2016 in Review

December of 2016 was the first month since we discovered Western Avenue back in 2014 that we did not participate in an open studio in the studio building. The reason (amongst other reasons) for that is because we decided to simplify and combine our studio and loft back in late October. We did one more open studio at the beginning of November, but by that time, we were 90% moved out of studio A520. We are still at Western Avenue, and we are still participating in open studios. We’ve just moved our stuff into our living space at 160 Western Avenue. If anything, it is much easier to find us. One of us is here 99.9% of the time. Appointments can be made to view any of our art on non open house days. And you can still visit us and other Loft artists any time that there is an open studio. On any given open studio day there are around 10 or so Loft artists who are open, which is a much simpler sort of visit than the five floors of artists over at the studios. We welcome you to come every month, since we change our art and add additional pieces on a regular basis.

What We’ve Been Up To

Kristian and I have been very busy since summer. In summer, we were part of the ACLU-NH and RAD-NH show in Manchester, entitled “This is What Trans Feels Like”. Since that time, we’ve also been preparing for the show in Dover, NH, since it is a traveling show. Konnor submitted several pieces and is waiting to hear if any of those were selected. One of our goals this year was to submit to more calls for submission, both literary and visual. And another goal that we had was to participate in more non-juried shows like craft fairs and art fairs. And we’ve accomplished that.
Kristian has been busy with making mixed media art, but most of his artwork this year has been centered around creating gemstone jewelry. You can view some of his more recent pieces on our Instagram.
Konnor submitted pieces to the Alienation show at Loading Dock Gallery, but did not get into that show because the competition was national and pretty steep. It was a great, show though. If you didn’t see the show, you missed a moving experience. Konnor also submitted both visual art and poetry to a multimedia show which was held in Lowell in October at Mill NO. 5, entitled “Survivor Gallery of Hope”. Konnor had five poems in the show which were both on YouTube on Konnor’s YouTube channel, and on paper and one was in mixed media artistic format. Poems were presented in an auditory live stream at the gallery for visitors to listen to as well as read. Konnor also read two of the poems at live Mic nights at Brew’d Awakening during the month of October as part of the effort to promote Domestic Violence Awareness. Konnor was also invited in November to hang one of the pieces entitled “Survivor” at the annual Gala for the Asian Taskforce on Domestic Violence.
Konnor has continued to write poetry, and plans on publishing a free chapbook of poetry some time in early 2017. In December, Konnor participated in “Got Books”, which was a literary event at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts. And in December Konnor attended the Appleton Mills local original art show which was held in the Appleton Mills gallery. In January 2017, he hopes to have additional pieces at Wrong Brain in Dover in addition to the Invisible Violence piece that he did in 2016.
To wrap up the year of 2016, Konnor has been participating in the P_ssy Hat Project which is an offshoot of the non partisan Million Woman March on Washington for women’s rights. Anyone who is attending the Boston event is welcome to come to open studios on January 7th for one of many pink hats that Konnor is creating. See our Instagram for photos of the hats as they are made. Konnor also got certified as a reiki practitioner in 2016. Stay tuned for more information about that.
The New Year of 2017 will bring challenges as well as changes. Our challenge is to stay focussed on the positive and be the change that we want to happen. We wish you the best for the new year. Love from Kristian and Konnor.