D.C. Collage Scapes

The Botanic Garden by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Botanic Garden.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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February 1st – 23rd, 2013
Arts Club of Washington
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Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st, 2013 from 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Coyle’s “D.C. Collage Scapes” solo show will showcase her new series of landscape and cityscape collages that were inspired by D.C. The work includes scenes that depict hidden pockets of natural landscape in the city, as well as images of familiar landmarks, museums, and memorials. This will be the first time collages from the new series will be on display. “D.C. Collage Scapes” will also be Coyle’s first solo show in the District.

The landscape/cityscape series provides unique imagery of the city. Each work of art was handcrafted from magazine strips using Coyle’s “painting with paper” technique – where she manipulates paper in such a way that it resembles the brush strokes in a painting.

The exhibit is one of two concurrent solo shows being held at the Arts Club of Washington in February. The Arts Club of Washington promotes the visual, performing, and literary arts in D.C. The club hosts events in its historic I Street mansion, which was formerly the home of President James Monroe.

Animals in Paper (Part II)

Scarlet Macaw by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Scarlet Macaw.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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September 30th, 2012 – January 5th, 2013
Beatley Alexandria City Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s work is on display in a solo show at the Beatley Alexandria City Gallery. The Alexandria City Gallery Program exhibits the artwork of local artists in fifteen city galleries.

As a child, Coyle was always drawn to animals and colorful illustrations. Growing up in the D.C. area made it easy for her to visit the Smithsonian museums. She especially enjoyed visiting the animals at the zoo and seeing the animal exhibits at the Natural History Museum. Coyle continues to visit those places, but now she does it to study and gather inspiration for future works of art.

“Animals in Paper (Part II)” features several of Coyle’s new animal collages alongside a few older works of art. Her newer pieces include several 18″x24″ animal collages depicting species that didn’t appear in her previous work. The artwork explores the colorful diversity of animals in nature – with mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Inspired by color and the unique characteristics of different species, Coyle has created familiar images of animals big and small. All the collages were constructed entirely from magazine strips using a technique she calls “painting with paper.” If you stop by for a visit, you can get a closer look at all the layers used for these paper creations.

Strange Glue No. 1

Morning Coffee by collage artist Megan Coyle

September 7th – November 20th, 2012
Thompson Gallery; Weston, Massachusetts
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Reception: Friday, September 7th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 22nd, 1:00 – 2:00p.m.
Assembly Slide Show: Monday, October 15th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

“Morning Coffee” was selected to be in the “Strange Glue” group exhibit at Thompson Gallery in Weston, Massachusetts. “Strange Glue” celebrated the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting. The exhibit aimed to explore collage within contemporary art practices.

Coyle’s collage was part of the first exhibit of the “Collage at 100” three-part exhibition. A little over 100 works of art were in the show.

From Fur to Feathers Closing

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

This past weekend I drove to North Charleston, SC to uninstall the “From Fur to Feathers” exhibit.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

The show was at the convention center (a part of it is pictured above).

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

Just about thirty collages were on display that I had to take-down and pack-up into the car.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston
Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

At night we were driving by the convention center and saw this sign that was advertising different events that would take place there. And then we saw this:

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

I was pretty excited to see that the show was being advertised this way.

Megan Coyle collage artist at Charleston

So we got out of the car and I posed a little bit in front of the sign…

Anyway, I’m a bit relieved that the long trek is now behind me. And I recently decided that this Charleston trip will be the last out-of-state exhibit for me for a while. I need to take a break from all the travel and become more of a homebody. I also need to get more rest!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

From Fur to Feathers Exhibit

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

Yesterday I installed my “From Fur to Feathers” exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery, which is located inside of the Charleston Convention Center. I was pretty pleased to see how much foot-traffic the gallery gets.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

Here are the two collages we installed by the front desk – “Brown Bear” is the image that was used to promote my show.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

Here’s an angle of part of the space. I have just about thirty animal collages on display there.

From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit
From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit
From Fur to Feathers Megan Coyle Exhibit

And here’s a view of the hallway that you walk through to see the artwork. I was pretty surprised to see how much wall space I had. Anyway, it was great getting the show up. I’ll be back again once it closes to pick-up my work.

From Fur to Feathers – Animal Collages

Brown Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Brown Bear.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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August 2nd – 31st, 2012
City Gallery; North Charleston, South Carolina
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Artist Reception: Thursday, August 2nd
from 5:00 – 7:00p.m.

Animals are one of Megan Coyle’s favorite collage subjects. While growing up, she was drawn to nature and liked visiting wildlife parks and the zoo. Now Coyle continues to visit those places, although this time she goes to find inspiration for future works of art.

“From Fur to Feathers” featured several of her animal collages, including a few new collages that were completed in 2012. It showcased a body of work that focused on the diversity of creatures that live in the natural world.

Coyle’s exhibit, “From Fur to Feathers,” was one of two solo exhibits on display for the month of August at the North Charleston City Gallery. (Note: Initially this exhibit was described as a two-person show, although it is actually one of two concurrent solo shows)

Animals in Paper Exhibit

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Yesterday I installed an exhibit of fifteen of my collages over at Beatley Library, “Animals in Paper.” The installation process was quite the experience for this show – I had to climb up a sixteen-foot ladder to latch the hooks into the molding.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Here you can get a sense of the height of the walls.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Some of the collages were tiered for a couple of the walls.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle

I sort of liked the way this particular one was tiered with everything shifted to one side or another.

Animal collages by Megan Coyle
Animal collages by Megan Coyle

Anyway, I’m off to start planning my upcoming exhibit in August – a two-person show in Charleston, South Carolina.

Subject to Interpretation Exhibit at the Ward Museum

Megan Coyle Ward Museum Exhibit

This week the “Subject to the Interpretation” exhibit at the Ward Museum ended. It was my second group exhibit at a museum, although the Ward Museum is the first museum that has accepted a couple of my collages into its permanent collection. They now own my “Flamingo Dancers” (above) and “Mallard Duck” (below). I’m happy to know that those collages now have a permanent home there – and I also like how the museum owns some work by the illustrator Charley Harper. I’m honored that my collages were in an exhibit that featured a couple of Harper’s pieces.

Megan Coyle Ward Museum Exhibit

Here I am posed in front of my “Mallard Duck” collage in the exhibit. To the left of the piece is a picture of the Duck & Fish book cover – the Ward Museum is also selling my book in their gift shop.

Megan Coyle Ward Museum Exhibit

And here I am checking out my book in the shop.

Megan Coyle Ward Museum Exhibit

Megan Coyle Ward Museum Exhibit

Above is a picture of the Ward Museum – it has a pretty interesting structure. I’m glad I was able to swing by Salisbury, Maryland to check out the show before it ended.

Animals in Paper

Fine Dining for Pandas by collage artist Megan Coyle
Fine Dining for Pandas by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Fine Dining for Pandas.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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July 7th – September 29th, 2012
Beatley Alexandria City Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s work was on display in a solo show at the Beatley Alexandria City Gallery. The Alexandria City Gallery Program exhibits the artwork of local artists in fifteen city galleries.

As a child, Coyle was always drawn to animals and colorful illustrations. Growing up in the D.C. area made it easy for her to visit the Smithsonian museums. She especially enjoyed visiting the animals at the zoo and seeing the animal exhibits at the Natural History Museum. Coyle continues to visit those places, but now she does it to study and gather inspiration for future works of art.

“Animals in Paper” featured several of Coyle’s new animal collages alongside a few older works of art. Her newer pieces included several 18″x24″ animal collages depicting species that didn’t appear in her previous work. The artwork explored the colorful diversity of animals in nature – with mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Inspired by color and the unique characteristics of different species, Coyle has created familiar images of animals big and small. All the collages were constructed entirely from magazine strips using a technique she calls “painting with paper.” If you were able to stop by for a visit, you could get a closer look at all the layers used for these paper creations.

Made from Magazines Exhibit

Made from Magazines Megan Coyle Exhibit

Today I installed my exhibit over at Shirlington Library – “Made from Magazines.” It features ten of my animal collages and includes some of my newer work alongside older pieces.

Made from Magazines Megan Coyle Exhibit

When you first walk in, you see these two pieces hanging above a table with books propped upright.

Made from Magazines Megan Coyle Exhibit

I like how the space includes white and red walls. It’s a nice contrast.

Made from Magazines Megan Coyle Exhibit
Made from Magazines Megan Coyle Exhibit

This piece is close to the front window.

Anyway, I’m off to get prepared for a couple more exhibits that I have coming up. I have another installation going on next weekend. Whew – busy, busy!