Saturday Visitors to the Schmidt Patio

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goldfinches goldfinches3I have been very surprised at the lack of wildlife taking advantage of the seed all-you-can-eat buffet over the course of the week.  On Thursday, there was a lone brown bird in the seed.  When I came back on Saturday, there was a flock of goldfinches.  I was amazed at how camouflaged they were inside of the seed designs.

 

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Speaking of Time

I enjoyed Ron Isom‘s work and talk immensely at the opening.  I asked what he wanted his students to leave his class knowing.  His answer: “manipulation of materials and problem-solving”.  Manipulation of materials applied to all aspects of life— how do you use what you have around you to make the best possible outcome.  (My paraphrasing).

 

 

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Many Hands Make Light Work

It is very empowering to make work larger than yourself.  The short time frame and large space made it necessary to work with a crew.  A huge thanks goes to my official crew— Nicole Dutton, Jessica Mannisi, Kailey Kirkley, Ryan Kemp, and Lorraine Cange.  Lauren Richey was drop-in collaborator (the nautilus shapes are hers) that was a lucky gift.  The weather helped make it a smooth and enjoyable install. My crew was incredible- great line quality, productive help (like magical elves) and some interesting conversation.  I was nervous about orchestrating several people at once- but it worked out well.  Lots of good surprises.  It really made me miss teaching drawing.

letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

 

 

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I couldn’t have done it without…

My letting go, to seed Art Crew

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Kailey Kirkley

Lorraine Cange and Kailey Kirkley taking down the cameras at the end of Day One.

Lorraine Cange (and Kailey Kirkley taking down the cameras at the end of Day One.)

Ryan Kemp

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Nicole Dutton, Curator.

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Lauren Richey

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Jessica Mannisi, Assistant Curator

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Ryan and Jessica

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Day Two- Drawing Complete!

Thanks to gorgeous weather and careful pedestrians the seed was intact this morning.  Now 340 pounds of seed form a pattern on the Schmidt Family Garden Patio.  Come see it in person tomorrow.  My talk is right at 5 pm.  Reception continues until 8 pm.  Schmidt Art Center. 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221 (618) 222-5278

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Schmidt Art Center entrance from parking lot.

For those planning on coming- cross the river at I-70.  You’ll get to see the Stan Musial Veterans bridge, which my family walked on when it first opened.

The garden as a setting for the work is so fitting… here’s a few shots of the completed works and the setting.

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letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

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letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

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letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

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letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

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letting go, to seed by Jessica Witte. Collaborative drawing in sunflower and safflower seed. approx. 30 x 50 feet. Schmidt Art Center. Belleville, IL. August 25-27th, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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letting go, to seed Day One

Beautiful weather.  Good Day.  The college even powerwashed the patio to prepare for the drawing.  I had a camera issue, but luckily had two.  The GoPro worked beautifully and I’m editing Day One footage for Thursday’s talk.

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The Official Crew, Tuesday morning after cameras went up.  l to r: Jessica Witte, Jessica Mannisi, Nicole Dutton, Kailey Kirkley, & Ryan Kemp

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End of Day.  Lots of students headed to classes for the second day of the semester.  A few onlookers joined in and made some great contributions to the drawing.  Thanks to Alyssa Williams, who took the above photo while crossing campus. I am eager to see if there is much left tomorrow morning.

 

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Schmidt Art Center Postcard. Opening August 27th.

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The free reception open to the public will be from 6-8pm, with gallery talks beginning at 5 pm.

William and Florence Schmidt Art Center
2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221

(618) 222-5278
Gallery Hours:
Monday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.   

For visitor info see:http://www.swic.edu/sac/visitor/
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Ephemeral Art Workshop

Here’s a few images from the Ephemeral Workshop I conducted with students at Florissant Valley College this past Monday.  We lucked out with beautiful weather- it was a gorgeous day to work outside.  This week has been a wild one a 911 call, family in the hospital, and surgery so I’m a bit behind in posting.  Glad things have calmed, but I’m still recovering from oral surgery.

Detail of seed drawing on benches by Ann White and Chelsea

Detail of seed drawing on benches by Ann White and Chelsea McDaniel.

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Butt Print Benches by Chelsea McDaniel and Ann White.

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Butt Print Benches by Chelsea McDaniel and Ann White.

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Spiral Leaves by Michael Quintero and Anthony Gipson.

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Spiral Leaves by Michael Quintero and Anthony Gipson.

 

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“The Residents” Traveling Show

Nearly a decade after working in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, my small framed “Found Drawings” will begin traveling Nebraska to call attention to the residency and creative output it incubates.  An email announcing the first venue- Hastings College Art Gallery.  The “Found Drawings” are from the shower drain- the soap and my hair created them while living in the large apartment I shared with a writer over my two month stay.  The residency was such a rich experience, I am still creating works related to ideas sparked in the winter of 2005.

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Last Hurrah

Gallery Hours- (Just open until next Thursday)
Mon:11-4, Tues:noon-4, Wed:11-4,Thur:noon-2, Fri:10-2
THIS SATURDAY from 10 – 3  I’ll be in the space to welcome you and answer any questions.
Parking and Gallery Map for Reception

Parking and Gallery Map 

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