CAMP Rehoboth – Art Exhibition

I have a closing reception on Saturday March 4th at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE. It’s a great excuse to visit Rehoboth if you’re in the area.

CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a wonderful place that celebrates diversity and works to create a strong sense of community and a more positive environment for all people, gay and straight. The reception is scheduled for 1 pm, stop by and enjoy some refreshments. I hope to see you there.

On display you’ll see some of my Plexiglas paintings hanging in a small grouping from the ceiling with room for light to come through them.

A small alcove made a great spot to display this silk sculpture with another Plexiglas painting.

I have 2 of my new paintings included in the show. They’re 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on stretched canvas. This one is titled Surf’s Up.

 

My Accessories

I just updated my inventory of accessories in my online store. Here is a sampling below, all the details are on my store page. I also have new pieces at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Contemporary, including many with feathers. It’s a great place to shop for one of a kind, handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

My painting pendants are reversible so you get 2 original paintings under glass. It’s like 2 gifts for the price of one. They each come with a coordinating 16 inch leather cord necklace.

Here we have a holiday theme with black, red and a little gold spray paint.

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This is the reverse side.

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Silver spray paint and paint marker on one side.

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Reverse side has peach and hot pink against a wine background.

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This one is real snakeskin, it’s not reversible so you can see through it.

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Here are some purples and blues with a misty white spray paint pattern on one side.

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and on the reverse side, greens and yellows.

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Both of these rust dyed silk, cuff bracelets are listed in my online store. Along with some other bright colored cuff bracelets.

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Place your order before 12:00 pm and it will ship the same day. See more listings and order directly from my store. Click on categories at the top of the first store page to see all the options in that category. Happy Holidays!

Mezzanine Gallery, Wilmington, DE

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You are invited to my upcoming exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington, DE. The opening reception is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm.

I am a recipient of a fellowship in Painting through the Delaware Division of the Arts. I was interviewed by Christopher Yasiejko and here’s an except of his article:

Linda Celestian’s love of water harkens to her childhood, when her father owned a 31-foot Richardson boat. They had a spot on a marina near her grandparents’ summer home. During her father’s annual two-week summer vacation, the family of five — Celestian has two sisters — would trace the Finger Lakes of Central New York on a boat whose dining room table converted into a bed.

That half-dozen years of summers spent afloat, Celestian learned to pay attention to the nature that surrounds her. As a full-time artist (and part-time art teacher) who’s been painting for 30 years, all of her senses inform her work.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here.

My paintings and works on glass will be displayed for the month of November. Here’s a video sneak peek of what I’ll be showing.

I wasn’t sure if it would be overkill to show some of my silk sculptures with paintings and glass but I think I might sneak a few in.

So I’m off to the studio to finish a fiber piece before my install date. I hope to see some old and new friends at the opening.

In the Studio

I have been working steadily on new paintings over the past few months. The challenge for me right now is my studio space. It’s small with just one 5 x 5 foot table. That means I have to work on one thing at a time which is just not how I like to work at all. I like to work on sculpture and paintings at the same time as they inform each other. A new finished painting might be the inspiration for a new sculpture and visa versa. I guess that’s how they come together as one body of work.

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I’m realizing maybe I need to split the week up or even the days. Fiber work for half the day and pouring paint the other half. That is if the poured paint dries by the next morning. I’ve been know to nuno felt on my kitchen table. My family isn’t crazy about wool fibers floating around their food but it just might come to that in the next few months. Here are some things I’ve been working on lately.

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Teaching on Skillshare

IMG_5026I have an exciting announcement.

I’ve published my first class on Skillshare, an online learning platform. The class is How to Paint a Green Apple and for the month of April you can take it for free! Why a green apple? Because it’s a great place for a beginner to start. It’s also useful information for artists who want to brush up on color mixing and painting. In the class I show you how to mix the colors necessary using red, yellow, blue, and white and how to apply them to create smooth gradations that describe form.

If you decide to take the class for free this month you will be helping me out by pushing my class up on the front page where it will be more discoverable by Skillshare members. I’m super excited about this new way to share my unique way of teaching people how to paint. I hope you’ll check it out.

In the Studio – Painting on Dura-lar

In the studio I’ve been working on Dura-lar with acrylic paint.

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It’s a translucent surface that’s similar to Mylar. I’m working on both sides and really playing with all different ways of applying and removing paint. I’ve poured the paint, spray painted with and without stencils. I’ve used a brush to apply paint and then when it’s dry scratched a drawing into it.

I photographed these pieces against a wall first and then taped to my window with light shining through. I can’t even believe how different they look and the idea intrigues me. They could be framed in layers of glass or Plexiglas and hung in a window. They would look one way during the day and completly different at night. Light is a really powerful medium and something we take for granted.

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It’s crazy how different they look, right?