July 2022

Rhonda Horton

Summertime is here!

We peeled off heavy winter clothes and put on the lighter. Our spirits are lighter too, lifted with the lengthening of each day.

These first few months are still very dry, which means a lot of sunshine. So mixing the two, lots of sunshine and the lengthening of days, we have wonderful green springs to magnify the atmosphere.

On June 4, the sunset at 11:24 pm with twilight ending at 1:31 am, and then on June 5 twilight began at 2:07 am with sunrise at 4:24 am. So that is about a little over 1/2 hour of darkness we had on June 4.

Light filtering through the leaves of the trees and then through my camera lens becomes unreal and dreamlike.


Expressive Printmaking Techniques for Anyone

Below are some examples of having fun with brushstroke and and printmaking techniques I taught to elementary school students this spring through live Zoom online workshops. Click on any of the images and scroll to view each up close.

Brushstrokes using water-based ink and stencil for Arctic Terns and the Snow Geese


Brushstrokes using tempera paint on relief carving and colored marker for a landscape of the Stikine River and a Blue-winged Teal.


Finger-print painting feathers for a Sandhill Crane. Zoom in (right-click, open up in new tab) to see how this made for some nice bird feathers–we even got to use some really cool silver paint for an added sheen!.


Anytime for Making Art – One Hundred Years Ago

Once upon a hundred years ago there was a man, art critic Clive Bell, who saw that time as no better time, than for a time, for making art. Things were looking grim during World War I, and many expressed their sentiment that this was not a time for making art! Clive Bell helped to shed light on darkness–what better time could there have been, than a time for emotive energies to be creatively working–be it music, poetry, dance or visual art?

Blue and Green Music, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1921

Post-Impressionists were responding by expressing themselves in varied new ways that brought modern art into the early twentieth century. This is one of my favorite periods of art making, along with Georgia O’Keeffe, abstract expressionist painter. Georgia’s Blue and Green Music is an example of her visual response to music.

Through angst and subjectivity, to strength and innovation, early modern and abstract expressive artists responded through personal experience and vision to feel the heart of the matter. By way of their senses, they were seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching the loudness or quietness, the hardness and the softness, the brightness and the darkness.

A modern dualism took place, and so it also seems today. These early modern artists captured a grim time for beauty that gave the modern world a tiara for a time. Georgia O’Keefe wore this tiara all the way until her death in 1986. She was 99 years old when she passed away.

I am including a link to Clive Bell’s original published article, Art and War, (1915). So very interesting to read something on this topic from over a hundred years ago.


Personal Vision and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

One of our personal visions was to escape the long Alaska winter to avoid getting caught in a spring snow dump that can occur occasionally in April or even May. In April we visited our daughter Rose and her family in Texas. It was perfect–nature, warm weather, and very refreshing.

Thanks to good old AAA, we found a most beautiful place, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. We did a guided tour of the former home of Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston civic leader and philanthropist and daughter of the first native born governor, James Stephan Hogg.

Ima started collecting American decorative arts and caught a personal vision to turn her home into a place of beauty and discovery during the 1920’s at the time of the southern garden renaissance. Her desire was for other people to enjoy nature, art, music and history for years to come.

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is one of the most exquisite collections of American decorative arts and paintings and now part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It is a “must do” when visiting this area. See photos below, look for the two petrified tree stumps, and tell me, can you smell the rain?

(Click on photos to scroll through each of the four galleries)

Find out more: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

With a AAA membership, you will have an excellent resource through their online catalogue for five-star places to visit.

Find out more: AAA Travel


"When you. . .really look at it. . . , it is your world for a moment." Georgia O'Keefe

Local Events – Student Led YouTube Presentation

Stikine River Bird Festival
April 22 – May 82022
Evergreen Elementary School Art WalkA YouTube art walk with Evergreen Elementary students presenting a vast collection of their student artwork completed throughout the school year. Included is the printmaking for the Stikine River Bird Festival, 2022, found at 2:48 , 5:09, 9:07, 10:31 and 11:18 minutes.
daily Wrangell, Alaska

Peace be to you this summer!


Please feel free to contact me with any questions at my email: rhonda@rhondahortonart.com


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March 2022

Welcome

to Horton House Press, Alaska— an artist’s home studio and a place where you will be sure to discover an exciting adventure into the world of fine art printmaking. Thank you for joining my newsletter—a studio insider! You will be first to see new work and hear about online workshops. I will give you a glimpse behind-the-scenes into processes and techniques in printmaking, papermaking, mixed-media, assemblage, upcoming shows, fun-facts, an artist’s life and more.

Rhonda teaching a Zoom art class

A little about me and my work

As a child I began to capture the world around me through drawing and photography. I involved myself with arts and crafts, sewing, music and poetry. As a self-taught artist, I worked on many art projects—from posters to murals, set designing & props, building floats, teaching and art administration. Responding to an invitation into the fascinating world of printmaking, I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art, University of Alaska, Anchorage, with studio emphasis in printmaking and drawing. I am a teaching artist on the Alaska State Teacher Artist Roster (STAR artist).

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Horton House Press – A Heap of Scrap Metal and ‘Splinter of Wood

It took my husband’s appreciation for art, along with a heap of scrap metal, to build an etching press that now proudly gets good use in a corner of our home. Beginning as a ‘splinter of wood’—our home, a small cabin on 1¼ acres in Wasilla, Alaska was not only a place for homemaking, but a place to capture the rhythms of nature putting them into art making, and now, becoming Horton House Press, Alaska— where I enjoy making and sharing the way to original hand pulled prints.

Rich Horton etching press

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Atelier – an artist workshop or studio, Old French astelle 'splinter of wood' 
Our ‘splinter of wood’ home and studio, circa 1988.

Occurrences – a pastel drawing, monotype prints and mixed media assemblage

Revisiting remnants of prior artwork and a past experience, I worked with shapes, pieces, and found objects on things that materialized, surfaced, emerged, happened before me—a wonder, or phenomena to be reckoned. Occurrences follow: Coming into Alaska 4th July, 2018, 12:22 am, a pastel drawing real-life experience; Winter Glacier, a ghost monotype print; Spring Glacier, a monotype print with chine-collé; and The Parting, an assemblage of paper and found objects. Along with these, also came Beluga Whale Migrations, a series of three A, B, C monotype prints.

Coming into Alaska 4th July, 2018, 12:22 am, pastel, 11.5 in. x 35.5 in., © 2021.

Winter Glacier, monotype print, 13.75 in. x 22.25 in., © 2021.

Spring Glacier, monotype print chine-collé, 15.12 in. x 22.25 in., © 2021

The Parting, mixed-media paper assemblage, 24 in. x 32 in., © 2021.

Beluga Whale Migration “A,” monotype, 13 in. x 20 in., © 2021.

Beluga Whale Migration”B,” monotype, reverse ghost print, 13 in. x 20 in., © 2021.

Beluga Whale Migration “C,” monotype ghost print, 13 in. x 20 in., © 2021.

Artist Statement Excerpt

As an artist-printmaker, I find it is through the action of these processes I am able to catch things as they happen. This is intriguing to me–the materiality and the processes working together along with my observations and imagination become and event and act of its own…. By way of experimentation and the eclectic approach, I find that inner necessity, Kandinsky spoke of, for expression to my work.

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Behind-the-Scenes –The Parting – mixed media assemblage

I have included most of the steps I used to complete this big idea. Steps left out include making the white handmade paper with embedded objects, such as paper strips, clear tape, thread, dental floss and string. The steal wire had to be straightened and flattened out by hammering. The paper tabs (not shown, except on finished piece) were made double thick for strength.

Artist Process, The Parting – mixed media assemblage, 24 in. x 32 in., 2021

 

Looking Back – gratitude – 2021

It was an eventful year teaching online classes for elementary students and exhibiting art. I enjoyed a new experience at the Alaska State Fair with a wonderful group of local artists. Also, I am grateful again for our local cafe and coffee house, Vagabond Blues, who graciously provide a space rotating monthly for local art shows. I exhibited Occurrences, Nov.- Dec., which included some previous work few have seen.

Rhonda and her work at the Alaska State Fair Wine Bar (Old Colony Church) Art Exhibit, 2021.

 

Looking Forward – Local Events – March 2022

Coming this year, still in the mix, I will be putting together intaglio and monotype online workshops. Stay tuned! Also, this month of March, if you are out and about in Anchorage, please stop by the International Gallery of Contemporary Art to see the Annual Member’s Exhibit. I will be showing two of my current pieces of art. Information is provided below:

Wednesday through Saturday
March 4 – 252022
International Gallery of Contemporary ArtAnchorage Members Exhibition
3:00 pm – 7-:00 pm427 D Street • Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at my email rhonda@rhondahortonart.com