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!

Childhood Memories Exhibit

Girl with Glasses by collage artist Megan Coyle

My “Girl with Glasses” collage is currently on display in the Del Ray Artisans’ “Childhood Memories” group exhibit. The show displays artwork inspired by the artist’s childhood. This particular piece is something I made a few years ago and was actually on display at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center back in 2008.

The “Childhood Memories” exhibit opened on April 6th and will run until the 29th.

 

Polar Bear

Polar Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Polar Bear. ” Collage on panel. 10″x10″
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This is one of the few collages I’ve done on panel. “Polar Bear” was actually created specifically for a fundraiser art show – “March ARTreach” – which will be up at the Target Gallery from March 3rd – 18th, 2012. I wanted to make something that was somewhat simple and featured an animal. What can I say? I’m in an animal phase.

Anyway, the exhibit features several works of art made on 10″x10″ wood panels that the gallery provided. Every work of art on display is for sale for $150 ($100 during the Art Party on March 16th). All proceeds from sales will benefit the Target Gallery’s 2012 outreach programming and the March of Dimes.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the other artists did with their 10″x10″ panels!

And I hope everyone had a happy Leap Day!

Artist Talk for "A Palette of Paper"

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

Yesterday I had my artist talk at the Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery for the solo show “A Palette of Paper.” I thought I’d share a few photos from the event.

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

The gallery is inside an old candy factory, so it has a really unique look and feel.

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

At the front of the art center, there’s information about the old candy factory that used to be in business there. Here’s an image that shows the different shapes of the candy.

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

Right when you walk inside the building, the first thing you see are the glass doors to the art gallery. Here I am giving my artist talk.

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk
Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

And here’s another angle of the talk. It’s a pretty spacious gallery – and definitely one of the best venues where I’ve shown my work.

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk
Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk
Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

After a long day of mingling, I decided pose like the monkey in my “Orange Monkey” collage.
Megan Coyle Manassas Artist Talk

Anyway, thanks to all the folks who were able to make it out to the Manassas talk! It was a fun day!

"A Palette of Paper" Preview

A Palette of Paper The Collages of Megan Coyle

My solo show, “A Palette of Paper,” went up yesterday. I didn’t have an opening reception for this one, but I’m going to have an artist talk a week from this Saturday. It’s been a while since my last talk – we shall see how this one goes!

The gallery director was kind enough to send a few pictures of the installed exhibit (I have yet to see it in person!). The space is gorgeous – I love the wood floors and the lighting, and it’s wonderful how the artist’s name gets printed across the gallery’s glass door.

A Palette of Paper The Collages of Megan Coyle

The folks at the gallery installed the show for me, which makes things a lot easier on my end. Sometimes it can take hours and hours for me to install a show. You’d think at this point I’d be a pro at it – but alas, no. Every show seems to have a different way of displaying my work – nail in the wall, hooks that attach to the molding at the top of the walls, etc.

A Palette of Paper The Collages of Megan Coyle
A Palette of Paper The Collages of Megan Coyle

Anyway, I like what they did with the place. And I’m looking forward to seeing everything when I stop by for my artist talk.

A Palette of Paper (Solo Show)

A Palette of Paper - the collages of Megan Coyle
Front view
A Palette of Paper - the collages of Megan Coyle
Back view

So my upcoming solo show is just around the corner! “A Palette of Paper” will be on display at the Center for the Arts, Caton Merchant Family Gallery in Manassas, VA. The art gallery is beautiful – and the art center is in a building that used to be an old candy factory. I can’t wait to take pictures of the installed exhibit and share them. There will be around thirty collages that will include portraits, animals, cityscapes, and landscapes.

I’m delivering the work to the gallery in the next couple of days. The show will go up on February 8th and will run until March 22nd. I’m giving an artist talk on February 18th.

Here’s the gallery’s description of the show:

If you can imagine how scissors plying through everyday magazines can give an outcome of surprising and masterful art, then you might imagine the incredible collages of Megan Coyle. Working in classic art genres, Megan breaks down her images piece by piece, evolving them from bits of magazines into whole new, amazing compositions.

Out of the Wild Installation

Megan Coyle collage artist

The other day we drove down to Lexington, North Carolina to install my artwork for the “Out of the Wild” exhibit. Seven of my animal collages will be on display from August 16th until December 12th at Davidson County Community College.

Megan Coyle collage artist

The artwork is installed in the lobby of the Mendenhall Administration Building.

Megan Coyle collage artist

Then here’s the staircase that goes to the second floor where you can find two more of my collages.

Megan Coyle collage artist
Megan Coyle collage artist
Megan Coyle collage artist

The exhibit coordinator is in the process of putting together a display of all the artists’ postcards for the show. There’s a total of nine artists in the juried exhibit.

Megan Coyle collage artist

After installing the show, I took a quick snapshot of the exterior of the building where the exhibit will be held. It was one busy day!

Opening for MiniSolos

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos

Last night was the opening reception for the “MiniSolos” exhibition at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. The exhibit runs from August 4th until the 27th, and features the work of 37 area artists. I was pleased to be a part of this group exhibition. Above is a quick snapshot of myself in front of my artwork in the show.

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos

Above and below are images of my artwork in the show. Since all the artwork was hung salon-style, I didn’t want to crowd my wall space so I only included three collages framed in 16″x20″ frames. The collages in the show included “One, Two, Three Giraffes,” “Goldfish Pond,” and “Koala Bear.”

Collage artist Megan Coyle at MiniSolos

The opening was pretty packed – quite a few folks were perusing the artwork and even mingling right by the main entrance on the sidewalk outside.

It’s been a busy couple of days. Soon I’m going to start thinking about different ways to promote my book Duck & Fish – once all my exhibit work is finished up in the next couple of months I’ll have some more time. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Select Works from Duck & Fish

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

Today was a busy day of installing artwork. The exhibit “Select Works from Duck & Fish” at Arlington Central Library went up as well as a couple of group exhibits. “Select Works from Duck & Fish” features nine of the collages that were created to illustrate my first children’s book, Duck & Fish. We managed to install the exhibit fairly quickly. Above you can see an image of five of the pieces side-by-side.

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here’s the collage from the first page of the book – “Duck Meets Fish.”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

“Duck Talks About Flying” next to “Fish Talks About the Ocean.”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

There’s a bit of a glare here, but the collage on the left is “Fish Dreams of Flying, Duck Dreams of Swimming” next to “Duck Goes Sightseeing in the Ocean.”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

“Duck Meets the Creatures of the Ocean Floor” next to “Fish Runs into a Flock of Geese.”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

“Fish Flies Over an Airport”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

And the last collage in the exhibit, “Duck and Fish Say Goodbye.”

Duck and Fish by collage artist Megan Coyle

It was nice that a couple folks were curious about my artwork as the show was installed, and they asked me a couple questions about the artwork. I was able to tell them a bit more about how the pieces were made and that they are illustrations from my first children’s book.

Aside from stopping by Arlington Central Library today, we also made a visit to Touchstone Gallery to drop of my work for the “MiniSolos” show and dropped off a couple of pieces for the Gallery without Walls Del Ray Artisans’ exhibit. The Del Ray Artisans decided to extend the “Made in the U.S.A.” exhibit by having selected pieces displayed in a local business.

So all in all, it was a very busy and productive day. I’m looking forward to an upcoming week of art making.

Opening for Collage: Painting with Paper

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening

I just received some photos from the opening of my current solo show, “Collage: Painting with Paper,” which took place on July 7th. I’ll have to swing by the space again sometime soon to take some installation pictures.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening

Some of the guests mingling – I’m in the background here. We had a great turn-out and it was definitely a fun evening.

Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening
Megan Coyle Collage Art Opening

Here I am talking to one of the guests.

It was a fun night! And I was surprised to see that my brother made the trip all the way from NYC for the opening. Anyway, now I’m off to get started on planning my next show. Whew, always busy!