Meet our newest Co+op friend- Spot the Ladybug!
Spot is visiting the Co+op during the month of August. He likes to play hide-and-seek, even though he's not very good at it. In fact, sometimes he's hiding in plain sight.
All month long, any child ten years or younger who "spots" Spot will win a prize. Spot will move around the store everyday but he'll always be in a location that children will be able to see. He'll never be hiding inside of bins, under displays or behind items. So please let your kids know that he's not hiding behind the vitamins or in the bulk flour bins. If you kiddo find Spot, leave him where he is so another child can find him. Let one of our Customer Service folks at the Courtesy Desk know and your child can pick a little prize from our prize bin and get a Zollipop- a new lollipop that's actually good for teeth!
Spot was created by local artist, Guenevere McMahon. Her son is one of our coworkers here at the Co+op. Guenevere is a long-time resident of Las Cruces and works in a multitude of media. She was interviewed by her son, Spenser, about Spot, her art and influences.
Spenser: What is your favorite medium?
Guenevere: I work in colored pencil and marker. I hate anything messy like charcoal. I've never liked getting dirty.
S: How did you get your start as an artist?
G: I started drawing at a young age and took all the art classes taught at Mayfield by Sherry Carter. I don't have an art degree and am mostly self taught. I think visually; my head is always full of ideas. Only recently did I have my own negative committee shut down and recommit to drawing everyday. The more you work, the better you get.
S: Do you have any artists, past or present, that inspire you? Where do you find your inspiration?
G: I adore Donald Roller Wilson, Alphonse Mucha and the Art Nouveau movement as a whole, John Tarateff, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Kinke Schreuders, Kate Baylay. The list goes on and on. Local artists I really appreciate are Michael Ponce, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Deret Roberts and Sherry Doil Carter.
S: It's sort of an abstract question, but what does art mean to you?
G: Art is my way of expressing my complex relationship to a world that oppresses women. I can examine and transcend words and express very complex intricate experiences and thoughts into a symbolic and visual experience that resonates with other people and that speaks to their own personal experiences with the world in a way that makes a connection between us.
S: You have never shied away from making your beliefs known. As a feminist, how does this influence your art?
G: I like to think that my work speaks to other feminists, women and men, who want thoughtful work that it's just decorative. And I want my viewers to see themselves in my work. My current work is focusing on body image and acceptance.
S: What is the best memory of your art career? The worst?
G: The best was having an acquaintance call to tell me that my description of my work had resonated with her and there was a piece she saw that she couldn't stop thinking about. The worst was painstakingly rendering a drawing from a photo of a deceased friend of my Dad's on Christmas Eve. Come Christmas Day, upon unwrapping it, he said "Would've looked just like him if you had gotten the jawline right."
S: As an artist, is where you are now where you want to be, or are you striving for something bigger? What would be your ultimate artistic dream?
G: I am right now in a great place because I am working constantly and have been developing technical skills and made great strides with my medium. I am not "there" or done, and I don't expect to reach a point where I feel I have reached my goal. It's more that I want to keep working, keep getting better. I'm excited about what will come next even though I don't know what that is. I'd like to see my work in Santa Fe, someday, and be able to support myself via the sale of my work.
S: Lastly, an advice or words of encouragement that you would give to anyone out there who is wanting to get into the art scene, or maybe just starting out?
G: Fire the negative committee that lives in your brain. Also, don't expect everyone to like, or even get, your work. Trust that you will find your people, your audience. Never pass up a chance to pick up new technical skills. Support other artists, go to shows. If you can afford to buy, do it. If you can't, tell that artist id it spoke to you and you liked it.
That's so valuable, having someone say, "Your work made me feel so strongly, I love it." Market yourself; go to a gallery and ask them to look at your portfolio. If they don't show, find out where they think your work might fit. Finally, don't give it away. Price your work to value your labor. If you don't think your work is worth something, no one else will either.
We'd like to extend a big thank you to Spenser and Guenevere for their time. Check out her fine art during the month of August beginning on Saturday, August 12 at Art Obscura, 3206 Harrelson St. in Mesilla Park. To see more of Guenevere's work online, you can visit her page at: https://www.patreon.com/gueneveremcmahon.