when into thine eyes I gaze

Here are a few close-ups of the small collage on canvas I created for the grand opening at Artspace, a working artist studio and gallery on Anna Maria Island, FL. They made a "call" and are having an exhibit of small works (no larger than 5" in any direction) on a "recycled" theme to celebrate their opening. I took papers, photos, old labels, receipts, a shell and string picked up on the beach to add to my collage. Click on any photo for more detail.

I adore these pen shells I find

This cute little house was a gift from Helga Strauss.
You can find them and more at her new Etsy Shop!

I wired the back for hanging at the show . . .

There are more photos HERE -including some of this piece hanging for the exhibit! 
See if you can find it hanging on the wall  ; ^ )

p.s. The Stella Artois label was truly recycled from one of Steven and my "date days".
hee hee! We had lunch at Spanish Pointe restaurant and marina and the label on my beer bottle 
so nicely fell right off!! The photo is from our honeymoon in 2005, that's why so much romance!

xoxo yours creatively,

artspace Anna Maria

Artspace is a newly opened studio/gallery located on beautiful Anna Maria Island in Florida. My friend Cheryl told me about it as she knew the owner ~ wonderful! To celebrate their grand opening they are having an art exhibit and asked local artists to make small, no bigger than 5" in any direction, works of art for their first show. The theme was "Spring Cleaning" and the idea is to recycle items from your studio!! I brought my submission in last weekend. The Grand opening is March 23rd; see the link above for details. Here are some photos I took the day I dropped my piece off.

my piece is to the left - with steven & I kissing! The photo
was on my desk along with the other items.... click for detail.

for the exhibit -click to read, it is funny!

for the exhibit

for the exhibit 

A peak at the studio space

Joanne's gorgeous pottery -this is a working studio/Gallery.

So beautiful! 

It will be great!! Steven and I will attend the grand opening  : ))

Visiit artspace's facebook page here!

Cyber Fyber Update

To the right, the postcard I created for for cyber fyber . . . .

Update! Susan Lenz, who is orchestrating Cyber Fyber, recently posted an update on her Journal for Cyber Fyber that just tickled me! Now, many of you who know how I work probably won't be surprised, but Susan wrote in her journal on February 7th, "SOME OF THE TRADES ARE ARRIVING HERE! . . . . . Lenna Andrews' was the first to arrive followed by Pam Snow's."

That is so cool, my trade being the first to arrive! A big thanks to Dawn Sellers for letting me know about this exhibit and trade through our Fabric Book RR. If you don't know about the Cyber Fyber Exhibition I will quote from Susan's website:

Cyber Fyber is an exhibition of international fiber art scheduled for January 8th through 20th, 2009 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The brainchild of Susan Lenz, this exhibit will focus on the supportive, global community of fiber artists with whom Susan regularly shares new techniques, contemporary approaches to textiles, and finished work by Internet websites and blogs. The exhibition will include three primary areas: Fiber ATCs (Artist Trading Cards); fiber postcards; and the work of several invited artists. The exhibition will also include FIBER DAY and ATC trading day. From the beginning, Susan Lenz is documenting CYBER FYBER on a blog/journal.

The ATC I made and traded with Susan is below. This ATC along with all the other ATCs and postcards that are being traded will be the art that is shown in the exhibition next January, mentioned above. Wow!

It looks like as of this date, Susan still has postcards & ATCs to trade. There will also be an INTERNATIONAL RANDOM ATC TRADE that you can send in ATCs for, so if you have a blog or a website (for the cyber fyber trading) go visit Susan at any of the links above! You could be part of the exhibition too : )

To see what Susan sent ME in trade - go to this post or you can virtually visit my studio, here and see where I am displaying her wonderful fiber artwork!

Enjoy the day, Lenna

Cyber Fyber Exhibition - wow!

(close-up of my fiber postcard)
The other day Dawn Sellers - who is hosting the Fabric Book RR I have been participating in, mentioned a call for fiber art, for an exhibit in 2009. My interest was peaked and I went to visit the link Dawn provided to the Cyber Fyber Exhibition. Please follow the link yourself to learn more about this event, but I will tell you briefly that the exhibit is the brainchild of fiber artist Susan Lenz. The focus of this exhibition is to highlight the influences of Internet access for today's fiber artists. Susan Lenz has created many, many fiber ATCs (about 130) and fiber postcards (about 160) to trade with any artist who is at least 18 years of age with an active blog or profile. She has all the instructions on the Cyber Fyber Blog, where you can also follow a link to view all of the fiber postcards & ATCs available to trade that Susan has made! The ATC or postcard that you send in to trade with Susan will become part of the cyber fyber exhibit in January of 2009. This is really a cool idea and I was really excited to support it! My own art and the internet truly go hand in hand, so I really wanted to be a part of this exhibition. I followed the instructions on the blog and waited to hear. Even though the official opening of the cyberfyber site is not until February 2nd, Susan wrote to me today and said, "Although I haven't "officially" announced CYBER FYBER, I cannot refuse your offer to trade!" Wow - : ^) yay!

The first thing I created was a fabric ATC (click on any photo for more detail). I choose some batik fabric I liked and some batting to match and cut them to size (2.5 x 3.5"). I also grabbed some dyed cheesecloth that was in my fabric bin as it matched my fabric. I wanted to add an image and chose a fabric one from Alpha Stamps -Bathing Beauties #2. I played with the placement of the image and the cheesecloth until I was happy with it and then I glued the fabric image down. I have a new sewing machine (a Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine)and wanted to try the free-motion quilting, so I set that up and used it to secure the dyed cheese cloth in place. If you look closely you can see my stitching all over the cheesecloth!

Next I found some shells I saved from our trip to Sanibel, FL last year and some beads and went to town sewing these embellishments on over the cheesecloth. I added some sequins as well. When I was satisfied the front of my ATC was done, I printed my name and website address onto some muslin with my ink jet printer. I sewed this on my back piece of ATC fabric like a label with a decorative stitch. Then I sandwiched the front of the ATC with the batting together with the back and sewed it all up with a decorative stitch.

For my postcard, I used a piece of olive green upholstery velvet I had leftover from when I recently had a small love seat re-covered. To this I sewed on a small strip of scrapbook paper (on the left) and some sparkly ribbons, using yet two more decorative stitches on my new machine! On top of the ribbons I added a circular collage image of a young woman's face. I glued this paper image from ARTchix studio on top of the velvet & ribbon postcard base. Then I chose a transparency image from the same company from a sheet called Transparent Whimsical Wings. This time I sewed the image on. I also used a decorative machine stitch to sew above the woman's head, directly on the velvet.

For the reverse side, I got out a few rubber stamps and my VersaCraft ink pad.

This needed to be heat set, and I also ironed on another label I made with muslin & my ink jet printer. I used a piece of heavy interfacing in between the 2 pieces and used a new over lock stitch to put the two pieces together. I really had fun doing this although I must say I was challenged to try to do some of my best work for this. I love the way both these "trades" came out! Thanks to Dawn for sharing, and to Susan for doing this!

2nd Flatbread Demo piece - finished!

I finished the collage I started at the demo yesterday and wanted to share it here with you. I brought both pieces that I created into Flatbread tonight & gave them to co-owner Brian Bienvenue ~ he was thrilled with them and I am very happy for this oppportunity.

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Demo at Flatbread - 2nd Canvas Collage

5-21-07: This is the canvas collage/mixed-media piece I did for the Monday evening demo at the Flatbread restaurant in Canton CT; part of my Art show there during the month of May. In this canvas I am using both ARTchix studio and Alpha Stamps images. This canvas is pretty wild because of the rubbing alchohol that I dropped on top of my very wet paint when creating a background. I started this piece at home, creating the painted background for it, because it was a larger canvas (16" x 20") and I wanted to get a good start. The demo was from just 7-9pm. I got a lot done that evening, but I still need to work on it a bit before giving to Brian Bienvenue, co-owner of Flatbread in Canton. He will auction one or both pieces I created during my demos and donate the money to charity. This has been a great experience, having my art show at Flatbread! If you would like to see a slideshow of the artshow, close-ups of the pieces in it, and photos from both demos, click here. The newer demo photos are at the end!

1st Flatbread Collage completed

This is the finished collage from my Friday night Demo at the Flatbread Company Restaurant in Canton, CT on May 18, 2007. You can see the beginnings of this collage in the photo below, just above my left hand. This piece will be donated to Flatbread and later auctioned off for charity. I return to Flatbread on Monday May 21st to demo and create another piece! My art show there will run through June 2nd. You can click on the photo for greater detail. Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the gold disks in this collage are cardboard 'pop-outs' from the cover of the Flatbread pizza boxes, painted with gold Lumiere!!! I saved them from when I worked there, folding the boxes up for take-out. I just knew I could use them artistically in some way -- someday!

Demo at Flatbread Company - 5.18.07

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I did a demo (a collage on canvas) right in front of my art that's on display at the Flatbread Company in Canton CT last night! As people came in for dinner, a few came over to watch me work and ask questions. Steven accompanied me and we had a lot of fun -- some of our collaborative work is in the art show there (smile). The collage that I did last night, and the collage I will create on Monday night when I demo again, will be donated to Flatbread. The co-owner, Brian Bienvenue, will auction these pieces off for charity. He sponsors a benefit night for non-profit organizations every Tuesday night, with a portion of his flatbread sales going toward the non-profit featured that night. If you are interested in seeing more photos from the demos, just click on the picture above and it will bring you to my flickr photo sharing account.

Flatbread ART Show

Today Steven & I went to the Flatbread Company in Canton, CT and hung my art show! This was very exciting for me as I have never had this experience before. We managed to get a lot of pieces up and show a wide range of the art I do: painting, fabric art, collage, hand made books, altered books, fabric painting/stamping and even jewelry. I insisted on having 2 pieces in the show that Steven & I did together collaboratively, even though he thought I should concentrate on art that just I had done myself. Well, he finally agreed and it worked out great. I think the show looks fab, and I could not have done this without him!!

On May 18th and May 21st from 7-9pm I will demonstrate some of my techniques live, at Flatbread and create a piece that Flatbread will auction off; donating any funds raised to charity. I am very glad to be involved! Thanks for reading! (click on the pictures for a larger photo)

Note 5/2/07: My art show has been very well received at Flatbread! I have sold a small painting & 4 scarves already. My friend Gunvor from Sweden wrote and said she wished she could see it 'in real life', which gave me an idea! I found close up scans or photos of almost all the art that is in the show, and added it to my 'Flatbread Art' album on my flickr photo account. If you would like to take a close-up tour as well, click here. You can even watch it as a slide show-enjoy!

WHAL Juried Show 2

Today Steven and I went with his Aunt Pat to the West Hartford Art League's Juried show to see our pieces on display! Here I am with my mixed media collage, Iphegenia. It's the one on the bottom. Artist Kate Emery did the portrait on the top. Click on the photos for more detail . . .

Here is Steven with the collaborative painting we did together called ColorPlay!! We were told there were about 300 pieces entered in this show and only 79 made it in - we are very happy and feeling lucky that we got to see both of these peices make it in!

To read more about these pieces in the post I wrote when I first found out that we got into this show, please go here.

WHAL Juried Art Show

Great news for me to share - I got into my second Juried Art Show I ever entered and so did my husband, Steven Deming! This show is a Member's Juried Art Show at the West Hartford Art League, in West Hartford, CT. I've been taking a watercolor class through the WHAL and Steven & I had recently joined the league so we could participte in shows and just be more involved. This is very exciting! My mixed media piece Iphigenia (right) was accepted . . . it incorporates some Alpha Stamp fabric images. Click on the Titles to read more about the peices on my website . . . also accepted, a painting Steven and I did collaboratively called ColorPlay (below). We are just thrilled about this!