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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Made in Florida 2013

Excited to be a part of Made in Florida 2013: Florida Craftsmen Members' Exhibition! The Opening Reception is this Friday, August 2 at the Gadsden Art Center in Quincy, FL. http://www.gadsdenarts.org/

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, July 08, 2013

Ocala Art Group - upcoming exhibition

I couldn't be happier to announce the upcoming reception for Pathways and Pastimes: A Collection of Artwork Celebrating National Park and Recreation Month. This is the first exhibit I've organized as the Vice President of Exhibitions for the Ocala Art Group and I am thrilled. (Oh yeah, did I mention that I recently took on that position?!?) The show has work from over 30 local artists, working in a variety of media and styles, so you are sure to find something that catches your eye.  



I must say, It feels great to be working with so many other local artists and art enthusiasts to improve the cultural scene in Ocala. One of my goals for 2013 was to become more involved locally, so, why not just jump right in!?

If you're in the Ocala area, be sure to stop by this Friday night!

Best,
Meagan

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Hard Ware 2013 National Ceramics Exhibition

Honored to be part of such an outstanding exhibit! Opening reception this Friday at the Hill County Arts Foundation.

If you're in the Ingram, TX area, please stop by! And if you do, I'd love to see some photos of the exhibition. 

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Opening Reception - Art in the Modern World (Gainesville, FL)

I'm excited to be a part of Art in the Modern World: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Work at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center in Gainesville, FL. Three of my sculptures were selected, and one even made the show card. Whoohoo.

The Opening Reception is tomorrow night, Friday, September 28 from 7-10pm with awards announced at 8:30. If you're in the area, stop by for me! Wish I could be there, but I'll be at home with my 3-week old bundle of joy!

Cheers

Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Clay and Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: March 24, 25 and 31, 2012

Glass and Clay – An Exploration in Combining Materials   

This interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of glass fusing and clay hand building. Learn how to create simple, slab-built earthenware forms that incorporate fused and slumped glass. Some experience with glass or clay is helpful, but not necessary.


Maximum class size: 3 students

Class hours:
Saturday, March 24 from 10:00-5:00,
Sunday, March 25 from 10:00-4:00,
and Saturday, March 31 from 10:00-4:00

Lunch provided

Tuition: $250 + $60 for materials and firings.

To register email me at info@MeaganChaney.com. Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam folder. 

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming Fused Glass Workshop

Upcoming Workshop: May 5, 2012


Fused Glass 101   


What is fused glass?!?  This exciting, hands-on class is designed to teach beginners the foundations of glass fusing.  Step-by-step instructions from selecting and cutting glass to color layering secrets and kiln firing techniques will be explored.  Gain a thorough understanding of the process while creating fused glass jewelry and an unique sun catcher!



Maximum class size: 5 students


Class hours:
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00-5:00,


Lunch provided


Tuition: $80 + $40 for materials and firings.


Location: Ocala, FL

To register, please email me at info@MeaganChaney.com. Please write REGISTRATION in the subject line to avoid delivery to my spam mail folder.

Thanks! And I hope to see you this Spring!

Meagan
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Friday, March 25, 2011

NCECA and The Sunshine State

Lately, there are three reasons why I'm glad I live in Florida:

1.) It's been warm, sunny, and gorgeous since mid-February (think blue skies, azaleas, camellias, jasmine, Japanese magnolias, etc)

2.) No state income tax (and April 18 is quickly approaching)

3.) The Sunshine State is hosting its first NCECA Conference (National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts) and I'm going to be one of the 5000+ ceramic people descending on Tampa/St Petersburg next week!

Tampa/St. Pete is just 1.5 hours from us and where my sister-in-law calls home, so we'll be able to stay with family. That's right. I'll have Cooper in tow. (Thank you ergo baby carrier!) My Little Man is just 5 months old, so it would be tough to travel far for a conference. And even tougher to leave him at home for 4 days. (That's a lot of milk to pump!)

I am definitely looking forward to seeing folks and talking clay, cones, and kilns again! That part of my brain feels a bit rusty after of months of conversations that focus on diaper changes and spit up.

As a Florida resident and UF Alum, I do wish I would have been able to take advantage of more of the NCECA exhibition opportunities that came my way. But I had to make my peace with that back when I was pregnant and deciding on maternity leave. I know Cooper isn't built of clay, glass, or steel, but I still believe he's the best thing I've ever made!

So, come on down to The Sunshine State! We hope to see you at NCECA next week.

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Contemporary Clay Biennial - Opening Friday

I am very excited and honored to announce my piece "Urban Pocket" as selected for the Contemporary Clay Biennial at the Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, in Grand Junction, CO.

The opening reception is this Friday night, and Oh, how I wish I could be there! If you're in the area and able to attend, please take some pictures for me. I'd love to see the show installed!

Contemporary Clay Biennial 2010
Juried by Ceramist and Clay Times columnist Pete Pinnell
May 14 - June 26, 2010
Opening Reception - Friday, June 4, 6:30 - 9pm

Juror Pete Pinnell - Clay demonstration and workshop June 5-6, 9-5pm.

, earthenware, steel, wood backing, 9 x 40 x 4", 2009.
Urban Pocket
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

What makes an art festival a "Good One"?

A few weekends ago I participated in my first outdoor art festival - The Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga. I am member of the University of Florida student ceramic group H.O.T (handbuilt or thrown) Clay and the Gainesville Fine Art Association invited us to set up a booth at this year's event. The festival is in its third year, and growing. It rained all day Saturday, but the sun came out for beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Just prior to this, I met someone responsible for organizing a similar event in Ocala, FL. We began discussing festival ideas and planning and it got me thinking.

So, I am asking for advice from artists who have regularly participated in weekend festivals. I will be sharing your comments, so if you prefer, you can email me at info@MeaganChaney.com

What makes a festival a "good one"?

If it's sales, then how did the organizing committee get the word out to buyers? Or do you believe your sales are independent results and do not coorlate with specific events?

Location? Maybe there really is something about escaping to South Florida in February.

Parking? scheduling? help/assistance? communication? reputation? size? quality of other artists exhibited? what is it?!

And, if any artists reading have participated in the Ocala Art Festival hosted in the fall by Fine Arts For Ocala, I would love to know if you have any specific ideas for improving this event.

I thank everyone in advance for your feedback! I am excited about getting more involved in my local art community and will appreciate any suggestions I can pass along to the committee.

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story

I am honored to have been invited to participate in an exhibit entitled "Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story" to be hosted by the Arts Council of Moore County and held at the Campbell House Gallery, in Southern Pines, NC from October 1 - November 1, 2010. Meredith Heywood of Why Not Pottery is curating the exhibit, which includes over 30 artist-bloggers from around the world!

My good friend, and potter Joy Tanner described the show in a Jan 25th post to her blog Journeys in and Around the Studio. I'm re-posted this with her permission:

"People blog for multiple reasons and even with the numerous pottery blogs out there you can find a variety pack of topics within the medium, or even a variety of reasons why people choose to blog. I think blogging is a great tool for people to see behind the scenes of the potter in the studio and their quiet musings; the ups, the downs, the successes, the failures, the determination to keep going, as well as a particular technique or what they are currently working on at that time.

For me, blogging is a great chance to clarify my thoughts about choices behind my work, and to show my inspirations behind the pots. Seeing those quiet musings in real words is different than just thinking it. Sharing it also helps others learn the voice of the potter behind the pots. I've always felt you can tell a lot about a potter from their pots. Just like people matching their dogs, potters often match their pots! That's why it's so neat for potters to raise their voices and share the inner workings of their studios. Blogging also brings about a sense of community between other potters and artists alike, who can learn, be inspired, or simply relate to the ramblings of the self employed artist."

I completely agree with Joy! While she talks specifically about pottery, I think her comments apply to other blogs as well - sculpture, painting, jewelry, woodworking, etc. Blogging has been a great way for me to share what I am working on and build a community of support.

Thank you Meredith for curating should be an exciting event! I'm looking forward to exhibiting some new work. (Which by the way is undergoing a lot of radical changes. I'll post images as soon as I'm ready for the world to see what's been going on behind the scenes.)

Cheers!
Meagan. Chaney Gumpert
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