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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Zodiac series and upcoming shows

10462493_10152157368795009_3207793729911279895_nRecently I’ve taken a break from shows to create new work. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been working on a new print series depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. After concentrating primarily on larger projects for most of this year, I was inspired to tackle something smaller-scale. The completed series will be offered as an open edition and will debut at the Esoteric Book Conference in September alongside other new works.

My creative process begins with research. After gathering historical references that serve the image I have in mind, I sketch out a design and then transfer it to a basswood block with red carbon paper. For this series my references included a 15th-century codex about mining and farming (as in the case of Pisces above) as well as art from the High Middle Ages. Most of the carving has been done with 1mm and 1.5mm U-gouges (pictured). 10488320_10152168371915009_5867634521574897733_nOnce the design has been carved out, each new block will be proofed. After proofing, I’ll go in and do some final touch-ups before printing the editions. Every block in this series will measure no more than four inches, and the completed prints will also be of modest size. At this stage, Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer are complete, and Taurus is coming up next.

These prints will be offered individually and as a set. Stay tuned for further updates as the project evolves, and remember to follow me on Facebook for a more detailed look at the carving process.

P.S. My next show will take place at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington and will include works from the upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology.

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May shows

 

Tsathoggua is born

Tsathoggua is born

Join us tonight, May 2nd, at Bite Studio for a group show! All manner of prints may be found, including three of my newest Lovecraft Mythos works. Doors will be open from 6pm to 10pm. One night only!

Bite Studio is located at 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

May 8th- 11th, Portland, Oregon

World Horror Convention

My creepiest woodcuts, including Tsathoggua shown to the right,  may be found in the art show, while I may be found on a number of art-related panels. Just check your schedule!

After WHC I’ll be taking a bit of a break from shows to concentrate on creating new work for some secret projects, as well as to debut later this year at the Esoteric Book Conference!

The Festival is nearly upon us!

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF!

Liv Rainey-Smith is pleased to announce that she will be appearing as a featured guest of the upcoming 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Her original hand-pulled woodcut prints will be available in Artists Alley. In addition to her popular illustrations from the 2012 Arcanum Bestiarum published by Three Hands Press, she will also be debuting a new selection of limited edition prints created for the soon-to-be-released Starry Wisdom Library anthology edited by Nate Pedersen. Mr. Pedersen as well as a number of other Starry Wisdom Library contributorsS T Joshi, Michael Cisco, Edward Morris, Jesse Bullington, Joe Pulver, Molly Tanzer, Pete Rawlik, Scott Nicolay, and Silvia Moreno-Garciawill also be guests at the festival.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Attending Kickstarter backers who ordered her hand-colored special edition print Sign! will receive it as part of their rewards package during the festival. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-House, Sign! is an exclusive edition created just for HPLFF supporters. If you’d like to see what went into the creation of the edition, the work was documented here.

In previous years, Rainey-Smith has appeared at the HPLFF both as a vendor and a featured guest. This year, attendees will also have the opportunity to see her compete against Allen Koszowski, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer in Pickman’s Apprentice, a ninety-minute challenge in which Lovecraftian artists race to complete illustrations based on a theme chosen by the audience. Yes, she will be carving and printing a woodcut in those ninety minutes. Yes, first aid supplies will be at hand.

The 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will take place from April 11th – 13th at the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/.