Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Casey Crisenbery

Meet Casey Crisenbery. Casey is a Chicago-based illustrator and designer, who makes colorful illustrations, works on children's books, apparel, textiles and more! Casey has participated in several Light Grey Exhibitions and printed projects, such as the In Place: wish you were here, Macro + Micro Exhibition, and 6 Degrees Postcard Exhibition. It is always a pleasure to talk with Casey about his work and see his new projects for the shows! For the Animystics Exhibition, Casey shares his spirit animal, some of the history of these beings, and his our pet stories.

Casey Crisenbery

"My parents first dog, Melody, was my best friend growing up. She was a very sweet and mild mannered Shetland Sheepdog that always enjoyed your company."

Casey Crisenbery
Drastie Cove by Casey Crisenbery

"In Scottish tradition there are tales of 'Otter Kings' who were found traveling in packs. When captured, they would grant any wish in exchange for their freedom. The Otter skins were also prized for their ability to render a warrior invincible."

This is a sneak peek of Casey's work for the Animystics Exhibition. You can check out his work on the Light Grey Shop here, and you can see more of his work on his portfolio website here. All of the work for the show, all of the originals, prints, and handcrafted-works will be available on the online shop starting April 18th, and opening at Light Grey Art Lab on April 25th! Proceeds will be going to local shelters, the Animal Humane Society, Feline Rescue, and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue- it's for a great cause! Proceeds from Casey's work will go towards Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Sarah Talmadge

The Animystics Exhibition is coming very soon, and we just can't wait to share all of the adorable animals and new artwork with you! To find information about the upcoming show, all of the contributing artists, and ways to donate, please check out the Animystics Facbeook Event page here. You can also donate to the Walk for Animals on the Light Grey team page here. Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Animal Humane Society, the Feline Rescue Inc., and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Over the past several months we have been talking with artists about our favorite furry friends and the importance they play in our lives. Today, we are releasing the work of illustrator, Sarah Talmadge! Sarah was born and raised in Yokohama, and is currently an illustrator and animator at Disney Interactive. Below you can meet her adorable puppy, Chopper, and see a preview of her new piece for the Animystics show.

Sarah Talmadge

"Growing up I've had a series of odd pets, from chipmunks to hamsters to goldfish to tadpoles. I got a taste for dog ownership at 16, when my parents got Pippin, an adorably grumpy miniature schnauzer. Now that I'm living on my own I have my very own pup, Chopper, a 2 year old toy poodle. Depending on the weather, we're out and about enjoying the sunshine or staying warm on the couch with a nice, fluffy blanket."

Sarah Talmadge
Winter Offering by Sarah Talmadge

"As a spirit animal, the arctic hare can only be seen by the human that it is bound to. It can travel into the person's mind and revive long-forgotten memories."

You can find the original and signed prints of Sarah's work on the Light Grey Shop here. You can also check out more of here work and portfolio on her tumblr here. Proceeds from her work will be donated to Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Podcast: Animism - A Conversation with Ruth Voights

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Animism - A Conversation with Ruth Voights
Length: 01:13:47
Synopsis: This week Lindsay and Jenny are joined by the incredible Ruth Voights. Ruth has been teaching liberal arts for more than 30 years at Minneapolis College of Art Design. Ruth is an expert in myth, ritual, Native American culture and art, having been an instructor and a curriculum writer for the American Indian Studies program at the University of Minnesota.

As we talk with her this week, we ask a series of questions about the origin of totems, our associations with animals,
including taking on their qualities in instances of power, in our stories, and how other cultures incorporate animals into a combination of spiritual, family heritage, and mythical importance.

Show Notes:
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Justin Oaksford

Meet Justin Oaksford. Justin graduated from the Art Center in Pasadena, CA, and currently works as a concept artist and narrative illustrator at 343 Industries in Seattle! He has worked on projects such as Halo 4, Project Spark, and participated in several past Light Grey Exhibitions. He is also a current adjunct professor in the MFA program at Digipen Institute of Technology.

We are thrilled to work with Justin for the upcoming Animystics Exhibition, and really excited to see his inspirations for this project!

Justin Oaksford

"My roommate Bridget Underwood (who is also in this show!) and I have two cats we adopted, Koopa the Calico and Bowzer the Tortoise Shell. One is a drooly loner, and the other is a diva scaredy-cat who can't control her vocal chords, so she squeaks when she moves :D They've been such a healthy addition to our household and I couldn't live without them."

Justin Oaksford
On the Riverbank by Justin Oaksford

And here is a little history on this particular river otter, Lazuli:
"Lazuli is the guardian of a river. The River spirit, like all natural spirits, is a cold force. Her job is simply to flow. However, this River observed Lazuli, rescuing those who were sinking to the bottom, or leading those along who seemed lost. While the River could not help these people, it granted Lazuli a breath that could form a magical bubble- a tool to help her lead people along the river in safety."

Thanks, Justin- We are excited to hear more about your creature, all of it's powers, and mystical attributes!

You can check out more of Justin Oaksford's work on his portfolio site here. You can also see Justin's work for the Animystics Exhibition on the Light Grey Shop here. Proceeds from Justin's work will be donated to Feline Rescue Inc. All of the artwork will be released on the Animystics website and online shop on Friday, April 18th! Keep your eyes out for details!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Alyssa Winans

Meet Alyssa Winans. Alyssa is a RISD Graduate, and currently working in San Francisco as an illustrator in the gaming industry. She has worked on projects such as Harmonix/ Disney's Fantasia game, as well as many other freelance projects, books, and posters. Alyssa enjoys, "working on projects from home, growing tomatoes, and making experimental ice cream flavors!"

We are excited to work with Alyssa during the Animystics Exhibition! Here is a sneak peek at her piece for the show and her real life animal companion!

Alyssa Winans

"I only have two fish living with me right now: Hall & Oates. However, my favorite fuzzy companion is actually my sister's dog, who my entire family dotes on! Kuma is an Australian Shepherd/Husky Mix, as well as a rescue dog. Due to his severe anxiety issues and various health difficulties, no one would adopt him, and the shelter could not longer keep him. My sister in law saw that he needed a foster home, volunteered, and eventually kept him. In two years, he's gone from being terrified of faces to grudgingly accepting our copious amounts of love and affection.. he remains the gentlest, most sweet-tempered dog I've ever met. He also likes to 'herd' his stuffed animals around the house."

Alyssa Winans
Fight and Flight by Alyssa Winans

We asked each artist to tell us a little about this animal, the inspiration, and why this is their spirit animal. Alyssa said, "I was always very attached to rabbits/hares as a child, and that has only gown as an adult. Their ability to be fearful, quick, watchful, and curious has alway resonated with me..."

You can read more about this piece, check out the original, or purchase a print on the Light Grey Shop here. You can also see more work by Alyssa Winans on her website here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Marianne Vincent

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of the touching stories, adorable pets, and artwork of the artists from the Animystics Exhibition! We are thrilled to celebrate their artwork and contributions to the show! As we share these artist's stories and artwork, we will be releasing their prints and originals on the online shop!

Meet Marianne Vincent. She is an illustrator from Montreal, Canada. She has a background in traditional and 3D animation, and is currently a lead artist at Hibernum Creations and a freelance illustrator. This is Marianne's first time exhibiting with us at Light Grey Art Lab, and we are thrilled to get to know her! Below are some of Marianne's real-life pets and inspiration for the show!

Marianne Vincent
"Katie is a sweet and loving Persian cat that I rescued from a backyard breeder. Even though she can be a bit shy at times, she is constantly on the lookout for attention."

Marianne Vincent
"I fell in love with Onyx as soon as I saw him at the pet shop! Back then, I already had two other ferrets under my care, Cyanure and Skyli, but wanted him to join the family..."

Marianne Vincent
Onyx by Marianne Vincent

You can check out Marianne's work on her website here, or purchase her work on the Light Grey Shop here. A portion of the proceeds from Marianne's sales will go towards Feline Rescue Inc. You can see more information about Feline Rescue, their mission, and their adoptable cats on their website.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Animystics: Sneak Peek!

We are just a few weeks away from the Animystics opening reception, and could not be more excited about all of the incredible artwork, original works, and surprises we have in store for you! All 120+ artists have been creating one of a kind pieces that pay homage to their favorite animals, furry friends, and familiars!

Over the next few weeks, you will get to know these artists, their real life pets and companions, and see the artwork they created for the exhibition. You will be able to view the originals in person at the exhibition, on the permanent gallery, and get to find your spirit animal through out interactive quiz and spirit animal finder! Keep your eyes open for details!

Animystics: Our Spirit Animals, Totems, and Familairs
Opens April 25th from 7-10pm
An animal benefit show for the Animal Humane Society, Feline Rescue Inc., and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.

Animystics Preview

Here are just a few previews of the images that will be displayed during the Animystics Exhibition. Above you can see work by Lara Paulussen, Dana Wulfekotte, Casey Crisenbery, Alyssa Winans, and Leanna Crossan. You can see the full list of participating artists and all of the exhibition details on the Facebook Event page here!

The opening reception will include a photobooth for you and your pet, a raffle drawing, a hot dog station, information for our local shelters, signups for the Walk for Animals and more! Along with the exhibition, we are planning a trip on April 16th to the Como Zoo and Conservatory to view the wildlife, sketch plants and animals, and meet other creatives. You can see more details about this event here. We are also going to participate in the Animal Humane Society 40th Annual Walk for Animals! We will be there along with out studio dogs, Atari and Twinkle! Come say hello, meet all of our pets, and walk with us! You can see more details on the facebook page here, as well sign up or donate to the Light Grey Art Lab team here!

Thanks for all of your support and the support for our animal friends!
Let's work together to make a difference!