I am so thrilled to be a part of the new sister organization of the Portland Artists Collective that has just formed called Left Coast Artist Collective. Check out our blog that I will be managing, as it grows. It is such an amazing group of proactive, inspired artists, looking to create community. The work that they each do is so diverse and wonderful and I am really looking forward to the evolution of the group as we learn more about each other, inspire, teach, exhibit together, collaborate and show that the whole truly is greater than the sum of it's parts!
Yesterday after my chiropractic visit to try to get this back problem resolved, I went for a walk as recommended by my doctor. It was the first non-rainy day so I headed to walk in the Pearl. I passed Antiques and Oddities at 1605 NW Everett St. and peered into the window. There I spotted a few antique tea pots and cups. Just what I have been looking for, to complete my pair of chairs for the Chair Affair (once I am able to work on them again and feeling frustrated as we are getting down to the wire on finishing them). By the way, I am not someone who works well under pressure or leaves things for the last minute. That is way out of my comfort zone, and with feeling like there is no light at the end of this back pain tunnel, I am forced to allow this to be right now. I have no other choice. I went into the store to browse and keep my sanity a bit and found just the little set I have been looking for. Right style, right colors, higher price than I wanted to pay. The thrift stores have not come even close to having any prospects for pots that would be an asset to my chairs. The owner, Steve Wolford, saw me looking and asked if he could be of some help. I got onto my Chair Affair/Community Warehouse soap box and poured out my heartfelt passion for both. After a lovely and lengthy conversation, Steve said, " you are so passionate about this so how about $10" and I responded "that's practically free!" and took him up on his offer. Wow, all you have to do is put it out there, and you never know what you are going to get! He also said that he always has lots of chairs in is warehouse that are a bit beat up, needing some lovin, and that he would be happy to offer to next years event too. Well my back still hurts, but my spirit is filled with the generosity of spirit that shows up at the most unexpected times. If you are ever in the neighborhood, please check out his amazing shop of wonderful finds and support a local business owner that knows the meaning of giving.
After much tweaking by my trusty web designer (the amazing Jenni) I am very happy with the outcome of my new website. Please check it out. I am still completing it but it is up and running and I am very excited about it! http://jogrishmanartist.weebly.com
As I savored working on my pair of chairs for the Chair Affair last weekend at the lake, my back went out on me, so for now, the hopes of getting them done early is a mere dream. I still believe they will be done on time, since we actually have until Feb 10 to hand them in. The frustration, however, remains and I have to just be with it, as I am laid up on my back. I do hope to be up to attending the first meeting of our newly forming (yet to be named) new Portland Artist Collective spin off tomorrow afternoon at The Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village at 3 pm. I am really looking forward to meeting a group of like minded creative spirits who want to create a sense of artist community. I am very excited about the possibilities. For now, I rest............ Here are a few before and progress pix of my set of chairs that will be named"The Tao of Tete a Tea".
Just a note to announce a new website that I have created that will allow viewers to learn a bit more about my work as a mixed media sculptor and see a slideshow of my current bodies of work. It is a work in progress so enjoy! Please visit me at: http://jogrishmanartist.weebly.com
I am a collaborator with nature, often using found objects in my clay sculpture. My greatest inspiration is my motherhood and nature. Working with clay is a tactile, spiritual interaction. It's a dance as the image emerges and takes on a life form of it's own. The story gradually reveals itself and not always upon completion of the piece. It is a gradual unfolding.... "What the caterpillar thinks is the end of the world...the butterfly knows is only the beginning!"
I keep my spirit vitalized by creating mixed media sculpture, sculptural drawings, exploring narrative photography, writing, participating in collaborative art projects, volunteering for various Portland organizations, walking in the woods and along the Oregon coast collecting the next sculpture inspiration that nature offers me, enjoying the solitude of the Lake in Washington, kayaking, camping, snorkeling in Hawaii, making my voice heard as a quiet activist for various humanitarian issues, appreciating live theater and music in Portland and enjoying the vastly rich life that Oregon has to offer me, but especially spending time with my family. I am savoring my new journey as I explore the middle road of Buddhism. I try to live an "intentional life" every day with "Jo Y"! I feel like a square peg who has finally found her square hole!
I am an artist/partner of The AIR Gallery