In other new news, I have a shiny brand new website! The all new www.kateoberreich.com launches today and I’m super proud of it.
I started my website with the help of the fine folks at Other Peoples Pixels back in 2005. But after ten years it was time for something different.
The new site design is brighter, cleaner, more open and all about showing off the art. Consider this the official virtual ribbon-cutting and swing by for a visit.
- Bigger images*
- Separate galleries for fine art, illustration, sketchbooks and more
- An integrated blog – no more leaving the site to get the latest news
- A quick link to my Etsy shop for all your shopping needs
This blog will be picking up and moving to the new site, too, and at the end of the year, I’ll be closing out this one.
Hope to see you around and please feel free to share my new site! As always, you can keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram.
*The images may be bigger, but they are still just as protected by copyright law.
With the gift giving season almost upon us, I’ve stocked up on easy to grab items in my Etsy shop including restocking an old favorite and adding something new.
RESTOCKED – The Monument Circle fine art print is back in the shop. I ran out last month, but they’re back!
NEW – The Indiana State Flower: Peony (multi) fine art prints are now available! But, I only have ten in stock at the moment.
These prints (along with the others in the shop) are 8 x 10 inches and printed with archival inks and paper. I’m also happy to take special orders if you would like a print in a different size. Let me know by December 4th though, after that I can’t guarantee it in time for Christmas.
Those kids at the Harrison Center for the Arts are at it again. They captured the fun of last week’s First Friday opening at the HCA in this video. I spy myself painting away in my studio at the 1:33 mark.
Waiting & Watching, First Friday November 2015 from Harrison Center for the Arts on Vimeo.
The holidays are approaching – and fast.
I’m working on a couple of Christmas-time commissions now and have room for more, but there are a few dates to watch out for when considering your purchase or special project this year. I know, deadlines are no fun, but necessary to make sure we all have a merry holiday.
Because I want to create the best artwork possible for you to give as a gift (or keep – that would be cool, too), time is important, so here are some dates to keep in mind:
- Friday, December 4 – this is the last day I can accept new commissions that will need to be delivered by Christmas (if you’re planning something big, please, please, let’s discuss now). This is also Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts (6-10pm). Swing by and check out available artwork, or we can discuss your special project.
- Friday, December 18 – last day to place an order from my Etsy shop to guarantee Christmas delivery. Shipping is free. I always try my best to ship within a day or two, but because of the crazy that is the holidays, I will be shipping the last of the holiday orders on Saturday, December 19.
I hope you’ll consider going handmade this holiday season, whether it’s my work or another amazing Indianapolis artist. Here are a few of my favorite Indy-area artists and locally owned businesses:
- Sandi Finney of Hole Pottery (www.holepottery.com) has the perfect gift for the cook or baker on you list. Her functional stoneware pottery is right at home in the kitchen. Catch her at the Indy Winter Farmers Market which opens for the season this Saturday, November 14 at the Platform at the Indianapolis City Market.
- Emily Schwank at Raincliffs Photography (www.raincliffsphotography.com) – plan a family portrait session or grab a gift certificate for a later date. Also, check out her array of fine art photography. Many images are already printed and ready to go!
- Sara B. Jewelry & Metalsmithing’s modern, organic handcrafted jewelry makes me smile. I’m officially a collector and you should be, too.
- Rana Salame’s Salame Jewelry Designs is all about color! Rana’s handcrafted gemstone jewelry has a bit of magic in each piece.
- For locally-owned shopping goodness, I give you Silver in the City on Mass Ave and in Carmel (where you can also find my prints and postcards) and Homespun: Modern Handmade (carrying a couple of my collage pieces) and also on Mass Ave. The folks at these stores love local and are expert gift-finders if you’re in a pinch. Don’t forget about Crimson Tate, too. Masses of fabric to make your own gifts and a chance to hang out with Heather and David.
Happy holidays (all of them)!
Here I am once again working on a piece for one of my favorite patrons. Seriously, these folks have been so good to me. This will be the fourth painting I’ve done for this merry band of garden gurus and I’m so thrilled with the freedom they’ve given me to do the work I love.
The others have been hung in more communal spaces, but this one is just for the boss. It will hang in his office and my aim is to bring the outside in.
It’s a big one this time (3 x 5 feet) and will center around growing things, both above and below ground. The underpainting is well on its way and I can’t wait to get back to the studio to keep going.
Here’s a detail of the center section:
I’m harkening back to my roots (get it?) of drawing and painting seeds like this one in one of my older sketchbooks:
And this one, drawn yesterday:
More to come… you can see more of the progression of this piece and others on Instagram. Follow me at @seedandstar.
The end of the year always brings about an increase in “busy”. This isn’t always a bad thing. I actually like being busy as long as it’s quality over quantity.
This year will be no exception. I’m working away on a couple commissions, sending in work for consideration in exhibitions and trying my best to make make work for me.
When I can’t get to the studio though, I’ve been spending a lot of time with line-making in my sketchbook. It’s become meditative and often occurs in the midst of meetings and deep conversations with others. If you catch me doodling while we’re talking, don’t worry. I listen better while drawing.
As always, #arteveryday.
Hello all – I’ll be letting you know more about some holiday housekeeping items in the coming days and weeks, but wanted to start off with a reminder of a book I published a few years back, The Paris Book, and that it would make a fab holiday gift.
The Paris Book is a collection of black and white photographs taken by my father while visiting Paris in 1996. A professional photog with a background in media, sports, and commercial work, he was also gifted when it came to more intimate images. Upon returning, he assembled with great care what would become a book. Unfortunately, he never got to finish the book himself. He passed away in December 2003.
It took a few more years, but I was finally able to edit and publish the book on his behalf in December 2009. I’m honored to have completed this work for him.
I’m also not taking a dime for this book. All proceeds from its sale go to the Stephen B. Oberreich Memorial Art Scholarship at Ball State University, where we both earned our art degrees (okay, he went on to get a Master’s there, too).
Please consider The Paris Book this holiday season. You’ll be getting a beautiful look at the city of Paris through the eyes of a master photographer and help contribute to the education of a current art student.
** Please keep in mind that The Paris Book is print on demand so it will take a bit longer to ship than if you ordered though Amazon, for example. Allow some extra time, or you can order the digital version and download it to your favorite device.**
Thanks and happy (early) holidays!
(Photos used in this blog post are of lower quality and resolution than those in The Paris Book.)
Friends! Social Sketch Indy #4 is coming up next Saturday at Garfield Park Arts Center and you should come!
My friend Stephanie and I started Social Sketch Indy in June and have had a blast. This is a chance to come together with friends (while making new ones) and draw, doodle, paint, collage, and collaborate. We partner with a new host venue each time as a way to showcase some of the great organizations/locations around Indianapolis.
Our past host venues have been the Harrison Center for the Arts, the Eiteljorg Museum and Spark Placemaking on Monument Circle.
Bring your sketchbook or other paper and your favorite drawing materials and pull up a chair. It’s fun and casual, no pressure. Skill level doesn’t matter. In fact, if you’d rather come and write or play an instrument or just hang out and watch, all are welcome! And it’s free.
See you Saturday!
We’re working on future Social Sketch events all the time. If you have a venue or know of one who would be up for hosting us, please let me know. Scheduling throughout the winter will mean a need for indoor locations.
We have a few musts though: free admission (or in a part of a location where admission is not required, we want to keep all events free and open to everyone), space for up to 40 people (this has been our largest group – so far!), and minimal help in promoting the event (such as re-posting our events via social media – we’re easy like that).
Things that we like, but aren’t required: tables and chairs provided and free parking.
Being natural-born sharers, we also love partnering and participating in activities already going on.