CLOWN show at Elephant Gallery

I loved being apart of Elephant Gallery’s CLOWN show this October / November. Elephant is the most interesting, experimental, and unique gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. My favorite part was the dress-up show opening. Here are a couple links about the show: NATIVE and HYPERALLERGIC. Also, ever since the show I can’t stop making Clown masks. Help!

 With Nashville artist Lindsy Davis

With Nashville artist Lindsy Davis

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 With Nashville ceramics artist Keavy Murphree

With Nashville ceramics artist Keavy Murphree

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 Me and my Clown masks

Me and my Clown masks

Bandelier National Monument Artist-In-Residency

I was honored to be selected as an Artist-In-Residence at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico) for the first two weeks of October. This is my fifth park residency since 2016. During the residency I lived in the park, held demonstrations, and (of course) modeled my masks in the beautiful park. Bandelier is a gorgeous place with a rich Native American history. I also enjoyed exploring Santa Fe and nearby Los Alamos. I highly recommend the residency!

 Bandelier AIR Selection Committee Chair  Carolyn Florek with Jym.

Bandelier AIR Selection Committee Chair Carolyn Florek with Jym.

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Summer in the Rocky Mountains

I was lucky enough to spend three weeks camping and making artwork in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this summer.  I first visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2015 and it was the first western park that connected my creativity to the natural world.  It was great to revisit places in the park like Moraine Valley, Trail Ridge Road, and Alberta Falls.  I also explored new wilderness areas in the White River National Forest in the Aspen area.  You can see my Colorado masked model photos at my instagram page.  

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Big Cypress National Preserve Artist-In-Residency

I was honored to be selected as the March Artist-In-Residence for Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida.  Big Cypress Preserve shares a contiguous ecosystem with the Everglades so I was able to work and play in one of the largest areas of protected land in the North American lower 48.  I took a boat ride out amongst the mangrove islands, hiked into chest deep swamps, and explored the nearby Miami art scene.  At the end of the residency I had an Art Show / "Meet and Greet" at the Swamp Welcome Center.  This is my fourth National Park Service Artist-In-Residency in three years.  

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Craters of the Moon National Monument Artist-In-Residency

I was honored to be an Artist-In-Resident at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. The park is a fascinating volcanic landscape with black rock and open lava tube caves. For my residency I focused on bat masks. I was able to finish a pallid bat mask and donate it to the park. The mask will be on display at the visitor's center. Follow my photography mask sessions on my Instagram account or check back here for updates. This was my third National Park Service Artist-In-Residency.

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 Mask painting demonstration at the Visitor's Center

Mask painting demonstration at the Visitor's Center

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 Home in the park for my Artist-In-Residency

Home in the park for my Artist-In-Residency

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 'Inferno Cone' - Cinder Cone Volcano 

'Inferno Cone' - Cinder Cone Volcano 

 'Indian Tunnel' lava tube cave 

'Indian Tunnel' lava tube cave 

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Artist-In-Residency

I had the privilege of being an Artist-In-Residence for Lassen Volcanic National Park in North California.  I lived and worked in the park for two weeks in July.  As with my previous National Park residency, I focused on creating regional animal inspired masks.  Lassen has a particularly unique landscape: it boasts all four types of volcanos.  I was able to photograph and model my masks on a plug dome, composite, shield, and cinder cone volcano.  There may be no other place in the world where I could have done that in a relatively short period of time.  I also enjoyed photographing the masks on snow drifts, frozen lakes, lava tube caves, and deep blue lakes.  You can follow all of my modeled masks on my Instagram account

 Artist residence / studio view. 

Artist residence / studio view. 

 Artist-In-Residency lodging in the Park Ranger quarters. 

Artist-In-Residency lodging in the Park Ranger quarters. 

 Mask Day at the Loomis Museum at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Visitors were invited to watch my process and learn about the art of mask making.  

Mask Day at the Loomis Museum at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Visitors were invited to watch my process and learn about the art of mask making.  

 "Cinder Cone" volcano at Lassen Volcanic National Park

"Cinder Cone" volcano at Lassen Volcanic National Park

 Night sky photograph I took at "Chaos Crags" volcano at Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Night sky photograph I took at "Chaos Crags" volcano at Lassen Volcanic National Park 

 Lassen Peak and Lake Manzanita 

Lassen Peak and Lake Manzanita 

The SE Center for Photography

My work is currently on display at The SE Center for Photography for a group show entitled Beyond The Selfie.  The show focuses on unique self-portraits.  I was able to attend the opening at the Greenville, South Carolina gallery.  The show will be open through the end of March 2017. 

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 The Instigator (self-portrait) 

The Instigator (self-portrait) 

Petrified Forest National Park Artist-In-Residency

I was a summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Petrified National Forest Park in Arizona.  I lived in a Park historic cabin for three weeks across from the legendary Painted Desert Inn.  During my residency I made five original animal masks and worked with models to photograph my work in the unique and otherworldly landscape.  I also displayed my work at the Holbrook Train Depot for their monthly art series, showed work at the annual Route 66 festival, and held a two day demonstration at the lovely La Posada Hotel in Winslow.  

 Artist-In-Residence cabin

Artist-In-Residence cabin

 Mask painting demonstration at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

Mask painting demonstration at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

 Petrified Forest Park Rangers Katie Woods and Sevilla Soto generously modeled my masks for me in the Park.

Petrified Forest Park Rangers Katie Woods and Sevilla Soto generously modeled my masks for me in the Park.

 Historic Holbrook Train Depot art demonstration for the month of June.

Historic Holbrook Train Depot art demonstration for the month of June.

 Mask display at the 'Route 66 Festival' National Park booth in Holbrook, Arizona.

Mask display at the 'Route 66 Festival' National Park booth in Holbrook, Arizona.

 Shooting at Blue Mesa in The Petrified Forest National Park

Shooting at Blue Mesa in The Petrified Forest National Park