Show Your Support for Healing Appalachia - merch through Lewisburg Surf Shop

The Capsule Collection supporting Hope in the Hills’ Healing Appalachia concert is the second collaboration between Lewisburg Surf Shop and artist Sarah Anne Graham. Sarah’s art, rooted in nature, explores human environment dynamics, including opioid synthesis from natural sources and the devastation the opioid epidemic has caused not only in West Virginia, but the entire nation. 
 
The Capsule Collection focuses on Sarah’s iconic imagery translated into hand block prints:  
Black Bear: The State Animal of West Virginia symbolizing innocence
and onlooker.
Isabella Tiger Moth: symbolizes fragility and addiction. WV folklore holds that the relative amounts of brown and black hair on the caterpillar indicate the severity of the coming winter.
West Virginia Timber Rattler symbolizing redemption healer/healed
Rhododendron: State Flower of West Virginia symbolizing beauty and grit
Northern Red Spotted Salamander: a species that acts as a barometer in the health and biodiversity of an environment.
Tablet and Capsule: Symbolize oxycodone and natural painkillers like Kratom as West Virginia leads the nation in overdose deaths

All Merchandise will be available at The LSS Pop UP at The Healing Appalachia Festival and on LSS.com with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hope in the Hills. https://healingappalachia.org/

The hand blocked jeans were hand printed by Sarah and hand embroidered by Brooklyn based artist Ramell - Correen Frederick of Tattoo'd Cloth.

Project Rebound Community Voices: Phoenix Art Installation ~ June 2023

Working with students in the Project Rebound program at Cal State Stanislaus, the Phoenix sculpture was made as a symbol of the program and its students.  Each feather in the sculpture is hand stamped using traditional metal tooling techniques from Pre-Columbian art traditions to modern day LatinX artwork, such as Hojalatas.  Each feathers words come from a student in the program, as advice, a poem, or a reflection, as part of the purpose of the artmaking and for future students to look at.  
The sculpture was part of a masters thesis/project in art/education at Cal State Stan.  June 12th, 2023 the final Phoenix sculpture was installed in the university's Project Rebound student Lounge.  https://www.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/student-success/project-rebound

Support Women's Health Center of West Virginia (artwork from MAK series used) - see link to merch to donate: https://www.lewisburgsurfshop.com/products/shine-a-light-on-reproductive-rights-t-shirt?_pos=1&_sid=5c48a6578&_ss=r

Making A Killing Series - book proceeds to Red Feather Opioid Coalition and exhibits  

Mini Book of Making A Killing: an art series about opioids, climate change and public health is out as of December 22nd 2022.  Half the proceeds of the purchase of book goes towards the Red Feather Opioid Coalition here in Tuolumne County, CA to help youth effected by opioid addiction.  https://www.redfeatheropioidcoalition.org/

Bucket Head Girl made an appearance at the annual Handmade Parade in Jamestown, CA on October 8th, helping children and families create their own bucket heads to march in :)

Limited series prints from Making A Killing available at upcoming event in WV, to benefit the Women's Health Center of WV in August of 2022.

Making A Killing: Naloxone is featured in New Appalachia Exhibit at Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA - Opening Reception April 30th 2022. https://vestigegallery.com/

Making A Killing: Fentanyl and Hard Pill to Swallow:Cocas Forms will be on display in the Pharmacopeia group exhibit being held in Louisville, KY at the Chateau Gallery throughout the month of July, 2021. https://chateaugallery.com/

Making A Killing: Sacklers will be featured in the Edward A. Dixon Gallery's exhibition titled We're ALL Doing It Wrong, in Dayton, OH opening May 8th through July 31st. https://shop.eadgallery.com/

Hard Pill to Swallow: Cocas forms will be featured in the Sanchez Art Center's Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition,  in Pacifica, CA opening April 9th, through May 16th. http://www.sanchezartcenter.org/

Making A Killing: Naloxone will be featured in Women In Art: 2021 online through the Las Lagunas Art Gallery March 4th to March 27th. https://www.laslagunaartgallery.com/

Making A Killing:  1 Sacklers will be featured in the Inaugural Justice Arts Coalition Exhibit opening with a musical event February 26th, 2021.  More information to come. https://thejusticeartscoalition.org/

Lady in the Water 1 will be featured in the Artists Who Teach National Juried Exhibit online through the Ellington-White Gallery based in Fayetteville, NC in November - December 2020.  https://www.ellington-white.com/

Queens of the Mines selected works and prints available at Columbia Mercantile 1855 in Columbia Historic State Park, Columbia, CA.  https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaMercantile1855/

Intro to Relief Printmaking Workshop, October 18th from 5:30 to 9pm, 2019 at House O'Beauty.  

LIFE CYCLES, House O'Beauty, Sonora, CA - October 1 - 31, 2019.  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12th 5pm to 9pm.  

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS: animals, objects and travels by Sarah Anne Graham, UTLTRN Design in Sonora, CA - February 9th to May 8th, 2019.  Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th at 5pm.

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS, new works by Sarah Anne Graham, UTLTRN Design in Sonora, CA - Saturday, April 14th to May 9th, 2018.  Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14th at 5pm.

Participating artist in NASTY WOMEN Sacramento Exhibit, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, June 17-19, 2017.

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS show in Sonora, CA at Utilitarian Design and Print Shop.  Opening Second Saturday, April 15th at 5:30pm, 2017.  Closing Reception with special musical guest Minor Birds on Saturday, May 13th.

 

 

Sarah Anne Graham
Email: sarahthepainter@gmail.com

COLLECTION OF WRITING ON WORKS

In case anyone is interested, here is the speech I wrote for commencement next month, it was too radical :) I will be graduating with a Masters of Education, in Curriculum and Instruction and Ed Tech. I never thought I'd get this far in school. I am so grateful for all the support I've had to complete this degree while working over the last couple of years. Despite the current climate around higher education (given the rise of new tech and an ever changing job outlook), I am humbled by the fact that I was able to work and learn alongside so many teachers and students from all walks of life, and represent my chosen communities.
After over 9 years teaching art in public school I am looking to expand my teaching skills in other realms of education, while also making my art business official. I’ll miss the kids, my fellow teachers and staff but I know I’m making the right decision for myself and family. Even though I won't be in this classroom after June, I know that my love of this profession will carry me into other forms of artistic work, and I will forever be involved in providing art access to students from all walks of life. As I've said in another post, my pot is too small - time to replant. I'll continue building up lessons, experiences, presentations and video via my blog for any teachers/artists or art lovers. Additionally, thanks to CA Dept of Ed and Pearson for hiring me on contract to assess for CAL TPA Art for pre-service teachers this season.
Through training via NAEA, Chibitronics and with financial support from Front Porch Foundation, GATE students at elementary level are exploring building circuitry, lights, coding commands for them and applying their knowledge to the creation of a unique light painting. Used Love to Code Kits, developed by artist Jie Qi.
I’ve always been an outsider.  Comfortable looking but never engaging unless necessary. And I’m a hillbilly. An educated hillbilly is called a hill William as my father always says. I moved a lot growing up and I’ve moved a lot as an adult.  At one point my husband and I moved 11 times in 10 years. But I’ve seen a lot more slivers of the world this way and I’ve never regretted that.
As the first Blog entry on New Year's Eve of 2023, I thought I'd post my newly defended thesis abstract and link to paper to follow. I hope this research can serve as a evidence of the power of collaboration among many people, groups and institutions, and just how much the arts can be a catalyst for positive change in all facets of life. https://www.csustan.edu/news/warriors-powerful-project-sheds-light-project-rebound-and-honors-formerly-incarcerated
Group Presentation from NAEA 2023 Convention, San Antonio TX Sarah A Graham, Artist/Educator, BOFG Unified, CSU-Stan CERC/Project Rebound, CA Denise L. Greene, Director of Community Programs, Arts Students League of NY Sheila McGuire, Head of Student and Teacher Learning, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN Leslie Burwell, NBCT Teacher/Arts Dept Chair, Chatham County Schools, NC Brett Henzig, Director of Programming, Artists Working in Education (AWE), WI (audio recording)
Draft art lesson using recycled materials, using the work of Louise Nevelson as a jumping off point to create 3D sculptures while learning about the waste cycle and associated community issues.
Being a teaching artist and site coordinator for William James Association, Prison Arts Project at local state prison prior to, during and post pandemic, until contract and subsequent funding was complete in August of 2022.
Tying together Paint Boxing event and Heart Weaving during COVID with elementary and middle school students to create an object of remembrance of community struggles during the pandemic.
SEL inspired lesson - very adaptable for all ages and mediums
SEL and The Arts ppt and Neurographic Art Lesson for Teachers
Sarah Graham/Tenaya School 6/4/21 SEL CoP Mini Grant – Review All School Field Day Activity - Paint Boxing (Inspired by Japanese artist USHIO SHINOHARA)
Applied for NAEA School for Art Leaders (twice!) and got in just as the pandemic was ramping up. It was an incredible experience in that you get to meet so many other art educators from all walks of life doing amazing things.
Given to Mental Health Coalition teachers at TCSOS, 2018/19
Short video of 3D printing into software via TinkerCad for teachers
Tenaya Elementary 5th graders did an art exchange with International School in Kiev, Ukraine (pre-pandemic, pre-conflict) Students exchanged artwork based on various themes ranging from nationality, history and folklore. Additionally, students were able to record questions via video and send back and forth with students and whole class to gain further info about one another's school, students and artwork.
Practiced art and body movements in the style of Heather Hansen, incorporating STEAM lesson on proportions of the body (looking at Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man) and applying charcoal medium to large scale works individually and in partners (upper elementary and middle school). Talked about grounding the body, breath, symmetry, significance of charcoal as a medium historically, etc... As part of STEAM PD for Teachers, collaborated with yoga/dance instructor to create art lesson for teachers to practice at Outdoor School.
Inspired by Andrea Anderson's Queens of the Mines Podcast and book, I created a series of local women from the Gold Rush Era. A small collection of these illustrations are hung in the General Store in Columbia Historic State Park, Columbia, CA.
Teaching paper marbling techniques, esp. suminagashi is a great way to practice hand eye coordination, color theory and lots of patience. Adding block printing to these unique papers creates one of a kind prints.

Current info

Show Your Support for Healing Appalachia - merch through Lewisburg Surf Shop

The Capsule Collection supporting Hope in the Hills’ Healing Appalachia concert is the second collaboration between Lewisburg Surf Shop and artist Sarah Anne Graham. Sarah’s art, rooted in nature, explores human environment dynamics, including opioid synthesis from natural sources and the devastation the opioid epidemic has caused not only in West Virginia, but the entire nation. 
 
The Capsule Collection focuses on Sarah’s iconic imagery translated into hand block prints:  
Black Bear: The State Animal of West Virginia symbolizing innocence
and onlooker.
Isabella Tiger Moth: symbolizes fragility and addiction. WV folklore holds that the relative amounts of brown and black hair on the caterpillar indicate the severity of the coming winter.
West Virginia Timber Rattler symbolizing redemption healer/healed
Rhododendron: State Flower of West Virginia symbolizing beauty and grit
Northern Red Spotted Salamander: a species that acts as a barometer in the health and biodiversity of an environment.
Tablet and Capsule: Symbolize oxycodone and natural painkillers like Kratom as West Virginia leads the nation in overdose deaths

All Merchandise will be available at The LSS Pop UP at The Healing Appalachia Festival and on LSS.com with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hope in the Hills. https://healingappalachia.org/

The hand blocked jeans were hand printed by Sarah and hand embroidered by Brooklyn based artist Ramell - Correen Frederick of Tattoo'd Cloth.

Project Rebound Community Voices: Phoenix Art Installation ~ June 2023

Working with students in the Project Rebound program at Cal State Stanislaus, the Phoenix sculpture was made as a symbol of the program and its students.  Each feather in the sculpture is hand stamped using traditional metal tooling techniques from Pre-Columbian art traditions to modern day LatinX artwork, such as Hojalatas.  Each feathers words come from a student in the program, as advice, a poem, or a reflection, as part of the purpose of the artmaking and for future students to look at.  
The sculpture was part of a masters thesis/project in art/education at Cal State Stan.  June 12th, 2023 the final Phoenix sculpture was installed in the university's Project Rebound student Lounge.  https://www.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/student-success/project-rebound

Support Women's Health Center of West Virginia (artwork from MAK series used) - see link to merch to donate: https://www.lewisburgsurfshop.com/products/shine-a-light-on-reproductive-rights-t-shirt?_pos=1&_sid=5c48a6578&_ss=r

Making A Killing Series - book proceeds to Red Feather Opioid Coalition and exhibits  

Mini Book of Making A Killing: an art series about opioids, climate change and public health is out as of December 22nd 2022.  Half the proceeds of the purchase of book goes towards the Red Feather Opioid Coalition here in Tuolumne County, CA to help youth effected by opioid addiction.  https://www.redfeatheropioidcoalition.org/

Bucket Head Girl made an appearance at the annual Handmade Parade in Jamestown, CA on October 8th, helping children and families create their own bucket heads to march in :)

Limited series prints from Making A Killing available at upcoming event in WV, to benefit the Women's Health Center of WV in August of 2022.

Making A Killing: Naloxone is featured in New Appalachia Exhibit at Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA - Opening Reception April 30th 2022. https://vestigegallery.com/

Making A Killing: Fentanyl and Hard Pill to Swallow:Cocas Forms will be on display in the Pharmacopeia group exhibit being held in Louisville, KY at the Chateau Gallery throughout the month of July, 2021. https://chateaugallery.com/

Making A Killing: Sacklers will be featured in the Edward A. Dixon Gallery's exhibition titled We're ALL Doing It Wrong, in Dayton, OH opening May 8th through July 31st. https://shop.eadgallery.com/

Hard Pill to Swallow: Cocas forms will be featured in the Sanchez Art Center's Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition,  in Pacifica, CA opening April 9th, through May 16th. http://www.sanchezartcenter.org/

Making A Killing: Naloxone will be featured in Women In Art: 2021 online through the Las Lagunas Art Gallery March 4th to March 27th. https://www.laslagunaartgallery.com/

Making A Killing:  1 Sacklers will be featured in the Inaugural Justice Arts Coalition Exhibit opening with a musical event February 26th, 2021.  More information to come. https://thejusticeartscoalition.org/

Lady in the Water 1 will be featured in the Artists Who Teach National Juried Exhibit online through the Ellington-White Gallery based in Fayetteville, NC in November - December 2020.  https://www.ellington-white.com/

Queens of the Mines selected works and prints available at Columbia Mercantile 1855 in Columbia Historic State Park, Columbia, CA.  https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaMercantile1855/

Intro to Relief Printmaking Workshop, October 18th from 5:30 to 9pm, 2019 at House O'Beauty.  

LIFE CYCLES, House O'Beauty, Sonora, CA - October 1 - 31, 2019.  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12th 5pm to 9pm.  

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS: animals, objects and travels by Sarah Anne Graham, UTLTRN Design in Sonora, CA - February 9th to May 8th, 2019.  Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th at 5pm.

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS, new works by Sarah Anne Graham, UTLTRN Design in Sonora, CA - Saturday, April 14th to May 9th, 2018.  Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14th at 5pm.

Participating artist in NASTY WOMEN Sacramento Exhibit, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, June 17-19, 2017.

BUCKET HEAD GIRLS show in Sonora, CA at Utilitarian Design and Print Shop.  Opening Second Saturday, April 15th at 5:30pm, 2017.  Closing Reception with special musical guest Minor Birds on Saturday, May 13th.

 

 

Sarah Anne Graham
Email: sarahthepainter@gmail.com