Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring Emerges in Lubec

Arched like the rib of some ancient whale 
whose bones have worked their way back up through the sand and dunes, a whitewashed rainbow settled in grass as golden as Rapunzel’s hair. The earth held the aquatic mammal for centuries until a low sandy mumble forced it to puncture through the layers and up into the sky.  No longer breaching or flirting with ships’ captains, no longer dancing the waves, rather, a portal between Aether and Terrain. Who dare pass?

 (Herring Cove, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada)

Mowry Beach, Lubec, Maine 

Cairns at West Quoddy, Green Point
Lubec, Maine

Mowry Beach, Lubec, Maine

Their union was cemented a long time ago, a young cyprid swimming free in the water. She happened upon the lone stone at high tide, adoring his crown of green flowing seaweed. Elated she performed a handstand, never to tumble upside right again. Soon others joined, each dwelling in their own shell, algae tinted, clinging to their substrate for to grow. Years of communing, weathering the elements, basking in sun and cloud at low, watching the fish, crabs, and mollusks at high.  A better life not there be.

Waves breaking at Mowry Beach, like  Chihuly Seaform!
Lubec, Maine

Conversation with a gull.
Lubec, Maine

 (Herring Cove, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada)

 What's your sign?
 (Herring Cove, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada)

 (Mowry Beach, Lubec, Maine)

Stone souls are ancient and wise. No pocket guide translator will be able to decipher their language. Silence speaks in the space between, where words hang nestled amongst inhale and exhale. Breathy air collides but ever so gently, hovers in gravity, tethered to Aether.  Their native tongue is steeped in the stars. To touch a stone and understand one must be adept at reading braille, speckled aggregate of a billion galaxies.

 Color and light emerging from thawing puddle.

A sure sign of spring!

 Handcarved tiles from the Herring Collectors Series.
Shanna Wheelock, 2014
 Handcarved sardine and weir tile from the Herring Collectors Series
Shanna Wheelock, 2014

Sand Bar at Mowry Beach
Lubec, Maine

Contemplative me on a windy day at the beach.

 Pirate's Creek
Lubec, Maine

 Been busy at work carving awards for the Bay of Fundy Marathon.
Medallions in progress.
Closing in on the end of the wet work! Next week, it's all about the glazing!

 Snowy birch, late snow in spring.

Mosaic workshop with Lisa Marquis Bradbury.
What fun I had!
Eastport, Maine

Pirates Creek, Lubec, Maine

 Ribs of an ancient coniferous beast decay and protrude from ground, remains before a last descent into earth.  Ten years’ time this hackmatack sat at water’s edge, waiting for a journey that never came to be. Abandoned, left to ponder the tides and weather the wind, snow, and ice. The occasional winged visitor would sit upon woody flesh, splintered by sharp iron spikes. Did the bufflehead ever make its way from the bay, or the eider or Canada goose, to sit upon this elder’s bones? To decipher the wisdom from knots and grains? How many souls were carried across the stones and flow and did they carry with them a coin for the ferryman? 

The Chili and Chowder Cook-off was a HUGE success! We had a blast and all were well fed. The proceeds from this event help to support the granite sculpture installation that Lubec will receive via this year's Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
We need donations to help meet our $12,000 goal. If you can help out (so that I, along with my volunteer committee mates can put our stressed-out fundraising minds at rest)....please send your lovely generous donation to:
SISS Lubec
c/o Rule
PO Box 519
Lubec, ME 04652

Bouli critiquing a current drawing in progress.

I have been away from blogging for a while and the photos sure have piled up! Here in Lubec we are finally turning the bend in to spring and all feels hopeful that soon we will put our thermals to rest somewhere in the back of the closet until next fall. The rain lover that I am you would think that I would be reveling in these grey drizzly and damp days, but to be honest, I am ready for some glaring heat-infused shine to warm these bones. When the solar disc does make a shiny heated appearance I try to get outside for a little yard work or a walk on one of the many beaches. I think this is a sign, for sure, of me getting older; thinking that spring will never fully arrive and longing for summer. I must have been spoiled by that mid-winter trip south where for six glorious days I was able to nestle barefoot piggies in sand along shore while wearing only single layers, and ones that did not include wool to boot. Yes, I think it is obvious. I am ready to welcome eighty degree days with those late afternoon thunder boomers that shake the earth then bless us with glorious arched spectrum.

It was an intense winter on many levels. At current I am working on commissioned pottery orders including the marathon awards while trying to think about what needs to be done for summer vending. I am fortunate to have three art exhibits lined up for this summer as well, but have yet to begin the major planning for those. Things always seem to come together though.  Sprinkled in amongst pottery orders I have enjoy thinking about my thesis work which is picking up in intensity. It will be yet another fine juggling act which I seem to have become quite adept at. Of course, if you were to actually hand me a few balls and ask to juggle those I would surely drop them. 

Walks have become a near daily ritual. I have always walked but now these walks have shifted to become a necessary component of my soul and art development. Most days I document sights of interest and when inspired find myself writing a short bit of verse. This sort of contemplation, or meditation if you will, is feeding my artistic self at a very deep level. Drawing has pushed to the forefront artistically over the sculpture and I find myself yearning for more wax and ink rather than clay. The pottery seems to have become such a big production that there is a delineation between what is "work" and what is "art", though art is in and of itself work as well. The real distinction is, perhaps, that one (the pottery) is determined by supply and demand (at this point) while the drawing is what speaks from my core, from a more introspective, spiritual space. I love both and know that balance is good. I am truly blessed. This I know.

Lubec is starting to come to life once again. The buzz is that it is going to be a wild summer. The Bay of Fundy Marathon will kick things off in a big way bringing more than an extra thousand people to our little seaside village.  The farmers market kicks up in June as well as Summer Keys, and then there are also the  Cobscook Bay Music concerts. Fourth of July and Pirate's Weekend will pack the streets, and in August we have an art auction and studio art tour. What a summer this will be! I be busy!!!
Save these dates!

June 14, 2014
Shanna Wheelock vending at the 
(details TBA)
(I will be debuting my latest handcarved Collectors Series, the North Atlantic Right Whale, as this year's selected artisan for the marathon awards.)

June 19-July 15, 2014
KINDRED: Women in Vision
Lubec Landmarks, Lubec, Maine
Opening reception Saturday, June 21st, 5:00 p.m.
(Women in Vision is a collaboration between Passamaquoddy Bay area artists Sherry Ashby Cunningham, Lisa Marquis Bradbury, Sharon Kiley Mack, Elizabeth Ostrander, and Shanna Wheelock)

August23 - September 5, 2014
SACRED: Women in Vision
Next Door Gallery, Eastport, Maine
Opening reception Saturday, Augsut 23rd, 5:00 p.m.
(Women in Vision is a collaboration between Passamaquoddy Bay area artists Sherry Ashby Cunningham, Lisa Marquis Bradbury, Sharon Kiley Mack, Elizabeth Ostrander, and Shanna Wheelock)

August 23, 2014
Quoddy Artists Studio Tour
Artists from Eastport, to Lubec, and across the bridge to Campobello open their studios to public!

September 2014
Shanna Wheelock at Lubec Memorial Library
(details TBA, including a name for the show!!!)

Mid June-Mid October
Lubec Market
Saturdays 9-11:00
(Weather and travel permitting, this is where I will be most Saturday mornings this coming

I'm still hashing out the details of this summer and fall's vending/gallery schedule and already have 2015 exhibits in the works. Updates to come soon!