I was happy to see that Ann Wilson's "Moby Dick" was part of the Whitney collection. This was her first abstract "quilt paintings". Fiber art can take many forms and using someone else's work as a substrate and then adding your own layer of creativity, makes an entirely new statement.
Six years ago, I got an email from Cayce Goldberg asking me if we could get together and talk. He was thinking about opening an art gallery in RiNo, where my gallery was located.
I was delighted and met a young man with lots of smarts as well as being an accomplished artist himself. A year later, he opened Helikon — a combination of artist studios and a beautiful art gallery.
Today, I visited him for his closing day and we had a chance to share our stories of being gallery owners and then closing our galleries because of gentrification. When I opened my gallery (aBuzz) there were 7 other art galleries within the radius of a block. That made our area a "destination" for First Fridays where 200-300 people would be attending our openings. When I closed my gallery, there was only 1 gallery left. We were no longer a "destination".
Cayce's story was different since he owned the building and when the city increased his taxes and he couldn't pass it on to the artists, he decided it was time to take a new path.
He talked with me about his joy at helping launch so many talented artists in the Denver community and how, one day in the future, he might try this again.
I'm sad today but happy I had the chance to know Cayce. He is a special person and makes my life that much richer.
Goodbye Helikon. Hello Cayce — here's to your next adventure!
The best way to transport a Christmas tree? On a bike, of course.
New York is my home town and I was excited to spend some time there over Thanksgiving. Walking the streets, riding the subway, and talking to people are always my favorite things to do (not mentioning going to museums, broadway shows, and other cultural events — did I mention shopping???)
But seeing this Dad and daughter transporting their tree on bikes made me once again, realize that being creative means solving problems.
I do this every day in my studio when things are not turning out as expected. Instead of getting frustrated and throwing things into the trash, I really work at figuring out what went wrong and how I can fix it.
It's my favorite part of living the life of an artist!
People often ask me "How long did it take you to create that piece?" I always answer "A long time but I enjoyed every minute"
So when I looked t this installation at the Whitney Museum in NYC, the first thing I wanted to know is "How long did it take you to create this piece"
Every surface of this fabricated, actual size kitchen, was covered with beads. Of course, it sparkles but also comes with a political message of women spending a lot of time in this room. There is a poem by Emily Dickerson, speaking of the subjugation of women in marriage, a box showing Aunt Jemima as a smiling domestic servant and the bottle of dish washing soap labeled "Joy" which is what women should feel, washing dishes.
The artistry, patience, talent, creativity, and problem-solving that artist Liza Lou exhibits in this amazing work makes me want to see what she's working on now so I will be following her creative adventures. Oh, BTW, it took her only 5 years!
'm lucky to be in NYC for the Thanksgiving holidays and went to the Center for Book Arts with my friend Judy. She was there taking a class on book binding and after seeing her work, I was sad I didn't take it with her.
But, there was a wonderful exhibit of travel journals at the center and this one was my favorite.
This book is called "Atlas of Columbia" and the artist is Lydia Rubio. She combines text with maps and watercolor paintings. I loved every page.
Worth a visit!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!