I'm almost done with my entry for the "BraZart" event. It's a fundraiser for cancer. I'm hearing that there are a lot of great entries coming in for the silent auction. My entry is a double barrelled slingshot using a bra as a sling. I painted a double target to go with it. I think it's looking great! :) This was a fun project!
Double Barrelled Slingshot (the slingshot is resting on the target in this photo)
My husband and I met and fell in love in the Art Dept. of a small christian college. We actually met on an art department trip to Chicago in the Fall of my freshman year, a mutual friend introduced us. The next Spring we had several classes with Professor Bippes, who taught us how to draw very tightly with an ultra sharp pencil. He emphasized the elegance of a sensitive contour line. In his class, we labored over thousands, no millions, of teeny tiny parallel lines built up to precisely shade a drawing. We learned to take command our HB pencils. It was slow, tedious work. This was 34 years ago! I can't believe it!
Prof. Bippes is a much loved teacher. In my teaching career I have had several interns and student teachers over the years that he has sent my way. They all love him, because he loves them. He demands high quality work, and requires a student's best effort. Freshman are ruthlessly sorted as they fall short of the effort, perfection, and numerous hours that a positive critique from Bippes requires. He is famous for the stinginess in which he doles out As. High praise from Bippes is earned.
We just attended his farewell art show and reception. His work was displayed on one side of the large gallery, alumni work was displayed on the other side. His drawings and woodcuts are masterful, and thought-provoking. It was easy to see his influence in the alumni work, his demand for excellence in thought and execution marks us all.
The art department has grown tremendously from the time my husband and I attended school there. It's in a new building, with new equipment, new faculty, new gallery, etc.; but the influence of one professor remains, and will remain. His philosophy, vision, and direction are solid, inspiring, and enduring.
This painting is a combination of my front yard and my back yard. It's half of a diptych. It has been selected for several art shows including Art Prize and Ella Sharp.
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Exhibits, Events, Workshops, Classes
January 15- March 26, 2011, Statewide Fine Arts Competition, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI (Opening Reception January 15, 2-4pm)
January, 2011, Mac Worthington Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (http://www.macworthington.com/)
November- December 2010, Baker College, Jackson, MI
November 2010, "Art Prize in Jackson", Art 634, Jackson, MI
September 22- October 16, ArtPrize, O'Tooles, Grand Rapids, MI (http://artprize.org)
July 21-24, 2010, Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
July, Grand River Exhibit, Art 634, Mechanic Street, Jackson, MI
July, "Country Days, City Nights", Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI
May- June 2010, Oakwood Heritage Hospital, 10000 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI 48180 I have about 30 of my fields and florals in this display. It is sponsored by "Arts for the Spirit", supported by the Oakwood Foundation. There are 8 exhibits at 4 hospitals in the Oakwood Healthcare System.
May- June 2010, "Kickin Up Your Heels", Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI (I won first place, people's choice for my roller skates paintings!)
May 22, 2010, "Art and Flowers", local art fair, Van Thorres Greenhouse, King Rd., Spring Arbor, MI
Other Exhibits include:
April 25- May , 2010, Fairy Celebration, Solo Exhibit, Art 634, Jackson, MI
February, 2010, “Jammin’ for Haiti”, Java N Jazz, Albion, MI
February 11- March 11, 2010, “Shades of Blue”, Tibbit’s Opera House, Coldwater, MI
February 11, 2010, Jackson Civic Art Association exhibit, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
January 16- March 20, 2010, Statewide Fine Arts Competition, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
November 2009, MAEA Member’s Show, KVCC Center for New Media , Kalamazoo, MI
August 2009, Arts Council invitation, Solo Exhibit, Perrysburg, Ohio.
July 2009, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
May-August, 2009, "heirloom love", a Mother-Daughter exhibit in cooperation with sculptor, Cara Garnett, Women's Historical Museum in Lansing, MI
Other various local exhibits include:
“Tune into Art”, Tibbit’s Opera House, Coldwater, MI
Guest Artist, Coldwater Art Walk, Coldwater, MI
Art and Flowers, Spring Arbor, MI
Regional Show, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
Acquisition shows, NAEA/MAEA, Lansing, MI
Faculty, Alumni, and Friends, Gallery Opening, Ganton Art Gallery, Spring Arbor, MI
Michigan Art Education Association, Jackson Civic Art Association, The Guild (Ann Arbor), Detroit Institute of Art