Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Onto the next project...

Now that "Haven" is up and swaying in the breezes at the Marin Cheese Factory, I can now fully turn my attention to the upcoming Berkeley shows at the Erica Tanov store and the Cecile Moochnek Gallery. I am so honored and pleased to have my work up at Erica Tanov's store as I am a huge fan of her clothing and her design aesthetic. Her store is a beautiful space filled with so many inspiring patterns, shapes, colors and textures. Now I get to add my wire sculptures and paintings to the mix and I am thrilled.

And, just down the street, I'll be showing all the yellow "Basin" paintings as well as two larger paintings (6 1/2 feet long and about two feet high) from this series that are about the biggest work on paper I have done thus far. I will be showing this work alongside Seiko Tachibana (another one of my artist heroes) who will be showing a series of prints that also have a water theme.

Okay, back to work...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day Four: my last day installing the clay balls

This is my favorite shot from the day.

Tomorrow is the opening. I'm hoping it is sunny like it was all week during the installation. I finally came up with a name for it which is "Haven." I like it because the clay balls all are hung in the nooks of tree branches and in somewhat sheltered areas where one would seek refuge, if one were a clay ball.... Also, if you were to add an "e," it would say "heaven," and that's where I felt I was all week long. Hanging out in trees, feeling the sun on my back, listening to the birds and the wind, making art - now that's my idea of heaven.

Thank you Sabine and John, for helping me hang the balls in the trees. Thank you Kalen for all your helping firing the clay. And thank you to the ball makers extraordinaire who helped me make over 1,500 clay balls in total: Kristin and Athos Argue, Sabine Elser, Audrey, Geoff and John Heller, Ann Holsberry, Breandain Langlois, Kalen Meyer, Dov Osheroff, Erika and Sabrina Siskind, Larry Raines, Michelle, Luisa and Maya Tellez, Jonathan and Hazel Waters.

I can't wait for the next project that we do together!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First day of installation: DONE!

The drive out to the Marin Cheese Factory reminded me why I live in California: the hills, the views, the springtime, all are breathtakingly beautiful.

Redwing blackbirds and starlings were my companions as I worked. They like the willow tree as much as I do.

The beginnings (after I raked algae from the edges of the tree)... can't wait to get out there tomorrow morning with Sabine, bright and early, and keep going...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Getting fired!

The clay balls are in the kiln at Berkwood Hedge School (thanks to my inside source, the fabulous Kalen Meyer) cooling off after 24 hours of "candling" and a 12 hour slow fire. I'll go pick them up today! Our test run went really well and the bisqued balls are a beautiful sort of butterscotch color. Now all I need is a title for the installation... any ideas? Dare I ask...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Terroir: A Sense of Place at ACF

Terroir: A Sense of Place

March 20 – June 21, 2009

At the Marin French Cheese Company (Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near end of Novato Blvd.)

Open to the public + FREE

Exhibition hours: 12 to 5 Daily Outdoors and Friday, Saturday, Sunday Indoors

Terroir: A Sense of Place is the inaugural exhibition for an exciting new venue in Marin County at the Marin French Cheese Company. Included are twenty-eight artists from around the Bay Area whose work presents a unique perspective of our relationship with the land. Most people have heard the word Terroir used in reference to describing distinct wine appellations. Originally a French term, it expresses the special characteristics that a specific landscape contributes to growing foods; like the soil, the weather conditions and the farming techniques. For this exhibition, the definition has been co-opted to express the Sense of Place that these artists experience in nature. Their work reveals elemental, cultural, ecological, and social layers that expand on the agricultural characteristics of Terroir.

Both indoor and outdoor works include temporary and permanent installations and interactive events, and photography, painting, sculpture and sound work indoors. Artists include: Adriane Colburn, Ann Weber, Benicia Gantner, Caitlin McCaffrey, Claudia Tennyson, Edwin Hamilton, Emily Payne, James Gouldthorpe, Jessica Resmond, Jorge Bachman, Josh Keyes, Judith Selby Lang, Lawrence LaBianca, Lea Redmond, Lewis de Soto, Mari Andrews, Mark Brest van Kempen, Meadowsweet Dairy, Michael Mellon, Philip Krohn, Sarah Klein, Sarah Pedlow, Sharon Siskin, Sonja Hinrichsen, Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Suzanne Biaggi, Walter Orion, Wowhaus.


March 20 – Exhibition open to the public

March 22 – Reception includes:

12-3pm - MIX: Wowhaus Bicycle Composter and potluck (Lakeside)

12-5pm - The Bread Project with Sarah Klein (Cheese Factory)

3-5pm - Wine and Cheese Reception (Gallery)

May 2

2pm - Curator’s tour with Patricia Watts (Gallery)
3pm - The Apothecary with Claudia Tennyson (Gallery)

June 21 – Last day of exhibition

About Art at the Cheese Factory (ACF)
ACF is a start-up project headed by Claudia Chapline (Stinson Beach) to create a unique art venue in collaboration with the Marin French Cheese Company located at 7500 “Red Hill Road” or Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Road near the end of Novato Blvd, Petaluma. ACF’s mission is to enhance the art experience in Marin County by providing an indoor/ outdoor exhibition space that combines work by contemporary artists of national and international reputation with work by regional artists.

The Marin French Cheese Company, a 700-acre ranch and historic factory (operating continuously for 144 years), has over 150,000 visitors each year. Owners Jim Boyce and Kristin Otis, who transformed a historic barn on the property in 2005 into a gallery for an exhibition of works by the late painter Jesse Reicheck, are enthusiastic supporters of the arts and are thrilled to be doing contemporary art programming on the property.

About the Guest Curator/Juror
Patricia Watts was invited by ACF to facilitate a juried selection process with Sam Bower of, and to curate additional artists for Terroir. Formerly Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, Watts specializes in artists who address environmental issues. She is founder of ecoartspace, a nonprofit organization providing curatorial support for those seeking to address the human/nature interface through the visual arts.

Funding for this exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Marin Arts Council Community Arts Partnership Grant, private donations, and volunteers. Sponsored by Gallery Route One.

For more information and directions go to:

Friday, March 6, 2009

We made it to 1,000 and more!

Thank you so much Rika, Sabrina, Kristin, Athos, Ann, Larry and Breandain for your help on Wednesday and for kicking this whole thing home. We made over a thousand balls and they seem like they are multiplying by the day (I wonder if there is some hanky panky going on between them... that one in the middle looks like the ringleader, don't you think?!)

Anyways, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AGAIN to all you amazing ball rollers who came and helped me over the past three weeks!

love Emily

Monday, March 2, 2009

163 left to go!

Miraculously, we have made 837 clay balls over the past few weeks! Thank you to all the handy helpers who have come and made this such a fun project to do!

There are 163 left to make. No sweat. That means there is one more Wednesday evening session left to make it to 1,000! I'll be here in the studio tomorrow, March 4, from 7:00 to 10:00.

I've got the clay.
I've got the Lillet.
I've got the snacks.
I've got the music.
All I need is YOU!

xx Emily

P.S. Next Wednesday will be a surprise activity that even I am not privy to yet!