Fridays, September 6 & 13, October 11, Boston, MA: I'll be again on Summer Street between Macy's and what was Filenes, from 11am to 6pm, for some more of the Fridays Art Markets in downtown Boston.
Sunday, September 29, Hyde Park, MA: I'll be at 1391 Hyde Park Ave for Hyde Park Open Studios, 11am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, Lowell, MA: It is Lowell Open Studios from 11am to 5pm and I'll be there, even though I am not sure where exactly, more info on my site when the time comes, or on their site.
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20, Arlington, MA: As usual, I 'll be on the second floor, room C2 I think -I can never remember the number but there are two rooms only, so you will eventually find me, for theArlington O.S at Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, from noon to 5pm.
Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10, Allston, MA: Here too, I should be at my now usual spot on the 3rd floor, 119 Braintree Street in Allston, for the Allston Open Studios, noon to 6 pm.
Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, Somerville, MA: Human beings are creatures of habits, so I'll be happy to be back at my usual place as Patrick, my host, is kind enough to let me use his place again, a studio on the 3rd floor whose number I always forget, for the Brickbottom Open Studios, 1 Fitchburg St, noon to 6 pm.
Saturday, December 7, Cambridge, MA: Holiday Boutique at the International School of Boston, 45 Matignon Rd, from 10am to 4 pm in the gymnasium (entrance at the parking lot near the church)
+ shows in December, not confirmed yet: in Medford, with David Harris and friends for our annual Home show. I'll send you invitation for these two events when and If I know more about them.
Sitting on a bench in a garden somewhere in France, I am thinking about the upcoming shows I have to tell you about, yet I rather explore the country and sample the food -and the wines, so it will be a short newsletter and I am sure you will understand why!
I hope to see you this fall however, but if you cannot come, you can always go to my site to see what I am up to. I will update the list of venues as soon as there is a new one scheduled.
In the meantime, have a good day,
Yes, it is finally done! In English, in French, everything has been translated, corrected, proof-read (thanks Dana, Hannah, Peggy, Sara, and Sarah), only the printing is still to come. I did not want to do it this summer when I was not home to receive the shipment, so the book in its English version will be available sometime during the fall. You have its cover here as a preview. The French version will be available as an ebook, but I am not in charge of this part of the work, Olivier is, so I do not know when it will be done. I'll post the links to Amazon, Nook and ITunes on my website as soon as they are available.
Work in progress
I started experimenting with the idea of cartoons a few months ago when I downloaded an app allowing free hand drawing on my tablet, but I was not convinced by my first results, even though I liked the idea. In fact, I used to draw and paint figures when I was in France, so it is nothing new in itself, but this time, I wanted these figures to talk. I reworked the drawings after a while, sought advice for the layout and the texts (thanks Mohammed and Dana), but stopped again as I did not know how to proceed further. Now I think I know, but nothing is sure yet as it takes time for an idea to reach fruition. If it becomes a book, it will be called "Red, Green and Blue" and it will consist of cartoons, poems and photos illustrating or complementing a love story. To be continued.
Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, Medford: I'll be at 151 Sharon Street for the West Medford Open studios, noon to 5 pm.
Saturday, May 4, Somerville: I'll be at the Burren in Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, during the Somerville Open Studios, and it will be from noon to 6 pm (I will not be there on Sunday)
Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, Cambridge: It is Cambridge Open Studios, East/Central, from noon to 6pm, and I'll be at 1000 Mass Ave, on the Cambridge College campus.
Fridays, May 24 & 31th, June 7, Boston: I'll be on Summer St between Macy's and what was Filenes, from 11am to 6pm, for some of the Fridays Art Markets in downtown Boston. It is a long day, I am under a tent so it is always a challenge with the weather, but I like looking at the street life, and I do make some sales in between long periods of disappointment!
Sunday, June 2nd, Boston: I'll be somewhere on Beacon Hill for the Beacon Hill Art Walk, 11am to 6pm, and a map will be provided at some key location on the day of the event (it will also be accessible on their website, and I will post it on my website)
Saturday, June 15, Beverly: I'll be at the Art Fest, 10 am to 4pm, and it will be my first time there, on Cabot Street under a tent.
Sunday, June 16, North Andover: I'll be at the Museum of printing, 800 Mass Ave, from 10am to 4pm, during their annual printing art fair.
Saturdays in July, Grand Manan Island, NB, Canada: I'll show island related prints andphotos during the Saturday Farmer's market, 10am-noon, in North Head (these works are also on sale at Pettes Cove Art Gallery on Pettes Cove Road)
+ shows this fall: Boston, Summer Street Friday Art market, Sept 6 & 13, Oct 11 ;Hyde Park Open Studios,Sunday, Sept 29. Detailled info and more venues in the next newsletter.
It looks like winter went very fast, here I am again writing a newsletter for upcoming shows when I have not finished yet all I had planned to do during the normally slow January-March months. I guess I had put too much on my plate!
My main task was to finish my new book and it is nearly done, but I need some more weeks before I can send everything to the printer. Writing some more stories, translating them all, waiting for proofreading, and editing are slow process, especially when you add the creation of new prints (one is shown on the right, I tried my hand on 1.5x1.5" image size prints, I like the result, yet I think it is the smallest I will go), a series of cartoons I am not sure yet I want to show, the selection of new photos, and the reprinting of older images.
I had other activities too, and below are some info about them.
I hope to see you at one place or another during my upcoming shows, but if you cannot come, you can always go to my site to see what I am up to.
In December, some friends of mine asked me if I would make original fotoprints for them, based on photos of their home I would take. I liked the experience a lot, and you can see one image I did for them here, the others are on this site. If you would like me to do the same for your home, do not hesitate to contact me :)
Otherwise, I had an unexpected very good day at the Cambridge farmer market in January, it was a new venue and I was not sure it would be a good one, it looks like I was mistaken. I also exhibited three prints in a group show at the Lexington library, and I sold one. Last but not least, 13Forest gallery in Arlington sold some of my works and asked for more, so it was a good beginning of the year for once.
On a somber note however, the Old Print Barn in Meredith, NH, does not represent me anymore: the owner told me it would be wise to get my prints back as she does not know how long she will be able to keep the gallery open.
I was in France for a few days at the end of 2012, and I decided I should go and see my childhood hometown. My idea was that I had to remind myself of where I was coming from if I wanted to know where I was going to, but it proved an exercise in futility. The weather was awful, the only rays of sun appeared at sunset, and all the places I remembered fondly had been transformed in one way or another. I took some pictures, then I left, you can see here some of the work I created when I came back.Moral of the story: when the past has disappeared, build for the future. It was not a bad experience however, just one I did not expect to turn out that way.
Even though it seems a bit late to send an invitation for Sunday, Dec 16, anytime from noon to 5pm, who knows what your plans are for this day? In any case, like last year, David Harris and I will be showing our works in his house, 151 Sharon Street in West Medford, and if you feel like it, please come and see us. We will have drinks and foods for you, and the fireplace burning if the weather allows it. We had a good time last year when we did it, so we decided we would do it again this year.
Of course, it would be easier for us to plan the day if you were telling us you will come, so please send us a note if you think you will, even if you end up doing something else.
Otherwise, I'll also have two shows at the Burren in Davis Square for the remaining of December, and one once a month in Cambridge from January to April 2013 (see below)
I also plan to use the quieter Winter months to finish the 2nd book of Images, Voyages, Impressions, a never ending project it seems! All the 52 stories are now written, but I still need to translate them in French -it helps me refine the English version- and work on the layout for the printed version and the Ebook one. Then Olivier and I could plan some more readings like the one we had last week at the Université Populaire, as it was a good experience (Olivier is a friend of mine and my ebooks editor, if you wonder) I'll keep you posted if it happens.
Finally, if you are intrigued by the images I put in this newsletter, I call them fotoprints and they are fairly new creations. It started when I went to Hull last October to take pictures of the town. I wanted to have local images for a gallery that carries some of my work there, however, as none of them were interesting by themselves, I decided to combine them, played with layers, contrasts and colors, got this result, and liked what I saw. Since then, I have used photos of Boston and Cambridge to create some more images of that kind. What do you think?
You'll tell me when I see you, if not, have a good Holiday Season, and all my best for 2013.
The details of the upcomings shows are below as usual, and there is always my website www.lecomtedominique.com if you want to see what I am doing, access my Facebook or Twitter page, read a blog (nothing new since June however), and so on.
Saturdays, December 8 & 15, Somerville: I'll be at The Burren, 247 Elm St in Davis St for two of their Saturday Local Artists Markets, noon to 4pm in the back room. I'll mainly bring small pieces as the space is limited.
Sunday, December 16, Medford: from 1pm to 5pm, I 'll be 151 Sharon St at David's and Janet's house for a two persons home show featuring David's photos and my work, plus drinks and food.
Saturdays, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 6, Cambridge: The dates are not confirmed yet, but I should be at the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market (I like selling in markets!) 5 Callender St (inside the gymnasium of Cambridge Community Center) from 10am to 2pm.
Other shows: West Medford Open Studios at the end of April, Cambridge Open Studios/Central in mid-May. Detailled info and more venues in the next newsletter.
All the images on this page are for sale somewhere here (look for the right tab on the site, or just enjoy the visit :))