Thank you to all of you who came to my talk Sunday at the Greenville County Museum of Art. A special thanks goes to those who stayed for the gallery walk through! I am sure you could tell that I really loved the gallery walk through with all those great questions. In fact I am still pondering some of those questions as I step out on the next leg of my journey! I will keep you posted...
Thank you's go to MAC, MAC volunteers, all the wonderful visitors, old and new friends, former students who are always near and dear to my heart and a special thank you to Michael Zeimer, a dear friend whose expert help and support made Sunday the best day we have ever had in all the years we have participated in GOS! Alice, Roger and the party poodles Jaz and Rosie
Just ask Jaz and Rosie, our 2 parti-poodles, who look all partied out after a full day of greeting old and new friends, former students, surprise visitors, all wonderful art enthusiasts taking the time to get out there and support the arts! Thank you one and all....
This was the last area of my studio to prepare for Greenville Open Studios.
Because so much of my work is in a show at the Greenville County Museum of Art, I am trying to give my studio a fresh, new look. For one thing, I am displaying many of my smaller works that I don't always sell, along with some of my monotypes. Along with this I am offering quite a bit of work for half price, something I have not done before. It is clear that I need more space in my studio so I hope this will be a way to find new homes for some older but favorite work and make more space for new work....Wish me luck!
If you are in the area and even if you aren't, Greenville Open Studios is a fantastic event! It would be well worth your time to attend. If you start at my studio, I have booklets and would be happy to help you plan your day! Hope to see you this weekend!
These new Half Pods hang closer to the wall and are displayed stem down. Ten Half Pods will be displayed in one long line at typical face height.
Nov 16, 2014
Sundays at 2: Gallery Talk: Alice Ballard
2 pm - 3 pm
Greenville artist Alice Ballard will discuss her inspiration, process, and work in her exhibition at the GCMA.
All Sundays at 2 programs are free and are presented by Duke Energy.
Nov 15, 2014
Workshop with Artist Alice Ballard
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Artist Alice Ballard demonstrates critical drawing techniques in this process-oriented workshop, helping students explore and develop their drawing skills in translating ideas from the two-dimensional to three-dimensional.
Cost is $84, includes materials and a box lunch.
Yesterday I had the delightful experience of speaking to David Hooker's ceramic class and want to thank them for an enlightening opportunity to share a bit about my life and career as an artist and teacher.
A message for David Hooker and his ceramics class -
It is important that you know that using Skype did actually involve a bit of risk-taking for me. I was a little nervous but was surprised how comfortable I felt talking with all of you this way. Thank you again for some excellent and thought provoking questions by the way. I know I talked too much! I just had so much I wanted to share with you.
I am excited to see students who dare to at least consider embarking, full or part-time, on the journey of self-discovery by taking up some creative endeavor. The rewards are great though not alway monetary! Having said that about not always "monetary", I just received an email from Allison Brown, former student from the Governor School for the Arts and she announced she just received her first big commission, a 9 foot ceramic relief mural for BMW!!!!!!!! Wahooo! Allison will tell you that it has taken all those things we talked about to get to this point - persistence, work ethic, risk-taking, patience, doing your home-work, not to mention she is working a second job 3 days a week, at least for the time being, to help pay for her rented studio space. She might be the perfect person to do a Skype interview with as she has only been out of school for a few years. My congratulations to Allison!
I want to add that I learned some new things about myself and my work. For example, I have really been thinking about the meaning beyond the obvious for the appearance of thorns, prickles, and a rough texture on my work. In the past I was sort of known for being the "Queen of smoothness and white surfaces and forms". This started a whole new conversation for me with my work...
You all looked positively angelic under that light just about Mary's head! I didn't even mind a few yawns - Really! Please feel free to email me with any further questions you might have and remember a couple of other qualities that will help you on your journey - be open, trust your intuition, especially when in doubt, and by all means have some fun along the way!
David - this worked so well, I might even try this at CCES with local and regional artists and my advanced 7th and 8th grade art group. Thanks so much for your invitation to Skype! It was a pleasure sharing time with all of you.
Best wishes to each of you as you continue on your journey in life,