KITE: CALL TO ARTISTS

Call to Artists:

We are considering art and ideas for our upcoming exhibition “KITE” presented by Studio@620 in St Petersburg, Fl. Opening 4/11/2020

The show will be co-curated by Fahan Sky McDonagh & Drayton Callison. KITE will be a collection of experiences throughout the duration of the show from the opening event, to kite building workshops, a kite fly in the park, a poetry night and more.

What is a Kite:a light frame covered with some thin material, to be flown in the wind at the end of a long string.

But could it be more than that?

A kite seems to live at the edge of a dream. There is a bit of magic in this connection between sky and earth. That magic is experienced through kiting.

Conceptually, a kite can conjure childhood nostalgia, a feeling of lightness or a moment of Zen for the flyer. What is a kite to YOU? We are searching for artists who want to experiment with the notion of a kite, the materiality that is possible/or impossible, the emotional response to the experience, what lies at the edge of a dream.

All forms of art and materials will be considered: fabric, paper, ceramic, concrete, steel, glass, photography, performance, painting, drawing, poetry, video, etc.

Artist’s Submission info:

Each artist may submit up to two pieces for consideration. Several shots of each piece may be submitted to accurately portray your work. If a new idea will be built for the show, we will need a written description and drawing with dimensions. The following info must be included with each submitted piece:

  1. Artist name along with any collaborating artists.
  2. Title of piece
  3. A short description of piece
  4. Dimensions and year made.
  5. Suggested Retail Value

*Selected artists will also be asked to submit an artist bio/statement and a head or working shot for promotional purposes.

Please email submissions to Drayton@WorldsGreatestKiting.com with KITE SUBMISSIONin the subject line by 2/14/20 forconsideration.

The show will run for 3- 4 weeks until the closing party 4/25

You will be notified of your selection by 3/1/20.

All works are required to arrive in properly packed boxes or crates by  4/2/2020to:

Studio@620

Attn: Kite Show

620 1stAve South

St. Petersburg, FL

33701

Selected artists are responsible for transport to and from the gallery. All artworks must arrive with a paid return label for shipping. All local submissions will have to pick up on 4/27/19 at the close of the show.

Chosen works may be available for sale or just for show. A 40% commission will be granted to the gallery upon the sale of any available work.

All accepted submissions must be received no later than 4/2/2020

Thank you for your time.

Kindest Regards,

Drayton Callison

www.WorldGreatestKiting.com

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727-200-4102

 

Fahan Sky McDonagh

www.fahanskymcdonagh.com

Instagram @fsmcdonagh

Facebook.com/fsmcdonagh or fahanskymcdonagh

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Flamework Demo at GAS St. Pete 2019

This weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my process with colleagues and glass enthusiasts at the annual Glass Art Society Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the months leading up to the conference, I prepared new work and found exhibition sites, practiced my demo and invited all of the extended glass family to join our community on the west coast of Florida. All the studios, museums and galleries around town were getting ready for the event, so there was a palpable buzz. I have to say, I am extremely proud of the job that everyone did. We shined like diamonds in the sun.55778169_10218648223498766_843237324429983744_o

My demonstration assignment was at Zen Glass Studio in the heart of the Arts Warehouse District. They specialize in flamework but also have a hot shop and cold shop to professionally make glass projects on any scale. This studio happens to be owned by dear friends, who made me feel comfortable and took the anxiety away from performing in front of an audience. Everyone was there to get my torch set up, find the few things I needed, and set me up with a cup of coffee.

At 8:30 am on Thursday morning, I began opposite one of my mentors, Robert Mickelsen. He was set up outside and I was set up inside the same studio. No pressure. He was just the one who taught me how to pull a point in the first place and now I have created an entire installation around this technique. I felt as though my career had come full circle from the 19-year-old girl asking to sweep the shop so I could watch, to where I am today.

First, I started with a short explanation about my installation “Promise”–why I have felt inspired to collect found objects, shining a light on the value of nature in these uncertain times. Next, I selected a few pressed flowers and a seed pod to adorn with 22kt gold. Once they were drying, I grabbed a piece of recycled thin wall tubing and pulled down a point on one end. Repeating this process several times allowed the glass to cool down enough to add the gilded natural objects. One tube at a time, I cut an opening in the first point so as to not create vacuum pressure, then carefully directed the flame away from the pieces inside and closed the other end. When I had finished the second end of all six, I added hooks and flame-annealed them. Lastly, I closed the bottom of the point with a very soft flame.

In closing, I took a few questions and made the decision to donate these pieces to raise funds for the Glass Art Society.  The support of this community has been paramount to my growth as an artist. I am always learning something new and ever curious of what role glass can play in my work. It was a wonderful experience to be a demonstrator. I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my work.

 

Hot Glass & Stone

Over the past year, I have developed a process resulting in a unique line of handmade jewelry and a feature in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine. This is a short how-to article I wrote about the idea, process, supplies and tips that I use to create lava and glass objects. Follow the link to see more!   Hot Glass & Stone

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Bild Werk

This August, I am spending 3 weeks assisting a friend at a school called Bild Werk in Frauenau, Germany. This class is led by Anne Petters and is entitled Hot Printing. We are using flat plaster and silica molds, carving away material and filling the negative spaces with glass powder. The entire mold is then covered with clear frit and fused in a kiln. Some students are choosing to form or slump these pieces in a second firing, others are bring the flat mold up to forming temperature and manipulating the print hot using tweezers. Plenty of safety gear is involved and has made for some funny pictures. The class is having a great time and this village and facility are so wonderful. I look forward to continuing to work with this technique when I return home and hope to come back again someday! Below is an example of my work using this technique. Better pictures to come…

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Make Your Own Window Pendant

This is the first class that I will be teaching at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, FL this fall. Stay tuned for the updates that will be available this summer. This pendant is also a new addition to my Etsy Shop.

Glass, Found Object, 24kt Gold Leaf, Antique Brass, Copper,

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