Salem Art Fair and Festival: Creature Creations

IMG_9291The 2014 Salem Art Fair and Festival has concluded, but I was lucky enough to be invited to lead an activity in the kids area on Saturday. The activity was painting and decorating a 16″ muslin Bendi doll. I led this workshop for the Salem Art Association back in October, 2013; here’s a link to that post: I’m Nuts For Art. Both art doll sessions were sponsored and generously funded by the Bush Barn Gallery Guides.

I’ve done lots of planning over the past couple of months in preparation for yesterday, with the most important being rounding up 60 dolls!

IMG_9274I got all of the supplies to the Salem Art Association and then on Saturday, arrived early enough to get everything ready.

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We immediately had kids ready to make a creature and for the next four hours, there was a steady stream of activity. (PS We even had some adults creating dolls, some under the guise of helping their child and others blatantly creating!)

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Scattered By the Wind: July Update

Dayna at Project SpaceI have hardly had time to do an update on my Scattered By the Wind prayer flag project. In a nutshell, anyone can make a flag, which is then hung in downtown Salem at the Salem Art Association’s Project Space venue. Flags are for sale for $10 each, with proceeds going to art programming at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility. For more information on all of this, please check out my previous posts.

May 27, my initial post about the project

June 15, an update on the project

June 24, the idea to sell the flags

All three of these posts were done before I was even set up in my area at the Project Space venue in downtown Salem.  Since getting set up, I have hosted a First Wednesday, two community flag making days (four more to go), and received dozens of flags. That’s what this post is all about. Here is what it looked like as I was moving in the first of July.

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Then the fun began. The public was invited to make flags in July during the First Wednesday art walk and reception.

 

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Even the City of Salem mayor stopped by and was captivated by my project.

Even the City of Salem mayor stopped by and was captivated by my project.

 

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I’ve hosted two community flag days. Here’s a look at the first, where so many great flags were created (and sampling of a few flags).

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Then, last Thursday, a second community flag-making  day (and again, just a sampling of the flags that were created).

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IMG_9242To see all of the flags and more photos as the project progresses, please visit my Facebook page: Scattered By the Wind. Flags can be purchased by getting in touch with me to make payment and pick up arrangements.

Oh, I almost forgot. The most recent statistics for the project. Here they are:

Flags sent or given out:       177

Flags received back:             59

Flags hanging:                     114

Flags sold:                            47

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There is still time to make a flag! They aren’t due back until the end of August, so shoot me an e-mail if you would like to participate: dayna@daynajcollins.com/curele.

Walkabout: Paths, Journeys & Destinations: The Opening

IMG_9135Last Friday was the opening of the Salem Art Association Radius 25 show, a show for established and emerging artists living with a 25-mile radius of Salem. The theme for the show was Walkabout: Paths, Journeys & Destinations, with creative interpretations of this theme encouraged. I wrote about my pieces and how I chose to interpret the theme in a previous blog post. You can see it by clicking here.

I didn’t take many photos, but here are a couple.

Me with Cameron Kaseberg, the guest juror for the show.

Me with Cameron Kaseberg, the guest juror for the show.

 

With fellow artist and friend, Julie Jeanseau (and her adorable daughter).

With fellow artist and friend, Julie Jeanseau (and her adorable daughter).

The reception was so crowded and I did so much visiting, that I never got to see the entire show. I want to go back when I have time to enjoy all of the wonderful art. The exhibit, at Bush Barn in Salem, is up through Friday, August 29.

Scattered By the Wind: Prayer Flags For Sale

IMG_8612The Scattered By the Wind Prayer Flag Project is in full swing and I’m not even set up in the Project Space site in downtown Salem. I started promoting the project via my blog and Facebook at the of May and it has taken off. So far:

137 flags have been distributed (eight states plus Canada and UK)

26 flags are in process or have been completed by me

21 flags have already been returned

10 have sold!

My project officially opens July 1, when I’ll be setting up a small studio area at the Project Space site on the second floor of Liberty Plaza in downtown Salem (285 Liberty Street NE). The space will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm (but if you want to see me, check first to make sure it is a day that I’ll be there!).

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Project SpaceIn the meantime, my original idea was to string the flags together, display them for the opening reception on September 3, and then contact the library or a school to see about hanging them for more to see and enjoy. Well, things began morphing and new ideas started to flow. Now, instead of keeping the flags together, I’ve decided to sell the individual flags with proceeds going to the Salem Art Association’s art program at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility (serving young men ages 12-25). Also, as part of the emerging plan, I’ll be going into the facility and teaching a group of young men how to make prayer flags.

Prayer Flags Dayna

 

Again, plans have been evolving. Once I decided to sell the flags, I originally thought they would be sold at the opening (and final) reception on Wednesday, September 3. Then I decided I would be part of the August 6 reception and sell them there as well. BUT THEN, I decided why wait until the receptions to sell the flags. Not everyone will be able to attend either of the receptions, so I decided to offer the flags for sale now. I’ve set up a special Facebook page: Scattered By the Wind, where I share photos of the flags as they are received, as well as photos of the flags I am creating. When you see a flag you want, you just contact me with the name of the artist who created the flag, then send me $10 along with your address. The flag is yours. However, since all of the flags are part of the exhibition, they won’t be mailed until after the September 3 reception.

All of the flags that have been completed can be seen at the Scattered By the Wind Facebook page, but I wanted to give you a little taste of some of the flags.

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And finally, if you don’t want to make a mess at home or in your studio but you want to create a flag for the project, I have scheduled six community days where you can come down to Project Space and use all of my materials and supplies. Come join me from 12-3 on one of the following days:

Saturday, July 12

Tuesday, July 15

Thursday, July 24

Tuesday, August 5

Saturday, August 9

Thursday, August 14

There is still time to have me send you a flag if you prefer to participate by mail. Send me an e-mail with your address and I’ll put a flag kit in the mail to you: dayna@daynajcollins.com/curele

 

 

The Journey Home

Edges of paintingsThe Journey Home. My three paintings were accepted into Salem Art Association’s annual Radius 25 show, a show open to established and emerging adult artists living or working with a 25-mile radius of Salem. The theme for this year’s show is Walkabout: Paths, Journeys & Destinations. I immediately knew that my theme would be The Journey Home, the journey home for my dad, who died May 17.

I decided to use a previous painting (that my mother has hanging in her kitchen) as my inspiration. Here’s a page from my working art journal.

IMG_8668We were asked to write a process statement, describing our process and subject matter. Here is what I submitted:

My three Journey Home pieces were created by painting cradled wood panels with acrylic paint, applying a layer of plaster for texture and interest, sanding, scraping, then staining the plaster with watered down acrylic paint. All of this was in preparation for painting, which I did using a mixture of oil and cold wax applied with a putty knife. The subject matter is a further exploration of working in layers and its relationship to memory, something I began experimenting with over and year ago in response to my father’s descent into dementia. My dad lost his battle with Alzheimer’s just a few weeks ago and these pieces were created in response to his death.

Lots of layers and contemplation went into these three pieces.

 

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The finished pieces.

 

"The Journey Home: Without a Pang of Remorse," 18x18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

“The Journey Home: Without a Pang of Remorse,” 18×18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

"The Journey Home: Caught in an Undertow," 18x18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

“The Journey Home: Caught in an Undertow,” 18×18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

 

"The Journey Home: The Ease of Slumber," 18x18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

“The Journey Home: The Ease of Slumber,” 18×18 inches, plaster, oil, and cold wax, on cradled panel.

 

The show runs from Friday, July 11 through Friday, August 29, at Bush Barn in Salem, Oregon.

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Scattered By the Wind: An Update

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My prayer flag project, which I outlined in a previous post, is gaining momentum. It officially begins in July, but I’ve been doing posts on Facebook about my project and inviting friends and acquaintances (or strangers) to join in by making a flag. So far, I’ve sent out and distributed about 100 flags, which means lots of ripping, ironing, and sewing is going on so I can send out the flags.

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All of the flags will eventually be curated and strung together, then hung for the Salem Art Association Project Space opening reception on September 3. My initial idea had been that after the reception, I would contact the library or a school and see about having them hang somewhere public for a while. Then a friend asked if the flags would be for sale, which got my brain to swirling and I’ve decided that I’m going to sell the flags with proceeds going to the Salem Art Association’s art program at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility in Salem. I’ve also been invited to offer a class to the boys teaching them to make a prayer flag.

I’m thinking out loud here, but my thought is to sell the flags for $10 each, making them affordable to purchase. As of today, I’m thinking the flags will be available for purchase on September 3. More on all that later, but I’m excited to think that the flags will serve a greater purpose.

In the meantime, I’ve been painting and creating flags myself. I have three series going. One is crosses and cruicforms.

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Another focuses on black and white (with a spice of red).

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And finally, a whole series where I’m using vivid color and lots of line work.

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Want to make a flag? E-mail me your name and address and I’ll send you prayer flag kit. I’ll even include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to make it easy to send your flag back to me: dayna@alleyartstudio.com

 

Scattered By the Wind: Prayer Flag Project

photo 1I was juried in as a participant of Salem Art Association’s Project Space and I’m excited to share what I’ve chosen to do. But first, a bit about Project Space and then details about my project.

The Project

Project Space is Salem Art Association’s dynamic, temporary and contemporary non-commercial art initiative, which offers artists a place for experimental art and interaction with the Salem community. Open June 3 to September 5, 2014, this year’s program will include openings on four First Wednesdays starting in June in addition to other receptions, performances and events.

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My Project

I have long been intrigued by prayer flags and it is my intention to create a series of prayer flags, experimenting with various mediums and ideas, including repetition, painting, embellishments, words, themes, color, composition, and journaling. The tradition of Tibetan prayer flags dates back thousands of years. Traditional flags were stamped with prayers, mantras, and symbols then hung and left to flutter in the breeze, spreading wishes for happiness, long life, and prosperity.

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Community Involvement

Along with my series of prayer flags, I’m inviting the community to join me in creating flags. This will be accomplished by invitation, requesting a flag, or by attending one of my open community days. Using fabric, paint, texture, images, and words, I will provide everything you need to create a prayer flag that will be strung with others to create strands of community flags that will be displayed at the Project Space venue on September 3. Community sessions will be held from 12-3 on the following dates:

Saturday, July 12

Tuesday, July 15

Thursday, July 24

Tuesday, August 5

Saturday, August 9

Thursday, August 14

All of these sessions will be held on the second floor of Liberty Plaza in downtown Salem.

Behind the Scenes

In preparation for creating all of these prayer flags, I had to cut and rip lots of fabric . . . . and I had to dig out my sewing machine and learn how to use it. Thank heavens it came with a DVD.

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I became pretty proficient at sewing straight seams.

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Private Flags

In order to involve as many people as possible, I have put together personal prayer flag kits. The kit includes a piece of muslin cloth that can be embellished any way you want. There are no parameters, no limitations, nothing that is off limits. You can paint, use rubber stamps, write with felt pens, glue or sew on fabric scraps, add  embellishments (buttons, ribbons, jewels . . . .). It is my hope that you will play and have fun creating a flag.

In the kit, I will include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for mailing your prayer flag back to me. I’ll need your flag no later than Friday, August 15, so I have time to string the flags together. Send me an e-mail if you would like to participate (dayna@alleyartstudio.com). I’ll be making a list of everyone who joins in, which I’ll have on display at the unveiling and reception on Wednesday, September 3.

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RIP Dad

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Last year, I had a show at Guardino Gallery in Portland. The title was Beneath the Surface: Searching For Memory and the show was inspired by my dad’s battle with Alzheimer’s. My dad lost that battle on Saturday night.

As I sat with my dad on Saturday, I reflected on what a great dad he had been. He was silly, generous, funny, out-going, and at times tender and sentimental. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, so he fought through the haze for five years. I thought in a tribute to him, I would post a few of the paintings I did for the show since their titles reflect what he was experiencing.

Beneath the Surface

Struggling to Reach the Surface

Struggling to Reach the Surface

Creating Memories That Won't Be Remembered

Creating Memories That Won’t Be Remembered

Etched in Memory

Etched in Memory

What Came Before

What Came Before

Darkness Closing In

Darkness Closing In

Fading Away

Fading Away

Glimpses of the Way Things Used To Be

Glimpses of the Way Things Used To Be

Collecting Thoughts

Collecting Thoughts

Seeking Refuge

Seeking Refuge

Chasing Memories

Chasing Memories

And finally, because it was one of his favorite songs:

When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In

 

Warren “Lefty” Davidson

May 24, 1931-May 17, 2014

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Trifecta of Classes. . . . and a bit of sightseeing, too

Blog clocksI recently returned from a ten-day road trip with my friend Tory Brokenshire. On the first leg of our trip, we were in Cleveland where Tory was teaching three classes at Small Studio. The classes were all found object assemblage classes with a big dose of sculpture. I’m good with the found object part, not so much with the sculpture, but I gave it my best effort.

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From a pile of junk and a flurry of arms and legs, I created Mr. Songbird.

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Day two was titled Sail Away and involved sculpting an entire body AND making a little wire boat. Tory was a great and patient teacher and I managed to create a companion for Mr. Songbird, but her boat, well, it sunk.

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Please meet Miss Pennington.

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The good news is that Mr. Songbird and Miss Pennington hooked up at the end of the second day, although Mr. Songbird’s nose put out Miss Pennington’s right eye.

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Santos

On our final day, we created a Santos. Fortunately, we only had to sculpt the head!

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Blog Heads in ovenThen we got to dress our Santos, which was great fun.

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During the ten days I was away, I spent an entire 30 minutes in my travel journal. A whole 30 minutes!

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Beyond Words: RiverSea Gallery

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I have long been a fan of RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. Every time I visited Astoria I made sure to stop into this beautiful gallery. When I started painting several years ago, I barely allowed myself to dream that I might one day have my art hanging in RiverSea. Well, my dream came true. My paintings are now in RiverSea Gallery.

At the end of April, my friend Cynthia and I took a road trip to Astoria to drop off my art. I got to meet the gallery director, Jeannine, and she got to see my art in person.

Gallery director Jeannine gets acquainted with my art.

Gallery director Jeannine gets acquainted with my art.

Jeannine selected twelve pieces to display in the gallery. Here’s a sampling of the pieces now at RiverSea.

"A Dark and Dreamless Oblivion" Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel 8x8 inches

“A Dark and Dreamless Oblivion”
Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel
8×8 inches

"Traveling Sideshow" Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel 20x20 inches

“Traveling Sideshow”
Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel
20×20 inches

"Tantalizing Threads of Gossip" Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel with niche 24x24 inches

“Tantalizing Threads of Gossip”
Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel with niche
24×24 inches

"A Smattering of Clues" Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel 8x8 inches

“A Smattering of Clues”
Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel
8×8 inches

"It Sounded Exotic" Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel 8x8 inches

“It Sounded Exotic”
Plaster, oil, and cold wax on cradled panel
8×8 inches

It was so nice to have my artist friend Cynthia along for the day, especially since we got to spend a beautiful, sunny day at the coast.

Me, Jeannine, and my friend Cynthia

Me, Jeannine, and my friend Cynthia

 

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