My first Covid vaccination took a place on Friday last week. It was like a "First step on The Moon" like sensation and was such a significant moment of my life. April has arrived and all of sudden the light gets brighter literally and symbolically. I heard a good news from Art Students League of Denver, where I create my prints. They have decided to go for SAM (Summer Art Market) this year in late August and I am now officially invited! Due to the pandemic, they had to reduce the artist number to a half and I was informed last week that I made for the final list, YES! Secondly Colorado Asian Art Show in Loveland, Colorado will be open this weekend. Two of my prints will be showing at the show along with 14 other talented artist works there. It is so fulfilling to be able to fill some squares of my calendar with cheerful plannings and events finally this year. It is like a first step on the moon after all! Keep on printing.
Madly snowing day, the first day of "Summer Time", the most dreadful one less hour sleeping time day. This big snow storm has brought a wet snow and we have already lost one big branch of a juniper tree in the backyard.
There are some good news to share. First I have been accepted to a show at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art in Loveland. It will be a celebration of Colorado Asian arts and is curated by Jane Burke, a senior curatorial assistant for the department of textile art and fashion at Denver Art Museum. The show will be April to June and the detail is in the event section of this site.
The second news is that Summer Art Market will be back!!! SAM by Art Students League of Denver, was sadly cancelled last year due to the pandemic but this year the show is planning to be held on August 28-29!
I have not been accepted yet since the show must reduce the artist number due to complying to the pandemic policies. My fingers are crossed.
Lastly but so excitedly, Arts on Green will be back too! The first time show event was such a success last year, so he city of Greenwood Village has decided to organize again this year. Since the organizer priorities about bringing back the 50 artists from the last year to this year, I am already accepted to the show and feel so grateful! The show info will again be posted in the event section of my site when it is approaching. Anyway things are looking up and with this accelerating vaccination process moves forward, I can really see a bright light at the end of the long tunnel! Keep on printing!
The Friday the 6th's opening was a pure success despite of the covid restrictions and nervousness. I sincerely thank the both organizers, Art More and Space Gallery for all the plannings. I was telling some of friends how exciting for me to see my prints being displayed more than two pieces in an indoor space! It wasn't merely an indoor space but a fabulous gallery space! Space Annex gallery is a artist longing space for many because the size and architechtural design itself, clean, industrial, and spacious.
Three of rewarded artists are sharing the space for this show. There are thirteen of my mostly recent prints are flawlessly displayed over the four walls. The voices and laughters echoed the gallery and it was echoed through the gallery and it was so invigorating. I thank you so much for everyone who made an effort to come for the event and for those who purchased my work. It was such a memorable evening to begin 2021 and I feel so fulfilled with more ambitious energy to step forward. Those who missed the opening, the show will sustain through February (Fridays and Saturdays) and I will be on the floor on the 13th between 12-5pm. Life is good!
Inauguration Day tomorrow, a new day of everything. The pandemic sustains yet I feel refreshed with the New Year, new days, and something hopeful. I have been printing constantly and it gives me a meaningful reason to welcome everyday. A "surprise" show is coming up in February at Space Annex. The opening is Feb.5th and I will be showing a dozen or so my large prints at the space. Since I have never shown my work in a gallery setting more than two works at the same time, this will be a dream-come-true like moment for sure. Needless to say, I feel so thankful for being selected for the show and for being able to remark the day as my new day. Keep on printing.
December, 2020, really. Life around me seems like in the "ordinary" holiday mood, twinkling many front yards, piling up gifts items at storefronts, continuous holiday musics on radio, and etc, etc.. Being in the studio under this circumstance is a blessing and I feel so real and meaningful, meaningful to stride forward. I am currently showing 14 pieces of my prints at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, one of the landmarks on Pearl Street Mall. Honestly I have not seen the display of my works since I dropped them off sometime ago but hopefully my work brings a new layer of cheer to the gallery and help the gallery business as well. We are all helping each other regardless we are aware of or not. For this holiday season, a sense interdependency and conformity is even so profound. Let us overcome together. Peace to everyone....
Deep exhale....followed by a new breath. Finally the most waited Presidential election is behind and I am uplifted with a hopeful era and vision.
As the reopening of ASLD studio, I have been officially working as a studio monitor. I sense such a fulfilling reward when I work in the studio for both as a printmaker and a monitor. As a side note, I have been invited to Alicia McKim's class at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for a small presentation on Zoom tomorrow. On Thursday I will be delivering my work to Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery for a holiday show. While the official show that was planned on September this year was cancelled due to the pandemic, the gallery has re-invited me for showing my works over the holiday as a first artist choice! Wohoo! Gradually I feel that I am getting back to somewhere normal...Hearing invitational voices are good signs of recovery, I believe.
The light is crisp and bright. It is October and it remarks the seventh month of the pandemic-still-pretty-much-stay-home-life. Things are a lot slower to open up than we all have anticipated. I visited the printing studio of Art Student League of Denver a few days ago, after 7 month of absence. I almost broke down and cried when I noticed the last date of the sign in sheet of the studio, March 13th, 2020. It looked as if everything had frozen from the day, so surreal. I was called for monitoring the studio one day for the first "testing" open studio. The layout of the tables and other furnishings in the studio have been "updated" for a new pandemic distancing format. A half of the work tables and one small intaglio press have been removed from the studio so that it will be more room for the maximum of six people. The scent of ink was the highlight of my day and it encouraged me that everything will be okay. I nervously layered on some of my unfurnished prints to move forward, feeling vital.
Let's hold our breath for a short more time, we all will see a light together soon... Stay positive & Test Negative!
On a side note, I sincerely thank to those who come to visit ARTS ON GREEN show last month with such positive energy and the most civilized manner despite some restricted pandemic safety rules. I had a good and successful show. I extend my deep gratitude to the show organizer as well.
Labor Day, it is. We are having a snow day tomorrow. Everything around our life seems to be surreal and I had never felt this way before. My life has been in the "stay home order" mode since March 12th while visiting a few "trusted" friends either on FaceTime or in person and dining out at "selected" restaurants help me to create "a highlight of the day" in regular basis. I suppose going to grocery stores to hunt the seasonal fruits and vegetables and baking the most aromatic cakes and desserts are also falling in the highlight category. I also began to meet with a sweetest humming bird in our backyard every now and then and her appearance has been a godsend like pure comfort. Okay, so in a way many rather ordinary elements in my life have now become such meaningful events that I adore and feel excited. Perhaps reaching out my sensitive antennas further to the edge of my universe has brought me something unexpected....Speaking of unexpected, I have been invited to a new outdoor art show event, ART ON THE GREEN, for this weekend. It will be one day event but I am so thankful to have this opportunity. Let's roll! Wohoo!
Well I have no more excuses to stay away from this monthly blog. You can tell how fast the times have flied under this most unprecedented environment that the whole world has been enduring since March this year. The image here is the last print that I was working on back in March, having absolutely no clue about how the whole world, and my world, would altered so instantly. I purely miss going to the studio. Airy space, abundant light, scent of etching ink, and laughter of familiar faces, this most ordinary studio atmosphere is now the most extraordinary treasure box I cannot reach.
My life is somewhat simplified now, may be called "adapted" to the new. I still have been keeping daily drawing/painting and curving wood plates as alternative. As far as I know the studio will be closed till at least the end of August. Ahhhhhh. Two more months!
Oh by the way, an important note, my work has been selected by International Printing Center New York for its "Give Me Space:2020/Summer" show, which is currently on going on their website. How honored I feel, needless to say. Life goes on and stay cheerful as much as we all can!
April, 3rd, the midst of the worldwide hardship. My husband and I have been under Stay Home Order for a few weeks by now but it seems to be for a long few months. From the first day of the lockdown, I determined to be a productive being at home, focusing what we can do instead of what we cannot do. I began woodblock curving since I can no longer access to the studio for printmaking. Woodblock printmaking requires such a different set of approaches and mindset and it is a good time for me to explore this area as I am given this continuous spare time. I use calligraphy brush with a black sumo ink to draw the design directly on plate, no sketches underneath. This is a distinguished style that I understand that Shikoh Munakata who established his woodblock printmaking world in the early 20th century. Calligraphy brush in general creates "natural" and somewhat unexpected strokes and lines I desires, instead of predictable and uniformed lines. Naturally my brush strokes on the plates are lot more bold and dynamic and the lines are so definite and pronounced. I am not so envisioning for layering with other colors that are faithful to the outlines and the shapes as you may know of the traditional woodblock prints, though adding some accent colors is always a possibility. Yesterday as a side project, I made three face masks, one made from two sheets of paper towels and the others from Japanese gauze handkerchiefs. I googled "how to" pages in numerous Japanese sites and found simple methods to proceed. When the three masked are lined up on my work table, I smiled and felt an encouragement to move on to the next day. I am grateful.
Here is my first blog.