Friday, December 10, 2010


I should have mentioned this earlier .
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

BFA Show is Up and ER's show was Awesome

Finally I am almost ready to graduate with a bachelors of fine art. More important than walking in a commencement cereomony for an artist is the unveiling of the product of many years of hard work. Some of my work is on display at the BFA 2010 show at UVU's Woodbury Art Museum which is located at the University Mall in Orem, Utah.

Thanks to all who attended the opening reception, we had a great turnout. UVU Review covered the show in an article this week.

Many thanks to all who helped and participated with the ER show at Velour. If you didn't know they are my favorite, used to be local band, who moved to L.A. once known as Elizabethan Report. If you missed the show, BYU's Daily Universe summed it up pretty well in an article last week. The band decided to mix things up a bit and invited me to do some live interpretive art work as they played. I also displayed the individual pieces I created for their songs last summer as a part of receiving a scholarly research grant from UVU. Chris Juber edited video of the art making to the length of several songs and those videos were also played at the concert.

If anyone was able to take pictures at either event, please send them to me. The above picture with Johnny and Spencer (ER's guitarist) is the only proof I have of that weekend because I was too busy talking and drawing to take pictures.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Seeing Inside Out

Seeing Inside Out is still on display at Terra Nova until Feb. 26. For those of you who don't live in Provo to see it first hand follow the Terra Nova link and click on exhibits. If you still can't get enough, you can download a desktop calendar with my art on it, just click on calendars.

Thank you to all who have been coming to my shows and supporting the things we do at UVU's Woodbury Art Museum. My BFA show is coming up on March 29, 2010 with all new work. A few more things are in the works as well. So check back for more details.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Make Your Own Hand Bound Journal

Art Journal/ Bookbinding Workshop taught by Pamela Barrios


Make your own art journal or book as a gift for a friend in time for Valentine’s Day.

This simple non-adhesive book structure shown above is based on the historical “limp vellum”

binding. Class members will be using a heavy-weight, but flexible paper instead of vellum. We will sew paper sections onto leather supports. The supports will be used to connect the cover.

The cover can be easily decorated before it is attached. A traditional way of cutting paper will be taught for decorating. Other decorating techniques can be used and will be described.

Sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. Materials will be provided. Participants will be asked to bring small tools, such as pencil, ruler, X-acto knife and scissors.

The class fee covers the rest of the materials and will be $35.00.

Space is limited to 15 students. Enrollment is open to the community members ages 16 and up.

Workshop is dependent on enrollment, so sign up today!

Contact Melissa Hempel at 801-863-6740.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Don't be daunted

Don't be afraid, don't be daunted, just do your job. Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray, Love shares an inspiring talk about another way to think about creativity.
If you doing anything remotely creative this video is worth 19 minutes of your life:

Jack Hadley founder of coworkutah recommended it. This morning Jack taught my senior seminar art class a thing or two about social marketing. I now see the value of Twitter and Facebook and blogging beyond just socializing. Thanks to Jack we are not listening to anyone who gives us the concerned look when we tell them we are artists. Today my fellow artists and I will be inspired to carve our own way.

I'd love to hear about what you thought of the video and if you have any ideas about how to stay focused on your creativity and not about how bad the economy is.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wy'east Peaking Through the Clouds

Planes are magical. They lift you up and drop you off in a new place. Yesterday I was in Provo and today I'm in Portland. While you are on a plane you have some time to think about where you are going without being instantly in touch with the world via phone or internet. However, I did use my iPhone to take a picture of Mount Hood in flight as it was peaking through the clouds.
I learned that The Multnomah name for Mount Hood is Wy'east. In one version of the legend the two sons of the Great Spirit Sahale fell in love with the beautiful maiden Loowit who could not decide which to choose. The two braves, Wy'east and Klickitat, burned forests and villages in their battle over her. Sahale became enraged and smote the three lovers. Seeing what he had done he erected three mountain peaks to mark where each fell. He made beautiful Mount St. Helens for Loowit, proud and erect Mount Hood for Wy'east, and the somber Mount Adams for the mourning Klickitat.
Just goes to show what happens when women are indecisive. The mountain is more generally known as Mount Hood after some British general. I like Wy'east better.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10 Years Old Again

I felt like I was 10 years old again. Thursday night, my friend Chris and I went in to the woods armed with a flashlight in search of dead branches. We needed a lot of sticks. We dragged the dead branches through the woods and got some questionable looks as we passed a few cars on the road. Back at my apartment I thought if some parental figure walked into my living room they would have been aghast. It was so dirty with bark and branches and leaves everywhere.

We needed lots of sticks because we were working our creative minds to liven up our refreshment table at the Woodbury Art Museum with our tiny budget. With a little twine we decorated some old bottles. My friends Brynne and Jane, food artisans made some tasty treats that we served with apple cider. Robbie took these pictures of our festive decorations.

I was thrilled to be participant in the National Invitational Postcard Exhibit and I was so happy to see many friends come and support the show. Thanks!

P.S. We started a blog for the museum follow this link Woodbury Art Museum.