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What's the plural of "prospectus"?

This week I've been working with our curator, Tony, on artist calls. Artist calls are posted on websites to let artists know about opportunities to show their work a few months in advance of the opening of the show. Some galleries post artist calls on their websites, but you can also find them on websites like California Arts Council, EntryThingy, and Café (Call for Entry) which exist purely to log opportunities for artists. On the Blue Line's website, a call to artists is composed of a graphic along with an application and prospectus for each show. This is a little bit irrelevant, but we use a website called Canva to design all of our graphics (artist call graphics, postcards, bookmarks, po

Install Week

It's install week! The Rock Show opens on Friday, so we're all scrambling to return the pieces from the last show to their owners (either artists or buyers) and get the new pieces up on the wall. What I've learned, however, is that only 50% of install involves actual physical pieces of art. The other 50% involves transcribing the artist and artworks' information (artist's name, artist statement, social media handles, medium, size, price, photo...etc.) into our databases so that the specs are always available to us at a moment's notice. Many for-profit galleries have a short list of artists that they regularly represent (showing as low as one or two artist at a time), so there's not as much i

Blue Line Arts (Again!)

This summer, I'm interning again at the Blue Line Gallery in downtown Roseville. As the "Gallery Intern," I do everything from social media to website updates to designing and ordering postcards for show advertisement. Interns also get to pick out a bigger main project to work on throughout their whole time at the gallery. This year, my main project is to start up a gallery blog where people can read about new shows, opportunities for artists, and other gallery news (which is actually perfect because I need to write blog posts in order to get school credit for my internship anyway!). I also get to attend special events, which is probably my favorite part of working at the Blue. Every third S

Spring 2019 Review

I started with this blog mainly because I had to keep a record of my internship, but also with the intention to document other aspects of my life because I'm finally reaching a point in my academic career (and in my life as a whole, if we're being honest) where everything is finally coming together. I've had so many amazing opportunities this year and I want to document them so that I have something to look back on in the future. So without further adieu, here's a review of this past Spring. Sculpture I Honestly, I decided to take Sculpture because I couldn't get into Ceramics, but it ended up being a good thing for me. I came out of it with a pretty decent knowledge of power tools and a bet

Faux Marble

Today's post is pretty short because I spent most of the day focused finishing touches. I did, however learn how to do this "faux marble" technique to cover the white frame around my painting. (I think it looks a little more like granite, but Nina called it marble, so we'll just trust her on that.) It was super simple - I just dabbed on super watered down tempera with a sea sponge. I did three layers - blue, redish purple, and gray (just really watery black). Between each layer, I brushed on shellac that was super watered down with denatured alcohol. The shellac protects what's been painted from being damaged by any successive layers. We watered it down with alcohol so that it wasn’t so thic

Would you feel better if I call it *spicy* gilding instead of... "more gilding"?

I bet you thought I was done talking about gilding, huh? You were mistaken. Now that I've done the bulk of the gilding, it's time to spice it up a little. There are a few different techniques that can make gilded areas a little more interesting. The first is called "sgraffito." To create this effect, you first gild a large patch by oil or water gilding. Then you apply a thin layer of shellac to protect the gold because it scratches very easily. Then you paint over the gold entirely. In this case, I'm painting it red because that is the color of her dress. Then, using a dull pointed instrument, you can scratch through the paint layer to reveal the gold underneath. this technique is often used

Making in Terms of Touch

For my final Sculpture I project, I was challenged to think about the lived experience of the body. This year, I've been particularly fascinated with the "stuff" we keep in our lives (clothes, old papers, blankets...etc.) and what makes those things special. I decided that touch is the magic ingredient and I set out to prove it through the magic of a hand knitted scarf. I was inspired by my mom (who knits relentlessly) to explore touch and love through knitting. This project started with four balls of white yarn, two silver needles, and a whole lot of love (bronze paint). I knitted for a week and a half, applying paint to my fingers, and therefore all the yarn I touched. Here are the results

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