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

 

Greed & Envy; Hummingbird; Tiny Works show in Dec.

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A timeless theme!

Greed & Envy was done 5 years ago, with some pieces about timeless human situations. Recently, something reminded me about these closely related emotions.

Greed is usually thought of as an insatiable desire to acquire more and more, and viewed as a problem when it harms others. Who cares if a person ‘greedily’ hoards bottle caps!? But if they engage in crime, it matters, and then it’s everyone’s business. We have laws curtailing unbridled and harmful forms of greed, like theft, fraud, or violence, uncivilized activities which work against the public good.

Envy can be like Greed, because the envious also want something, whether or not they need it. Envy grows darker when it’s about someone they think has it better, lusting after another’s spouse, or making the mistake of thinking people who worked honestly for something only got it arbitrarily through the vagaries of “luck.” It’s at its darkest when it crosses the line into harming others. Greed is often right there when that happens.

Envy can be Greed unfulfilled. Can Envy ever be sated? Can Greed? Is the difference that Greed has found a way to get what it wants, while Envy may not have (yet)?

If the envious aren’t informed and don’t know WHY they have this problem, they can become a shadow form of Greed, acting just as senselessly, and even dangerously. Both probably feel justified.

It’s not hopelessly broken. Not everyone who has stuff was greedy. Not everyone who doesn’t have stuff is envious. One can admire someone without envying them, and learn how to get what’s needed/wanted without making it at the expense of a victim.

Greed and Envy continue to battle it out like twins who do not get along. Civilization hasn’t yet entirely tamed them.

Well, that was deep (or not). Here’s some ‘funner’ stuff:

Update on a happy hummingbird painting I did by invitation of photographer Connie Tucker at the Herberger: it SOLD! I took the train downtown for the show opening and it was already gone, had been there only a day. Yay! Connie invited me to do another from her photos, for the Derivatives exhibit, and I’ve been looking thru her pictures and found many I’d be honored to paint from. Hopefully I’ll have time to do another by early Dec. (In older posts you can read about it, and one I did with her husband Archie, too.)

Tiny Works, a show of all miniatures, affordably priced, opens Friday, Dec 2nd, at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ.

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Available at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Dec 2016

I have five small mixed media bird pieces in this. Everything in the show of 100 or so artists is small and priced affordably! Buyers can take their purchase with them right away. The walls are going to be loaded with little artworks! Get there early! If last year was any indication, things go fast. But artists may replace some sold items, not sure. Anyway it appears it’s going to be up most of the month. The gallery owner, Laura Dragon, is participating in a fancy art thing in Miami! That’s quite an honor for a gallery to get a spot there. http://9thegallery.com/

Some of the small pieces I had in 9’s gift shop sold recently, too, a miniature, and Pigeon in a Hoodie, (which was from my solo show there in Sept, ‘Fatal Farm).

Commissions: I have one or two in the pipeline and another will probably be underway by next week. These are all pet portraits of birds of people I’ve met through mutual connections and/or in the local art world. They will keep me busy if they all come through!

Hummingbird at Herberger-AZ Center

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Hummingbird, Acrylic on deep edged panel, 12 x 12 in. SOLD!

 

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Working on the Hummingbird and a few other projects earlier this month.

Herberger has two galleries, one at the Arizona Center mall, 3rd St. and E. VanBuren, Phoenix, AZ, and the other across the street (kitty corner kinda) at the Theater Center. I was invited by photographers Archie and Connie Tucker to paint from their photos this fall. Archie had me work from a chicken photo last month! This month it’s Connie’s hummingbird photo. This is part of the Tucker’s “Derivatives” exhibit wall. I look forward to seeing what others do if they extend this to other artists soon. I was honored to be asked!

Edited: The painting sold the day it went up!

Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center