Friday, September 25, 2020

Little Sweden, Lindsborg

It's always nice to stroll around Lindsborg,  so-called "Little Sweden."  I cannot stop taking photos of kawaii cute things here.  Got a little Dala horse ornament with our family name from a gift shop called Hemslojd.   Had a glass of Boba at a cozy White Peacock tea shop.  Checked the Anatoly Karpov Chess School that we came for chess camps when our kids were little.  Made it to the famous restaurant Ol' Stuga.  Of course, I didn't miss the Sandzen Gallery which has a special place in my heart because of their Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics Exhibitions where I showed my work in public for the first time.  This town makes you feel so peaceful.  





















Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Red Barn Studio Museum and Work by Lester Raymer

     One of the best things about staying as an artist in residence here at Red Barn Studio is I can spend time being surrounded by work of Lester Raymer and the history of this building.  The museum is filled with his works.  You can see his paintings, ceramics, woodcarving, fiber art, metalwork, and more.  He used a wide variety of mediums. He did all of them with excellency and it really amazes me.  I am so grateful that I have become a little part of this historical building where he lived and worked.  Even walking on the uneven floor with loose bricks that move, I feel the spirit of the artist and appreciate it.  I'm posting some photos here, but you really need to come here to experience this magical feel.  






















212 S. Main, Lindsborg, KS
















Friday, September 18, 2020

Birds' Nest at Red Barn Studio

       To the visitor who came yesterday,  I mentioned that the image of my installation here at Red Barn Studio was a nest. She went back to her home quickly and brought a nest made by orioles that she found in her yard.    It was made of some sort of natural fibers and blue plastic strings! 


Photo by Steve Bowersox

The photo below was taken at the original site. Amazing craftsmanship!                    

Photo by Steve Bowersox

You can see this little present on the wall in my studio now.  AIR fun!    


Sep. 13th 1:00 pm - Sep. 26 12:00 pm, 2020  
Red Barn Studio Museum 
212 S. Main St. Lindsborg, KS 67456
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm 
Closed Monday




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Built a Birds' Nest With My "A Thread X A Thread"

     So, before I started making new work here at Red Barn, I installed my installation "A Thread X A Thread" in the studio.  I call it a "birds' nest."  Since we have been going through a unique time right now, I added a couple of lines to my original artist statement for this touchable work.  I hope people will feel better this way.  As a nest, it works perfectly anyway!  Photo Credit goes to Steve Bowersox.





     I added these lines:   "I ask the viewers to add a thread as an expression of treasuring the moment of meeting people.  Since we have been going through the Coronavirus pandemic, I would ask you to use hand sanitizer before you touch the piece.  You're also welcome not to touch the piece.  In that case, please add a thread just in your mind."   

Sep. 13th 1:00 pm - Sep. 26 12:00 pm, 2020  
Red Barn Studio Museum 
212 S. Main St. Lindsborg, KS 67456
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm 
Closed Monday

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

AIR at Red Barn Studio Museum, Lindsborg, KS

I'm going to spend next two weeks at Red Barn Studio Museum as an artist in residence.  If you're in this area, please stop by and say hi to me!  From Sep. 13 to 26.  Open from Tuesday to Sunday.  for more details, please visit Red Barn Studio Museum website.  

                                                







Sep. 13th 1:00 pm - Sep. 26 5:00 pm, 2020  
Red Barn Studio Museum 
212 S. Main St. Lindsborg, KS 67456
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm 
Closed Monday

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Upcoming AIR at Red Barn Studio Museum

    I am starting a two-week artist residency at Red Barn Studio Museum in Lindsborg KS from next week.  This is my second stay in Lindsborg.  The last time was about 11 years ago when my kids attended a chess camp.  It's so exciting to be able to stay in this charming Swedish town in the middle of Kansas again.  The museum itself is a work of art.  Can't wait to be surrounded by their collections that are displayed, the artworks by Lester Raymer which I adore very much. 

    This is my second residency after Umbria, Italy from 11 years ago.  In Italy,  I did a lot of plein-air paintings.  Right now, I don't know what I am going to create while in Lindsborg.  I have several ideas, but first of all, I would like to observe my surroundings and listen to the sounds there carefully.  One thing I am sure of is that I will make a "nest" in the studio with my "A Thread X A Thread" installation and make work in it!  If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello to me!  And yes, please wear a mask in the museum and the studio.   

 来週から二週間、カンザス州、リンズバーグ市にあるレッド・バーン・ストゥディオ美術館にて、アーティストレジデンシーをさせてもらいます。リンズバーグに滞在するのはこれで二度目です。前回は11年前、子供たちがチェスキャンプに行った時のことです。カンザスの中央にあるこの可愛いスウェーデン村にまた滞在できるのがとても楽しみです。もう、美術館自体がアート作品のようなところで、収蔵、展示されているレスター・レイマーの作品に囲まれて過ごせることが待ちきれません。

 また私にとってレジデンシーは11年前のイタリア、ウンブリア州以来、二度目です。前回はプランエアーペインティングをいっぱいしましたが、今回は今のところ、何を制作するのかはっきりわかっていません。いくつかアイディアがあるのですが、まずは、周りをよく見て、音をよく聞いて過ごしたいと思います。一つ考えていることは、アトリエ内で糸の”巣”を作って、その中で制作活動しようかな、ということです。もしお近くにいらっしゃいましたら、どうぞ、お立ち寄りください。マスク着用でご来館ください。

   "A Thread X A Thread" from a past show


Sep. 13th 1:00 pm - Sep. 26 5:00 pm, 2020  
Red Barn Studio Museum 
212 S. Main St. Lindsborg, KS 67456
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm
Closed Monday