On May 20 and 21 we'll be hosting a studio art sale at our home in Chelsea. Among the available work will be several drawings of 1979 Detroit Tigers, based on the Topps baseball cards (which I have managed to hang on to for almost forty years). Need a Lou Whitaker? Sorry, didn't have his card. However, there are plenty of '79 Tigers to choose from to embellish the walls of your man cave.
Road trips (and air trips for that matter), offer time to draw. It's cave painting vs. photography, is it not? In the car, morning coffee time, waiting for the next activity... might as well grab a pen and get to work. Or play. An early spring trip to Nashville offers the opportunity to fill out a few more pages.
Every April Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun) hosts a piano throw-down featuring himself and others of his ilk. This year's show features Mark, Al Hill, Bill Heid and Bob Seeley. Paul Keller and Leonard King will accompany each act (barring Seeley) on bass and drums, respectively. 3x3+1: 3 trios and 1 soloist. Bob Seeley will be the only 88-year-old on the bill, and coincidentally, that's the number of keys on your regulation piano. Get it? These posters, the fruit of our labors, will be on sale at the show. 12" x 18", 2-color letterpress printed on French Muscletone paper.
Chelsea State Bank will be sponsoring Financial Health Fairs this spring to help their customers evaluate their, you guessed it, financial health. 12 Acre Studio figured an EKG/piggy bank combination was in order, and here's the result. Print and online ads, posters, and merchandise to follow.
11 x 17 Stormie poster
On Sunday March 19, the Chelsea Chamber Players will perform the debut of Stormie: A Cinderella Story at the Chelsea Depot. Written by Ann Brill with a score by Brian Brill, this family concert couples an Irish folktale with music that will please young and old alike, as they say. Fifteen plus years and counting of posters; we always enjoy collaborating with the Chelsea Chamber Players.
Want to make someone's day? Parent, friend, state representative? Drop them a line, put a stamp on it, pop it in the mailbox. Your personalized transmittal will emerge from your addressee's junkmail and bills as a beacon of friendship and goodwill. Take a look at the 12 Acre Studio selection of postcards and notecards on etsy.com. Letterpress printed (mostly). Operators are standing by.
An array of new and not-so-new work will be available at our studio sale this coming May. Many pieces, including those pictured here, will be presented in custom, blackened cedar frames.
12 Acre Studio will be represented in the prestigious postcard Exhibition & Salon Sale, which will commence February 23 and run through March 9 at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. Participants can enter up to five 4" x 6" postcards and then sit back and watch the fur fly as visitors descend in search of original, one-of-a-kind postcards. A flat rate of $30 per postcard applies, with the artists and museum splitting the proceeds.
Along with the big expensive stuff, we'll be offering some modestly priced items at our Studio Sale in May. All natural (except for the ink and varnish) birchbark bookmarks, each with a one-of-a-kind look and feel will be priced to move. We'll display these in the check-out lane to encourage impulse buying.
This coming May we'll host a studio sale that will feature paintings, constructions, drawings and some letterpress printed notecards. Above is a detail from a series of drawings (which will be available at our studio sale) based on Detroit Tiger baseball cards from 1979. The groundwork for the dominant 1984 World Series Championship team was being laid, Sparky Anderson was at the helm and Ernie Harrell was in the booth. There are eight or nine other drawings in the series.
Joan of Arc, Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King have January birthdays. Norman Rockwell, Frederick Douglass and Marian Anderson arrived in the month of February. Who knew? Stop by Foresight Group (formerly White Pine Printers) on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor and pick up the Jan/Feb 2017 calendar designed by 12 Acre Studio. Each day commemorates a person or event that came about on said day. You just may learn something— we did.
President Truman is highly respected by the husband of a friend. Said friend commissioned 12 Acre Studio to create a memento of the the 33rd president of the United States. The bonus to this project was combing through the trove of quotes and utterances that are attributed to Truman, and then wedging as many of them as possible into the side panels. Maybe you are in need of portrait, be it friend, partner, family member or hero. Shall we?
Every December the Detroit Artists Market offers one-of-a-kind creations from local artists and artisans. This year's pop-up retail shop at the Somerset Collection (2801 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy) employs the graphic 12 Acre Studio created for their direct mail campaign. It works big, it works small. Most importantly, it works.
The Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a Sports Commission to help attract sporting events to the area. With facilities on the University of Michigan campus, including Michigan Stadium, as well as Eastern Michigan and the local high schools, there's plenty of venues for a variety of events. 12 Acre Studio was asked to create portraits of local legends for the Sports Commission offices. Bo Schembechler, Gerald Ford and Willis Ward all left their mark on the UM football program, and each embodied the spirit of competition and sportsmanship that extended beyond the field of play. Ink on aspen panels, 24" x 36".
The Chelsea Chamber Players gather once again on Sunday, December 4 for two performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. And they needed a poster, which is where 12 Acre Studio comes in. If you have an opportunity to attend you will not be disappointed. Be prepared to experience holiday joy in your heart that doesn't involve shopping or booze. Imagine that. The performance will feature the First United Methodist Church choir as well as students from the Chelsea High School orchestra and choir.
Esquire Magazine has been around forever, and for the last several years it's become more of a style guide in the Men's Journal mold. Regardless, over the years plenty of top-notch writers have contributed articles ranging from profiles to expose´s. The Esquire Classic Podcast, hosted by David Brancaccio, is a weekly (more or less) effort that looks at an article from the past and discusses it with either the author or someone familiar with the author and subject. Always worth a listen, many of the pieces, in retrospect, help to define the era that they were written in. Cindy Katz is the designated reader, and has an uncanny ability to sound as if she had written whatever she reads.
In Pittsburgh last weekend and had an opportunity to visit the well-organized and easy to navigate Andy Warhol Museum. Prior to gaining fame and fortune in New York City Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburgh. For someone whose exposure to Warhol's work has been mostly confined to art history books and magazines, it was a revelation to see his work in real time: from his early drawings and illustrations, to his paintings and silkscreen prints, to the many film and video projects. A bonus to the visit was sitting for an authentic Warhol screen test, which is emailed to the sitter in less than five minutes after shooting.
Vox's The Weeds is an open-ended discussion of current events. The inability of the hosts to LIKE refrain from saying LIKE in almost every utterance was LIKE too much. As the LIKEs piled up I was unable to focus on the topic at hand. I'm now monitoring my own LIKE output in conversation, and I can sympathize with the transgressors--- but I'm not irritating an audience of thousands, only my wife and dog. Loudon Wainwright III addressed this social ill in his song Cobwebs.
The Antieau Gallery in New Orleans has invited us to come down and show portraits of criminals, athletes and musicians. We're delighted for the opportunity to display work alongside that of Chris Roberts-Antieau. Opening night is Saturday August 13 (Dirty Linen Night). If you're in the neighborhood...
I had the good fortune of spending time today with a master of his craft, stained glass artist Bill Darwin Jr. Aside from his skill in the design and execution of stained glass for churches, community buildings and homes and the restoration and repair of antique slot machines, Billy D is unmatched at the grill, a creative and crafty card and billiard player, and the chairman of the Waterloo Croquet Club (as well as it's head groundskeeper). Multi-talented and always fun to be around, Bill is one helluva nice guy and I'm lucky to be his friend.
Pictured above is ( looking from the top down ) a bad photo of an 8-panel window Bill is currently finishing for Madonna University in Livonia. It will serve as a backdrop to a crucifix that will be suspended from the ceiling in front of this window. When the window is in place it it will span and area of 12' x 21'. This photo was taken in his studio with the window(s) laying flat on a work surface.