Yikes

Well I finally moved in on the 4th of August.  What a horrible day and as you can see above and below, it’s now a loft filled with boxes.  There are pathways. But I can’t find anything, not my box of shoes, my cleaning supplies, a pencil or a pen.  I’m trying not to get too stressed but it is hard.

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Loft Stage 3

The loft is practically done, just last minute touch-ups and cleaning.  Some people moved in to their units yesterday, I will probably join them at the end of the month.  Here are some photos.

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Hall Light
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From balcony across to canal windows
stairs
Stairs
kitchen
Kitchen
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From stairs to far corner
Kitchen counter
Kitchen counter
Bathroom door
Bathroom door
Bathroom vanity
Bathroom vanity
from bathroom door across to far corner
from bathroom door across to far corner
Towards parking lot wall and stairs
Towards parking lot wall and stairs
Side door from parking lot, my loft to the right of door
Side door from parking lot, my loft to the right of door
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Loft Stage 2

New pictures from today’s walk through.  I forgot my measuring tape yet again and held the camera in portrait no landscape mode the whole time. Another senior moment.

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Coming in the front door, utility closet and coat closet on left
looking right towards stairs
looking right towards stairs
Stairs
Stairs
Looking over balcony at canal side windows
Looking over balcony at canal side windows
Looking over balcony at wall on left
Looking over balcony at wall on left
Looking at new parking lot side windows
Looking at new parking lot side windows
Left wall from floor
Left wall from floor
Canal windows from floor
Canal windows from floor
Kitchen area
Kitchen area
Bathroom entrance
Bathroom entrance
Along parking lot wall to stairs
Along parking lot wall to stairs
up the stairs
up the stairs
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Loft Stage 1

I’m moving into a loft at Western Avenue Lofts (very near my studio) in the beginning of June.  It is still under construction so I thought I would document that process.  Here are pictures taken April 7th.

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Parking lot side windows ( not yet installed)

kinda blurry, windows will be on this wall

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Canal side windows

looking towards the bathroom and a little bit of the kitchen
looking towards the bathroom and a little bit of the kitchen
looking toward parking lot wall
looking toward parking lot wall
Wall between my unit and my neighbor
Wall between my unit and my neighbor
looking towards kitchen area
looking towards kitchen area
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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Distressed, my show in Lowell, MA

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Distressed

September 28 – October 30, 2011

Reception for the Artists:  October 7, 2011, 6–9 PM

The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios

122 Western Avenue

Lowell, MA 01851

“Distressed” typically refers to being damaged or previously used, intentionally defacing or fading an object to convey an antique or used look, or to experience distress. At the Loading Dock Gallery, Distressed is an exhibit of artwork by Karen Bettencourt and David Hogan. Bettencourt and Hogan “distress” their artwork literally, but the artwork has also been a positive outlet for telling stories of distress. They each work with a mix of media and techniques. Bettencourt focuses on digital and material collage, assemblage, and fiber while Hogan works with drawing, painting, assemblage, and printmaking.

Bettencourt uses mixed media to create artwork that responds to all forms of distress.  She says “I have always been truly fond of that which is old, weathered, rusted or distressed. I search endlessly for old handwritten letters, paper, tickets, photographs, hotel bills, rusted metal, and aged or distressed wood and cloth.” Bettencourt uses these found objects to create colorful, textured collage and assemblage.

For Hogan, the artwork is about how nature and manmade objects like buildings are affected by natural and human forces. He says “Everything we perceive is “distressed” to one degree or another.” The objects may not fit our preconceptions of beauty because they are “distressed,” but they can have their own integrity and beauty.

Bettencourt and Hogan endeavor to translate the life experiences of people and objects into pieces of art. They use objects that they find, what they see around them, and experiences they have to tell stories with their artwork so that their meaningfulness is never lost. Their art will help you to see the beauty in an object or an experience that you might not have otherwise noticed.

Distressed exhibits at the Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Avenue, 2nd floor of the A Mill from September 28th to October 30th. Join the artists for a reception on Friday evening October 7th from 6 to 9pm.  The Loading Dock Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 4:30pm.  For more information, go to www.theloadingdockgallery.com or call Maxine Farkas at 978-349-8069.

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