Super Ply & Friends Show

My Super Ply and Friends solo show is now on display at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. It is a big, bold show and fills the display walls of the Fireside Gallery in the Student Union:  19 black and white Super Ply series paintings, plus four related paintings in color. This is the first time I have been able to hang so many of the black and white paintings together so I am thrilled to be able to invite you to stop in and see them.    

The Super Ply series is ongoing. So far it depicts individual characters, each reflecting a moment or feeling that came to me intuitively while I created that specific piece.  Some were begun during live painting exhibitions (for example at Beaverton Arts Mix on behalf of the Washington County Open Studios Tour or at Catherine Bede Gallery in Hillsboro)  but most were painted alone in my studio. I like to work in silence so I can “listen” to the paintings as I work.

I begin these by finger painting in black paint onto a black piece of paper — using my left hand. Then I flip that paper over and press it against the plywood so it leaves a print. The print is just a random squiggly mark, but I use that to begin looking for a face or an eye or perhaps many eyes. I paint in just black and white using only two small brushes — and my hands. I add details with black and white oil pastel crayons and an ordinary #2 pencil. The painting progresses organically with context and perhaps text being added. I continue working until the subject resolves itself — that’s when I finally know the title.

Every painting is its own world created using just black and white acrylic paint, black and white oil pastel crayons, plus an ordinary #2 pencil. They are painted on thin plywood, and sometimes the wood peeks through the paint. The plywood also led to the name for the series — as in Super Ply(wood).

Behind the scenes, I have also learned to use a power chop saw and compressor (this terrifies me) and nail gun so I can cradle the boards. This essentially means the back is reinforced to prevent warping. I also attach d-rings and a hanging wire so the paintings are gallery-ready.

In order to transport so many paintings at one time, I put little felt bumpers on the back corners and then stacked them up. Then I lashed them together with bungee cords. The SuperPly paintings made tidy stacks because they are all the same size: 16″ wide and 24″ high.

This is how they looked waiting to be loaded in the car.

Finally, I added a few “friends” to add a pop of color to the show and to bracket the Super Ply paintings on that lovely long wall. I hope you enjoy the show!

ps Yes! These are available — the original paintings as well as PRINTS!!!!  We are adding paintings little by little. The Super Ply paintings are fabulous as prints, I test ordered one on the least expensive paper and it is great. If you don’t see your favorite, please let me know and I will add it. Here is my artspan site. 

October 2016 Art Calendar

Where to see my art in October 2016 — It’s national arts month. So much going on! Special events, a class I am teaching, and all the shows and openings are listed here.

SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Saturday October 8
    BAM (Beaverton Arts Mix)
    demonstration on behalf of Washington County Art Alliance
    Beaverton City Main Library
    12375 SW Fifth Street in Beaverton OR 97005
  • Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16 OPEN STUDIO weekend
hours 11-5 both days
Washington County Open Studios Tour (free)
Visit me at work, hang out, enjoy the art, and shop in my Hillsboro studio!
Complete free online tour catalog and map: WashCoArt.org
paper catalog and map available free from participating artists

  • ART CLASS: Mini Collage Workshop

October 25 1:30-4 pm — teens & adults
Mini Collage Workshop for adults and teens
Super fun! We will cover collage techniques, glues,
and more. Make and take up to three adorable, tiny collages —
perfect for gifts. ALL materials included, but you may bring small pieces of ephemera if you wish. Please bring scissors. Taught by award winning local artist Barbara Martin. Held at Hillsboro Community Sr Center, 750 SE 8th Avenue 97123. Ample free parking behind the building.
To register, call (503) 648-3823.
Fee includes all materials.  $25 Hillsboro resident;  $20 Senior Hillsboro resident ;  non-resident Senior $30;  non-resident adult $38.

GALLERIES, SHOWS and OPENINGS
  • “October First Tuesday ArtWalk”Catherine Bede Gallery
    with Catherine Bede, Nyell LeFore, and Polly Shaw
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 5 – 8pm
    230 E Main Street Suite W in Hillsboro OR 97123
    thru October
  • “Going on Record”group show with Westside ArtShare  
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 6:30 – 8 pm
    Insomnia Coffee 5389 Baseline Road in Hillsboro OR
    thru October
  • “Autumn Exhibition” over 30 artists, juried by Diane Irby
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    Dark Star Tattoo and Gallery 611 W 11th Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October
  • “The Art of Politics” North Bank Artists Gallery
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5-9 pm
    1005 Main Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October 29th
  • “Sneak Preview Exhibit” selected Washington County Open Studios artists
    opening reception was in September
    Beaverton City Hall on first, 4th and 5th floors
    12725 SW Millikan Way in Beaverton OR
    through October 28
  • “Colors and Light” with The Green Cab
    opening reception October 1 from 5-7pm
    Loft Gallery inside Beach Books in Seaside OR
    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138
    opening reception Saturday October 1 from 5 – 7 pm
    thru November
UPCOMING
  • BIG500 with Chris Haberman in Portland December 10th.
    Ford Gallery 2505 SE 11th Avenue in Portland OR

2015 Washington County Studio Tour in Oregon

You are invited! Come visit my studio this October  17 & 18, 2015 and see where/how the sausage  art gets  made … and the magic happens.  The tour map and directions are included with my artist directory listing at  Barbara Martin Artist Washington County Open Studio…  With over 40 artists and galleries participating the tour should be fantastic this year!

Artists who participate in the tour are supposed to offer demonstrations. I’ll be mixing it up this time by working in my typical fashion which involves:  noodling about, lots of coffee breaks and yard wandering, visits to the pond and bottle garden, and occasionally some deeply focused art making in a frenzy of creativity.

Depending on the weather and my mood and any special requests, I may be demonstrating one, some or all of the following:

  • encaustic aka painting with HOT WAX  and a torch or heat gun
  • acrylic painting on a BIG CANVAS
  • collaging with fussy cut little paper bits and ephemera
  • slinging alcohol inks at Yupo
  • attempting assemblage of a found-glass -sculpture-tower  which involves scary-to-me power tools and truly may or may not work out

Or whatever is “hot” on my brain that day.  I am process oriented with my art. I love to play around, try stuff, have fun  and experiment — and sometimes make some nice looking art! I’d love to have you join me in the studio on the tour!

Mark your calendar for the third weekend in October, the 17th and 18th, 2015.  Hours are 11-5.  Hope you can swing by. It’s gonna be great!

ps Yes, there will be chocolate involved.

 

 


 

2014 Artist Studio Tour Chez Moi

visit Barbara Martin artist studio
Look for this sign Washington County Open Studios Tour October 2014

You are invited to visit me and my art studio! QUICK NOTE — 2015 dates are October 17 & 18 and yes I am on the tour for 2015! Hours are 11 to 5, Same place!

I am opening the studio to visitors during the 2014 Washington County Open Studios Tour on October 18 & 19.  Hours are 11am- 5pm.  Unlike the Portland tour, it’s free to visit all the open studios and the tour catalog/map is also free through the Washington County Art Alliance.

I’m excited to be showing new paintings plus collage, encaustic and mixed media work, monotypes, hand-pulled prints, cards, drawings and reproductions. Prices start at $5.

Our sparkly, facebook-(in)famous, community-sourced bottle tree forest-in-progress will also be open for your enjoyment.  If the weather cooperates, the garden pond should still be looking good, too. Fun times!

Get all the details via WASHCOART.ORG  and keep your eyes open for free copies of the most beautiful and ultra glossy tour catalog. With about 40 artists and galleries participating, this is an exciting event.

I do hope you’ll come visit during my studio open house! I’d love to meet you and swap arty (and garden) notes.  Please let me know if you have any questions.