Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Art Show | Utopic | September 19

Thanks Christen Nehmer, Donny Smutz, and Utopic for being such amazing and supportive friends. 

This show includes stunning art from these fine artists, Jonathan Bond, James Bowman, Erin Murphy, and Kevin O'Rourke. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kate Puccia | Wind, Water & Art | 78° N 15° E

One of our studiomates is going to the Arctic Circle on an expedition with a small group of artists and scientists.  I am going to live vicariously through Kate as she embarks to a place I have only imagined in my dreams.
Bon voyage!
Wind, Water &amp; Art | 78° N 15° E: <p>In September 2013, art and science merge as I embark on a sailing expedition in the Arctic Circle. I'm honored to have earned a berth onboard an ice-class tall ship to participate in&nbsp;<em>The Arctic Circle Program.&nbsp;</em>A small group of international artists, scientists, architects and educators set sail for three weeks. We'll navigate icy bays and glacial moraines, making periodic landfall to create site-based art amid the snowcapped mountains of Svalbard, an archipelago northwest of Norway. Our starting point, Longyearbyen, rests just 10&deg; from the North Pole. This fundraising project will support my air travel to and from the Arctic as well as the acquisition of specialized equipm...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oh, details!

In the process of carving out the lines surrounding the shapes. Then I am filling them with actual rust to give extra dimension.
This is going to take a while. The lines I am carving are literally the width of a line drawn by a #2 pencil.

Monday, July 22, 2013

in progress | christen and brent's chicago housewarming

nursery painting | baby gage's grrr-ralph

Buena Park Neighbors' art show

Thanks to everyone who came to our group art show this past Friday evening. It was such a pleasure meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones. The show runs through August 4th. Below are some of the paintings I have in the show. My bird series are hanging as well. :)

Show curator, Angela Spinazze, and artist Jeffrey Littleton art by Jessie Smith-Larson
Moment of Clarity by Jessie Smith-Larson
The Hollow Earth by Jessie Smith-Larson
Cellular Memory by Jessie Smith-Larson
Photo taken by Gene 
Photo taken by Gene Tenner

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I'm in a group art show this Friday! Buena Park Arts Expo

Uptown Update: Buena Park Arts Expo Grand Opening to Showcase Fiv...: Featured Media: Paintings, Watercolors, Life-Size Artist Books, Prints & Photography The Buena Park Arts Expo is continuing its summe...

new painting | untitled

The journey began with a poem. Some final touches and she will be finished and hanging in her new home. :)

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Friday, June 07, 2013

madame zuzu's teahouse | mail art show curated by linda crispell

Hi all. If you are visiting Highland Park or going to Ravinia this weekend, be sure to stop by Billy Corgan's Madame Zuzu's Teahouse.

My friend and fellow artist Linda Crispell curated a mail art show where artists created and mailed in decorated envelopes with a Shanghai/Parisian twist. The show opens tonight. 582 Roger Williams Ave Highland Park, IL 60035 The Ravinia Metra stop is only one block east of the teahouse. 

I highly recommend the Magnolia Tea.

If you are unable to make the show below are some of the envelopes which were sent in.
Here's my envelope submission. I made a little insert for my envelope.  She's my very own bearded Madame Zuzu. 
Mr Walter's envelope (third from the top) was one of the first ones sent in. With everything he had going on that week, I was shocked when he sent me a picture of his completed envelope. Sometimes I wonder if that man is 100% humanoid? He's a wonderful art making machine. You can see more of his art at nerfect.com.

New York 2013

Took a walk from SoHo to The High Line, and finally made my way to the MET to see Punk Chaos to Couture. The show runs through August 13, 2013. Go see it! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

new encaustic wax works in progress - saved and out of order

Finished the Jelly Belly Bean dress, and now back to regularly scheduled projects. I have been working on some smaller paintings this past winter and spring. I have been dipping back into the Encaustic world. This painting below is called Saved.

The sculpture below is still in progress. I made it when my brother was in a coma this past fall. He is recovering, but the after effects have left their mark. What a nightmare. I can't even imagine what he is going through. Sometimes I have dreams about him and in those dreams he is lost in a maze of time. His life's timeline is out of chronological order and he is trying to find his way back to this year. It is a mess of confusion. 
Out of Order
Encaustic on plaster & found wood.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jelly Belly® Dress

The 8th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Gala was a spectacular one. The event netted over $106,000 – all of which will be awarded as scholarships for students of  L’Art de la P√Ętisserie and L’Art du G√Ęteau programs. 

Please click the link to see this year's incredible dress designs, and gorgeous photos from the event here!

In the end, we used over six thousand Jelly Belly® Beans. Probably a lot more - we lost count. The dress weighed between 16.5-20 pounds. It was super heavy, and my model rocked it! 

Taken at the For the Love of Chocolate event on February 23, 2013. Ashley (Noble), Christen Nehmer holding a giant Jelly Belly® Bean, Ashley (Plugra) photo by David Nehmer

Christen Nehmer, Jessie, 
photo by David Nehmer

Jana Perry, Public Relations Jelly Belly, and Christen Nehmer photo by David Nehmer

Jelly Belly® headpiece and photo by Joy Scott
Alma Hopkins, Shaun Raja, Joy Scott
Deciding which colors to go forward with.
Christen Nehmer making some beads over a period of three weeks. To pass the time, we watched the entire season of my favorites, The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, and Big Bang Theory.