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Moving Pictures

No, this isn’t a post about my favorite Rush album nor a piece on early American cinema, but rather a quick year end announcement. Last Tuesday, I packed up my car to deliver half a dozen pieces for two public exhibitions in which I am involved.

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The first is the premier exhibit at The Gallery, a new fine art venue in Saginaw (the Grand Opening of which was this past Friday night). Hanging alongside other noted Michigan artists, several of my pieces will be on display in rotation now through June 2017. The gallery is housed in the historic Bancroft building at E. Genesee and S. Water Street on the banks of the Saginaw River. This latest cultural attraction boasts 5,000 square feet of gallery space and I am delighted to be a part of it.

farmington-public-art-projectTwo of my pieces were also selected as part of the Farmington Hills Public Art Program. They will be on display at the City Hall of Farmington Hills now through December 2018. Having had a sneak preview of the other 70 works to be included during this two-year exhibit, I highly encourage you to check it out if you are in the area. City Hall is located at 31555, 11 Mile road in Farmington Hills, MI 48336.

I am truly excited for these and all the other opportunities that have come my way this year and cannot wait to share with you all that is in store for 2017. Until then, have a wonderful Winter Solstice, a joyful Yule, a merry Christmas, etc.

~Aric Jorn

Calendar Crows

My Odin’s Ravens: Hugin & Munin layered relief has enjoyed its share of attention since I completed it in late 2014. In 2015, it was featured on PBS’s Detroit Performs and this year it was part of several exhibitions including The Crow Show at the Arts Illiana gallery. For the coming year, Hugin and Munin will nest on the January page of the 2017 Pagan Calendar produced by the Windsong Foundation.windsong-calendar-2017-frontwindsong-calendar-2017-back

The Windsong Foundation’s mission is to lead people to the intersection of history and spiritual growth, celebrating ancient Norse, Celtic and Slavic traditions, rituals and cultures.

The calendar is available through Amazon.  All proceeds from the sale of these calendars go to support the foundation’s mission and to help fund the development of a 38 acre mountain property just outside of Lake George, Colorado, that will serve the pagan community and welcome people from around the world to discover the rich traditions of ancient europe.

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With over half of them now in private collections around the world, I am thrilled to see my Ravens as far flung as their namesakes and being included in the Windsong calendar allows them to reach an even wider audience, including those who are not in a position to purchase one of the original reliefs. I am thus grateful to the Windsong Foundation for helping me spread these fascinating stories of Norse mythology to a modern audience.

If you are interested in owning one of the original reliefs, about half of them (at the time of writing) are still available directly through my online shop. This includes a small number of pieces reserved as “matched sets” with the second piece in the series, the Wolves of Ragnarok: Skol & Hati.

As always, whether you choose to contact me privately or leave a public comment, I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Skol!
~Aric

In Honor of the Last Viking Invasion

950 years ago, two battles took place that mark what most consider to be the end of the Viking Age. In September 1066 at the battle of Stamford Bridge, an English army under King Harold Godwinson defeated the invading forces of the Norwegian King, Harald Hardrada, and his ally, the English king’s brother, Tostig Godwinson. By battle’s end, both Hardrada and Tostig along with most of the Norwegians lay dead on the field.

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Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his Saxon army was defeated in turn by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings just a few short weeks later. Ironically, the Normans (or “North Men”) who ultimately emerged victorious were themselves the descendants of Vikings, so it could fairly be argued that, while Hardrada lost, the Norse ultimately did succeed in conquering all of England.

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To celebrate the Viking Age and the sea kings who left their indelible mark throughout Europe, on this 950th anniversary I am offering NINE of my Viking Prows at FIFTY dollars off through OCTOBER 14, 2016. The proceeds from these sales will fund my first official bronze edition in 2017 so you’ll not only get one of these prows at a great price, but you’ll be helping me expand my studio to include .

~Aric

 

 

I Have Been Involved In A Murder

Yes, it’s true, and I am not alone in bringing this murder about. In fact, there were dozens of us who contributed to it and, since no body will ever be found, I feel safe in admitting my involvement publicly on this blog. What’s more, I am inviting everyone who reads this post to witness the murder for themselves. It is taking place in Indiana – Terre Haute to be more precise – and it all begins tonight.

Now, before you reach for your cell and start dialing 9-1-1 to report this murder, perhaps I should explain…

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Tonight, the Arts Illiana Gallery is unveiling The Crow Show, a juried exhibition running Feb 5 through April 22, featuring crow-themed work from artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. And, as we all know, a group of crows is referred to as a murder.

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I was invited to have my “Odin’s Ravens: Hugin & Munin” relief in the exhibition and am delighted to have them in the collection especially as I am only a couple weeks away from releasing the second piece in this series. They (and all the other work on display at The Crow Show) will be available for sale throughout the 3-month event.

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Now, I know someone is bound to write in and say, “but, Aric, Odin had ravens, not crows,” so allow me to set the record straight. The term “crow” is used for an entire family of birds (Corvidae) that includes the raven species. To put it simply, all ravens are crows but not all crows are ravens, making The Crow Show a perfect place for Hugin and Munin to roost.

So, if over the next three months, you find yourself in a drivable distance from Terre Haute and have a free afternoon, I encourage you to stop by what promises to be a very unique exhibition of dark avian art and witness the murder for yourself.

~Aric Jorn