2014 Holiday events & Black Friday offer

Hi, folks! I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. It seems like we skipped directly from summer to winter here in Oregon, and this chilly weather already has me thinking about the upcoming holiday season. If you’re in the Portland area and looking for unique holiday gifts, I hope you’ll join us. Read on for the details!

First, you still have a few opportunities remaining to catch my show at Redux in Portland, Oregon as well as my Beasts of Lore solo show at Rogue Gallery in Medford, Oregon. The Redux show runs through the end of this month, and Beasts of Lore closes on Friday, November 21st, so if you’d still like to catch either of them, act now!

Then, the Oregon College of Art and Craft Annual Student and Alumni Holiday Sale is beginning in late November at the OCAC campus located at 8245 SW Barnes Rd. The sale, which will feature the work of 70 artisans from around the Pacific Northwest, will be open to visitors Friday, November 28th from 5 – 9PM; Saturday, November 29th from 10AM – 4 PM; and Sunday, November 30th from 10AM – 3PM. Proceeds will help to fund OCAC student scholarships.da Vinci Arts Fair 2014 Postcard

On December 6th and 7th, I’ll be at the da Vinci Arts Fair at da Vinci Arts Middle School at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. Held annually on the first weekend in December, this PTSA-run event helps to subsidize arts and academic classes at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The show features the work of community artisans and da Vinci students, as well as a snack bar and crafts room where kids can make their own art to take home.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the da Vinci Middle School Arts Fair,  I was invited to create my own woodcut version of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You can see photos from her creation here. I’ve printed Mona as a very small edition of just 10 signed and numbered prints on cream rag paper. Mona #1 of 10 has been framed and will be raffled off at the Fair with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. #2 through #10 will be available unframed for $80 each during the Art Fair. If you’re unable to attend and would like to acquire Mona, please contact me to reserve one. All online sales of Mona have been pledged to benefit the school just as those sold during the fair. In addition to Mona, a wide selection of other favorite prints including the recent mini zodiac series, the last of the Krampus edition, and a full array of magnets, will be available at the da Vinci Arts Fair. I hope to see you there!

Free shipping through December 10th!

Krampus

Krampus

Not in Portland? Can’t make it out? Don’t want to go out in this cold? I’ve got you covered! Instead of offering a one-day Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal, now through December 10th, you can have your order shipped free. If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are applicable in both my online store and Etsy shop. Don’t be surprised if you find some bonuses in your package; this is the season of giving after all!

Finally, with Thanksgiving approaching with gathering speed, I’d like to take a moment to share my gratitude that I am employed as a working artist and to thank you all for your ongoing interest and patronage. Life as a working artist certainly isn’t the simplest, but it is much more fulIfilling than my past life as a clerk in a big box store. I hope your holidays are bright!

 

 

Siren Nation November 2nd

Aries on Cream paper

Aries on Cream paper

SIREN NATION ART & CRAFT SALE

Sunday, November 2nd in the McMenamin’s Kennedy School Gym. 10am – 4pm.
All Ages. FREE! Featuring 40 of the best art and craft vendors from the
NW. Look for me with a full selection of Zodiac prints, magnets, and a few other original woodcut print favorites.

The first 50 people through the door will be given gift bags sponsored by
Sock It To Me, Bitch Magazine, Siren Nation and Luna Bar!!!

Featuring: Autopilot Empires, BoneWerx, House of Moss, Sunny Asylum
Designs, acbc Design, BevoBirdie Originals, Candy Amor Jewelery, Carol
Opie Ceramics, This Fine Day, A Wise Woman Jewelry, Consu Tolosa Art, Kiss
Me Kitty, Dana Murphy Designs, Di Pinsonault Art, Rx Letterpress, Chapter
Jewelry, Faieland Studio Art, Frawn Jewelry, BigWooWear, MeMe Cosmetics,
Scrumptious Suds, Soda Fountain Studios, Sparrow and Sundry, Jennifer
Campbell Design Jewelry, Rags + Bones, Addie Pearl Jewelry Design, Katt
Sarro Ceramics, Kim Forrer Designs, Sew Zany, Marvelous Mosaic, Lea K
Arts, Xylographilia, LoLo-ology, Peggy Pfenninger, Dragonfly DayDream,
Buttonlandia, Allegra B Designs, CratyStaci, Beth Collins Art!

http://sirennation.org/2014-festival-art-show/2014-festival-art-show/

See you Sunday!

Now showing in Portland & Medford

Spider

Spider

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Beasts of Lore opening night reception last weekend! For those of you in the Medford, Oregon area who couldn’t make it but still hope to see the show, let me remind you that Beasts of Lore will remain up through November 21st at Rogue Gallery & Art Center. More details available here. You can also read a write-up of the show in the Mail Tribune here.

Also, for those of you in Portland, Oregon, you can still catch my solo show at Redux through November. There will be more events on the way in the weeks to come, so stay tuned and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for regular photos and updates!

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

Rogue Gallery Show Opening Friday!

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Tomorrow night I’ll be at Rogue Gallery & Art Center at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. The opening night reception will be from 5 – 8PM on Friday, October 17th, so if you’re in the area please drop by and join the festivities! The show will run through November 21st.

Hope to see you there!

Redux, Rogue, and Zompire

With Halloween fast approaching and some fun new events just around the corner, October is shaping up to be an action-packed month here at Xylographilia!

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A jack-owl-lantern, one might say?

Redux Show

Coming up next in Portland, Oregon is my solo show at Redux  located at 811 E Burnside St., #110. Redux specializes in handmade local art, jewelery, and accessories produced by independent artisans and fair-trade import companies from around the world, and they’re regular participants in the popular First Friday Art Walks on Lower East Burnside. The opening night reception of my show is set for October 3rd from 6-9:30 PM, so if you’re in Portland I encourage you to stop by, join us for a drink, and enjoy some art! In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the Redux show will feature an assortment of seasonally appropriate original woodcut prints including bats, rats, spiders, and more of your favorite creepy-crawlies. Since the show runs through November, we’ll also be offering a selection of small prints, magnets, and everyone’s favorite harbinger of Christmas doom: Krampus!

Rogue Gallery Show

Then on Friday, October 17th, the opening reception of Beasts of Lore will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, located at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. Founded in 1960, Rogue Gallery & Art Center aims to enliven the Medford community through visual art. In addition to offering art education classes for children and adults, Rogue is considered a premier space for exhibiting artists, attracting regional artists and visitors from within the Medford community, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. I’m excited to be displaying my work there for the first time!

Krampus

Krampus

The reception will run from 5-8PM, and Beasts of Lore will be on display through November 21st. This show’s contents were inspired mainly by the imagery found in medieval bestiaries: illustrated volumes popular in the Middle Ages depicting both real and mythical animals. The creatures depicted in these books, in addition to being natural wonders, were intended to represent human virtues and vices. The illustrations were highly stylized, often to the point of being unrecognizable, and were typically accompanied by a passage of text explaining the moral or pitfall it stood for. I’ve taken some creative liberties by naturalizing my renderings of each animal and incorporating imagery from a wide variety of traditions and cultures.

Pelican

Pelican

Zompire Film Fest

In between the Rogue and Redux shows, the 2014 Zompire Film Fest will kick off at Portland, Oregon’s Clinton Street Theater—located at 2522 SE Clinton St.—on October 11th and 12th. Zompire, an offshoot of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, is an opportunity for independent horror filmmakers to showcase their finest undead films. Zombies, vampires, and other assorted ghouls are just a few of the horrors you can expect to encounter at this festival. (Note: Independent films are often unrated, so you may wish to consult the line-up if you plan to bring children.) Between films, you can stop by Artists Alley for a selection of some of my most ghoulish work.

Enjoy the fall colors, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

EBC, zodiac, and more upcoming shows.

Aquarius woodcut

Hand-colored with genuine azurite, smalt, hematite, iron oxides, and yellow ochre.

The 2014 Esoteric Book Conference has come and gone and as always it was a fantastic weekend. Some of my personal high points included sitting in on the truly excellent presentations, the diversity of the artwork on display, and getting to see Timo Ketola’s phenomenally detailed ink drawings in person. There was a particularly positive response to the secret piece I mentioned in my most recent blog post and newsletter. (More details will be forthcoming once I’m granted permission to share them, so stay tuned.) Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, and to those who were unable to make it we hope to see you there next year!

Those of you who’ve been following the development of the new zodiac series will be happy to learn that it’s now available through Xylographilia and Etsy. You may find individual prints of each of the twelve signs of the zodiac available on cream or white cotton rag paper, complete sets of all twelve prints, and four unique prints hand-colored with genuine mineral pigments (currently available only on Etsy).

Aries on Cream paper

Aries on Cream paper

If you don’t see a hand-colored version of your favorite sign, I will be offering more in the near future and am open to discussing custom color schemes on Zodiac prints. You should allow up to four weeks of turnaround time for custom color, so if you’re planning ahead for the holidays I encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible.

For those of you in the Portland area, Xylographilia’s next big event will be the opening of my show at Redux Boutique & Gallery on October 3rd. Redux, located at 811 E Burnside #110 in Portland, specializes in handmade art, accessories, and jewelry produced by local artisans and fairly traded import companies internationally. They’re also bi-monthly participants in the First Friday Art Walks on Lower

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East Burnside. We’ll be showing a mix of Halloween-appropriate art as well as the new zodiac prints. Magnets will also be available, so if you’re in the area I encourage you to drop by and check it out. Show runs through late November.

Also in October, the opening reception of my very first solo gallery show, Beasts of Lore: The Xylographic Art of Liv Rainey-Smith, will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th. The reception will last from 5 – 8 PM in the community gallery. Located at 40 S Bartlett St., RGAC is considered a premiere gallery space for exhibiting artists as well as an invaluable community resource due to their art education program which provides classes and workshop opportunities for children and adults. The solo show will feature a selection of my illustrations from the Arcanum Bestiarum and will be on display at RGAC through November 21st.

Finally, progress on the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s da Vinci Arts Fair continues. I’m still in the thick of the carving stage and am sharing process photos on Facebook. The completed print will be auctioned to benefit da Vinci Arts Middle School during the fair on December 6th and 7th.

This weekend: Esoteric Book Conference 2014

Those of you signed up for my mailing list may have already received this information, but for those of you who haven’t we have several exciting events coming up within the next couple of months!

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Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

This weekend in Seattle, Washington I will be appearing at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference. It will be my third year as coordinator of the art fair and my sixth year as a participating artist, and I can say from experience that the EBC always invites a diverse array of spectators and participants. In addition to offering the largest selection of esoteric texts available in one location (including numerous rare and hard-to-find texts), the EBC boasts live presentations from noted esoteric scholars, a well-attended book and art fair that’s free to the public, and a panel of artistic luminaries including Mambo Vye Zo Komande LaMenfo, Anima Nocturna, Ken Henson, Kim Schwenk, and fellow Three Hands Press artist Timo Ketola.

Ketola will be unveiling a new series of illustrations for the upcoming book Hands of Apostasy this weekend. I, too, will be debuting an assortment of new work, including the zodiac series mentioned in my most recent post (Virgo pictured at right), and a special piece which shall go unnamed for now. The zodiac series, an open edition of twelve 6×6″ and 5×6″ prints, will be made available online shortly after the conference for $15 each.

Mona Lisa block

Photo credit: Liv Rainey-Smith 2014

Coming up next will be the opening night reception at Redux in Portland, Oregon on October 3rd, followed by the opening of my first gallery solo show Beasts of Lore: The Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith at Rogue Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th from 5 – 8 PM. The Redux show will run through the end of November, and Beasts of Lore will run through November 21st.

Finally, I have been invited by da Vinci Arts Middle School to design the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s art fair in December. As you can see from the photo at left, I’ve already begun designing the woodblock. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my work to help benefit students of the arts.

There will be more events and news to come over the next couple of months, so check back often to see what’s happening next. In the meantime, I hope to see you all this weekend at the EBC!

Mythos & Monsters and what’s up next.

A million thanks to Gargoyles Statuary and owner Gayle Nowicki for making last weekend’s Mythos & Monsters show a success! We enjoyed a sizable turnout of enthusiastic patrons of the arts, and Figure 7. in particular was the recipient of bountiful attention. At this time half the edition has been sold, so if you want to add Figure 7. to your personal collection now is an opportune time to visit Gargoyles, or if Seattle is out of the question, my online shop and place your order. Quantities are extremely limited, and there can never be another first edition, so don’t miss out!

Gargoyles Show 2014

Photo credit: Gayle Nowicki, 2014

It’s worth noting that Gargoyles Statuary boasts the largest collection of my work available outside of what’s offered here at Xylographilia. Their inventory boasts pieces from previous series including Arcanum Bestiarum, as well as a number of rarities. Among the works currently on display are several new prints soon to be appearing in Nate Pedersen and P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology. Pictured at left, clockwise from top right, are She Who Binds the Dead in Chains, Sign! (hidden behind my hat), Figure 7., Tsathoggua, Night Hag, Él Que Protege El Camino, The King in Yellow, and Liber Ivonis. Additionally, Gargoyles Statuary is now carrying a selection of hand-silkscreened T-shirts produced in collaboration with Sigh Co. Graphics.

Figure 7.

Figure 7.

The Mythos & Monsters show can be viewed at Gargoyles Statuary through September 15th. Also in September will be the opening of my next major show, this time at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference at Seattle’s University of Washington, just a short jaunt away from Gargoyles Statuary. This show will feature a new, never-before-shown selection of my work including the zodiac series, so be sure to book your tickets soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Mythos & Monsters opens at Gargoyles Statuary August 15th

I will be attending the opening night reception of Mythos & Monsters at Gargoyles Statuary as part of the Seattle U-District Artwalk. If you’re in the Seattle area on the evening of August 15th between 6 and 9 PM, drop by and say hello! This is an opportunity to preview the original woodcuts featured in P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology edited by Nate Pedersen, and to peruse Gargoyles’ selection of my unframed prints and magnets.

The show will run until mid-September. Refreshment will be provided at the opening.

Those who are unable to attend may be interested to learn that Tsathoggua and Figure 7. are also available online. Other new works will be released on this site at a later date.

Hope to see  you there!

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