fine art and fine wine

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Here are some photos of my fine art in the process of being exhibited at a winery, Burnt Bridge Cellars in Vancouver Wa, for a First Friday event, June 3 2016 www.burntbridgecellars.com

At the winery I’ll have new artwork in an exhibit titled “Enjoying Time”. The opening starts at 4pm Friday evening and includes music, food and wine and, of course, visual fine art.  (The exhibit will be available until the end of July – see the winery’s website for their hours)

I like having my artwork in winery’s – especially when there is good food prepared by a chef (like at the Burnt Bridge Cellars), and music – because my artwork in general is about taking time to enjoy small moments. So what better way to amplify my artistic thoughts than to exhibit my art in a way that can engage all of the senses?

Fortunately my art agents at Caplan Art Designs agree and aid and abet my efforts! (The gallery owner brought some of my artwork from the gallery and consulted about the display at the winery!) www.caplanartdesigns.com

Here is my “Enjoying Time” exhibit statement:

“After attending a symphony followed by a multi-course dinner and drinks with friends I began thinking about time; musical time, cooking time… finding, taking and spending time on things that bring joy to life.  I thought about how our lives are entirely made up of time and it’s up to us to use our time well.  So I began to collect, from my daily life, my own “enjoyable moments” – and recreate them for you with some of my favorite animals.”

And here (finally!) are the promised photos –

Sue Clancy's fine art on exhibit above some very fine wines at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Sue Clancy’s fine art on exhibit above some very fine wines at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Sue Clancy's fine art in the process of being exhibited at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Sue Clancy’s fine art in the process of being exhibited at Burnt Bridge Cellars

 

 

coffee delivered

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I took my artist book “Coffee Please” to the 23 Sandy Gallery today. Had an enlightening visit with the gallery owner Laura Russell talking about the role of the artist’s book in the world… Of course I’m aware of the role of the artist book in my personal life – but to talk about the artist book as it fits into a larger picture was inspiring!  I also got to see other book-artist’s artist book work. Wow!  All of this reminded me that I needed to define “artist book” as I see it here on this blog:  It is a work of fine art that has the form and feel of a traditional book.  It is fine art often in a sequential form that tells or demonstrates a narrative or concept. Sometimes an artist book can feel almost “sculptural”, showing ideas in dimensions over page-leaf spans of time.

Do you remember Pop-Up books from when you were a kid? Yeah, artist books are fun like that but are conceptually created for grown ups.

Here’s a link to pictures of my book “Coffee Please” which is about coffee and travel: https://sueclancy.com/2016/02/29/artist-book-coffee-please/

Information about the upcoming exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery is here: http://www.23sandy.com/Upcoming.html

And yes, Virginia, there will be an exhibit catalog available!

thinking marbles

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I’ve been reading “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and “Looking at Mindfulness” by Christophe André  both books on the topic of caring for and training one’s mind.  A friend also talked to me recently about her daughter’s childhood collection of glass marbles. So I’ve been contemplating both of the phrases “collecting one’s marbles” or “losing one’s marbles”. Isn’t it interesting that we use common toy marbles to make references about mental faculties?  On my blog you can see a recent sketchbook page (https://sueclancy.com/2016/04/14/pug-mindfulness-sketchbook-page/) where I’m ruminating on marbles and mindfulness. Needless to say all of this thinking has inspired a new artwork I’ve just finished titled “His Marbles” 8 x 8 inches, hand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, and acrylic on cradled board.

His Marbles By Sue Clancy hand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, and acrylic on cradled board

His Marbles
By Sue Clancy
hand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, and acrylic on cradled board

 

coffee accepted

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Just found out that my artist book “Coffee Please?” was accepted for the upcoming Wanderlust exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery!! http://www.23sandy.com/  I’m excited! More info about, and pictures of, “Coffee Please?” here: https://sueclancy.com/category/artist-book/  Going to go do my happy dance now!!

side A of "Coffee Please?" by Sue Clancy - a unique handmade artist book

side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy – a unique handmade artist book

closet creature art poem

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Closet Creature - words and art by Sue Clancy

Closet Creature – words and art by Sue Clancy

 

Closet Creature

By Sue Clancy

 

Rattle, rustle, bang, bump,

my closet door opened – THUMP!

I smelled it first and wrinkled my nose

then in the moonlight there arose

a creature with a tennis racket head.

Its flannel arms stretched toward my bed.

It smelled of moldy milk I’d dripped.

It staggered in muddy jeans I’d ripped

and moaned as it came toward me,

“I am the ghost of Dirty Laundry!”

 

poem plus illustration

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cut handmade paper illustration for a poem titled "What J. J. Said" by Sue Clancy  (art and words both are by Sue)

cut handmade paper illustration for a poem titled “What J. J. Said” by Sue Clancy (art and words both are by Sue)

What J.J. Said

By Sue Clancy

 

John Jerry Adler

climbed up, up, up

a very tall ladder

and whispered

in the ear of a giraffe

“you matter”

Soapy Smooth art

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Just finished a new piece for an upcoming exhibit! It’s 6 x 6 x 2 inches, made with handmade paper collage. This artwork was inspired by patterns on fruit, carrots, rabbits and live saxophone music.

"Soapy Smooth" by Sue Clancy, 6 x 6 x 2 inches, handmade paper, hand dyed paper, ink, watercolor and acrylic on cradled board

“Soapy Smooth” by Sue Clancy, 6 x 6 x 2 inches, handmade paper, hand dyed paper, ink, watercolor and acrylic on cradled board

You can see me working on the handmade paper from inspiration to stencil creation to new paper on this post here: http://sueclancy.com/2016/03/15/paper-pattern-plotting/

book plus sketchbook equals art

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I’ve been reading “Confessions of a Young Novelist” by Umberto Eco.  During one evenings reading I drew this drawing in my sketchbook. Now, as I read further in Eco’s book, I’m in the process of developing my sketchbook drawing into a small work of fine art. Here is the drawing;

sketchbook drawing by Sue Clancy

sketchbook drawing by Sue Clancy

 

 

artist book Coffee Please?

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In this previous post I was in the process of creating a one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery. I’ve finished it now and it’s titled “Coffee Please?”  Here are pictures:

handmade box front cover for "Coffee Please?" by Sue Clancy

handmade box front cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy

handmade box back cover for "Coffee Please?" by Sue Clancy

handmade box back cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy

side B of "Coffee Please?" by Sue Clancy

side B of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy

side A of "Coffee Please?" by Sue Clancy

side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy

 

artist book about coffee

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Been busy creating a new one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Or. http://www.23sandy.com/

This book is titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”.  To create this book I’ve gone through all of my travel sketchbooks, kept as I traveled across the United States, noting, phonetically, the answers I got to my “Can I get some coffee please?” question.

Here is a picture of the “raw pages” in stages of production before “binding” as a book…

Pages from an artist book being created by Sue Clancy titled "Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States"

Pages from an artist book being created by Sue Clancy titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”