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boltsA good part of 2014 so far has been  devoted to getting things set up and running at the new location. Kay Carol Gallery & Priscila Working Arts Studio often gets shortened to KCP Gallery, and is located at 364 Main Street in Longmont Colorado. I graduated with my Media Graphic Design degree in December and opened up a community arts workspace with Marcelo Fernandez in the same month. We were joined by Christina Cappelletti and had our Grand Opening in February.

We function as a working studio space, a gallery, an emporium, a class and meeting space, plus we have musical and cultural events. Marcelo, Christina and I all work in graphic arts as well as other media and have our studios in house. We are able to work with artists and entrepreneurs to develop their websites, business cards, packaging and display needs, as well as offer a nurturing  merchandising environment to try out new products and lines. We currently show the work of 48 artists, all but two of whom are local.

Every month we have a different Featured Artist’s work displayed and a reception for the artist on the 2nd Friday of that month. In October, the artists of PolyMarket Press take center stage. There will prints and cards from Ricardo Acevedo’s books Night and Interloper. I will have beautiful and mysterious artifacts from Randee M. Ketzel  and Kim Schlinke’s book Polymer Clay Gemstones-The Art of Deception. There will also be polymer clay artwork from my first books Create a Polymer Clay Impression and Celebrations With Polymer Clay. Mosaic musical instruments, wagons, and more created by Bryan Helm will be on display.

Helm-123In addition, there will be hundreds of miniature masks from A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks including 200 collected since publication. We are mounting and framing our entire collection for this show, all made by polymer clay artisans from around the world who have participated in the Internet Miniature Mask Swaps for quite a few years now. Some full sized masks will also be part of the collection shown.

Rounding out what may be the world’s largest collection of small samples of polymer clay techniques are the “fabric bolts” and miniature quilt store from Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay, the premier book from PolyMarket Press, written with Judith Skinner. The little store was stripped to the polymer clay tiled floor and re-done as a Barbie-sized store for perfumes, toiletries and  accessories.

The bolts are business card sized pieces of card stock wrapped in a piece of polymer clay that mimics fabric. I made quite a few patterned bolts and dozens of solid colors, but ran out of time while working on the actual book layout. Artists from around the world came to my rescue and contributed a bolt or two, or more, and helped fill the shelves of the miniature quilt store. In the pictures seen in the book, most of the bolt is obscured, as they are all together on shelves. Now, for the first time ever, all the bolts will be seen face-on. I’m mounting 240 of them in a quilt block pattern, and no two bolts are alike.

Hundreds of techniques are on display–millefiore in a myriad of styles, inclusions, mokume gane, hand drawn or stamped, ripple-cut, extruded, and many more. The collection will be on display throughout the month of October at KCP Gallery.

The Story of Treaty Oak–a little background from Polymer Clay Gemstones, The Art of Deception

I love history–especially the history of the places I live. More accurately, I love knowing the stories–and if they are actually based on history, well, so much the better; but give me a choice between cold facts and a good yarn, there’s no contest: I’m for the yarn.

And stories are like fractal spirals–they take off from tiny points in the composition, and expand and expand….a case in point: there’s a throwaway line in the narrative of “Polymer Clay Gemstones” where Peele mentions ‘The corner of Treaty Oak..”

Treaty Oak exists. It’s a real tree in downtown Austin that was once a member of a huge group of trees called the Council Oaks, a gathering place for Native Americans for hundreds of years. It was a mere sapling when Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. By the time Pocahontas sailed for England, Galileo glimpsed the moons of Jupiter , and Milton wrote “Paradise Lost,” it was a venerable old tree in the wilds of the yet unexplored (by Europeans ) North American West.

When I first arrived in Austin, I paid a visit–everyone does–to the magnificent giant living in the heart of the city. It had in the early part of the 20th century been declared the most perfect specimen of Southern Live Oak in North America–and yes, it was a sight to behold:
treaty oak up to 1988
At an estimated age of over 500 years, its canopy stretched nearly 130 feet across–and the sense of majesty and age was palpable.
In 1989, city arborists became alarmed at the tree’s appearance–something was clearly wrong. An investigation revealed that the ground around the tree was saturated with a powerful herbicide, and Treaty Oak, the last of the Council Oaks, was dying. The city poured its heart and resources into saving it. Private and public citizens –remember Ross Perot?– donated vast sums to help; Dupont, the maker of the herbicide used in the attack, offered a $10,000 reward for the vandal. Shades were erected around it to protect it from the sun, earth was removed from its roots, sugar water was pumped in to help detoxify the soil…and tragically, dying limbs were cut from it to help save its life.
A protective fence was erected around the park it occupied, and soon they were solid walls of fluttering white, teddy bears and protective talismans–people from all over the world sent their prayers and get well wishes.
The herbicide that had been applied to the soil was soon traced back to a man named Paul Stedman Cullen, a ne’er do well and drug addict who bragged that he had killed Treaty Oak by way of casting a magic spell—his theory was that as the tree died, so would his unrequited love for a woman he admired.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison, and there reportedly was accorded the reception that his fellow inmates generally reserved for child molesters. He made parole a few years later, and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Good riddance.
Given the bleak outlook, the extreme pruning it was forced to endure, Treaty Oak’s death was forecast and mourned in national publications—but there is a reason for the phrase “tough as oak”.
After nine anxious years–ironically, the amount of time its would-be murderer would have served had he not been paroled–Treaty Oak , greatly diminished but still standing, produced its first crop of acorns, which were gathered up and sprouted for people around the world to plant scions of this once magnificent tree in their own yards. And if you come to Austin, you can still walk over to the corner of Baylor and Sixth street, and stand in its healing shade.
Life goes on.treaty oak today

New authors delighted

headshot for bookto be here on this lovely site. let the verbiage begin.

Available NOW: Polymer Clay Gemstones–The Art of Deception

Polymer Clay Gemstones—The Art of Deception
By Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel
ISBN 978-0-9800312-9-4

This is not your ordinary how-to book! Austin TX based authors and polymer clay artists Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel artfully mix a clever mystery with 20 how-to projects that show step-by step photographs and instructions to create your . . . → Read More: Available NOW: Polymer Clay Gemstones–The Art of Deception

Available Now–NIGHT!

NIGHT
a photo-novella
by Ricardo Acevedo
978-0-9800312-8-7

A decade of images cataloging the Night in all its adult twists & turns, realities & hallucinations…from Noir to Neon. The turbulent, furious, nights of the “zeros” (2000-2009) were a gilded age in some ways not so different from the previous century’s early days in its excesses and mix of hope and desperation.

The . . . → Read More: Available Now–NIGHT!

New Releases, Coming Right Up!

Polymer Clay Gemstones--The art of Deception

Its no accident that the two newest books from PolyMarket Press feature artistry from  Austin; a veritable hotbed of creative cool in the wild and woolly state of Texas. Maybe it’s the heat down there that grow’s em that way, but I have the pleasure of knowing some incredibly talented people that reside in the Lone . . . → Read More: New Releases, Coming Right Up!

This Year’s Crop

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Reconstructing the Past 2013 A Collective Memoir

Night: A Photo-Novella

Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception

Shibori: From Textiles to Polymer Clay

Making Faces, Molds & Forms

A Deluxe Heirloom Paper Doll Collection

We’re tending . . . → Read More: This Year’s Crop

New Books Coming in 2013

Shibori: From Textiles to Polymer Clay

There’s lots of work going on right now behind the scenes at PolyMarket Press.

There are several new books underway, including  polymer clay books by authors Debbie Jackson, Randee Ketzel and Kim Schlinke, a photo-novella of the turbulent 1990’s by Ricardo Acevedo, and new books on paper dolls, and making dolls and miniatures by me.

Fasten your seatbelts; . . . → Read More: New Books Coming in 2013

Night

Night--A photo novella by Ricardo Acevedo

A decade of images cataloging the Night in all its adult twists & turns, realities & hallucinations…. from Noir to Neon.

Set for release in May 2012, this book exposes and tells a whole ‘nother side to the American Dreamscape.

By Austin based photographer and author Ricardo Acevedo, look for this photo-novella to be  coming to Amazon and . . . → Read More: Night

Old Year, New Year–so many projects!

Ceramic Face, Metal Flowers necklace 1

2011 has been an exciting, busy, growthful year! A lot of projects and work came to completion in 2011 and lots more are now starting up or being actively continuing from the last few years. (Some projects take a while–there’s so much to be done!)

This year saw the release of interloper | fineart nudes and photopaintings . . . → Read More: Old Year, New Year–so many projects!