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Guest post - desert hike

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My husband Bill Worzel and I share a love of the desert. He's written a post about a long-ago trip to canyonlands. The photos are from our more recent trip two summers ago and are mine.


In September of 1987, my friend Duncan agreed to join a group of my friends & associates in Taos for The First Annual Technology Meeting and Chili Cookoff - a technical meeting I had put together. I was pleased, and somewhat surprised since, while Duncan and I had been friends at University, we were not then close friends. At the time he was a very English sort of person. Quieter than most, brighter than many but beneath his quiet exterior, an adventurous soul.

After the conference, which produced no breakthroughs of any sort, Duncan and I borrowed one of our confrere's car and set off to drive back to Michigan, stopping on the way to do what Duncan called “Industrial Strength Tourism.” In about a week, we visited no fewer than five national parks and drove the Platt River back east, crossin…

Deadline for Home show fast approaching

The WCA sponsored exhibition Home: Loving it, Losing it, Leaving it has a submission deadline of March 23. We'd love to see more entries in what should be a very strong and timely show. Submission info is here. This exhibition will be at the University of Michigan Duderstadt Gallery in May.

changing painting format

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river alone, section I - part of much longer comp for possible public art piece and digital underpinning for mixed media w/encaustic 12" x 48" ©2009

I've been making mostly square paintings for a number of years. Lately I've been exploring some very different formats - very wide landscape format pieces. I've been doing a number of pieces which are focused on rivers, watersheds and coastlines - subject matter which very naturally works in these long panoramic formats. It's interesting how changing the shape one habitually works in can change how one approaches the subject matter. Some of these pieces have an obvious "up" whereas others read quite abstractly. While that's certainly also true of many of my square pieces - and in one critique group we all rotate any piece that doesn't have an obvious vertical in its content - it feels quite different to work in this long, long format. Has changing shape changed anything else significant fo…

article on Metamorphosis show

From theLincoln Journal Star, here is a nice article on the Metamorphosis show at the Haydon Art Center.

water, water

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silver river, encaustic & satellite imaging on panel, 6" x 6", ©2007

I just watched a fantastic TED talk on the world's oceans by Sylvia Earle. Earle has been exploring and studying oceans for 40 years. She speaks eloquently of what we stand to lose if the current trends of unrestrained fishing, pollluting and damage continue.

Also on the subject of water - this chart shows the sources of water, especially fresh water, around the world. It's an eye-opener. There is a shockingly small amount of fresh water. Look at the very large amount of water that comes from glaciers and contemplate how fast they are melting. Very scary stuff!

Metamorphosis at the Haydon Art Center

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frozen reliquary, encaustic, glass, metal leaf & mixed media. ©2008

detail - this is the piece in the Metamorphosis exhibition at the Haydon Art Center in Lincoln, NE. This national juried encaustic show opened last Friday. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Haydon Art Center and the International Encaustic Artists.

installation views at sweetwaters AND ecology of place installed

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Here are some views of the show now that it's up at Sweetwaters in downtown Ann Arbor. I'm really pleased with how the pieces work. You'll have to go see if you're local - and go see the other artists' work which I mostly don't picture here.




And here's the ecology of place installed in its home at the Washtenaw County's LLRC. The county did a nice job of installing it. Something like 40,000 people use this room every year so it will be seen by a lot of folks!

While I'm posting away I will also link to the CAID - contemporary art institute of detroit. CAID has done a lot of terrific programming - shows, projects and classes in Detroit. This economy is stressing all non-profits and young ones like the CAID are particularly in need of support. Their current membership drive is looking for $6 per person and will help them to keep providing art classes to people in South West Detroit and putting on really cutting edge art in both of their spaces. …

show at Sweetwaters downtown Ann Arbor

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cloud/sky/mountain lake, encaustic, digital & mixed media on panel 24" x 24", ©2007

Greenland - melting channels, encaustic, digital & mixed media on panel 24" x 24", ©2008


breakthrough melt, encaustic, digital & mixed media on panel 24" x 24", ©2009



bleeding fjord, encaustic, digital & mixed media on panel 18" x 24", ©2008


arbor ash elegy, encaustic, digital & mixed media on panel 24" x 30", ©2009

I'll be hanging a group show at Sweetwaters on Washington in Ann Arbor on Monday.
This is the 3 arts, 3 generations show I've posted about previously with Nancy Feldkamp and Katie Halton.

These are some of the pieces going in the show - there will be a few more.

desert again

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slickrock horizon - Canyonlands, 6" x 6", ©2007


S on slickrock, Canyonlands again, 24" x 24" ©2009


desert passage, 24" x 24" ©2008



desert lake from on very high, 24" x 48", ©2008


desert basalt #1, 6" x 6", ©2007


desert basalt #2, 6" x 6", ©2007

Chris Clarke called for desert themed posts for the second carnival of the arid. This time I'm pulling together a set of paintings of the desert. Some of these come from the same summer trip to Canyonlands National Park and a few others are from satellite images of another desert entirely. All are encaustic and digital, of varying sizes. [edited to add permalink]