Here’s one of my latest animal collages. After spending a couple months away from working on portraits, it’s been a bit difficult getting the hang of things again. So my current portrait has been a bit of a struggle this weekend. I’m hoping to have it finished somewhat soon, but we shall see…
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was unusually hot here in D.C. – I spent most of the weekend dodging the heat indoors but went on a couple of walks. I’m looking forward to the coolness of fall.
I just received some photos from the opening of my current solo show, “Collage: Painting with Paper,” which took place on July 7th. I’ll have to swing by the space again sometime soon to take some installation pictures.
Some of the guests mingling – I’m in the background here. We had a great turn-out and it was definitely a fun evening.
Here I am talking to one of the guests.
It was a fun night! And I was surprised to see that my brother made the trip all the way from NYC for the opening. Anyway, now I’m off to get started on planning my next show. Whew, always busy!
And here’s the completed collage. The other day I got started on another portrait collage which is coming along nicely – I’m hoping to take more progress pictures of it than I did with this one.
Also, recently I heard that several of my animal collages were accepted into a group juried exhibition in North Carolina. It looks like I’ll have another road trip fairly soon. Bosty might even tag along.
On July 6th I got to experience my first live radio interview. I was definitely a bit nervous about going on a show where I had no idea what questions I would get asked. I suppose I have a tendency of liking the process of being overly prepared and have something already rehearsed and ready to go. And I have to admit, I didn’t tell anyone when I was going on the air since I wasn’t sure how it would pan out. Nevertheless, it was a great experience and I’m glad I did it.
I was on Toginet.com’s live broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, a show dedicated to the modern crafter and crafting lifestyle. Mark was a pretty hilarious interviewer – can’t you just tell from this fabulous photo of him?
I finally got my hands on a copy of the July/August issues of Somerset Studio magazine – it took a little while to find a Barnes & Noble near me that restocked their Somerset Studio magazines with the latest issue.
I was pretty excited to see that they featured three of my collages – “The New York Diner,” “Commuters,” and “Sunset in the City.”
It definitely made my day seeing my work in print. It’s times like this that make me feel grateful and excited about being an artist.
Anyway, I’m off to work on planning a few future collages. I’ve been bad about working on studio art since life has been crazy busy these days, but I’m hoping to start up a few more projects somewhat soon.
Yesterday I did some gallery sitting for the Del Ray Artisans. They currently have their “Made in the U.S.A.” exhibition on display. The show runs from July 1st until the 22nd, and features artwork inspired by U.S. people, places, and things.
As usual, I had to take a few installation pictures of my collages in the exhibit – “Lincoln Memorial” and “Washington Monument.”
There’s a bit of a funny story behind my two pieces in this show. Apparently the labels got mixed up so that “Lincoln Memorial” was beside the Washington Monument while “Washington Monument” was beside the Lincoln Memorial. Apparently lots of visitors noticed this mix-up and kept approaching the gallery sitters to let them know that the labels needed to be fixed. The curator wasn’t sure if I wanted the labels to be this way – if I was trying to prove some sort of point. Eventually they switched them so the collages were properly labeled. It was pretty amusing to hear how many people took note of the mistake and almost demanded that the labels get fixed on the spot.
Above is an image of the gallery with the “Made in the U.S.A.” artwork on display.
And this is the ad that is being used to advertise the exhibit.
I hope everyone is having a Happy Fourth of July! The Del Ray Artisans exhibit is definitely very fitting for the holiday.
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1st from 7:00 – 10:00p.m.
Megan Coyle’s “Washington Monument” and “Lincoln Memorial” collages were on display at the Del Ray Artisans’ “Made in the U.S.A.” group exhibition. Both collages were previously on display in the “Local Scene” group exhibition at National Harbor.
“Made in the U.S.A.” featured artwork inspired by U.S. people, places, and things. The show included the work of several local artists working in a variety of media. Aside from the artwork being inspired by different U.S. subjects, several of the works of art were also made from U.S.-made materials.
July 1st – 31st, 2011 Gallery Thirteen; Alexandria, Virginia
The Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series Map and Gallery Info
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7th at 7:00p.m.
Megan Coyle was the featured artist for July for Gallery Thirteen and RedRocks’ new exhibition series: “The Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series.” Gallery Thirteen created a partnership with RedRocks of Old Town Alexandria to develop and manage the series which was hosted at RedRocks.
Megan’s “Collage: Painting with Paper” exhibit included several of her animal, portrait, landscape, and cityscape collages. This was the first exhibit in the area that included such a range in the subject matter of Megan’s work. The exhibit also showcased her unique style of “painting with paper.”
My artwork is featured inside Somerset Studio magazine’s July/August issue – in an article called “Painting with Paper.” Wanda Edwards, another paper collage artist, is also featured in the article. Somerset Studio is a national magazine that focuses on paper crafting and mixed media art. You can order a copy online through Stampington & Company’s website, or you can swing by your local Barnes & Noble and pickup the magazine at the newsstand. Below is the table of contents from the issue.
I have yet to get my hands on a copy – but once I do, I’ll go ahead and post a couple preview images. It was a lovely surprise to hear that I was inside the July/August issue. I’m pretty excited to see how everything looks in print.