12 Acre Studio will be represented in the prestigious postcard Exhibition & Salon Sale, commencing February 1 and run through February 15 at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan. Our 3D efforts employ matte board, ceramic bead/letters and super glue. USPS beware. A flat rate of $30 per postcard applies, with the artists and museum splitting the proceeds.
Portrait of Willie Nelson, ink on basswood panels. This commission is being drawn for a Christmas gift. Here are some finished pieces, Willie will eventually have hinged side panels with text. Musicians, athletes, your favorite uncle, we can accommodate. Want one? Need one? Three weeks until the 25th, we can get it done.
Six boxes of our art, twenty-one pieces in all, have been prepped and are ready for delivery for a showing at the University of Michigan Hospital main corridor on Floor 2. Portraits of friends, baseball players, blues and country musicians. Even some all-star athlete recipes. You could literally stuff a stocking with just one purchase, so think about that. The work will be on view from December 18 through March 11, 2018.
Sunday December 3 at 3 and 7pm at the First United Methodist Church in Chelsea. I urge you to stay home so I can get a good seat--- this holiday concert is always packed, and for good reason. Go shopping, take a nap, spend the afternoon on Facebook, don't show up to the best holiday tradition money can't buy. We did the poster, BTW.
UM Football fan? Me neither. But we've got a healthy respect for the achievements of the pre-Bo players and coaches that have shaped the traditions that the block M is built on. Hand-drawn with ink on birchbark, these 5x7 portraits are framed between two pieces of .375" glass and are available at the UMMA Store Monday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5 or online at umma.umich.edu/store. In addition to the portraits shown above, Benny Oosterbaan, Fritz Crisler, John Maulbetsch, Ron Kramer and Willis Ward are also available.
Business cards, who needs 'em? People that meet clients face-to-face, that's who. George Smith and his partners have been in the accounting business since his grandfather started the company in 1945. We were tasked with updating their corporate identity: straightforward, simple, approachable--- exactly what you'd want in a CPA, no?
Come February 2018, the Ann Arbor Running Company will host a beastly, mid-winter challenge: a 2-mile loop, not for the faint-of-heart, hill-laden run that begins and ends on Broadway Street in Ann Arbor. Hopefully there will be some snow and sleet involved. AARC gave us the opportunity to create a mark that can help promote the event through advertising and merchandising.
The variety of applications of street-level typography is on full display in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Informational, decorative and sometimes undecipherable, the illusion of permanence makes one yearn to design for public spaces, perhaps a manhole cover, ensuring immortality for toiling in the field of graphic design,.
The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery that is home to over 50,000 resting places. Among the MacDonald, MacLoed, and countless other variations of MacName monuments, are an impressive array of sculpture and sculptural details. A lost art can be found here.
What does it take to get someone to carve your likeness in marble? More than we have to offer I'm afraid. Thankfully, these statesmen, warriors and great thinkers of Scotland led lives that warranted these tributes. Two of these images are contemporary and are plastic, and the non-Scot Ben Franklin was cast from a statue. From the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and the Scottish National Portrait Museum in Edinburgh.
On a recent trip to Scotland we had a good time documenting and trying to interpret signs and symbols from the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Nothing too tough to figure out, but intriguing just the same. A favorite? Probably "No walking with a clenched ass".
If you've never heard the music of Philip Glass played live, here's your chance. Leave it to the Chelsea Chamber Players to perform his work along with pieces by Haydn and Schumann. Sunday September 24, 7pm at the Chelsea Depot. What's that? Not into classical music you say? Life's too short to binge watch violent sex and sexualized violence. Take a break from your devices and listen to some real pros play theirs. P.S., we designed the poster.
Thursday nights in Chelsea, from June through August, means live music. Up and down Main Street and tucked into nooks and side streets an array of musicians entertain anyone lucky enough to be on foot downtown. We've helped the Chelsea Area Festival & Events with their promotions for the last two years, including the above banners that line both sides of Main Street.
The Detroit Artists Market continues to produce a remarkable array of exhibitions that show off what Detroit artists have to offer. We've had the good fortune of helping promote their many exhibitions and events, including the $100 Bucks Show (figure it out) in July, as well as their Annual DAM Gala Art Auction that will take place on the 32nd floor of the Guardian Building in October. The DAM is yet another example of Detroit's newfound vitality.
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.