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colorful buildings in Leadville

Denver Fun

At the tail end of our relaxing vacation out West in Colorado, Mark and I spent the weekend in Denver. We were in Denver last fall as well, but only for a brief moment, so we were able to do some different things this time around.

We drove in to town Friday afternoon, after stopping for a lunch of pizza and ice cream in historic Leadville – a town that looks like it’s out of the Old West.

Once making it to Denver, we changed and headed out to Union Station – a beautiful train station that has a bunch of bars and shops inside. We met some friends there, but being that it was overrun with the happy hour crowd, we made our way across the street instead to a Mexican restaurant for some pre-dinner margaritas. Then on to Range for a delicious dinner, where the thickly cut, crisp and sweet bacon appetizer was the best thing ever.

We used our Hilton points to stay at The Curtis – a downtown DoubleTree property – that has been ranked one of the best “art hotels.” Each floor has its own theme and the room and lobby art is more pop than your typical birds-and-flowers hotel pastels. Our floor was the “dance floor” and there were framed record albums lining the hallway.

It was a fun place to stay, but frankly, it was more Hilton-tries-to-be-boutique-hotel than actual independent boutique hotel. Oh well, staying on points is a win.

the curtis
The Curtis Hotel in Denver: rated a top art hotel – our room

Let’s be honest, I don’t mind dreaming underneath a giant ice cream cone!

Saturday morning, we got together with our cousins for an al fresco brunch before heading to Coors Field for a Colorado Rockies baseball game. The cool thing about Coors Field is that there is a huge open rooftop over right field with a few bars and interesting food options. You can wander around and chat with people, or take a seat in the upper deck to actually watch some of the game. For a bit more money, you can also rent out a lounge-y cabana, however you couldn’t see the game from there, so why bother?

Coors Field for Rockies baseball stadium
Coors Field for Rockies baseball

It was super stinking hot, but I was glad we went and saw some of the game and the stadium. I’m thinking it must have been built in the same era as Camden Yards because it has the same spacious and open, brick and brightly-painted steel feel. Fun fact: there’s a row of seats in the upper deck painted a different color to mark where you hit a “mile high” above sea level. Also fun: drinking a Coors Light at Coors Field, duh.

We wandered around town back towards the hotel and had an early dinner of pizza (of course) at a cute restaurant called Osteria Marco on Larimer Square. Interestingly enough, we had the same waitress as the prior evening at Range – weird!

We were so exhausted that we called it an early night and hit the airport early the next morning. It was such a great trip, I was sad to come home!

New Art @ CONCEPTION Contemporary Art Show

Exciting news to share with you tonight! I’ve been selected to show my work at a one-night exhibit called CONCEPTION Contemporary Art Show on June 30th!

new art
new work in progress

I would love to have you there to support and celebrate this opportunity if you are in NYC. You can purchase tickets via this link: http://conceptionevents.com/artist/3gHl3ZJ6Qp   (Please make sure to buy your ticket through my profile page rather than the main CONCEPTION Events page.)

When: Thursday, June 30, 2016

Time: 5-11 pm

Where: 52 Walker Street, M1-5 Lounge, Tribeca

I’m thrilled to be able to show my work in person and hope you can join me there.

THANK YOU for your love and support!

xo,

Hannah

Affordable Art Fair brochure

NYC Affordable Art Fair

A few weeks ago, I attended New York’s Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in what I guess is Chelsea on W. 18th St. (I haven’t yet nailed down the boundaries of all the various NYC neighborhoods.)

I trucked down there, paid my $20 admission fee, and spent a few hours wandering around the galleries showcased within. While there were many art pieces that I loved, I can’t really say that the curators’ idea of “affordable” art and mine were in line.

They tout the exhibit as having art from $100-$10,000, with half priced at $5,000 or less. This may have all been true, but I don’t really think of $4,999 as affordable. Less expensive, maybe. But not affordable. Maybe the better question is, affordable to whom? I only counted a handful of artworks under $500.

But oh well. The affordability of the works didn’t deter me from swooning over some beautifully large animal portraits or giant abstract flowers in oil and acrylic.

Affordable Art Fair brochure
Affordable Art Fair brochure

What also caught my eye was that one of the booths exhibited works from the Art Students League that is a collective-like school just around the corner from us on W. 57th. I have been eyeing to join ever since my mom told me about it, but I haven’t done so yet because of the time commitment to become a member. You pay to be a full-time or part-time member, going to classes 2-5 days a week. And it’s open to anyone of any level which is very cool.

I would go to the Affordable Art Fair again next year, better prepared for what to expect. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go as part of an exhibit, rather than as a shopper!

Art New York

Art Basel. Art Miami. You’ve heard of these huge international art exhibitions that attract the who’s who of the art world. I would have totally assumed that there was Art New York; why wouldn’t there be? But actually Art New York is only in its second year.

Which doesn’t mean that it’s not a force. I attended the fair at Pier 94 last Wednesday and wandered for hours through the 150 galleries represented. I was thoroughly impressed and delighted.

I wanted to attend the show to specifically see photographic work by Joshua Jensen-Nagle at the Galerie de Bellefeuille. In Jensen-Nagle’s recent works, he takes high aerial photographs of beaches such that the sun bathers, umbrellas and underwater sand patterns become abstractions really. He does have some scenes that are taken at a closer distance which are serene in their lightness and brightness.

IpanemaII Ipanema II, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, photo from http://debellefeuille.com/jensen-nagle-joshua-2/

I chatted for a while with one of the gallerists in the booth about Jensen-Nagle who is from NJ but now lives in Canada (the gallery is in Montreal but represents artists from all over), He told me about the photographic printing method where the photographs are embedded on slabs of acrylic that are backed with metal (aluminum) that really illuminate the photos and make them pop brightly – almost as if they were lit from behind, which they are not (there were some photos at other gallery booths that did have lighting elements). The mounting is called Diasec, which is the trademarked name for the process….I’m sure I’m way oversimplifying this, so if you want to read more, go to Wikipedia.

 

Anyway, I loved meditating on his images for a while, before moving on to see the rest of the show. I was at first a bit put off by the $40 entrance fee, but I guess that’s just proportionate to the cost of the works, which were generally in the $10,000+ range, however you could get a smaller Jensen-Nagle for $2500, and I did see one or two small paintings for under $1000.

A few themes I noted in the works generally were the use of 3D elements and rainbow color schemes.

There was one artist who’s paintings looked like 3D paintings on 2D surfaces, and the images moved as you moved up, down and around the art. It was a crazy optical illusion though! When you got up close, they were in fact painted on wooden 3D panels that stuck out in points from the wall. I feel like I’m not describing this well – think of the shape of a mountain range but sticking out from the wall rather than the ground.

Also, I rounded a corner and saw these photographs and immediately thought: those look like Baltimore. Well, in fact, they were photographs of Baltimore row homes, shown by a gallery from Baltimore.

 

I really enjoyed the art fair immensely and would love to go back next year. I even ran into an old friend I haven’t seen in 10 years! Small world!

Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Abstractions: New Art

Like a lot of people, being in nature feels very comforting to me. I loved staring out the window of the car when I was a kid, as my mom can attest, getting lost in the shapes and colors of the clouds. I guess it was my version of meditation.

As an adult, I still love the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Just this morning I thought how happy I was to hear birds in Verdi Square at the 72nd Street subway while walking to work. It reminded me of growing up in the rural suburbs.

And I can still stare at clouds endlessly. The number of sunset and sky pics on my Instagram can corroborate. 🙂

So naturally, I’m drawn to the wide blue skies, sweet green grass and moody grey clouds in my painting. I try to capture the feeling, movement, calmness and tranquility I see and feel when I’m surrounded by the natural world.

In the grouping that I’m putting up today, you’ll notice a lot of playfulness and liberties taken with the idea of “landscape,” “seascape” or “skyscape.” These aren’t super representational works – definitely abstractions to one degree or another. But I hope they evoke in you a sense of peace and happiness when meditating on them. Enjoy, and I welcome feedback on what you’d like to see more of, so please comment or email me!

acrylic painting on board

Martha Bakes Tomorrow

Although Monday is my normal Me & Martha post, this week it’ll come tomorrow, Tuesday.

Today is all about launching my online shop: hannahlowecorman.com

I’ve been painting forever but am now ready to make it my career! I’m pumped. And also so scared.

Since art has always only been personal and for the joy of it.

Now it’s out there in the world. Ready for judgement. Nervous.

Go see it. Let me know what you think. For better or worse.

Gracias.

With gratitude, Hannah

xoxoxo

bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9

Multiples of 30

Her smile is genuine and warm. Her eyes sparkle with ideas. Her energy is friendly, soft, welcoming. And her watercolors are pure. Abstract but strongly reminiscent of nature’s colors, textures and movement. The babbling blue-green of backyard streams.  The colorful rustle of petals across spring flower beds. You lose yourself in the sweeping loops of pale oranges, almost smelling the sweet fragrance of peonies in bloom.

Multiples of 30: 6 watercolors
Multiples of 30: 6 watercolor

Jaadin Adele is a Brooklyn-based watercolor and ink artist, friend, and fellow New York Rising Tide Society member. In celebration of her upcoming 30th birthday, she’s throwing herself, not a party, but an art show!

wooden framed watercolors
wooden framed watercolors

For her “Multiples of 30” themed art show, Jaadin has painted 30 new watercolor triptychs specifically for her 30th birthday.

Jaadin Adele watercolor
Jaadin Adele watercolor

Her approachable and unique style evokes the beauty of nature in its lushness, light and bright colors. All the pieces clearly make her heart sing.

And for Jaadin, art is a family business. Her toddler, Charlotte, helped swirl the colors in #5 (below), and her husband, Jeff, handcrafts the perfect wooden frames for her work.

Multiples of 30: 5
Multiples of 30: 5

If you’re in NYC, head over to her show on Thursday April 14th at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO (Brooklyn). Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance here.

With advance ticket receive 30% off, AND to be frank, the work is already a steal at $30-$180!

Multiples of 30: 14 by Jaadin Adele
Multiples of 30: 14 by Jaadin Adele

She’ll be posting a painting a day on her Instagram (@jaadinadele) and Facebook so follow along in the lead up to the show. And a pre-sale shop will be coming soon to her website: http://www.jaadinadelestudio.com

When: Thursday, April 14th @ 7:13pm

Where: Rabbithole (33 Washington Street, Brooklyn…..walk down the stairs from the street)

bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9
My personal favorite: bright and metallic watercolors in Multiples of 30: 9
Blue Landscape #2

Painting Up A Storm

Literally. I’ve taken to painting clouds and storms and snow.

I’ve “always” painted: in that ever since I was little, I’ve loved to draw and paint. I don’t have a degree in art, but since elementary school, I’ve taken extracurricular art classes: from drawing camp, to watercolor, figure drawing and painting at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), to intro art classes at University of Maryland, art history at the Sorbonne, and continuing drawing classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center. My mom and I even went to Greece to paint when I was in high school, and I sent art slides with all of my college applications.

(Side note, that was crazy – that we made physical slides of art – I’m sure now people just upload photos! Our kids probably won’t even know what slides are. HA.)

It’s kind of funny in looking back over my life how much art has always been a part of it, and yet I always kept it as a hobby in the background. I’ve never thought about this long laundry list of credentials I actually have.

I’ve had an offer or two from folks throughout the years to buy this or that painting, but I never took anyone up on it.

Until now!!!

With the encouraging support of Megan Elizabeth and the NYC group of The Rising Tide Society, I’ve begun putting some serious focus on making art in a concerted and commercial way.

For those who haven’t heard me go on about about this yet: The Rising Tide Society is a group of creatives and small business owners who support one another through a spirit of community over competition. Started by my wedding photographers, Natalie Franke and Krista Jones, in Annapolis MD, it has now spread across the world with meet-up groups that function almost like modern-day salons, meeting once a month geographically to discuss relevant topics from copyrights to the client experience to finding your niche.

So when fellow artist and RTS friend, Megan, put together a beautiful exhibit at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO in Brooklyn, and she generously invited those in our meet-up group to showcase some pieces too.

Ecstatic at the invitation, I included three paintings and, even more special, had about 15 friends and family attend to support me!! I’m seriously still over the moon about it and cannot thank everyone enough. I clearly have the best friends and family ever.

A website is in the works, and I’m excited to start this new adventure. Although when I tell people and they say “Oh I didn’t know you painted” (at least 95% of people have said this), I have to remember that it’s really not new at all.

Some things I’ve been working on:

Blue Series #1
Blue Series #1
Blue Landscape #2
Blue Landscape #2
Yoga Series #3
Yoga Series #3, styled, sold
Yoga Series #6
Yoga Series #6, sold
Sunrise Over Frozen Lake, Michigan
Sunrise Over Frozen Lake, Michigan
Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2016 New Business – A Look Back & A Look Ahead

January was just a warm up. February is where my new year is really going to start in 2016.

First of all, thank you all for reading and following along. As I look back on that original blog post in 2013, it feels like I’ve done and experienced more in the past two years than in the five years prior.

So thanks for caring as I move around the country, travel, drink wine, bake yummy treats, sell wedding dresses, volunteer and generally explore my surroundings! I’ve appreciated all of the encouragement and comments!

As you know, we recently moved to New York City. I left The Brides Project sadly but have been able to take time to consider all the outlets that bring me joy and figure out how to incorporate them into my life.

My dream job would be to work on food TV, and I’m looking around and applying to various posts on Food Network, etc., but in lieu of finding that dream job on Day 1, I’ve compiled some other activities to keep me on my toes.

I definitely feel like when it rains it pours and somehow I went from zero commitments to filling my schedule with piecemeal projects! Here’s a rundown of how my 2016 is shaping up.

  1. Monday I started a job working the counter at Levain Bakery ~ a women-owned bakery known for their ginormous gooey cookies and freshly made bread. I’ll be working part-time in their Upper West Side and Harlem locations so if you’re in town, come say hi! I’m excited to get some food service experience under my belt (it’s been so long since I waitressed) and hopefully there’ll be opportunity to bake and learn the back office/management side of things as well. I think my Brides Project experience will be quite useful.
  2. Also Monday, I officially became a Contributor to World Tourists Magazine – a travel blog that grew out of a crowd-sourced Instagram account with over 14 THOUSAND followers! What a great way to continue writing and sharing fun tips and travelogues with new friends. The gentlemen that put it all together is in Portugal and he’s gathered bloggers from all over the world to write. [Link to come as the site is still being tested.]
  3. As some of you know, I’ve drawn and painted my whole life, but it was always just a hobby. Thanks to the wonderfully supportive women at The Rising Tide Society’s NYC group, I’m going to have three paintings at a collective gallery exhibit in Brooklyn on Feb 12. If you’re in town, join us at 7pm at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO.
  4. This has lead me to consider wrapping up all my various interests into a new website, which, with the help of many friends, will hopefully be up and running soon. I’m going to rebrand and launch the site as a place to find this blog, recipes, buy my art and find links to pieces I’ve written for other sites.

Phew, that’s a lot of stuff. It all still seems rather out there in the ether but I hope to make some concrete progress over the next weeks and months and hope you’ll continue to join me on the new site!

Happy 2016!