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Artomatic Fanatic

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

The new year lands on the wrong day. January 1 is in the middle of winter and feels like an inauspicious time for new beginnings. Maybe it comes from years of starting school in the fall, but that’s when I find myself eager for new projects and experiences.  This year I’m getting my wish.

Artomatic is returning to Frederick in just a few weeks. If you visited or participated in Artomatic@Frederick 2011 you know what I’m talking about.

If not, imagine hundreds of artists showing work in a wide range of media and styles. There will also be live music, film screenings, drawing sessions with costumed models, poetry readings, fashion, dance and other performances. And it’s all free!

Like last time, it will be in the old board of education building at 115 Church Street in Frederick. This year the adjacent building has been added, so it should be even bigger and better than before.

There are still good spaces left and I encourage any artists who are still undecided to join us. There’s no jury. Space assignments are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Thursday, August 15 at 12 a.m., so hurry!

Everyone does 15 volunteer hours and pays $100. The fee may seem like a lot, but I thought it was well worth it for a five-week show. That said, most of us would be disappointed it we saw this event solely as a way to make the big bucks. You will meet a lot of cool people and get great exposure. I only made two small sales at the event that barely covered expenses, but I got some design jobs and a show (with good sales) as a direct result of the 2011 Artomatic. And you can’t put a price on the sense of community and the chance to show your art your way.

If you’re not an artist and are looking for something fun to do, I invite you to visit. It’s pretty overwhelming so you’ll probably want to come more than once.

Artomatic@Frederick 2013 runs from  September 4 – October 5. Hours are: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 11p.m. and Sundays from 12 – 5 p.m.

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Room 37

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

My space at Artomatic Frederick is centrally located and looks good at night and incredible during the day. There are two big windows that let in north light. Though we didn’t meet until, Artomatic, Julie Maynard, Shannon Beatty, and I create art that works well together. There’s something to be said for contrast, but we enjoy our room’s cohesive, garden atmosphere. And I couldn’t have asked for nicer “roomates.”

I defined my space with Behr paint that was left over from a home DIY project. (This isn’t an advertisement, but I must mention that the stuff covered red in only one coat.)

I meant to do something creative with signage, but it’s been a busy fall so it just wasn’t happening. I made a couple of simple versions in InDesign and tiled and printed them on my home printer. I sloppily taped the best one together and hung it up to make sure it worked. Then I had an intact version printed and dry mounted.

I knew three of my mixed media paintings with vintage dresses would anchor the space. I put the largest on an old aluminum easel in front of the door. The easel was covered with paint from numerous projects, so I just slapped a coat of the wall color on it and it looked pretty good.

Once the other two paintings were hung, I needed to figure out how to fill in. I had a lot of smaller pieces to choose from. To make it easier, I made patterns by tracing the art onto brown paper, cutting it out, and taping the paper in place. This was really helpful in visualizing the layout before pounding any nails.

Because the building is 27,000 square feet and there are over 250 artists to check out, we thought it would be good to give people a place to rest . . . while looking at our work. I brought in two metal patio chairs that fit the space physically and aesthetically.

The room was completed with Susie Remmers’ beautiful plants. The company she owns provided plants throughout the building which makes it all seem more permanent. Thanks, Susie!

Artomatic Frederick

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

windowI’d been thinking of participating in DC’s Artomatic since its beginning in 1999, but never got it together. Now there’s no excuse.  This uncurated behemoth is coming to Frederick’s former Board of Education building, a short walk from my house.

Artomatic Frederick will transform the 27,000-foot space into a venue showcasing hundreds of visual artists.  And if that’s not enough, music, poetry, and theater will be featured during the 5-week event. During that time there will be two First Saturdays, In the Street, the 72 Film Fest, and Halloween. So there should be plenty of visitors . . . and with luck, art buyers.

Artists’ registration  will begin on August 1st; and the exhibition runs from September 28 to November 6.

One of the coveted spaces with plenty of natural light. Some rooms in this historic building have built-in shelves that would be perfect for ceramics and small sculptures.