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First Friday & da Vinci Arts Fair

2014 is nearinMona g its conclusion, and I’m closing out the year with just two more shows! I’ll be shipping worldwide as usual (see the bottom of this post for free shipping codes), but if you’d like to get out and see works in person before the new year, you have two more opportunities this weekend.

First, I’ll be participating in Bite Studio‘s Holiday Print Show on December 5th. This First Friday show will take place at Portland, Oregon’s Bite Studio, located at 2000 SE 7th Ave. The show will run from 6 – 10 PM and will feature all-new prints from Bite’s resident printmakers. Due to a scheduling conflict I won’t be attending until later in the night, but there will be plenty of terrific art to enjoy in the meantime. (Click the link above to visit Bite’s homepage and view a sampling of some of the incredibly diverse work you can expect to see.)

The following night, the tenth annual da Vinci Arts Fair is coming up on December 6th and 7th at da Vinci Arts Middle School, located at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. To commemorate the occasion, I’ve created a special woodcut paying homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona #1 has been framed and will be raffled during the arts fair, and 100% of the proceeds will help fund arts and academic programs for da Vinci students. The remaining nine prints will be available to purchase ($80 each) along with a wide selection of my other work, including a few seasonal items like Gruss vom Krampus. All sales of Mona, and all purchases at the Fair benefit the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. For those of you curious about the creation of Mona, check out the videos below to watch me ink the woodblock and then pull a print.

That’s it for 2014 events. My first event in the New Year will be the 2015 Curious Gallery PDX, January 10th and 11th at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Ave. Visit their homepage for more info, including links to the Curious Gallery Google+, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Free Shipping!

Finally, the free shipping offer announced in my last blog post is still in effect through December 10th, so now’s the time to take advantage of it. Orders placed before December 15th should arrive in time for Christmas, so if you’re planning on giving the gift of art this holiday season, don’t hesitate! If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are valid in both my online store and Etsy shop.

Now showing in Portland & Medford

Spider

Spider

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Beasts of Lore opening night reception last weekend! For those of you in the Medford, Oregon area who couldn’t make it but still hope to see the show, let me remind you that Beasts of Lore will remain up through November 21st at Rogue Gallery & Art Center. More details available here. You can also read a write-up of the show in the Mail Tribune here.

Also, for those of you in Portland, Oregon, you can still catch my solo show at Redux through November. There will be more events on the way in the weeks to come, so stay tuned and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for regular photos and updates!

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

Rogue Gallery Show Opening Friday!

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Tomorrow night I’ll be at Rogue Gallery & Art Center at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. The opening night reception will be from 5 – 8PM on Friday, October 17th, so if you’re in the area please drop by and join the festivities! The show will run through November 21st.

Hope to see you there!

Redux, Rogue, and Zompire

With Halloween fast approaching and some fun new events just around the corner, October is shaping up to be an action-packed month here at Xylographilia!

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A jack-owl-lantern, one might say?

Redux Show

Coming up next in Portland, Oregon is my solo show at Redux  located at 811 E Burnside St., #110. Redux specializes in handmade local art, jewelery, and accessories produced by independent artisans and fair-trade import companies from around the world, and they’re regular participants in the popular First Friday Art Walks on Lower East Burnside. The opening night reception of my show is set for October 3rd from 6-9:30 PM, so if you’re in Portland I encourage you to stop by, join us for a drink, and enjoy some art! In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the Redux show will feature an assortment of seasonally appropriate original woodcut prints including bats, rats, spiders, and more of your favorite creepy-crawlies. Since the show runs through November, we’ll also be offering a selection of small prints, magnets, and everyone’s favorite harbinger of Christmas doom: Krampus!

Rogue Gallery Show

Then on Friday, October 17th, the opening reception of Beasts of Lore will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, located at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. Founded in 1960, Rogue Gallery & Art Center aims to enliven the Medford community through visual art. In addition to offering art education classes for children and adults, Rogue is considered a premier space for exhibiting artists, attracting regional artists and visitors from within the Medford community, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. I’m excited to be displaying my work there for the first time!

Krampus

Krampus

The reception will run from 5-8PM, and Beasts of Lore will be on display through November 21st. This show’s contents were inspired mainly by the imagery found in medieval bestiaries: illustrated volumes popular in the Middle Ages depicting both real and mythical animals. The creatures depicted in these books, in addition to being natural wonders, were intended to represent human virtues and vices. The illustrations were highly stylized, often to the point of being unrecognizable, and were typically accompanied by a passage of text explaining the moral or pitfall it stood for. I’ve taken some creative liberties by naturalizing my renderings of each animal and incorporating imagery from a wide variety of traditions and cultures.

Pelican

Pelican

Zompire Film Fest

In between the Rogue and Redux shows, the 2014 Zompire Film Fest will kick off at Portland, Oregon’s Clinton Street Theater—located at 2522 SE Clinton St.—on October 11th and 12th. Zompire, an offshoot of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, is an opportunity for independent horror filmmakers to showcase their finest undead films. Zombies, vampires, and other assorted ghouls are just a few of the horrors you can expect to encounter at this festival. (Note: Independent films are often unrated, so you may wish to consult the line-up if you plan to bring children.) Between films, you can stop by Artists Alley for a selection of some of my most ghoulish work.

Enjoy the fall colors, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Mythos & Monsters and what’s up next.

A million thanks to Gargoyles Statuary and owner Gayle Nowicki for making last weekend’s Mythos & Monsters show a success! We enjoyed a sizable turnout of enthusiastic patrons of the arts, and Figure 7. in particular was the recipient of bountiful attention. At this time half the edition has been sold, so if you want to add Figure 7. to your personal collection now is an opportune time to visit Gargoyles, or if Seattle is out of the question, my online shop and place your order. Quantities are extremely limited, and there can never be another first edition, so don’t miss out!

Gargoyles Show 2014

Photo credit: Gayle Nowicki, 2014

It’s worth noting that Gargoyles Statuary boasts the largest collection of my work available outside of what’s offered here at Xylographilia. Their inventory boasts pieces from previous series including Arcanum Bestiarum, as well as a number of rarities. Among the works currently on display are several new prints soon to be appearing in Nate Pedersen and P.S. Publishing’s upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology. Pictured at left, clockwise from top right, are She Who Binds the Dead in Chains, Sign! (hidden behind my hat), Figure 7., Tsathoggua, Night Hag, Él Que Protege El Camino, The King in Yellow, and Liber Ivonis. Additionally, Gargoyles Statuary is now carrying a selection of hand-silkscreened T-shirts produced in collaboration with Sigh Co. Graphics.

Figure 7.

Figure 7.

The Mythos & Monsters show can be viewed at Gargoyles Statuary through September 15th. Also in September will be the opening of my next major show, this time at the 2014 Esoteric Book Conference at Seattle’s University of Washington, just a short jaunt away from Gargoyles Statuary. This show will feature a new, never-before-shown selection of my work including the zodiac series, so be sure to book your tickets soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Zodiac series and upcoming shows

10462493_10152157368795009_3207793729911279895_nRecently I’ve taken a break from shows to create new work. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been working on a new print series depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. After concentrating primarily on larger projects for most of this year, I was inspired to tackle something smaller-scale. The completed series will be offered as an open edition and will debut at the Esoteric Book Conference in September alongside other new works.

My creative process begins with research. After gathering historical references that serve the image I have in mind, I sketch out a design and then transfer it to a basswood block with red carbon paper. For this series my references included a 15th-century codex about mining and farming (as in the case of Pisces above) as well as art from the High Middle Ages. Most of the carving has been done with 1mm and 1.5mm U-gouges (pictured). 10488320_10152168371915009_5867634521574897733_nOnce the design has been carved out, each new block will be proofed. After proofing, I’ll go in and do some final touch-ups before printing the editions. Every block in this series will measure no more than four inches, and the completed prints will also be of modest size. At this stage, Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer are complete, and Taurus is coming up next.

These prints will be offered individually and as a set. Stay tuned for further updates as the project evolves, and remember to follow me on Facebook for a more detailed look at the carving process.

P.S. My next show will take place at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington and will include works from the upcoming Starry Wisdom Library Anthology.

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May shows

 

Tsathoggua is born

Tsathoggua is born

Join us tonight, May 2nd, at Bite Studio for a group show! All manner of prints may be found, including three of my newest Lovecraft Mythos works. Doors will be open from 6pm to 10pm. One night only!

Bite Studio is located at 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

May 8th- 11th, Portland, Oregon

World Horror Convention

My creepiest woodcuts, including Tsathoggua shown to the right,  may be found in the art show, while I may be found on a number of art-related panels. Just check your schedule!

After WHC I’ll be taking a bit of a break from shows to concentrate on creating new work for some secret projects, as well as to debut later this year at the Esoteric Book Conference!

The Festival is nearly upon us!

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF

New Mythos works will be debuting at HPLFF!

Liv Rainey-Smith is pleased to announce that she will be appearing as a featured guest of the upcoming 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Her original hand-pulled woodcut prints will be available in Artists Alley. In addition to her popular illustrations from the 2012 Arcanum Bestiarum published by Three Hands Press, she will also be debuting a new selection of limited edition prints created for the soon-to-be-released Starry Wisdom Library anthology edited by Nate Pedersen. Mr. Pedersen as well as a number of other Starry Wisdom Library contributorsS T Joshi, Michael Cisco, Edward Morris, Jesse Bullington, Joe Pulver, Molly Tanzer, Pete Rawlik, Scott Nicolay, and Silvia Moreno-Garciawill also be guests at the festival.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Hand-coloring the grimoire with purpurite.

Attending Kickstarter backers who ordered her hand-colored special edition print Sign! will receive it as part of their rewards package during the festival. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-House, Sign! is an exclusive edition created just for HPLFF supporters. If you’d like to see what went into the creation of the edition, the work was documented here.

In previous years, Rainey-Smith has appeared at the HPLFF both as a vendor and a featured guest. This year, attendees will also have the opportunity to see her compete against Allen Koszowski, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer in Pickman’s Apprentice, a ninety-minute challenge in which Lovecraftian artists race to complete illustrations based on a theme chosen by the audience. Yes, she will be carving and printing a woodcut in those ninety minutes. Yes, first aid supplies will be at hand.

The 2014 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will take place from April 11th – 13th at the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/.

Upcoming shows

Raven Artist Proof with 23k gold, garnet, lapis lazuii, yellow ochre, and hematite

We’ve been busy cutting mats, bagging and boarding prints, and I’ve been gilding and hand-coloring some unique artist proof prints in preparation for late summer/fall shows. A few new woodcuts are in the works, though it may be some time before they are unveiled. Additionally, a new website is also in the works, which is why we’ve fallen behind on updates here. If you’d like a peek at what is new, I highly recommend a jaunt by my art page on Facebook. It is regularly updated with photos and tidbits.

Want to see work in person?

Seattle, Washington — anytime

The Xylographic Menagerie show at Gargoyles is over, but a large selection of standard edition prints remains, including the last available numbered Raven. Gargoyles is located at 4550 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.

Sacramento, California — August 9 – 11
I’ll be attempting to cram a lot of art into a very small space, including new hand-colored and gilded Artist Proof prints such as the Raven to the right. NOTOCON vending hours are 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday. Although the conference is a private event, the vending area will be located on the 2nd floor terrace in the atrium and is open to the public. The event is located at Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California 95814

Providence, Rhode Island — August 22 – 25

A couple of unique works will be part of the Ars Necronomica show at the Providence Art Club opening August 12th. I’ll be attending the reception August 22nd, and will be a guest at NecronomiCon Providence. Look for my work in original woodcut print form and as silk screened t-shirt format at the Arkham Bazaar/Sigh Co. Graphics booth in the vendor’s hall.

Seattle, Washington — September 14 – 15

I’m proud to be hosting the Art Show at the 5th Annual Esoteric Book Conference. The Art Show and Book Room are open to the public during conference hours. Featured this year are the works of Hagen Von Tulien, Divine Mania, Joseph Uccello, Kate Merriwether Lynch, and Daniel A. Schulke. Original prints and reproductions will also be available from a few other artists, including myself.

Portland, Oregon — October 12-13 and 19-20

I’ll be once more taking part in the Portland Open Studios Tour. I’ll be opening up my studio along with fellow printmakers Beth Kerschen and Tara Murino-Brault both weekends from 10am-5pm. Join us then for live printmaking action!

Online — anytime

As always, if you can’t make it to an event, I do my best to make my work available online. Original prints may be ordered anytime via my Etsy storefront. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Inquiries may be sent to: Liv.Raineysmith@gmail.com

Chimera printer’s ornament from Arcanum Bestiarum

The 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Finished Cthulandia woodcuts awaiting signing and numbering

Join me May 3rd through 5th at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon!

We’ll have my usual display in the vendor’s room, packed with Lovecraft-inspired woodcuts as well as the brand new Arcanum Bestiarum series. The print selection will include beasts not yet available online including trial proofs, a few unique hand-colored pieces, framed works, and a couple otherwise sold out surprises one of my dealers forgot they had! A few standard copies of Arcanum Bestiarum will also be available, and I’ll be happy to oblige if you already have a copy you’d like signed.

Shub-Niggurath Capra Silvae cum Mille Prolibus
Since I’m also an artist guest this year, I’ll be part of Panel 6: Makers of Arcane Artifacts on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30

Unearthly objects once glimpsed in nightmares can now be purchased in shops and held in your tentacled limb. Artisans, crafters and makers discuss their inspiration and process. (Rainey-Smith, Phinney, Soles, Koi)

Last, but definitely not least, join me Saturday from Noon to 2pm for the Pickman’s Apprentice Art Competition!

Armed with a number of sharp knives and a block of wood, I’ll be facing off against eldritch artists Mike Dubisch, Nick Gucker, and Lee Moyer.

Some of the best Lovecraftian artists working in the field today will have 90 minutes to create a masterpiece based on a theme suggested by the audience. Last year’s theme was “Shoggoth Circus” and Lee Moyer, Nick Gucker, and Mike Dubisch raced to complete images of both horror and hilarity. Attend this fascinating event to help choose this year’s theme and watch the process of creation right on the stage.

The audience will judge the winner of the competition, and all pieces of art created will be auctioned off to festival attendees, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Animal Aid, Inc.

To be quite honest, I’m not 100% certain I can make a woodcut print from sketch to finish in 90 minutes, but I’m crazy enough to try! Come cheer us on as we duke it out for the title of Pickman’s Apprentice 2013.

What will I be carving this Saturday at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival? Join us there and give us your suggestions!