The youngest people are often the most interesting!

Hello public who I may or may not know.

I just subbed for the first time at New Day School. Yes! Teaching the young kids again! I am so excited about this.

It was awesome! New Day is a great place. I’m really happy to be able to be a part of it, as much as I can be.

I just did a partial day, and only for the end of the day, outside time. Today was beautiful and sunny! Their yard is fabulous, lots of different areas for exploration and interaction. Swings, a sandbox, a garden area, an area with sticks! Lots of choices besides that, actually.

I just wanted to say that.

I’m excited about it.

The universe continues to be wonderful. With all of the bugs in the sandbox and everything.

XO K

Mural Club is Awesome!

Hi friends!

I was just the guest speaker at a Mural Club, at the Fernwood Campfire, in Portland. Just a couple of hours ago. Awesome!

It was completely awesome! So much fun! It’s my friend Leslie’s club. She is so cool! Those kids are lucky!

We talked about murals through history, came up with theme ideas, looked at the spot the mural will be, and voted on the murals topic. They did drawings of the future mural, and hopefully they’ll get to start paintings soon. The wall is big, and they don’t have much time, since it’s an after school club. But I think they’ll rock it.

Pretty darn cool. And the democratic part was fun, they voted and incorporated most of the ideas they had into one idea! Originally they had like 14 ideas, so it was neat to see them all whittled down into one.

It was SO MUCH FUN!

So, I want to be a teacher right. And I have been working on grad school applications recently, and figuring out the age range I want to teach, and working out how to make sure I get to do what I want.

The Mural Club was a fun exercise, getting used to working with kids again. I think ultimately I would work with older kids, but this was great. They were super awesome, smart, creative and had good senses of humor. And they were good artists.

And I am going to take an art education course through the Portland Children’s Museum. I am really excited about this. I’ll blog more about it later. Very cool. I’m really curious about different age ranges, and getting into the right place – that’ll help me do some good and actually make a living doing something I love. Something sustainable for me. Something I can do for the rest of my life. And help people through art.

Well, I’ll keep making and showing art, gardening, and writing still, and all of that stuff. But I am totally at a deciding point. Even the palm reader I saw early this week confirmed that. And she said I already knew what I was going to do, I just needed to choose.

So I’m researching.

Next month I will visit classes at the high school I went to. Yes, I will visit some of my old teachers! I am very excited, and curious, what the high school atmosphere is like. I did help with a high school mural class last year. That was awesome. But I want to see the whole shabang.
So I’ll sit in on a Sci Fi class (Ms. Till!) that I took, a ceramics class (Mr. Emery!) that I took, and a general art class, with a teacher I don’t know.

I am super excited about all of this. It’s all falling into place at exactly the right time.

That’s my news for now.

Hope you are well folks.

Love! Katie

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

Thank goodness it’s summer!

Hello!
It’s nice an warm out there today, but I’m indoors working on stuff, as usual.
I’m finishing the ‘root body’ of a new sculpture. It’s like I mostly want to make these sculptures lately.
I do paint a bit pretty much every day, but mostly I want to crochet. That’s fine with me. I have a big installation going up in October, so I need to be as productive as I can.
Tonight I am going to teach a workshop about the plastic bag crocheting! I am excited! It’ll be at Janovec Gallery, in SE Portland. The workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art, of which am a member.
I am totally excited to teach these women how to turn bags into other things!
Mostly I think I will focus on the ‘yarn’ part. And starting a project. A small project.
I’m getting faster, after doing this for a year and change. But it takes SO long, I don’t think people realize how many steps go into it. Not that there are too many, it’s just more complicated than simply buying yarn and beginning. The crochet itself is slower too, just because it’s a tougher material, and has the potential to break or stretch. And it is not possible to make the size of the ‘yarn’ uniform in a timely way. So it has to be a little uneven.
Anyways… after I teach this class I have to go take photos of the installation at Blackfish Gallery! It’s been up a whole month and every evening I forget to photograph it. In the daylight there is a horrible glare and it is impossible to photograph. But at night there are lights in the window – it looks gorgeous!
I am in love with it. And I have to take it down in a few days! But elements of that exhibit will be in future installations, some that are more interactive and give people a better chance to fully experience the pieces.
It’s just been really cool to have work in that gallery. I have loved that gallery for years. It’s about as old as I am, a co-op, and in a great location. Lots of very talented artists show there.
Ohhh! Ok, I have to get ready to go teach.
Thanks for reading this.
Sparkles!
Katie

 

Blackfish Gallery fishbowl inside