we’ll plan it.

My website has the info all fancy like. (http://www.katiespain.com). Launch Pad’s website has more information as well. (http://www.launchpadgallery.org).

Thank you so much for your support!

Love, sparkles, & heartlight,
Katie Simpson Spain

New show coming up July 1st!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time since I updated my blog! Yikes!

I’ve been working on a small salad farm, market garden really, near portland. And I’ve been painting as much as I can in the meantime. But farming is tiring, and although I love it, I mostly just go to sleep when I get home.

I’ve got a new show coming up!

The work will be from my abstract landscape series, pieces many people haven’t seen, the newest ones… I think I posted a photo or two on here from the series, somewhere.

Anyhow, ART SHOW!

Kalista Salon & Spa – 805 NW Glisan, in Portland… which recently moved into the pearl (from SE Portland).

The event will Thursday July 1st, 5 to 10 pm. I won’t be there until 7, fyi. But there will be a band, and it’ll be catered even. It’s a nice place, I hope you can come by.

Check out their website for more info too… www.kalistasalon.com!

It’s an awesome salon, cruelty free and organic salon. And the evening of the event is their “happy hour” so you can get a discount on salon services… so cool. They’re so nice.

so excited!!!!

hi folks!

it’s been a bit since i posted anything, i’ve been distracted by cranberries, mashed potato, cashew ‘cheesecake’, and things like that. but now that it’s black friday, and i don’t want to buy anything, i’m getting ready for the next fun things.

o i am so excited about tomorrow!!!!!!!
the event at HELD is  going to rock! please come see my work and if ya want i will even teach you how to make plastic bags into yarn! OMG!

i hope to see you soon, in between 4 and 7 tomorrow evening, saturday november 28th, 2009, at HELD (3033 NE Alberta, in Portland). it’s going to be so much fun!

ok, i am going to eat things now…

yay!!!!!

ps i am going to move my studio over like 3 spaces, within the same studio warehouse of fabulousness, Switchyard, and i will post updates about that as it happens. so far i’ve just been organizing a little, and packing up small things into the only boxes i have. it’s only like a 20 foot move, but i still need some of that packing magic to happen so it’ll go smoothly.

fun times!