April 2014 Update

the studio a couple of weeks ago
Happy April! This month I'm leaving for Australia to be a fireworks-handler for the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who's having a show in Queensland. I'm proud to be one of the few selected for the privilege of juggling M-80s for his new gunpowder drawing "Division of Labor."
Not really. Staying right here in Vermont and handling fireworks only as absolutely necessary. And I'm sure Cai Guo-Qiang does all his explosives himself; otherwise where's the fun. Here's what's really going on:
Come visit at 6 Barre Street this Friday, April 4th between 4 and 8 pm. James Secor and I will be saying farewell to our studiomate Dustin Smith, who's opening a deli in Barre. The three of us will have work up all over the place for Open Studio. It's the perfect time to pick up some high-class original art at a low price! And if our low prices aren't low enough for you, how's FREE cheese and crackers and drinks? I'll see you there.
I'll be hanging some new abstract oil-on-canvas paintings in the Shoe Horn this May and June. For this show, I'm trying hard to make things that are attractive and well-crafted. Who knew that was so difficult!
Nothing like getting covered in charcoal dust, squinting through a thicket of easels at a nude model huddling with houseplants, hearing the muttered curses of your fellow artists at the end of a long day of work. And it only costs $10! Every Wednesday at the studio, 6-8 PM.
I'm constantly asking myself, "What, out of the infinite possibilities, should I make?" Or in more practical moments "What will people pay me to make?" You can answer both questions for me. I have been known to finish things. And whatever I make for you will likely be unique.
With our studiomate Dustin leaving, the rent splits at 6 Barre Street are looking scary again. If you know a wonderful, friendly, stable person with a regular schedule and ~$200 a month that they'd love to spend on semi-public studio space, send them my way. Meantime, you can help out yourself by signing up for a Community Supported Art share-- see the website.