Friday, September 14, 2012

Artist Opening Reception, ArtPrize 2012


Join me and other artists in the ArtPrize 2012 Artist Opening Reception at Fountain Street church on       

                 Wednesday, September 19, 2012 
                 5:00 to 7:00 PM 
                 Fountain Street Church
                 24 Fountain Street NE 
                 Grand Rapids MI 49503

This is an opportunity to meet and greet me and the other artists hosted at Fountain Street Church and to view our work!   This is an opportunity to meet the artists, view their 
provocative work and witness the announcement of two awards given to the artists whose creations best communicate our exhibit theme of “Art to Change the World, Confronting Oppression, Embracing the Human Spirit”. 

If you cannot make it to the reception, ArtPrize 2012 runs from September 19 to October 7, so there will be plenty of time to check out all of the beautiful artwork around Grand Rapids. 

Fountain Street Church has a beautiful exhibit featuring the theme "Art to Change the World". They have also printed pamphlets about each artist and their insightful work as well as have scheduled several Artist talks  throughout the ArtPrize weeks for the general public to check out.  Enjoy ArtPrize 2012!  


Thursday, August 30, 2012

And the Countdown Begins!



This is the current progress that I have made on the piece. Some things that I have learned (actually I already knew most of them I just re-realized them): 

1. Moving the corner of the mouth up or down a millimeter can change an entire facial expression

2. It's really hard to figure out where the 2 corners of the mouth should go to get the expression just right

3. It takes a lot of time to cut millimeter sized pieces of paper and move them around on a piece of canvas

4. So much can be read by someone's facial expression! 

5. I find myself looking in the mirror moving the corners of my mouth up and down and trying to figure out how to portray that on a canvas


The background of the piece is also coming together - with intentional circles and swirls around specific texts and images that I want to highlight. This picture shows an example of some key points to the history and current situation of Cambodia (The trial of Khmer Rouge leaders and the logo of Genesis Community Transformation (GCT)). 



There are just a few short weeks until ArtPrize 2012! I'll get that facial expression just right before then...


My piece will be a part of the "Art to Change the World" exhibit at Fountain Street Church. The exhibit will honor the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice and its ability to communicate basic human rights issues and to envision a more perfect world. 


My current Art "Studio"/bedroom :)

The Opening Artist Reception will be held in the evening on Wednesday, September 19. More information and details about parking to follow! For more information about Fountain Street Church and also to see other artists that will be hosted there, click on the link below. It looks to be an exciting exhibit with lots of very talented artists! 

http://www.artprize.org/fountain-street-church


Sunday, August 5, 2012

ArtPrize 2012 Opening Artist Reception

As September usually follows August, and August has somehow already managed to sneak it's way into summer, I suppose it's about time for another ArtPrize 2012 update! 


ArtPrize is a unique and ever exciting opportunity for the Grand Rapids community and each year brings new ideas, challenges, and perspectives. It is a great way for the community to spend time looking at different types of art and to get to know some of the local areas of Grand Rapids. Whether participating as a viewer, a venue host, or an artist, ArtPrize has a way of bringing large amounts of people together. This year ArtPrize 2012 runs from September 19 to October 7, 2012. 


As an ArtPrize Artist this year, I am realizing more and more with each new ArtPrize update email that September will be here before I know it! The piece is still in progress, and I continually ask myself why I did not choose a simple paintbrush and paint for my medium :). I am using cut and torn paper images from various pamphlets from Cambodian organizations, currently scattered about my bedroom floor waiting to be sorted, trimmed, and glued into the perfect place. 


My piece will be a part of the "Art to Change the World" exhibit at Fountain Street Church. The exhibit will honor the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice and its ability to communicate basic human rights issues and to envision a more perfect world. 


The Opening Artist Reception will be held in the evening on Wednesday, September 19. More information and details about parking to follow! For more information about Fountain Street Church and also to see other artists that will be hosted there, click on the link below. It looks to be an exciting exhibit with lots of very talented artists! 


http://www.artprize.org/fountain-street-church

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fountain Street Church, ArtPrize 2012

I am excited to be an ArtPrize Artist hosted at Fountain Street Church this coming Fall 2012! Choosing a venue is always a difficult process but I am very excited about the theme that Fountain Street Church has chosen for this year's ArtPrize exhibit - "Art to Change the World".


Fountain Street Church and the American Civil Liberties Union are co-hosting an exhibit titled, "Art to Change the World: Confronting Oppression, Embracing the Human Spirit" The exhibit will honor the role art plays as a change agent for social and economic justice and its ability to communicate basic human rights issues and to envision a more perfect world.

For more information about Fountain Street Church and also to see the other artists that will be hosted there, click on the link below. There are some beautiful art pieces and sculpture pieces!

http://www.artprize.org/fountain-street-church

Monday, April 30, 2012

Art Show Open Until May 11 and ArtPrize 2012

This is the last week to see my current Art Show at Bethlehem Lutheran Church! The show will officially close on Friday, May 11. Stop by daily from 6:30am-6:00pm or on Sunday morning and afternoons. Read about the story behind each piece, leave comments in the guestbook, and learn about the work that Bethlehem Church is doing in Grand Rapids. When you enter the building, turn left and head up the stairs to see the show.  The picture on the right is an example of one of the many groupings of paintings in the show!





Here is an example of a piece and its description from the show that has been sold but can still be viewed until May 11.


Heaven, 2010, 12x12, Acrylic on Canvas
A place where living people cannot truly describe. A place where various religions have differing beliefs about what the next life may hold. A place where I will forever imagine.
This piece was created using a palette knife and the ends of paintbrushes to create a textured look. As it was painted, the canvas was turned every few minutes to catch and move dripping paint. The goal was to create an abstract piece, but the end product trumped this goal by drawing the viewer in to a mysterious  landscape. 

For more information about the show, visit:
http://www.bethlehemchurchgr.org/2012/02/art-opening-with-alison-derooy/




Also, I have started the process of creating a piece for ArtPrize 2012. You would think that I would have learned from last year that cutting, sorting, and gluing paper is a tedious task - yet I have chosen a similar medium for my 2012 entry.  :) This year, instead of shredding advertisements with a paper shredder, I have chosen to cut and tear paper images and text from various Cambodian organizations. This image shows a small, zoomed in part of the piece to give you an idea of how I am placing the paper and how each layer creates contours of a face.

I'm afraid to say that it is just as tedious, if not more, than last year's entry. But, although it is a slow and careful process, it provides me time to be conscious of the art that I am creating and the message that I want to give. The next few weeks will be full of many artists connecting with venues and creating artist profiles about their work - check it out at www.artprize.org!




Monday, April 9, 2012

Art Show Extended

Alison's Art Show hosted at Bethlehem Lutheran Church has been extended until May 1, 2012!

You are invited to stop by daily from 6:30am-6:00pm or on Sunday morning and afternoons. Read about the story behind each piece, leave comments in the guestbook, and learn about the work that Bethlehem Church is doing in Grand Rapids.

(See previous posts for a map and for information about free parking.)

For more information, visit: http://www.bethlehemchurchgr.org/2012/02/art-opening-with-alison-derooy/

Sunday, April 1, 2012

ArtPrize 2012

Registration starts in April, pictures of my idea will be posted soon!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Art Show at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Come to Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 7:00-10:00 pm, for a combined event with the opening of Alison's Art Show and a concert featuring Cabildo, a Grand Rapids based Latin American music collective that performs in the West Michigan area. You can meet and greet Alison at the concert as well as enjoy some wonderful music and see some beautiful artwork. In addition, there are some new pieces that many of you have not yet seen and the show includes thoughtful descriptions of each piece.

If you can't make it to the opening/concert, Alison's Art Show will be hosted on the second floor for the month of March, and can be viewed daily at Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 6:30am to 6pm (M-F) and in the afternoons on Sundays. Alison will also give an Artist Talk at the church on Sunday, March 18 at 10:00 am.

For more information, check out the links below about the excellent Majic program that Bethlehem Church offers for Grand Rapids!
http://grmajic.org/current-visual-art/
http://www.bethlehemchurchgr.org/2012/02/art-opening-with-alison-derooy/


Housed in a converted parking ramp and vehicle storage facility, Bethlehem Lutheran Church's sanctuary is located on the second floor of the brick building. Parking is free in the garage and lot across the street.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SCHS Alumni Art Show/Mark your Calendars







Come check out the South Christian Alumni Art Show!
During the SCHS homecoming week (February 6-10 2012), the front lobby of the high school will become a gallery for Alumni to exhibit their artwork. If you missed the chance to see Alison's ArtPrize 2011 entry, "Shredded Materialism", it will be shown at this Art Show. Additionally, 2 other pieces entitled "Peace" and "Fair Trade" will also be shown.

If you would like to meet and greet Alumni artists and see lots of beautiful work, stop by the Artist Reception in the front lobby of South Christian High School from 6-7pm on Friday, February 10, 2012.

Go Sailors!


*Mark your calendars for the opening of Alison's next Art Show, on March 9, 2012, a combined event with the music group Cabildo at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Alison will have her work displayed for the month of March 2012. Stay tuned for more information and check out the link below for more information on the excellent Majic program that Bethlehem Church offers for Grand Rapids!
http://grmajic.org/current-visual-art/