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doing so, brings this particular creative indescribable joy.

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Published In Open Ceilings Literary Magazine Issue After Hours

November 20, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I am absolutely delighted to share that two of my stitched collage art pieces have been published in a student run UC Davis Campus Literary Magazine!

I heard of the open call through a newsletter of an art center that I show annually with.

The Open Ceilings Winter 2023 Publication is titled Open Hours. It is available for purchase. 

This will be Open Ceilings 7th Issue.

The publication has a rigorous curating process.

I submitted a variety of collages and photography. 

See below

 

 


Powerful Little Things 2022

November 18, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I am delighted to be included for the second year now in the 3rd annual Powerful Little Things Group Virtual exhibit with Roaring Artist Gallery. 

This year I submitted these lovelies ....

2x4 - ish mini vintage owl stitched collages. very one of a kind. 

 

Katie - the galleries founder and curator said, "These are fantastic"

She made my day!!

Third Annual Powerful Little Things 

Often when we think of art’s influence on our society, we think of large sculptures, giant murals, and installations.  But anyone with a beloved piece of art on their wall knows that art affects us just as much, if not more, on a personal level.

There is something beautiful about the accessibility of small art pieces that can fit into collectors’ homes and influence their daily lives- and something intimate and exciting about being able to take in the full message of the artist at once!

That’s the power in small art pieces, and that’s what this market and exhibition of artwork sized 24” x 24” and smaller is all about!

We hope you’ll explore our market exhibition in our 3-D Virtual Gallery above and think about who on your holiday list needs a one-of-a-kind gift.  And just as importantly, we hope you’ll consider collecting a powerful little piece for your own wall!

 

 

 

 

 


6x6 at Dakota Art Gallery

November 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I last participated in Dakota Arts Gallery's 6x6 fundraiser in 2019. it's great to have it back again!!

The show opens 11/11 and runs through 12/10.

Each piece is priced at $25 and proceeds go to a local charity

I submitted this mushroom stitched collage. The piece was smaller than the required 6x6 tile, so I wrapped another layer to make up the difference. I think doing so added a nice dimensional quality to it. I am also feeling proud of how my work has evolved. This is a good example of that. 

This fundraiser is always a great success!

The event was a success!! My piece sold! This was also the first time I was in a room this full of people since Feb 2020!

 

 

 

 

 


Uncanny Valley At Make.Shift

September 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Emily the gallery director at Makeshift invited me to join October's group exhibit. She wrote: The uncanny valley is an interesting phenomenon that happens in our brains when we see something human-LIKE. Key word "LIKE". The thing were looking at will register almost all the way as "human" but not quite and so there is a funny feeling we experience. I think your pieces really fit this :)

"In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is a hypothesized relation between an object's degree of resemblance to a human being and the emotional response to the object. The concept suggests that humanoid objects that imperfectly resemble actual human beings provoke uncanny or strangely familiar feelings of uneasiness and revulsion in observers"

*from wikipedia

Below are the two 18x24 collages from my people project, an ongoing and developing collective of work exploring the topic of people.

The opening for this show is October 7th, 2022 and runs through October

 

 

 

 

 


TEN by TEN Hosted By Jackson Junge Gallery

September 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I am absolutely delighted to be participating in a group exhibit with Jackson Junge Gallery. I have a history with this dynamic Chicago gallery and have always felt welcome and at home here. The staff continues to make the exhibiting experience personal. This is the first group show since things pandemic, and it is the largest show of the galleries existence. 

The theme of the show is TEN by TEN, meaning....submit anything you want just as long as it measures EXACTLY 10x10. The art also MUST hang with a wire. 

As many of you know hanging my collage work with a wire is a challenge. My stitched pieces are made a very specific way out of paper. Each piece is finished and two sided. a wire doesn't fit well into that aesthetic. my work is usually hung with mini clips. 

and yet, thanks to the wonderful brainstorming with staff they came up with an alternative to the wire, and a solution that fit into the theme. 

thread!!

and

while the solution isn't perfect, after much trial and error...I did it!!

The collage is threaded to hang! 

See the front and back below

In the past I have exhibited photography with this gallery

This is my first time submitting stitched collage work. 

artist statement: I created “parted” originally in 2016 when I was collaging daily. I had just moved to the PNW and landed an unbearable roommate circumstance. The 8x10 collage and other art almost got ruined by moisture while storing in my car. I decided to upcycle the work to see if I could save it and made it in my current stitched crazy quilt like style.

The collage is black and white on the left and brightly colored on the right to show how I've left that bleak circumstance behind me. 2022 is much brighter.

This is what I added to make it the correct size. The piece has a binding to finish the look. It measured a perfect 10x10

Bio: Karen Hanrahan found her way to WA State in her mid-50's after living most of her life in the midwest. She has grown children, a cat, she loves road trips, scratch cooking and anything made out of glass. She lives small in less than 300 square feet and values light, quiet and privacy. She makes quilt like mixed media pieces out of paper. Her materials are gifted or found, which keeps her making very low cost and sustainable. She has been a collage artist for over 25 years. Her collage and photography work has shown in galleries all over the country.  She teaches others the creative subconscious mind collaging process.

The exhibit begins on Sept 27, with an official opening on Oct7th, and will hang until Nov 6th

About this event. CHICAGO— Jackson Junge Gallery presents TEN by TEN, their sixth exhibition of the 2022 season, and very first open-submission group show since the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition includes over 100 artists based mostly out of the Chicago area and serves as a celebration of the artists that have worked with the gallery over the past thirteen years along with welcoming new artists the gallery hopes to build relationships with over the coming years.

TEN by TEN is an exhibition for the artists and for the people, with a wide variety of styles and works by both established and emerging artists. In hopes of inspiring new creation, the only prompt given to TEN by TEN artists was a size restriction; everything must be exactly 10”x10” in terms of width and height and be able to hang on the gallery wall with a wire. Most of the pieces in TEN by TEN are new works made in 2022 and range from traditional painting to sculpture that is 20” in depth to quilting and photography.

A welcoming space that truly has something for everyone, Jackson Junge Gallery has always made it part of their mission to carry fine artworks that appeal to a wide variety of clientele and to keep accessible options available. 10”x10” is an extension of this philosophy that the gallery is excited to share with their friends, artists, and patrons as the show includes works with values ranging from under $100 to over $2,000.

Collage of participating artists:

@sallywilleart

@kellywitteart

@darrenjonesart

@bestofkarenhanrahan

@connoryoungfineart

@etchiestudio

@tomekart

@chengaoart

@benjyetroob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography = a never ending opportunity to capture visual celebrations. 

 

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