Exhibition Opening at Yolo Arts, Woodland, CA on Thursday, March 12, 5:30-8PM

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Hope you can come to the opening of this group exhibition in Woodland, CA, where I will have two installations featured:
One is an indoor site specific installation of my “California Delta Rivers” first created in 2013 and re-configured to make a wall drawing installation for this exhibition focused on the water resources in northern CA. The work is made with handmade paper and cotton threads and pulp is dyed with fiber reactive dyes. Here is a photo of California Delta Rivers as installed at the Barn Gallery in Woodland.



I also have an outdoor installation in this exhibition. My “Flower Power” installation consists of many handmade paper “guns” with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp that will transform the “guns” over time into living blooming wildflowers. This installation is place in a prepared raised bed just outside the Barn Gallery, and focuses on using nature as a partner and the regenerative power of nature. The handmade paper will dissolve as mulch to nourish the earth and the seeds sprout and grow into blooming wildflowers. Here is a photo of “Flower Power” when it was first installed outside the Barn Gallery in Woodland.



My works are part of the group exhibition Women Eco Artists Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson, at Yolo Arts, the Barn Gallery 512 Gibson Rd., Woodland, CA. The exhibition will be on view through June 18, 2020 and features works about environmental issues by selected WEAD artists:  Jane Ingram Allen, Krista Anandakuttan, Angela Gonzalez, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Cynthia Jensen, Elizabeth Kenneday-Corathers, Judith Selby Lang, Isabella La Rocca, Linda MacDonald, Carol Newborg, Lisa Reindorf, Lorna Stevens, Michelle Waters, Melissa West, Tammy West, and Mary Bayard White.  See the Yolo Arts website at http://www.yoloarts.org for more information and gallery hours.

Participating in Exhibition of EcoArt Installations at Yolo Arts in Woodland, CA, March 12 – June 18, 2020

WOMEN ECO ARTISTS DIALOG:
THE LEGACY OF JO HANSON

California Delta Rivers, Jane Ingram Allen

Flower Power (outdoor installation), Jane Ingram Allen

An exhibition of environmental art curated from the WEAD directory in celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote in the United States.

OPENING RECEPTION
March 12, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
YoloArts, Woodland CA

YoloArts and Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) present this exhibition of eco art created by sixteen artists from Northern California and across the country. These featured works are curated from WEAD’s member artists and address significant environmental issues of our time from the impact of climate change, to stewardship of the land, and the preservation of biodiversity.

Exhibiting Artists:
Jane Ingram Allen, Krista Anandakuttan, Angela Gonzalez, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Cynthia Jensen, Elizabeth Kenneday-Corathers, Judith Selby Lang, Isabella La Rocca, Linda MacDonald, Carol Newborg, Lisa Reindorf, Lorna Stevens, Michelle Waters, Melissa West, Tammy West, and Mary Bayard White

YoloArts
The Barn Gallery
512 Gibson Road
Woodland, CA 95695

Gallery Hours: Wed, Thurs 1-4pm | every other Sat 1-4pm
(visit http://www.yoloarts.org for more information)

ANNOUNCING A NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROJECT IN SACRAMENTO, CA

I am happy to announce that I have been selected for the City of Sacramento’s new Artist-in-Residence Program in Spring 2020. I will be working with community participants to create an outdoor public art installation at Sojourner Truth Community Garden in the Green Haven Pocket area of Sacramento. My project will begin in March, 2020, and the schedule of activities and other information and continuing photos of the project will be posted on this Blog.

Sacramento AIR, the City’s new Artists-in-Residence pilot program, is a collaboration between Sacramento Metro Arts and the Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment. Nine artists have been chosen to work together with City staff and communities to co-design a residency that will culminate in at least eight distinct projects, one in each city council district. Sacramento AIR is designed for artists and communities to collaborate at the intersection of community building and art, exploring and reframing the ways in which we use our public space and the interactions that take place there. Artists will be in residence for five to six months, activating community centers, community gardens, and the 28th and B Skate Park. Residencies will include drumming, spoken word, visual arts, hip hop, technology, environmental art, music and theater, and be tailored to children, youth adults, and/or seniors, depending on the interests and needs of the community center. Each residency will conclude with an onsite celebratory event, which can take the form of a performance, exhibition, project unveiling or community festival.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission website at http://www.sacmetroarts.org/Programs/Sacramento-AIR will also have additional information about the AIR program and my work in the Sojourner Truth Community Garden.

Here is the blurb from the Sacramento Metro Arts website about my artwork

Jane makes art that is in harmony with nature and encourages public awareness of environmental and social issues by involving people as participants and partners in the process. She uses all natural and biodegradable materials such as handmade paper she makes from local plant waste materials and local seeds to produce continually evolving artworks. Over time the handmade paper dissolves as compost to nourish the earth, and the seeds sprout and grow to produce food and habitat for wildlife. The sculptural structures last for years until they too disappear as compost. She sets up a working papermaking studio and works with people in the community to design an art installation that suits the place and time and with suggestions and sketches from the community participants. She will work with the gardeners at Sojourner Truth Community Garden to choose the flower seeds to use in the art project according to the colors and type of wildflowers that will be easy to grow in this place and get advice from the local gardeners about growing conditions and requirements.


This photo shows my sculpture installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” installed at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa in November 2018 with a grant from the City of Santa Rosa.

2020 Upcoming Exhibitions and News

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Happy New Year and Happy New Decade to all of you! I am happy to be in a new house in Santa Rosa and to have a new studio space in our garage at 5017 Maiden Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Look for announcements in a few weeks about workshops and classes in hand papermaking at my new studio.

I am also happy to announce the following upcoming exhibitions in 2020:

Exhibition Title: Assemblage, 20 Years of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center, an invitational exhibition of works by former Artists-in-Residence and artists who have exhibited at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art. I was the first artist-in-residence at the Schuylkill Center in 2001 with a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and I will exhibit “Schuylkill Center Trail Map” made with handmade paper from plants of Schuylkill during the residency and also documentation of my recent work “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” 2018 that was influenced by the work I did at Schuylkill using paper pulp with seeds for wildlfowers in the pulp to change and grow over time. Check these sites for more information about the exhibition: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/art?ha_exhibit=assemblage and http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/blog/event/20-years-of-environmental-art-at-the-schuylkill-center-opening-reception/

Dates: January 30 – March 21, 2020, Opening Reception Jan. 30, 7-9 pm

Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19120

Exhibition Title: Women’s Eco Artist Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson, an invitational group exhibition of environmental artworks by members of WEAD (www.weadartists.org), curated by Janice Purnell, Creative Director, Yolo Arts. I will exhibit a new site-specific configuration of my installation “California Delta Rivers” made of handmade paper, seeds and string that highlights the importance of Northern California’s water resources.

Dates: March 12 – June 18, 2020

Where: Yolo Arts, The Barn Gallery, Woodland CA (https://yoloarts.org/the-barn-gallery/)

Exhibition Title: A Conversation with Paper, an invitational exhibition of handmade paper artworks by 18 selected members of IAPMA, international association of hand papermaking artists, curated by Jacqueline Mallegni and Deborah Fritz. I will exhibit a selection of my mixed media suspended two-sided handmade paper “site maps” created at various residencies in the US and other countries and made from materials collected in that place and time.

Dates: April 24-May 29, 2020

Where: GalleryFRITZ, Santa Fe, NM (https://www.galleryfritz.com)

Exhibition title: Labor-Natur (Laboratory of Nature), an invitational 3-person exhibition of artworks reflecting an artistic approach to scientific methods and examining questions about nature and the confrontation with our planet Earth at Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland, curated by Judit Villager, Curator, Haus zur Glocke (https://www.hauszurglocke.ch/home/). I will exhibit a selection of my handmade paper “site maps” created with handmade paper from plants of each place and reflecting my experimentation with over 200 plants for hand papermaking in projects around the world.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, 2020. Opening Reception Nov. 21, 5-8pm. Jane will attend the opening and give a talk about her work. Jane will be in Steckborn, Switzerland, from Nov 15 – 22, 2020, to install her works and to plan for an artist in residency project with Haus zur Glocke and a public art installation in Spring 2021.

Where: Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland

November Focus on Paper Sculpture and EcoArt

On Nov. 10, 2-5 PM I will be hosing the PacRim Sculptors group in my Anta Rosa Studio. Here is all the information and hope you can join us.

Pacific Rim Sculptors – NEXT SPOTLIGHT Nov. 10, 2019: JANE INGRAM ALLEN
The PAC RIM Sculptors Second Sunday Spotlight for November will be hosted by Jane Ingram Allen, sculptor & arts writer, at her studio in Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Avenue, Bldg. 32, Studio 107. The event will begin with 2:00-3:00 PM visits to see sculptural artworks by several artists in the same studio complex. At 3:00-4:00 PM attendees will return to Jane’s studio for potluck and socializing. From 4:00-5:00 PM Jane will demonstrate sculptural paper making and give participants a chance to try their hand at it. Jane will also talk about her experiences in international artist-in-residencies, curating international outdoor environmental sculpture projects, and writing for Sculpture magazine. You can learn more about Jane by visiting her prior website at http://www.JaneIngramAllen.com and by visiting her Blog at JaneIngramAllen.wordpress.com, which covers more recent art activities.

Other Sculptors Open for Studio Visits on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 – 5 PM at 3840 Finley Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Anna Rybat, Building 32, Studio 101, Mixed Media sculptural paintings and luminary fabric sculptures

Karen Lockert, Building 32, Studio 239, Mixed Media Assemblage with found objects and collage

Jessica Rasmussen, Building 33, Studio 200, Sculptural assemblage, jewelry and mixed media with repurposed materials.

I am also offering classes in Sculptural Papermaking this month on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23. Here is the info about the classes:

Handmade Paper Sculpture – 3-D Forms Using an Armature
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Make an armature of branches or reeds and cover it with handmade paper created from local plants and purchased pulps. You will learn to make a basket-like or 3-D shaped armature, and then learn to make handmade paper and attach it or cover the armature. Your finished creation could be a functional lantern or container or a suspended or standing sculpture. Open to beginning and advanced participants.

Suspended & Relief Sculpture with Handmade Paper and String
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Learn to make suspended or wall-hung sculpture with the hand papermaking process and string embedded between layers and different ways of joining handmade paper. Work with a variety of purchased pulps such as abaca, cotton (blue jeans) and other locally sourced plant fibers. Try pouring methods and different drying techniques for sculptural works. Sculptures can be suspended from the ceiling or project out from the wall. Suitable for sculptors, fiber artists and mixed media artists interested in creating sculptural works. For beginning and advanced papermakers.

Contact me by email at info@janeingramallen.com or by phone 857-234-2432 for registration and additional information.  Hope to see you in a class too.

Papermaking Classes in Santa Rosa, CA, for Fall 2019

 

Jane is offering more classes in hand papermaking at her Santa Rosa studio this Fall. Learn new techniques and a different way to use plant fibers to make your own creative handmade paper artworks. Handmade paper is an excellent technique for all artists to experiment with and use it in all kinds of mixed media work, from stitchery to ceramic sculpture. Jane with her years of experience in teaching art at various universities and many residencies in different countries creating her handmade paper art will inspire you and refresh your practice. Register for a class as soon as possible. Class size is limited to 4 people, and materials and equipment are provided.

Here is a brief list of the Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes:

Introduction to Hand Papermaking:  Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials 

Papermaking for Painters, Printers and Other 2-D Artists:  Saturday, Oct. 12, 10AM -4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Going International with your Art Career – Residencies and other Opportunities for Artists at Any Career Stage and Using Any Medium:  Saturday, Oct. 19, 10AM – 4 PM – Class Fee $75 includes handouts

Handmade Paper Sculpture – 3-D Forms Using an Armature:  Saturday, Nov. 16, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Suspended & Relief Sculpture with Handmade Paper and String:  Saturday, Nov. 23, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials

Handmade Paper Holiday Cards and Ornaments:  Sunday, December 8, 1-4PM – Class Fee $75 includes materials

Call Jane at 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com

More about the classes at https://jiaclasses.wordpress.com

“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Featured in IN HABITAT online magazine about eco art and design

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“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” by Jane Ingram Allen Featured in IN HABITAT online magazine about eco art and design

Check out this great article about my recent public art project “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” published on Sept. 4, 2019 at https://inhabitat.com/artist-creates-a-living-quilt-to-commemorate-santa-rosa-fires/

The artwork is still on view at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, California. Most of the flowers are now dormant, and many of the  the wildflowers flowers used in the “bed” will come back again next Spring.

Documentary photographs and a sample of the handmade paper quilt used for this public art project is also on display at an exhibition opening today in Santa Rosa at the Finley Community Center. The exhibition features 100 artworks created by residents of Santa Rosa in response to the October 2017 wildfires that devastated parts of the City.

Sonoma County

Residents Reflect

on the 2017

Wildfires

Recep􀆟on: September 5, 2019

5:00 -7:30 p.m.

Finley Recrea􀆟on Complex

2060 West College Ave

Santa Rosa, CA

Exhibition is on view through October 10 at the Person Senior Wing of the Finley Community Center.

Announcing Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes

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Fall 2019 Papermaking and Art Classes
with Jane Ingram Allen
at Studio Santa Rosa, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, Building 32, Studio 107
To Register contact Jane by phone 857-234-2432 or email info@janeingramallen.com
https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com and http://www.janeingramallen.com

    

Introduction to Hand Papermaking
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
In this class learn to make handmade paper using Asian and Western fibers and techniques and create your own handmade paper that can be used for writing, painting, printing, sculpture or mixed media works. A variety of materials, tools, and techniques that Jane has learned in residencies around the world will be covered. This class is for beginning papermakers and more advanced papermakers who want to learn some new methods and use different materials.

Papermaking for Painters, Printers and Other 2-D Artists
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10AM -4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Learn to make your own unique paper suitable for painting with oils, water colors or acyrlics and for use with a variety of printmaking and other techniques. Learn different ways of forming sheets up to 12 x 18 inches using Western and Asian methods with a variety of textures and colors and different plant fiber pulps. Also learn about sizing and pressing handmade paper and drying it in different ways for different purposes. Suitable for beginning or advanced painters, printmakers and mixed media artists who want to learn more about paper and how it is made and how to create unique paper artworks. Suitable for beginning and advanced participants.

Going International with your Art Career – Residencies and other Opportunities for Artists at Any Career Stage and Using Any Medium

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10AM – 4 PM – Class Fee $75 includes handouts
Learn how to find and win international residencies and other opportunities to see the world and make your art at the same time. Jane will tell about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar artist in residence in Taiwan, a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey and a recipient of residency grants from organizations in Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Brazil, Tanzania, China, Indonesia, Thailand and England and France as well as the US. Learn about where to look for opportunities and how to write a winning proposal. Jane will give individual advice about appropriate places and angles for your particular art. Bring your laptop computer if you have one and information about international opportunities you already are interested in and images/examples of your work, a resume and artist’s statement if you have one already. Leave with many possibilities for expanding your horizons and making your work in exotic and unique places around the world.

Handmade Paper Sculpture – 3-D Forms Using an Armature
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Make an armature of branches or reeds and cover it with handmade paper created from local plants and purchased pulps. You will learn to make a basket-like or 3-D shaped armature, and then learn to make handmade paper and attach it or cover the armature. Your finished creation could be a functional lantern or container or a suspended or standing sculpture. Open to beginning and advanced participants.

Suspended & Relief Sculpture with Handmade Paper and String
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10AM – 4 PM – Class fee $125 includes materials
Learn to make suspended or wall-hung sculpture with the hand papermaking process and string embedded between layers and different ways of joining handmade paper. Work with a variety of purchased pulps such as abaca, cotton (blue jeans) and other locally sourced plant fibers. Try pouring methods and different drying techniques for sculptural works. Sculptures can be suspended from the ceiling or project out from the wall. Suitable for sculptors, fiber artists and mixed media artists interested in creating sculptural works. For beginning and advanced papermakers.

Handmade Paper Holiday Cards and Ornaments
Sunday, December 8, 1-4PM – Class Fee $75 includes materials
Make your own holiday cards with handmade paper from a variety of pulps, using stencils and decorative elements. Also, create unique holiday ornaments using handmade paper, string and other elements. For beginning and advanced participants. No papermaking experience needed. Teens and pre-teens welcome with an accompanying adult.

About the Instructor: Jane Ingram Allen is an award-winning international artist and hand papermaking expert who moved to Santa Rosa in 2012. She has been an artist in residence in Japan, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Tanzania, France, England, Brazil, and the US. She was a Fulbright Scholar Award artist in Taiwan and a Fulbright Specialist artist in Turkey. She learned traditional Japanese papermaking in Japan and taught papermaking while living in Taiwan for 8 plus years. She was an art professor at SUNY, Morrisville, NY, and College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, and a Textile Arts instructor at Foothill College and Canada College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a museum curator and art writer for many years and has taught papermaking workshops in the US at Women’s Studio Workshop, Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Morgan Conservancy, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Queens Botanical Garden, Brookfield Craft Center, and Mass Audubon Visual Art Center, among others. She is also an international curator and has been an art writer for Sculpture magazine and other art publications since 1996.

Consulting and Private Studio Use: Jane offers individual consulting and private use of her papermaking studio. Students who have taken at least one class from Jane can arrange for Individual Papermaking Sessions for a minimum of 4 hours at $60, and have use of the studio and equipment. Jane will prepare materials for an agreed upon materials fee, and she will be there for consulting and advice.

Class size is limited to 4 people. Pre-registration and a deposit is required. To register, phone Jane at 857-234-2432 or email to info@janeingramallen.com

Slide Show of “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” Changing Over Time

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Here is a link to the slide show showing the transformation of my installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” from its installation on Nov. 25, 2018 to blooming wildflowers in April, May and June 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfH104j92o

Sacramento “Guns into Flowers” handmade paper quilt has transformed!

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My sculpture installation in Sacramento about the issue of gun violence has completely transformed, and the handmade paper “guns” with seeds for wildflowers in the paper pulp have grown into a living bloom flower bed. The wildflowers that are blooming now in the installation are white cosmos, blue bachelor buttons, Baby’s breath, white linen poppies, and a few red wildflowers including some red poppies and scarlet flax. The white cosmos flowers are really dominating the space now, but the green foliage of this wildflower is very beautiful and almost fern-like. The headboard and footboard we constructed from local branches still seems quite strong. The weather in Sacramento has been cooperative this Spring with some rain, but hot sunny days are expected in the months ahead. Several days it has already been over 100 degrees F.

This installation was done during an artist in residency at Natomas Charter School Academy of Performing and Fine Arts, in Sacramento, from Feb. 25 to March 16, 2019. Art students at the school helped to make the handmade paper quilt and install it on March 16, 2019. The installation is on view for the public at South Natomas Community Center Park in the “poet’s park area.  These photos of the transformation were taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen (allentimohotos2.wordpress.com) on June 15, 2019, during a recent visit to Sacramento.  These photos show my “Guns into Flowers” installation on March 16, 2019, when it was installed.         

Keep watching this Blog for updated photos and more news about this art project as it continues to change over time.