Tres Milagros Winding Down

I can’t believe that the show is closing this next Saturday. It seems like yesterday that we were scrambling to finish our projects. Last Saturday we worked on the community project with a terrific group of people that came out to play with us. The image above is the sky that evening. I really learned so much with this show, and the folks at the Oak Cliff Cultural center were so wonderful to work with.

One thing I learned a lot about with this show is the power of  “Titling” your work. Some projects named themselves and yet sometimes I found myself struggling with names for my work. One of my most personal works was titled ” My Mother Sends Me Redbirds” and it was one of those projects that was very easy to title. I have had so many people tell me stories about their Mothers or Fathers or best friends sending them birds. The title was an entry point into the work and really an entry point into a deeper connection with my viewing audience. I am humbled and honored that people were able to share their own experiences with me the way that they have.

Today I looked on the web for information on titling your artwork  and found a rather goofy tool for “auto generated titles“check it out …
I played with the auto tool a few times and found a phrase I liked “Peacock Denouncing a Briefcase”. I have no idea how the algorithms or whatever spit out titles and you have no way of giving it input.  It is a fun little gizmo, but I don’t think I will be using it for my titles.

I have a list below for further web reading on the subject of Titling Your Art:

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Community Project Notes

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Last Saturday we started on a mosaic community project at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. We are creating the center’s logo in mosaic and adding in some paper Milagros under glass. I say “we” however we are just there to help as the visitors to the center are doing all the work so far. Well that is not totally accurate, Katrina organized the materials and the basic design while Apryl did a lot of pre-cutting. I got the cartoon image transferred on to the board. Now we get to sit back and watch as other people discover the joy of piecing together a mosaic. Everyone that placed tiles down did such a great job, they were fast and really good at keeping a consistent look to the tile placements. I was very impressed.

Katrina does this sort of community work all the time however it is my first one to be a part of and it is really exciting. I was asking Kat about her fancy silver trays that she placed some of the pre-cut tile in and she says whatever it takes to jazz up the experience and get people hooked on Mosaics. I love that.

We will be at the center again on Saturday the 12th from 4:00-6:00 for anyone that wants to come out and play and help us finish up this fun project that we will be leaving with the center.

Special thanks to Juli Hulcy for the use of her sand-blaster!

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A few more gallery shots

Well we are about one week away from the community Milagro project at the center. The 30 x 30 cradle board arrived for that project last week.  It seems so long ago that the show opened. I have been hearing from a few people that have made it by recently and the responses have been great.  I hope to get back over to the gallery soon to do some better photography shots, but for now I will post a few images from opening night. I have started a new mosaic project using some of my photography from Italy. It is a large work that will take a few months to complete.

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Some detail photos from the Tres Milagros show.

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From the Opening

As Rebecca said in her last post before heading off to Italy, the opening was a big success and we thank all of you who showed up to celebrate with us.  Here are some more photos from right before the event.  I will include detail shots in the next posting.  Actual shots from the opening will have to wait until Rebecca has recovered from her wordly travels.

Muchos gracias to TeleMundo for interviewing Apryl about the show.

TeleMundo interview with Apryl Begay

Entering the show, My Heart by Katrina Doran

Labour of Love by Apryl Begay

Marriage Milagro by Apryl Begay

Proud Mary by Apryl Begay

By Hand by Katrina Doran


Prayer for a Purrfect and Fine Day by Katrina Doran


Prayer for a Purrfect and Fine Day by Katrina Doran


Santa Lucia by Katrina Doran


works by Apryl Begay, Katrina Doran and Rebecca Collins



Detail of the altar.


Rebecca makes the first sale! Carol is a terrific supporter of the arts.

 More pics to come….


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Thanks To All!

Thanks to all who attended the Tres Milagros opening last night. The show will continue through November 18th so if you missed it there is still plenty of time to drop by. I am very touched by everyone in the Oak Cliff community that dropped by and as always I am very thankful for our mosaic community and the wonderful talented friends we have from the Creative Arts Center in Dallas that support us in all of our  creative endeavours. We will be posting more pics soon from the opening that will include shots of the work, but first I want to post a few family shots. Thanks also to Tisha, Jerry, and Jose for all of their hard work and for providing great snacks, wonderful music and a great evening…. you guys really ROCK!

The Dorans
Denny, Taylor, Katrina

The Begays
( Notah, Santiago, Apryl, Antonella)

My Family: The Collins
Dan, Rebecca and Lola Cash

And My family Again
Rebecca, Apryl, Katrina

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A Jar Of Poems

Late last week we decided we would all do a small project to place on the Alter at our show. I was not really sure at first what I would come up with, but I knew I wanted to honor my husband’s creativity and my canine family.  Over our years together we have loved and lost many very special animals. Last October we had to say goodbye to our Alpha Scottie Big Tommy.  I knew I wanted to create a day of the dead style skeleton of my boy. I then had the idea to create a vessel to store the poems my husband has written over the years about our dogs and the dogs we have known and loved. My first thought was a pretty mosaic bottle, but a bottle is like a long term storage device and due to a slender neck, paper goes into a bottle and does not come out. So my second idea was a Jar of Poems, and the casualness of a mason jar really appealed to me. I fell in love with the title “ Jar of Poems” and I started working hard to complete a small piece over the weekend. I just grouted the top mosaic portion today.

The jar contains over 30 poems written by Dan Collins. My husband has a bad habit of thinking all of his older poems are stale and he is always pushing himself hard to create new works … when I told about this idea I teased him and mentioned that the rubber ring would keep his poems fresh.  I like that we can reach in and grab a poem and read it out loud. We often will read poetry aloud before a meal together instead of traditional prayer.

The 5 stars under Big Tommy represent all of the pets we have lost together: Demos, Phoebe, Atticus, Nessie, and Big Tommy. The 3 stars above him represent our current pack members Ajax, Pickle, and Whitman.

The sides have hands that represent us and the hands are surrounded by Milgaros that have meaning to me. There is a poem on the front under glass.

The show opens in just 2 days! Wow.

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