Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Temporary Art By Nyland Website Established

Finally bit the bullet and established an ArtByNyland.com, right now it's a very temporary page consisting of one picture and a link leading here but it's a start. Freak Creative in Utica will be building me something more substantive when we have more time, until then this will do!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Early Look At Flora Nyland's Print Portfolio: Works On Paper 1966 - 1975 (?)

Please note that my pictures are very poor, done by the dining room table very quickly & as soon as I can shoot better ones I'll replace this post.

"4/8 - Hilltop - FW Nyland 4/22/66"

Serograph collage, 18x24 inches.

"Back Yard - FW Nyland - '73"

Serograph collage, 18x24 inches.

"7/8 - Saphouse - FMW Nyland"

Serograph collage, 18x24 inches. No date but she said likely pre-1973, the imagery derived from our annual trips to the maple syrup farm.

"6/8 - Saphouse - FMW Nyland"

Serograph collage, 18x24 inches, no date.

Serograph collage, 18x24 inches, no title or date. Mom's guess was mid 1970s and for some sort of holiday project, possibly even a holiday group show from when she volunteered at the Everson Museum downtown.

"Larch Pines (?) #3 - FNyland - 12/73"

Serograph collage, 24x30 inches.

"Larch Pines (?) - Serograph 1973 - Flora Nyland"

Serograph collage, 24x30 inches.

My favorite of them all -- Handmade paper with what we think is a rhubarb leaf pressed into it while wet, like 18x20 inches. No date, signature or title and I forgot to ask her to guess a year. The coloring is actually a mildew stain that took root over the years but I think it's hot! So add papermaking to Flora's resume.


Mom's current project, learning how to draw & paint again via creating a series of imaginary desktops. These two are meant to be shown together, both watercolor with ink. The one on top is a piece of white archival board, the bottom a small store bought canvas.

Video From "Phonography: Cell Phone Photography" Opening Reception, The Tech Garden, September 20 2012

Four quick minutes walking through the "Phonography: Cell Phone Photography" opening reception last week at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse NY. Curated by Syracuse based artists Theresa Barry & Derek Bryant, and featuring the work of 75 CNY artists each deriving their piece from photos taken with cell phones. The show runs through October 18 so go take a look! and to find out more about how the exhibition came together be sure to visit the Phonography show blog at

Westcott Street Cultural Fair, Syracuse NY, September 23 2012

Just wandering around with the camera. Hadn't planned on going but with the Craigster, Jay Bird and Kath Barry there it wasn't an option to stay at home. Met a new artist too! as in someone whom I think the posse of artists I'm plotting to assemble can work with.

The delightful Jay Bird and friend.


"No, Peter, I can't watch the counter for you."

With Angela and the Craigster.

My pal from the Arts & Crafts Fair downtown in July. He wants a purple beard!

Live art event! takes many forms, as long as the work gets done, great.

I am thinking that brick wall along the Dorian's parking lot would be perfect as the backing for a live mural event space, I kind of know they guys and they indicated an interest in talking it over for next year. Lean up some boards, turn five or six artists loose and see what happens.


With my neighbor, colleague and new-old friend Kath Barry, an artist who pours her creative energies into making hats. They are marvelous, mom is getting one for Xmas, and I'll add some web links to whatever Kath has once I figure them out.

lol at the kid! hehe.

There's some info for Kath's business.

One for the fall catalog.

Girls with Hula Hoops! a returning trend I highly approve of and a recurring theme over the late summer -- Check the album of pix from the live murals event for another beguiling set. There's some art in this somewhere, maybe figure poses ...


Get in touch with me, ladies! There's some art in this, let's find it.

The discovery of the day! Cazenovia based artist Arianna Lynch, entirely self-taught, uses spray paints with scraping techniques to create forms, not part of any gallery scene and so determined to get her work out there she was willing to give this a try. Let's do something! and look for her art page on Facebook here:

She just makes these, doesn't even think twice about it. No background in art, pretty much woke up one day and decided to start -- Does it because she feels like doing it and wants to try and turn it into a way to make a living. Sounds familiar! and most importantly the work is convincing. I was sold on Adrianna as a painter with her own unique visual language in under two minutes.

My recommendation? No art school, no graduate school, find a circle of artists to bounce ideas off and start showing with them. Absorb the ideas you get from their work and let it seep into your own methods. Go see art shows and meet the artists -- My colleague Tim Rand is having one at Hamilton Center for the Arts, 20 Broad St. in Hamilton on November 16 from 5-8pm. Make a point to be there and I'll introduce you to the crew.

Five dollars each ... What do you think, Tony?

MINE. ;D  and I want to see this on the human scale.

Good spirits too -- Let's do something.

Popos, I'm outta here.