"In the world of fine art, artists constantly pursue new ways to make their marks. Many bend traditional conceptions of art by incorporating unusual material or combining various media. Rock Paper Scissors represents an opportunity for artists to explore the textures and three-dimensionality that emerges from their chosen media."
Join me for the artists' reception on First Friday, October 7th, from 6-9pm at Art Ark Gallery in San Jose, for the group show "Rock, Paper, Scissors". I will be showing works on paper; a mixed media diptych, and a lithograph.
I have four monoprints in this group exhibition that explores the concept of "power". Each artist offers their own interpretation of the theme.
Closing reception: March 14th 7:30pm - 11:00pm,
500 Lincoln St
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Embracing or resisting, expanding or contracting: Responses to the topic of POWER
I'm excited to be working as the new Marketing Manager & Education Coordinator at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. I'm also thrilled to be kicking off the Fall quarter by teaching a monotype workshop starting this Sept! Please join me in the studio!
Print I made for Print Day in May: Monotype of a Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula.
These spiders are so interesting! They are also gorgeous! When I was a docent at the local zoo, this was one of my favorite animals to share with people.
The Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula is found in the Pacific and Western Mexico, in scrublands and forests. Even though they have large "fangs", their bite is pretty harmless to people (unless you have an allergic reaction). You shouldn't handle them with bare hands though, because the hairs on their abdomens can be irritating to skin. In fact, they use their legs to fling them at predators to irritate eyes, skin, etc.
The females tend to long outlive the males; if she is not receptive to his mating tactics she will see him as a food source, and even after mating she may kill him. The males typically live to about 5 years old, and the females up 30. They reach about 6 inches in leg span when fully grown, which takes about ten years!
A glimpse of my studio
Print Day in May, the first Saturday in May, celebrates the art and community of printmakers. It’s a day to get together in studios across the world to make prints.
This Saturday, May 3rd is the annual Print Day in May (PDM). Started in 2007 by Robynn Smith and the MPC Printmakers, the annual community printmaking event has spread across the world; Printmakers from all over join together in studios and via social media to print and share their work.
It's a day when the international printmaking community comes together to celebrate and share this inspiring medium with others.
Participation is open to anyone. To be included on the official PDM artist list, visit the blog or Facebook page and leave a comment stating your name and location you'll be printing from. Then send photos throughout the day to be posted and shared on the sites.
This year I'm maintaining the artist list, and will be updating the blog with photos from participants as the day progresses. Be sure to check back over the course of the following week to see all the photos that are posted of the completed works.
Will you be participating? Will you be blogging about the day? Leave me a comment below.
For the past month I've been working with San Jose based artist Bill Gould on a Kickstarter project to fund a public piece of art in Poland. The sculpture will be a representation of a group of five giant poppies, standing 8 meters tall, and 8 meters in diameter at the base.
The project called "Maki", the polish word for poppy, will be the first of it's kind in the Czuby neighborhood, in the city of Lublin. Gould lived in Lublin for two years in the 80's, and has always wanted to create a public art piece there; He now wants to show people that privately funded public art can become a reality.
The Maki Project is unique because of the tremendous amount of community involvement in the creation of the final piece. Gould feels it essential that the community is involved, in multiple ways. He has sought out local artists, contractors, fabricators, architects, city officials, and community members to work on the project. He has partnered with Polish ceramic artist Arek Szwed, and has been offering free ceramic workshops to members of the Czuby community. In the workshops, participants create ceramic tiles that will become part of the finished piece. Over 700 handmade tiles will hang from the steel frame of the poppies petals, and be a constant source of pride for the community.
Our Kickstarter campaign ends in just a few days, at 11:30am on March 3rd. Any money that is donated abouve the funding goal will still be used to support public art in the Lublin community; It will be donated to the non-profit FR2-SP2, which Gould & Szwed co-founded last year.
I am donating a limited edition of linocut prints based on poppies. Contributors of $100 or more can choose to receive one through Kickstarter. Watch for future posts with photos and progress.
To learn more about the Maki Project, watch the video and visit our page on Kickstarter by clicking this link: http://kck.st/1a81EYA
The project was recently written up in the San Jose Mercury News. It also lists some of Gould's public art and architecture projects Silicon Valley residents may be familiar with. Read it here.
I'm honored to have a piece in the annual auction at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. I have a print in the silent auction. Join the party tonight, Oct 12,6pm-10pm, see some great art and maybe go home with piece or two. Preview the works online: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjJK7EPb
The 2013 Annual Art Exhibition and Auction events at the San Jose Institute of
For more information, to buy tickets or bidders cards, click here to visit the ICA's website.
HALLOWED... To Respect or Honor Greatly. Opening night Artist Salon will be held Sat Oct.
Kim Munson - At my studio in San Jose, CA. Monotype print.
Yesterday, was the first Saturday in May, which means it was also International Print Day in May. Printmakers worldwide printed "together" via blog and Facebook. I spent the afternoon making a monotype at my home studio, in San Jose, CA.
Visit the official Print Day in May blog to see all the print activity: http://printdayinmay.mpcprintmakers.org
"Print Day in May began in 2007 at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA. The MPC Fine Art Print Club (now the MPC Printmakers) created it to encourage printmakers everywhere to create prints on the same day . . . an all-inclusive
Today I continued to celebrate Print Day in May with eight other printmakers, at the San Jose ICA Print Center. Although I didn't make my own prints, I ran the press and "printed" with a wonderful group of women. The group included myself, Devi M., Beth Redmond, Michele & Lena Kelly, Linda Lee Kerr, Carolyn Gil, Crystal Hudson, and Alina Voung. These ladies got a lot done! It was a pleasure working with them. See a sampling of today's work below.
Did you print today? Leave a comment and let me know what you made. Happy Printing!
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