Thursday, December 27, 2012

Particle Collision Paintings: Winter Show and Studio Notes:

I have completed 5 new small paintings (5” x 7”) that will be exhibited at Gallery in the Woods, Brattleboro, VT. in the Winter Show which opens Friday, Jan. 4th, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm. 

These new pieces were inspired by my visit at CERN and will be the basis of the 5x7 kickstarter rewards that will be finished toward the end of Jan. and early Feb.

The wands and postcards have been sent. The coasters are prepped and being painted in the studio now.  I will be sending them out as I finish them so those of you who pledged for them you can expect them in the mail sometime this coming month.   

There are a few of you who still need to send me your mailing address. If you haven't done so yet please do. I would like to be able to thank you with a reward.

I am finishing up the newsletter with stories and photos from the Boundless journey and will be sending out that in early Jan. as well.

I have been thinking about the coming year and wondering what it will bring…last year was full of challenges and rewards.  Anything is Possible! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!            xo~ Alicia 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Boundless Article in Life & Times

Particle Collision #2, 35" x 38", mixed media on paper,
Alicia Hunsicker, 2012



This is Particle Collision #2, The second painting I completed during my residency in Austria. It is featured today in the Recorder article "Boundless" written by David Rainville. The article is available on-line at: http://www.recorder.com/lifetimes/
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Sincerest Thanks



Particle Collision #1, 35"x38" Alicia Hunsicker, Austria, 2012

The Boundless project was a great success for both my artistic and personal growth.
It was a challenging and rewarding journey that most assuredly has changed the way I see the world.

Boundless: Artist Residency in Austria and Journey to CERN
Sept. 26, 2012 – October 14, 2012

Places visited:
Geneva, Switzerland
Mallnitz, Austria
Lyon, France

Activities of Note:
Switzerland by train
CERN
D. Fleiss East West artist Residency and Symposium, Mallnitz, Austria
Exhibitions at BIOS National Park Museum, Mallnitz, Austria and ARTour Brussels, Belgium
Day trips to Grossglockner and
Raggaschlucht in Austria.
City tour of Lyon, France which included Roman ruins.

This was inspirational, educational, challenging, supportive and most of all joyous adventure.  It was a wonderful few weeks of art, travel, new friends & cuisine. The paintings I created while at the residency were well received and have continued to open new directions for me as an artist. The image above: Particle Collision #1 is now in the collection of the D. Fleiss East West Foundation.  Austria was amazingly beautiful and I hope to go back someday.

 
This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of my Kickstarter project backers and the wonderful friends and fans that helped me get the word out about my project.  Without your pledges, posts, and encouragement I wouldn’t have had such a successful project.

Thank you so much!
Love and Blessings to all, xo ~Alicia

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Brian, Kathy and Declan Fitzpatrick
Richelle Hanson
Tony Maroulis
Jeff
Johniene Papandreas
Rhonda Lee Wainshilbaum
Ralph Lowen
Ginny Rockwood
Virginia M. Duarte
Jenni Allard
Meredith Munn
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Rita Owczarski
Astrid Heimer
Simone Alter-Muri
Peggy Olchen
Kelly Stazny
Jim Rosazza
Tracey Physioc Brockett
Tess Gadwa and family

Special thanks to:
Dorothea Fleiss and the D. Fliess East West Foundation
Mike and Ben Hunsicker
Fran Beallor
Dan Levin
Ben Brau, UMass Physics Dept.
Dr. Steve Goldfarb, CERN
Laurette Wittner
Judith Motzkin
Kristin Nicholas
Glendon Mellow
Helga and The Hotel Kartnerhof, Mallnitz
Artscope Magazine
Paulina Amador, SuperConsciousness Magazine
Mary Sherman and the TransCultural Exchange
David Rainville, Trish Crapo, and The Recorder
Jennifer Holloway and The Sentinel

I carefully compiled this list from my records.  If for some reason I mistakenly left your name out please let me know so that I may add you in. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kickstarter Success!

I have been so busy making plans and getting ready to go to Austria and Switzerland I have not had a moment to blog about the success of my kickstarter project.
I am so thankful to everyone who pledged support to my project.  This is going to be an amazing trip that will inspire me for a very long time!

Dave Rainville of the Greenfield Recorder wrote a nice follow up article about the Residency and the kickstarter compaign.  I will post it if I can find it online.

This is Mallnitz, Austria where I will be living during my residency with the D. Fleiss East West Artists Foundation.  It is the kind of village that they call a "Pearl of the Alps."

Friday, August 17, 2012

Artist Spotlight on the Pagan Sphinx

This just came out yesterday!


Gina Duarte writer of the Pagan Sphinx writes:

“Please visit my blog, The Pagan Sphinx to read my post on Western Massachusetts artist and my friend Alicia Hunsicker. She is a woman of great artistic gifts and keen intellect.
I wish her well in her current fundraising efforts to attend a residency program she as invited to participate in. The residency is in Austria and will include a visit to CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research. What does the Higgs Boson Particle have to do with art? Read my article! Best luck, Alicia!”

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Half Way There!

Thank you to all my Boundless Backers!
(and future ones too!)


I am a little over the half way mark on my kickstarter campaign for my project Boundless.
13 days left to be exact with an ending date of August 28th.

I am thrilled with the generous support I have received so far!
A big thank you for the special surprise donation I received from Rainer, Washington!

I still need to raise quite a bit more but I am hopeful that it will all work out. Please consider being a backer and getting a great reward in return. I am offering lots of custom made art especially for my backers, eye portraits, hand carved maple burl wands, workshops, and paintings etc.
Check it out…I bet there is something for you!


A successful Kickstarter campaign is usually the result of it being seen by many people, so even if you aren't interested in doing any of the pledges it would be great if you would share this link with friends and family, on facebook and any other social media you are involved with.

Thank you!  :o)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pledges and Rewards

Besides original art created especially for my backers these are some of the rewards I am offering.
A lot of time and effort went into selecting them, and will also go into making them for this project.

The coasters recently sold out! I have added a few more sets and only one set is left at this moment.

I am trying to come up with an alternate reward for that pledge amount but I am not having any brilliant ideas….yet!



Please consider backing my project and joining me on this journey. Even the smallest pledge can make a world of difference.

Getting Stitched on the Farm


Leyden Glen sheep and neighborhood view photo by Kristen Nicholas
My neighbor Kristin who writes the blog Getting Stitched on the Farm
recently wrote a nice piece about me and the open studio sale that I did last weekend.

I want to thank her for the great post and extra support her followers have added to my kickstarter project: Boundless.

It’s wonderful to live in a neighborhood filled with artists, farms, and small business entrepreneurs. Kristin is not only a wonderful artist, illustrator, and knitwear designer. She also runs a farm with her husband Mark and just across the road is the Lamb shack!
We are big fans of Leyden Glen Lamb’s sweet sausage!
I have recently experimented with a traditional sheppard’s pie recipe by adding the lamb sausage and ground lamb together (instead of Hamburg) topping it with caramelized onions, and then adding the corn and mashed potatoes (I add cream cheese to them!) It has become a family favorite!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Open Studio Success and Stat Trends

This is a photo taken outside my studio door on Sunday, the day of my open studio. I have written an update about it on my kickstarter project page. Click on the link to read about the great day we had.




I also wanted to share with you this fun Stat feature that will keep you updated on the progress of my project: Boundless! Currently I am 31% funded with 18 days to go. Here is the stat page link on kicktraq.



Please consider backing my project and joining me on this journey. A small pledge can make a world of difference.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Open Studio Event This Sunday: Directions

Alicia Hunsicker:
Open Studio Event
40 Glen Road
Leyden, Ma.
Sunday August 5th 10am – 4pm
DIRECTIONS:
1. From Interstate 91 exit 26Head east on Massachusetts 2A E toward Main St 0.8 mi
2. Turn left onto Conway St 1.5 mi
3. Continue onto Leyden Rd (Conway St. becomes Leyden Rd once you cross the bridge that goes over the highway)  3.0 mi
4. Continue onto Greenfield Rd (Leyden Rd becomes Greenfield Rd once you cross the town line)  2.0 mi
5. Turn right onto South School House Rd There will be an Open Studio sign posted at the turn.  0.7 mi
6. Turn right onto Glen Rd 0.2 mi
7. #40 is the second house on the right.A Blue A frame.
See you there rain or shine!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kickstarter Launch! ~ Boundless: Artist Residency in Austria and Journey to CERN

After several weeks of non-stop work I am so excited to unveil my kickstarter campaign tonight! Boundless: An Artist Residency in Austria and Journey to CERN.  Please take a moment to check it out. I have created a wonderful variety of rewards for patrons who decide to back my project.
I hope you will find something you like!  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"It's a constant unfolding" ~Today's Greenfield Recorder Article


Above is today's Arts and Entertainment section of the Greenfield Recorder.
Trish Crapo a Leyden writer and photographer came to the studio last week to take photos and interview me about the Austria Residency.  This lovely article came out today.  I can't seem to find a link online so I took this photo of the paper. I will add the link in when I find it.

Other Studio News:
I have been pulling out work from the small storage area in my studio off and on all week to get ready for the Studio sale and I must say I have a lot to offer! 
Today the process was quickened as I had a surprise Pre-Sale studio visit from a regular collector.  I very happily sold two small works to go toward the Austria Residency Fund. I am that much closer now!
Lastly, my Kickstarter campain was approved!  Tomorrow I will do a last edit and get it launched! All and all a very good day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Save the Date! Sunday, August 5th ~ Open House and Studio Sale

The D. Fleiss East West Artist’s Foundation has invited me to embark on a journey without borders and participate in an artist residency which includes a Symposia of Contemporary Art in Mallnitz, Austria this October.  From the healing waters of Austria to the particle collisions at CERN, this artist residency presents the opportunity to travel into new territory and create boundary-bending work that will intersect art, spirit, and science.

This is the first event planned to help raise travel funds for this residency. I must raise $4500. for travel costs by Sept. 1st.
 I hope you can make it!

 You are invited! 
Open House and Studio Sale
Sunday, August 5th from 10 to 4 pm
Location: 40 Glen Rd. Leyden, MA
  • Featuring small original paintings, drawings, and prints
    along with cards, magnets and other fun things priced between $5 and $50.
  • Medium and Large works will also be available at affordable studio sale prices.
  • New paintings in progress can be previewed.
    Raffle of original artwork.
  • Refreshments will be served.
Private studio visits: Are also available by appointment for the months of July and August. To arrange a time that is convenient email mahunsicker@netzero.net

Friday, July 6, 2012

D. Fleiss East West Artist Residency in Mallnitz, Austria

Wonderful News!  I have been officially invited by the
D. Fleiss East West Artists Foundation
to an artist residency and Symposia of Contemporary Art in Mallnitz, Austria this October.

After almost a year of confinement because of my broken leg accident, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the possibility of going to this residency.  There are some challenges ahead of me. First of all I must continue to improve my physical strength and stamina to allow me to travel confidently and to enjoy the time I will have creating and exploring in the Alps and secondly I must fundraise for the travel costs.   


I am planning a few different events to reach my travel goal of $4400.
I will be doing a Kickstarter project with great rewards for donors who would like to contribute online, A raffle of an original painting, and an Open Studio and Sale with lots of great deals on paintings with a large selection of small works offered for a steal and for the first time to the public. I will announce the dates soon.

I hope that I can find the support I need to make this incredible opportunity happen. I have my work cut out for me!

Other Studio Updates
I am excited to have my studio back and renovated to enhance my productivity.  I have been painting every day and am looking forward to putting my studio practice back in high gear.   I have started some new explorations which will solidify into a working vocabulary soon and am also working on some grant proposals as well.

Artist, Joyce Conlon stopped into the studio for a visit recently.
She was the first to see the new painting in progress that I am working on.  We had a wonderful conversation about painting and process.  It was a brilliant reminder that all things come in good time….and we must be open to let the work unfold through the process of creating it and to have a little fun while doing it too!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Renewal


I have been working to repaint the studio and transform it into a better working space.  Surprisingly, since I am not normally a fan of white walls, I am very happy with the make over.  It is clean, fresh, and sparse.
 I took out a lot of the items I have collected over the years and kept only a small portion of them to put in the altar and business area of the studio.  The rest is a blank slate with areas to start new work and the ideas are pouring in!

These are some photos of the new paint combo along with my resident studio cat.  It’s very different from the old studio look… more sophisticated perhaps? I tried to stay neutral so that the space would not affect my color usage on my new work.

Parallel to my studio renewal is my physical renewal.  The on-going recovery from breaking my leg last year is going well and I am getting out a lot more and for longer periods of time. My first road trip was just this week to Mass MoCA and I will be venturing out to the Mutton and Mead festival this weekend.  I am thrilled to be moving forward again.  Additionally, I have received great news that I am the recipient of an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc. Emergency Grant Award. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fresh Paint - New Space

This is an older photo of my studio. Its amazing to see that most of these paintings have found homes!

The reason I am posting it today is to say goodbye to my cream walls and indigo floor.  Over the next few days I will be repainting the walls a soft white and the floor a coffee brown.  I am looking forward to the fresh paint- new space feel that will be created.  Over the last few years I have realized that although I LOVE my floor this color, it has impacted my paintings by reflecting blue onto their surfaces causing me to over paint in the yellow spectrum. I am hoping that the brown floor will be neutral enough as to not affect my color usage.  I was looking at greys but shied away because of the bluish tints that can happen in them.
I will post some photos soon of the new space but remember if you would like to see it in person I am welcoming studio visits all month long.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Open Studio this June Located in Scenic Leyden, MA


I have decided that I will be opening my scenic Leyden, MA studio up to the public for the month of June. It will be my first open studio since my accident last year. If you would like a studio visit please email me to arrange a time. I will also be picking a day or weekend to have an official opening where people can just stop in, hang out, have a snack and check out the work.

Also I am considering doing eye portraits again.....here is the link for details and to some of the ones I have done in the past.

http://www.aliciahunsicker.blogspot.com/p/eye-portraits.html

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

THE COASTER PROJECT, DESTINATION: THE WORLD 2012

Ten years ago TransCultural Exchange's launched one of the largest democratic, global art projects in the world: 'The Coaster Project, Destination: The World.'

Between March 9 and May 19, 2002, 99+ artists transcended geographical, political and cultural boundaries to stage 99+ exhibitions throughout the world. Afterwards, all 10,000+ art works were given away in the guise of "coasters" at bars, cafes and restaurants.

To celebrate, TransCultural Exchange will stage a 10th year anniversary exhibit and give-away of 'The Coaster Project, Destination: The World' at Toronto's '2012 Culture Works Festival

I have been having some fun with this project!  Here are a few examples of some of the coasters I have been making. I hope to do a few sets along with the one I will exhibit with the TCE and which will eventually be given away in Toronto. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cosmology : We Are Stardust

Kaboom,
7.5” x 8”, Acrylic on Cradleboard, 2011
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust."

– Lawrence Krauss (cosmologist)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

THE COSMIC METABOLISM OF FORM

I have had lots of opportunities come my way of late.  I am being pretty selective and am only committing to those I find really exciting.  One of two that I have committed to is to curate a show dealing with a topic I am now exploring in my work. I will post more details as things progress. The other is a fellowship invitation to do a residency in Austria this fall.  This residency usually includes a show at a local museum as well as day trips to surrounding areas.  One year they took a train to Venice for the day! J   I would really love to do this and have been researching travel grants to pay for airfare and train costs. I am not having much luck though!  I may have to do a Kickstarter or raffle to raise the necessary funds for travel to this residency. It is a wonderful opportunity. 

Painting in Progress, 18"x 24", acrylic on cradleboard, 2012

In the studio I have been thinking a lot about the word Stream in all its meanings and connotations. This is a painting in progress that I am still working on.  I am really enjoying the direction this one is taking me.  I hope to do a few in this possible new series.
Here is a wonderful article I found in Parabola Magazine called
The Cosmic Metabolism of Form

I am loving articles and anything really that bridge science and spirituality the way I aspire to do with my paintings.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Greening the Studio

The studio is rich with life! Painting progress has been slow, but the seedlings are growing fast! A week or two more and they will be ready to be outside full time.  I have been busy watering, repoting, and taking them out of the studio during the day and bringing them in at night. We will have a large variety of veggies to pick this summer;
yellow squash, zucchini, winter squash varieties, peppers, snap peas, green and yellow bush beans, cabbage, lettuce, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, collard greens,cucumbers, onions, garlic, parsley, dill, cilantro, and lots of varieties of tomatoes!

To have room for all this we will be expanding a section of the garden to try a pallet bed where you cover the bottom of a wooden pallet with garden cloth and fill it with dirt, then plant between the slats.  This should work well with shallow rooted plants and helps keep the moisture in and the weeds out.  Looking forward to seeing how it works out. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Worcester Telegram Article on Worcester Window's & Terri Priest


Tomorrow night at the Worcester Window's reception artist Terri Priest will be giving an artist talk. Here is an article that came out today in the Worcester Telegram. There is a nice mention about my work.

Terri Priest joins other artists for Worcester's community gallery program. By Nancy Sheehan TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dragonfly & Worcester Windows Artist Reception


This is an early figurative painting (oil on Canvas) called Dragonfly. It is currently on display in Worcester. This Thursday is the reception. Information is as follows:

Worcester Windows Spring
Exhibit & Artist Reception


We invite you all to join us Thursday, April 12th for the
opening reception of Taking it to the Streets!
The reception will be held at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester,
MA from 5-7 p.m..
Light refreshments will be served with a cash bar available.
The Hanover Theatre is located at 2 Southbridge St
in downtown Worcester.

Terri Priest, whose work is
currently on display at the Hanover Theatre,
will open the evening with a few words that should be worth the trip alone. While you're there, please visit the other downtown locations to take a look at all the gorgeous artwork as well as the new hanging system.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Taking It To The Streets! ~ Worcester Windows Spring Exhibition


I will be happily showing two early figurative paintings done in a magic realism style along side many other wonderful artists in the Worcester Windows exhibition; Taking It To The Streets!
The show runs April - July, 2012 with a reception on April 12, from 5 to 7 pm.
More details can be found here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The New York Optimist


I am pleased to announce that my work is being featured this week in
The New York Optimist. A wonderful weekly magazine on art and culture. To see the article and check out all the magazine has to offer click on the link above.
Painting: Earth, Skin, Blood, Water ~ Alicia Hunsicker, 2011

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thought Forms

Three weeks out from my last leg surgery, I am now making leaps and bounds in my recovery process. With the wonderful weather this week in the North East I am going on daily walks up my scenic dirt road. I can’t tell you how good it is to be out doors and moving again. This whole experience has been a lesson in endurance. However I can say it was an experience filled with unexpected gifts as well as a huge change in perspective.

My studio time has been consumed with various writing projects. From grant proposals, residency applications, and interviews, I have had no time to paint! Though I am happy with the results.

If you haven’t yet seen the article that came out in SuperConsciousness Magazine, Please check it out. It will give you an insight into the new direction I am going in. http://www.superconsciousness.com/topics/art/supernatural-creator

A friend and collector of my work came by to wish me well and decided to add Thought Forms to her private collection. She wrote to me afterward saying " I LOVE my new painting! It sits in a space where I see it all the time, and I consciously look at it all the time. It's like after a while I will have memorized all my favorite parts. It has made my living room a truly visually interesting place to be."

So while I was physically down and in isolation for the last
8 months or so….My work has gotten some high visibility with the show at Gallery in the Woods and the unbelievable press the new work has
generated. It’s strange how life gets balanced out. I am in gratitude and am reminded of my wonderful belief that Anything is Possible!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SuperConsciousness Magazine Interview

I recently teamed up with SuperConsciousness Magazine to do an interview/article about my paintings and creative process.
by Paulina Amador became available on-line yesterday.
SuperConsciousness is a wonderful Magazine that explores Science, Spirituality, and Human Potential.
The article starts: An artist can be a scientist when it comes down to building the blocks of a new reality through a canvas, where colors and textures act as the bond of subatomic particles. Life is a gigantic piece of fabric, where we display our thoughts and create, moment by moment. To read more click on the link above.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Past, Future, and Particle Colliders


I have had the fortunate experience recently to view my work through new eyes. This fresh perspective is through the eyes of Science. I have always thought of my work as Spiritual but as my awareness and interest unfolded I realized that
science is interested and asking the same questions I am exploring in my own artistic investigations.

I have found the natural unfolding of my work to be
at times eerie in the way my past interests connect with my future interests.

Here is one recent example…….a few years ago I went to China
to work with the Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai
to present a project called “
Eye to Eye”.

When I arrived home I became even more obsessed with eye imagery and did some really beautiful eye portraits. Right now I am really passionate about doing a collaboration with a scientist and eventually visiting either the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Switzerland) or the Fermilab collider detector here in the USA.

Particle collider detectors are the eyes scientists use to visualize the smallest building blocks of nature. It is quite amazing!

Here are photos of the particle colliders at both CERN and Fermilab side by side with my eye paintings..........



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why Science Needs Art

Creation and Destruction,
24”x 29”, Oil on Board, 2011
Why Science Needs Artby Jonah Lehrer
The more we know about reality, the more palpable its paradoxes become. The author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and editor of SEED magazine, believes that artistic interpretations of scientific ideas and theories offer science a new lens through which to see itself while also furthering our inquiry into the nature of consciousness.
Read more of the article here.
One of my favorite paragraphs.....
But the trajectory of science has proven to be a little more complicated. The more we know about reality—about its quantum mechanics and neural origins—the more palpable its paradoxes become. As Vladimir Nabokov, the novelist and lepidopterist, once put it, "The greater one’s science, the deeper the sense of mystery."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Noosphere and The Global Consciousness Project

Science hones answers into our origins…..
What we have been taught is being challenged by new discoveries!
To get up to date check out Scientific American’s publication
“A new look at Human Evolution”
These developments excite me!!!!

Scientists have also discovered a field of intelligent energy that surrounds us all and connects us and what we think and feel have an effect on this field.
This field appears to be a web that makes up the fabric of space.
This field is everywhere all the time. It’s the stuff that is in the nothing.
Scientists are calling it by many names…Quantum Hologram, the mind of nature, noosphere, or even the mind of God.....only to name a few.

Princeton University is now studying that field in a project from the
The Institute of Noetic Sciences which is directed by Roger Nelson called “The Global Consciousness Project” It askes the question “What is the nature of Global Consciousness?”
This project developed technology that detects and responds to this field and measures changes in mass consciousness.
The devices known as EGGS were planted all over the globe
And have been monitored for the last 12 years.
This field fluctuated before global events like 9/11 or in a more positive scope during times of mass prayer.
You can see this mapping and data collection in real time on their website.


The projects starts “Coherent consciousness creates order in the world.
Subtle interactions link us with each other and the Earth.When human consciousness becomes coherent and synchronized, the behavior of random systems may change. Quantum event based random number generators (RNGs) produce completely unpredictable sequences of zeroes and ones. But when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, our network of RNGs becomes subtly structured. The probability is less than one in a billion that the effect is due to chance. The evidence suggests an emerging noosphere, or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures.
The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. We collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 70 host sites around the world. The data are transmitted to a central archive which now contains more than 12 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second. "


To read more go here.
The image above is a painting in progress.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Glendon Mellow's Commentary on the Science-Art Show Winners

Glendon Mellow takes an in depth look at his jurors picks for the winners of the ScienceOnline2012 Science-Art Show.

About "Transfusion" he says "Hunsicker gives us the branches of thought, the branching arteries and systems of the body and the botanical branches of the environment all together: Is the figure transfused with a sense of nature? Is a dead body transfusing nutrients to the forest? Mysterious and haunting – or joyful?- this painting asks us to ask questions."

To see the other winners work and read his commentary on this show go his Scientific American blog Symbiartic.

I am looking forward to next years show already!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Most Innovative

"Transfusion" was one of two paintings awarded a monetary art prize for "Most Innovative" in the ScienceOnline2012, Sci-Art show which took place last week at North Carolina State University and Duke University.

Although its rare that I enter juried shows these days, I am really interested in exploring the emerging field of Science and Art. I was very happy to be chosen to be included in the show and for the new connections I have made. The show received sponsorship from Rob Dunn ( thank you Rob!) from Your Wild Life Lab. and 6 monetary prizes were announced in 3 categories;

Most Innovative
Best able to convey complex ideas
Best science art having to do with daily life


This is the first show that I have participated in that awarded prizes and I was pleasantly surprised to have been awarded one! A big thank you to Karyn Traphagen and Glendon Mellow for organizing , curating and co-judging the show and a big Congratulations to the other artists who won awards.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Brattleboro Museum Micro Grants

BEAN Dinner results.....
We had a wonderful time at the BEAN Micro-Grant Dinner with over 65 attendees. It was a successful night raising over $750. which was split between two projects; One, for an organization which provides art classes to low income children and the other, for a middle school chorus to travel to an event. As attendees we had over 15 proposals to review before we could vote on the two we wanted the funds to go to.

The dinner from Elliot Street Cafe was great...actually I think they make the best brownies I have ever eaten!!!!

The band Red Heart the Ticker was awesome!! I am thinking about getting a CD to play in my studio while I paint. I really enjoyed watching the small children dancing with total abandon!

For information about the next BEAN Micro-Grant Dinner, and to area artists who would like to apply....check the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center's site here.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brattleboro Essential Arts Network (BEAN) Micro-Grant Dinner Tonight!

I will be attending this event tonight to present my finished project and to support the next round of micro-grant applicants. This is a wonderful program for artists. I know first hand how a small grant can help a project become more successful.


The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Elliot Street CafĂ© are teaming up to empower our community to take arts philanthropy into its own hands.Based on similar programs happening all around the world, BEAN Micro-Grant Dinners enhance the vitality of art and artists in our community by providing artists with much-needed financial support and encouraging dialogue and collaborative decision-making between artists and the general public.BEAN, which stands for “Brattleboro Essential Arts Network,” also aims to change the face of arts funding -- from a top-down model with limited interaction between funders and recipients to one that features direct, personal contact between donors and their beneficiaries, allowing virtually anyone to become a philanthropist.



The next BEAN Dinner will take place Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 6 to 7:30 pm.

HOW IT WORKS, PART 1: Eat, Discuss, Vote


For only $12 anyone can attend a Mexican dinner catered and served by the Elliot Street Cafe, with live music by Red Heart the Ticker. Over dinner, guests will review and discuss funding requests for local art-related projects. At the end of the night, guests will vote for one or more proposals that deserve to receive the proceeds from the event.


PREVIOUS BEAN MICRO-GRANT RECIPIENTS

$300 to NEYT alumni for a traveling production of Romeo & Juliet

$300 to In-Sight Photography Project for a portable digital projector

$200 to Cyndal Ellis for supplies for early childhood dance classes

$255 to Neighborhood Schoolhouse for art studio classes for kids

$250 to Vermont Theatre Company for original music for Shakespeare in the Park

$245 to Marlboro Elementary School for printing student Collage Books

$300 to Alicia Hunsicker toward marketing expenses for a gallery exhibition

$8,000+ to artists who suffered damage in Tropical Storm Irene

Friday, January 20, 2012

A New Song to Sing


We are 20 days into the new year..2012!! and I am just getting around to that New Years post.

Although I have one last surgery to attend to with my leg from last years break, I am feeling a new beginning, a new phase in my life that is opening....I have the feeling of being ripe with possibility and it's overwhelming me! This is my new painting in progress....tentatively named A New Song to Sing, in the spirit of letting go of the past and moving forward into the great unknown.

ScienceOnline2012 Art Show

I am very interested in the emerging field of science/Art.
I am just starting to research the diverse possibilities this kind of collaboration can create......And I find it all very exciting.


It was a pleasure to have my work accepted in the Sci-Art show, which is taking place now at the ScienceOnline2012 conference at North Carolina State University in conjunction with Duke University.


The Artwork will be projected onto a large cinematic screen during the conference and viewed by over 450+ scientists, science journalists, science artists and science advocates. This show will also have an online exhibition component that I will post a link to when it is announced.


A slide show/video can be found on the Art of Science blog Symbiartic, written by Glendon Mellow who co-curated the show with Karyn Traphagen.


ScienceOnline2012 is the sixth annual international meeting on Science and the Web. The weekend of January 19–21, 2012 the Research Triangle area of North Carolina will once again host scientists, students, educators, physicians, journalists, librarians, bloggers, programmers and others interested in the way the World Wide Web is changing the way science is communicated, taught and done.

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's Friday the 13th and I'm Feeling Lucky!



I've had a feeling of lucky anticipation all day.......maybe it is because I am going to show a new piece in progress tomorrow at my Hampden Gallery Critique group which I will be attending for the first time since the accident or is it because I was expecting the unexpected?...after all I do believe that anything is possible! (Note...I will be buying a lottery ticket tonight!)


Well something wonderfully surprising did happen......I came across this article in Artscope magazine about Brattleboro's Gallery walk and lo and behold my paintings are in it! This is a photo taken at Gallery in the Woods, during my Nov. - Dec. Solo show. Even though my show is over the gallery has kept most of the work for a strong showing for the Winter/Spring season.
Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer