This fall marks the 15th year I’ve been in my studio at ARTHOUSE!!! So it seemed only right to have a Quinceanera celebration. It was a fun affair – full of pink, glitter, cupcakes, and champagne.
Meanwhile, I’m working on a large-scale suspended sculpture for a new building in LA County. It’s a public art commission – my first sculpture!! It will be 10′x16′x11′ when installed. In my studio right now I’ve been mocking up pieces of it. LOTS of butterflies!!!!
Today I’m off to San Francisco to do a walk-thru with that city’s public art commissioners. I’ve been short-listed for an interior lobby piece. I won’t know how it goes until early spring, 2015. So think good thoughts, but don’t hold your breath!
Last Monday morning I received an email telling me I had won Best of Show in an international juried art competition!! What a way to start the week!!
Sierra Water, 58″x34″, detail below
The winning collage is “Sierra Water”. The juror, Maggie Witt, had this to say about my work:
I could not believe, at first, that Sierra Water was a fiber collage. The painterly treatment of the scene, the sheen of the water’s reflection and the sharpness of the rocks’ contours and shadows–all these things belonged, in my unenlightened mind, to the world of paint and canvas. Ms. Axelrad has proven to me how fiber can meet and even exceed the greatest accomplishments of other, perhaps more “conventional” media.
To see the competition, click on this link
To see the original collage, visit it at the Ritz Carlton at Northstar (near Lake Tahoe)
I wonder what will happen THIS week?!?!?
Near our campsite. Kings Canyon
I recently had the opportunity to visit Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. What a treat!!!! There’s a group of college friends that has been gathering for a camping trip every July – for the past 40 years. I was honored to be a part of that group this year. At the peak we had 23 people, 4 dogs and 1 cat – all in our private campsite. A great experience!!!!
On our last day, Tom and I found a river that was a series of gorgeous swimming holes. A lady at a gas station told us about it. It’s not on any map we saw. And NO, I’m not telling you where it is; we never saw one other person the whole time we were there.
Chillin’ at the swimmin’ hole
Our private swimming hole and waterfall
All of the scenery……. CRAZY amazing!!! I took over 1000 photos. Probably have images for a lifetime of fabric collages. Rocks and water. Sequoias. Long valley views. I think I’ll start with a sequoia piece…… We got up at the crack-o’-dawn and were the very first car in the parking lot for the sequoia grove. ‘Had the whole place to ourselves for at least an hour. And got that great early morning light.
I did get to visit my studio last weekend. It was the monthly Second Saturday artwalk. There I was, sitting in my chair with my foot up on my worktable. It was nice to see that it’s all still there. Also nice to see the other studio artists at ARTHOUSE. But that’s about it for a while. The foot is getting better rapidly, but…… My hand will be in a cast until at least June 9. No scissors. No drawing. I’m trying to train my left hand, but it’s a slow process.
On the plus side…… The public art commission I was awarded in spring of 2013 by LA County is finally set to start. We should be having a kickoff meeting in early June. I’ll keep you posted here. I think this might be a very interesting project!!! They are talking 3D. Yikes!!
ALAS! I’ll be out of the studio for a while. Old injuries have caught up with me and needed fixing. Since I’d be out of the studio a while with each one, I decided to multitask my recoveries. I need to keep my foot elevated, and my hand will be in a cast for about 5 more weeks. ‘Guess I won’t be standing at my design wall or wielding scissors and pins for a while.
But I WILL be in my studio tomorrow evening for Second Saturday. Just kicking back with my foot up……..
Mothers love each of their children equally. As a mother of an only child, I can easily attest to that. But as an artist, I confess, I love some of my pieces more than others. As Orwell expressed, some are just more equal than others. I do love Redwoods 2 .It will soon be hanging over a fireplace in the home of a lovely California family. But meanwhile, It will be in my studio for a wee bit of time. It’s all framed and looking gorgeous. If Im not in my studio you can see it through the glass door of my studio.
Happy Valentines Day everyone!!
Today was a special day for those of us in love with R Street. The project (formerly known as Capital Artists Lofts) we’ve all been waiting for, the Warehouse Artists Lofts, had its groundbreaking just this morning. Yay!!!!
Welcome to my studio!! Look left and you can see my current work in progress. Look right and you can see the flat files that hold my prints. And you can tell it’s February…. See the Valentine’s Day candy on the little table by the door?
I hope everyone has plans for this Thursday! Happy Heart Day!! By the way…. If you need a last minute gift, my small prints are on sale for only $80….. And sets of notecards are only $20. Just mentioning….
The Studio Door is Open!
The Upstairs Gallery and the Axelrad Studio both have a fresh coat of paint. Come visit!
ARTHOUSE is located at 1021 R Street, Sacramento 95811. My studio is on the second floor. I’ll be hosting an Open Studio from 6-9pm on Saturday, Feb 9.
Also….. I’ll be speaking about my work in Folsom on the evening of Feb. 12. Contact me if you’d like more information.
Done!!! My first collages depicting architecture landmarks (Mission San Jose and Mission Espada) were completed in October. I followed them to Houston where they were framed (see image above). They then traveled to San Antonio and were installed in their permanent home, the new corporate headquarters of NuStar Energy.
I’m about to start a new series of California landscapes. When completed they will be featured in a Carmel art gallery.
Life is good!