Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Space of My Own: A Peek Inside My New Art Studio

Over the summer, my husband and I re-located to Furlong, PA (right outside Doylestown.) While I've lived in the general Philadelphia area for over 20 years, moving to Bucks County has been a great experience for many reasons. We love our new home, but an added bonus was that there was already an art studio set up on the lower level! Seems a bit fortuitous, right?!

View from my art studio last week

Since I inherited this space from another artist, it's taken a while to make it feel like my own. While I might make some changes in the future (like painting the walls white,) I am incredibly happy with it. 

I have plenty of natural light, storage, and tons of work space! Although I had a dedicated work space in our previous home, it was much smaller. I am definitely noticing an increase in productivity now that I can find my materials and have plenty of space to create (who would have thought?)

Here are some pics:

© Abby Sernoff art studio
Look at this counter space! 
© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio
Lots of room for my materials

© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio
This white table took up almost the whole room in my last studio!

© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio
This empty frame was already on the wall when we moved in -
perfect for filling with (mostly) my art! 

© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio
plenty of natural light! 
© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio
space for all my art books

© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio

© Abby Sernoff 111 Collage Design art studio

If you are affected by the "Polar Vortex," please stay warm everyone! Also, check out my FB page for a special Vortex coupon to use in my etsy shop xoxo

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Bluebird of Happiness

original mixed media collage
Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

The bluebird carries the sky on his back. 
Henry David Thoreau

bluebird collage in progress

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Well, perhaps this isn't the most seasonal post, but way back last spring I started this bluebird collage and it's finally finished!

Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

Those familiar with my art may already know my work is often inspired and guided by mythology. The bluebird has an interesting history.

In addition to being associated with happiness, in Indian legend, bluebirds were considered sacred because their blue color was like the sky. 

Bluebird of Happiness Collage © Abby Sernoff

The Cherokee and the Pima Indians believed that at one time bluebirds were white or grey, then one day Bluebird found a lake up in the mountains. 

When Bluebird bathed in it, her feathers turned as blue as the sky. According to the Cochiti tribe, the firstborn son of Sun was named Bluebird

This collage is available for purchase in my etsy shop. 

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and a happy new year! xoxo

Friday, August 2, 2013

2 Exhibits and a Move!

The last month has been a whirlwind, but it's all good things : )

close up of "Love Tree" collage
c Abby Sernoff

First, we have moved! We have relocated (about an hour NE of where we were living) to the Doylestown, PA area. We moved last weekend and are still exhausted, but we love our new home and couldn't be happier!

Additionally, I have 2 art exhibits I am participating in opening this weekend! 

The first art show opens Sat August 3rd at the  Riverside Art Gallery in Ypsilanti, Michigan.   The title of the exhibit is "Map It" and features artwork from 58 artists from 19 states. Even though I won't be able to attend the opening, I am thrilled to be a participant. Here's a picture of the mixed media collage that will be part of the exhibit. It is titled "Love Tree" and was created on canvas using a Vintage US Map, acrylic, ink , and paper. 

Large Mixed Media Collage Map Art Tree Abby Sernoff  "Love Tree"
"Love Tree" Mixed Media Collage c Abby Sernoff

This piece is 30"x 48" so shipping this work was a bit of an adventure, especially in the midst of moving! We wound up using something called an Airfloat box ,an investment for sure, but it's reusable and was easy to pack. I also felt confident  my art would arrive safely. 

To ship large art, get a really really big box and an awesome helper (my husband :) )

This exhibit will go online after the opening reception, so it can be seen nationwide!

Closer to home, Sunday August 4th kicks off a shared exhibit  at the Pebble Hill Peace Gallery in Doylestown, PA. 

Opening Reception, Sunday August, 4, 12 – 2pm
Two Visions
Abby Sernoff, Collage
Ron BrownSudoku Art

I am thrilled to be sharing the exhibit with Sudoku artist Ron Brown. The title of the show is "Two Visions" and will run through the month of August. The opening is Sunday August 3rd 12-2 pm.

xo Abby 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Birthday Surprises

May and June are always an extremely busy time for my family - we have Mother's day, my Mom's birthday, my Dad's birthday, my birthday and Father's day! Whew!!

Some of the fun highlights the last month or two:

I currently have 2 collages featured in the juried art show All Creatures at Beauty Gallery in Newtown Square, PA. The show runs through July 18th,  if you have a chance to stop by :)

Abby Sernoff 111 collage design
Me (in the center), my husband, and a fellow artist at the Beuaty Gallery art show opening 5/13/25
mixed media bird art collages
My 2 collages in the show Untie You Wings (above)
and Black Desert Bird/Phainopepla (below)

I received this beautiful mixed media bird sculpture from my husband  for my birthday last week by Mullanium. I am in love with all of their work - I want to collect them all!!

my birthday cardinal sculpture

it says Meow on the chest plate! 

I also received a lovely surprise birthday card from my friends over at Nutmeg Designs featuring one of their beautiful stained glass creations - thank you! As they know, I love to get mail!

Stained glass design by Margaret Almon and Wayne Stratz

And of course our new kittens Franklin and Amelia are continuing to grow - they will be 5 months old in a few days!


Usually things wind down after the beginning of July (my wedding anniversary!) but this year I will only be getting busier!I can't say more about what's coming up yet, but I'm very excited!

Hope you are enjoying your spring and summer xo Abby

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Mixed Meida Blue Bird Collage in Progess

Working on a new collage today!

Mixed media blue bird collage in progress c Abby Sernoff 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

We Got Kittens!

I am proud to introduce our new kittens Franklin and Amelia! They are 9 week old litter mates and really couldn't be any cuter! While I've had cats most of my life, this is my first experience with kittens this young and we are having a lot of fun (they are asleep in my lap as I write this!) Today is their second full day with us.

I do want to mention that we recently lost our 17 year old cat Carmela. (I'm not ready to post a picture of her yet) We still miss her, and it's hard to know when to bring new animals into your life after the passing of a pet. My husband and I felt ready and I figure life is to short to postpone kitty cat love :)

xo Abby