EBC, zodiac, and more upcoming shows.

Aquarius woodcut

Hand-colored with genuine azurite, smalt, hematite, iron oxides, and yellow ochre.

The 2014 Esoteric Book Conference has come and gone and as always it was a fantastic weekend. Some of my personal high points included sitting in on the truly excellent presentations, the diversity of the artwork on display, and getting to see Timo Ketola’s phenomenally detailed ink drawings in person. There was a particularly positive response to the secret piece I mentioned in my most recent blog post and newsletter. (More details will be forthcoming once I’m granted permission to share them, so stay tuned.) Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, and to those who were unable to make it we hope to see you there next year!

Those of you who’ve been following the development of the new zodiac series will be happy to learn that it’s now available through Xylographilia and Etsy. You may find individual prints of each of the twelve signs of the zodiac available on cream or white cotton rag paper, complete sets of all twelve prints, and four unique prints hand-colored with genuine mineral pigments (currently available only on Etsy).

Aries on Cream paper

Aries on Cream paper

If you don’t see a hand-colored version of your favorite sign, I will be offering more in the near future and am open to discussing custom color schemes on Zodiac prints. You should allow up to four weeks of turnaround time for custom color, so if you’re planning ahead for the holidays I encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible.

For those of you in the Portland area, Xylographilia’s next big event will be the opening of my show at Redux Boutique & Gallery on October 3rd. Redux, located at 811 E Burnside #110 in Portland, specializes in handmade art, accessories, and jewelry produced by local artisans and fairly traded import companies internationally. They’re also bi-monthly participants in the First Friday Art Walks on Lower

Pisces on White paper

East Burnside. We’ll be showing a mix of Halloween-appropriate art as well as the new zodiac prints. Magnets will also be available, so if you’re in the area I encourage you to drop by and check it out. Show runs through late November.

Also in October, the opening reception of my very first solo gallery show, Beasts of Lore: The Xylographic Art of Liv Rainey-Smith, will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, Oregon on October 17th. The reception will last from 5 – 8 PM in the community gallery. Located at 40 S Bartlett St., RGAC is considered a premiere gallery space for exhibiting artists as well as an invaluable community resource due to their art education program which provides classes and workshop opportunities for children and adults. The solo show will feature a selection of my illustrations from the Arcanum Bestiarum and will be on display at RGAC through November 21st.

Finally, progress on the Mona Lisa tribute for this year’s da Vinci Arts Fair continues. I’m still in the thick of the carving stage and am sharing process photos on Facebook. The completed print will be auctioned to benefit da Vinci Arts Middle School during the fair on December 6th and 7th.