As of late, I am showing my latest Chicken Skratch altered book at the UWM special collections building. Also I have begun curating a show that cotains strictly collage with my friend Sara Caron who is also a collage enthusiast. The show is called Collage, Milwaukee and Abroad. The show will feature collage from virtually unknown collage artists and others from around the world. We hopefully will have this show on the next gallery night which is usually the most popular gallery night here in Milwaukee. So far the response to this has one very good and you can view collages from the “abroad” category here http://www.flickr.com/groups/collagemilwaukee/ . Finally I am also trying to put together a three person show that will be at the Jackpot gallery in Riverwest with my friends Skully and Nina. This show hasn’t really gotten together yet however and there is not really any word whether it will be possible from the gallery but none the less my hopes are high. These are all very exciting developments in my career as a student artist and April always proves to be a very busy month for me for some reason.
Recently, I signed up for some volunteer work at the Mitchell Park Domes as part of my required service learning at school. At first I was very skeptical about doing volunteer work because I knew that it would be unpaid and I’m not getting a whole lot of income. o my happiness I found out that volunteer work at the Domes would entail making a display for their education center. After some brainstorming, my supervisor and I made up several displays that I could create. After much consideration I set my sights on a display in which I make paper using different plants found at the Domes. I also plan on making other paper as well using other plants found in Wisconsin such as mushrooms (not a plant) or grasses. Hopefully I will find other items that we normally throw away that can easily be recycled into scratch paper for home use. Certainly paper making isn’t generally easy, especially when the fibers used are from their base plants, but I do believe it easy to get the equipment to do it for any common person who desires a fun way to save money and recycle in a rewarding fashion. Hopefully after my hours of community service I will have a beautiful display that can help people think of new ways to help the environment. I am excited for the results.