Artist Kat Silver

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100 under $100 at 3040 Indie Gallery

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November 17th: My first show back after having a

baby (just 2 months prior) was held at a very 2012-11-17 19.17.33cool art space, 3040 Indie, for the 2nd annual 100 under $100 show.  A group of artists each had a section of wall that they could fill with their work, only requirement being it had to be priced under $100.

I was excited to display my most recent work which     starred my precious baby girl.  I was also thrilled to have her there with me.  She totally 2012-11-17 18.25.37stole the spotlight but I didn’t mind one bit.  I am definitely one proud momma and was happy to show her off.  We had coordinating outfits, black and white stripes in her shirt matched my black and white striped stockings.

I enjoyed mingling and chatting with the other artists in the show.  Someone liken this show to a house party with art.  It was cozy and intimate as people walked through and

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soaked up all the art that filled the place.  I enjoyed being part of this experience, it was only up for one night unfortunately and I know many missed it but there is always next year! 2012-11-17 19.31.09

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Baby making & bunny themed art show opening

In honor of the fact the my first child is soon to be born, (due date just a few weeks away!) I decided for the Sept exhibit at Blue Wren studio, that I would devote the

Prolificacy art exhibit

entire theme to baby making and bunnies.  We titled the exhibit “Prolificacy” playing on the idea of bunnies being prolific and procreating often!  The opening was First Friday Sept 7th, and we had a great turn out! Held at Murphy Arts Center building in Fountain Square area-  1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203. If you haven’t been to a First Friday at Murphy Arts center yet, make it down there next time because there are always tons of great art exhibits, music and events!

We decided for fun to raffle off an original Kat Johnston mixed media collage, tickets were only $1, and the raffle was a fun, exciting way for First Friday comers to get involved! People really like the idea of winning artwork at the end of the night! The piece we raffled off was called “Gracefulness” (shown right), mixed media collage measuring 6″ by 6″.

I met a lot of really awesome people, my artwork was

SOLD!

received well. Sold a couple small pieces before the evening was over and

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several people expressed interest in purchasing work from me through my website or at a later time.  I also received interest not only in my art but in my practice as an energy healer, Reiki practitioner.   I am looking forward to connecting with people and seeing where things go.  This was my 2nd Indy art exhibit, but I hope to do many more. Especially since I have only just moved here from Philly about 7 months ago, there are still so many connections to make and people to meeting Indy’s art community.  I feel very grateful for Blue Wren’s support in having me display my work and for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

Here are some photos from the opening,

if you want to see more – come see my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/artistkatjohnston 

Also if you are interested in learning more about me and seeing more of my artwork, please visit my main website http://katjohnston.yolasite.com  All of the work that is currently on display at Blue Wren is up for sale  & on my website you can purchase art using paypal.  I regularly update my site with new artwork, as well as upcoming shows and events!

Online Art Auction : Fundraiser! Starts tomorrow!

Life is exciting and also frightening at times.  My life has been quite the adventure in the last year, I have moved three times, once from Philly to Baltimore, then Baltimore we were evicted and needed somewhere to go, so we came to Indianapolis to stay with family, who then put us out on the street, so we were homeless (and pregnant) floating around for a few months, until we finally moved in to our current apt in Carmel, IN, a nice safe town to have our baby and hopefully a more stable life.

Our first child is expected to arrive any day now, her due date is Sept 20th, only few weeks away and we still are not where we need to be financially.  We don’t have the funds we need to buy some of the most basic things to prepare for her arrival, such as crib, car seat, etc.  Since we moved out to the Midwest away from everyone we know (except for my hubby’s awful family) we don’t really know anyone to have a baby shower with.

SO…. I had this idea!  That I would do “Lil Wynter Fundraiser” an online art auction

Basically I am auctioning off some of my artwork online (facebook event page- link below), I have posted images of the art with details about size and medium.   https://www.facebook.com/events/233432330112926/

Under each picture one can leave comment- in comment section is where you place your bid.  The auction officially starts tomorrow (Monday) but some people have already been laying their claim on the ones they want.  It will run for 3 days, ending at 5pm on Wed.  Whoever has the highest bid- WINS!! Payments will be taken via paypal, (Just like Ebay) and I will mail you your new artwork!

If you don’t want to bid on artwork, but would still like to help… we are also accepting donations, of any amount.  I greatly appreciate your support, maybe I’ll see you at the auction!

First Indianapolis Art exhibit; Joyfully enjoyed!

This past First Friday, July 6th, marked my very first art opening since moving to Indianapolis about 6 months ago.

We spontaneously moved, sadly leaving Baltimore and my very many new friends behind, to start a new chapter in our lives.  After finding out we were going to have our first child, we decided we wanted to be closer to some family.  We packed up our Volvo wagon and arrived 12 hours later.  6 months later now I am finally getting back into the swing of my career as an artist.

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Joyful Noise Recordings hosted this solo exhibit of my mixed media collage work.  Some new work, including one that has photo transfers of my ultrasound that I had done a few months back “Birds & the Bees”, was on display for the first time.  The opening was popping! Many people stopped in and I received positive feedback on my work. 

I am absolutely loving the Murphy Arts Center located in the very hip Fountain Square area of Indianapolis.  1043 Virginia Ave.  There were lots of art openings, music and audio-visual art events all happening right in the same building, a collection of art studios & galleries.  I hope to be able to do more shows there! Lots of great energy and people! To see some pics from the opening : facebook.com/artistkatjohnston

 

Fun-a-day exhibit up in FULL swing!

Baltimore first annual Fun-a-day exhibit is now on display at Brick Haus Art space located at 2602 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore MD.  Over 40 artists created one piece of art or creative work each day for the entire month of Janurary. 

If you missed the opening that was held last Sat Feb 25th, don’t worry because another celebration for the closing is being planned! Its gonna be even bigger and better then the opening!The Closing Reception is going to be on March, 22, 6-11pm. For more info and updates check out the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/314873355200904/

The project I did for the Fun-a-day show was a series of bunny-themed collages.  This project was inspired by the rabbit as a power animal spirit guide into the shadow world. Rabbits symbolize many things but as a spirit guide the rabbit teaches us to face our fears and stop repeating the same patterns.  Each day for the entire month of Jan 2012 one mixed media collage was created.  Each day the rabbit multiples, subtlety taking more and more  space and invading the environments of each scene. The artwork can be viewed and purchased at my website:  http://katjohnston.yolasite.com/bunny-a-day-project.php  Also pictures of the bunny collages can be seen at Artist: KatJohnston facebook fan page.  If you plan to attend the closing and want to pick up artwork in person rather then having it shipped to you, then paypal via email request is better then using the paypal option on the website since the website automatically adds shipping to the cost.  Each bunny collage is $30.  If you have any questions please email me at kathrynjohnst@gmail.com

Upcoming event: Art Opening this Thursday Jan 5th

Solo exhibit of all my most recent mixed media collages. Some of the work is brand NEW, first time ever to be seen in public!

 Contemporary, emotive art that explores nature & the complex universal human experience. To see more of my work, visit: http://katjohnston.yolasite.com
WHEN: Thursday Jan 5th from 7pm till 9pm

WHERE:  Dougherty’s Pub  in Mt.Vernon, Baltimore- located at 223 W. Chase st.  (Right next store to Utrect Art supplies store,  across street from RiteAid.

For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/269955403063432/

Fun filled evening at Loads of Fun Station North’s Final Friday of 2011!

Baltimore’s up and coming art mecca, Station North put together a fun filled evening to close out the year 2011. Loads of Fun gallery with it’s current exhibit UFO, 2012 was in it’s full glory! Inside and OUT!! As I walked up to Loads of Fun door, I saw flashing lights and fun painted windows all

Plasticarmy: James Prochnik, Jeff Duka , Tom Dixon

themed for the UFO art show with spaceships and flyer saucers!

Plasticarmy is the art collective who is responsible for organizing and hosting this amazing UFO 2012 exhibit, check out their website at

Tom Dixon's work

 

http://www.plasticarmy.com/.  For more info about the UFO 2012 exhibit including all the artists who are participating – visit:  http://u-f-o2012.com/ The show features a wide range of media and styles of work , including drawings, sculptures, Stuffed furry alien creatures, flying objects hanging from ceiling, as well as paintings on canvas.  As a mixed media collage artist,  I had work that addressed

2012 , end of the world, government cover-up.  “In Another Galaxy” was accepted in the show and can be seen at   http://u-f-o2012.com/?post_type=katjohnston&p=697   The energy and movement in the space is quite amazing! Like I said even the outside of Loads of Fun has been overrun with aliens! Definitely a show that can NOT be missed.  This exhibit will be up until Jan 21st, be sure to make an appointment to see it before the UFO’s elude us once more.

Station North Arts Cafe catering! Yum

Station North Arts Cafe catered the event with delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and refreshments. My favorites were the tuna melts and the warm apple cider.

There was a collection of illustration work of the very talented: Joe Zucker in back room- where DJ Just K was spinning, as well as a comedian who performed, Jason Weems.He had the whole room cracking up! What a great

Artist Kat Johnston "In Another Galaxy" (above)

way to end the year! Room filled with laughter and positive feelings for the community, with commitments to making 2012 a GREAT year!  It was a fun filled evening! I always love Station North art district events! If you haven’t been to any of the Final Friday events yet, make that your new years resolution and get yourself down HERE!!!

To see more of Kat Johnston’s mixed media collage, visit my website at http://katjohnston.yolasite.com

“Fun-a-Day” in Baltimore! A Great way to start your New Year on creative note!!!

I am excited to be a part of small group of people organizing the first ever “Fun-a-Day” here in Baltimore , although “Fun-a-day” has  been around for a number of years, this year marks the 8th annual started by the artclash-  http://artclash.com/  it has spread to other states and other cities! This the 8th   year now!

Other locations include:

Albuquerque, opening Feb. 10th @ The Tan Gallery
Birmingham
Boston
Chicago
Dundee, Scotland
Lansdale
Montréal
Northampton
Oakland, Feb. @ Rock Paper Scissors, opening night Feb. 3
Pendleton, OR @ The Pendleton Center for the Arts
Philadelphia, Feb. 10th and 11th @ Studio 34
Portland, OR, Feb. 11th @ St. David of Wales
Portland, ME
Providence
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Cruz, CA, opening Feb. 3 @ Caffe Pergolesi
Tucson, Feb. 8-19 @ Silver Streak Gallery
West Dean, West Sussex, England
Wilmington, DE

But its the first year the Baltimore will have it’s very own “Fun-a-day” art show!
Here’s how you can be a part of it”

1. help spread the word, tell all your friends, anyone who is creative, doesn’t have to be an artist,  writers, musicians, crafters, are all welcomed!

2. join up!  decide what you want to make, (there’s only a week or so before the beginning of the new year) start getting prepared, stock up on supplies or whatever, most importantly- decide- what do you want to make?

3. Jan 1st comes– day 1- time to start being creative, make your first piece, and make the commitment, one per day for whole month! you can do it!!! It’s a great way to start the new year!

Here’s the link to the fb page that will keep you up to date on whereabouts of drop off and the group exhibit in Feb:

https://www.facebook.com/events/314873355200904/

ALSO for more info:

http://funadaybaltimore.wordpress.com/

Keep check back for updates on the where and when of the group exhibit in Feb! Spaces for the exhibit are being explored!

An afternoon with Ruth Pettus at the Shoe Cafe

Baltimore artist, Ruth Pettus, had an open studio Sunday afternoon (Dec 11th) that I had the pleasure of attending.  She had

Drawings on canvas from Spain & Paris

displayed works on canvas, on paper and of course my favorite part was her shoes!Her paintings she explained were all water based and she enjoyed using organic material such as coffee grounds.  Her work was abstract and minimal but the landscapes, trees, horizons could be seen.  She had raw canvas drawings/ mixed media on the walls, as well as table with piles and trays of works on paper, ink, paint, drawings. More of her work can be seen on her website :http://rpettus.com/

The feel and energy of  the places she had traveled and the many adventures she had been on were definitely portrayed in her work.  I found her use of media and material inspiring. Her mixed media on the raw canvas reminded me of some of my mixed media paintings on fabric, where the texture and colors of the fabric show through.  (“Giddy Up” is a good example) To see the mixed media work I do, visit my website: http://www.katjohnston.yolasite.com

Artist: Ruth Pettus (center) with her fans

The shoe cafe located in the basement was magical and intriguing.  Old shoes filled with soil, wax, fur, and other materials.  Men’s shoes, children’s shoes, women’s shoes of all shapes and sizes.  Shelf after shelf I was drawn into what the shoes and their what each one’s story

Baby doll girl's shoe (one of my favs)

was, the journey it had taken, the places it had seen.

They took on a life of their own, bold, worn and beautiful!

 

 

Ruth gave me a print out from her exhibit at the Creative Alliance entitled “City Square”.

It is interesting because I have always been a big fan of Giacometti’s work. His depth and human connection that his sculptures tap into.  Suffering and isolation that we humans often experience, we believe we are alone in our pain, but art allows us to communicate our deepest and sometimes darkest parts of ourselves so that we don’t feel so alone or isolated.  We see it is the human universal experience.

Ruth’s open studio was the highlight of my week, refreshing and inspirational! Thanks Ruth for sharing your Shoe Cafe and the other many works on canvas and paper with me! I look forward to seeing more work in future exhibits!

Sculpture Garden workshop & Grass tasting party -oh fun!

I , Kat Johnston, had the pleasure of participating in two very fun, very creative events! First was the Sculpture Garden workshop held at the Baltimore Clayworks, FREE workshop all materials provided, artists were invited to come make LIVE

Sculpture Garden Workshop

sculptures, meaning after being fired these sculptures would live outside in ones garden and have grass planted in/ on them like Chi-Pets.  Normally 3D is not my style, I am a mixed media collage artist and a painter ( http://katjohnston.yolasite.com/) all my art typically tends to be 2D and able to hang on the wall.   Although I do enjoy clay I typically go the route of wheel-throwing and making functional things such as over-sized coffee mugs, colorful plates and bowls (I do have a few things on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/creationsbykathryn)

So me going to a sculpture workshop was a little outside my normal comfort zone but I thought it would be fun to expand a little and experiment.  The workshop took place Sat night Dec 3rd.  Myself and a few of my friends created pieces together at the workshop, enjoyed ourselves and hoped for the best that none of our pieces would explode or lose limbs in the process of being fired in the kiln.  I made 2 sculptures, one was a Victorian bird skull lady and the other a breast.

B-More clayworks fired the pieces and presented them at the Grass Tasting Party hosted by the Contemporary Museum a week later Sat Dec 10th at Area 405.  I was curious to find out how my pieces turned out and wanted to see all of the sculptures that were created during the workshop.  We had gone to the first session of two, I was told that over 70 sculptures were made! I wanted to see how they looked.

Sod Bar Menu

“Grass tasting” was an interesting concept and I was curious about that too, though unsure if I would actually be eating any grass while I was there (turns out I didn’t).  I was pleasantly surprised to be able to visit an art space I had not yet discovered or even knew existed and was right up the street from me! I literally walk only about 5 mins to get there.

AREA 405 was where the Grass Tasting party was held.  I was impressed with the installation art set up in the first room, but I was later told that the exhibition was still “in progress” and being set up by MICA students, the

Art Installation "In Progress" MICA

opening for that would officially be next Friday.  ( Noted and marked on my calendar mentally).  I loved how everything was set up for the Grass tasting, they had lawns and tuffs of grass everywhere throughout the gallery space, a “bar” with grass being paired with variety of mixed drinks, my favorite part was the photo op- set up with props such as lawn chair, garden hose and coolers! (Photo op station was by Gary Kachadourian)

They also had another clay / sculpture making station for those that maybe missed out on the workshop to create more clay masterpieces and LIVE sculptures.   This was fun and regressive for many (making phallic things- goes hand in hand with clay).

There was a poetry reading by the very talented Stephanie Barber, complete with a slide show of Lawn Poems.  I enjoyed her reading and the images as they were very thought provoking and clever.  She used a lot of humor in her poetry.

Very fun, clever themed party and event , well designed and thought out.  Great time had by all! Thank you Baltimore Clayworks for the adventure and fun of being able to be a part of this! AND to Contemporary Museum for such a creative and unique experience of a Grass Tasting Party! I will definitely be back for more events, looking forward to the new location and the many future fun-filled events that they have planned. Also plan to come to more events at Area 405, a very cool space indeed!

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