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Writeup! Judged Fall Fine Art – 2022

The Fall Judged Fine Art show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until November 16, 2022.

Our seasonal fine art shows are open to the public and judged by an invited artist or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local creators have been focused on. Painted & drawn works, mixed media, assemblage, stained-glass, and more - you can expect to see these types of creations during our Fine Art exhibits.

A total of twenty-three (23) entries were received from seven (7) artists! Typically, we experience smaller judged fine art shows, likely due to the fact that creations of paint or assemblage take time to fully complete. Many artists work on a limited number of art creations per year.

The 23 entries were sorted into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Flowers".

Judge

Glenn Grishkoff was kind enough to venture out to this desert wonderland to judge this year's Fall Fine Art show. This marks the second time Glenn has been a judge for Chaparral Artists and it was a real treat speaking with him about art!

Glenn Grishkoff has taught, performed and exhibited his work nationally and internationally in Japan, South Africa and Thailand. He was awarded special invitations from the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and from Chiang Dao Artist Residency in Thailand where he collaborated with hill tribe people and the famous "painting elephants". He has lectured at The Mashiko Museum of Art and The International Workshop Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan. The Oregon School of Art and Craft, The LH Project and the Florida Keys Community College have welcomed him as a visiting artist and lecturer. In 2008, Grishkoff was awarded the Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship grant for his sculptural work. Grishkoff holds a MFA from the Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from California State Fullerton. He currently maintains a studio practice in Anaheim and Los Angeles and teaches workshops in performance, brush making and ceramics. He is currently  a professor at Loyola MaryMount University in Los Angeles  teaching upper division courses in Art and Ecology.

Artist Statement 

California-based artist, Glenn Grishkoff, grew up watching his Russian father–born and raised in China–grind his own ink, calligraphically working with iconic glyphs onto rice paper. This childhood memory and his own experience in Asia taught Grishkoff the power of a brushstroke and the spirit of natural materials. The sculptural objects and performances he creates with clay, paper, wood, metal, glass, textiles and hair, reference his own story, the power of mark-making and the materials he uses. 

Grishkoff believes that paying homage to the animal spirit within the physical world is an important part of human experience. The artist is also inspired by the sculptural qualities and possibilities of clay combined with other materials. Some of these material explorations result in objects that are used in performance. Grishkoff uses objects to establish a sensual connection between body and mind that ritualizes the performance space. Grishkoff often uses brushstrokes to represent breath, along with masks, garments, and sound. Together, these elements draw audiences into meditation and offer a spiritual experience. 

Juror's Statement 

When jurying an artist show I go beyond my own personal likes and dislikes acting in the moment and with my intuition. I rely on my background as a professional educator, artist and spiritual practitioner. We are judged the day we are born into this world and until the day we die. In an odd way we become accustomed to being judged by others in our daily lives but when we are judged on the quality of our creativity, and how it fits or doesn’t fit into society’s norms,  this critique can become difficult to handle at times. Through my teachings I strive to free others from their fear of art to embrace  the act of creativity as an essential component of daily life.  

Some thoughts I often ask my students & artists friends to ponder & discuss when creating works of art:

  1. Are we born with talent or is it developed over time to be an accomplished artist? How does time play a role in making a work of art?
  2. For who and why do we make our artwork for? How can we stay true to ourselves?
  3. How does the creative process feed our soul and mesh into our daily life and the lives of others?
  4. Why are artist communities essential for healthy societies and cultures?

It was a pleasure being a juror for the Chaparral Artists group and I wish everybody  the best in their creative endeavors and continued success.

Sincerely, 

Glenn Grishkoff

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"Mystic Raven"
Jennifer Grandi

"I love the way you captured the inquisitive look of this mystic raven! Beautiful use of color."

Second-place
"Cheeky"
Raini Armstrong

"Very playful and cheeky indeed! Can practically hear the water splashing.."

Third-place
"Gaia Moving"
Victoria Sebanz

"Inventive, very creative and exellent use of highlights throughout the leaves and body."

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Midnight Jugglers"
Raini Armstrong

"Beautiful! Nice sense of movement in the ocotillo and nicely captured dreamy sunset. Makes me feel like I'm camping."

Second-place
"Roped Beauty"
Raini Armstrong

"Really like the abstract sky juxtaposed with the realistic trees! Haunting."

Third-place
"Rock Study #2"
Raini Armstrong

"Playful clouds and lovely textures on the rocks, looks like a breath of fresh air."

Honorable Mention
"Joshua Tree Park"
Nancy Miehle

"I really love that this is a medium that you don't always see in a fine art setting - really well done, supper interesting use of atmopheric perspective!"

Abstract

First-place
"Lady of the Glen"
Nancy Kimes

"Stunning colors and haunting spectre of the lady. Love it."

Second-place
"Green Aurora"
Eddie Tucker

"Nice flow and composition, playful colors, reminds me of the microscope imagery and macro imagery all at once."

Third-place
"Rapid Flow"
Nancy Kimes

"I love the flow - it looks like a topographic map and a lava flow all at the same time."

Best of Show

"Midnight Jugglers"
Raini Armstrong

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President's Award

"Red Hot Sunset"
Raini Armstrong

Thanks go to the participating artists that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew (please follow any guidelines that they may require) and enjoy the Judged Fine Art show. It will be displayed until May when we transition into the open Judged Spring Photography Show!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup – Gubler’s Orchid Festival

There is something fantastical about the Gubler's Orchid Festivals that I cannot help but look forward to. The beauty blooming within the humid rooms that are nestled in the middle of the desert is something magical in and of itself. The depth of scent each orchid exudes sets the senses at ease. The smiles of the children that are seeing all of the colors on the tables. Or maybe that is simply what I am experiencing!

The Orchid Festival was held on October 1st and 2nd this year (2022). Chaparral is so lucky to be a part of this event! Thanks go to Nancy Miehle for maintaining such a wonderful connection with Chris Gubler.

For years now, Chaparral Artists have been able to set up inside where the Orchid classes are held. It allows us the ability to hang a few pieces of member-created art on the walls and provide half-tables to those members wishing to showcase or sell their creations. Members wishing to show their work just need to manage their table and help manage the Chaparral table(s). Our big goal during the Orchid Festival is spreading the word about Chaparral and to hold the raffle that is responsible for funding art supplies for kids-paint events and members art creation events. In fact, the Orchid Festival is our biggest fundraising event during the year! We sell raffle items that are donated by members of the organization and sell special wood sets that were donated to us in the 60s. We also provide painting opportunities for kids and adults alike. For those interested in honing their painting skills, we offer advice while painting along with participants, but often our painting volunteers just have to keep the table tidy and the paint brushes clean! 

The Orchid Festival is by far the best environment we have to share our artistic experiences with the public while raising funds for Chaparral. And better yet, the orchids are amazing! There is a lot to do for volunteers and visitors during the festival too. The event has grown immensely over the years. Non-profits share information about their organizations and food and children's games draw families to the event. I thank everyone who offered their time to Chaparral that weekend. Some volunteers were able to help set up on the Friday before, and spend all day with us during Saturday and Sunday, while others could only offer a few hours. I want to make sure to thank you for whatever time you could provide. The event can be a whirlwind of excitement every year, but there are always lulls of quiet in between. I was excited to see familiar faces and work alongside volunteering members and friends.

I look forward to the event every year, and I hope we continue to attend for many to come!

Nancy Miehle deserves extra kudos for creating something extra lovely as well... this year there was a contest for the best decorated donation can. Those cans sit within the store and outside by the food court. Because of Nancy's eye for color and subject, Chaparral Artists won the prize this year for the bright and beautiful Orchid themed decoration!

Writeup! Judged Fall Photo – 2022

The Fall Judged Photography show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until October 13, 2022.

Our seasonal photography shows are open to the public and judged by an invited photographer or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local photographers have been focused on. Our photographers are still experiencing limited excursion opportunities due to health concerns but we still find subjects to present, especially as travel is becoming widely possible once again!

A total of twenty-three (24) photographs were received that came in from five (6) participants. Entry numbers are fewer than we had hoped - the photography exhibits have the potential of being one of our most packed shows due to the speed with which photography can be printed locally and we are striving to increase participation once again. More participation increases variety and the challenge expanding one's creative side as they strive to ride the wave of their creative quirkiness, hone their presentational skills, and expand their view of the world.

Despite the lowered participation, the entries were still as lovely as always and there were enough to sort into three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Hand of Man".

The Judge

Our judge was a local artist named Jessica Graybill.  Jessica works with a number of mediums from paint to clay and bronze. Her current works focus on functionality, art pieces that serve to brighten a space while being used in everyday life!

Born in Santa Barbara, California and growing up on the islands of Hawaii, her works have an intriguing vibrancy and crisp edge to them, which merge quite beautifully into the quirky, sandy qualities of our beautiful Mojave desert region. The fusion of island and desert 'moods' just work wonderfully!

 

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Wave Dancer"
Raini Armstrong

"Dramatic! Nice shadows, quality of light, love that it's so abstract."

Second-place
"Summer Blaze, Whitney Portal"
Julianne Koza

"Super interesting blend of atmospheric wonder and man-made elements (the highway) great colors!"

Third-place
"Whistling Solace"
Raini Armstrong

"Really love the composition and the color choice of matting. Appreciate the sculptural quality of the wood in the foreground."

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"Red Dog Bison Peek-a-boo"
Julianne Koza

"I love how they look like one creature and that they look like they are thriving among the flowers."

Second-place
"Desert Munchies"
Raini Armstrong

"I am such a sucker for a big horn 🙂 such incredible creatures!"

Third-place
"Which Way to Weight Watchers?"
Robert Rufer

"I am also a sucker for a fat quail!Also really love the mounting and framing!"

Honorable Mention
"The Magician"

Robert Rufer

"As someone who has been listening to a lot of 'Hall and Oats', this speaks to me :-)"

Hand of Man

First-place
"Shadow Spider"
Raini Armstrong

"Really eye-catching!"

Second-place
"Outhouse in Blue"
Julianne Koza

"Very extraterrestrial! I would be so intrigued walking upon that scene 🙂"

Third-place
"Grand Canyon Milky Way"

Julianne Koza

"Lovely milky way! I love the warm colors! Nice Shadows and Light quality."

Best of Show

"Shadow Spider"
Raini Armstrong

Really eye-catching!

Thanks go to the participating photographers that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew and enjoy the Judged Photo show. It will be displayed until June when we transition into the Members-Only "Flowers" exhibit!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup! “Sunny Days” Show

Sunny Summer Fun

This members-only show titled "Sunny Days" was a themed exhibit on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between August 13 and September 14.

The theme was particially open to interpretation as it was a subject full of summer fun, sunnday days, and bright nights. We saw scenes from holiday excursions, moments captured during family fun, summer creatures that make our hearts pound and beautiful blooms from these hot and glorious months.

There was no limit to the age of creations or the type of medium - though we cannot truly accommodate more than one three-dimensional piece during any of our shows because of limited floor space. Size limitations were only in place due to the allotted gallery space. This installment of summer beauty saw eighteen (21) entries submitted by eight (9) artists in the mediums of acrylics, mixed-media, oils, photography, and watercolor.

The Summer Days exhibit will be on display until September 14 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! “Anything Goes” Show

Your beauties, your space to shine

This members-only show titled "Anything Goes" was a themed exhibit on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between July 16 and August 10.

The theme is completely open to interpretation to allow our members to show off their favorite creations off all time, situational, time-relative, and just share their beauties with our local and out-of-town visitors. We were impressed by the sheer number of entries and we were thrilled by the creativity and painterly styles of everyone's creations. The art was hung using a salon style arrangement - pieces packed tightly, filling the available spaces. I had so much fun fitting it all together.

There was no limit to the age of creations or the type of medium - though we cannot truly accommodate more than one three-dimensional piece during any of our shows because of limited floor space. Size limitations were only in place due to the allotted gallery space. This installment of anything and everything saw forty-four (44) entries submitted by seventeen (17) artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, photography, and watercolor.

The Anything Goes exhibit will be on display until August 10 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! “FLOWERS” Show

Floral arrangments, wild nature, blossoms of every color

This members-only show titled "FLOWERS" was a themed exhibit on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between June 18 and July 13.

The theme lends itself to vibrancy in color and variety in bloom. Many came in stating that the show was gorgeous, best so far, and beautifully colorful. The entries were hung using a salon style arrangement - pieces packed tightly, filling the available spaces. It was a wonder to walk through and I enjoyed the process of hanging the art and being inspired by the creativity I saw. 

There was no limit to the age of creations or the type of medium - though we cannot truly accommodate more than one three-dimensional piece during any of our shows because of limited floor space. Size limitations were only in place due to the allotted gallery space. This installment of colorful flowers saw thirty-seven (37) entries submitted by fourteen (14) artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, photography, and watercolor.

The Flowers exhibit will be on display until July 13 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! Judged Spring Photo – 2022

The Fall Judged Photography show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until June 15, 2022.

Our seasonal photography shows are open to the public and judged by an invited photographer or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local photographers have been focused on. Our photographers are still experiencing limited excursion opportunities due to health concerns but we still find subjects to present, especially as travel is becoming widely possible once again!

A total of twenty-three (23) photographs were received that came in from five (5) participents. Entry numbers are fewer than we had hoped - the photography shows have always been one of our most packed exhibits and we are striving to increase participation once again. The entries were as lovely as always and there were enough to sort into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Hand of Man".

The Judge

Our judge was a local artist named Jen Shakti.  Jen is practiced in many mediums with a fantastic biography that I highly recommend you peruse by visiting her website at jenshakti.com

Jen's work is bold, featuring a multidimensional aspect of the desert that I so enjoy. There is a focus on nature up-close, presenting compositions that are intriguing and vivid.

Her joy and inner expression for the world definitely came through with the way she carefully reviewed the photograpy she judged for Chaparral Aristist. The following entries placed, with comments provided for each.

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Woodland Faerie"
Nancy Kimes

"I see the faerie too - what a special, mystical encounter - lucky!"

Second-place
"Nature's Music"
Victoria Sebanz

"The abstract shapes, textures and choice of black and white print, transcends the actual stems and leaves"

Third-place
"Beach Bouquet"
Julianne Koza

"Like Nature's Music, this photo rides a line of what is recognizable, and abstraction, incredible textures, and colors. Looks like a creature!"

Hand of Man

First-place
"Adobe Texture"
Raini Armstrong

"You captured a feeling - this looks like a home that's been lived in and maintained for a thousand years."

Second-place
"Temple"
Victoria Sebanz

"Beautiful Mandala - it's amazing that the hand of man can be so precise in act and architecture."

Third-place
"Bighorn Battle for Mars"

Julianne Koza

"Beautiful exposure - interesting astrological meaning - Aries/Mars/Lams."

Honorable Mention
"Beautiful Damage"

Raini Armstrong

"The title alludes to something bubbly and corroded, but indeed, it is a beautiful texture reminiscent of earth from space, which brings and element of micro/macrocosm of size and scale that I find interesting."

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"The Musician"
Bob Rufer

"The clarity of color has an antique feel. Looks like her attention has been cuaght by something else."

Second-place
"Who, Me?"
Bob Rufer

"The burrowing owl allowed a portrait. Always a special encounter when nature is still for a photo."

Third-place
"Jingle Dancers"
Victoria Sebanz

"Makes me feel encouraged that young indigenous people are involved in preservation of culture and tradition."

Best of Show

"Woodland Faerie"
Nancy Kimes

This photo shows imagination and sensitivity to the environment - one has to be looking carefully to notice the faerie.

Thanks go to the participating photographers that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew and enjoy the Judged Photo show. It will be displayed until June when we transition into the Members-Only "Flowers" exhibit!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup! General Meeting – May 2022

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Date: May 15, 2022
Author: Raini Armstrong

Chaparral Artists had a great general meeting in May!

Our meeting officially started at 1:05pm and concluded at 2:30pm on May 9, 2022. Participation was up to 17 members and our guest demonstrator was Jennifer Grandi. Intake for the upcoming Judged Photography show was announced. The featured artist venues have Nancy Kimes displaying art at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church and Raini Armstrong displaying art at the Center for Healthy Generations. Belated mother's day cheer was shared.

Dan Hivner, a new member to Chaparral Artists, was introduced briefly by Nancy Kimes. Dan is an artist experimenting experimenting with mediums, most recently the acrylic medium. We look forward to learning more about Dan and seeing his creations!

Nancy Kimes shared a brief story about how positivity is key to creation and success, by offering an anecdotal account of her drive to the meeting. She had two hours to travel the typically 2.5 hour drive. Nancy respects the power of mantras, in the positive aspects of them, and she simply began the drive and repeated a mantra that helps her in staying focused and open to good things. Her average 2.5 hour drive went smoothly, even when faced with literal obstacles in the road in the form of massive truck-tire tread scattered across the freeway, and veering vehicles avoiding them. Nancy made the drive in time for the meeting and happily shared her feelings on how positive thought can make a difference in so many tasks! She added that sharing your art with the public can feel scary, so many obstacles existing that halt us from sharing, and sometimes even creating. Remember that your artistic voice is important, and sharing it with the public both invigorates and expands your power to create.

Joan Scott shared that 24 of her art creations are on display at the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley and will be available for purchase through June.

Officers and attendees discussed a possible date for a summer photographic outing and came up with two possibilities - Tuesday, September 13 or Wednesday, September 14. The plan is to visit Keys Ranch for a Night Shoot. The criteria was based on an early rise of the galactic center (Milky Way) and a later rise of the moon. It was helpful to have the outing planned directly after the September general meeting so that reminders of the outing would be offered in person and digitally. The Vice President will make arrangements with the Desert Institute to determine which date works best.

Eddie Tucker reminded participants of the upcoming Morongo Basin Open Studio Art Tours occuring on the last three weekends in October. The signup deadline is fast approaching - May 31, 2022. Artists interested in participating MUST provide all representative photos, biography/artists statement and entrance fees during registration. There is no saving the application.

A Marketing resource available to regional artists includes the Palm Springs Art Directory, an art museum mailing list that goes out to the valley and beyond. Raini promised to register with the art directory and provide a writeup to be included on the next newsletter or at the very least, the Chaparral website.

Victoria Sebanz is looking for venues that will display outdoor art. She is in the process of working on a larger art installation with doors, interactive it its ability to stand upright, provide a feeling of opportunities offered and decisions to be made... Suggestions included the Joshua Tree Art Gallery for smaller outdoor installations and the Joshua Tree Dry Lake Bed - a location that might be able to accommodate larger art installations.

Kathy Miller received the door prize of a Chaparral tote bag.

Discussion with Jennifer Grandi

Jennifer Grandi was our guest artist sharing a special introduction to a mixed media art form that she has truly enjoyed. By using acrylic paint and discarded palm wood.

Jennifer shared that she was always drawn to the large palm wood, their shapes and textures intriguing, and so she collected them when she could. After storing the collected material she began experimenting with it, learning that the slick surface didn't work well with all mediums. Eventually she experimented with acrylic, and after some trial and error, found a happy result.

Preparation is key to using such a natural 'canvas'. Jennifer applies a base medium to aid in acrylic adherence. She also experimented with usable backings to properly hang the resulting art pieces. Jennifer shared that over time the edges to palm wood frays, giving the piece a set lifetime, unless a substance is painted on the back.

Jennifer also shared her artistic decisions with choosing the right 'canvas' for the subject she wishes to paint. Often the palm wood texture and shape reminds her of something from her travels or from the creatures she enjoys in the desert. She has combined multiple palm wood together for larger creations and used single pieces for smaller works.

The artistic style she has developed supplements but does not replace her medium of choice - pastel - but it has provided wonderful opportunities for creation.

Writeup! Judged Spring Fine Art – 2022

The Spring Judged Fine Art show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until May 11, 2022.

Our seasonal fine art shows are open to the public and judged by an invited artist or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local creators have been focused on. Painted & drawn works, mixed media, assemblage, stained-glass, and more - you can expect to see these types of creations during our Fine Art exhibits.

A total of twenty-five (25) entries were received from eleven (11) artists! Typically, we experience smaller judged fine art shows, likely due to the fact that creations of paint or assemblage take time to fully complete. Many artists work on a limited number of art presentations per year. And yet, these twenty-six entries were such a treat to enjoy during installation as they will be for a month during this active springtime in our desert!

The 25 entries were sorted into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Abstract".

Judge

Jessica Graybill is a Mojave Desert dweller whose work is certainly influenced by both the desert and the tropical locations she has come to know. The fusion of such inspirations can only mean great things as her work indicates with its organic beauty with pops of vivid color.

The Mojave Desert has long energized and influenced her creativity. Her work is inspired by the natural beauty of her surroundings, with an emphasis on organic shapes and vibrant earth tones as she works in ceramic, crystal, and dyes.

Artist Statement 

Or: How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love the Process

My work is built by hand from the ground up. I choose not to use a potter’s wheel because I love the meditative act of handbuilding and the organic shapes produced as a result of impressionable clay retaining the individuality of the hands that shaped it. Pinch pots, coils and slabs are the building blocks of ceramics, and there is so much natural beauty in these elements of form.

I am especially enamored with pottery because of its supreme versatility. Malleable raw clay becomes a durable final product, and the potential exists to create anything from a purely ornamental sculpture to a practical bowl - both of which are artful in their own right. Pottery is of the earth and to it, shall return. Once it outlives its functional life, the broken pieces won’t wind up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - if it makes its way to the ocean at all, it will sink to the bottom, creating a home for a hermit crab, a nest for an octopus, or a substrate for future coral reefs.

My goal is to create functional art with longevity. Art can adorn your walls, but it can also be infused into every facet of your life. Surrounding yourself with objects made mindfully brings an additional layer of awareness to your everyday activities. With monolithic corporations pumping out soulless, expendable (and often, plastic) objects left and right, it’s become a vital act of resistance to live a low impact lifestyle by shopping small and supporting local businesses and individual craftspeople.

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"Mystic Raven"
Jennifer Grandi

"I love the way you captured the inquisitive look of this mystic raven! Beautiful use of color."

Second-place
"Cheeky"
Raini Armstrong

"Very playful and cheeky indeed! Can practically hear the water splashing.."

Third-place
"Gaia Moving"
Victoria Sebanz

"Inventive, very creative and exellent use of highlights throughout the leaves and body."

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Desert Dream"
Joyce Nichols

"Beautiful! Nice sense of movement in the ocotillo and nicely captured dreamy sunset. Makes me feel like I'm camping."

Second-place
"Roped Beauty"
Raini Armstrong

"Really like the abstract sky juxtaposed with the realistic trees! Haunting."

Third-place
"Rock Study #2"
Raini Armstrong

"Playful clouds and lovely textures on the rocks, looks like a breath of fresh air."

Honorable Mention
"Joshua Tree Park"
Nancy Miehle

"I really love that this is a medium that you don't always see in a fine art setting - really well done, supper interesting use of atmopheric perspective!"

Abstract

First-place
"Lady of the Glen"
Nancy Kimes

"Stunning colors and haunting spectre of the lady. Love it."

Second-place
"Green Aurora"
Eddie Tucker

"Nice flow and composition, playful colors, reminds me of the microscope imagery and macro imagery all at once."

Third-place
"Rapid Flow"
Nancy Kimes

"I love the flow - it looks like a topographic map and a lava flow all at the same time."

Best of Show

"Red Hot Sunset"
Joan Scott

"Stunning texture and movement, beautiful color selection, nicely mysterious foreground and subtle color variouations in the sky"

Thanks go to the participating artists that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew (please follow any guidelines that they may require) and enjoy the Judged Fine Art show. It will be displayed until May when we transition into the open Judged Spring Photography Show!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup! Gallery Systems – are they right for you?

To Streamline the Hanging of Art...

Gallery systems are made to simplify the management of wall hangings, especially in an environment that often experiences change. With a hanging system installed, a tight organization of art can be also accomplished. But is this enough to interest you in purchasing and installing one of these systems?

Gallery systems are made up of a selection of rails, wires or rods, and hooks that can maximize the art hanging capacity of blank walls. Yet investing in a gallery system, no matter what the brand you choose, is just that - an investment. These systems are relatively expensive. Many galleries make the investment because of the monthly or quarterly costs associated with volunteer time and wall repair materials. For galleries, museums, studios, libraries and businesses, the initial expense is worthwhile because it saves them on time and materials for as long as the system is in use. 

Some artists and collectors have also made the investment if they often showcase art at their homes.The freedom of change can be incorporated easily and quickly, either seasonally or as the mood strikes with these systems. 

The cost can be prohibiting, however, if none of these pros apply to you. 

Case in point - I calculated the cost for an in-home system for me…

I have four walls with a total of 45 linear feet that I can hang the bulk of my art on. If I was able to arrange my art in a tight manner I think I would use 25 cables (the average size of my art is 11x14 framed) and up to 50 clips. It turned out that a system by AS (www.ashanging.com) resulted in the most affordable gallery setup, coming to $530. This would be a serious investment for me, one that I have not yet taken advantage of.


PROS

  • No more repairing walls
  • Fast adjustment to art arrangements
  • Modern look

CONS

  • These systems are expensive. They eventually pay for themselves in setup time and wall repair time\cost, but only if you regularly change out and\or maneuver art on walls.
  • Modern look (this can be a con if you dislike metal lines dividing the visible negative space of the wall!)

Gallery System Art Displays

https://www.gallerysystem.com/

Example Gallery system

Wall track - $29 per 6.5ft track

Original Cable - $69 per 10 pack of 6.5ft cables

Original hooks - $59 per 10 pack of allen-wrench hooks

STAS Picture Hanging System

https://www.picturehangingsystems.com/

Example STAS system

Wall track - $26.12 per 59in track

Original Cable - $69 per 10 pack of 6.5ft cables

Original hooks - $59 per 10 pack of allen-wrench hooks

Walker Display System

https://walkerdisplay.com/

Example Walker system

Wall track - $29.99 per 6ft track

Metal Cable - $6.99 per 4ft cable

Original hooks - $50 per 10 pack of hooks

AS Hanging Systems

https://www.ashanging.com/

Example AS system

Ceiling track ($31.10 per 72in track)

P-end cables ($4.30 per 4ft cable)

Mini Hooks ($3.95 per hook)