Monday, May 16, 2011

Jasper Exhibit (Part 3): Around Town and Back

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
In a couple of weeks my show in Jasper will end - so I thought I'd post a few more of the pictures I took during my trip over there. I'll have to make the trek again before I know it. Anyway, the photo above is from Jasper's town square - all the stores were displaying artwork by students in their storefront windows.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Here's the town square at dusk.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
While driving around the area, this little guy came out of nowhere and ran across the street.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
After my workshop we drove to Bloomington, Indiana to spend some time walking around, sightseeing, and checking out Indiana University's campus.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
We got our caffeine fix at a couple of local coffee shops.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Strolled around a bit.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Enjoyed the sights and noticed that a few squirrels seemed pretty used to people.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
Before long, it was time to make the journey back to Northern Virginia. Again we drove by lots of fields and farmland.

Jasper photo by Megan Coyle
When we were almost home, we hit quite a bit of fog. It was so foggy that I could barely see in front of me - had to turn on my emergency blinkers and creep along the road. Above is a picture that Ben took out the window.

Anyway, we made it home safe and sound. And I'm looking forward to our next journey to the Midwest.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Paper Collage at Krempp Gallery

Here's the postcard for my Jasper, IN show at Krempp Gallery:

Megan Coyle Paper Collage Exhibit
Front view

Megan Coyle Paper Collage Exhibit
Back view

The show went up on May 4th and will run until the 27th. It includes several of my animal, portrait, landscape, and cityscape collages.

Megan Coyle Krempp Gallery Exhibit
And here's the Jasper Arts Center where the gallery is located.

Megan Coyle Krempp Gallery Exhibit
Unfortunately, I won't get a chance to see the exhibition up. I only had time to deliver my artwork before heading back home. Hopefully the gallery director will take a few pictures of the installed exhibit for me.

Anyway, I'm off to begin planning another solo show that's coming up in July.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

First-Ever Collage Workshop

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
A week ago from today I ran my first-ever collage workshop in Jasper, IN. Above is an image of some of the attendees working away on collages. I like how the tables got covered in bits and pieces of paper.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
An action shot of me presenting. I began the workshop with a brief overview of a history of collage, sharing the work of well-known collage artists, and then we worked on three collage projects. I planned out several projects for the class, but we only had time to create the first three.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Really getting into my talk. It's amazing that a couple years ago I was terrified of public speaking. Then after several artist talks and a couple of lectures, I find myself really enjoying it. With the workshop I was only a little nervous about whether or not the attendees would have a good time and learn something. I was very pleased to see that they were enjoying themselves.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Some of the supplies alongside my postcard for the Krempp Gallery show.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
I did a lot of pacing around the room, taking a look at what the attendees were working on and offering them a bit of help here and there if they needed it.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
A couple collages made during the workshop.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Passing out materials while presenting the next project.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Some of the marketing materials I brought with me to give to the gallery.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Here we were working on a simplified version of my "painting with paper" collage technique. The attendees received reference photos of public domain images. First they made a quick sketch based on the photos, and then they started cutting and pasting magazine strips on top of the drawing. Here I am providing a bit of help during the drawing stage of the project.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
A collage in progress along with the photo it was based on.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
This attendee made a collage of a crane.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
And here's another crane that was being pieced together.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Towards the end, the tables were just about completely covered in paper.

Megan Coyle Collage Workshop
Here I am with a couple of the ladies who work for the Jasper Arts Center.

The workshop lasted several hours, although it went by very quickly. It was a lot of fun and I was incredibly happy about the response I received from the attendees by the end of it. I was so glad that everyone had a good time. I know that I wouldn't mind running another workshop sometime in the future.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bosty Meets His Match: Mr. Penguin

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
In Louisville, Bosty decided to stay at the 21C Museum Hotel. He met a red penguin in the hallway when he was on his way to see us.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Bosty realized he had met his match - Mr. Penguin was starring in the photos now. All Bosty could do was get his ears or a small part of his face in each photograph.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Once Bosty got over the fact that there was a new star for this series of photographs, the two of them let themselves in so they could pay us a visit.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Mr. Penguin made himself a little too much at home - he started to unpack his bags.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
"Need an extra towel?" Bosty and Mr. Penguin asked as I was blow-drying my hair.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
"Look at that fine-looking guy" Mr. Penguin told his reflection in the mirror.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
What should we do next?

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
How about watching some TV? Don't mind if I do!

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Then Mr. Penguin and Bosty decided to make some long-distance phone calls on our room phone.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
But soon they were bored of calling, so they turned to looking at my fashion magazines.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Mr. Penguin got a little tuckered out so he took a power-nap on the floor.

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Time to go?

Bosty and Mr. Penguin by Megan Coyle
Ben decided to walk our visitors to their own room before saying good-bye.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bosty goes to Louisville

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
After Bosty heard that I was in Louisville, Kentucky, he got a little jealous and decided to go on his own trip. First he stopped by the Louisville Slugger Museum. He really liked the enormous bat out front and thought he could buy himself an enormous baseball at the gift shop. But alas, they had no giant baseballs.

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
Next he wandered around town and noticed a couple horse sculptures. He liked the way this one was painted to look like it was made of colorful puzzle pieces. Could he find anymore?

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
He sure could!

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
Next stop was the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Bosty is quite the theatre enthusiast.

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
While going for a stroll, he noticed the KFC Yum! Center. For some strange reason he started craving fried chicken for lunch. Yum!

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
He walked by the river hoping to take a look at the beautiful sights overlooking the water. Unfortunately Louisville has had quite a bit of flooding from all the spring rain. The Ohio River was muddy from all the rainwater.

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
Bosty kept on strolling - he wanted to enjoy the cool, spring weather before going back to his hotel.

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
"Hmmm, I think I might know someone else who is in town. They're not over here..."

Bosty in Louisville by Megan Coyle
"There she is!"

Bosty crept up right behind me. He's always up to something!