Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Arrivals & Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone -
I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. This year's holiday will be especially poignant, as we welcomed Abigail Eileen into the world last Thursday, 12/18. Our own little Christmas miracle!
I don't know if its the economic downturn or something a little more spiritual, but I have been blessed to see and experience more genuine Christmas tidings and less commercialism than in recent memory. It just adds to the blessing of having our daughter arrive exactly one week before Christmas. Maybe I'm being overly sentimental (or still riding on hormones) but this holiday season gives me fresh hope for a better world in 2009. Merry Christmas to everyone, and thanks for your friendship - I remain thankful.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Panera Bread Holiday Meeting Update

The holiday meeting will be tomorrow at Panera Florence... for artists who either missed the showcase and would like to learn more, or those who would like to talk about it - this should be a great meeting to learn more about it and learn more about the BCVAA in a relaxed atmosphere!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

BCVAA Panera Meeting

The Boone County Visual Arts Association is having their December meeting at Panera Bread in Florence... should be a relaxing atmosphere and a great opportunity to see what this growing group is all about! Please try to make it if you can - more details are available on their website,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More Info - Art Showcase

Hi All,

Quick update about this weekend - found this link to more info about the art showcase this weekend at the main library in Burlington.

I won't be able to personally attend - I'm on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy - but I will be displaying Into the Light and Windmills. The community art organization I work with, BCVAA, is co-sponsoring and providing light refreshments. This is my favorite show of the year - please try to stop by if you can!

Also, coming up in the next year I will be concentrating on adding more community arts information and relevant info for other artists... we don't really have a good database of shows currently and I've noticed a lot of people get word of CTA's (calls to artists) only through conversation. I'd like to develop a database of shows and resources I run into that seem like good opportunities and information.

There will be a real push for a renaissance of sorts in Boone County next year - I call it a renaissance but actually I don't know that we have ever had an extremely active art community here. There is the distinct possibility of a community chalk art festival in May or so, to be held in Burlington. I don't have a lot of information on it yet but will update everyone when I do...

Hope everyone is doing well - Happy Holidays and I hope to be posting new work soon -


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Secret Artworks Piece & Artists Showcase 2008

Hello All!

It's that time of year again! I will be in the 6th Annual Artists Showcase at the Boone County Main Library in just a few weeks. The reception is December 5th and the show runs through Saturday the 6th. Come see a diverse collection of local artists while enjoying refreshments provided by the Boone County Visual Arts Association, who are the co-sponsors of this event.

While this year the work will be open to artists all over NKY, we hope to see a concentration of work done by our most local talent. You won't know who is there unless you go!

Also, since the wrap up of Secret Artworks 2008, I can reveal my donation to the cause. "Tree In Field" is a 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas panel. I hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I enjoyed painting it. Unfortunately, I could not make it to the event this year.
Have a great week and thanks again to everyone who signed my guestbook! I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many good friends -

Friday, October 24, 2008

Update on Interview

As a quick update, the paper version of the article Neva so kindly did hit newsstands yesterday, 10/24/08. If you got a copy - cool! If not, you can still check it out online...

Thanks, Neva for all the work you did - it was a great piece!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Secret Artworks 2008

Hello All!

First off, Happy Fall! This post will be a short one but chock full of news from the last few weeks. Hope everyone is enjoying their preparations for Halloween - I'm not sure if we will be able to hold onto the candy long enough to be able to give it to the neighborhood kids but heck, we will try!

I've registered as a participating artist for Secret Artworks 2008. The piece is finished and en route to Artworks Cincinnati but as it is secret you won't be able to see it until after the reception in November. You have to buy a ticket! For more information about this great fundraiser please see here.

Neva Martin with the Community Press recently did an interview on my work and foundations. While the paper version does not come out until this week, there is a link to the story on here. Hope you like it -

The Boone County Visual Arts Association recently held their yearly elections. I was appointed Webmaster and am hoping to continue the great work of our awesome previous Webmaster, Teressa Barnhill, Director of Transition Studio. Congratulations and thank you to Mary Jo, a great friend and artist who has taken the role of President, and Linda Lee Whaley, ditto, who has taken the role of Vice President. Chris Allen has continued his time on the board and his work for the group through filling the desperately needed roles of both Treasurer and Events Coordinator. Ira Sena has continued his role as Secretary, and there are some new committee chairs as well! For all the details, see

Hope everything is going well and continue to stay in touch - thank you to all who have kindly signed my guestbook - if you haven't, then make sure you do!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Pollution Too Close to Home, WIP

Hello All,

There are a few things going on - first and foremost I'd like to comment on something that is bothering me here at home.

A few days ago a crew doing sewer/pipe work burst into a crude oil pipeline in our neighborhood I didn't realize the oil pipeline was there but I knew something was going on when the house was filled with the most noxious odor you have ever smelled. A mix of garbage and death (which really could be one and the same). Turns out that the contractor crew of a neverending pipe project two blocks away had broken into an oil pipeline and I am still getting whifs when the wind is in the right direction. There is a link to the most recent story here.

The oil has seeped into the creek which is where I get a lot of inspiration for my work. In fact, my painting The Bridge was painted not 50 feet away from where this has occured. Mistakes happen but I am more than a little perturbed that a little more caution wasn't followed when they were digging with their equipment. Citizens are warned when digging in their yard to watch for underground wires. I'm wondering where the lapse in common sense or policy occured that would cause this to happen.

I get a lot of inspiration from the everyday, as my bio says, and I am quite upset that we are not only dealing with regular polluting of our creek from society, but now it's been upped by someone cutting into an oil pipeline. I thought this only happened in Alaska.

I am not even beginning to address the impact this could have on the ecosystem already present. I wonder what effects the spill will have on the fish and wildlife there already? There is a deep fishing hole not 20 feet upstream from where this has occured.

When will we quit shooting ourselves in the foot?

Work In Process.... Findlay Market

For something a little cheerier (and back to the studio now), I am attaching a photo of a section of my newest work in process, Baskets at Findlay Market.

The painting will probably take another two weeks or so to complete, but I'm looking forward to being able to put the finished piece on the website and this blog. At the end it will be touched up with some brighter highlights, details will be added and of course color filled in but even then it will probably be more of a traditional piece than my typical semi-abstractions.

Show News...

The studio will soon be registered with the Covington Roster, which is a great (and relatively labor-free) way for local artists to submit their profile for matching with Covington venues. Artists - more info can be found here.

I am still working on next year's art calendar but we have a few tentative events that we would like to do. I'm hoping to do a wine tasting and art reception/salon as well as a reception late this year (b.b. - before baby). I'll let you know when we have more information.

Other News...

Thanks to everyone who has checked out the website and signed the Guestbook. We are still making some minor changes but the major work is finished and hopefully I will get some new work out there soon for you to see!

Until next time!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

September News - After the Storm!

Hello Again,

I am surprised I have time to work on this entry as September has been positively bustling so far. You may have noticed some changes to the website, and some more will be coming soon. The gallery has been updated slowly but surely and a guestbook has been added. (Please sign it!)

We have been really lucky in that our home (and hence the studio) was not damaged in the recent extraordinary weather. I was in Alabama so I missed the excitement, but we did temporarily become host to a neighbor's full size trampoline! For those friends and readers in the Cincinnati area, I hope you have power now and that cleanup is moving along - what an act of nature!

There are currently a few works in progress. One weekend this month Alja and I went to Findlay Market in Cincinnati, which I am ashamed to say I have not visited before. So much color! Needless to say I took some reference photos and will be doing a piece or two from them in the near future. We also went to the Cincinnati Art Museum where it seemed we caught them in between exhibits. We did see Crewdson's Beneath the Roses exhibit, which was ethereal. The photography was indeed much like the frame by frame of some exotic thriller. I believe the exhibit continues through mid-October.

In addition, we saw a few pieces by my favorite artists Van Gogh and Monet, as well as met some new favorites.

I think this is it for now. The studio is bustling along and I will be posting again in the next few weeks. Until then, too-da-loo!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Fish In Glass, 2008 and more baby news...

Hello All!
I hope as summer starts to wane just slightly (it might be wishful thinking), everyone has been enjoying their Labor Day Q's and looking forward to fall (it's my favorite time of year).
We have lots of news and things have been very busy - hopefully I can pare down to the most important here.
Fish In Glass, my newest piece, has just been delivered to its new home. A long time in the making, I hope the collector of this piece enjoys the unique-ness of this piece. I appreciate all her patience while I completed this piece. Definitely one to stand out!

Transition Art Studio, whose director, Teressa Barnhill, has been a driving force in my artistic progression, has totally revamped their website. Please take a look - I'm in awe at their web design prowess!

Over the next few months I am having all the paintings still in possession re-photographed. Hopefully it will provide greater clarity of color and line to the viewer. Online viewing, to me, is not the best way to view work. You really need to be able to absorb it in person. Each piece has its own character, personality and vibrance that is just not always able to be experienced through the online venue. For this reason I always encourage either private or group viewings of my artwork.

As for family news... we recently found out we are having a baby girl! Her name, which of course we have picked out already, will be Abigail Summer. (Yes, I know she will be a winter baby but we love the name). We are over halfway there and are being told that she may make her appearance around Christmas!

Lots of news I need to circulate:

  • Good wishes to my good friend Giselle Grayson, who is currently en route to Atlanta to audition for P Diddy and the new show Starmaker. Let me also say that this was not an open call deal, but she was called personally by MTV casting to get her on board.
  • Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Rohr! My very good Nicole Bertke made a gorgeous bride as we all knew she would. What a new chapter you have in your life ladybug!
  • A wish for good painting to Linda Lee Whaley who will be in Cincinnati participating in Fresh Art this coming weekend. I was planning on supporting her in person but will be in Alabama meeting my new nephew Kolton! I am going to be with you in spirit!!!
  • Finally, I want to give all my love to my little sister who has been a pioneer on the Beasley baby train. Ashley welcomed Kolton Ian Kelley into the world last week, and I am the proudest aunt ever! Can't wait to see you, sweetie!

Hope everyone is doing well and stay in touch - I will be putting my preliminary 2009 show calendar together in the coming months and will hopefully have it out on the site by 1Q 2009.

Artful Thinking,


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Updates after a long hiatus...

Hello All,

I have been an admitted hermit this year. All my usual shows are on hold til next year due to our news - Marco and I are expecting our first baby in January '09!

I've been painting, however, and my newest piece has just gone up on the website. Four Windmills was a very interesting painting to do, and thus far I've gotten some wonderful feedback. Feel free to let me know what you think.

I have other newer pieces but in an effort to not bombard everyone's email boxes I've held off on emailing. I have a new site up where I am selling my work online at this site called - it is absolutely fabulous and I am just in love with all the creativity. There are crafts in addition to artwork but they are definitely edgy, adorable and very stylish. For you artists on my list, check it out.

Time to Pop has been sold to a new collector in Mississippi. I loved this as I spent a good deal of my childhood in Mississippi. Feels like a part of me is going home.

Otherwise, I think that's all the interesting stuff. Touch base if you feel like it, and if not - have a great summer - definitely calls for some lemonade!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Elephants II & Scheben Display Ending


I just finished a new piece, which is being called Elephants 2008 for the time being. I've attached it to this email but it is also available to view at the website,

Also, if you were interested or haven't had the chance to see my work in the Scheben Library, Union, Kentucky, you won't be able to after Tuesday morning, when I will be taking the collection home.

Hope everyone is doing well, and thanks for your continued support.

Kind Regards,
Katie Bunschoten