Sheboygan North High Artist in Residence, Erica Huntzinger talks about her work. This body of work was created during her residency at NHS. There will be a total of 48 “wood paintings” in this body of work.
To listen to her artist talk fast forward to 10:45.
Running time: 14:46
On the 12th, 13th, and 15th of October, I met with Mr. Soik’s Humanities class.
I was there for the students if they needed feedback on their individual ideas for his “Artsplosion” exercise, which he implements as a way to get the students to hone in on an essay topic that relates to the material they’ve been working on so far this semester.
They had a lively discussion on Monday, which mostly centered on the book, Feed, by M.T. Anderson.
On Tuesday, the class reviewed the exercise guidelines and the students began to work out their ideas for the project.
I was there to offer feedback and suggestions from the visual arts perspective.
Then, on Thursday, the students continued working on their projects. One of the students had a concept she wanted to expand on so we headed to the studio where she could work out her ideas in paint.
This past week, I have been working on making more plywood panels to continue working on an idea for a series of paintings I started. The series is based on some vintage 1960’s photographs I inherited from my godmother after she passed. They were images from one of her travel photo albums that stood out to me.
The series will be called, “Other Peoples Memories,” and I have been cutting lots of plywood – 2 large sheets, into 16 panels – in anticipation of continuing this series.
It is my hope that I can complete one or two more paintings for this series in time to be mounted in the Bradley Gallery at Lakeland College, where I will be in a two-person art exhibit with another painter, Agata Augustine.
I feel honored to have been invited back to show my work as an alumni. I last showed there as a student almost 6 years ago, with 3 others, for our senior portfolio exhibitions.
The show will run from November 6th through December 11th.
The last couple weeks have been busy with many projects! Sara gave a presentation on 1970’s poster design to four of Carrie McGoldrick’s history classes and then worked with them to create their own posters depicting important issues in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Many students recreated specific design styles that emerged in the 70’s and focused on topics like civil rights and the Vietnam War. Check out the creative posters they made below!
Sara is also part of the two person exhibition currently up at The Frank Juarez Gallery, open on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm or by appointment. On the final day of the show, Saturday, June 13th, there will be a more in-depth artist talk from 3-4pm. All are welcome to attend!
Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!
This week Sara had a blast collaging with Tiffany Diven’s Broadcasting class! As a way of exploring methods on how to be more present and disconnect from the constant barrage of technology around them, students spent two class periods creating analog collages made with a variety of found materials.
More traditional collage materials such as magazine, newspaper and book scraps were incorporated into their pieces along with less conventional ones like food and 3-dimensional objects. A lot of thought and creativity were also put into the presentation of these collages, as many students utilized both sides of the paper and others made their work more sculptural or interactive. Students’ openness to experiment with the materials available and not feel limited with what they could do was inspiring to watch!
These collages will be on display in North’s 2nd Floor Gallery space until May 13th.
Spring is off to a busy start! Besides gearing up for the upcoming art activities planned for several classes, Sara has been preparing for the two-person show she will be a part of opening May 9th at the Frank Juarez Gallery as well as the exhibition she will have at the end of May in North’s 2nd Floor Gallery. Below are some studio views of in-progress work for these two shows!
Before break Sara had been working with Kris Flynn’s Spanish class to create Trees of Life. Traditional Mexican Trees of Life are clay sculptures that depict the Biblical story of creation, but for this project students each created his or her own two-dimensional autobiographical tree. Students brought in various materials to make their trees including family photos and collected ephemera like ticket stubs and hair. Many creative approaches were taken so check out the in-progress and now completed trees below!