Proyecto 'ace: 'ACE NITE by Nicole M

As promised, photos from 'ACE NITE, the final exhibit/open studio we held during our final week at Proyecto 'ace to share the work produced by all four resident artists during our three week residencies. 

Here's a panorama of "The Tower" studio I worked in all month, cleaned up with work on view!
And more work done during my stay: 
The four resident artists: me, Amanda Millet-Sorsa (USA), Marcia de Moraes (Brazil), & Eduardo Eloy (Brazil) in front of Marcia's beautiful drawing.
A few prints by Eduardo Eloy:
A mixed media mural intervention by Amanda Millet-Sorsa:
The three amigos, Santi, Felipe, & German. Hah!
Me with the wonderful Marcia!
 Me with my roommate of 3 weeks Amanda!

More photos can also be found on our 'ace profile pages. 
And that's it! I am really grateful for the experience, all the connections & friends made, as well as my friends & supporters from Kickstarter who made it possible for me to do this! Now that I'm back in the states my next focus will be organizing & shipping all the postcards, souvenirs, & artwork to all who contributed!

Proyecto 'ace: Travel Update #2 by Nicole M

I'm not sure if I can call this a travel update since I just got back to Baltimore over the weekend, but at least there are plenty of photos to share now from my last two 1/2 weeks in Buenos Aires! Since my last update I've gone on a bike tour of the city, been to a milonga (tango night), worked a lot in the studio, finished the residency with an open studio called 'ACE NITE, visited art museums including MALBA & PROA, and stayed in a beautiful apartment in San Telmo through Airbnb. I'll save the photos from the studio for another post, but here's a glimpse of recent sightseeing adventures!

One thing I was really looking forward to doing was going on a bike tour so I could get acquainted with more of the city and still have time to go back to any neighborhoods I wanted while in BA. So the next weekend I took one with Biking Buenos Aires, and ended up being the only person to show up. Unexpected private tour! Also it was a beautiful day.   
We went through La Boca, a neighborhood known for being filled with graffiti/murals & street art. 
In La Boca, we stopped to have mate tea and see Caminito, the more famous street known for its colorful facades. The brightly painted buildings were part of a neighborhood revitalization project by Benito Quinquela Martin, a famous Argentine painter from La Boca. They reminded me of Baltimore's "painted ladies."
On the weekends it's also a popular area for local artisans & vendors, + outdoor tango shows, similar to San Telmo's Feria. 
After La Boca, we biked down to the Ecological Reserve that sits next to the Rio de la Plata and saw Buenos Aires from a distance.
In riding through Puerto Madero, we stopped at the Catedral Primada de Buenos Aires, where Pope Francis was formerly Archbishop!
The next week was our final one at Proyecto 'ace, and after finishing the residency, with four days left in Buenos Aires, I moved to a new apartment in the San Telmo neighborhood I found through Airbnb. It was awesome!
Over the next few nights we went to several milongas or tango nights, but the best was Confiteria Ideal. It was in a beautiful ballroom and mostly older couples who knew how to tango so you weren't required to dance at all and could just sit back & watch while listening to classical tango music. So romantic! ;)
The next day I visited MALBA, Buenos Aires' museum of Latin American art. They had a huge show up of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work which was awesome!  
This is how crowded the museum was...on a Monday afternoon. On the weekends you might not even get in because the line stretched out around the block. Too much art appreciation I can't stand it!
One of my favorite installations...
After visiting MALBA I walked one neighborhood over to Recoleta to see the famous cemetery and final resting place of Eva Peron a.k.a. Evita! The cemetery is also beautiful all on its own.
Only two days left in Argentina! So much to do so little time! This is a little cafe I had breakfast at twice near the place I was staying at in San Telmo called Hierbabuena and it might be one of the things I miss most about Buenos Aires! No but really they have amazing breakfast.
 Here's a collaboration I did with Santiago Ocampo from 'ace!
I had to go back to La Boca to visit the Fundacion PROA another art museum and pick up the last of my souvenirs! PROA also has a rooftop terrace with a cafe that is cheaper than all the other cafes around and is a lovely place to have lunch.
This photo's a little blurry, but I got all my postcards from an artist in La Boca and this is me holding up a postcard to the original painting behind it! Keep an eye out in your mailboxes, Kickstarter backers! ;)

This concludes our photo tour of my last two weeks in Buenos Aires but like I said I'll be sharing all the studio photos in another post next. Thanks for looking!

Proyecto 'ace: Travel Update by Nicole M

For almost two weeks now I've been living in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the long-awaited residency with Proyecto 'ace! Thanks to all the amazing friends & family from Kickstarter who helped me get here! Your gifts are all in progress! 

It's been kind of a whirlwind adventure and going by so quickly, but I wanted to share some of what it's been like so far, while I'm still here! There was definitely an adjustment period for me upon first getting here (not speaking the language, knowing anybody here, or being familiar with the city), but once the residency got going it has been really amazing. If I have any regrets it would only be deciding to pack all of my art supplies & clothes into one suitcase that weighed 85 lbs. and thinking it would be a good idea.
I'll have much more to share at the end, but here's a quick photo tour of my trip so far!
The first day after I arrived was a holiday, San Martin's Day, so our orientation at 'ace wasn't until Tuesday the 20th. Instead a few of the resident artists met up and went to Puerto Madero, a more touristy waterfront neighborhood: 

A beautiful sunset!
Nearby we saw La Casa Rosada, the presidential building of Argentina. 
And at night:

The next morning at 'ace we got to tour the studios below (which are beautiful!), meet the 'ace staff (all amazingly friendly & helpful) and the other artists—there are three other residents here at the same time as me: Marcia de Moraes & Eduardo Eloy from Brazil, and Amanda Millet-Sorsa from France.

The best thing about being here so far is definitely the connections with other artists. Between the four residents & 'ace staff (all artists as well), there are people here from Argentina, several from Colombia, Venezuela, and of course Brazil & the U.S. With such varied backgrounds & experience, I'm learning so much about the art scene in Buenos Aires & throughout South America. Don't be surprised if I start looking for an excuse to travel to Sao Paulo in the future. ;)

Below Eduardo Eloy showing us some of his prints:
Here are the printmaking studios where a few of the artists work. Really nice!:
Another view into the printmaking studio:
And through a back terrace, up a spiral staircase, is the studio I'm working in!! a.k.a. "The Tower"
Entryway into "The Tower" studio:
 Inside my studio home for three weeks!
 Getting started on the first day, cutting paper & stretching canvas:
 Day two, beginning to work on some paintings:
 More progress:
 Some paintings on paper:

After the first week at 'ace, we did some more exploring of Buenos Aires. After shopping for sweaters & socks, because it's winter here and nobody expected it to actually be cold, the 'ace team took us to a few art openings & local restaurants/bars. We ate empanadas and drank Quilmes (beer) & Fernet y coke (interesting herbal drink) to feel like real portenos. ;)

On Sunday we did another touristy thing of going to the weekly street fair & market in San Telmo. I'll definitely be going back as it's a great place to find souvenirs & postcards for my Kickstarter gifts...

The beginning of week 2, more progress being made in the studio:

So here we are! What's next: 
– The weather's finally starting to warm up here, so this weekend I'd really love to take a bike tour of the city with "Biking Buenos Aires."
– Although we've gone to a few smaller art openings already I've yet to visit any of the larger contemporary art museums but am planning to soon! 
– Our residency will be wrapping up next week when the other artists will host an "Open Studio." I should be done with all of the pieces in the above photos, and hopefully more. =)  
– I'll be staying in BA for several days after the residency finishes, and just booked a place in San Telmo with Airbnb.

Stay tuned! =) 

Upcoming Shows w/ Creative Paradox—AIR '13 End of Year Show: June 8th at 7pm in Annapolis, MD & Jumbo Shrimp: June 20th at 7pm in New York, NY by Nicole M

The event you've been waiting for all year is finally here! ;) Creative Paradox's A.I.R. '13 End of Year Show, featuring artwork created during our 2012–2013 residency at Creative Paradox. It's going to be really fun and we're all really proud of the work, so if you're anywhere in the Maryland area, come & check it out! =) The opening is next Saturday, June 8th at 7pm. You can look forward to stop-motion animation, illustration, painting, printmaking, & sculpture, so we are trying to make sure there's something for everyone by covering the full spectrum of visual art here. ;) More details on the facebook event...

Shortly after this show in Annapolis, we are really excited to be headed up north for a follow-up show at the International Arts Movement (IAM) space in New York, NY! Aww yea!! IAM is an established Christian arts organization that Creative Paradox has been getting to know over the last year, and they were generous enough to host a show for us this summer sharing more of the work produced during our residency. The "Jumbo Shrimp" opening will be Thursday, June 20th at 7pm. So if you can't make it out to the Annapolis show, Jumbo Shrimp will be up for a few months longer. More details on the facebook event...

Year-End Reflections by Nicole M

Our year-long residencies at Creative Paradox have been wrapping up, and we've been moving out of our studios (sad!) to prepare for our final shows (happy!). Coincidentally this year also marked CPX's 10th year anniversary as a non-profit, so we got to celebrate this milestone with them at an end-of-year banquet. To help relay the mission of CPX and how it's impacted us individually DMH Video Productions put together these awesome videos about each of the artists' stories to share during the banquet. So instead of describing what this year at Creative Paradox has been like, here are some fun videos about the 2012–2013 resident artists!

from Creative Paradox on Vimeo.

Jacqueline Mcnally/Oliver:
from Creative Paradox on Vimeo.

Lee Nowell:
from Creative Paradox on Vimeo.

12x12 Photos by Nicole M

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 12x12 Party at Creative Paradox last weekend in Annapolis! We had a great time showing off our studio space, listening to some great musical performances, meeting new friends, and giving away prints & t-shirts. If you couldn't make it to the 12x12 but are interested in donating $12 a month for 12 months (or any other amount) to help support the art space, you can do so at Creative Paradox's Support page. Every contribution is helpful!

Here we are introducing ourselves & the residency!
Hey it's me! chatting about art

This is the t-shirt design I made to be screen-printed & sold at the event. 
Mark Oliver carving a bear out of a stump, using a chainsaw!

See more photos on Creative Paradox's Gallery page! 

12x12 Party Saturday Aug. 18th at CPX! by Nicole M

If you live near Baltimore or Annapolis you should come to the 12x12 Party Creative Paradox is hosting this Saturday August 18th! There will be work on view by me & the other resident artists, t-shirts for sale designed by us & the other Co-op artists, live music, and a chainsaw bear carving competition! No joke! The event is also a fundraiser to raise money (12 bucks a month for 12 months) to support our program, but the event itself is free! Read details on the facebook event here

Here's a sneak peak of an installation-in-progress I'm working on that you'll get to see at the 12x12! 
This is me saying "Hey come to the 12x12 party on Saturday!"

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Residency at Creative Paradox! by Nicole M

This summer I'm beginning a year-long residency program at Creative Paradox, an artists' studio & co-op space in Annapolis, MD. I can't say how pumped and grateful I am for this opportunity to have a supportive studio environment to make work in, especially after leaving somewhere like MICA.

The overall mission of Creative Paradox is to "cultivate a vibrant network of artists who glorify God and impact culture." The residency, which is brand new, is unique in its focus on both the artistic growth & personal growth of the artists. I'll be sharing a studio space with two other artists, painter Lee Nowell and illustrator/creative writer Jacqueline McNally. Read more about the program and see our bio pages on the website here.

Here's a few photos of the studio space I'm now working in!

Beginning of a new painting installation I'm just starting:
It's evolving! 
My whole studio-half!
Also check out an article written about us in The Capital, a local newspaper. Here's Casey Johnson, the director of the program, giving an interview:

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