“Arizona Road Trip,” mixed media available at Artery, July 7th

“Arizona Road Trip,” 8 x 10 in. on panel, mixed media, © 2017 Cindy Schnackel

Arizona Road Trip will be shown at the Artery, opening reception Friday July 7, 6-9 pm.

A couple of months ago, the women’s painting group I share space with at the The Artery decided to do a July group show based on the theme of “heat.” For awhile there, I thought I might have to pass on this one, as the only existing piece I had was too big for the space. But one day, going thru my collage drawer of sketchbooks and cut out words, it all came together! That’s the best way for me, to let a piece present itself in the process of looking at materials or subconsciously sketching or painting. If I force myself, the resulting work usually gets painted over or destroyed before it’s finished, as I lose interest or dislike it, unless it takes on a life of its own and feels “right” again. I was glad that something came to me in time to be in this show, because it’s a fun group of women to participate with. I will be showing in the group’s space again in November.

The piece is a collage of a 70’s era vintage map, my doodles, and acrylic paint and ink. I chose a plain, fairly dark, oak frame for it, that has a slight Western feel that works well with this piece. My family moved to AZ in the 70’s so I was really thinking about that as I worked. The move was welcomed, but I never had idyllic thoughts about the state or living here. It just felt like home, warts and all, and humorous pokes at it usually amuse me. Of course, later on as an adult, any time I got to go on a road trip with friends or my husband Brian, junk food was a must, so I knew a can of cheese balls had to be in this. I haven’t been on a real road trip since going vegan 5 yrs ago, so the next time will have to be a vegan version, but otherwise not much has changed. I still look at the cactus, wildlife, and people, and imagine my own scenery and events.

The piece will be for sale, ($200). I have two more in progress on the theme of road trips or the West, also on vintage maps and the same size, but not necessarily about “heat!” One hot piece this time of year is enough. We have had temps over 115 for days, it officially was 119 one day this week. But that’s good weather to sit inside and sift through my collage stuff.

Gallery info:

The Artery (Studio 6)

625 E. Indian School Rd.

Phoenix AZ

https://www.facebook.com/ArtStudio6/

Benefit shows for Laura Dragon; Upcoming Events, Ongoing work

“Hoot!” Acrylic on panel, 12×12 in, done with permission of photographers Archie and Connie Tucker for the ‘Derivatives’ show at the Herberger AZ Center. SOLD

“Hoot” is one of a few paintings I contributed to two benefit art shows to help local gallery owner Laura Dragon who was diagnosed with state 4 cancer this year. The art community quickly rallied to help Laura, as she is an art icon here who has helped many local artists elevate their careers. To show at her venue, {9} The Gallery, has been an honor and an achievement for so many of us. Laura has also gone to Art Bazel in Miami and taken some local artists work with her to great success.

The first event was at the Icehouse in May this year, and the 2nd was in June at {9}. I contributed four paintings and know for sure 3 sold, not sure yet if the 4th has. I was a bit out of commission this month due to my back going out so didn’t get to stay long at any of the art shows, but I did see the first 3 pictured here sold.

“Her Bird,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×8 in, SOLD

“His Birds,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×8 in., SOLD

“Just Add Worms” is the one I’m not sure yet if it sold.

“Just Add Worms,” Acrylic on canvas panel, 10×10 in., at {9} The Gallery until mid June, have not yet confirmed if it sold or not during the reception.

COMING UP

“Pullet” Acrylic on panel, 9×12 in, unframed so far, $200

“Cockerel,” Acrylic on panel, 9 x 12 in., unframed so far, $200

Two new pieces portray young chickens, at that stage between chick and adult, what we’d think of as teenagers or maybe even tweens. This is a really sweet stage of their growth as they start to get tiny little combs and have all their grown up feathers and are trying to cluck and crow.

The work table is spread with piles of doodles and drawings, words cut out from newspapers, as well as some vintage maps, magazines, and other found treasures. These will be assembled into collages and mixed media pieces over the summer. I have a few paintings that haven’t been shown yet, some not finished yet, and some thrift store finds that will get makeovers as soon as the idea of what to do to them strikes.

Last month, while my husband was at Heat Sync, a “maker space” for computer, electronic, and robotic stuff in Mesa, I spent the afternoon looking at the beautiful shows at the Mesa Arts Center, and then perused several antique stores close by. Though I usually prefer thrift store prices, I did find a vintage toy whose head is now part of a sculpture in progress. Happy to say Gorilla Glue worked very well to adhere the old vinyl to an empty plastic juice bottle that will be its new body. For some reason when I first started using Gorilla Glue it either didn’t suggest to mist the surfaces with water, or I missed it, but that really does help and the directions do say it now. I forgot that and had to poke a hole in the juice bottle and awkwardly spray some water in there, which did cause the glue to start to expand and do its thing. Had it not worked right I could easily have just reglued it, but it did work very well even with the water as an afterthought. Then, I had to poke another hole so it’d dry out, which it quickly did in our arid climate. Under so many pieces of art, there is a “Crap! I forgot to…”

In July, the women’s painting group I’m in, Ladies Who Paint, is having a group show on their wall space at the Artery, 7th Street and Indian School, Phoenix. The gallery also goes by Studio 6, referring to the artists whose studios are in the same building. The theme is “heat.” I don’t have any existing pieces on that theme that are small enough so I’ll be keeping that in mind as I assemble collages in June. Then in Nov, I and Nancy Romanovsky will be sharing our group’s Artery space, no particular theme yet, but they will probably be small pieces. Nancy does beautiful landscapes!

I have not forgotten the plan to do a sequel to last year’s solo show (“Fatal Farm”), but it’s not going to be this year. There’s a growing stack of ideas hastily written or sketched. Just not sure yet what direction it’ll take. I have a couple of artist friends whose work also takes a political or environmental theme, and am not ruling out doing it as part of a broader topic as a two or three person show. Angst over the current administration after last year’s election has impacted what I make. Sometimes I start a political piece and can’t stand to look at it anymore so it doesn’t get finished. I have a feeling that will affect my art for some time going forward. A few pieces have emerged just for fun such as the Pullet and Cockerel portraits though!

Things come up, especially group shows, and I’ll share details as they happen.

Have a great summer!

More Thrift Store Makeovers! Icehouse–Art Detour

 

Carrot Love, thrift store makeover (acrylic on reprint, w/frame it came in, warts and all but with some repair). 12 x 16 approx size of reprint. $150

This weekend at the Icehouse in Phoenix, I’ll be showing several ‘Thrift Store Makeovers,’ including some that were not yet done when I did a show on this theme in 2015. That show, ‘Everything After,’ was reviewed very nicely by the Arts Beacon: http://www.theartsbeacon.com/everything-after

The newest is “Carrot Love,” giving new life and meaning to a badly faded reprint in an even badder frame. I made a few repairs but retained the feel of the original. Only purplish hues remained in this reprint so the orange carrot who fell in love with the palm tree really stands out. The alterations are done with acrylic paint.

Bullies, 18 x 21, $300

A Constable reprint gets transformed in my imagination, too.

Bigfoot at Giverney, thrift store makeover, 30 x 40, $300

This Monet bridge screamed out for Sasquatch.

ICEHOUSE, 429 W. Jackson

Sat. Mar 18 and Sun. Mar 19, Phoenix, AZ

Opens 10 a.m. both days, until 5 p.m. (possibly later, stay tuned, I do not have ALL the details yet!)

I’ll also have work at {9} The Gallery in the lounge/gift shop area. Look for my miniatures on a shelf. And, I’ll have work at The Artery on 7th St. and Indian School, and a mural section for sale at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (Saturday sale). The Artery, like Icehouse, may only be open Sat and Sun for Art Detour. Details on all four shows and Art Detour

Art of the Selfie at the Artery (aka Studio 6) in Phoenix

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Sketchy People at Work, Cindy Schnackel, mostly acrylic on wood, about 7 x 9 in., $100

The women’s painting group I’m part of is sharing one of the spaces at the artist co-op, the Artery, for the year. The theme of March’s group display is the Selfie, broadly defined, not necessarily actual self portraits. It’s said that nearly everything an artist does is a self portrait to some extent. Not sure I agree with that all that much, but when I do bird-people hybrids that may be true in my case! This is mostly acrylic paint (on wood). It also has some of my doodles, cut out of sketchbooks, and adhered. The words are cut from newspapers.

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Bird 6, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 6×6 in., Cindy Schnackel, $90

There was room for us to have more than one piece and the other didn’t have to be a selfie themed piece, so I am including this little bird piece, an extra from a series I did for the Tiny Works show last Dec and the other five in the series sold.

This group show will be up thru March, and will be open Sat. and Sun of Art Detour weekend, (Mar 18 and 19). It is not open for Third Friday artwalk.

Hope to see you there!

The Artery, aka Studio 6

623 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ

https://www.facebook.com/ArtStudio6/

Love Birds for February Show

I’ll have some of these at The Artery in February, “Love Birds, 1 through 4.”

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Love Birds, 1 through 4, mixed media on cradled panels, 6 x 6 in., $90 each

The Artery, aka Studio 6, is an artist co-op. It’s located at 625 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Studio 6 The Artery Facebook Page

A group of 12 women painters jointly claimed a spot in the gallery for the year. We will be rotating our work; I won’t always have something there. Details TBA, but tentatively it looks like I’ll have work there with one other in the group this fall, probably Nov. Most if not all of us are participating in a Love themed show in Feb. If you go and don’t see the one you want, ask. Each artist will probably only have one up at a time, and I may not take them all, depending on space allotted for each artist.

The birds were created with fine pumice paste tinted with acrylics, as a base. I then used drawing media and acrylic washes, etc, to finish them off. They’re sealed with clear acrylic and wired to hang, no frame needed. You could frame them if you chose. The cradling on them is 3/4 in. deep so they do fit nice in frames.

Here’s a pic of them while they were in the early stages.

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Work in progress on four “Love Birds”

UPCOMING PLANS

Nothing’s finalized yet but I have been asked to have something in The Icehouse gallery in Phoenix during March’s Art Detour. This is an amazing large space currently managed by artists Jaimie Blue and Joe Holdren. The show will include multiple artists.

Also, I plan on making another Mutant Pinata this year, for the show of the same name, at Chartreuse gallery, on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Last year my pinata sold which was a delight because I wasn’t sure where WE would put it! It was rather large. This year, some of them will be outdoors. I am thinking of how to make one that could be displayed outdoors so I’ll be doing what I can to make it weatherproof enough for outdoor art. We shall see. Good thing I saved empty containers over the last year for armatures! Here’s the post about last year’s creature-pinata: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/mutant-pinata-progress-fall-shows-group-shows/

Phoenix Nasty Women Art Show

I submitted a small piece for this fundraising event in January 2017. Though I made this piece a few years ago, it never seemed to have a purpose until now.

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“Bad Girl!” 8 x 6 inches on wood, mixed media, Cindy Schnackel, © 2012 (SOLD at the Nasty Women art show!)

More Info:

Jan 14-21, 2017, opening reception the 14th, 6-10 pm.

Grand Arthause, 1501 A, Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, (where Roosevelt, Grand, and 15th Ave all come together).

Quote from Event page:

Nasty Women:Phoenix Unite is the regional exhibition as part the national Nasty Women movement. Simultaneous exhibits will be held in multiple locations, including Queens, NYC, Nashville, TN, Lubbock, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Lexington, KY and Brussels, BE. Our simultaneous group exhibitions will demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify as Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. The exhibition will also serve as a fundraiser to support Planned Parenthood Arizona. As we approach the inauguration (January 20) we want to serve as a platform for community and coalition building to in support of those who feel threatened by the outlined goals of the Trump Presidency. All are welcome to participate. Additional information is available at our webpage: https://phxnastywomen.wordpress.com/

Facebook Event Page

“HOOT!”

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Acrylic painting on birch panel, 12 x 12 in.

Connie Tucker asked me to paint from another of her lovely photos, since the Hummingbird I did earlier in Nov sold the first day of the show it was in! This time we agreed on an owl. I loved the blue and gave it a little more room. Working on the shapes and feathers now, and will finish up with some ‘character’ in the beak and eye, saving that for last! I hope to have this done in time for the Herberger at AZ Center to show it on First Friday, Dec 2, but am not pushing myself, as I want to be sure I’m really done and happy with it, before I show it.

The Herberger has two galleries across the street from each other. The one that the owl will be in is the one in the Arizona Center mall, on E. Van Buren between 3rd and 4th Streets. (The other gallery is in the Theater Center on 3rd and E. Van Buren.)

I’m also working on a commission that I can’t show because it’s a secret til after the holidays. 🙂

Here’s someone who has been helping keep me busy this month!

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© Cindy Schnackel 2016

The two paintings are a comfortable pace, especially with a newly adopted cockatiel in the house! He was formerly owned by a woman who sadly passed away, and he spent a bit of time at a bird rescue before my husband and I discovered him. We love him dearly, and he is super affectionate. His former human obviously loved and cared for him really well. He was hatched with only one full wing, so he’s a pedestrian like one of our other adopted tiels. We are all set up for that here.

I have five bird pieces, each 6 x 6 in. and under $100, in {9} The Gallery for a show that opens this Friday evening. The only bad thing about having work in shows is that it means I don’t get out to see OTHER people’s shows as much. There has been a lot to see, so many good shows, every month!

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Tiny Works/Tiny Dances, opens Fri Dec 2, 2016, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, at {9} The Gallery

Tiny Works is hung, it appears, from photos the gallery is sharing on Facebook. SO many little artworks! I’m really looking forward to the show, even if I wasn’t in it! If you can’t go on opening night, please call the gallery, (929) 260-4999, they have other hours, and by appointment. http://9thegallery.com/calendar