Opening for Beyond The Story: Exploring Visual Memoir

Artist Talks

artists talking at opening of Beyond The Story
Artist talk at show opening; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Rebecca Shapiro, Lisa Sonora Beam, Matt Blair and I gave an hour long artist talk at the opening celebration. Here is the recording if you would like to listen to it. We each talk about the work in the show as well as the process of getting there. {Special note to my mother: I know the ships match your Victorian house better than my abstract contemporary stuff.}

Artist Talks Sept 7, 2014

 

Rebecca Shapiro encaustic art at Beyond The Story
Rebecca with her work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography
Lisa Sonora Beam work at show
Lisa with her work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Christine Martell mixed media paintings
friends and family looking at Christine’s work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Inviting You to Participate

My dream is to have this project continue and to invite other artists to collaborate. Perhaps travel to other locations where we engage artists there. Perhaps to build a community online where creatives all over share creative responses to their own stories. Perhaps teaching workshops where we share the creative approach to personal storytelling.

Matt Blair soundscapes
Matt talking about his soundscapes

Matt Blair is the first creative to produce a response to our project. He has designed soundscapes for each of the artists, which will be published as an iPhone app and will be available any day. You can hear them at the Beyond The Story app website http://www.beyondthestoryapp.com

Inviting People to create their own stories and share with us; photo by Rick Paulsen photography
Inviting People to create their own stories and share with us; photo by Rick Paulsen photography

 

Mentioned during the talk

Love notes
Love notes from people who attended

We were so glad we asked for love notes. I typed them up and sent them to everyone the next day.  It is so helpful to have reminders that people liked  aspects of what we put together, especially in those post opening times of doubt. I want to write these to other artists at all the shows I attend, since it was so heartwarming to have experienced them myself.

Rebecca’s book

Rebecca Shapiro’s new book on Kindle is Work Independently & Live Connectedly: 52 Steps to Freelancing Freedom

Lisa’s books

Lisa’s creative business book is available at major booksellers and often at the library.   The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real

Lisa’s memoir is available from her website http://www.lisasonora.com  Sketchbooks: My Creative Practice

Christine’s earlier work

You can read earlier posts about the project on my Personal Narrative category

Press coverage

There is a lovely article about the opening on Oregonlive.com

Visual memoirs: Exhibit at Hillsboro library invites audience to participate


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

 

Transformation: Streams Reforming

collage on panel
Acrylic collage on panel, 18″ x 24″, $800

From my series about transformation. So many habits and beliefs to shift. Each one affected others. Always more to learn.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Transformation: Turning Point

mixed media collage
Acrylic collage on panel, 18″ x 24″, $800

There comes a time to stop accepting the unacceptable and begin rebuilding a life.


Beyond the Story

Beyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Opening Celebration of Beyond The Story: Exploring Visual Memoir

Beyond the Story
September 5 – October 31, 2014

You are cordially invited to the opening celebration of Beyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Rebecca Shapiro, Christine Martell, Lisa Sonora Beam

Sunday September 7, 2014
2:00 Pm – 5:oo PM

Artist talks at 3:00 PM

Hillsboro Public Library Main Branch
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway 2nd floor
Hillsboro, OR 97124

This is the show I have been working on for the past two years. So excited to finally see it up!

Transformation: Beyond Denial

Acrylic collage on panel
Mixed media: Acrylic collage on panel, 18″ x 24″, $800

From my series about transformation. It’s not that I didn’t know there were things that weren’t quite right, I had just learned to ignore them. I needed to learn to face things head on and stop falling in love with potential.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Transformation: Intuitive Knowing

acrylic collage on panel
Mixed media: Acrylic collage on panel, 16″ x 20″, $600

This is the first panel in a series about transformation. I’ve always had inner knowing. It just took me a long time to consistently listen to it. Part of transforming my world was learning to allow it to guide parts of my life.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Fledge

acrylic collage on panel
Mixed media: Acrylic collage on panel, 12″ x 24″, $500

I fought hard to get to art school. Off I went, full of passion. I was totally unprepared for the brutality of the critique system. After fighting so hard with my parents just to get there I was afraid to tell them how hard I was struggling emotionally. Instead I just coped in the best way I knew how. Let’s just say, some of those things didn’t serve me very well.

The pure joy that art had always been was complicated by discovering how much my work sucked on a daily basis. The internal flame did not get stamped out but it sure got small.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Fledge

acrylic collage on panel
Mixed media: Acrylic collage on panel, 12″ x 24″, $500

I fought hard to get to art school. Off I went, full of passion. I was totally unprepared for the brutality of the critique system. After fighting so hard with my parents just to get there I was afraid to tell them how hard I was struggling emotionally. Instead I just coped in the best way I knew how. Let’s just say, some of those things didn’t serve me very well.

The pure joy that art had always been was complicated by discovering how much my work sucked on a daily basis. The internal flame did not get stamped out but it sure got small.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Then: Desired

mixed media acrylic collage on panel
Then: Desired- mixed media acrylic collage on panel, 9″ x 12″, $200

Part of the multiple panel series, Then. This one was created thinking about how so often, especially when I was young, I wanted things desperately and with singular focus. Sometimes when I got them, they weren’t quite what I imagined. Like art school. That is a much longer story.


Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00

Then: Centered

acrylic painting
acrylic, 9″ x 12″. $200

Despite everything going on, the goal was always to feel centered. Somehow. Some way. It worked out better some days than others.


Beyond the Story

Beyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124

Opening celebration:
September 7, 2014 2:00- 5:00 PM
artist talks at 3:00