Last weekend I participated in Silicon Valley Open Studios with a group of 12 other fantastic artists. It was a wonderful weekend despite the light showers Saturday morning and afternoon. Thankfully the rain didn't keep people from coming out and enjoying the art. It was also a great weekend because 11 of my pieces found new happy homes.
I love doing these types of events because I get to meet so many new people and share my art with them. The encaustic process can be new to a lot of people so I was happy to explain it and show them samples of all of my supplies. Its such a magical process mixing the bees wax, resin and pigments and then fusing everything with fire.
I want to thank everyone who came out and visited me. Your support and encouragement mean so much.
This is my 12th year participation in Silicon Valley Open Studios. For the past 11 years I have opened up my studio to the public to share my work space and art. This year for several reasons I am not opening my studio up. Instead I am participating with a group of 12 other artists at a beautiful home winery in Los Gatos. This gives people the opportunity to enjoy a variety of artwork in one place. I am going to have lots of new artwork in a variety of sizes. I hope you can make it out to this amazing exhibit.
This is Mother's Day weekend. It's a fantastic opportunity to bring your Mom out for a great afternoon of art and wine and maybe even pick up a one of a kind gift for her.
Please join me for Silicon Valley Open Studios. Come and see where the magic happens! You can learn about my processes and techniques while touring my studio. I will have original artwork from my most recent series as well as prints, cards, gift items and more. I will also be bringing back my popular artwork raffle.
Come and enjoy the fantastic weather, my garden, tasty snacks and refreshments. There will be an art making area for the little ones where they can create and take home their very own masterpiece. There is something for everyone at this family friendly event.
Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th 11am - 5pm Look for the yellow and black signs
- Try your hand out at painting with hot wax! Create and take home your own mini piece of encaustic artwork with my complimentary encaustic art making station.
- Win a piece of original artwork. For the third year I will be having an artwork raffle.
- Enjoy art and music in a fun and comfortable environment. I will have lots of new work on display as well as cards, prints, gifts and more. There will also be live music by Mark Camp, snacks, iced tea, and a beautiful garden to enjoy.
Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th
11:00am – 5:00pm
Amidon Art Studio
492 Arleta Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
I was recently featured on the cover and inside the Rose Garden Resident, a community paper of the San Jose Mercury News. You can read the full article here: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_20597885/open-studios-san-jose-takes-place-may-12
It was a great interview and photo shoot. Hope you enjoy.
Saturday May 12th & Sunday May 13th
11:00am – 5:00pm
Alternative Process Photography, Mixed Media Book Art, Prints, Cards, and More.
It’s time for my year in review blog post.
2011 was creatively and professionally an amazing and really, really busy year for me. My year began as I was returning from a month long Artist Residency in Costa Rica. I returned invigorated and inspired. The residency experience was a wonderful one and I was hooked.
In January I participated in the very first ever SJMADE event and it was a fantastic success. February was an awesome month; I was interviewed on a live TV show called Talk Art. You can watch the episode by clicking here. It was a new experience that I had a lot of fun with. My bullet shell jewelry was also named in Silicon Valley Metro’s best of issue.In March I had a solo exhibit at Good Karma.
I think April might have been the climax of my year. I was named the Arts Council Silicon Valley artist laureate in photography and received an Artist Fellowship Grant. I was also featured in a really well written and brilliant full article in the Silicon Valley Metro.
In October I was awarded an Eco Studio Makeover and grant from the Art Inspectors Healthy Art Program. I am really excited about this program and will have lots to share about it in the including an exhibit at City Hall. October also marked the beginning of my new blog San Jose Creatives which features weekly interviews with the creative community in San Jose. I am really excited about this little project. It has received a lot of great feedback and I am meeting so many wonderful people.
If all this wasn’t enough at the end of October I flew to Iceland for another artist residency at Herhús in Siglufjördur. It was such a magical and incredible experience. I worked on a new series that I will be exhibiting in 2012 and had lots of adventures.
November and December had a couple more solo exhibits. Kanji Garden, a site specific installation made of hundreds of hand dyed and folded books at Phantom Galleries and my Efflorescence series was exhibited at the Saratoga Library. In November I was featured in a beautiful and insightful article and interview in Content Magazine. It was so great meeting the Content crew and working with them. December also brought Hark the Holiday Show at Kaleid Gallery.
As you can see my year has been remarkable and filled with many wonderful events and opportunities. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful and supportive people in my life. Your belief, support, friendship, and encouragement mean the world to me.
Happy New Year! I wish you and your loved ones a creative, happy and healthy New Year filled with lots of adventures. Here is to making 2012 an even better year! Keep pushing, keep fighting and never give up.
Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd:
Help defeat the big box mentality! A lot of people only buy posters of famous artists or assembly line artwork that everyone else has from department stores. Purchasing original artwork from a contemporary artist or crafts person sets you apart and shows that you have the confidence to know what you like. It’s a wonderful feeling to connect and grow with a piece of original artwork that nobody else has.
Silicon Valley Open Studios
Saturday May 21st & Sunday May 22nd
11:00am - 12:00pm
Shannon's Art Studio
492 Arleta Ave
San Jose, CA 95128