Omens & Portents, and other approaching delights

“Balance” coming off the block.

If I’ve been quiet recently it’s because most of my waking hours have been absorbed by the creation of multiple new editions, and the beginning of another very exciting project I can’t discuss publicly at this time. All I can say for the moment is that I’ve signed a contract that has rendered my art time solidly booked through June 2016, which give you some idea of the scale of this new endeavor. More details will be forthcoming in time, but in the interim check out the rundown of my next upcoming events!

First, on July 17th I’m happy to be returning to Seattle, Washington’s Gargoyles Statuary for my new solo show Omens & Portents. This show will feature some of the new works mentioned above and some older favorites, too, primarily inspired by Hermetic magic and alchemy. (You can see a close-up of one of the aforementioned new prints, Balance, coming off its block at left.) An opening night reception will take place from 6 – 9 PM on July 17th, and I’ll be in attendance, so I hope you’ll all stop by to enjoy some wine, cheese, and art! Omens & Portents is a part of the U-District Art Walk, so if you’re in the Seattle area you’ll have the opportunity to join us throughout the month of July. If you can’t be there in person, then you’ll definitely want to check out Gargoyles’ online store and browse the incredible selection of statues, candle holders, birdbaths, incense burners, and other beautiful, functional pieces of art they have to offer.

“Direction” drying in the rack.

The following month I’ll be traveling to Providence, Rhode Island for my second NecronomiCon, August 20th – 23rd. This biennial celebration of all things Lovecraft is organized by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council (yes, that’s a real thing, and a federally recognized 501c3 to boot), dedicated to studying Lovecraft’s influence on the modern world of art and literature. Convention-goers will enjoy films, games, art, guest panels of Lovecraftian luminaries, and much more, and it’s not too late to buy tickets, either! Guest passes and single-day tickets can be purchased here while supplies last, but you’ll want to act quickly: the Golden and Silver Key passes have already sold out, and only a limited number of General Pilgrimage passes remain. Why wait? The stars are right!

If you’re a newcomer to NecronomiCon or the world of Lovecraft mythos, I encourage you to check out the NecronomiCon website and read up on the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council. In addition to sponsoring historic tours, art exhibits, film screenings, and other Lovecraft-oriented events, they’ve also recently opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Providence: your one-stop shop for all manner of Lovecraftian curiosities. Check out the pictures here!

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A shot of the interior of the new store. Photo from the NecronomiCon Providence Facebook album.

Then in September, a couple of my prints will be in Port Townsend, Washington for The Printmaker’s Hand III. This juried show is especially unique because it consists entirely of hand-pulled woodcut prints, so those of you interested in this somewhat arcane art will have plenty to feast your eyes on. The Printmaker’s Hand III runs September 4th – 27th at Northwind Arts Center. For more information, visit their homepage here. I’m not yet certain whether I will be in attendance at the opening reception, but I hope to be able to make the journey.

Also in September, I’ll be heading to Seattle again for the seventh annual Esoteric Book Conference. This multi-disciplined conference brings together artists, authors, bookmakers, publishers, and scholars of esotericism for a weekend of presentations, book-signings, and performance. This year’s lineup will include presentations by Jeff Lavoie, Emily Pothast, Amy Hale, Stephanie Spoto, and others; the work of artists including Valerie Herron, Ezra Sandzer-Bell, Travis Lawrence, Raven Ebner, and Troy Chambers; and a panel of six hosts that includes yours truly. More information including a complete lineup, location and lodging info, and a list of this year’s book fair vendors can be found at the EBC website.

Lastly, if you’d like to take home some Lovecraft treasures of your very own, you should definitely back the Trip to R’lyeh Kickstarter helping to finance the 20th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Supporters will receive rewards ranging in value from $1 to $5000+ dollars, and those who contribute at the Cryptic Design, VIP Yog-Sothoth, Traveler from Beyond the Stars, All Access, and above levels will receive an original hand-pulled limited edition woodcut print made by me expressly for this Kickstarter. What are you waiting for? Get yours before they’re gone!

That’s all for now. Until next time, I leave you with this video of Direction being inked and proofed.