revisiting

http://www.ilplanetario.net/?helpwithessay-net helpwithessay net This show came about when Patricia Davis decided to re-visit the art work she had created dealing with her mother’s death from cancer in 2010.  On Thursday March 3rd, Patricia calls me in tears saying she would have to pull out of the show because her grandmother is passing.

I told her to take care of her family and that everything would be handled here.  I sprang into action and started calling my art family saying, “we have a show in less than 48 hours. The theme is revisiting. What have you got?”

What I got is outstanding work on a moments notice.  I had three works that Patricia had left with me so I opened the gallery with those.  Patricia revisiting her mother’s death by thinking of the tiniest thing that started to manifest in her mother’s body.  A cell. The works are three mono-types called Neoplasm 2.3 and 5.

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Neoplasm 2 Monotype By: Patricia Davis

 

 

Bruce Henry brings in appropriated photographs from other times.  Revisiting a place and time we may not have ever been to but an idea we may have heard about from friends and family, or seen in a movie.  Thus our ideas of reality are being thrown into an area of revisiting a concept of someone else’s life that we can associate with.

In the piece Simulation #3 Bruce has photographed the ground.  He is revisiting a space, a time, both defined by the area of where he is and by the photograph in the photograph.  He is revisiting and buried…burrying an idea? an emotion? Revisiting an emotion? Digging it back up?  Burrying it and leaving it for good? Or thinking he will leave it?

Simulation #3 By: Bruce Henry
Bruce Henry, Simulation #3

Thinking like Liz Wuestefeld’s mono-types.  Her images of her stoic face being haunted by thoughts, by ideas, by images, all blurry.  Revisiting on the inside. Stoic on the outside. Bruce Henry’s photographs also hint at a chaos that can’t be seen outside of what the camera has captured.  Patricia touches on what can’t be seen with the naked eye as well. Only the destruction it can start to havoc on one’s body.

window 3 By: Liz Weustefeld

Mary Tubbs using nail polish, acrylic paints, matches, china markers, whatever she has that allows her to capture the emotion she feels while revisiting ideas and stories from her past.  Her slight abstracts with faces and colors boldly points out what revisiting has made her feel as she translates it into her work.  Bringing everyday objects and using them in her art.  The idea of keeping the memories or objects in order to revisit them, like in have a heart, valentine, Mary uses old valentines in an obtuse pattern surrounding an obscure face?  The hot pinks and reds with children’s scribbling their names on the valentines. . . revisiting the past or future?

Tony By: Mary Tubbs

Liz works in shades of blacks and grays and tans.  Going from a whisper to an all out black out of emotion. In her piece, cage 3 the black background making the silhouette stick out from the page, with the black spot on the brain, just oozing there.  What is she revisiting that makes her “stick out” and that sits on the brain, slowly running down her face?   The use of reds and blues in Patricia’s work gives you the idea of something that will be devoured.  Raw flesh, blue veins, meaty tissue.  Soon to become host, not to the neoplasm but to the cancer.

I am very pleased with the work the artists have given me to show in the gallery.  The show is set to represent the mind.  How it may revisit memories, here and there. Up and down. Anything but linear.

 

I encourage everyone to leave thoughts as well on this show!!! Please if you disagree with what I wrote or want to ask questions to the artist please feel free to do so!! I want to encourage an open dialouge with the comunity.  It is my blog so if you are rude or mean or aren’t making any sense I will delete your post!

Gracie

Introducing, “American Grass.”

This term was coined just last Friday when the band, Hale County Music Company apologized to me as they set up their gear in the store.  “Jamie, we’re not actually a blue grass band.” Mark said.

“Oh no!” I replied.  “Are you mad?” asked Mark.  “No! Not at all!” I said, “are you mad at me for misrepresenting you?”  Mark laughed and said no. “What kind of band are you? I asked. “Welllllll we’re not sure.  We’re sorta blue grass and some punk influences, American rock, a little. . . .” he trailed off.  “You’re American Grass!” I replied.  And after listening to the trio, I believe they are. They sound rockabilly with a banjo with a little stadium rock. Not too heavy on the stadium rock but the sound is purely homegrown american influences which brings us to American Grass Music.

American Grass Band, Hale County Music Company

So neeeeeless to say our March First Friday was a smash hit! It didn’t come with out some drama of course.  I am sad to say that Patricia Davis’s grandmother passed away making her unable to be the March solo artist. So we made it a group show!  MFA photographer Bruce Henry, and artists Liz Weustefeld and Mary Tubbs jumped in and help interpret the show theme, revisiting.

Bruce Henry, Simulation #3

Dan O’Hara brought down some coasters for your home. Staying with the industrial theme and upcyling, these little gems are made from street signs of course! Hale Co. knows how to upcycle street signs in the most divine way!


 

Dan O'Hara's upcycled coasters

 

 

 

I’m also happy to report that Soapy Jones has dropped off some of the ridiculously lush Lefthand soaps from the lefthand soap company! She has given me a sampling includin the very new, (I’m the first to get it) Wellthat’scool.com soap made with beer!!! So if you can’t be in the studio with the wellthat’scool guys, you can at least smell like you were there!

Naturally made soaps by The LeftHand Soap

Hours at the store this week will be very short. I’ll be open on Tuesday. Wednesday – Sunday I will be going to Atlanta to participate in the Scott Antique Market! Wish me luck! Of course you’ll be the first to know how it goes!  Be sure to check out more photos from our March First Friday on Facebook!

I’m sorry I didn’t make it out to Bebe’s class to see all your wonderful outfits you guys made for your midterm! I’m sure they were fabulous!!! Also I got some press in the Crimson White last Friday.  I would like to thank Ashley for taking the time to come and interview me and to check out the store! Roll Tide!  Of course keep up with my pal IAMTHEMANDY on her website too.

One last thing I would like to wish my beau the happiest of birthday’s today.  The world is a better place because he is in it.  And because you guys are in it too!!!

Hugs and High Fives!!!

Gracie

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

I feel the sun creeping up like, tick-tok

Has spring sprung? Yes and no. Yes because of the boootiful weather and no because it usually freezes one more time before Easter. But the sun is definetly creeping up on us like Mike Posner suggests in his song baby please don’t go.  And while I don’t want them to go Will Holman’s show is about to go come March!  He brought in STOP sign bowls that are re-tailing for $95.  Very fun, Very original, and Very functional art!

Window At Grace Aberdean with work by Will Holman
Bench by Will Holman
Coffee Table, bowl, bench, light- Will Holman

Also I was just informed that all jewelry by This ‘ol thing IS HALF PRICE til the end of the month.  The  greatest thing about vintage jewelry – It’s always in style!!! It’s vintage!!!   Take advantage of the sale and be the belle of the ball!

Mix and match with accessories by Clever Gretel, IAMTHEMANDY, and a cup of jo.  Wear them all and you can be your own girl gang.

On a personal note I would like to put out in the blog world that one of my best friend’s mom has decided she is tired of fighting cancer.  I’m glad that Barbara Alread was able to watch me grow from  19 years old.  Her laughter and jokes will always be told. I’m very happy that I felt the love from my Big Urn, and I will always be lil’ Urn.

AND. . . .on a brighter note! We celebrated LISA BAGBY’S BIRTHDAY this monday with a surprise party of course! (Thanks Ham)  You can support her in her effort to raise money to FIGHT AUTISM at this link…

www.firstgiving.com

Support TEAM MILO!!!

And if walking makes you hungry check out some healthy recipes by Matthew Lawerence at,

analabamaplate.blogspot.com

Know you are loved!!!

hugs and high fives,

Gracie

Some Quick Announcements!

WE GOT A SIGN!!! Yes, because we have been blessed with warm weather I was able to get my sign on the window! Just wanted to tell everyone that the Food Summit interest meeting went well last night and I’m excited so many attended!  This Saturday I won’t be opening til 11:30! For I will be doing some manual labor.  Also this saturday Kentuck in Downtown Northport will be opening their clay c0-op with a party in the court yard starting at noon.  You can purchase a clay mug filled with Wintzells Gumbo for $25!  Fun times! you can find out more at www.kentuck.org.  Dance Alabama will be having a performance tomorrow night as well!  Also check out Green Bar.  Formally known as Little Willes! You can find them on Facebook under Green Bar.  If you decide to say in cruse on over to etsy and check out Brittany Melton’s jewelry at madewithhope.etsy.com.  The weather is bootiful here in Tuscaloosa and people are out in abundence!  Be sure to show off you’re Original style with accessories from IAMTHEMANDY, Clever Gretel and local artist Beverly Mabry!

 

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