Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hexagons for Hope and Healing

Hexagons for Healing and Hope

Honeycomb is made up of a tessellation of hexagons formed by beeswax.  It is not only mathematically elegant and efficient, but representative of the interconnectedness of all life.  Honeybees are a super organism and one bee cannot survive on its own without the rest of the colony. 

Hexagons for Healing and Hope is my effort to try and repair, restore, and provide a way for people to help the bees.  There is a honeybee crisis world-wide, and we are farmers felt it very personally this season.  The simple, repeated form of the hexagon is my meditation and prayer for the bees.  

I have created a series of encaustic artworks and acrylic paintings called "hexagons for healing and hope". We have had several rough years in our bee yard, and this year we will not be taking honey off of our few living colonies.  This also means we will not be offering honey at our holiday sales.  This is a sad conversation we have had with our returning customers.  We usually use revenue from honey sales to purchase more bees in the Spring.  How can we re-populate our bee yard if we have no honey to sell?

Your purchase of a hexagon painting (or other artwork/products) will help the bees directly and hopefully we can re-establish our apiary for next year.  We continue to try and educate ourselves to become smarter, more sustainable beekeepers, and diversify our honeybee inspired products such as encaustics and mead.  

The honeybees are at the heart of our business and all of our creative projects at Algomah Acres and Meadery originate from the beehive.  We realize that we need to heal slowly and at the source along with expanding and diversifying our products.  It is, however, a precarious dance with nature, and we are not always aware of the choreography in this partnership--it reveals itself as we go.  

A collaborative community project with hexagons is in our future....and we will keep you posted.  Thank you again for caring for the bees and all of your creative and supportive efforts.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Encaustics and Beeswax Collage Class at the Honey House

Fee:  30$ per person—all supplies provided/included!
Sundays 2-5 PM:  June 14th, July 12, Aug 2nd, and Sept. 13th 
Come and discover the sweetness and luminosity of working with the ancient and contemporary art of encaustics (pigmented beeswax) and beeswax collage.    Participants will learn about the history of the medium and honeybees that support it. We will create several pieces in experimental encaustics using Xerox transfer and mixed-media collage.   No experience required - just a sense of adventure.   Check out the blog  for Melissa's work and links to encaustic information. 

June 14th

July 12th

Aug. 2nd

Sept. 13th

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dangerous hobbies and naming the characters...

Along with working on pieces, I have a sketchbook or sorts to keep notes and ideas.  I am working on names for the people in the images:  Cecil the beekeeper, Irene with the Zebra and Ruby the lion tamer.  If I build characters perhaps the story will emerge.  I also plan to take a writing class at the CCCAC in March.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

other projects and studio views

January has begun and so has deep winter.  Snow days have allowed me some extra time to work on projects.

Circles and and Snow and some New Ladies

"The whole of Le Cirque de Reves if formed by a series of circles.  Perhaps it is a tribute to the origin of hte word "circus," deriving from the Greek kirkos meaning circle, or ring."--Friedrick Thiessen, 1892...from "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.

I am reading this book at the suggestion of a friend....I am also seeing circles emerge in the recent artworks:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Out of the Darkness Into the Light

2015 Out of the Darkness Project
This project begins on the Winter Solstice and ends on the Spring Equinox.  Start date is December 21st, 2014 – ending date is March 21st, 2015.
We realize the start date is just around the corner.  This project, however, will be structured a bit differently from the Community 100DayProject.
The Out of the Darkness project invites you to study, document, journal, create, practice, explore, make, observe, or initiate something new each week. This is meant to be a weekly hands-on visual, written, or audio interpretation of whatever interests you during the 13 weeks between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Whatever will help bring you out of the darkness….
Rules: there are none.
Guidelines…if you want some structure or an assignment:
  • Center your project on one theme – it can be a broad as you like.
  • Commit to doing something hands-on at least once a week.
  • Keep it fresh, let it go where it takes you.
  • Flow is the key word here.
  • Don’t get caught up in quality
  • Consider this a first draft in the creative process.
  • Relax your standards and expectations.
  • Find a buddy or start a group to share your experience with.
And So it Begins!  I have had an idea for a body of work since September, but have not had time to dive in.  I have been gathering vintage circus images and material.  I am intrigued with the idea of "running away with the circus"...especially when school was starting in September!  I have been thinking about an epic journey of a girl or woman who is running away to join the circus.  Along the way she meets many characters:  a talking crow, a swarm of bees and a bee charmer, and murmurations of starlings.  I am thinking about doing some writing to accompany these images.  I am loving the weekly progress of the project.  Weeks are better time increments for me than days.  Maybe by the end of our journey the girl will find her place in the circus or wherever the journey will lead her.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Elegy: We end where we began.....

And so we end where we began.  I feel in an odd way that this is a funeral of sorts for my 100 day project.  Fade out...Sunday day 97 or so.  I have had successes and failures.  It has been enlightening and humbling.  Thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in this social movement.  I look forward to spreading out my work and doing some post-production.  I also look forward to the next 100 day adventure.  
Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.
-Mary Oliver