I will be participating in Williamsburg Walks, as part of Northside Festival.

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There will be food & drink, music, film, and lots of hanging out in the Williamsburg streets, which will be pedestrian-only! Come check it out!

Announcing my curatorial debut- a group exhibition in Jersey City!
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On view through the month of May.
Official press release and more info coming soon!!!

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A few weeks ago I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Malawi, Southeastern Africa to visit one of my best friends, Colleen, who is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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With Colleen’s assistance, I was able to organize and teach a jewelry-making workshop in Chikwina, a small, mountain-top village in the northern region of Malawi. We conducted the workshop out of Colleen’s home, and I demonstrated how to make jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces,) using simple, everyday materials like bottle caps, wire and metal washers.

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We were lucky enough to also have some thread, beads and jewelry materials on-site (leftover from previous projects,) which added a little extra color and variety into the mix! These black, red and green beaded earrings represent the colors of the Malawian flag, and are also seasonably festive for Christmas!

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The intention behind the jewelry making was to create a product to be sold to generate income. This idea could only work if it was realistically possible for the villagers to continue making these items without outsourced materials or help. With this sustainability and self-sufficiency in mind, I chose readily available, low-cost (or even free, in the case of the bottle caps) materials, and a simple process. Colleen and myself are facilitating the sales of the jewelry for now, (just in time for the holidays!) and are brainstorming about how to turn the sales aspect into a more sustainable process, as well.

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If you are interested in purchasing some jewelry for the holidays (or beyond!) you can contact me via email: s.mcbride1221@gmail.com.

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All proceeds go directly to the jewelry makers in Chikwina to fund local, internal programming and community development projects.

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This September I had the great privilege of being able to take part in the 7th annual Governors Island Art Fair. It was a lot of fun, a ton of work, and a super rewarding experience! I was surrounded by inspiring artists and visitors every weekend, and got to hang out in the raddest place in NYC, so I feel pretty lucky. :)

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I just finished updating my website to include photos of the installation.
Click here for installation views, and here for detail shots of some of the individual pieces.

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It has been great to see The City College of New York well-repped on Governors Island-based art shows this September! Today marks the last weekend day of the season that the Island is open to the public, and the last day for the several art exhibitions and events that have been going on.

Ceramics Department Head and Professor Sylvia Netzer has some work on view with AIR Gallery in one of GI’s Nolan Park houses:

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Another Ceramics Professor and MFA Alum Mary Sweeney is also represented in the AIR house with her ceramic sculptures:

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Sculpture Department Head and Professor Colin Chase has 2 sculptures on view with the Sculptor’s Guild, also located in a building on Nolan Park:

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And lastly, my own installation as a part of 4Heads Governor’s Island Art Fair is located on Colonel’s Row, Building 408_A, 2nd Floor:

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September is turning out to be an exciting and busy month for me. Here’s what’s happening:

I am so honored to be included in the 7th annual Governor’s Island Art Fair!

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I got to create a sculpture installation in a gorgeous, uninhabited, deteriorating room in ex-military barracks on Governor’s Island. The show will be on view every weekend in September on Colonel’s Row on the island.

(here is a sneak-peek!)

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Also, I have a collaborative piece in a group show at CityLife Gallery in Jersey City opening on Friday, September 5! The opening reception coincides with the quarterly JCFridays event in Jersey City, NJ.

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Both shows will be up all month long, free and open to the public. I am thrilled to be in such good company at both of these exhibitions. Come out and see some art!

We moved into a new apartment in the last few weeks, and I finally have some designated studio space to play around in!

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I also have access to a yard, which makes things much easier when working with messy materials. 


-And more news coming soon! xox

Thanks to the success of my crowd-funding campaign, I was able to make my newest installation, Rip Tide, a reality! I am eternally grateful to the dozens of friends, family, colleagues and supporters of every type who donated funds, volunteered their time and skills, or just sent kind words and good vibes my way throughout this process.

I couldn’t have done this without all of you!

You can find a list of my supporters here.

Here is the photo documentation of the entire process, start to finish!

Melting wax, bonfire style!

Melting wax, bonfire style!

Crystallized wax hardening in the shark pool.

Crystallized wax hardening in the shark pool.

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Pouring melted wax into pool of water.

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The wax model, ready for casting.

The wax model, ready for casting.

Pouring rubber on the model.

Pouring rubber on the model.

Coated, drying.

Coated, drying.

Mixing cement.

Mixing cement.

Coating the rubber in cement to create the 'mother mold'.

Coating the rubber in cement to create the ‘mother mold’.

Wax removed. Cleaning out the mold to prepare for resin casting.

Wax removed. Cleaning out the mold to prepare for resin casting.

Pouring the resin

Pouring the resin

Casting.

Casting.

Trekking to the site

Trekking to the site

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De-molding, on site.

De-molding, on site.

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Finishing touches.

Finishing touches.

Detail of surface.

Detail of surface.

Detail of surface.

Detail of surface.

Finished, installed.

Finished, installed.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the MANY, many people who bestowed upon me their generosity, encouragement, support and most of all, confidence in me! I am so thrilled to announce that I REACHED MY GOAL(!!!!) with my RocketHub campaign! I can’t thank you all enough for your incredible support. It has been a heartwarming and truly incredible experience to receive so much support from so many people, from all different points in my life. I am totally overwhelmed with love, gratitude and so much great energy!

Now I am ready to make this thing, and make you all proud!!!!

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Please take a look at the project page on my website: http://www.shannonmcbride.com/summer2014  for updates, and a list of my amazing supporters!