Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Work Selected for 54th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show!

Sculpted by Time © Barbara A. Freeman
Metalpoint on Prepared Paper 8 1/2 " x 8 "

I just returned today from a train trip to northern Indiana to visit my in-laws. What a great welcome home when I picked up the mail and received the news that all the work I submitted to the Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show was selected! I am doing the Happy Dance!! This year I am in three categories: One in Drawing - Sculpted by Time, Two in Painting - Garden Gnome, Contemplating His Latest Work and $2.00/bunch, and Four in Miniatures - Dreamer, Early Autumn, The Silent Ones, and Traveling the Slow Road. Two of these works, the drawing and a miniature, are done in silverpoint/metalpoint which is exciting! You can read more about silverpoint, at this link,

Small Work, Acrylic on Gessobord, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

$2.00/bunch © Barbara A. Freeman
Small Work, Acrylic on Gessobord, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, and a great time for the whole family. The Juried Art Show will be inside the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds,WA. In addition to the indoor juried show, there is also the outdoor Arts Festival with food, music and artists' booths on the lawn. This fun festival takes place on Fathers' Day weekend, June 17th through the 19th - Friday, 11am to 9 pm, Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. This year’s annual Preview pARTy will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at the Frances Anderson Center beginning at 6:00 pm.

Dreamer © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Early Autumn © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Acrylic on Polymin, 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"

The Silent Ones © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Silverpoint, 2 9/16" x 3 9/16"

Traveling the Slow Road © Barbara A. Freeman
Fine Art Miniature, Acrylic on Masonite, 2 7/8" x 3 3/4"
Second Place Miniatures - Edmonds Arts Festival

I'll be posting more about the show as news develops. In the meantime, however, I hope to be posting a work in progress of a new silverpoint drawing. When I do post the work in progress, it will not be in real time. Unfortunately, it has had many interruptions due to my traveling! The show I'm hoping to enter it in has a deadline of June 3rd, so I really need to get working on it! Until then, thanks for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I'm in. I hope that wherever you are, you can get out and enjoy all the local art festivals and shows during the summer. Remember to Support Your Local Artists!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two Years Blogging!

I reached my second year blogging on May 16th!  I wasn't sure what I was getting myself in to when I started, but I'm really glad I did.  I've connected with so many other great blogger friends, artists, collectors and folks just looking.  Thanks to all of you for visiting my blog and reading about my work.  Most of all, thanks for your support!

Part of the reason I've not had time to post here is my new work is in silverpoint.  I have been wanting to do another silverpoint and even though it's a medium that requires a bit more planning, the beautiful values and softness of the metal is worth the extra time it takes.  I have been photographing the work as it progresses and will post some photos late next week.  (Hopefully they will not have too much reflextion!)   The work will have a bit of color in it as well.  It is not a miniature, but a small work, around 7 or 8 inches square.  I think I will wait until I have the photos ready to show before I say more. The other reason is for family matters and that can get very complicated!  Life often gets in the way of one's work, but hopefully it also makes us better, more compassionate artists.  Until next time, enjoy the beautiful spring and thanks for reading about my work.  Support your local artist!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Photos of Parklane Gallery's 19th Annual Miniature Show

Parklane Gallery, Kirkland WA

What a fun Artists' Reception at Parklane Gallery Saturday evening. I got to meet Jim Smith, the juror for the show, who is also the Fearless Leader of the Yahoo Miniature Art Group. Jim is even more delightful in person than he is online! It was a great show with lots of red dots appearing while we were there.  Several of my artist friends came by to see the show and say hello. Some also had work in the show. My friend Janie Olsen and her husband Bill attended. Janie had several red dots appear on her work, including one of my favorites Banty Hen!! I also met Naoko Morisawa who works with mosaic bits of dyed wood that she cuts and makes into beautiful images. Sue Jackson-André, aka, Clovie Boy stopped in to say hello.  Sue had two beautiful colored pencil drawings of rabbits in the show.  The show gathered a large number of people throughout the evening.  It was a beautiful evening!

Juror and Artist, Jim Smith with Artist, Barbara Freeman (yours truly)

Juror, Jim Smith telling how he made his difficult choices for the awards! 

Lovely Music is always provided. 

If you haven't seen this show, do try to see it.  It's amazing, the amount of detail and wonder that is contained in these tiny masterpieces! This show will also be part of the Kirkland ArtWalk on Friday, May 13 from 6 until 9.  The 19th Annual Miniature Art Show at Parklane Gallery, 130 Park Lane in Kirkland WA continues through June 5th. Parklane Gallery is a beautiful place to visit.

I know that some who will read this blog to see the photos, looking for their work, will be disappointed.  I regret if the photos are not large enough to see all the art.  When taking photos of the show and reception, we try to respect those who do NOT wish to have their work photographed.   Thanks for taking the time to read this blog.  Support your local artist!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Parklane Gallery's 19th Annual Miniature Art Show

A Flash of Blue and Through the Portal
© Barbara A. Freeman

Parklane Gallery's 19th Annual Juried International Miniature Art Show now has a preview of the show online at their website, HERE. I am happy to say that all four of my submissions have been juried in the show. Parklane Gallery is located at 130 Park Lane in beautiful downtown Kirkland, WA. The show runs from May 3rd through June 5th. The Artists' Reception and Awards Presentation is this Saturday, May 7 at 5:00 PM. The show will also be part of the Kirkland ArtWalk on Friday, May 13 from 6 until 9. There are over 300 works from some of the top Fine Art Miniaturists from all across the country and abroad. Jim Smith the juror will have a hard time giving the awards! Magnifying glasses are provided and closer looks are encouraged!

This is a local show for me and I will be attending the reception. My husband Wayne will take photos of the show and reception for me which I will be including in my next blog and posting on several miniature art forums. Check back, I'll try to get them up as soon as I can. In the meantime, enjoy all the beautiful miniatures online. Once again, I am honored to be a part of this show. If you have never seen a miniature show in person, this is a perfect opportunity! I hope to see you there.