Saturday, January 24, 2009

2009 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

The quaint village of Breckenridge, Colorado hosts a fantastic sculptural event every year, the International Snow Sculpture Championships--hosted by Budweiser, the event is fun for the entire family with fantastic art created by masters from around the world.

Pieces range from whimsical and interactive, fantasy, traditional and contemporary.

The even began on Jan 20 this year and runs through February 1. The artists began carving the ice blocks on Tuesday the 20th at 11am and the carving ended today at 10 am when the judging commences. Awards are presented on Sunday at 3pm

Weather permitting, the sculptures remain standing through Feb. 1. Some years the sun is so strong (one of the great things about skiing in Colorado is our beautiful clear skies!) that the sculptures don't make it through to the end of the celebration, so go early if you can!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Leonardo Portrait Made From Nails

Check this out! This guy is building this fabulous portrait of Leonardo --out of nails!

He first sketches the image out on the board and then using diameter heads and putting the nails in at different heights he achieves a stunning affect.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Katagami Sculpture

An upcoming exhibition at the Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado sounds very intriguing! Combining stencil making and sculpture, Jennifer Falck Linssen makes paper sculptures from intricately carved stencils that she carves by hand. Her work is described as a marriage of traditional basket forms and pictorial katagami-style paper stencils.

Jennifer Falck Linssen: Beyond Katagami opens at the Longmont Museum on January 24 and runs through March 22. Linssen will present a lecture, "Under the Knife: Carved Paper Sculpture," on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm. Cost is $5. Members of Friends of the Longmont Museum are admitted free.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

The 11th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival will be held May 22-25, 2009 (Memorial Day Weekend).

The deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2009.

This festival showcases the work of Colorado artists exclusively. Approximately 125 artists of various media exhibit at this outdoor show and over 150,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Go to the Downtown Denver Arts Festival website to learn more about the organization or to get an application.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Listen to Your Inner Voice

Finding our passion, things that bring us joy is one of the best things we can do in this life.

I ran across this quote today and it really moved me so I want to share it:

My dad always used to say, "If you take a step and it feels good, you must be headed in the right direction." What he wanted us to understand was that we needed to measure our progress against an inner compass, using our feelings, our comfort level, and our knowledge of ourselves as the ultimate guide.

I've spent most of my adult life trying to hear that inner voice above the noise around me...It says softly that happiness is as simple as having something to look forward to in the morning...It says, in a low murmur I sometimes have to strain to hear, that now is the time to have fun.
~Linda Weltner, No Place Like Home

Let me remember to listen to (and hear) that inner voice as it reminds me to follow my bliss. Now is the time to HAVE FUN and get into the studio!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

To all my sculptor friends and the people who love art--

May 2009 be one of peace, prosperity and creativity!

To doing what we love, and being the people that we want to be, to living the lives that we want to achieve.