STAGE FOUR/ METASTATIC

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I am pleased to announce that my monotype  STAGE FOUR/ METASTATIC will be on view from February 28, 2020 until April 11, 2020 at the Abington Art Center as part of the American Color Print Society’s Members Spring Exhibition. There will be an opening reception from 2 until 4 on Saturday, February 29th at the Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046

About 3 ½ years ago I was diagnosed with Stage Four, or metastatic prostate cancer. While there is no cure or any prospect of one, there are medications (side effects included) which may slow the progression of the cancer for a while. I would like to believe that, on a personal level, I have done, and am doing, everything possible to deal with it in a thoughtful, rational manner: a will has been drawn, powers of attorney executed and a place in a continuing care retirement home secured, and that I am making the best use of my time. Until STAGE FOUR/ METASTATIC, however, I had not addressed it as an artist. STAGE FOUR/ METASTATIC is a hard plate monotype which, with its red-orange/black palette is probably a more accurate emotional representation than a medical or scientific one. Since I have no idea what a lesion actually looks like, nor any particular desire to learn, I am going to rely on emotion, abstraction, and artistic license. Matted and Framed to 14” x 24”.

THE ART OF HOPE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

I am very pleased to announce that juror John Sabraw has selected my hand built, raku fired paper clay sculpture AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER to be part of Mississippi State University’s national juried exhibition “The Art of Hope”. The exhibition will run from January 20, 2020 until March 27, 2020 at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, 75 B.S. Hood Road, Mississippi State University, MS 39762. There will be a reception on Friday, January 31, 2020. AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER is part of my “Expressive Hands” Series of small, hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures from 2017 and 2018. In AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER the fingers are bent with time and wear. Expectations have been colored by the disappointments and trials of life but there is hope – perhaps this time.

PORTRAIT OF GAIA 2018 in BRAND 47 NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION OF WORKS ON PAPER

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I am quite pleased to announce that juror Alma Ruiz included my Joomchi wall hanging PORTRAIT OF GAIA: 2018 in the Brand Library and Art Center’s 47th Annual Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. The Brand Library and Art Center is located 1601 W. Mountain Road in Glendale, California 91201, and the Exhibition ran from September 7, 2019 through October 25, 2019 with an opening reception on September 7, 2019. Out of the 1069 pieces submitted from across the country by nine hundred and seventy-six artists, only 89 pieces, including PORTRAIT OF GAIA: 2018, were chosen for the Exhibition.

ART OF THE GERRYMANDER IN BOOK AND PAPER ARTS

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I am very happy to announce that juror Anita Garza has chosen to include my Joomchi wall hanging, THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER, in the Indiana University – Kokomo “Book and Paper Arts” Exhibition. The exhibition will run from November 1, 2019 until November 28, 2019 at the IU-Kokomo Downtown Gallery, 102 N Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 until 9:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER has previously been exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Missouri.

DARK MOON RISING IN 2019 INTERNATIONAL JURIED CERAMICS EXHIBITION

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2017

 

I am very pleased to announce that juror Garth Johnson has chosen my smoke fired tile wall hanging DARK MOON RISING to be one of the fifty-two (from over four hundred submittals) pieces that will be part of The Center for Contemporary Art’s “2019 International Juried Ceramics Exhibition”. The Exhibition will run from November 8, 2019 through December 21, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Center for Contemporary Art is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ  07921.

 

MAGMA in Kent State’s Emerging Glass Exhibit

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I am very pleased to announce that jurors Davin Ebanks and Benjamin Johnson have chosen my stained glass/paper clay wall hanging MAGMA to be part of the “Emerging Glass” Show which will be held in the Payto Gallery, part of the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University, 325 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242 from September 4, 2019 through October 4, 2019. It is particularly gratifying to be part of the “Emerging Glass” Show because MAGMA was one of only 15 pieces chosen for this national juried show from over 160 entries from glass artists across the country.

Abstracting Emotions in MRAC

I am pleased to announce that juror Joseph Borrelli has selected my hand inked and hand pulled monotypes ABSTRACTING EMOTIONS#3 and ABSTRACTING EMOTIONS #5 to be part of the Manayunk/Roxborough Art Center’s Annual Juried Show. Both of these pieces are printed on handmade paper I made using scrap watercolor, printing, and business papers together with abaca pulp.  They were then mounted on different sheets of handmade paper I made using abaca, cotton linter, and salvaged natural fibers such as asparagus stalks, corn husks, and old blue jeans. The Show will run from Sunday, July 21, 2019 through Sunday Series , July 28, 2019 at MRAC’s gallery located at 419 Green Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19128. There will be an opening reception from noon until 3pm on the 21st.

Art of the Gerrymander in Webster Arts

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I am very pleased to announce that juror Roxanne Phillips has invited my Joomchi wall hanging THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER to be part of the Webster Arts national juried “Works on Paper” Exhibition. Webster Arts is located at 483 E. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63119 and the Exhibition will run from July 16, 2019 until August 30, 2019. And I am even more pleased that at the opening reception on July 16, 2019 THE ART OF THE GERRYMANDER  received an “Award of Excellence” one of only three awards given out.

THE HALLOWEEN BUNNY in Reclaimed! Show

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

I am very pleased to announce that juror Bryant Holsenbeck has invited my welded steel sculpture THE HALLOWEEN BUNNY into the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County “Reclaimed!” Show, a show which is focused on the use of reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed materials. The “Reclaimed!” Show will be located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 and will run from June 28, 2019 until August 17, 2019. This is THE HALLOWEEN BUNNY’S second visit to North Carolina, previously having been part of the “Menagerie – Wild and Wonderful” Show in Washington, NC.

HESITATION, DEJECTION, and REVULSION accepted at the Fe Gallery

I am very pleased to announce that three of my hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures from the “Cognitive Emotions” Series: HESITATION, DEJECTION, and REVULSION have been accepted into the “Pattern and Abstraction” Show at the Fe Gallery, 1100 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. For this national juried show, only 54 pieces were selected from 784 entries, and I am honored to have had three of the 54. The Show will run from June 2, 2019 until July 26, 2019.