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Collage studio news from Janice McDonald  |  11.11

Petite Collage Looms Large
as Performance Backdrop

Collage backdrop for ballet performance

"Budding," original collage by Janice McDonaldChoreographer Patricia Renzetti visited my exhibition at Spark Gallery and was attracted to "Budding," a small, experimental collage work on paper. She immediately could visualize it as the background for a dance she was creating. I was enchanted with the idea of seeing the work really LARGE.

So we worked together to make it happen. Here is the collage projected on the set during the ballet, "Reflections," performed as part of the Eternal Dialogues multimedia choreography and dance project at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado. 

It struck me as funny that I'd proclaimed 2011 my year of working bigger... who knew?! It was a great experience and I hope to work on more collaborative projects in the future.

Top image: "Reflections" performance, photo courtesy RDG Photography.
Inset: "Budding," contemporary paper collage, 8 x 8." 

Bearden Collage Stamps
Romare Bearden stamp series

Check out collage legend Romare Bearden's artwork on the new US Postal Service forever stamps (always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate). It's fun to use art-related stamps -- I see them as another "glued-on" element to embellish the daily mail. These days festive and/or intriguing stamps don't necessarily require standing in line at the post office, they're sold online too.

JM / Janice McDonald

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Small works,
great gifts

Impressions, small collage on paper.
I'm continually updating and adding detail to my website. Many of the collages on the site are sized and priced to make great gifts. I'm eminently contactable (see above) if you are interested in acquiring a collage to help celebrate the holidays!
(Image: "Impressions,"
4 x 6" collage on paper.)


Things undone

As the holidays approach, I'm attempting (as usual) not to "overprogram" myself... so I loved this quote:

"Besides the noble art
of getting things done,
there is the noble art
of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life
consists in the elimination
of nonessentials." 
 -- Lin Yutang,
writer/translator (1895-1976) 

Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Breathe deeply—
and enjoy!

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