Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I am currently in Paraguay and it is wonderful to be home again. I'm staying with my parents in the house where I grew up and I'm enjoying all the sun and lovely weather after coming from the still snowy Minneapolis. Aside from the exhibition I am having in Asunción next week (see post below) I will also teach a woodblock printing workshop to a group of approximately 10 indigenous artists for one week (May 12 - 18). Since I want to document the whole workshop more thoroughly, I decided to start a new blog for that. Please click here to be redirected for more information about the workshop and images of the artists' work.
Encounters and Farewells is my first exhibition in my home country Paraguay. After all these years that this country and my life there (before North America) have inspired me to make much of my work, I finally have the chance to show my work at the Manzana de la Rivera, a beautiful gallery complex in downtown Asunción that is part of the city's cultural center. The opening reception is Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm in the Espacio Miguel Acevedo and runs till May 19th. I am thrilled to have this opportunity, which I have dreamed of for years. In so many ways I still feel deeply Paraguayan and yet I feel quite the stranger in the Paraguayan art scene. Perhaps I will have the chance to make some connections through my exhibition and stay in closer touch with what is going on in the art world in Paraguay.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I'm a little late with this post, but I've been distracted with my travel plans to Paraguay (Yeay!!!...more about that later). One of my prints (Leaving Behind) was accepted to the 23rd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The juror was John Hitchcock who teaches at the University of Madison. If you want more information about the show, check out the press release here or go to the exhibition website.
Since I moved to the US, I've come across so many opportunities to apply to exhibitions and network with other printmakers. I must say, to me it seems there is a much stronger and closer knit printmaking community all over the country here than I experienced in Canada. Perhaps I was just unaware of more connections and opportunities back in Winnipeg? Well, for now I enjoy making more prints and trying to show my work more widely and when I move back to Winnipeg some day I'll see what I can do about the networking in Canada.