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Gettin’ Social with A New Art Exhibit and Blog Changes Coming

November 2, 2011

Social Media Immersion

Be helpful.

It’s the #1 most important thing I learned in Alyson B. Stanfield’s (aka Art Biz Coach) Social Media Immersion workshop a couple weekends ago.  I went with lots of questions about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, blogging and learned a lot in 2 days.  Not only did we learn a lot, we made many new artist friends, as there were 45 of us participating in the workshop.

Barbara and Alyson enjoying Alyson's book, "I'd Rather Be in the Studio". By day 2, we were all pretty giddy with our heads packed full of new information.

I have a long list of action items and a plan for next steps to improve my online presence and be more social.  I’ve also been thinking a lot about what “be helpful” means for me – how can I be helpful to those of you that read my blog, those that I connect with on facebook and twitter and those of you I’ve yet to meet in cyberspace.

I have some ideas for things I can share to be helpful, including more about effectively using the various social media platforms.  But I’m also really interested to hear from you – how can I be helpful to YOU?  If you have particular ideas, I’d love to hear them – you can leave me a comment below!

Fun times at the Social Media Immersion Workshop

2 person Show at Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins

Besides attending the SM Workshop this past month, I’ve been heads down in the studio working to complete some new work for a new show which we just installed this past weekend at the Bas Bleu Theater here in town.  It’s a 2 person show, my first one with my partner Barbara Gilhooly, and we have a total of 36 pieces in the show – paintings, fiber, and works on paper.

The exhibit will be on display now through Dec 30th.  We will have an artists’ reception on Friday, Dec. 2nd, from 5-7pm.  There will also be a Beet Street Arts & Drafts event at Bas Bleu on Tues, Nov 15, 5-7pm (RSVP required) which will be another fun opportunity to see us and see our show.

Postcard we'll be sending out to announce our show

Changes coming

And speaking of social media immersion…I am in the process of revamping my own online presence, creating my “2.0” version of my website and blog, now that I’ve had my original site up for a couple of years and my blog for 1.5 years.  It’s time to re-fresh my web presence to reflect my newest self.

I want a site that not only is well-designed, but that gives me more control, to be able to make all my updates myself, and to also integrate my website with my blog.  So, I’m working with Pat Velte of WhiteWing design to create my new integrated website and blog design.

What does this mean for you if you are subscribed to this blog?

If you have subscribed to my blog with  your email address (you currently receive my blog posts in your email inbox), you should not need to do anything.  When we complete the migration of my blog to the new site, if all goes well, I’ll be able to bring you all along with me and migrate your subscriptions.

If you have subscribed to my blog via RSS feed reader, you will need to re-submit your subscription.

You’ll know that we’ve completed the migration because the look/feel format of my blog posts will be different, and my blog will be located at (no longer at

Our plan is to complete this blog migration before 11/26, so you should see these changes get implemented within the next 3.5 weeks.  I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going, although you’ll probably know once you “see” the difference.

Wish me luck with all the changes!


Got a helicopter I could borrow?

October 4, 2011

2 Opening Receptions.  2 Towns.  Same Night.

OPTION A –  New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, CO. October 7, 5-8pm.

Two of my textile paintings are included in this juried show which is the inaugural exhibit at the newly renovated Lincoln Center.  I am excited to see not only the artwork, but also the spiffy new expanded gallery space.

OPTION B – Swimming Upstream: Juried Print Exhibit, 44T Artspace, Denver, CO.  October 7, 7-10pm.

I am a  juror for this show at 44T, and have included one of my intaglio etchings as a sample of my work.  So far I have only seen the works that were selected for this show via the digital image submissions so I am very eager to see the pieces in person.  There are works included in the show by several artists living throughout the US.

Eeenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo.

As much as I’d like to be able to attend both events this Friday night, that’s just not going to happen.

And as luck would have it, the 44T Artspace is planning to do not only an opening reception this week, but a closing one as well on Nov 26th.

So, I’m going to be attending the opening reception at the New Legacies show here in town at the Lincoln Center this Friday night.  If you’re in town, I hope to see you there.

If you’re in Denver, I hope you’ll stop by and see the print show.  I’ll be there for the closing reception in late Nov.

And if you’re somewhere else in the world, I hope you get out and go see some original art at a local gallery near you!

Along the Way in Deep Spaces

September 7, 2011

Deep Spaces Show Postcard

One of my textile paintings, Along the Way, is included in the  “Deep Spaces”  exhibit which opened this week at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, OR.

"Along the Way" (detail) ©Ayn Hanna, 45"x18", Textile Painting

The Curator/Juror of the show, Larkin Jean Van Horn, has assembled 50 artworks, and created a stunning catalog of the exhibit, available for purchase with all proceeds going to support Doctors without Borders.

Deep Spaces

From the show’s catalog:

Curator Larkin Jean Van Horn selected the theme “Deep Spaces” following a conversation with friends about the limits of space and the photography from the Hubble telescope. While it was clear that textile art dealing with the cosmos would be an appealing exhibit, the title implied so much more. Artists interested in participating in the exhibit were encouraged to interpret the theme in any manner that suited them, and the entries were outstanding.

The artists went deep into space, deep underground, deep under water, deep into the woods, canyons, and prairies, and deep into the mysteries of the heart. Each artist worked in her own style, whether photorealism or pure abstraction or something in between. Holding all this wide variety together is a common size: 18 inches wide by 45 inches long.

The Making of Along the Way

This piece is the second in a series of discharged wholecloth black cotton fabric textile paintings.  Making marks by using various drawing techniques to apply color removal agents, these artworks evolve intuitively, through quiet meditative drawing and wordless conversation with the work itself.  This way of working aligned nicely with the theme of this exhibit, giving me good opportunity to spend some much needed creative meditative time going inward to the deep spaces within.

"Along the Way" ©Ayn Hanna, 45"x18", Textile Painting

I began by drawing with discharge paste, which after steamed to remove the color, created the “lighter/white” areas.  Next I drew with a bleach pen, which created the orange marks.  Once the drawing was finished, I quilted this top layer together with batting and a backing layer of fabric on my long arm quilting machine.

My artist’s statement for Along the Way

An inward journey, intuitive drawing, mapping of a mind, lost in thought, problem-solving, the time ticks away.

"Along the Way" (detail) ©Ayn Hanna, 45"x18", Textile Painting

Deep Spaces Exhibit Logistics

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR – Sept 5 through Nov 6, 2011.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, TX – Jan 10 through March 12, 2012.

LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, WA – March 28 through June 24, 2012

Virtual Tour of my Taft Canyon Art Studio

August 8, 2011

Thanks to my brother Paul, here is a video virtual tour of my studio as it was set up for the Fort Collins Studio Tour in June:

In the part of the studio where my long arm quilting machine lives, I hung several newly completed textile paintings, including several small kitschy cowgirl pieces on one wall.  I also devoted one entire wall to work in progress.  Since we were asked to provide demos of how we make our work, I thought it would be fun for visitors to see some of the pieces I’m working on, in their various stages of completion, which revealed a bit of my working process.

On the printmaking side of the studio where my etching press lives, I included a “demo” area with some of the tools used for the various kinds of prints such as linocuts, woodcuts, and etchings as well as examples of different printmaking blocks/plates and the prints that were made from each, so visitors could see the range of mark-making possibilities in hand-pulled prints.

I also had my artist book of etchings displayed accordian-style, with the actual copper plates the prints were made from lined up in front of it, again so visitors could see both the prints and the plates they were made from.

My Process

I like to work on multiple pieces at a time, moving back and forth between the several pieces in progress.  This allows me most efficient use of my time and endless variety, as depending on what I’m interested in doing during a creative session (dyeing, drawing, stitching, composing, etc), or if I only have a small window of time to work with, I have lots of options of how to spend my time.

There is also a downside to working this way as well; at times I get too many new things started (because of new ideas being spawned from a piece I’m working on, or answers not appearing for resolving some of the existing pieces in progress) and then I get overwhelmed with all of the work I’ve got started.

It’s a kind of expansion and contraction process, the exploration of beginning a new idea/new work, expanding into new territory, and then needing to have the discipline to to resolve and complete the work, a sort of contraction, bringing it to a close.

This is why artists make good project managers!  Artists have to be able to come up with an idea worth doing, and then plan/figure out how best to do it, and then implement/deliver the goods, hopefully achieving a great result in the finished piece.

Anyway, back to the tour….  There were 36 studios participating in this year’s tour and visitors had 2 days to get around to as many as they could.  For my first time participating, I think the event was a success.  My goal was to introduce my studio and artwork to the local public and meet more people involved in local art scene.  I achieved that and I also sold some work.  And, best of all, I got some great feedback about my studio, hearing that some visitors thought it was the highlight of their tour – and in the end, that made it all worthwhile.

Guess What I’m doing Today?

June 24, 2011

The Free Fort Collins Studio Tour starts tomorrow.  My studio will be open to the public from 10a-5pm both Saturday and Sunday.  More info about the event and downloadable tour maps available here.

There is also a “preview” exhibition at ArtLab Fort Collins now through 6/26 with work from all the participating artists on the tour.  An Artists’ reception will be happening tonight at ArtLab from 5-8pm.

‘Nuf Said!

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