::  kinetic typography

BE STILL, MY HEART ♥

Artistic tributes to typography come in all shapes and sizes (and fonts). This one, by Glen Hansard, has got the flow, and a worthy message as well, on Staying Open—and the value in being aware of all that surrounds us.

::  I love type

Type Face: Garmond

Okay, I’ll admit it. For some reason, higher math has always escaped me. Which is why I often found myself practicing letter forms & doodles in the margins of my notebook back in high school. (My math skills may have suffered, but my handwriting was beautiful! ;) I was in love with type. I devoured books on typography, font samples, type nomenclature, and the evolution of the written (and printed) word. As early as the ninth grade, even my art teacher recognized my love of graphic forms & color and steered me towards the graphic arts program at our school. “Why don’t you give it a try?” she asked. “I think you’ll like it.” And so I did. (Thanks Mrs. Lindsay!)

The Graphic Arts instructor, Mr. Markowitz, also noticed my love for graphics and type. He encouraged me to take on extra projects over the next few years, and ultimately suggested that I pursue a career in the Graphic Arts. The rest, as they say, is history….

Oh-so-many years later, it still holds true.  I’m still awed by coming across a beautifully executed typeface; mystified by the secrets of ancient petroglyphs; intrigued by the friezes on Mayan ruins and the hieroglyphs of the Great Pyramids; and dazzled by the calligraphy of an ancient scribe. All over the world and throughout time—from prehistoric cave drawings made in the earliest days of man to the eye-popping webfonts of the 21st century—forms of written communication continue to evolve and intrigue us. And it’s all out there just waiting to be discovered, shared, appreciated, understood.

Yep, I love type. It’s a lifelong passion for sure, and I strive to make that evident in my work. ♥

::  Happy National Poetry Month

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FORGOTTEN MEMORY

LACA’s Spoken Word
Last week I planned to attend the April installment of the Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance’s Spoken Word, and to take a photo or two for both mine and LACA’s blogs while I was there.

As you’ll notice, there are no poetry reading photos posted here. That’s because I’d been at work on a design project (totally immersed, in what I call “the zone”) and completely lost track of time—again. Fortunately, I finally remembered where I was supposed to be, closed up shop, and dashed across the street; arriving in time—camera in hand, even!—to enjoy the last hour or so of readings. Not so fortunately, I forgot to bring along the camera’s memory stick.

How ironic (and pathetic at the same time)—yeesh!

The poetry reading, however, was awesome. Such a talented (and fun) group of individuals! And the surprising thing is, if you happened upon most of them on the street, you’d never guess that they wrote poetry. So if you find yourself with some free time on the second Thursday night of the month, make your way to  Crackskull’s in downtown Newmarket, NH, grab yourself a chai tea, pull up a chair and have a listen. You’ll be in for a treat. Better still, bring along one of your own written creations—or a favorite poem by another poet; everyone is welcome and encouraged to share.

POETRY ON THE FLY
So, since I didn’t get to put up photos from our Spoken Word, check out this wonderful “street poems” video shot in Dublin—what fun!

street poems :: dublin 2009 from ze frank on Vimeo.

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ED. NOTE: 
This entry was first posted on Blogger, under the handle “ampersandblogger,” in April 2009.  : :  kf, 3/21/19

::  Bella vita: paintings from Ascoli Piceno

INSPIRING WORKS BY INSPIRING ARTISTS, NO. 3

Only one more week before Bella Vita, the current show in my gallery, comes to an end.

With all works created in the plein air style, by University of New Hampshire Fine Art Graduates Jason Bombaci (BFA ’07) and Kathi Smith (MFA ’08), the show is a wonderful combination of works from an art history/art study class they attended in Italy during the summer of 2008.

Detail of Georgia's Window by Jason Bombaci

Detail of Georgia’s Window by Jason Bombaci

Pink Balcony by Kathi Smith

Pink Balcony by Kathi Smith

In addition to the 28 yummy paintings on display, visitors have also been treated to glimpses inside Smith’s journals, which are works of art unto themselves.

A spread from one of Smith's art journals

A spread from one of Smith’s art journals

It seems no one can resist the juxtaposition of Bombaci’s warm and cool color palettes and his uncanny ability to portray light and shadow in his works. Or Smith’s seemingly effortless and spontaneous brush work in response to changing light. Both artists have sold paintings from the show, six in total, which is remarkable given the current economy. As always, our little non-profit gallery is grateful for the public’s show of support for the arts in our community.

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ED. NOTE: 
This entry was first posted on Blogger, under the handle “ampersandblogger,” in April 2009.  : :  kf, 1/4/19

::  Patricia Kaufman, master of energy and light

INSPIRING WORKS BY INSPIRING ARTISTS, NO. 2

I’ve already posted one piece on an artist who inspires me (see Lisa Reinke, artist extraordinaire), and I have plenty of others to include on this list. (That’s one of the best things about running a local gallery: you get to meet so many wonderful and talented people!)

MEET PATRICIA KAUFMAN

The wonderfully talented person I’m focusing on today is Patricia Kaufman. Her painting, “body of water” (below), actually hangs above the desk in my studio. (Lucky me!) She surprised me with it one day—as a gift and a thank you—for opening and running the “first-gallery-ever” in our small New England mill town. I am honored to have it—and to have Patricia as a friend and neighbor, as well—and also, to be able to contemplate the truly amazing energy this painting evokes, each and every day.

Body of Water, by Patricia Kaufman

Body of Water by Patricia Kaufman

One can almost meditate to Patricia’s works, and feel the universal energy that flows from her mind’s eye, through her brushes, and onto the canvas. (I often get goosebumps when I look at her paintings.)

HER WORK IS SPECIAL, AND SO IS SHE

Patricia gives freely (both of herself, and her time) to many causes within our community, and children have always held a special place in her heart. Recently, she has made two separate pilgrimages to remote mountain villages in South America, bringing much needed school supplies to the children there. She’s also offered special shows here in my gallery, with 100% of profits from sales of selected pieces going to such causes. In return, she is inspired by the people she meets and the colorful cultures she experiences, and uses this imagery in her art to create an amazing body of work. Patricia’s most recent collection of paintings and collages (to which I and two other friends were specially treated to a private sneak preview, before it was exhibited publicly) can be found at the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Be sure to check out her work, and see what I mean when I say her paintings show an incredible mastery of capturing energy and light. They are both radiant and humble at the same time—very much like the artist herself.

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ED. NOTE: 
This entry was first posted on Blogger, under the handle “ampersandblogger,” in December 2008.  : :  kf, 12/21/18

::  Lisa Reinke, artist extraordinaire

INSPIRING WORKS BY INSPIRING ARTISTS, NO. 1

Hymn to the Masses by Lisa Reinke

Hymn to the Masses by Lisa Reinke

Here’s the first in a series of inspiring works by inspiring artists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

Meet Lisa Reinke, artist extraordinaire. I’m a huge fan of her paintings. I found this piece, entitled “Hymn to the Masses,” posted on her blog, and I hope she won’t mind me including it here. After all, Lisa was the very first Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance (LACA) member-artist offered a solo show at Ampers& (my non-profit gallery space), back in March of 2006. Seems only fitting that I begin the series with her.

Lisa’s work is bold and beautiful. Visit Sun Drenched Studio, her online art site, and see for yourself!

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ED. NOTE: 
This entry was first posted on Blogger, under the handle “ampersandblogger,” in December 2008.  : :  kf, 12/14/18

::  Here we go!

LET’S SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT

Okay, here goes:
1-2-3-click! and I’m blogging…
(that was easy! :)

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ED. NOTE:
This was my very first blog entry, posted on Blogger, under the handle “ampersandblogger,” in November 2008.  : :  kf, 12/4/18