Monday, March 14, 2011

Art Fete 2011

Art Fete 2011 opened last Thursday night. And here is my latest painting, "Blue Staircase" The show runs through April 16 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. It's the 29th year!

I managed to photograph a few steps in the framing process. So this blog post takes the excited viewer (Ha!) through the finished painting to the show.

In this photo I've cut a black matt to the exact size of my empty black frame. Then I glued foam core along the sides.

In this photo I've measured and cut handmade paper to cover the foam core. I added an extra lip of paper that is folded down at the center to cover the inside edge of the foam core.

My painting is then floated in the middle. Measuring correctly is the key when home framing. I wanted to float this particular piece to show off the ragged edges of the painting.

I didn't photograph the steps where I used this point driver to secure the glass and painting/backing to the frame. But this is what the device looks like. The points are sitting on the driver so you can see them.

I was really happy with how this painting turned out. It's the 5th in my textured staircase series.

After I put the frame together I glued a brown paper backing on and attached a wire hanger. Plus one of my business cards.

Here is the finished piece. I bought the Black frame parts at Dick Blick and glued them together.

It was a busy night at Art Fete.

The wine and food was free and fabulous! A Mediterranean feast. If I lived in Burnsville the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe would definitely be on my hot list. Yum. Plus there was music provided by Tre Corda Trio.

My friend Amy sold her cool ink piece again this year. Way to go Amy!

Dean, Me, Nina and Amy. Thanks for supporting the arts Nina!

The end.


Amy Cerny Vasterling said...

Thanks Sharon! Good luck to you!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

it looks like it was a great time! You look fab in the photo!

Your friend Amy's artwork reminds me of the drawings that John Lennon used to do....I like!!

OMG Mediterranean food is my ABSOLUTE FAVE!!!

Thanks for the framing lessons but I STILL have to take my items to be framed......

Amin said...

Thank You very much for sharing...I had not known anything about this art...Thanks!
( My English is very bad)

Nina Crittenden said...

It was a very fun night! Always love to see my art friends shining! :)

DJan said...

I love the blue staircase, Sharon. And I agree, you look smashing in that picture!

Au and Target said...

A gallery event? Great! You look good in that pic too.

Serline said...

The show looks like it'll be a success. Good luck with "Blue Staircase"!

anjoe playhouse said...

I like your ""Blue Staircase" a lot; there are a harmony in it all!
It must be great seeing so many people on the openingday.
Good luck :-D

Christina Rodriguez said...

You did a great job with the framing, Sharon. Thanks for documenting it so we could all learn something! The end result, with your fab painting, is awesome.

I'm kicking myself about having the miss the opening reception. The woes of a single-car household...

Amin said...

Interesting post!

Pat Tillett said...

You are really talented!
I so wish I could do anything close to that. I swear, a good circle is a challange for me!
Nice post also!