Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Last Post for the Summer

Last Post Summer 2014

Finished the summer with the Labor Day Festival and my show at Java Central

Labor Day Festival
Not sure how many kids I saw that day...but it was a very crazy day!

 My show at Java Central in Uptown Westerville: Sept.-Oct. 2014.

 This show combines both my styles: traditional and contemporary.

I also made the newspaper with this show:

This is the end of the summer...will be interesting to see how next year will go!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mothers of the Bible Show Opening

Mother's of the Bible Show Opening

Had a really nice show opening. Lots of people came and they were so excited about the show.

 I didn't realize that I would have to give an artist talk! I think I did OK!

 I was so happy that my family made of the the opening!
 My family! Daughter Lydia, Husband Doug, Me and My son Aaron
 Even my cousin Nelda made it!

I'm so incredibly proud of what I've accomplished!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Made the Newspaper!

I made the Dayton Daily News with my exhibition:


Here is the article:

Women featured in exhibit

Ginny Baughman of Westerville is featured in show.

By Pamela Dillon
Contributing Writer
“Naomi and Ruth” a mixed-media work by Ginny Baughman of Westerville, is one of 24 works at the “Mothers of the Bible” exhibit at the Marian Library at UD. CONTRIBUTED


What: “Mothers of the Bible” art by Ginny Baughman Where: Marian Library Gallery, University of Dayton, seventh floor Roesch Library When: Continues through Oct. 31; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Artist’s reception: 7 p.m. Sept. 5 More info: 937-229-4214 or www.udayton.edu/ libraries
Strong women of good character in the Bible are celebrated in the current “Mothers of the Bible” exhibit at the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. Westerville artist Ginny Baughman is presenting 24 works that include acrylic paintings, mixed media, and sculpture now through Oct. 31.
Baughman is showing three works in her Mary series. “Mary: The Word Became Flesh” is my favorite, with Mary and the infant Jesus clothed in stained glass window elements. “Mary’s Song” is a mixed-media piece in her Visitation series, with words from Luke: 1:45-56 encircling her pregnant figure that show Mary’s humility and devotion to God. “Mary and the Mothers Before Her” is a sculptural work of found objects.
“The influences of my art include ... the imaginary qualities of the Surrealists, the constructiveness of the Cubists, the illuminating qualities of the Impressionists, the emotionality of the Expressionists, and the soul-searching narratives of the feminists,” Baughman said.
Great emotion can be seen in “The Woman and the Dragon.”
The warm colors of red and orange clash with the cool blues and purples in Baughman’s portrayal of a woman giving birth to a son with a red dragon waiting to devour him.
The work depicts good vs. evil in apostle John’s visions while exiled to Patmos in Revelation 12: 1-5.
Luke 2:36-38 reveals Anna the prophetess, whose husband died after only seven years of marriage. After his death, she was said to have “never left the temple, but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day.” She lived to be 84, and is part of Baughman’s “Life Stages” series. The gray stripes in Anna’s robe mimic her long gray, braided hair. Her face in the work shows prayerful devotion.
“Naomi and Ruth” reveals the close relationship that Ruth enjoyed with her mother-in-law, Naomi. After the deaths of their husbands, Ruth decided to leave her homeland and go to Bethlehem with Naomi. Baughman shows the heads of the women, side by side, framed by sheaths of wheat. Gleaning the wheat fields is what led Ruth to her second husband, Boaz.
“ ‘Mothers of the Bible’ is firmly in the Marian tradition, highlighting the strong, faithful women who paved the way to salvation culminating in Mary, who brought Jesus Christ into the world, said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of research and special projects at the Marian Library.
Baughman’s figure titled “Wisdom” is shown with text, “Sophia — Chochma.” Chochma is often translated in Hebrew as “wisdom,” or “inspired intellect.” The name Sophia is not found in the Bible, but rather in the so-called gnostic gospels. These thirteen papyrus volumes were found in 1945 by an Egyptian peasant in Nag Hammadi, with sections that question New Testament theology and orthodox Christian doctrines.
“Sophia, or wisdom, is a strong presence in the Catholic tradition. An entire book in the Old Testament is devoted to wisdom,” said Roten. “In some of the more recent traditions, there is a strong connection between Sophia and Mary, as well as Jesus Christ.”
In “The Dutiful Wife,” Baughman depicts a woman stuck within the confines of a church building. The painting relates to Ephesians 5:22-24, 31-33. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord,” at the beginning of these verses. However, females can find comfort in verse 33 as Paul admonishes husbands to “love his wife as he loves himself ....”
“I work as an author, poet, or musician creating narrative that can be interpreted in a variety of ways,” stated Baughman. “I weave a story leaving conclusions up to the viewer’s own interpretation. My hope is that it will spark a discussion about issues that are important to me.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mothers of the Bible Show

Mothers of the Bible Show

On Thursday August 7 I delivered my art to the Marian Library gallery in the University of Dayton Library. Everything went smoothly and when we were finished the show looked great.

I've been working on this show for quite some time...

It all began over two years ago, in March of 2012, I received an email asking me if I would like to do a show at the Marion Library at the University of Dayton. I accepted immediately without hesitation. I was excited at the prospect of having a show at my alma mater. I was given a date over two years away in 2014 and I began the process of deciding what this show would be about and how I would convey it.
When I received that first email about the show, my husband and I were living in Brussels, Belgium for three months. He was working there and I had come along to enjoy the experience of living in Europe. This gave me a unique opportunity to visit cathedrals in Europe. Every place we went there was a cathedral and we enjoyed exploring them. One rainy day, toward the end or our stay, I set out to see as many cathedrals as I could in the city of Brussels. I was intrigued by the one hiding in the back corner of a neighborhood dedicated solely to Mary and another named for Mary Magdalene. I particularly loved the way each cathedral depicted Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in a different and often unique way.

I’m not Catholic, I’m Lutheran. Mary is not as revered in our religion, but I became facinated with how Mary, and other women of the bible, are depicted. Thus began my quest to discover more about women of the bible and I decided that my show should be about these women. I soon discovered that using all women of the bible was and overwelming topic. So I narrowed it to just mother’s of the bible and my topic was born. This fit very nicely l with my recent personal goal as an artist which has been to depict women, motherhood, and family in my artwork. I know these topics very well, since I myself am a mother and motherhood has been the most important job of my life.
Over a year ago, I began my study of the many mother’s of the bible, including “Mother Wisdom”. I’ve learned so much about these women, some of whom I discovered for the very first time. I have to admit that I’ve never been a “reader” of the bible. I usually go to church on Sunday morning and listen to the bible being read to me. This has actually been the first time that I really sat down to read the bible with a purpose: to find out more about these important mothers.I feel that I have barely scratched the surface of this topic. For example I think that I could do a whole show about “Mother Wisdom” herself. I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished with this show, I believe that it is my best work to date.
Here are some studio pictures:

 Radar the Cat was my helper. He even read the bible for me!

In July I received the Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Artist Grant to complete this show. I was able to pay for the frames in the show with my grant money. I couldn’t have afforded framing my artwork if it hadn’t been for this grant.

At last everything was finished!
I collected everything in my living room before we took them to the gallery

 Everything fit perfectly in the car for our trip to Dayton.

Here I am at the Library...it's been a long time since I've been here...I worked here during college!
The advert for my show is by the elevator!

 Here is the empty Gallery when I first walked in.
Here comes my art!

 I had an idea of how I wanted my art in the gallery. So when I brought it in I placed things where I though they might go.

It was amazing how my art seemed to fill the gallery just right!

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Here is the progression of the show. Starting in the hallway and then going around the gallery. Each artwork has a corresponding bible verse.

Wisdom,(hanging in hallway) $800
Proverbs 4: “Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.”
Artist Note: Wisdom, personified as a woman in the bible, is Sophia in Greek and Chochma in Hebrew.

 Sarah the Seed ($800)
Genesis 17: 15-16:She shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Artist Note: Sarah is the seed of Abraham’s linage.

 Elizabeth ( $900),Visitation Series,
Luke: 1:36-56: “Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son…nothing will be impossible with God”
Genesis 21:6-7: God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”
Artist Note: Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, was a mature mother just like Sarah before her.

Mary’s Song ($900) Visitation Series,
Luke: 1:36-56: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
John: 15:1-6 : “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower”
Artist Note: Mary wears her song from the visitation on her pregnant belly and she is attached to Elizabeth with a vine which represents Jesus the true vine.

Samuel: 2:1-10 & 1:22-28, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God.”
Artist Note: Hanna is wearing her song on her chest like a breast plate for battle.

Rebeckah, ($600),
 Genesis: 25:21-26: “The children struggled together within her”

Rachel, Acrylic Painting,($600)
Matthew: 2:18, “Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more”

The Dutiful Wife (Woman’s Life Stages Series), ($500)
Ephesians 5:22-24 & 31-33: “Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.”

The Woman and the Dragon (Life Stages Series), ($500)
Revelation: 12:1-5: “A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birthpangs, in the agony of giving birth.”
Artist Note: This painting represents a woman in childbirth.

Anna the Prophetess (Life Stages Series), ($500)
Luke: 2:36-38: “There was also a prophet, Anna…as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day”
Artist Note: This painting represents a woman as a widow.

Mary: The Word Become Flesh (Mary Series), ($800)
Luke 2:7:”And the Word became flesh and lived among us,”
John: 1:14: “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger”

 Mary in Luke (Mary Series), ($800)
Luke: 2:19: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”


 Mary’s Heart, (Mary Series), ($800)
Mark: 16:5-7: “Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him”
Artist Note: This painting was done before this show in 2006. In this show she represents Mary, the mother of Jesus, but she could also represent Mary Magdelene.

 Eve: Innocent: (Eden Series), ($700)
Genesis 1:23-25: “And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed”
Artist Note: This painting, created in 2006, was one of the first paintings that I did in this technique.

 Eve and Adam (Eden Series), ($1000)
Genesis 3: 1-7: “then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked”
Artist Note: This painting was created in 2009 for another exhibition it usually hangs in my living room.

 Eve: After the Fall, (Eden Series),($700)
Genesis 3:11-13:“Who told you that you were naked?

Jachebed, $700,
Exodus: 1:22 & 2:2-3: “she got a papyrus basket for him…and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.”

 Ode to a Capable Wife, $800
Proverbs 31: 10-31, “Ode to a Capable Wife
Artist Note: This painting represents any woman struggling to fit into this famous bible verse.

  Noah’s Wife,$700
Genesis: 8:15-19: Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you
Artist Note: I wonder if Noah’s wife would have been more concerned about her household items than the animals. What must have it been like to keep house on a boat for days on end?!

 Naomi & Ruth,$700,
Ruth: 2:1-7: Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain, behind someone in whose sight I may find favor.”

          Mary and the Mothers Before Her, Found Object Sculpture,$700
Artist Note: This sculpture shows Mary and several of the mother’s before her. The mothers on base of the sculpture correspond to some of the mothers in this show.

 The picture hanging crew. Thanks to them everything went very smoothly that day!

 Fr. Rotan (the Library director) and me.

 The show is in and it looks great!

I hope people will come to see it!
Here is a link to the website with a gallery of my works on it: