I was honored to have several new pieces included in the show “The Nature of Words” at the Central Oregon Community College gallery. I created “DaVinci’s Barista”, “Vermeer’s Barista”, and “Beans 1” and “Beans 2”. The show went along with the college’s literary event and the art needed to include words in some way, so I reworked da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” text to be about coffee, and thought the origin words on the bags of beans would count as well.
This Portland museum has a temporary exhibit called “Coffee, The World in Your Cup”, which shows the history and processes involved in the coffee industry. Three coffee paintings are included, and I got to have a booth in their Coffee Fair last weekend. Attendees got to sample about 15 different coffee companies’ products and more coffee art. If you’re in Portland, Oregon, stop in and learn a lot about coffee! I was struck by how many people are involved with each bean that ends up in my cup. Tons of hard and painstaking work; someone’s hand in Ethiopia or Guatemala or Brazil has touched and selected the very bean I grind up this morning for my cup, or dip my brush into for the next painting. Thanks to each one for enabling me to enjoy coffee in so many ways!
Over the weekend, I experienced the kind of internet snowballing situation I’ve heard of but never expected. Someone’s twitter led to more and larger sites linking to coffee-art.com, and before I even knew it was happening, international press agencies were emailing me. Yesterday The Telegraph in London included Coffee Creations on the front page, and today I heard from a Greek paper… I’m just amazed and excited. A US TV show contacted me but I can’t say more til they let me know. I will update the site as things develop, but meanwhile, thanks to all of you who passed on my information! You made a big difference for me!
Here are some links if you’d like to see any of the interviews.
One of these days, we will have a section where you can see all the press and media stuff we’ve been in, but for now, here’s an article written by Kim Winklhofer for examiner.com, in the Los Angeles area.
If anyone else would like do do an article, we would love it! Just let me know.
Bend, Oregon’s largest outdoor event took place recently. Thousands of people were strolling around enjoying all the art, music, and food. We had an exciting early conclusion though- the event staff came running telling us all “75mph wind and hail is headed our way! Pack up now!”.
I’m often asked how durable coffee art is- my first piece did survive being sat on in my car by several frantic friends as we fled a tornado in Oklahoma… but I wasn’t anxious to repeat that test. Read on…
I had the privilege of creating a work for auction for the Cafe Femenino Foundation, being inspired by the Millrock Latte Art contest going on at the same time. Coffee Fest graciously gave me space on the skybridge of the convention center where I was able to watch the contest, paint, and display other coffee paintings. Read on…
This weekend I revisted a childhood friend- sidewalk chalk. My town of Bend, Oregon had a hot air balloon festival and space for artists to create chalk art as everyone strolled by. I wanted to try using actual coffee grounds as the chalk, but wasn’t allowed to. Oh well, getting to use color was fun.
It took about 2 days to complete Van Gogh’s Starry Night. In the evening, crowds of people walked across everyone’s art! I was surprised at how durable chalk art is, as well as being very enjoyable to create. You should try it! Here are some tips I learned: