Wednesday, September 21, 2016

38th Annual Arts of the Terrace Festival

Autumn is almost here and it's time for the 38th Annual Arts of the Terrace Festival at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex! This year I've had two in the Miniature category selected,  Capturing the Glow and Sure Signs of Autumn.  Also, a new graphite drawing,  Time Passages, was selected in the Drawing, Painting and Prints category! I always look forward to this show.  The new hanging panels accentuate the artwork and all the new lighting really makes the color pop and allows all the fine line detail I use to show up! 

Sure Signs of Autumn  © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Claybord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Capturing the Glow  Framed © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Time Passages  Framed © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  10" x 8"

The show runs from September 24th through October 9th, at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, 23300 58th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace. (map) There will be an Artists and Patrons Preview, on September 23, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, with an Awards Ceremony at 7:30pm. The show will be open to the public starting September 24th - October 9, 2016.  The show will be up for two weeks, hope you get a chance to see it.

Mountlake Terrace Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 9th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm


 In addition to the Mountlake Terrace Show, I have submitted work to the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society show coming up in November and will be submitting work to the Miniature Art Society of Florida, for their show in January 2017.  I'll be back blogging and posting my new work and the shows I'm in as soon as they happen.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I'm participating in. Happy Autumn!  Get out there and enjoy the wonderful bounty this season has to offer!  Support your local artist!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

26th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival Coming this Weelend

I will have two drawings in the  26th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival held on June 25th - 26th at the Shoreline Center.  The Shoreline Arts Festival provides two extraordinary days of visual arts, music, hands-on crafts and even a little theater.  Plus there will be delicious food trucks. This creative community event, sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, is FREE and will be held at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE.

My two works in the juried gallery are Time Passages, and Special Delivery.  The Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. It features over 300 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography.

Time Passages  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media   12" x 9"

Time Passages  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media   12" x 9" 

Time Passages is a new work that I was so happy to have finished, framed and placed in a show!  I actually completed this one twice, or so I thought!  On the first finished image I had problems with the fixative, it could not be saved.  Then on the second finished one, the medium streaked due to not being thin enough and my rushing! Grrrr!  Each were on different surfaces, first one done on film, second on claybord.  Thankfully, the third time was the charm and I am really happy with the final piece!  It was drawn on Arches Hot Pressed Art Board which is a smooth, acid-free, archival, durable board.  I had to spend so much time on this image that after awhile, each one took on a life of their own!  I seem to be stuck on the image of a crow as a messenger and of course, trees are almost always in my work!  I did learn some things along the way and hopefully my persistence paid off!

Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film   9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film   9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

This is the third time I have submitted work to the juried show which is located inside the center.   Last year we arrived earlier in the day and wandered around both inside and out to see all the fun things going on.  It's supposed to be a nice weekend weather wise so hope you can come on out to the Shoreline Arts Festival and see all it has to offer! Be sure to have a look at the work in the juried art gallery as well as the artist marketplace, music, theatre and food. There is so much to see and do for the whole family and it's FREE! Hope to see you there!

June 25- 26
Sat 10am-6pm  Sun 10am-5pm
Shoreline Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 098155 (map)


Beer Garden - New this year: After their famous Arts Festival Breakfast (8:30am-11:30am), the Shoreline Senior Center will be reopening its doors for festival goers to come in and enjoy cold beer, bar food, and lively entertainment at the first ever Festival Beer Garden. Performances of clog dancing, folk songs, hula, and more can be enjoyed from both the Beer Garden and the adjacent Family Room. Open 1pm to 6pm on Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, it will be the perfect place to beat the summer heat!

Thank you for reading about my work and the shows I'm participating in.  Enjoy your summer and be sure to include a visit to some of the many creative art festivals happening this year.  Support to your local artist!

Monday, April 25, 2016

The 25th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery

The 25th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery is happening online now. Each year the show exhibits around 550-600 works of miniature art by talented artists from all around the globe. Some of the world’s most renowned miniature artists participate each year! This show has a wonderful variety of fine art miniatures!

Tree Sprite, Nocturnal Flight, and Forest Lodge
© Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

This great show is a favorite of mine. I love the presentation of the entire show online. You can view my three works in the show on Seaside Art Gallery's webpage here, (scroll down), and shown above in their frames. Seaside is a very organized and professionally run gallery. Seaside Art Gallery is one of the largest galleries in the Southeast with 55 years of excellence and reputed customer service. It is owned and operated by the Smith family.

Tree Sprite  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Tree Sprite  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Nocturnal Flight © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Forest Lodge © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Seaside Art Gallery's show is one of the top five national miniature shows that you can see in person and online. The jurors for this years show are the masters of miniatures, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.

The exhibition runs: April 30th - May 30th,
The Artists Reception: May 28th 7 - 9 PM.
The gallery location: 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head NC. (map)
Toll-free number: 800-828-2444.

The online exhibition starts upon arrival of each artist’s work. When the artwork arrives in the gallery, it is examined, measured, photographed and posted. Not only will you be able to click on the work to see an enlarged view, but if you click on the details, it tells you the artist's name and where they're from. There is also a thumbnail of the work in it's frame which you can click on for an enlarged framed view. The clarity of the image is perfect AND you can put it in your cart and buy the artwork online! Collectors are buying pieces as they come into the gallery. You can purchase them before the show opens. When the show is over, the gallery will send your purchase to you, with free shipping in the USA. How easy is that! Please note that their website is still adding images so it may be a bit slow in the beginning. Miniature art is often referred to as "the little jewels of the art world" and enjoys continued growth in popularity worldwide. All beautiful jewels, they'd make the perfect gift for MOM! I hope if you are in the area, you will go see this great show!

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I am participating in. If you are one of my collectors, I thank you for your support!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

20th Juried Art Show - Schack Art Center

My work, Outside In, has been accepted in the 20th Juried Art Show at the Schack Art Center, in Everett WA. This is a great venue and I'm so happy to have my work included.

Outside In © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord 10" x 8"

Detailed View
 Outside In © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord 10" x 8"

This biennial show is a collection of Northwest artists featuring a well-rounded variety of mediums to produce an eclectic and visually stimulating exhibit.  You can view the work on the Schack website. Scroll down the page to view all the work and the artists links.  If you've never visited the Schack Art Center, this is the perfect time.  It's gonna be a great show!  All the work in the exhibit is for sale.  Oh and check out their fabulous gift shop filled with local art!

The show runs March 10 – April 23, in the Main Gallery. Opening Reception is March 10, 5-8pm, with the Awards Ceremony at 6:30pmThe Schack Art Center is conveniently located downtown at 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett WA ( map).

The Schack Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts for the enhancement of community life.  Inside the Schack Art Center, there are exhibit galleries with diverse artwork from locally and internationally known professional artists, as well as emerging young talents.  The main gallery also provides a first-class view into the world of glassblowing. Anytime we are open, you are welcome to watch this fascinating process while admiring the latest exhibit.


Outside In © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord 10" x 8" Framed

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Spring is in the air, enjoy it!  


Friday, January 15, 2016

"Capturing the Glow" - Third in Landscape, at the 41st Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!

This weekend is the opening of the 41st Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show. This year I was only able to send four entries but I'm happy to say, all four of them were juried in the show! The four works are, As Twilight Begins, Capturing the Glow, Nocturnal Flight, and Sanctuary.

Top Row: Sanctuary ©Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Nocturnal Flight ©Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Bottom: As Twilight Begins © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Capturing the Glow © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

I'm even happier to announce that my work, Capturing the Glow was awarded Third Place in Landscape!  This work received an Honorable Mention at the This show is the largest Miniature Art Show in the USA and there are hundreds of entries from across the globe!

Capturing the Glow © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A. 
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

This is such an honor because the artwork in this show is outstanding, created by some of the top artists of Fine Art Miniatures from around the world! Also, another thing that makes this great is that my work was done in graphite and had to compete with all the beautiful colored paintings!  Which means it wasn't competing with other work in the drawing category, but with other works in the landscape category!!! It's not easy having a mostly black and white work get any notice when it's competing with paintings!  So, that's why I am beside myself and doing the happy dance!

The show takes place at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, FL.  There is a Collectors Preview on Saturday, January 16th 10AM to 5PMwith the Artists Reception following at 5:30.  The show runs from January 17th through February 7th, 2016!  This is a wonderful show and not to be missed! I was fortunate enough to have attended the show once and hope to be able to do it again, someday. Hope you can make it there!

2016 Miniature Art Society of Florida Exhibition (MASF)

Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC)
1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698; (727) 298-3322 

January 17th - February 7th 2016
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 10AM - 5PM
Thursday 10AM - 8PM
Friday 10AM - 4PM
Saturday 10AM - 5PM
Sunday 1 - 5PM
Closed Mondays and National Holidays

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Happy 2016!

Monday, November 16, 2015

82nd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature (MPSGS)

I'm so happy that my two graphite entries, The Visitors and Forest Lodge were accepted in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society (MPSGS), for their upcoming show in November!


The Visitors and Forest Lodge    © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Both 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord
 
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington, DC is the second oldest Miniature Arts Society in the world, the oldest in the United States. The 82nd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature show is held at The Mansion at the Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. They are open, Weekdays 10-4 • Wed. 10-9 • Sat. 10-3 (closed Sun. and Holidays). The Exhibition Opening is Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, 2 to 4.  The show runs November 22nd through January 3rd, 2016.  This years Judge is James Rogowski, Professional Artist.  If you are in the area, this is a beautiful venue and a show not to miss.  These tiny treasures make great holiday gifts!

Forest Lodge © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8"  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The Visitors © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8"  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

THE SPIRIT OF A MINIATURE (Taken from the prospectus)
This unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century.  A work of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws the viewer into an intimate, concentrated little world that is breathtaking in its execution.  Every single detail is miniaturized – the scale of the subject matter, the brush or pencil strokes – so that only with high magnification can one behold the immaculate details of the artist's technique which may include stippling, hatching or pointillism.  These techniques are a specialized means of producing a perfect balance of color and detail in a series of thinly applied layers of exquisite color intended to reflect light. The miniatures show a high standard of design and the artist’s mastery of the chosen media and palette.

This year has been another year with not much time to create.  It didn't seem like we were home for long, settling in to our new living arrangements with Gina and Zita, when we were once again on the road, or railroad as it was.  From train to rent car we drove in Indiana to visit my Mom-in-law who is in long-term care.  She looked great and is getting around so well!  From there we drove to the airport in Indy to fly to Florida to visit my folks.  It was great to see both our families, I just wish everyone was not so far away!  

Home at last I am finding time to get in my studio and hopefully I will get my head and heart back in to my work!  I aim to spend less time on Facebook and more time on making my art!  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

25th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival - Awarded 2nd Place!

I will have two drawings in the  25th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival held on June 27 - 28th at the Shoreline Center.  The Shoreline Arts Festival provides two extraordinary days of music, dance, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, and food, plus the Shoreline Philippine Festival. This creative community event, sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, is FREE! 

My two works in the juried gallery are She Weeps and Outside In.  The Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. It features over 300 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography.  More great news, I was awarded 2nd Place for the work, Outside In!

She Weeps  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  8" x 10"

Outside In © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord 10" x 8"

I have submitted to this show only once before and really liked the multicultural make up of this festival.  Last time we arrived later in the evening and didn't have enough time to see all that we wanted to.  This year, we'll make a point to go early enough!  It's supposed to be a very warm day so hope you can come on out to the Shoreline Arts Festival and see all it has to offer!  Be sure to have a look at the work in the juried gallery as well as the artist marketplace, music, theatre and food.  There is so much to see and do for the whole family!  Hope to see you there!

June 27 - 28
Sat 10am-6pm  Sun 10am-5pm
Shoreline Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 098155 (map)

Pursue paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and pretty much every other kind of art as you saunter through the sunshine and decide which of the masterpieces on offer will grace your mantelpiece. Enrich your home with hand-made art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste. With over 80 participating artists, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Sit back, relax, and let us entertain you with an array of musical and dance performances spanning a wide range of styles, or if you’re adventurous take the Festival into your own hands during our Open Mic hour. The world is your oyster. Check out the full line up here.

HANDS ON ART FOR KIDS and KIDS-AT-HEART
Try your hand at a Festival favorite with one or all of our Hands-On Art stations! This art is for kids and adults alike. We’ve got all the supplies for the making. All you need to bring is your imagination. The famous Fish Prints are back for a sea of colorful aquatic productions. We’ll have several other Hands-on Art stations for your to explore this year. Come create with us!

CULTURAL ROOMS
Explore the four cultural rooms that offer many fun hands-on activities and displays. Experience different cultures, sample foods, see art, listen to music, learn to dance. This year’s highlights include:
Explore Korean! (Korean Cultural Room) presented by the Korean American Historical Society
Philippine Cultural Room hosted by Filipiniana Arts and Culture, Arab Cultural Room hosted by Arab Center of Washington and Chinese Cultural Room hosted by Chinese Artist Group.

FOOD TRUCK FOOD COURT
Get lunch, dinner, or just a sweet treat at this year’s Arts Festival Food Court. Conveniently located by the Showmobile Outdoor Stage the food court is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I'm participating in.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 17th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show

I'm happy to announce that my two works, First Encounter and Special Delivery were accepted into the 17th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, sponsored by and held on the lovely campus of Bastyr University, located on the north shore of Lake Washington and surrounded by the 316-acre St. Edward State Park.  The show theme is, "Inspired by Nature."   Entries exemplifying the show theme will be considered for the special Theme Award!

The show opens to the public on
Wednesday,  June 24th, through June 28th, 2015
 Bastyr University 
145000 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore WA.  (map

Preview, Awards Ceremony & Reception
Wednesday, June 24th 5:30 - 6:30pm
Reception &  Awards 6:30 - 8:00pm

Show hours
Thursday - Saturday, June 25th - June 27th  10am to 8pm
Sunday, June 28th 10am to 7pm

 All art on exhibit is available for purchase. The show will also feature nightly entertainment and guest speaker programs that will be held in the Bastyr University Auditorium. For more information of all the fun things to do, please click on this link.  Hope to see you there!

 First Encounter  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 8 1/2" x 8"


Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

There is a WIP (work in progress) of the above drawing, Special Delivery , on my blog if you wish to read more about the process of this piece.  Both pieces were inspired by the lovely landscapes we have here in the Pacific Northwest.  I particularly love the trees and rocks that I see everywhere!  There are so many magical places to encounter, how can you not be inspired!


Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

I am hoping now to be back in the studio on a regular basis, creating new work.  After nearly two and a half weeks of a fun filled road trip adventure, we are home with our daughter who will become a new WA resident!  It makes us happy to have her near and to enjoy her company.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Hope you have a great adventure filled summer!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 58th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival


This weekend I'll be delivering my work for the 58th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival! My selected entry, Transformations is a new mixed media piece from my Fantasy Trees Series

The Edmonds Arts Festival is a three day fun filled event that takes place over Fathers' Day Weekend, June 19th - 21st, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main Street in beautiful downtown Edmonds, WA. (map)  The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, attracting artists from across the nation.  There are artists booths outside along with performing arts and children's activities and yummy food.  My work will be in the Juried Gallery Show which is INSIDE the Frances Anderson Center.  There are different rooms exhibiting the juried work, the main gallery where my work is located, you'll find, paintings, drawings and miniature art.  Don't miss the photography and artisan work which is located in rooms a few steps up.  Also, you can find the excellent student art show downstairs. Don't miss out on a fun weekend!  Bring Dad along, too!  All artwork is for sale.  Remember, art makes a fine Fathers' Day Gift!  Happy Fathers' Day to all you Fathers out there!

Transformations  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  10"x 8"

Transformations was done on an Ampersand Claybord Art Panel which is a very smooth, hard surface that is great for the fine detail and texture that I love doing.  The tree was drawn in graphite.  I used metal leaf for the sparkly bits and acrylic for the color.  I used a mix of adding and subtracting marks and paint to achieve the background to give it some depth and mystery. The sparkly bits could be fireflies or moths or anything you want them to be.  I love the things that take place underground, the metamorphosis of all the life that goes on below us.

Transformations © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 10"x 8"

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  I have been going through many life challenges and changes in the last few years.  I have not been able to spend as much time in my studio as I would like but when I do, it is a sanity saver.  I am so grateful when I put pencil or brush to a surface.  It takes me to a quiet place to be transformed. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

23rd Invitational Miniature Show - Snow Goose Gallery!

I am excited to have been invited to participate in the 23rd Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures from Around the World at the Snow Goose Gallery, 470 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania! (map)  There are over 90 (so far) miniature artists in the show and wow, it's such an honor to be included!
Above are my three works in the show, shown in their frames.  They are, Sanctuary, Capturing the Glow, and Nocturnal Flight.  All three are graphite and mixed media on Claybord.  They are part of my Fantasy Tree Series

Capturing the Glow  © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Sanctuary  © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Nocturnal Flight  © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, PA 
The Art of the Miniature XXIII
The Twenty Third Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures from Around the World
May 3rd - June 14th, 2015
Collectors' Preview: Saturday, May 2nd 5- 8 pm
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3rd, 1- 5 pm
Enjoy the music of Lou Czechowski (keyboard) and Tom Kosic (guitar)
Scrumptious hors d'oeuvres provided by The Mint Gastropub!

The opening sounds like great fun!  I wish I was able to see this one in person.   Okay, I admit, I'd love to see them all in person!  If you are anywhere near Bethlehem, PA be sure to make the Snow Goose Gallery a visit.  You will be happy you did!  The work will also be up on the Snow Goose Gallery's website starting on the opening weekend, May, 4th until the end of the show.  The work will be available for purchase as well.  The only problem, will be, which ones to choose!  All beautiful jewels, they'd make the perfect gift for MOM!  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.