Monday, September 18, 2017

"The Exchange" Juried in the 39th Annual Arts of the Terrace Festival!

I can smell the rain!  Autumn is almost here and it's time for the 39th Annual Arts of the Terrace Festival at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex! This year my graphite drawing, The Exchange, 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 colors pop and allows all the fine line detail I use to show up!

 The Exchange  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The show runs from September 23rd through October 8th, at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, 23300 58th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace. (map) There will be an Artists and Patrons Preview, on September 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, with an Awards Ceremony at 7:30 pm.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, along with music by the Battista Brothers.  The show will be open to the public starting September 23rd - October 8, 2017.  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 8th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

 The Exchange  Framed © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

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!

Monday, August 28, 2017

"Outside - In" Juried in the 2017 ICON Show at Lynn Hanson Gallery

I'm happy to announce that my entry Outside - In was juried in the 5th Annual ICON show at Lynn Hanson Gallery, 312 S Washington Street, in Seattle's Pioneer Square.(map)  Opening night is September 7th, from 5 to 8 PM, which is also the First Thursday Artwalk in Pioneer Square.  There will be an Awards Reception on Saturday, September 16th, from 4 to 7 PM.  The Lynn Hanson Gallery is open Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5.  The ICON show runs from September 7th to 30th.

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

I will be attending the opening of the show for the Artwalk on September 7th.  Stop by to say hello and check out this eclectic show with the many interpretations depicting the theme, ICON.  It's sure to be fabulous and the Pioneer Square Artwalk is always a fun thing to do!

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

This is the third ICON show that I have had my submissions juried in! This year the show was juried by Liana Bennett, owner of Arts Umbrella in Bothell, WA.  I am honored to have my work included with all the other incredible artworks that are in this show! Take a look at all the different ways ICON is perceived in a slide show on the Lynn Hanson Gallery website.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tribute to my Dad, John Alexander Hays 1929 - 2017

It's with a heavy heart that I am announcing the passing of my Father, John Alexander Hays, 87, who passed on June 19th, 2017.  I've been in Florida helping my Mom take care of the funeral arrangements and the memorial service.  It's been a very difficult time for all of us.  My Dad had dementia for the last several years and my Mom had been caring for him at home.  My sister, Jennifer, was the driver in the family so she was running errands for food, doctors appointments and prescription pick-ups.  It's been a tough struggle with lots of challenges for all of us.  It's a terrible disease and one you would never want your loved one to have and to never have yourself.  I want to remember my Dad when he was more than this disease,  when he was fun, creative and loved to do so many things. 

My Dad was born on August 5th, 1929 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  His Mother was Helen A. Suders and his Father, Percy W. Hays.  He had five sisters, Marion, Agnes, Virginia, Ruth and Gloria, also two brothers, Bill, and Jim. 

My Dad and Mom on one of our trips to visit in March 2014

My Dad's passing happened very quickly.  I talked to him that very day, Fathers' Day, June 18th.  Later that same evening my sister called and said they had called 911, that Daddy had fallen and had been taken to the hospital.  When I next heard from her, it was with very bad news, he wasn't expected to make it, he had had a pulmonary embolism, along with other contributing conditions.  The next morning, he had passed on, it was his time to go.  That was on Monday.  Wayne quickly made travel arrangements and we arrived in Winter Park late Wednesday night. 

I have to say, so many people were helpful in guiding us in the right direction in carrying out the process of what to do next.  The folks at Florida Hospital and A Community Funeral Home were so helpful and professional.  We set up the arrangements for a memorial at the Maranatha Fellowship Church, that my folks attended.  Pastor Steve Graves and his wife Joyce were so thoughtful, asking the right questions and helping us plan the memorial.  Also, a big thanks to Carol and Ken Whitlock for the home visits and drives to and from church.  My Dad always enjoyed your visits.

I made a collage of photos for the memorial service.  It was very therapeutic for me to look through all the photos that Daddy placed in albums.  Unfortunately, they were not sorted so I never knew what was coming up next!  I used a tri-fold black poster board as a support.  I wanted to tell a story of my Dad from photos of him as a boy to a young man. Then on to photos of him with my Mom, then the three of us, then the birth of my sister, Jennifer makes four of us, then my daughter, Regina, the grandchild makes five.  Also included were photos of him with all his siblings, then of all of us as adults with our husbands.  These I arranged in the center area. 

On the left side I had photos of the house and the garden.  He was always working on or growing something!  Planning of the garden was a big deal!  I included a photo of both Mom and Daddy with their  company truck, Hays Pest Control.  He and my Mom both worked in their business, day in and day out, together for many years until their retirement.  On the right side, I included things he liked to do, with photos of his workshop and a few of the many things he made, from cabinets to wooden cars.  He loved to cook and bake, especially bread.  Fishing was also a favorite past time and I even found that photo of the largest fish he ever caught!   Proof and not just "another fish tale"!  In these photos, I found out things I didn't know and rediscovered things I had forgotten about.

I also found the article of when my folks lost everything in a house fire when I was a baby.  The house was listed as being in Mercersburg, PA.  I always thought the house was somewhere else near Ft. Loundon.  My Dad jumped out of the second story window with me in his arms!

Adding the letters and feathers made it complete.  I would not have gotten through all this were it not for my husband, Wayne.  He was always there with a hug and another pair of hands to do whatever was needed.   He made the travel arrangements, drove me everywhere I needed to be, helped with the cooking and gave support when the challenges felt overwhelming. He's still helping me with the tangle of insurance and other paperwork that needs to be gotten through!  Mom told me she was so glad we had each other.  Yes, Mom, me too!  He is a keeper for sure!

Above is the altar arrangement before the services.  The framed photo of my Dad is from the 70's.  The votive holder was also made by him, he made one for all of us.  Then, right of that is one of the smaller cars he made.  It was my Mom's favorite.

Pastor Steve Graves getting started.

He did a wonderful service, had us laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time.  My Dad would have loved it!  My heartfelt thanks goes to Paster Steve Graves and his wife, Joyce for the help and support they gave us and the wonderful service and memorial for my Dad.  Thanks to Joyce for leading us in song as we sang some of my Dad's favorites.  I know he heard us!  They had a lovely lunch set up for us afterwards and my Mom said how she knew my Dad would have been so pleased with everything.   

Some neighbors and friends stopping to meet and give condolences. 

My Mom and Dad still in love after 68 years of marriage.  They set a wonderful example of love and partnership.  Daddy, we will all miss you.  We send you on your way with love in our hearts for your next journey to a better place... follow the light.  You will be remembered.

Below is the obituary I placed on the website of acommunityfuneralhome.com.

John A Hays born in Franklin County, PA, August 5th 1929 to Helen A (Sutters) and Percy W Hays of Mercersburg PA, passed away June 19th 2017 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife Dorothy M (Starliper) Hays, daughters Barbara A Freeman, Everett WA, Jennifer L Taber, Orlando FL, granddaughter Regina A Ballew, Everett WA, sister Gloria Hawk, Chambersburg PA, brother William Hays, Ft Loudon, PA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Marion Shindeldecker, Agnes Creager, Ruth Williams, Virginia Deshong, and Reverend James Hays. 

John and his family moved to Orlando FL in 1964 where he worked as a licensed pest control professional for Eagle Pest Control and later started his own business, Hays Pest Control which he operated until his retirement. John enjoyed fishing, gardening, bread baking, and woodworking. He attended Maranatha Fellowship Church. There will be a memorial service at the church on Thursday, June 29th, 11:30am. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Maranatha Fellowship Church.
Here is a a link where you can sign the guest book.

Monday, June 12, 2017

60th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival - Fathers' Day Weekend

Coming up is the 60th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival, in beautiful downtown Edmonds WA.  It's a three day fun filled event held every year over the Father's Day weekend.  I'm so happy that my two drawings, Time Passages and Outside In were juried in the show!

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

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

This is such a fun festival with artists' booths outside, and three juried galleries inside.  There is food, music, dance and activities for the kids!  In the main gallery inside the Frances Anderson Center 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.

The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, attracting artists from across the nation. Profits from the Edmonds Arts Festival are returned to the community through the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Edmonds Arts Festival - Father's Day Weekend
June 16th -18th  
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 
700 Main Street  Edmonds, WA. (map)  

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

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

If you get a chance to go, don't forget to visit the inside galleries.  Check out my two pieces in the main gallery!  All artwork is for sale.  Remember, art makes a fine Fathers' Day Gift!  Happy Fathers' Day to all you Fathers out there!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New work - "The Exchange" - Art of the Garden Show at the Schack Art Center

I'm hapy to announce that my new work, The Exchange,  has been accepted in the Art of the Garden show at the Schack Art Center in Everett!  This biannual juried exhibit will feature a prolific offering of art created to enhance the garden and bring the garden into the home.  The Exchange, an addition to my ongoing series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities, is an image of a Wood Sprite and Rufus Hummingbird encounter having an exchange of golden strands for whispers. 

Art of the Garden - Schack Art Center
June 15th - September 2nd
Exhibit opens with a Meet the Artist Reception 
June 15th  5 to 8PM
2921 Hoyt Ave.  Everett WA (map)

 It will be a great show, with lots of beautiful work to get your summer off to a great start, with both artwork for bringing the garden indoors, or taking the art outside to your garden!  Whichever you choose, it will make you happy to know, finally, summer is here!  Hope you get a chance to see the show!
 
The Exchange  ©Barbara A. Freeman
9" x 12"  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The Exchange  ©Barbara A. Freeman
9" x 12"  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  Framed

If you are interested, I have photographed as I was working to show the progression of each step.


This is the beginning of the drawing, working out the composition and where I want to go with it.  I rarely have the work completed in my mind before I start.  It's more of an idea that I build on as I go.


This is where I make sure the composition and placement of foliage are working well together.  Also, I worked out the ideas for her face and for her ear.  I drew the hummingbird separately, then was able to position it  where I considered the best placement to complete the composition.  At this point I am ready to transfer the image to my substrate, a smooth white panel called Claybord made by Ampersand.


I make the transfer the usual way, trace the drawing on tracing paper, then flipping over to the back and redrawing the lines with a soft pencil, then place on my board and tape to hold it down, then lightly redraw.  After the transfer to the panel, the real drawing begins.  I started on the ear and earring. These were fun to do.


I continued with the face and went on to the hair and shoulder.


More work giving the hair some movement.


A lot more work happening on the hair.


More hair shading and defining on the next photos.




Worked on the hand, flowers and leaves.


Hummingbird work in the next several images as well as the hand.




It was time to make the flowers, her neck and hand stand out by darkening the area surrounding them.  This part really made a difference!


Darkening the background was very time consuming as I had to go slow to keep the shading even.  Hard to stay awake doing this!


 I got very bold with the dark on the lower left.  It made me nervous, but I wanted her to pop!  I gave the work the  appearance of a vignette. At this point, the graphite was finished, time to spay it with workable fixative.


The last bit was deciding which strands of hair I wanted to make gold.  I first used Derwent Inktense pencils in a Mid Vermilion and Sun Yellow on the chosen strands.  Once done, I painted Iridescent Gold (fine) over the ink.  Then I finished it with several sprays of satin varnish to seal and protect it, just like I would a painting.

So there you have it, my work as it progressed.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy your summer!  Remember, support your local artists! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

The 26th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery

My two works, Sylvan Slippers and When the Night Comes, are both in the 26th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC.  If you can't make it in person to see the show, it is also 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!

**Sylvan Slippers, and When the Night Comes
© Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Both works are from the Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities Series.

You can view my two works in the show on Seaside Art Gallery's webpage here, (scroll down).  I love the presentation of the entire show online. 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.

*When the Night Comes © 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. This year the juror is Mary Serfass, artist and owner of, The Snow Goose Gallery located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, PA.   The Snow Goose Gallery also hosts it's own miniature art show every year.

*Sylvan Slippers  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

The exhibition runs: May 6th - June 3rd,
The gallery location: 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head NC. (map)
Toll-free number: 800-828-2444.
The Artists Reception: May 27th 7 - 9 PM.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the artists and see the award winners. Refreshments will be served. The reception is open to the public and is free to attend.

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! 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!  Happy Mother's Day!

**I am happy to say both of these works have been SOLD!

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Safe Haven - Twitter Art Exhibit - Stratford upon Avon UK - April 1st


A Safe Haven © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
 4 3/4"6 1/4" - (16x12 cm)  Graphite on Paper

Back in November I got some new paper to try out around the same time I saw the "call to artists" for the Twitter Art Exhibit. The call was for a postcard size original art, image only requiring no framing.  It was for the charity, Molly Olly's Wishes and was being held in Stratford upon Avon in the UK. (map) I worked on the drawing, liked the way it turned out and sent it off.  Because of this, several new things occurred.  I opened a twitter account, I tried out new paper, I sent my work to the UK, and I donated a work to a good cause!  It was fun and though larger than my usual miniatures, done in the same style I usually work.  The drawing I sent was, A Safe Haven.  The exhibit wall my postcard is on can be see here...A Safe Haven.  There are 1024 cards by artists from 62 countries in the show! I'm excited to be a part of this!

TwitterArtExhibit happens every year and is held in different countries for different charities.  Their motto is, “Through art we can change the world.”

#TwitterArtExhibit utilizes social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations.
• Artists worldwide donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to the #TAE17.
TwitterArtExhibit organizes a local, physical showcasing of the art.
• The public is invited to buy the art at an affordable, flat price.
• 100% of proceeds go to the charity.
• This provides artists with new exhibition opportunities, new audiences and benefactors, and appeals to art enthusiasts all over the world.
• It’s fun!

Opening Night Preview  - April 1st in Stratford upon Avon.  ALL the proceeds from the sale of the cards go directly to the charity. If you are attending the sale and plan on buying any art, please bring CASH.  (Cost of cards - £30 each of 4 for £100).
This event is FREE. Light refreshments available.

The TAE17 Exhibition will run April 2-19 at The ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford upon Avon. 10:00-4:00.

The charity, Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families.

The new paper is Stillman and Birn, Zeta Series, a wonderful heavyweight smooth paper.  I really like the way graphite glides across the paper and I can get dark, sharp details.  The paper is easy, the twitter account, not so much!  I'm still learning my way around twitter! I hope if you are in the UK you will check out the show!  

Working on finishing up my miniatures for the Seaside Art Gallery's annual miniature show in North Carolina and working on a larger work for the Art of the Garden show at the Schack in Everett. Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Happy Spring!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Forest Lodge" - Third in Drawing and Pastel, at the 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!

This weekend is the opening of the 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show. This year I sent three entries and I'm happy to say, all three of them were juried in the show! The three works are, Forest Lodge, and two new ones in The Wood Nymph SeriesSylvan Slippers, and Time for Renewal.  I'm even happier to announce that my work,  Forest Lodge was awarded Third Place in Drawing and Pastel!

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

The artwork in this show is always outstanding, created by some of the top artists of Fine Art Miniatures from across the globe! This is why it's such an honor to receive an award!  It's thrilling also because this work was done in graphite and was competing along with beautiful colored pencil work and pastels!  So nice having my little mostly black and white work get noticed!  This show is the largest Miniature Art Show in the USA and there are hundreds of entries from across the globe!

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


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


Time for Renewal © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The 2017 MASF Exhibition will be held at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA).  There are approximately 800 works of art in the show, including the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. The museum is located at 600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL . (map)
The show runs from  January 15th - February 5th.  There is a Collectors Preview on Saturday, January 14th - 10AM to 5PM with the Artists Reception following at 5:30.  Sunday is the Awards Brunch at Bon Appetit Restaurant, 9AM-12PM.  Sunday, January 15 is the Public Opening, from 1PM-5PM.

600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL (map)
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday 10AM - 5PM
Thursday 10AM - 8PM
Friday 10AM - 4PM
Saturday 10AM - 5PM
Sunday 1 - 5PM
Closed Mondays and National Holidays


Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  I am currently working on new pieces for the miniature shows in the spring, so do check back.  Please "like" my page on Facebook, B Free Studios.  Happy 2017!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature - Honorable Mention for The Return

This weekend is the opening of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC's   83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.  I'm so happy that my two graphite entries, Sanctuary and The Return were both accepted in the show!  I'm even happier that my entry, The Return was awarded an Honorable Mention!  There will be more than 600 tiny treasures from around the world for this ever-popular juried exhibition.

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

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

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

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 83rd 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. 10-4 and Sun. 12-4 (closed Mon. and Holidays). The Exhibition Opening is Sunday, November 20th, 2016, 2 to 4.  The show runs November 20th through December 31st, 2016.  This years Judge is Judy Lalingo, 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!

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.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  I will also have work in the Miniature Art Society of Florida's show coming up in January - more info soon.  May you find many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!