October 21, 2011 / Updated November 3, 2011 - Denver, Colorado Area Exhibits (November Deadlines)

Calling all boys - boys
Calling all girls - girls
Calling all people on streets
Around the world . . .

- Queen

And, now, Calling All Artists. 

Today's Open Studio was populated by a) me, and b) one colleague. Was everyone else out partying en plein air? It was a good day for it, if so.

My colleague mentioned that she had a hard time finding local shows. With one toe scuffing the studio lino, I confessed that I keep a nerdy spreadsheet of same.  I'll share it now if -- and only if -- everyone gives me a "get out of jail free" card should I forget to update the listings in the future. Okay? Okay.

Artists, dust off your inventory; here are the Denver/Boulder/FoCo and area shows/exhibits/competitions with November deadlines:

Hot new deadlines added November 3, 2011:

National Screen Print Poster Awareness Month Event
Open call event for silkscreen printers, with spots still available as of November 2 for the Friday, November 4 event. Hosted in Denver by Megafauna.

Poverty Awareness Art Showcase
Deadline: November 15, 2011
Opens: December 7, 2011
This event suffers a severe dearth of Internet publicity, but it's a nice open call with a clear theme and appears to be an established annual exhibit.

LoHi Studios: Hot off the Press
Deadline: November 5, 2011
Opens: Unknown.
Also running an open call for artists at the main LoHi Studios website.

Now back to our original programming:

Heritage Fine Arts Guild "This is Colorado" Annual Statewide Art Show at the Madden Museum of Art
Deadline: November 1, 2011
Opens: January 13, 2012

[There is a rumor of a show themed "Women" at Artistica Art Gallery in Southlands Mall, Aurora, but little information is available online.]

Lakewood Arts Council Holiday Arts & Crafts Show & Sale
(Crafts: All Colorado Artists / Jewelry: Members Only / 2D Art: Members Only)
Deadline: November 5
Opens: November 8

Art Gallery 3698 Third Annual Miniature Show and Sale
Deadline: November 5, 2011
Opens: November 12, 2011

CORE New Art Space: Dreams
Deadline: November 6, 2011 (or up to 2 weeks in advance)
Opens: November 10, 2011

Colorado Watercolor Society: 2012 State Watercolor Exhibition
Deadline: November 15, 2011
Opens: March 2, 2012

The Center for Fine Art Photography: Home
Deadline: November 16, 2011
Opens: March 2, 2012

2012 Telluride Plein Air
Deadline: November 30, 2011
Opens: June 29, 2012

Disclaimers apply.  I don't really track art/craft fairs, I don't follow national calls (yet), and I've probably shorted the RiNo and Santa Fe private galleries, but If I made a properly comprehensive database, I would never ever have time to paint. 

A further note:  it's really not hard to get your work on a wall somewhere that it will be enjoyed. By way of example:

Off the Vine Coffee and Wine Bar, Englewood, Colorado
These folks recently posted a very nice ad on Craig's List calling for local artists. They want to start a gallery night. Yay! Love it! Somebody please contact them! I'd do it myself if I had any available inventory right now.

More new venues added November 2:

Evergreen Retail Boutique
Lookity look, right here at home, a local retail merchant is soliciting local artwork for consignment sale. Artists! Up and at 'em!

Denver Urban Homesteading
Craig's List again! This intriguing venue offers a rotating exhibit/sale opportunity with commission. Thank you, local business, for supporting local artists!

Rotating Exhibit Opportunity at Medical Marijuana Dispensary
All mediums welcome, says the Craig's List advertisement, with a monthly exhibit rotation. Again, props for supporting local artists in Denver!

Please feel free to comment (below) if you have an exhibit to add, and I will update this post accordingly so you can permalink [noun? verb? both?]. Enjoy. Enter. Go paint stuff.

October 17, 2011 - Battling The Kraken

Just do it.
- Nike (technically . . . but see this.)

I'm back from an amazing Arizona art week. My preschooler is splashing in the tub five feet away. At random intervals, she screams "Mooom! Mom! MOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!!," necessitating a break in typing, a mad leap to the tub, and a speedy discovery of . . . absolutely nothing.  Sigh. Perhaps I left the kraken off its leash?

Actually . . . that seems an ideal metaphor about less-than ideal creative conditions, so let's go with it.

My daily art hour, which fell into the "way better than nothing" category, has further fallen into the "wayside" category. I stupidly converted my progeny's sleep habitat  from a crib into a "big girl bed." Now I get a 6:00 a.m. personal visit instead of an 8:30 a.m. happy chirp. (N.B. - Next time, that fourth wall is not coming down until the kid's in college.)

So mornings are out, unless I back up to 4:00 a.m., which is not a serious option at the moment. My most wise sister likewise lost her morning painting time. Then, in preparing her house for the market, she recently also lost her painting space.

Yet she manages to paint.  "I'm most creative in the mornings, but that just doesn't work around my house," she says. "So I wait until evening, when the kids have retired to their rooms and Dan is out working on the other house. Then I spread all my painting supplies out on our bed, which is the only flat space in the house, cover the bed with plastic, and . . . just do it.

"I found," she continued, "that if I kept waiting for ideal conditions, the ideal conditions would never occur. And I would never paint. So now I paint in less than ideal conditions. But I get it done."

Sister: one, kraken: zero. You go girl.

October 2, 2011 - Four Birds Flying; Three Birds Nesting

You must stir it and stump it,
And blow your own trumpet,
Or, trust me, you haven't a chance!
- Gilbert & Sullivan, Ruddigore

I've been wildly "stumping it" over the last two weeks. Four birds have flown: two were accepted to the Lakewood Arts Council's juried exhibit, Spotlight on Colorado Artists. Two more, to my delight, were accepted to the Poudre Studio Artists and Galleries juried exhibit, Harvest Time. I'm excited to deliver those in November, because I'll also have a chance to visit my delightful artist/theater/photographer cousins in Fort Collins.

Three birds also have alighted. I've been privileged to acquire works from Carolyn Evans Campbell, Donald Sayers, and Jared Shear. The delicious energy of their fine works creates mandala of creativity that goes 'round and 'round in a happy swirl. I also was honored to help Don Sayers with the Longmont Open Studio Tour in September, where I luxuriated in a day surrounded by fine art and fine folks.

September 2 was a big day for me:  juror Jill Soukup generously selected "Roses are Red" for the second place award at the Mountainside Art Guild's Mountainside Miniatures annual exhibit. I was so impressed by this carefully juried exhibit, and most grateful to the Guild members who are sitting the show on weekends so that people can enjoy it on Saturdays and Sundays.

In the interstices, I've been pecking away at small works for the holiday season and for an upcoming miniatures show. Steve Tracy, my Wednesday Workshop instructor, is graciously tolerant of my flurry of collage paper all over our classroom at the Foothills Art Center (if you visit there, don't miss the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show . . . and, ahem, the Mountainside Miniatures show next door.)

That's the basic roundup. I have more in-depth blogworthy thoughts to share, but tonight is going to be a catch-up-on-sleep evening in preparation for tomorrow's open studio at Artful Journey in Evergreen. This small but vigorous fine arts school, where my preschooler produces amazing projects thanks to their amazing instructors, has become my go-to for "I've got to get away from these stacks of laundry" local painting days. Insert "luv" symbol here.

In closing, because an artist's blog entry is no fun without artworks, I'll post what I can. My photos are backlogged due to an AWOL computer cord, but said cord was unearthed two days ago and I'll soon catch up.

In the meantime, here are the pieces that will be be on display at Harvest Time in November:

The first is called "3 for $1.00" in honor of our great Colorado sweet corn . . . almost on par with Minnesota sweet corn . . . and, of course, the best way to purchase either is out of somebody's pickup at the side of a dirt road:

The second is called "Sugar Pies" in honor of the season when leaves blaze, skies darken, woodsmoke blooms, and my dear husband festoons the kitchen with from-scratch pumpkin puree:

Now that my camera is back in service, I owe several people several photos of this-and-that. I hereby make a formal mass apology for the delays and formal promises of catch-up emails soon. Thanks for bearing with me!