Sold 3 thrift store makeovers! Plus, Handy Art Walk Links

Windsor Castle Surprise, thrift store makeover, SOLD

When in doubt, you can hardly go wrong by adding a monster or a bird, (or whatever is near and dear to your heart).

During Art Detour weekend, numerous artists showed and sold at the Icehouse gallery. It was a fantastic, fun event, and so great to see so many people and get a chance to chat. I was there mostly on Saturday, and stopped by for just a little while Sunday, and am happy to say I sold three pieces, two of them pretty large ones, (large for me!).

Decapitated, thrift store makeover, SOLD

“Decapitated” was the smaller of the three that sold, about 14 x 16 in. or thereabouts. It seemed to be part of an old sign or ad that was cut out to fit the little frame it was in. A magnificent bird was in it, but whoever had cut it out had lopped off the head, so I made it really lopped off, and the head is walking around lower right. I also added numerous faces, mouths, etc, to the fruit.

Pink Kite Eating Monster, thrift store makeover, SOLD

This, (along with “Windsor”), were the larger ones. The Kite Eating Monster was added to what may have been a kit painting, I could  not tell. It seemed to be a reprint but with little tentative dabs of what may have been added paint here and there, like a paint by number with no numbers, I dunno. I can’t remember now what was there, where the monster is, maybe a mountain or tree, maybe nothing.

At this point I have only a few thrift store makeovers left in inventory! That’s why I went thrifting about a week ago and picked up three reprints on rigid board of some kind. One is pretty big, about one by three feet, the others maybe 9 x 11. All are of forest scenes. I’ve cleaned them up and sealed them with GAC 100, and adhesion is good, so now I’ll think on them, and alter them as ideas come.

APRIL PLANS

I have nothing new planned for April, so far! However, I still have some miniatures in the gift shop at {9} The Gallery on Grand Ave. in Phoenix, an ongoing thing. This month, I hope to get around to a lot of other people’s shows on both First and Third Friday’s artwalk nights. A good site to see what all is going on in the arts here is The Arts Beacon .

If you’re not familiar with our artwalks:

The main artwalk areas are Roosevelt between Central and about 7th St, and Grand starting on Roosevelt and going South. But, by going a bit farther you can see other galleries on Central, Indian School, Jackson, and more. Planning your art walk usually involves driving since the Artlink Trolley doesn’t go to all venues. Artlink often has a map of galleries and shows, however, so take a look at their site to plan your trip.  We (that is, my husband, because I do not drive) usually drive because it’s worth going off the path to see Icehouse, Coe House, The Artery, Practical Art, FoundRE Phoenix, New City Studio, and more. Also, First Studio on 1st Ave just south of Roosevelt, and Olney on Roosevelt and 1st Ave.

We never get to them all! Even during the 3 day Art Detour weekend our record is still in the teens. We kind of lost count this year but it was over 14, our old record. For a single night we rarely do more than a handful as we don’t wish to rush thru good shows, nor pass up the chance to visit with people we don’t usually see except at shows. And, we turn into pumpkins at 9 or 10 pm, so we try to get home before the transformation.

Another Gallery Closing in Phoenix

This is so sad. I’ve lost count of the galleries that have closed in the last few years. Chartreuse was very well respected, a must see destination on Grand Ave on first and third Friday art walk nights. We will miss gallerist Nancy Hill’s well chosen shows.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/nancy-hill-to-close-chartreuse-gallery-on-grand-avenue-in-downtown-phoenix-8768120

Chartreuse is still open now, and will be through December.

The gallery is in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building. During earlier and current iterations of a gallery in the space, I had participated in some group shows there. Chartreuse is about a block from {9} The Gallery where I had a solo show this Sept.

It’ll be sad to walk Grand during art walks and not see Nancy’s shows after Dec. I hope that the space will be a gallery again after that. Galleries are all struggling, it seems. Even Scottsdale, the upper end of our art world here, has seen galleries close or move to Phoenix, scale back, or rent space. I may be doing a lot more sales from my studio if this keeps happening!

Show openings went well!

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Hanging night at Olney, almost done putting up the artworks.

Abstract to Absurd, with Carlos Raush’s abstract paintings and my birds and monsters, opened Friday, Sept 2nd, and runs through Wed Sept 28th. Olney has some daytime hours, weekdays 9-4, a good idea to call in advance to be sure they will be open.

http://trinitycathedral.com/?page_id=325

It was a great opening, with a steady crowd, and people really seemed to enjoy the color and whimsy of the show, overall. Carlos and I were kept occupied in conversation, and Manny who manages the gallery was also kept busy. It was wonderful to have people say my work made them smile or laugh! The work in this show was mostly just fun and absurd, so it’s good to know you hit the mark. People also asked what inspired me to do this kind of work, and of course a love of animals, particularly birds, was part of that answer. I explained that I usually work pretty spontaneously and without a conscious message, and they seemed to like that they really could interpret it themselves. I made a couple of sales and there was interest in buying some of the small series as a group, so hopefully that will happen.

 

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Fatal Farm show at {9} The Gallery. Before opening night, all hung.

I didn’t get hardly any shots during the show, I was too busy, and tend not to think of my phone there in my purse, to take pics! But I did take pano shots of both shows while being hung. People who tend to take lots of event shots did so and I saw many on Facebook and shared a few to my public page:

https://www.facebook.com/CindySchnackel/

Fatal Farm opened Friday Sept 16, and also runs through Sept 28. {9} The Gallery can open by appointment and has some hours on Friday afternoon Sept 23, and Saturday afternoon Sep 24. I will be there on Saturday off and on, taking someone to both shows that day.

The opening was really fun! A good crowd, and people really talked to me about the subject, (animals, and most notably not eating them). Many people had stories about special animals they have or have known. People often bring dogs at the art walks and at least two were rescue dogs. Though this was the most ‘message-y” art I’ve shown so far, there was still room for personal interpretation, plus a few miniatures that weren’t particularly related to the theme, so people were having fun spotting things that especially spoke to them. I made sales here also, I think 11 so far but don’t quote me on that yet.

If you missed it so far, I hope you can make it when they’re open again Fri Sep 23, 2-7 pm, and Sat Sep 24, opens at noon. There is a paid concert event that night, so not sure when they’ll close the gallery to set up for that. Better to come earlier than wait too long! Also by appointment. (In case anyone wonders, the downtown Phoenix galleries typically do not have a lot of daytime hours; they open on art walk nights, and some have limited daytime or weekend hours, and this is often subject to change. It is always best to check with the gallery and ask when they will be open.)

http://9thegallery.com/

Taking work to Olney we ended up doing two car loads. I knew it was possible to do it in one but there just wasn’t time to “play Rubik’s Cube.” We were cutting it close on time, as my husband had to work that day. I thought a lot about it between then and the next delivery, (to {9} for Fatal Farm), as I didn’t want to have to make extra trips for that show, too. When we were loading Fatal Farm, I was afraid that the sculptures would be the tipping point where we could not do it in one car load. But, I came up with a way of layering medium sized pieces and boxed small pieces first, then packing blankets and large sheets of cardboard, then large paintings on top of the rigid cardboard support. It all went in on one load for {9} Gallery. Got there with no damage. Going home, not sure we can do BOTH shows in one load, but now I know that especially with the sales, we can at least do it in one per show!

There is still time to see both shows. Both galleries will open for special viewing, if you can’t make the listed hours and if you call in advance.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the buyers, I hope you really enjoyed the events and if you bought, I hope it gives you lots of joy!

A peek at more Fatal Farm pieces (updated to indicate sold pieces)

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“Baby,” acrylic on canvas panel, 4 x 6 inches, the pieces that sparked the idea for this series. $200

These aren’t ALL the pieces that will be in Fatal Farm! Prices for the works range from under $100 for miniatures, to $200-$400 for medium sized pieces (mostly on panels), and up to $1500 for Birds Rule, and $2500 for Chicken Pajama Party, the largest. All pieces are either on cradled panels or deep edged canvas, or in a few cases, framed. Looking thru my notes it is clear I could easily do a sequel on this theme perhaps later in 2017, or even 2018.

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Hunting Season, 20 x 16 in., mixed media on panel. SOLD

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“Aged Ham,” mixed media on panel, 11 x 14 in. $250

 

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“Beef,” mixed media on panel, 20 x 16 in $400

 

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“Birds Rule,” Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 $1500

 

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A huge inspiration for this show! Tamara and her Bobby Bob Bob! NFS, private commission for Tamara.

 

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Evolution of the Size of Chicken Breasts and Cell Phones, mixed media on panel, 16 x 20 in. $300

 

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“Duck U,” mixed media on panel, 8 x 10 in. SOLD

 

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“Birds Eating Birds…Noooo!” Acrylic on panel, 11 x 14 in. $250

 

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“Pigeon in Hoodie,” mixed media on panel, 12 x 15 in. SOLD

 

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“Chickens Need Their Parts!” mixed media on panel, 20 x 20 $400

 

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“They Kill the Boys,” acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 5 x 7 in. $200 

 

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“Lamb Chops” mixed media on panel, 16 x 20, $400

 

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“Big Girl,” mixed media on panel, 24 x 18 $400

 

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Chicken Pajama Party, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 in. $2500

 

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“Chicken Dinner,” acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 in. $300

 

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“Just Add Worms,” acrylic on canvas panel, 10 x 10 in. $ 150

 

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Lots of miniatures, SOME SOLD. A few remain in {9} The Gallery’s lounge/gift shop. Miniatures, 4 x 4 in. to about 6 x 8 in, most $45.

 

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“Giblet,” mixed media sculpture, about 7 x 7 in circular base, about 5.5 in high, $150

 

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“Just Wrong,” mixed media sculpture, base 20 in long x about a foot deep, approx 16 in high, $550 

Show info:

Opens Friday, Sept 16, from 6-9 pm, and is up for two weeks.

{9} The Gallery

1229 Grand Ave

Phoenix AZ 

http://9thegallery.com/

Facebook Event page, if you’re on Facebook, helps to keep track of what’s going on! https://www.facebook.com/events/1246191702080461/

Thanks to the folks at the video company Fatal Farm who generously are allowing me to use the phrase, “Fatal Farm,” to title this show. No other title seemed to work as well! 

Let’s try this Facebook public page thing again…

Facebook resurrection

At least several months ago, it seemed the time it took to keep a public Facebook page was no longer worth it, since FB throttled your posts unless you paid. (And, acquaintances who tried paying said they didn’t feel it was worth it.) When I clicked delete, the page did not go away though; it said it’d disappear in 14 days. Weeks and months went by, and it was still up, still occasionally getting views and likes, even though I’d removed most content and left a post saying I closed it down. So, I figured, if it’s getting notice without me doing anything, maybe I’ll reactivate it, but just not use it a whole lot.

So, about a week ago, that’s what I did, and here it is: https://www.facebook.com/CindySchnackel/

Cats & Guitars show

Today, I delivered my painted guitar, titled “Fragonard’s Cat,” to the Haus Panther studio, which is in the same Bragg’s Pie Factory building with the Chartreuse Gallery, where the show will open in January 2016. I saw some really cool artwork that people had dropped off and am really looking forward to this fun show!  More info: http://www.catsandguitars.com/

Tiny Works, last possible chance

I sold several of the 9 mini paintings I took to {9} The Gallery’s Tiny Works show in December. If you still want to see the show, be aware it comes down really soon, as they have a new show opening Third Friday, Dec 18! When I dropped off the guitar today, I walked by 9 and it was closed, as was to be expected at that time, but the small pieces were still up. I expect the pick up day will be any time now. If you want to check and try to still see the show here is the gallery’s info:

 

{9} The Gallery
1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, Arizona

November, December, and January shows

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Fragonard’s Cat, Acrylic on recycled guitar

LAST MINUTE REMINDER: Unless you’re reading this before the afternoon of Sunday Nov 29th, (or you already went), you will have missed it, but that’s the day the AZ 45 show closes at the Tieken Gallery in Paradise Valley, (see previous posts). If you ARE reading this in time, the closing reception is 2-5 pm! http://fredtieken.com/arizona/tieken-gallery-grand-opening-celebration/

DECEMBER 2015: TINY WORKS, Dec 4 (First Friday art walk night) 6-9 pm. Buyers can take their purchases with them right away. Unsold works will remain in the gallery thru part of Dec. 70+ artists. I will be taking several miniature pieces about 4×4 in with a deep edge, so they can sit or hang, all very affordable collages of my drawings, and/or small paintings on wood blocks. 1229 Grand Ave.  http://www.9thegallery.com/new-events/

UPDATE, just found out I’m also in the show titled ICELANDIA, at the Lotus Gallery, 511 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, the same night that TINY WORKS opens. The title of my painting is “Nuclear Winter.” It’s 9 x 12 in. on canvas panel, and in a fairly wide faced gold wood frame. The canvas panel is a Centurion linen panel, which is a really nice quality. https://www.facebook.com/Lotus-Contemporary-Art-378676532159112/

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Nuclear Winter, available at Icelandia show in Dec 2015, 9 x 12, acrylic

JANUARY 2016: Jan 1st and 15th, (First Friday and Third Friday art walk nights), 6-9 pm. Fragonard’s Cat will be shown at Chartreuse, the gallery space in the old Bragg’s Pie Factory building, 1301 NW Grand, Phoenix AZ, in January 2016. The theme of the show is Cats and Guitars, so when I saw this guitar in a thrift store, I grabbed it. I am not sure what gave me the idea to do a take off on Fragonard’s “The Swing,” but the old master’s painting somehow came to mind. I changed a few things to be more of a cat point of view. http://www.catsandguitars.com/

 

Showing Friday Aug 7!

This Friday, I’ll be taking a number of small paintings to a one night show at {9} The Gallery. This is a group show, including Kyllan Maney, Brenda Edwards, Aileen Frick, Geoffrey Gersten Eric Babcock and more.

It’s a studio sale, and I’m taking pieces that are from as far back as 2010, and as recent as this year, most of which have never been out of the house, but tucked away somewhere taking up space! All are ready to hang, many are in frames and if they’re not they have deep edges. Most are paintings, but there will be a few drawings, too. Sizes range from around 6 x 6 inches to 10 x 10 inches for paintings, up to about 20 x 20-ish for the ‘house’ frame one. One or two drawings are smaller than 6 x 6. Prices will range from $25 for the smallest drawing, up to $150 for the largest, the house frame piece. Some of the pieces have been discounted just for this event.

Opens 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

See gallery’s Public Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/9TheGallery for more info.

See my inventory & price list: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/sale-current-price-lists/

As you can see from my price list, some of the pieces will be reduced a little for this one-night sale. The discounted price applies to purchases made in person at the gallery during the event.

If you’re in Phoenix for this First Friday, hope to see you over on Grand Avenue! Thanks!