Monday, March 28, 2016

News and Then Some

I have an official byline on the KMA blog!  I've been writing for the museum "behind the scenes" for a while but as of last week, all my posts will be identified as being written by Vivien Zepf, KMA Docent Trainer.  Yep, pretty cool.  You can see my most recent post about the shadows found in the exhibition, along with my photos, here.  I hope you'll consider following the museum's blog; the exhibitions are really exciting and I think the blog content is an interesting and informative addition to the museum experience.  Here's one of my post pictures to whet your appetite.  Intrigued?  I hope so.

View from above of Paul Villinsky's life-sized, Self Portrait
I spent last week on the road, looking at colleges with my youngest.  Unlike most schools, hers doesn't offer a February break so they can take two weeks off in March.  We drove to locales south of New York and got a glimpses of spring in the array of blossoms decorating the campus lawns.  It was wonderful.

We savored some great food -- oh how I wish this pizza joint was in my neighborhood!

I was even given the opportunity to touch a Rodin. Yes, a REAL Rodin!

We're continuing the visits this week; however, we flew to our first stop and are driving from here on out.  By Friday I'll have driven 2,000+ miles in two weeks.  It's amazing to see this wonderful land we live in and to share it with my daughter during a pretty special time in her life.

Good times.....

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Exhibitions - Are You Ready?

It's only March but already Jane and I are working on SPUN 2016, the juried innovative fiber exhibition we host in the fall.  As we've started to do the prep work, it's reminded me of the important prep work every artist should do before entering any exhibition.  I spoke about this in my June/July 2015 Quilting Arts Magazine article, "Maximizing Your Chances".

Here are two charts / lists I've created that I'm happy to share with you for your personal use.  They help me stay organized when I make show submissions and I hope they'll help you, too.

Let me know what you think.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

1,000 Ways

Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941)

I love Ansel Adam's photography so I was very pleased that one of this photographs, Moonrise, Hernandez New Mexico (1941) was the subject of one our photography class modules.  Our second week of class was devoted to the different ways photographers have captured the moon and this particular photo of Adams's was discussed.  Part of what I found particularly interesting was hearing Adams speak to the serendipity of discovering the scene and the ways he ultimately developed the image, admitting "There's a 1,000 ways to do it."  You can watch the short videos here and here.

Moonrise has become an iconic photograph, still in high demand among collectors.  Is its appeal the glowing moon and gravestones?  The horizontal composition that echoes the Rule of Thirds?  The expansive and raw landscape?  I have to admit; I wasn't familiar with this image.   I thought we'd be discussing "Moon and Half Dome", an image I've loved since I first visited Yosemite when I was ten.

Ansel Adams, Moon and Half Dome (1960)

But that's part of the fun of class, isn't it?  Finding new things to love.