Saturday, August 9, 2014

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The Decorator XXV

Chloe York "The Decorator XXV" Acrylic on Canvas 48"x72" 2014

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Essential Summer 2014: Chloe York

My office

Bar DKDC in the Cooper Young district. My new favorite eats.




Eating / Healthier. Lots of greens like arugula, kale, and brussels sprouts and I'm learning to cut out all the sugar.
 Drinking /Water, coffee, and Moscow Mules.
 Practicing /Aromatherapy. I have a modest collection of essential oils that help me sleep better, calm me in times of stress, and I use Thieves oil as my perfume. 
 Mastering / My first managerial position as the Community Education Associate at Memphis College of Art. I love it here.
Learning / To write a novel. It is a huge undertaking and very time-consuming. 
 Trying / Reading at least one book a month. I recently finished "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories "Fragile Things", and a rad graphic novel series called "Saga."
 Playing / On that Pottermore website. Turns out, I'm a Hufflepuff.
 Reading / Design blogs and real books with no pictures. And books with just pictures. I read whenever I can. It is the jam.
 Remembering / How much I love autumn. I love being cold, bundling up, and having pumpkin in EVERYTHING. I yearn for red leaves, crisp cedar scented breezes, and oversized sweaters.
 Wearing / Loose fitting garments that make me feel like a lovely bohemian. Lots of rings. Big chunky necklaces. Layers even in the 90+ degree heat. 
Cooking / Pastas, curry chicken, avocados and capers and mint on everything.
 Working / In my beautiful new office surrounded by children's artwork and on that novel I keep mentioning. I'm also struggling with a new, blue hued Decorator.
 Traveling / To the woods, the Cooper Young district, local restaurants like Bar DKDC, shops like Goner Records, Burke's Bookstore, making new discoveries in the city I've decided to call home.
 Wanting / Coconut oil, Valor Essential oil from Young Living, a tiny potted fir tree for the living room, a Moroccan rug, an endless supply of Golden acrylics. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Progress: The Decorator XXV

In Progress: Chloe York The Decorator XXV Acrylic on Canvas 48"x72" 2014

Illustrative Sketches



Eric and I are well into the book we're writing and things have really started coming together. We've made a lot of changes so far. For instance the main characters are teenagers now. We nixed the cabin. Soon I will share an excerpt from what we have so far, but for now, just be satisfied with some concept art, sketches Eric made of armor and relics to be used in the story.




Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Art Camp Showcase

For the last few months, I have been co-managing MCA's Summer Art Camp program. I am having the time of my life working with young artists and being constantly amazed at the work they produce in just five days of camp.

The camp runs for four weeks in June and July. Students choose from any of those four weeks with two class options for each day and the ages of the campers range from pre K-12th grade. This year, we offered metals, drawing and painting, soft and clay sculpture, photoshop, digital and darkroom photography, comics, and more. These classes are taught by trained degree holding artists and they are challenging and super fun. We always receive such positive feedback from both campers and parents alike and I am not surprised.

Starting on Wednesday, the teachers, myself, and a few helpers put together an amazing exhibition of our Summer Art Camp participants this year. Each student has one piece in this show. It was awesome to figure out where to put all of the artwork and to come up with a satisfying arrangement that looked nice in the entire Rust Hall gallery of Memphis College of Art. Here are some progress shots through various stages of the hanging process. The show will officially open on July 19th with a closing reception on Sunday,  July 27th. This is really one of the best shows at MCA each year, so come check it out before it's over!



























Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another Publication

Many thanks go to Memphis arts writer, Fredric Koeppel for his kind words. In this article, he covers the 2014 Biennial Alumni Showcase, where one of my Decorators hangs alongside the work of other talented MCA alums. Such an honor. Click here to read the article.

http://www.gomemphis.com/news/2014/jun/05/memphis-college-of-art-alumni-show-testifies-to/

Saturday, May 31, 2014

On Display


You can go and see this and other awesome work by MCA alums at the Nesin Graduate Center on South Main Street. I like the wall I'm on. There's an Adam Farmer painting on the left and an Alex Paulus on the right. 




Fun Little Watercolor Drawing

Chloe York "Decorator Crab" Watercolor, Acrylic, and Ink on Paper 2014

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Collaboration with Meghan Vaziri

Chloe York and Meghan Vaziri (Title Pending) Watercolor and Ink on Paper 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Coast Swag








This weekend, I took a trip to the Gulf Coast and there was much beach-combing to be had. We collected bones, shells, and some barnacle encrusted driftwood.