Current Blocks for Art of the Month at Current Studio

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Available exclusively through the Art of the Month Club at Current Studio.

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Sarah Atlee is the January 2017 Featured Artist for Art of the Month at Current Studio!

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I am making a series of unique improvisational quilts, 8 to 9 inches square, exclusively for Current Studio.

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Current Studio features a different artist each month for their subscribers. Join by 20 December to get Sarah Atlee's art in January 2017.

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All Things Fowl for A Hiding Place

All Things Fowl. Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee All Things Fowl Scratchboard, 10 x 8 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $330 For purchase inquiries, contact [Artspace] at Untitled at info@1ne3.org or by calling 405.815.9995

This post first appeared on my Patreon page.

A Hiding Place: Artists Respond to Poetry

"As children we all played hide and seek. We learned through that game: the stillness of hiding and the necessity of being found. Both are essential to living the communal life. this collaborative project expolores these themes through poetry and art. We have generated a creative conversation of the senses, of image and movement and language, so that what is hidden can be known."

- From the statement by curator and poet Jane Vincent Taylor

All Things Fowl is based on Jane Vincent Taylor's poem, "Being Little Catholic Girls." A snippet:

We lit candles. It was dangerous. Incense smoked out all things foul.

About the Imagery

The composition is based on traditional Byzantine icon paintings. Guillem Ramon-Poqui's book The Technique of Icon Painting (Amazon) is a great resource on this topic.

Who's that hen? The nun's habit and background images are inspired by the early Christian mystic and polymath, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). You can read about her remarkable life on Wikipedia.

Among her accomplishments, Hildegard invented an alphabet and language known as the Lingua Ignota. The little hula doll in the corner is using Hildegard's Litterae Ignotae to say "Aloha."

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Scratchboard is a wonderful process of reductive drawing. It's all about what you take away. And the level of detail I can get with my x-acto knife is so pleasing.

A Hiding Place opens at [Artpsace] at Untitled on Thursday, July 28, and will be up through September 10. Visit the gallery website for more details.

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A Mini Quilt for Refreshing the Palette

Well, I've finally done it. I worked up the courage to submit a quilt to an art show! Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay, machine-pieced quilt, 2015 by Sarah Atlee. Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay. Machine-pieced and hand-embroidered quilt, 10 x 10 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee. $275 (buy-it-now price)

What: Refreshing the Palette, an art show, silent auction and wine tasting event benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. (Facebook event page)

When: Sunday 8 November 2015, 4-6 pm

Where: Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, 6418 N. Western Ave, OKC OK  73116 (map link)

Tickets are $40 per person, including wine and hors d'oeuvres. For reservations contact The Metro at 405-840-9463.

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A little bit of everything, strip-pieced.

Join The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro for a special wine tasting and art show event benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

How it works: Twenty artists are creating original works of art based on the wine labels. Each artwork will be auctioned during the event, with silent bidding beginning at $125. Guests who fear losing a piece in the auction can also trump the bidding process by purchasing an artwork at the “Buy It Now” price.

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The pieces are coming together.

This is one of my favorite annual shows, and I'm always excited when I get to participate. See my previous entries Titus and Veritable Quandary.

This year my wine label was Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay (Napa Valley 2013). From the winery's tasting notes:

"Aromatically delicate.  Peach and nectarine on the palate. Tangy, with a slight citrus-pith edge.  Rounded mid-palate and moderate acid. A tasty wine well-chilled on a hot summer day, best with lighter foods. This would be well-suited to a citrus-dressed cold chicken breast, pasta primavera, or a bay shrimp salad."

Doesn't that sound delightful?

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Detail of machine stitching.

About OVAC

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) helps artists realize their potential through education, exposure and funding. Organized in 1988, OVAC is a non-profit organization that supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.

Sadly, I am not able to attend this year's event in person, so you'll have to go taste lots of wonderful things on my behalf. Cheers!

Bingo and Yahtzee at DNA's Anniverskully 2014.11.14

Bingo and Yahtzee, acrylic on canvas, 6x6" each, 2014 by Sarah Atlee. Bingo & Yahtzee, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches each, by Sarah Atlee

Oklahoma City art fans: Join DNA Galleries in celebrating their 6th anniversary as part of November's Live on the Plaza art walk!

When: 2014.11.14 7-11 pm

Where: DNA Galleries, 1709 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 (map link)

What: A skull-themed art show! RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Bingo and Yahtzee: Bingo, acrylic on canvas, 6x6", 2014 by Sarah Atlee.

Bingo and Yahtzee: Yahtzee, acrylic on canvas, 6x6", 2014 by Sarah Atlee.

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Last Chance to See The Jennifer Rooms

My latest solo exhibition, The Jennifer Rooms, is on the walls at aka gallery through April 26th. Catch it while you can! Contact the gallery at (405) 606-2522 for hours and other logistics. Maraca Fists, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2014 by Sarah A

Maraca Fists, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 inches, 2014 by Sarah Atlee Photo by Charlotte Bell Photography

The Jennifer Rooms opened just in time for First Friday on the Paseo. Oh, what a time it was.

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Just a few of the mini-cupcakes from Sara Sara Bakery.

 

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My lovely assistant helping set up romy owens' final photobooth.

 

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Photobooth accessories - we were such pretty princesses.

 

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Bracelets for your besties!

If you're not in the OKC area, The Jennifer Rooms series will soon be up on this website.