Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Forrest Greenslade on the Chatham Studio Tour

Here is another artist worth visiting on the Chatham Studio Tour this weekend and next.  Thanks to Forrest Greenslade (sculptor, painter, author) for letting me steal this right off his blog.
Chatham County artist and writer, Forrest C. Grenslade, PhD will [have] his new book, Visitations: A Nature-Lover’s Journal at [his studio as part of the Chatham Studio Tour.]

"I was that kid you could always find turning over rocks in streams, looking for what wonders nature would disclose to me," says Greenslade. His curiosity about the natural world, led him to a life as scientist and organizational executive. Now in retirement, Dr. Greenslade is again doing what he did when he was ten years old -- turning over rocks and sculpting and painting the wonders that nature discloses.

Visitations: A Nature-Lover’s Journal is the place where you can capture your own discoveries in your garden, on your walks through your special places, or just in your reveries. Greenslade’s newest book is a collection of his nature-inspired paintings and original poems, coupled with spaces to daily record your experiences in your garden and special natural places.

Along with his new book, Greenslade will exhibit a selection of his ... organic sculptures and paintings, derived from a life-long love of nature and mythology, have a new look and feel. Greenslade’s work is highly stylized yet clearly grounded in the natural world. His relief paintings are sculptural, built up with inches of thick acrylics and modeling paste to the point that they nearly jump off the canvas. His sculptures are enhanced with innovative coatings and patinas producing color, texture and an illusion of movement. His enhanced watercolors are soft and luminous. “I want people to experience motion and emotion in my art,” Greenslade asserts, “so my faces are seldom symmetrical and my figures just can’t stand still.” Greenslade’s use of materials is eclectic. “Because of my scientific training, I tend to be experimental in my choice of media,” he explains. “I use metal, concrete, clay, acrylics, wood, found-objects – whatever tells the best story.”

"I lived a serious life, but now in my dotage, I am just letting the kid out again, " Greenslade smiles.
"It's more fun than an old guy deserves”.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting The Place ready for the Tour

Photo - Christie Minchew
Getting the studio and "gallery" ready for the Chatham Studio Tour this weekend.  The pin/pendants have a home. Not so much the cards, ornaments and framed pieces :).  That's why there are still 4 days left - ACK! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

On the way to Becoming

Sea Sculpture © Christie Minchew 2012  24"h x 22"w
On the way to becoming my latest framed piece, my initial inspiration for this was a railing on the facade of a building in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí...which then led me to thinking about the shell structures and sea life at the ocean. Stay tuned....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ornaments for the Holidays and Everyday

Photo and Ornaments © Christie Minchew 2012
Having fun with wire and wool...and yarn and my hand-dyed silk and ribbon.
Fabric and string are next.
I'm having fun :)!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cast Loose with Needle Felting

Cast Loose! © Christie Minchew 2012
A detail from my most recent framed piece.  It's an experiment in letting go a bit.  In "casting loose".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Twisting the Day Away

Twist and Shout! © Christie Minchew 2012
I call this Twist and Shout!
Can you blame me?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

20th Annual Chatham Studio Tour

The 20th Annual Chatham Studio Tour is coming up!  

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy meeting artists, seeing their studios and purchasing their art.  There will be 50 artists on this year's tours and these include fiber artists (I'm partial), jewelers, metalsmiths, sculptors, photographers, painters, potters, basketweavers and other media. Many of our tour's participants are award-winning artists as well.  Tour map and descriptions of each artist can be found at Chatham Artists Guild.  


Reception at FRANK Gallery

Examples of each artist's work will be on display
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6pm to 8pm (corrected time!)
109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Artist Reception
Examples of each artist's work and an exhibit of local student art 

Friday, November 30, 2012, 6pm to 8pm

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Pittsboro

Studio Tour: 1st weekend
Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2, 10am-5pm
Studio Tour: 2nd weekend
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 10am-5pm

All Studio Tour events are free & open to the public