Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shirley Sachiko Kishiyama - 2012 Artsmith Fellow

Portland artist and poet Shirley Sachiko Kishiyama is another remarkable Artsmith Artist Residency fellow this year. Her poetry and traditional brush calligraphy take on topics such as the loss of ancient fishing grounds at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River and the bombing at Hiroshima. Her works are influenced by her eye toward compassion and healing.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Katherine Ryan Roth - 2012 Artsmith Fellow

New York artist Katherine Ryan Roth spent her time in the Artsmith residency working on stetches in the mode of Van Gogh. Above is one of her cityscape paintings, Night Message.

You can see more of her work here:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lana Hechtman Ayers - 2012 Artsmith Fellow

Poet Lana Hechtman Ayers is another of our 2012 Artsmith Residency fellows. The above painting by Fereidun Shokatfard inspired the following poem.

In My Dreams I Draw Circles But None of Their Edges Touch

after a painting by Fereidun Shokatfard

I wait for word from you.

Is your new place free
from crooked trees?

Free from those who steal
your blood
prick by prick?

Are you eating almonds
glazed with honey,
the resurrected
teeth sharp and sturdy?

I have heard of yellow
skies, of wind
becoming ravens.

And do you walk again,
Mother, where you are,
legs strong as stones,
steps light as smoke?

I imagine you singing Andrews Sisters'
hits as if they were your own,
refusing autographs.

Our dog with golden fur
crouches by your heels.
Your newly healed son brings
you useful trinkets, coffee mugs
and ashtrays.

What news do you want of me?

Since you died
my books have become deserts,
regret swarms my throat like hornets.

I speak now only in whispers,
each syllable a damp match.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lin McJunkin - 2012 Artsmith Fellow

Glass and metal sculptor Lin McJunkin is another Artist in Residence this week. Her sculpture above is entitled "Green is Green" and celebrates the possibilities provided by the current economic crisis for green technologies. The "pate de verre" glass and steel sculpture measures 24" x 6" x 4".

You can view more of Lin's work here:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nancy Lou Canyon -- 2012 Artsmith Fellow

Each day this week, the Artsmith blog will feature the work of one of the 2012 Artsmith Artist Residency Fellows. Today's fellow is Nancy Lou Canyon, who painted the above painting during the Vernal Equinox and while in residence.

Working title: Fluttering From Her Hand
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12
This painting is part of a new series started in 2011, based on reflections on water.

You can see more of Nancy's work here:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shhhh ... Artists at Work

The artists are in residence! A big welcome to the 2012 Artsmith Artist Residency Fellows:
  • Katie Ryan Roth
  • Lana Hechtman Ayers
  • Lin McJunkin
  • Nancy Canyon
  • Shirley Sachiko Kishiyama
We look forward to a week of inspiration, creativity, and sharing of work. Let the residency begin!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Enter the Summer Solstice Broadside Contest

Artsmith has partnered with Dwell Press to offer a Summer Solstice Broadside Contest. In the long tradition of marrying poetry with art, the contest seeks to showcase the words of the winning poet in a broadside produced by Dwell Press. The winning entry will be produced in a limited number edition broadside of 75 prints, 50 of which will go to the author and the remaining 25 will go to the press. An original woodcut or pen and ink polymer will be printed alongside the poem on 100% cotton paper using a 1916 Chandler and Price 10 x 15 letterpress. Remaining proceeds benefit Dwell Press. Deadline is March 31, 2012.