Sunday, August 24, 2014

Animal, creature or beast?

A vicious beast? A gentle giant? Or is it an animal at all? Decide for yourself when you see “Delicate Beasts” an exhibition of new work by Christy Puetz & Ingrid Restemayer.
Dedicated to the use of methods and materials traditionally associated with craft, artists Christy Puetz and Ingrid Restemayer explore the boundaries and reconceive how craft materials are seen in the fine art world.
Christy Puetz’s recent sculptures are beautifully grotesque little creatures. Holding poses that seem frozen in time, each piece is covered with combinations of glass beads, felted wool, dried paint slabs, silk cocoons and other found elements. The materials and exaggerated body parts cause the animals to appear in a state of transformation, or shedding. Because of the “true to life” scale and the colorful, delicately beaded surfaces viewers are drawn in for a closer look.
Ingrid Restemayer’s latest works include gentle etchings of beastly animals like buffalo, elephants and octopi collaged and hand-embroidered. The etchings themselves are intimate studies of individual animals’ expressions and organic movements captured in a still, illustrated moment of individual personality. The images are small. Their size dictated by the etched substrate – discarded retail gift cards. Pairing the tiny portraits with spans of running stitches or French knots also brings each one of these studies to a place of gentle meditation.
This inaugural opening of “Delicate Beasts” takes place at the Northrup King Building in the heart of the vibrant Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Day of the Dead workshops

Adult workshop coming up October 21 and 23, 2014
Scottsdale Artists' School

10/21/2014 & 10/23/2014 6:30PM - 9:30PM on Tuesday and Thursday
$95 + $25 Materials Fee
         SKILL LEVEL
All levels
Class Description:  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a family-focused Mexican holiday, celebrated around the world on the 1st and 2nd of November in connection with All Saints Day and All Hollow’s Day.    This fine-craft based class will include the history and symbolism behind this beautiful cultural tradition.  Students will be creating a variety of mixed media projects inspired by the arts, alters, and remembering of loved ones. Over this two day class students will complete three projects.  The Day of the Dead inspired projects will include:  painted ancestor banners, embellished Ofrenda boxes, and symbolic Wishing Wands.  Participants may want to bring photocopied images of their own ancestors to include on their ofrendas.  All other materials will be provided for the class.

                                                                                                                                                        Scottsdale Artists’ School
3720 North Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251       (480) 990-1422

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Northrup King Exhibit, Minneapolis

Sent the last box of art for the Delicate Beasts exhibit in Minneapolis.  The exhibit will be held 
in the Northrup King Arts Building's 3rd Floor Gallery, 
in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.
Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 5-9pm
Collector Event:
Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 5-9pm
Northrup King Arts Building
1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Barney, beaded sculpture



This exhibit will travel to:
  •  Modified Arts, Phoenix, Arizona, January-February, 2015
  • My animals to LUX art center, Lincoln, Nebraska, May-July, 2015
  • Riverviews Art Center, Lynchburg, Virginia, September, 2015

Monday, August 4, 2014

Youth Academy artwork

Summer camp at Scottsdale Artist's School has come to an end.  I worked with over 250 students teaching sculpture.  Here are a few examples of their amazing work.  

I am offering a sculpture class for 9-14 year olds late August-October, Wednesdays from 4-6pm.  
see their website for registration and details:
Anime inspired sculptures


Felted wool masks

felted wool creatures

up-cycled materials robots

planetary rings weavings