Hello again, New Orleans

Mia Kaplan is returning to the French Quarter. YES, it's true!

Come experience an evening of Cajun food and contemporary art. Mia's new project in the quarter is also home of The Mosquito Supper Club (featuring the talents of chef Melissa Martin). The collaboration between MSC and MK aims to create an immersive environment that celebrates Cajun culture and the Louisiana landscape.

Supper club will be held every Thursday at 7:30pm starting September 3. Reservations are available now through December and can be purchased at mosquitosupperclub.com

 "Open Water" 2015. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas - 54 x 90 inches.

"Open Water" 2015. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas - 54 x 90 inches.



Field Trip to Big Branch Marsh NWR

Dk and I had fun yesterday making this video while I got some sketching done. We saw trumpet flowers, wild hibiscus, lilies, and a variety of new plants that we haven't identified yet. I try to keep notes in my sketchbook about what color family the flowers use so I can reference the imagery later. Drawing is my way of starting over. Whenever I'm beginning a new group of paintings, I take a day to ride around and see what is growing. 

Here are some of my past wildflower drawings. Many of these have been framed and are available through Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge.

 

While you're here, please take a sec if you haven't yet to sign up for my studio's newsletter. It's a quarterly publication of updates, musings, links of interest, and of course - Art.

Thanks for looking, :) 

mk

 

Wildflower Tees now available

Using Teespring, I've created two T-shirt designs. The tees are printed on American Apparel unisex tees. The shirts are only available to purchase for a limited time, and the success of the printing requires a minimum number of orders, so please help out your fellow flower lovers and get one. :)

There are two designs to choose from:  

 

 "Fleabanes" Tshirt with drawing by Mia Kaplan. Available via Teespring.  

"Fleabanes" Tshirt with drawing by Mia Kaplan. Available via Teespring.  

 "Pink Ladies" Tshirt with drawing by Mia Kaplan. Available via Teespring. 

"Pink Ladies" Tshirt with drawing by Mia Kaplan. Available via Teespring. 

Get it here: 

http://teespring.com/mia-kaplan_pink-ladies_wildf

 

Please SHARE this info/link with others, so we can make this project happen! Thank you for supporting the proliferation of wildflowers. 

Introducing "Mountain Time"

The experience of creating this work has to brought to light how much I genuinely enjoy working in response to a community. In this case, I translated the surrounding natural world based on conversations I had with locals about their favorite places to go, about what makes their town special, and in one instance I painted flowers on the piece for a very special young lady so that she would see them whenever she passed by the work. How brilliant and lucky I feel to have something to contribute to this beautiful town. To be embraced and appreciated for being myself. To play the role of the artist within a community. To leave something behind that captures what was graciously given to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'm very proud to introduce "Mountain Time", a site-specific plein-air painted sculpture created for the mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado. 

 

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Each area was painted with a detail or scene from the natural landscape. Carbondale is considered to be the dandelion capital, so naturally they were readily available to observe. Another highlight of the area is Mushroom Mountain, and one cannot miss the great Mount Sopris. Wild flowers and sage grew along the side of the country roads. Admittedly, it was easy to find inspiration here.

 

 

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"Mountain Time" will remain on view for a year, and is part of the City of Carbondale's annual Art aRound town outdoor sculpture exhibition. It was a pleasure to create and share.  

Thanks again, Carbondale.  

 

The Road to Colorado

My latest sculpture was more of a performance art project. I wanted to create a piece that challenged me to collaborate with the place where it was placed. So I designed the sculpture, and have been painting the piece with landscapes of the local area. It has been an easy task so far - Carbondale, Colorado, where the piece will remain for a year as part of their Art aRound town exhibition, is a visually stunning place. My husband often says what he loves most about traveling is the level of sensitivity that coming to a new place brings. My conversations with people on the street as I was working proved that living in a place often numbs you to what makes it extraordinary. And yet, I've come across many people who love and cherish the details of this place.

to be continued... 

 

 

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Pop-up Show Opening Night

 

The turn out for opening night was lovely. In addition to all of the new friends I made, I totally enjoyed getting to meet people in person who I had only known via Facebook. Ha! 

Here are some photos for those of you who missed it, and for those of you who went to the opening but didn't get to see the art through the crowd. Thank you, thank you, thank you again for a beautiful night. The show will be up for a couple more weeks. 

 

 

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Pop-up Showing of new work at ACFA

Join me in celebrating the release of new paintings, sculptures, and textiles. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

6-8pm

Ann Connelly Fine Art. 4221 Perkins Road. Baton Rouge, LA. 70808

 "Bayou Liberty" Acrylic on canvas - 30 x 48 inches

"Bayou Liberty" Acrylic on canvas - 30 x 48 inches

Hope to see you there!