Art Every Day Month Day 8 and The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 8 Spread
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 08 2010 found paper and acrylic painted tissue paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

As I’m doing these sketchbook collages, I’m reminded of David Carson. I’m very inspired by him. In his talks, he shows photographs of things he finds that are interesting. There’s more to it than that but I really appreciate those photographs, they’re an insight into his process. That’s what I see these collages as, an insight into my process.

I’m inspired by Virigina Batson’s work. Nan and I are going to do a one hour collage next week inspired by this article written by Macy Chadwick.

Art Every Day Month: Day 7 and The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 7 Spread
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 07 2010 found paper and acrylic painted tissue paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

My weekends are way different than my weekdays… I didn’t realize it would be so hard to do this daily collage in the mornings. With this piece, I glued down a bunch of random papers and then overlayed them with tissue paper that I had painted with acrylic washes as well as dress patterns.

Art Every Day Month: Day 6

Blocks of Wisdom

©2010 Leah Virsik, Blocks of Wisdom mixed-media: buttons, wood, found paper, ink, thread 3 strands: 82, 105 and 113 inches, blocks are approximately 1 inch square Photography: Jagwire Design

I had a busy day doing art-related things like dropping off my artwork for Alameda Women Artists’ exhibit and auction next week, Saturday, November 13. I photographed a fair amount of new work and uploaded it to Flickr. I had a fun time at Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Auction. I enjoyed talking with Jamie Treacy, Andreina Davila, Jon Kwak, Claire Tompkins, Lisa Kokin and Lia Roozendaal.

I received my photos from Lia Roozendaal of Jagwire Design. I really enjoyed working with her and highly recommend her work.

Last night’s opening reception for Artists Engaged was a blast. The work is really impressive. I feel honored to be a part of this group. I have my own little room at the Adobe Gallery in Castro Valley. Pretty special.

More Sketchbook Project tomorrow.

Art Every Day Month and Sketchbook Project: Day 5

The Sketchbook Project Spread Day 5
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 05 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

This project is really interesting, the daily collaging. I notice mostly how tired I am or am not in the morning but feel good about making this a habit for five days now. I look at this as my process and it feels unimportant as to what the final project ends up looking like. At least in the moment. There’s a bigger picture and I’m not seeing the whole side of it yet and it’s not up to me to judge it. I don’t have enough information or really ever will. That’s from a story actually but I like the idea of it.

Looking forward to Artists Engaged group show in Castro Valley tonight!

I got a nifty new keyboard after my unfortunate coffee spill.

Art Every Day Month and Sketchbook Project: Day 4

The Sketchbook Project Spread Day 4

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 04 2010 found paper 5 1/2 x 17 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge
When I was a kid it was emphasized to me to not have coffee or food anywhere near the computer. That memory haunted me yesterday morning as I spilled coffee all over my desk, papers and my keyboard prompting me to buy a new keyboard this evening. But on the good side of it, I cleaned up my office quite a bit, although one might not notice, but Tom did.

I also had a mishap with glue, when you’re gluing a piece of wood on the back of an artwork for an alternative hanging method… be reminded that the glue may seep through to the front of the artwork… so it’s important what you place the artwork on. If someone else doesn’t make this mistake, it’ll have been worth me writing this.

On an exciting note, I just met with Lia Roozendaal who photographed my work Blocks of Wisdom at Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery. I’ll have her photos later this month. Starting to feel more professional here. 🙂 Looking forward to the auction this Saturday, November 6th!

Art Every Day Month and Sketchbook Project: Day 3

Day 3 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 03 2010 found paper 17 x 5 1/2 inches The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

Enjoying listening to Citizen Cope this morning.

I’ve struggled with note taking since I was really young and have always been amazed how some people are able to organize their thoughts or others’ words in a beautiful manner.

Inspired by Aimee’s lists of artysville.blogspot.com, I recognized how much my own notes are such a great representation of how my brain organizes information and how it’s similar to what I create without words. Pretty fascinating.

Art Every Day Month and Sketchbook Project: Day 2

Day 2 Spread
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 02 2010 found paper, ink, 17 x 5 1/2 inches

So here’s my personal challenge… work on something… a page,  a spread, the cover of this Sketchbook Project everyday in the morning, scan it and post it before I leave for work or before 8 a.m. on the weekends during the month of November for Art Every Day Month.

I’m loving these images of Come Darkness a small collection of art installed and curated by Maria Alexandra Vettese. Found via Artspace 404 blog in Sonoma County, CA. Also, was introduced to the work of  Shadi Yousefian by Jamie Treacy. She’s got some really interesting work and also a SFSU graduate… where I hope to go to school.

Art Every Day Month and Sketchbook Project: Day 1

Sketchbook Nov 01 2010
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 01 2010 found paper, ink, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

It’s November 1st and I’m participating in Leah Piken Kolidas of Creative Every Day’s Art Every Day Month and Arthouse Coop’s Sketchbook Project. Maybe it’s I’m just trying to kill two birds with one stone or I need something to help me feel accountable… anyway… I’m thinking about things on my floor, preciousness or lack thereof, Nick Bantock (whom I’ve heard talk about that), starting, beginning… and it’s usually when I start that I get a ton of ideas.

Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Silent and Live Auction: Saturday, November 6 | 6–9pm

Blocks of Wisdom (detail)
©2010 Leah Virsik, Blocks of Wisdom (detail) mixed-media: buttons, wood, found paper, ink, thread
3 strands: 82, 105 and 113 inches, blocks are approximately 1 inch square

Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Silent and Live Auction:
Saturday, November 6 | 6–9pm

Preview Exhibition: November 2 – 6, 2010
Pro Arts Gallery 510-763-4361
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94619

Beer, Wine, Food, Music, Art and More!

Box Art 2010 features original works made from recycled materials distributed by Pro Arts in partnership with The Reuse People (TRP) and Habitat for Humanity. This annual fundraiser inspires fun, new work created in community with other artists working with the same materials.

Participating Artists:
Robert Abrams, Cheryl Adsit, Rosemary Allen, Frederick Alvarado, Peter Andrea, Chris Bacina, Marla Bacina, Jenny E. Balisle, Rachel Beser, Dyana Bhandari, Rene Bien, Demetrie Broxton, Maggie Cockrell, Tyrell Collins, Veronica Cox, Andreina Davila, Jim Dennis, Joan Di Stefano Ruiz, Linda Diamond, Diane Dunwoodie, Jamie Erfurdt, Lorrie Fink, Llewelynn Fletcher, Kara Fortune, Trish Foschi, Lawrence Fox, Peter Gee, Patricia Gillespie, Lisa Glicksman, Giles Goodhead, Julia Goodman, Daniel Healey, Dave Herskowitz, Janet Hiebert, Eileen Hughes, John Hundt, Hannah Ireland, Teresa Kalnoskas, Rok Kandi, Laurence Kaplan, Noa Kaplan-Sears, Daria Kaufman, Pamela Keilson, Lee Krasnow, Charlotte Kubiak, Wilbert Lee Jr., Bill Lo, Mark Luthringer, Barbara Maricle, Ally Maser, Liz Maxwell, Susan McAllister, Zoilita McKeon, Jill McLennan, Donna Mendes, Julie Mevi-Shiflett, Misho Misho, Zachary Mohler, Carol Morse, Daisuke Nakabayashi, Caroline Nassif, Tomye, Bonnie Neumann, Clare Olivares, Charley Paff, Susan Parish, Kerrie Paussa, Celena Peet, Jessica Phrogus, Heather Piazza, Lauri Pino, Darwin Price, Michelle Quinn, Ajay Casey Reed, Fernando Reyes, Lincoln Rogala, Cynthia Rose, Shawn Rowland, Luz Marina Ruiz, Stanley Russell, Victor Sanchez, Vicky Schlepp, Jessica Schmidt, Ann Schnake, Lauren Shahroody, Mary Shisler, Kate Short, Clover Singsen, Joyce Slim, Bertrell Smith, Larry Stefl, Arlene Risi Streich, Michael Sydnor, Jerome Szymczak, Marlene Tobias, Claire Tompkins, Jamie Treacy, Laura Van Duren, Elizabeth Vance, Leah Virsik, Holly Wach, Mary Helene Wagner, Steven Walters, Jacob Wasserman, Vivian Waterloo, Elizabeth Webster, Tamara White, Elizabeth Wilcox, Sarah Windels, Noga Wizansk, Susan Wolf, Brett Young

Note: Artists featured in the Live Auction receive a portion of proceeds.

Presenter Series:
Become a Pro Arts Benefactor by directly supporting programs. This is an opportunity to underwrite artist commissions for new work, sponsor a performing arts performances in the gallery, or sponsor a Youth Fellow for the year. For more details on sponsorships and the presenter series, call 510.763.4361 or send an email to info@proartsgallery.org

Artists Engaged First Group Show: “LIFE–Expressions of Living, Past and Present”

I’m looking forward to be exhibiting along with with these fabulous artists: Matt Kowalski, Brendah De Bow, Ron Weil, Therese Rittenbach, Jamie Treacy, James Gayles, Nicole Dixon, Valerie Brown Troutt, Emelie Rogers and Linden Keiffer. There will be all kinds of work including paintings, pastels, mixed-media, sculpture, masks and tiles, altars and handmade books.

Artists Engaged First Group Show: “LIFE–Expressions of Living, Past and Present”
Presented by the You in Me, Inc.

Opening: Friday, November 5 from 6-9pm
Featuring live music from Daniel Lucca Parenti

Show duration: November 5 to December 10

Adobe Art Center, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Gallery contact: (510) 881-6735

To find out more about the art critique group: Artists Engaged, Sponsored by The You In Me, Inc. visit www.jamietreacy.com.

Artwork featured on image, from left to right: Valerie Brown Troutt, James Gayles and Jamie Treacy.

More about Daniel Lucca Parenti aka D-Lucca
Piccolo Bass? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not when you’re talking about D-Lucca, who is among a mere handful of people who can pull it off. As with Stanley Clarke and the late Wayman Tisdale, D-Lucca can count himself as one of the few artists able to bring the piccolo bass into a well-warranted limelight. Daniel Lucca Parenti, shortened to D-Lucca, is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has performed with many jazz legends, including Rosemary Clooney, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton.

Bass Player Magazine said of D-Lucca, “Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, [D-Lucca’s] material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz.” Though D-Lucca may not follow the jazz-fusion lead of Clarke or the smooth jazz of recent sensation Tisdale, he has definitely found his niche within the newest wave of modern jazz. “D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don’t know when one ends and the other begins,” wrote Susan Frances from JazzReview.com. For more information please visit, www.dlucca.com.