ART SHOWS RIGHT NOW (aka nov/dec 2010)

Hello!

Happy wintery weather! I hope you are warm and wonderful.

I wanted to let you know about a couple of shows I’m having right now!

I’ve got a solo show up at HELD – 7232 N Burlington (end of St Johns Bridge). The opening reception will be Last Friday November 26th 5:30-8pm, and it’s part of the St.Johns Art Walk! Come over please! St.Johns is cute! And I will give you a chewy hibiscus flower! I’m giving a talk about the art at 6:30 pm. If you haven’t seen the paintings I did of plants you will be very excited. Yes!! Here are some of the pieces that are up there: http://launchpadgallery.org/emergence/

I am happy to have this show up in time for certain holidays! All of the paintings of sprouts that I have are up there, in case someone needs one! I also have posters available. And many of the star paintings from the Emergence show. These will be up until the end of december.

Also I have a small diorama in Launch Pad Gallery’s Facing Fear show, which is up now! Launch Pad Gallery is located at 534 SE Oak Street, Portland. This show will be up until the end of the month, and includes 99 other artists. It is amazing and wonderful! Group shows at Launch Pad, if you haven’t been to one, are SO MUCH FUN! You totally need to go see this soon, it closes on the 27th of November. http://launchpadgallery.org/

I am also putting together workshops for this winter. I wanted to give you a heads up about this early, in case you want to make something for someone for a holiday gift and need a plan. I will be doing short workshops on the following topics:
Collage, Basic Acrylic Painting, Altar Making, Dream Painting, Plastic Bag Yarn/Crochet, and Card Making.
Let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the class schedule, which will include more topics as well.
I also have gift certificates available, if you want to give someone a workshop.
I’ll send out a notice when this gets rolling too! I’m super excited to teach!

Thank you so much for your continued support. I really appreciate it!

Best,
Katie

December Show at HELD in St. Johns!

Hey!

I’m having a show at HELD in December!

Opening Last Friday the 26th of November! Come over!
I will be giving a talk about the art and process of making it! Dude!

7232 N Burlington Ave, Portland, OR 97203 (St. Johns)

Luminous plant paintings, from the Emergence show.

Posters will be available, as well as some really freaking cool little paintings of sprouts and such. Just in time for solstice!

You can see some of the paintings if you click here!

I hope to see you there!

I’ll add some details when I have more!

xoxo Katie

HELD ROCKS!

hi folks!

today i went to HELD Vegan Belts and was going to take down my sculptures… well, I reorganized them. so many of them are still over there. for now!

along with the wonderful work of robin and aran selki, which includes beautiful paintings and gorgeous amazing puppets!

micah perry, the fabulous, told me some great things about the sculptures too! he pointed out that they are made from petrolium, once alive (in ancient times), and when i retrieve them after their “life” in their discarded bag state – i breathe new life into them again! thank you micah! i need to quote him instead of summarizing. it was a very eloquent description and it made me nearly cry! so cool! micah is smart, and knows how to talk about art. he is awesome! he runs held, you should go talk to him, he’s often there. 3033 NE Alberta st, portland.

the sculptures will be moved around soon again too, for your viewing pleasure.

i also will be painting a little (ok, maybe 2 by 6 feet?) mural in HELD soon! stay tuned for details about this. i know, so far, that it will include birds smoking cigarettes and probably gossiping, and a rocket. maybe i will surprise you with the rest. should be fun!

i’ll post when i start, and maybe some drawings of ideas, then you’ll have to visit to see me working on it! i’m super excited. i really really really love painting murals, but haven’t worked on one for 6odd months! ahh! that long? that makes me feel weird. i need more big painting in my life. i just want to paint big! dang.

ok, have a great evening.

best,

katie

those are a couple of photos taken at held by my friend.

Photos of HELD show

Hi All Y’all,

Here are some photos of the show at HELD.

The art will be up for another week maybe, maybe less, so if you are in Portland and you do want to (but haven’t yet) see the work, the store is open 6 days a week, from 11 to 7. No mondays, you know, it’s Portland. The address again is 3033 NE Alberta.

Last night I had an event, and taught a few people how to make yarn from plastic bags. It was fun!

When you do go in to the store, you might get to talk to one of several good friends of mine who run the store. The belts are made from reclaimed discarded material. They are the strongest belts in the world, upcycled, amazing, and cute!

So, here are some pictures.

Best,

Katie Simpson Spain

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!