Monday, March 7, 2016

Back to Blogging....

Save this date!

SACRED: Women in Vision
March 1-31, 2016
University of Maine at Machias Art Gallery

Reception
March 15th, 5-7 p.m.
Live music by Kelly Bryand and Anthony Branca

The show is up and looks great! We are grateful to Bernie Vinzani who did a wonderful job of hanging the work of five artists with varied styles. Women in Vision is honored to be showing in this space for Women's History Month!


 
River Flame
Raku, by Shanna Wheelock
Created while participating in the Tim Christensen Pottery Intensive at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, February 2016
What a great week!

Raku Cup
by Shanna Wheelock, 2016


The new carved design for 2016, The Harbor Seal.
I am in the thick of it working on the awards for the Bay of Fundy International Marathon.

Stitched in Stone
Photo from the granite path to the Breakwater Lighthouse.
I'm just back from a yearly visit to the Samoset with family.


Johnson Bay
Lubec, Maine


2015 season at Crow Town Gallery was so fabulous that I decided to return for the 2016 season! It's a great line up with four artists: Bonnie Beard, Sheryl Denbo, Kathrin Hilten, and myself.


Sun Halo
Incredible to witness!

Photographing the McCurdy Smokehouse in downtown Lubec never gets old....especially on a foggy day!


 Waiting for warmer days to meditate on the rocks at West Quoddy (warmer...and BEFORE the hiking population picks up!!!)


 
 Enjoying my canned mackerel from my first out-on-the water mackerel fishing experience last summer. It was great fun (and work!!!) catching lots of fish then canning and smoking them with Celia and Billy. It was a long, wet, and stinky day!!! Yummy, too!


The fluid-edged carved whale bowls have been a hit. I'm looking forward to showing my handcarved pottery this summer at Ironbound Gallery in Camden, Maine.

     I am attempting to return to blogging after a many-months hiatus. Same old story. I've been wrapped up in the everyday goings-on that go on in life. Every day seems to be an adventure and I am keeping myself busy with creative tasks as well as social time with friends and family. That may not sound so odd, but it was not so long ago that I was one of those "all work and no play" types of girls. So, I am enjoying life while keeping on top of the demands of being a full time artist and potter. Let me translate for you. Full time = way more than 40 hours a week. Still. I love what I do and I am blessed to be able to do it.

     Last year was full of gallery shows, vending, running shop, dancing, and hiking. This year is shaping up to be the same. Rest-assured, this "routine" is never boring. I'm working on the marathon awards again and preparing for a second season at Crow Town Gallery. I'll be creating all new work for those three shows this summer. Currently the Women in Vision group is showing at the UMM Art Gallery. It opens on March 15th. Hope you can make it to the reception!!!

     While I am returning to blogging, I am not quite awake enough to return to writing a lengthy text. I'll keep this one short and hope to hop back in soon with some creative ramblings. We'll just assume that since a picture is worth a thousand words...I already provided enough with the stream of photos above!

     My love affair with Lubec continues.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Silence

Save these dates...two pottery events coming up!

 Cobscook Pottery Annual Holiday Sale

  
 November 6-8, 2015
At my shop/studio
Lubec, Maine
Fri. 3-7, Sat. and Sun. 10-4

Pottery, jewelry, encaustic painting, drawing
Refreshments, raffle, and holiday cheer!



Cobscook Pottery at the 
United Maine Craftsmen Show
 November 14th and 15th
At the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-3


 Bouli, hanging with the art in studio main.


An early autumn bonfire.


 Mowry Beach has the biggest heart I've ever found.


 Hamilton Cove 


 Lubec pier on a foggy afternoon, high tide.


 A successful show this summer at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine


I enjoyed my first season as a resident artist at Crow town Gallery. 
I look forward to next summer with a line-up that includes three exhibits, intriguing artists, 
and live music.


 Lots of carving in prep for holiday sales.


 I'm about as messy as they come when it comes to potters!


 West Quoddy State Park


 Johnsons Bay, Lubec, Maine


 harvested some Chicken of the Woods Mushroom. Yummy!!!


 Sliced and ready to be dehydrated, wild Chicken of the Woods mushroom.


It  seems my weekly blog posts are a thing of the past but I felt the pull to begin writing again these past few days. Facebook covers the day-to-day happenings (of which there are plenty!) and so lots has piled-up from the past three months of eblogger silence.  There is too much to recap fully here so I will just leave it at it was a summer-into-autumn full of art, music, family, friends, and continuation of self-growth.

Mostly what I am reflecting on is all the change that has occurred in the past couple years. I think we all have times in our lives when things ramp up and lessons come at a speedier clip than normal. If I were to look back at blog posts from three or four years ago, I think that I would mostly find weekly work accomplishments listed in paragraph form. I could still do that, as life doesn't ever seem to really slow down. What has slowed, though, is my presence within the whirlwind of everything around me.

With the MFA behind me and a shifting of gears into the rhythm of pottery and art, I find that the freedom of flexibility in my schedule allows for deep reflection on a fairly regular basis. By nature, my work hours are dictated by the needs of the clay. Some days I am at it from wake until sleep and other days I may find myself only in the studio four or five hours (or not at all....rare but it happens!). In an effort to work on self-love, self-care has become one of the main focuses in my life. When I was teaching full-time, building the pottery business, and going to school, lots of things for my own well being were put on the back burner. I now fully appreciate the "little" things like being able to break in the middle of the day for a walk, exploration along the beach or in the woods, a solid meal, baths, meditation, sleep, time with friends, or an evening out.

I am a domestic nomad. I move from space to space at home determined by which spot feels most beneficial to creative expression. When carving, I may find myself outdoors (weather permitting) where I listen to birds and wind in the trees, or if cold or rainy, I may be plunked down in my favorite chair fireside. While my hands are preoccupied, my mind is free. I use that time to either gain new knowledge through youtube videos (there is lots of interesting stuff out there!!!) or I find myself (most often) sitting and working in "silence". Two years ago, this was something i would seldom do, as silence was uncomfortable. I filled every moment with sound.
Now it is something that I have come to crave. True silence I have not yet experienced, but the most basic level being removal of voice and the drone of mechanical sound, I partake in as often as I am able. Noise is ever present and I do not know that it can ever be fully escaped. The closest I can come is a winter day when power kicks out. In winter, there is a stillness, even if the howl of  wind passes over snowy white mounds. Electricity has a constant hum that we seldom notice until its presence ceases.

Intrigued I am, still, that even in those conditions that silence is not found. While meditating in a windowless, enclosed dark space a few nights ago, I could still hear my own heartbeat and breathing, along with the currents of energy passing through electrical cords to items I thought silent....alarm clock and heater.  It's interesting how loud a heartbeat sounds when all other devices are "off" and darkness surrounds.

So for now, "silence" means an inward focus on self and the experience of the relative quiet of nature. More and more I long for that space, fortunate to find on my walks in the woods or at the beach or at home during hibernations. As I find myself still at times racing against the clock with  my seasonal work schedule, I fantasize those short, dark days of winter when the most quiet silence descends for solitude and deep introspection.






Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer Shows in Swing!



Crow Town Gallery 2015
First group show to open this week!
It is an honor to be included among this year's resident artists at Crow Town Gallery, alongside Bonnie Beard, Sheryl Denbo, and Stephen Dinsmore. 


Group Show #1 (all four artists): Opens Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Group Show #2 (all four artists): Opens Thursday,  August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Sheryl Denbo Website
Stephen Dinsmore Website
Shanna Wheelock Website
Bonnie Beard Website


Something My-Sti-Cal
Nextdoor Gallery
Estport, Maine


Opening Reception
Friday, July 17th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Artsipelago Artist Studio Tour
July 18 and 19
10am-5pm eastern time
Come visit me during tour weekend for a glimpse at my studio and art practice!


Artsipelago Website


Traces: Vanishing Landscapes
August 28-September 19, 2015
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine

 The Silence Between
Ceramic, by Shanna Wheelock

Traces: Vanishing Landscapes” highlights the visions of three Maine artists who examine what is left behind as the state’s economy “modernizes” and shifts.  The exhibit offers an engaging and contemporary dialogue on changing Maine life that is relevant throughout the state.  At the same time, the deep personal connections that Sarah Brayman, Lisa Tyson Ennis and Shanna Wheelock bring to their subject matter ensures a heartfelt meditation on change, threading together sense of place and small-town life. Permeating these three artists’ visions is a respect for common objects, and the people who made, used or sold them. National and global trends, such as the international migration of industry, fisheries depletion, chain-store domination of retail, and reorganization and consolidation of education will be grounded in the concrete realities of the areas the artists call home: Lubec and Brunswick areas of Maine, as well as the Canadian isle of Newfoundland.  


Cobscook Pottery is OPEN for the season!

Pottery, art, jewelry. Open most days this summer by chance or appointment. Look for the OPEN flag and sign in North Lubec. I am always happy to open off hours to accommodate your needs. Just give me a call or send me an email through my website or facebook:
Cobscook Pottery on Facebook

It's 11:30 at night a few days before I deliver work for two shows and prepare for a weekend of open studio time in the Artsipelago tour. Aside from that, the shop is open most days and in between greeting customers I am nose to the grindstone creating art and pottery.

People who have known me for years know very well the kind of work pace I keep. In the past, a docket like this one  (toss in an art opening and two days of gallery sitting to the aforementioned list!) would have sent me into a total flurry of fluster. Amazingly, I am feeling quite calm. I AM the proverbial "eye of the storm."

I decided about a week and a half ago to take a short break from pottery production in order to find my groove in studio main. I have had some ideas for sculptural wall pieces that I call "Column Constructions" and decided to finally solidify those ideas. With the help of a local engineer who came over to brainstorm with me and several tubes of high test epoxy, it looks like I am good to go! I'm excited to be showing new work at Crow Town Gallery later this week, and as always, the opening reception will be a blast, complete with good eats, wine, and music.

This summer is a transition phase of sorts. In summers past I spent a chunk of time on the road vending pottery. This summer I am keeping it all closer to home to focus on four gallery exhibits. As well, the herring orders are piling up and at this point it seems most wise to stay put and keep creating. Hey, I won't argue with that!

It's a bit too late and I'm a bit too tired to get deep with this blog entry. For now, I will succumb to these droopy eyelids and get some much needed shuteye.

Loving summer in Lubec!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Swinging Into Summer

The summer schedule is forming!
Stay tuned for updates!

Traces: Vanishing Landscapes
August 28-September 19, 2015
Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine

 The Silence Between
Ceramic, by Shanna Wheelock

Traces: Vanishing Landscapes” highlights the visions of three Maine artists who examine what is left behind as the state’s economy “modernizes” and shifts.  The exhibit offers an engaging and contemporary dialogue on changing Maine life that is relevant throughout the state.  At the same time, the deep personal connections that Sarah Brayman, Lisa Tyson Ennis and Shanna Wheelock bring to their subject matter ensures a heartfelt meditation on change, threading together sense of place and small-town life. Permeating these three artists’ visions is a respect for common objects, and the people who made, used or sold them. National and global trends, such as the international migration of industry, fisheries depletion, chain-store domination of retail, and reorganization and consolidation of education will be grounded in the concrete realities of the areas the artists call home: Lubec and Brunswick areas of Maine, as well as the Canadian isle of Newfoundland.  


Crow Town Gallery 2015 Resident Artists
It is an honor to be included among this year's resident artists at Crow Town Gallery, alongside Bonnie Beard, Sheryl Denbo, and Stephen Dinsmore. We have three shows slated for the 2015 season. Please join us at the opening receptions, listed below:


Sheryl Denbo Solo: Opens June 25
Group Show #1(all four artists): Opens July 16

Home Gardeners' Fair
Sunday, June 7th
10am-3pm
Lubec Consolidated School


I'll be there with my pottery!

Join in a fun and educational event with workshops and vendors provided by local expertise. Come learn about raised bed construction, raising vegetables, companion planting, soil building, canning, homesteading with animals and much more. The annual Downeast Coastal Conservancy plant sale will be there, along with seedlings for sale. The event is sponsored by the Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC), Transition Lubec, Lubec Open Market, Herbminders of Maine, Coast of Maine and Old Sow Farm. For questions, please contact Heidi Herzeberger 733-4688

2015 Bay of Fundy International Marathon

Catch me and my Cobscook Pottery wares this June at the:

Bay of Fundy International Marathon Expo
at Lubec Consolidated School
Saturday, June 27th
9:00 am  - 6:00 pm eastern time

Marathon Street Fair
Sunday, June 28th
Downtown Lubec
9:00 am -3:00 pm

Also note: there is a fair on Campobello Island on Saturday, too, with music and crafts. Grab your passport and head on over!! You'll find more detailed info on the marathon website, listed above.


Lubec Farmers' Market
Saturdays 9:00-11:00 am
Beginning June 13th

I'll be there vending my wares most Saturdays this summer! I tend to skip out on rainy days and occasionally have to miss due to other engagements. Either way, it's a wonderful way to spend your Saturday morning with yummy locally grown and prepared foods, arts and crafts, and live music!


Artsipelago Artist Studio Tour
July 18 and 19
10am-5pm eastern time
Come visit me during tour weekend for a glimpse at my studio and art practice!
Artsipelago Website


Cobscook Pottery is OPEN for the season!

Pottery, art, jewelry. Open most days this summer by chance or appointment. Look for the OPEN flag and sign in North Lubec. I am always happy to open off hours to accommodate your needs. Just give me a call or send me an email through my website or facebook:
Website Email
Cobscook Pottery on Facebook



   


My primary winter and spring pottery project has been creation of this year's marathon awards. It's down to the wire now!!! I'm just finishing up the last set of age category medallions. Bouli has been keeping and eye on production, as you can see.


The Enkindled Spring
by D.H. Lawrence
This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that's gone astray, and is lost.

Barnacles and weed at Mowry Beach, Lubec.

A foggy day in downtown Lubec.



Boats in Johnson Bay, Lubec, Maine.


The annual Tide Mill farms seedling sale, heralding the start of planting season.
I snagged a few of my favorites, of course!!!


Old mill exterior, Grafton, Vermont

My sister and I had a night out in Portland, enjoying the the music of Xavier Rudd and The United Nations. This was my first time to Port City Music Hall, and I loved the venue!
Thanks for the photo, Chris Jandreau!


Bello with a carved scallop pot.

I've been away from blogging lately (I probably start most blog entries like this now!). It's taking some focus to get back in the groove and I hope to keep a more regular schedule. The positive point to this absence is that I have been keeping myself busy with various projects and even a bit of socializing and travel. A self-admitted workaholic, I have been attempting to change my ways and sprinkle in a bit of fun now and again.

My love affair with Lubec is still going strong and I am looking forward to staying a bit closer to home this summer to focus on creative projects in my own backyard, so to say. As one of the resident artists at Crow Town Gallery, I will be "sitting" one day a week(come say hello!!!), plus keeping my own shop open, and participating in the farmers' market. With the addition of two exhibits at Crow Town Gallery and one at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, my work flow will be more varied this summer. Usually summer months are devoted wholly to pottery production, but this summer I am looking forward to sculpture, painting, and drawing....once I get shops stocked and marathon awards done and delivered, that is!

I also look forward to seeing the usual suspects this summer as they begin to filter back into Lubec. Beach walks are becoming a bit more pleasant with warmer temps and I sure am glad to see that the snow has finally melted in full. What a winter that was! I love all the seasons, even winter...but shoveling...not so much. Now it's all about blooming flowers, green trees, happy birds, peepers, and soon fire pits and fireflies. Live music never skipped a beat here, even in the coldest and darkest of days. I'm thankful for my friends who keep that rolling! And for all my crazy dancing friends!

Now to leave this laptop and move my way toward the cave for an afternoon and evening pot trimming session.

A potter's work is never done.

But that's a good thing!