The Huntington Beach Art Center is showcasing local artists again! The show has been up since January 26th, and will close on March 9th.
Opening night was wonderful, as I have come to enjoy meeting and connecting with my fellow local artists. There are so many styles and mediums at this show, there really is something for everyone. My personal favorites include a pelican quilt by Linda Sackin, a colorful circuit-board-type piece mixed media collage by Eva Altmann, and an abstract swirl called “Color Go Round” by Larry Wallace! The art isn’t just on the walls, either – there are inventive metalwork pieces and lots of fiber arts (for which I have special affection) to enjoy.
The cherry on top of all this is that my print of “Arrival at Emerald City” sold before I even saw it on the wall! If my other piece, “Davie for Adoption” sells, I plan to donate that money to the HB Humane Society, where Davie currently resides.
Hey fellas! TOMORROW (April 21) I’ll be somewhere on 5th street near PCH (follow on twitter, insta, or facebook for an update when I know the exact location) selling prints, pins, and of course my picture book, “What is a Dog?“!
“Oh, but Claire, Saturday in downtown Huntington Beach? It will be so crowded!”
Yes, Realistic Rhonda, it will be! So here’s an extra-special super-secret tip: print the flyer below for 2 whole hours of FREE parking in the structure off of 6th street. YOU’RE WELCOME!
So now that there’s no excuses not to enjoy a day at the beach, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
This month I was honored to be in a juried art show called “Imagine II – The Art of Children’s Book Illustration”
Hosted by The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona with support by the SCBWI, it featured a whole wall of work by Leo Politti, which was awesome to look at, as well as artifacts and sculpture from the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art. The space was absolutely filled with work from thirty-seven Californian illustrators, including a piece by yours truly!
It was great to come together for the Illustrators Reception and celebrate the art that inspires literacy and piques the curiosity of little humans.
As of this posting, you’ve got just a few days to see the show! The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 4, and it all comes down after September 23rd.
This year I had the pleasure of contributing to The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s annual fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction. All the artists receive the same size square canvas to work with. It’s an anonymous silent auction, so nobody knows who they’re bidding on until after the fact!
My piece was called “Ragtime Ruin” and depicted the tragic aftermath of the classic cartoon, “One Froggy Evening.” Old Michigan J. is a little terrifying when you consider the implication of his immortality.
I had a lot of fun breaking out my oil paints and designing a deco-inspired poster. I normally work in a really high key, so it was fun to push myself with a darker color range.
The painting went home with Ben Olson of 3 Monkeys & Aardvark Studios in Schaumburg, Illinois.
BIG NEWS! I will be printing 100 paperback copies of a picture book I wrote and illustrated a couple years back. “What is a Dog?” is a project that I’m so proud of and I’m excited to have the opportunity to make this short run of books. HUGE thank-yous to everybody who bought the .PDF version on Gumroad. All the proceeds from that went right into this!
So while we’re waiting for these books to be produced, I thought I should at least get a headcount to get all these books out into the world. Claim your copies by filling out this form — it’s a first-come, first-served kinda deal. I’ll be signing each and every copy!
If you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you everything. First let me say that it’s not so much a story as it is an exploration. Cute dogs are only part of the equation, and it’s up to the reader to sift through the various tears in both reason and reality. What is a dog, and where do you draw the line?
I’m also gathering reviews to give you the general flavor without giving too much away:
“What is a Dog? Is a fun, kooky, informational, and short journey about something we all love: dogs! It features amazing illustrations and a diverse cast that shows appreciation for every sort and type of pooch. If you love doggos, this book is for you!”
– Joshua W.
“Young kids will love finding the dogs (and non-dogs), but older kids will definitely enjoy its edges.”
I’m excited to be participating in one of my favorite shows again — this time with not one, but TWO pieces. I love this show because it showcases the incredible range of skill and imagination to be found in our own community [of hundreds of thousands of people.]
I hope you’ll join me (and much of Orange County’s artsy population) at the Huntington Beach Art Center on Main St this Saturday the 28th. There’s sure to be something for everyone in this open-subject, open-medium show!
Whether you had a great visit to the first show or you missed it, you’re in luck. Because as Yoda once said, “There is another.” And it’s going on right now, yes RIGHT NOW at the same location. All this week, in the run up to the start of Hanukkah, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, the shop is open from 10a – 8p, and on Saturday, 10 – 4 (gotta make time to set the cookies out for Santa, you know how it is.) See you there!
I don’t know about you, but this is about the time that I start to get a little jittery if I don’t have a gift at least planned for my loved ones. Lucky for us, there’s a cozy little craft fair starting tomorrow where you’re sure to find something cute, something fun, something unique to give your friends.
And what do you know, I happen to be participating! Come visit my booth to find dog and cat ornaments. I have just about every type of cat and a nice selection of dogs to choose from, but there is only one corgi so you’d better come get it before it gets got!
I have little wood pins – flying pigs, rocket ships, ufos, pizzas, and some silly surprises to boot. And speaking of wood, I teamed up with my Papa ‘Trozzi to make a couple of really cool bird houses, candleholders, and in an experimental fervor – PVC pipe bird houses!
A lot of vendors will have food, jewelry, and knitted goods. There’s something for everyone.
If you don’t know which day to come, SATURDAY is Ugly Sweater Day, if that influences your decision at all!
Last night I joined 20 artists in haunting an old house in Whittier with some spooky art!
Among the sweet treats and ghostly ghouls we displayed Halloween-themed art work and sold prints, stickers, and apparel.
Since this was to be a spooky show, I paid extra attention to potentially hair-raising moments to find inspiration for my piece. I was sure that finding a creature in the shower was pretty spooky, and a shift in perspective only heightened the terror.
It was really fun to have a show in a historical building. The house looked spook-tacular, and a good time was had by all!