• Haiku

    Haiku

    Lately I've been writing Haiku's as sources of inspiration.  Why not share?

  • Portlandia:  Put a "what" on it?!

    Portlandia: Put a "what" on it?!

    Today I dropped off a few pieces with the Portlandia Art Department.  My work was selected to show on Season 2 of Portlandia, "the IFC series that pokes fun at the City of Thorny Roses"?  How exciting!

    The art department for Carrie Brownstein/Fred Armisen series was looking for Portland based artists to display work on the show.   They have my pieces held captive for the next three months, so in the meantime only prints are available.  In the meantime I've gone ahead and gotten my name on the extra list too, so who knows they may have the artist with the art on the show. For my head shot I submitted a picture of myself surrounded by panda bears.  As a fact about myself, I mentioned that I was a panda expert...we'll see if they need those special skills.  

    I'm a big fan of this show, so it's great to have a way to contribute to the cause in whatever fashion.  Perhaps this is the resume perk I've been searching for all this time.  Now I can begin my letters with, 'as seen on Portlandia'.  Regardless,  it is a nice opportunity to have the work shown on the show, even if its just a few frames or if they are making fun of the work.  Just like the saying goes, "Bad press is better than no press at all".

    That's all for now...Cacao!!!

  • Carpe Diem: Bike Art Book to feature the 'bicycle' series

    Carpe Diem: Bike Art Book to feature the 'bicycle' series

    This is the preview of the upcoming book to feature my artwork via the Carpe Diem group.  The book will be on display at the Bike Festival in Athens, Greece.  If you happen to be there around that time, please share with me your experience.  Per the Bike Run Expo blog:  http://www.bikeandrunexpo.com/default.asp?catid=7339:  The first presentation of the «BIKEART» book that will be published and will be available worldwide in December.

    I look forward to getting a copy, although I may need a translator once it is completed.  You can find out more about this at the Carpe Diem website.  Don't forget to specify your language preference on the to right portion of the webpage.

  • Hatmehyt, I love you!

    Hatmehyt, I love you!

    Titling work can often be difficult, and lately I've been having fun with this process.  The "Hatmehyt" piece is a collage piece that I named after the Egyptian Fish Goddess.  When this piece was first completed I immediately thought 'The fish whisperer', and later realising how that name is amusing.  I found that 'Hatmehyt' is better suited for the title.  After completing Hatmehyt, I feel ready to start incorporating more color into my work (which I previously minimized on purpose).

    The other recent works include "Jeffrey Gayne" and "Rosemary"  based on old family photographs found.  There were completed for the 'Body Language' Show but the curators only chose to show Jeffrey Gayne.  Its a lesson learned to keep working so that you have the work when the opportunity comes.

    Currently, I'm working on various projects which I will up date as completed.  I hand wrote what felt like a million postcards to prospective art opportunities.  Hopefully the readers will be forgiving of my penmanship.  Handwritten letters are becoming a lost art, so I feel it is important to continue the personalized touch.  It feels like I've cast my reel and I'm waiting for the fish to bite.  In that way, making the recent Hatmehyt piece is really fitting.

  • Recent 'Bicycle Series' to be featured in Book, a project by Carpe Diem in Athens, Greece.

    My recent "Bicycle series" paintings will be featured in a book about bicycle art. The book is part of a larger mural project by Carpe Diem in Athens, Greece. Stay tuned

    http://www.carpe-diemact.gr/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1⟨=en

    Carpe Diem implements art exhibitions and tunes the attendance of artist in exhibitions of other agencies and organizations in Greece and abroad. Aim is to bring out the work of the Greek and foreign artists which come from the backstage of graffiti and the urban art through different ways of expression with new techniques and ideas.

    Carpe Diem has implemented and tuned the participation of artists in theexhibitions of Goethe Institute, the French Institute of Athens, the International Comic Festival of Vavel etc.

    Carpe Diem supports art of members who promote graffiti and wall painting to general public.Till now Carpe Diem has published the homonymous graffiti magazine "Carpe Diem" but also the photograph albums "Mural Art vol1", "Mural Art vol2" and "Mural Art vol3 - Murals On Huge Surfaces Around the World from Graffiti to Trompe l’oeil".

    These series of photograph albums constitutes the main source of public wallpaints record, including artists and organizations around the world.

     

    http://www.bikeandrunexpo.com/default.asp?catid=7339

  • Body Language Show 2011 @ The Walters Cultural Arts Center

    Body Language Show 2011 @ The Walters Cultural Arts Center

    The Body Language show came down today.  I was happy to learn that I sold two pieces  at  the event.  It was a pleasure to take part in this event. 

    Body Language is an exhibition of figurative art that looks beyond traditional portraiture and into narrative postures. Viewers will discover artwork that is about identity, relationships and reflection. The artists chosen for this exhibit, all women, are varied in age and origin.

  • First Tuesday Art Show, and for the Month of March at the Walters Cultural Art Center

    First Tuesday Art Show, and for the Month of March at the Walters Cultural Art Center

    Allison Gayne


    Body Language: Allison Gayne (image left), Fong Chi NG, Forrest Solis, Jessica Orlowski, Meredith Re' Grimsley, Milly Keizur in the main gallery

    Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery, Cheryl Hanna-Truscott; and art from Miller Education Center students in the lower exhibition space

    March 1-31

    Body Language is an exhibition of figurative art that looks beyond traditional portraiture and into narrative postures.  Viewers will discover artwork that is about identity, relationships and reflection.  The artists chosen for this exhibit, all women, are varied in age and origin.

    Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery is a photography project by Cheryl Hanna-Truscott that explores the lives of women who are parenting infants behind prison walls.  This show raises awareness of the needs of these women and is a benefit for Family Justice Initiative of Hillsboro.

    Students of the Miller Education Center will present recent work created at the Cultural Arts Center.

    Opening Reception: 

     

    Walters Cultural Art Center,

    527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR

    First Tuesday March 1st from 6 to 8pm.

    Refreshments provided by Claeys Catering

    House concert in our lobby

  • Recent Work By Alison Gayne @ Bikeasuarus

    Recent Work By Alison Gayne @ Bikeasuarus

    Please come to my first solo show at Bikeasaurus on Friday, February 4th, 2011!  Check it out:

    The BIKEASAURUS Gallery features a local, bike-friendly artist each month. Opening receptions are held every first Friday from 7-10 pm. Click here for more information about First Fridays in SE.

    BIKEASAURUS is featuring art by Alison Gayne for the month of February.

    "Don’t miss First Friday at BIKEASAURUS this week, February 4th. Lots of awesome new bicycle art by Portlander Alison Gayne. This Friday from 7-10 pm. Free snacks, free wine and free art-viewing and mingling opportunities!"  Find out more about Bikeasaurus here:  http://bikeasauruspdx.com/

     
  • A Stranger Constellation

    A Stranger Constellation

    Check out a recent blog here where my friend Paul Wolfe is working on a fascinating project where he uses "Tarot to explore places of interaction."

    As he puts it on his site, he will

    "ask participants to pick 3 tarot cards at random and then photograph them with their spread. A psychic trace is imagined in the cards, a personality is expressed in the presentation, and an aura of the encounter is materialized on film. Every experience is unique and memorable due to it's randomness and individuality. By documenting interactions, places, and people, I hope to visualize a psychic topography, a "map" that recognizes that we are all active agents under the influence of the world.."   

    For this post he went to the Portland Tarot Art ShwoCheck out Paul Wolfe's latest project and blog post here: A Stranger Constellation    

    He goes on to say in regards to this particular post: "I don't usually go to art openings at places called "Splendorporium", but this particular evening showcased local artists' renditions of tarot cards, so how could I resist? An added bonus was that a few of my friends had work up, including Alison Gayne, whose painting reinterprets "The Moon", an archetypal symbol that illuminates the dark pastures of the unconscious. Here she is in front of her canvas, presenting the three random cards she picked, which just so happened to include... "The Moon". Vegas would put the odds of that at 1 to 26, but archetypes do not operate on statistics, they operate on synchronicity. It's as if "The Moon" was waiting for this particular encounter to reveal a glimpse of the mystery at the heart of the tarot, the dream logic that underscores our lives in the profoundest ways without us even knowing. " 

    I've had the opportunity to show work with clever Paul. This picture was taken at Splendorporium in front of the the piece completed for the Portland Tarot Show, which is up until 12/31/2010. It was uncanny to pull the moon card for the deck.

  • A Work In Progress...

    A Work In Progress...

    I've got a work in progress, and several projects I'm trying to complete by the beginning of December. The big project I am working on is doing a storyboard for a screenplay. The final product will include 90 images, and will be part of a larger project I'm working on. I am putting together another collection that will include a storyboard, children's book, album art, and other things. I am working on designing self start project that will be a brand of my work. This image reminds me of my childhood. My family raised several generations of ducks while I was growing up. When I relay a particular memory to new folks I meet, I never understood why they found it hilarious. Its funny how you can describe things and not even realize how it sounds. The truth is we taught our ducks how to fly! We built a mini balcony for the ducks off the first story of our house, known as the 'old part'. This was how they learned independence, as soon after these moments they'd fly away. Every now and then they'd come back to visit, by waddling up from the creek to quack 'hello'. Let me tell you that telling this story can get a room roaring with laughter. I find inspiration in the 'teaching a duck to fly' lesson, as it reminds me to pursue dreams and face fear. Anyway here's to the ducks who learned how to fly. In the meantime, please stay tuned for upcoming work! As always, I'd love to hear from you!
  • Opeining of Portland Tarot Show, November 5th 2010

    This is going to be a blast!  Looking forward to tomorrow!
    You are cordially invited to the Portland Tarot Art Show, opening reception on November 5th, First Friday!

    http://www.portlandtarot20 10.blogspot.com/

    Cards of the Tarot re-imagined by Portland artists
    ...The Tarot deck dates back to the 15th century and has been used since then as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The meanings of the cards in the Tarot deck can vary from person to person, but the basic symbolism and elements remain the same.

    Over 100 artists are creating their artistic representation of their selected card based on their own interpretation of its meaning and symbolism.

    Join with us as we celebrate the rich and vast array of local talent and view unique and perhaps quirky, absurd or campy interpretations of the Tarot deck art. Artwork will be on display throughout the months of November and December.

    Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc.
    Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
    Time: 7pm-9pm
    Location: Splendorporium
    3421 SE 21st Avenue
    Portland, OR 97202

    Portland Tarot Art Show is brought to you by Jenn Feeney, Erika Lee Sears, Joanne Licardo and Anna Magruder in partnership with Splendorporium. We look forward to this being a fun and inspiring art event!

    If you live far away you are getting this because it would be great to see you. Please feel free to share this and pass it along to friends!
    http://www.facebook.com/derek.r.hill#!/pages/Portland-Tarot-Art-Show/150887148257531
    Looking forward to seeing you!See More
  • Portland Tarot Show on First Friday Guide, PDX

    The First Friday Guide, for southeast Portland Art area posted information about the upcoming Portland Tarot Art show.  It will be a great way to start the evening, and then head up to the other galleries that are a little closer in.

    First Friday East Portland Galleries and Venues are open every First Friday evening of the month from 6pm to 9pm. Most include new exhibits and artist’s receptions each month. Some include live entertainment and other special events open to the public.

    The guides are published quarterly and can be picked up at locations all over Portland, including coffee shops, hotels, stores and galleries.

     

     

    http://firstfridayguide.com/wordpress/2010/10/22/portland-tarot-art-show-as-splendorporium/>First Friday Portland 

  • Rainy Day Wildfire Show @ OMCC, "Maitreya" Sold!

    Rainy Day Wildfire Show @ OMCC, "Maitreya" Sold!

    "The Maitreya" piece sold at the Rainy Day Wildfire show in April.

    March 31st 2010

    Portland City Art is celebrating its one year anniversary this month, and this means we are hosting a group art show + Art Spark celebrating you. From the Manor of Art to the most recent Love Show you, our artists, patrons, and friends, have made this year possible. The evening’s celebration will kick off with an Art Spark, hosted by yours truly, featuring a slide show of the past year and some words from Creative Director, John Graeter. At 6:30, Portland phenoms “Why I Must Be Careful,” will play the first of three mind-bending sets of avant-garde Jazz. DJ Non-Prophet with set the mood as you walk around and enjoy the work of more than 120 Portland artists. Great art, great music, and good times.

    Come down and join us for the celebration!

    *Free for all ages* April 15, 5pm-10pm Olympic Mills Commerce Center 107 S.E. Washington St.

    Check out the beautiful art.

    Rainy Day Wildfire Show
  • Artagayne@gmail.com

    This is better than ever, you can now contact me more easily @ artagayne@gmail.com.  *I'd love to hear from you!  Please contact me regarding commission, sales, projects, and feedback at ArtAGayne@gmail.com*

     

     

    I am in the process of developing an additional site and brand, please stay stuned!

  • Portland Tarot Art Show, The 'Moon Card', 2010

    Portland Tarot Art Show, The 'Moon Card', 2010

    I just finished my piece for the Portland Tarot Art Show, which is the 'Moon Card'. I will have prints made for the show up for sale.
    The show opening is on November 5th, 2010, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Featured in the Art 4 Life Children's Gallery the Mexican Celebration "Day of The Dead". The show runs from November 5th to December 31st.
    Splendorium Presents: The Portland Tarot Show
    Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc.
    Date: First Friday, November 5, 2010
    Time: 7pm-9pm
    Location: Splendorporium
    3421 SE 21st Avenue
    Portland, OR 97202

    Please refer to these links for more information:
    http://www.portlandtarot2010.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-Tarot-Art-Show/150887148257531
  • Portland Tarot Art Show

    Portland Tarot Art Show

    I will have a piece in the upcoming Portland Tarot Art Show. Each artist was given a card to recreate by the deadline. The card picked for me was the 'moon card', and the deadline is fast approaching.

    Here is information about the show:

    Cards of the Tarot re-imagined by Portland artists The Tarot deck dates back to the 15th century and has been used since then as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The meanings of the cards in the Tarot deck can vary from person to person, but the basic symbolism and elements remain the same.

    Over 100 artists are creating their artistic representation of their selected card based on their own interpretation of its meaning and symbolism.

    Join with us as we celebrate the rich and vast array of local talent and view unique and perhaps quirky, absurd or campy interpretations of the Tarot deck art. Artwork will be on display throughout the months of November and December.

    Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc. Date: Friday, November 5, 2010 Time: 7pm-9pm Location: Splendorporium 3421 SE 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97202

    Portland Tarot Art Show is brought to you by Jenn Feeney, Erika Lee Sears, Joanne Licardo and Anna Magruder in partnership with Splendorporium. We look forward to this being a fun and inspiring art event!
  • Portland Tarot Art Show! Opening Reception November 5th, 2010, from 7- 9 pm

     

    I'm participating in the upcoming Portland Tarot Art Show.  This should be a fun show, for a good cause- please come!



    Here is a blurb about the show:



    "Cards of the Tarot re-imagined by Portland artists. The Tarot deck dates back to the 15th century and has been used since then as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The meanings of the cards in the Tarot deck can vary from person to person, but the basic symbolism and elements remain the same.





    Over 100 artists are creating their artistic representation of their selected card based on their own interpretation of its meaning and symbolism.




    Join with us as we celebrate the rich and vast array of local talent and view unique and perhaps quirky, absurd or campy interpretations of the Tarot deck art. Artwork will be on display throughout the months of November and December.


    Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc.
    Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
    Time: 7pm-9pm
    Location: Splendorporium
    3421 SE 21st Avenue
    Portland, OR 97202


    Portland Tarot Art Show is brought to you by Jenn Feeney, Erika Lee Sears, Joanne Licardo and Anna Magruder in partnership with Splendorporium. We look forward to this being a fun and inspiring art event!"