go see the last group show at launch pad gallery (7/12)!


holy cats, the launch pad gallery is closing after like 6 years of rewarding and hard work promoting artists. it’s a sad time, but also a good time for the gallery’s amazing crew. they have worked tirelessly (and mostly as volunteers) for so many years to benefit the world of contemporary art, in portland and around the country. cheers to the launch pad!

i have a small piece in the very last group show at the gallery. it’s an ink, acrylic and graphite drawing titled “coming in”. see the picture below… but in a nutshell it’s about the tide.

if you are in or near portland oregon, please go see this amazing show. there are 100 pieces, from 100 broad ranging talented artists. here is a radio interview with ben pink, about it all, airing this tuesday on kboo – http://kboo.fm/node/36854!

my little drawing is part of the problem solving process for a new film i’m working on. the film is about the ocean, and is primarily done with stop motion (hey that rhymes)… so far there are fabric and drawing elements, but it will of course be much more complex than that – it’s me, and i love the complicated bits. oh the time consuming fun i’m having so far. (that means i won’t be done for a while, but i will post it as soon as it’s done.)

i’m including a picture from the new film (this is from the practice run, it probably won’t make it into the final film). and i am including a picture of my piece that’s showing at the launch pad this coming month.

thank you for your continued support!

ps don’t forget to check out the google view of the launch pad to see some good pictures of my 2010 show, emergence! so glad the google people went to lpg when they did, i love these pictures.

rough draft for a scene from my new film.

this small drawing is worth an upclose view at the second to last launch pad gallery show, in portland oregon, in july of 2012! it’s got the same name as the new film so far, ‘coming in’, and is about the tide… coming in.

zucchini bread recipe from the art opening

hi folks!

my art opening was fabulous! it was so much fun!!!!!

thank you so much everyone who came!

i’ll post more about it later, with photos.

many of the people who came were excited about the zucchini bread i made for the opening. yeah, i made 4 loaves! it was an easy recipe. i made it vegan, but the only thing i needed to change were the eggs (i used egg replacer from a box). i’ll post the recipe so you can make it if you want to. it was really easy, i doubled the recipe, and it worked great.

i am going to make more for the closing reception too, if you want to try some. that’s on saturday august 28th, from 2 to 4 pm. at the launch pad gallery, that’s 534 SE Oak Street, Portland OR 97214.

ps I used zucchini from the farm i work on.

art opening zucchini bread:

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
(mixed these in a separate bowl)
3 eggs (or “3 eggs worth” of egg replacer – I used “energ-e” brand, and I also added 1 teaspoon of applesauce to the batter after i mixed in the “eggs”)
1 cup sugar (I used like 4/5 cup)
3 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup oil (I used about 3/4 cup of a mixture of grapeseed and coconut oils)
3 1/2 cup grated zucchini
(I stirred it all up here then added:)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

i also made one loaf without walnuts or raisins, simply by scooping some into a bread pan before mixing in the walnuts and raisins. it was very good both ways.

so, bake it at 325 for 60 minutes. the recipe I made it from said you can do it for 70 minutes too, but 60 was great in my oven.

oil and flour the pans first. It’ll make 2 loaves.

Happy Baking!

Love, Katie

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