This week I confessed to my students that deep philosophical issues ground art practice. Listening to Lee Ufan speak about the Moon Jar, and how purposeful imperfection opens up the experience of art reminded me that this bridge between the ineffable and the material is one we all share. I’ve been embracing imperfection in my recent work. I’ve purposefully been stretching a translucent ground for my paintings so the repurposed discolored stretcher bars can be appreciated.
I am so thankful today for Chris Rollins of Dick Blick Art Materials. I’ve known Chris for eons, have some of his gorgeous prints in my collection, and have depended on him for advise on art supplies since his days at Utrecht. I am so happy to say he is still helping artists out now. Every term he comes out to the campus hauling the kits over to the studios so that the SCC art students can get acquainted with what they need for the term. Not only are kits heavily discounted, but Chris usually brings them goodies, and this term he brought gift cards on top of the other freebies! Generosity upon generosity.
I’m thankful too for Michael Rives from Artist & Craftsman Supply. He travels even further to meet with my students and talk to them about their kits and supplies. He brings the students goodies too. I think we all acted like locusts descending on the huge stash of Golden paint samples brought in, and don’t be surprise to see everyone sporting buttons all up and down the hill. I mean…who doesn’t love buttons?! Michael also always shows a lot of heart reaching out to our students!
In this day and age when everyone seems out to get and never to give I am especially grateful for both of these corporate sponsors who extend a friendly and generous hand out to a whole new crop of emerging artists.
Daughters of Immigration opens tomorrow. My gratitude to the incredibly talented Blanca Santander. Not only is she an amazing painter and illustrator, but also a highly creative curator as well. It’s not often so much talent is concentrated in one person!
Thank you also to Ken Matsudaira, the director at the M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery. He was at the campus bright and early to help the artists drop off work and then hung the show all by his lonesome…all during spring vacation. Now THAT’S dedication and heart, folks! Ken, you are an angel!
Learn more about the exhibit and my fellow artists at: http://seattlecentral.edu/artgallery/currentshow.php