Sunday, October 15, 2017

Gallery Coffee House Art Exhibit Opening in November


I'm the featured artist for November 2017 at Gallery Coffee House (1103 N. Main St. Meridian, ID) and I'm having an Opening Reception on Saturday November 4 from 2pm to 5pm.

Like the diversity of the brushes and tools I utilize to create, we are all important in our uniqueness of who we are and valued within the conversation as we speak into each others' lives. 

Join me for an afternoon of coffee, conversation, and collaborative art. There will be lots of opportunity to view my new artwork, as we connect together in community. And don't forget there's great coffee, tea, smoothies, and snacks that Gallery Coffee has to offer, so know you'll be taken care of. 

Examples of my new work that you will see exhibited:
Left Photo: "Lean Into The Spin" 24x30 mixed media on canvas. This painting is about learning not to fight or fear the spin of the process of self discovery. 
Right Photo: "Layer Exploring" 24x30 mixed media on canvas. This painting explains the process of self discovery. Each layer is important and adds to the next. The entirety makes up the whole. 

The paintings in this exhibit have been created over the period of a year, during which I have been exploring a deeper understanding and journey of discovery as an adult being born with a physical disability and on the autistic spectrum. 

Through this time of exploration of how I’ve been made and wired, I’ve dove into the emotions of facing my limitations and fears and at the same time challenged myself to move forward towards brave possibilities. Painting has been a voice for my processing and a way to relate to myself and the world around me. 

I’ve created paintings in a series titled “Hands and Feet” that directly correlate with my discovery. Much of what is dealt with in the paintings here in this exhibit titled “Discovery” have to do with the actual processing (what I found myself going through and experiencing in order for me to fully embrace what I have been learning about myself at deeper levels. I’m excited to share this work with you. 





Saturday, October 7, 2017

You Count Far More

photo credit: Jennifer Metts

photo credit: Jennifer Metts

photo credit: Erv Marten

photo credit: Erv Marten


It was a night of artistic inspiration!
Thank you to all who were able to come to Awakenings Coffee House in Boise to experience the opening of my art exhibit "Hands and Feet"! It was a wonderful night of live painting, live music, creative collaboration, food and drink, and lots of great conversations as we all connected in community together! 
For me...it wasn't just about the art...it was about you! I wish I had gotten a photo of all of you when I turned around to look at you after we finished performing...you were all so beautiful! 
You count far more! 
Thank you for sharing in this night with me!

Look At The Ravens: YOU Count Far More
c. 2017 Lisa Marten. $636
24x30 acrylic paint, charcoal, chalk pastel, graphite on canvas
painted live at Awakenings Coffee House in Boise to the music of Jake Nielsen








The paintings in this exhibit were created over a period of a year, during which I have been exploring a  deeper understanding and journey of discovery as an adult being born with a physical disability and on the autistic spectrum. Through this time of exploration of how I’ve been made and wired, I’ve dove into the emotions of facing my limitations and fears and at the same time challenged myself to move forward towards brave possibilities. Painting has been a voice for my processing and a way to relate to myself and the world around me. I’m excited to share some of it with you through this work.  


"Reach" 
24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original Not For Sale. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
This painting is the result of processing the unique ways my brain and my body are wired together, being on the autistic  spectrum, and learning how to play to my strengths and weaknesses. 


"Get Up And Walk" 
24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original Not For Sale. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
This painting is the result of coming to terms with being born disabled with both feet clubbed along with hip problems that  continue to affect movement even with medical treatment and correction. 


  “When You Walk Into The Room”
  24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original $636. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
  This painting is an expression of the unknown of what awaits beyond the open door of the journey that is layer exploring 
  within and the challenge that it is to trust the process.  


“Balance”
24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original $636. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
This painting expresses that feeling of the delicate balancing act when the storms of inner and outer life hit and darkness and  depression push and pull, while trying to have some kind of, any kind of movement forward. 


  “Dive Deep”
  24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original $636. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
  This painting is about the brave-heart passion and determination to hope that compels past the fear and the nay-sayers and
  the self inflicted doubt and can only be expressed in an all or nothing kind of way.  


  “Life Sounds Like”
  24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original $636. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
  This painting came about after a time of learning the importance of the unforced rhythms of grace…to pause, to rest, to
  breathe, to listen. 


  Collaboration Convergence”
  24x30 mixed media on canvas. Original $636. 
Prints Available For Sale in various sizes/prices (Pre-Order/Pre-Pay).
  This painting is a result of recognizing that just as connecting in community human to human and reaching out in love is a
  process that promotes understanding and solidarity, so does coming to terms with and allowing for all that is who I am to be  
  united in grace, mercy, peace and love. 




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Paintings and Prints Available

I've got some new paintings available for sale and available for pre-order/pre-pay prints. If you're interested in purchasing, please contact me at: revelatorart@yahoo.com

"I Will Rise I Will Fly"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x36 mixed media on canvas.
Original Not For Sale. 
Prints Available for order in various sizes.

"Fire My Spirit"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x36 mixed media on canvas.
Original $742. 
Prints Available for order in various sizes.

"The Time We're Given"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas.
Original $636. 
Prints Available for order in various sizes.

"The Road You Take"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas.
Original $636. 
Prints Available for order in various sizes.

"Lean Into the Spin"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas.
Original $636. 
Prints Available for order in various sizes. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Very Last revelatorART T-Shirt Order is Happening Now!

I am running ONE LAST revelatorART T-Shirt Order for anyone who is interested in ordering a special tank top or t-shirt with my logo on it. 

The profit from the purchase of a tank top or t-shirt goes towards the art ministry trips I take around the world to connect cross-culturally with people through creativity. Know that your purchase will be part of the creative conversation!

I will no longer be offering this kind of merchandise orders after this. So this will be your last chance to own a one of kind comfortable revelatorART tank top or t-shirt. 

This is PRE-ORDER/PRE-PAY. 

If you would like to order, please email me at: revelatorart@yahoo.com and let me know what you would like to order (tank or t-shirt, color, size, quantity). Please include your shipping address if shipping is required. I will message you back with the total cost (will include Idaho sales tax, and if shipping is required I will include shipping cost=minimum $5) and the address to send a check to. 

All orders and money are due to me by  Tuesday October 31, 2017

Your order will be ready by mid November. These will make great gifts for the holidays! 


Here are your choices to choose from. All product is unisex sizing, so I recommend for women to order a size smaller than usual. 

American Apparel Unisex Tank Top 
Tri-blend Coffee
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Price: $21.20 (includes tax)

American Apparel Unisex Tank Top
Tri-blend Black
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Price: $21.20 (includes tax)

Bella + Canvas Unisex T-Shirt
Tri-blend Brown
Sizes: XS, S, M
Price: $21.20 (includes tax)


Bella + Canvas Unisex T-Shirt
Tri-blend Charcoal
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Price: $21.20 (includes tax)


Thank you to all of you who have already purchased this special merchandise from me. You have been a huge help in the ongoing creative conversation! and thank you for representing revelatorART by wearing these products! 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Awakenings Art Exhibit Opening in October


I’m the featured artist for October 2017 at Awakenings Coffee House (10650 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID) and I’m having an 
Opening Reception on Friday October 6 from 6pm-8pm.

Left: Jake Nielsen
Right: Lisa Marten

Join me for a night of collaboration as I’ll be painting live to the live music of local singer-songwriter-musician Jake Nielsen. There will be lots of opportunity to view my new artwork, as we connect in conversation and community. And don’t forget there’s the great local coffee, tea, wine, beer, and food that Awakenings has to offer, so know you’ll be taken care of. 

Top photo: "Reach" 24x30 mixed media on canvas.
The result of processing the unique ways my brain and my body are wired together, being on the autistic spectrum, and learning how to play to my strengths and weaknesses. 
Bottom photo: "Get Up And Walk" 24x30 mixed media on canvas.
The result of coming to terms with being born disabled with both feet clubbed along with hip problems that continue to affect movement even with medical treatment and correction. 


The paintings in this exhibit were created over a period of a year, during which I have been exploring a deeper understanding and journey of discovery as an adult being born with a physical disability and on the autistic spectrum. Through this time of exploration of how I’ve been made and wired, I’ve dove into the emotions of facing my limitations and fears and at the same time challenged myself to move forward towards brave possibilities. Painting has been a voice for my processing and a way to relate to myself and the world around me. I’m excited to share some of it with you through this work. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Paintings and Prints Available

I have a couple more paintings available for purchase. 

Balance
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas
Original $636. Prints Available for Order.

Life Sounds Like
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas
Original $636. Prints Available for Order. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Okay...

"The Road You Take"
c. 2017 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas
$636

Fear is a like a huge paralyzing octopus that can wrap itself around you and squeeze you so tightly you can't breathe.

This painting has been rattling around in my head for a long time (a portion of a dream I had a few years ago) but a recent event in my life (getting lost on some treacherous roads where I felt my tires slipping as I ascended a mountain) pushed it forward to have me face underlying fears, learning to let go and trust. 

Today I put paint to canvas and let myself process through that moment and I'm reminded that God is with me (I'm not alone), He goes before me and He is behind me. He is my rescuer and He calms my fears and makes me brave. 

This painting is a response...telling my fear to run...telling my heart I'm loved...telling me no matter if I can't see what's ahead of me or hear Him or know what I'm to do or if the paint in me is too deep and I feel too small like I can't go on...like it's all slipping away and I can't hold on and I don't know what to do...it's okay. I'm okay.

And so I share this painting with you...to speak all of this to you too. If you've ever felt this way...please know, He understands, God is with you even in the really really hard messy painful stuff of life. He believes in you and He is holding on to you.




REFLECT Art Conference 2018: Save the Date Video


Monday, July 31, 2017

Art Fruition: an on-line Art Ministry Course

Have you ever asked the questions: 
WHAT is ART? 
WHO are Artists? 
WHAT is Ministry? 
WHAT is ART Ministry? 
WHO can do Art Ministry? 
HOW does one launch an Art Ministry? 
WHERE can someone learn more about HOW they can be involved in Art Ministry?

ART FRUITION is an on-line Art Ministry Course designed to help answer these questions and guide you to your next step.

Check out the video here below created by Jessie Nilo (founder of ART FRUITION and VineArts Boise, an Art Ministry in Boise, Idaho) to learn more: 

Monday, July 24, 2017

REFLECT arts conference June 7-10, 2018


Attention Creatives and Supporters of Creatives:

especially those who have attended The Boise Creative Church Conferences in either 2012, 2014, or 2016 and those who haven't attended but are interested in connecting with other creatives of faith through conversation and  hands on workshops, being encouraged in who you are as a creative and a person of faith, and learning more about collaborating through creativity within your churches, your communities, your cities...

We are changing our art conference name to REFLECT
and we are gearing up for our next conference: 
JUNE 7-10, 2018
SAVE THOSE DATES! 
Stay tuned for updates. 

Sponsored by VineArts Boise and Art Fruition, REFLECT is a Third Tribe production. 

Come find your tribe!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stuff and Things



We all have stuff and things. Sometimes we hang on to our stuff and things for nostalgic purposes long after it's time has passed. And sometimes life asks us to let go of our stuff. Sometimes we're meant to pass our things on to others in a sort of legacy kind of way. And then the sentimentality of the stuff that we held onto is allowed to dissipate and we can let go. 

Lately I've been prompted to be intentional about some of my stuff and things. To let go of some of it. To pass it on to specific people who come to mind. 

I'm not even talking about the every day things that I can look at and ponder if I need to let go of it or not...I'm talking about the stuff that's been forgotten, the stuff that's been stored in boxes and moved from residence to residence over the years to find it's resting place in a closet or a shelf somewhere until it's moved to another sleepy spot. All because it's part of my life...part of my story. 

But most people don't even know I have the stuff. That's the stuff I'm talking about. That's the stuff I'm now paying attention to and being intentional about. 

And in the process of letting go...I am finding an important opportunity to give voice to parts of my past almost forgotten that have helped to mold and shape me in who I am today....but also the beautiful chance to speak into someone else life here and now and bless them within their life story. 

Recently I was able to give 3 boxes of books from my 1970's childhood to a friend for her children after I learned that my collection of classical children's literature was highly desired. These were stories that I grew up with...that I read over and over...that helped to make my childhood magical. It made my heart smile to know that the children were pouring over the books with joyful interest and my friend cherishes them just as much as I have. 





And today I passed on my vintage ventriloquist doll and marionette puppet from my childhood to a couple of very excited boys who are currently interested in puppetry (like I was when I was their ages). Getting to see the great care that they took in handling them and their excitement of the chance to learn a very unique skill (i.e. throwing their voices and putting on plays and skits) was worth any of my inner sadness of letting go of the puppets that had been a part of my childhood self expression. 

*that's right...little known fact about me...along with acting in school plays, I was a ventriloquist and a puppeteer throughout my elementary and high school years, performing in talent shows and other events. *I was also a clown, and I performed skits with a clown troop at churches and did freelance solo clowning at parties and schools throughout my high school and college years. I still have the duffle bag that houses my clown costume...I'm considering who to give it away to also. 


Why am I posting about stuff and things? I think it's part of my creative process. Seriously...childhood is where creativity is birthed. Books, toys, art supplies, musical instruments, and hours of performance opportunities...they were all there at the beginning of becoming an artist. They fed my imagination and gave me an outlet to explore that imagination. It's all part of the process. 

I think that's why these things have stayed with me all these years and I've found it hard to let go. They were like the beginning chapters of my life's book. More than just things...they have born the memories of my childhood, where creativity began. 
Lisa the artist, Lisa the performing artist, Lisa the lover of story, Lisa the lover of others' stories. 

It's time to let go, it's time to be intentional, it's time to pass on to  the next generation some of my Stuff and Things. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Aquatic Art Show


Along with several other amazing local artists, 
I'm in the July Art Show themed: 
"Aquatic
at The Owyhee (1109 Main St. Boise, ID) 
sponsored by Art Project Boise

The Opening Reception is:
 First Thursday July 6th from 5:30pm-8:30pm

There will be live music, drinks and food at the bar, a film screening, and free parking. 

I'll be there, I hope to see some of you there too. 

The art is for sale! 
and will be displayed for the month of July.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Night of Poetry and Story with Kelvin Fowler


Today begins a six month bicycle trek across the US and Canada for my New Zealander friends Kel & Sharon. 

I originally met them in Scotland years ago when I lived in Glasgow (they were leaders at the ministry college I attended), and in recent years they lived in Lithuania (pastoring a Vineyard church) and I've traveled over there on art ministry trips connecting through creativity with them. 

Towards the end of the this month they will be cycling into Idaho and spending a few days in the Boise area. Kel writes poetry about their travels and experiences cross culturally and often books public and private poetry and storytelling gigs where he can share this with others. 

We've planned a gig for him Monday June 26 from 7-9pm in Star, ID.  If you or anyone you may know would be interested in coming to this very unique kind of event the detail info is below:


Coming to Idaho!

Monday Night
June 26, 2017
7-9pm

11048 W. Box Canyon St. 
Star, ID 

to read some of Kel’s poetry go to: 

Part time poet and wannabe wordsmith, Kelvin Fowler was born in a southern New Zealand village and grew up loving running, nature and dirt-track speedway.

A call to the nations’ minorities have been paramount to his life. He has been blessed enough to count among his friends transvestites in Australia, drug addicts in Mexico, a husky in Canada, malnourished kids in the Philippines, alcoholics in Scotland and orphans in Lithuania.

For 14 years Kelvin and his beautiful wife Sharon were interceding through the legacy of the Soviet Union and planting a Vineyard church in Lithuania’s port city of KlaipÄ—da.

They are currently on a big adventure that includes bicycling 8000km across the USA and Canada. He is calling this trip: The Gloria Rides Red Bicycle Tour. You can learn more at: http://bicyclewithwheels.weebly.com/

The night will feature a chance to experience Kel's poetry live (which has been written throughout the years of his travels and experiences around the world), hear about what is on the horizon for he and his wife, along with opportunity to bless them with some financial offerings to send them on their way to their next destination. *so if you feel led, come prepared and we will have a way you can discreetly donate.

Some snacks and beverages provided. 
This will be a NO CHILDREN event.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vivid Artist Spaces



 This week I attended an informational meeting for:
Vivid Artist Spaces 
(an LLC, soon to be non-profit) 
It's located in a 3 story building with basement (and all the floors will be utilized). It's in an ideal location in Boise with easy access to downtown, the BSU campus, the airport, and the freeway. Vivid specifically hopes to create a healthy environment for artist community for adult local professional artists where they can work, teach, share expertise and collaborate side by side. 

And man! There is a lot of space potential! 

Vivid is offering studio and exhibit space and storage space for rent, opportunities to teach and attend workshops that will also be open to the public, monthly open studios, semi-annual gallery exhibitions, and access to future workshops, talks, exhibits, performances, and events within the building. There will also be access to tools and machinery such as framing, stretcher building, printmaking, spray booth, darkroom, etc. and a gift shop and library. Also there will be the opportunity for outside artists or groups to rent exhibit areas for events, and also free and fee based lectures, storytelling , live music, films, and multimedia events for the community. Studio tours and community arts education will be offered to the public. 

The potential for really cool stuff connecting artists with artists and artists with the public is mind blowing! 

If you're interested in becoming a part of the Vivid Artist Community check it out at: 
For an application contact them at: vividartistspaces@gmail.com 
Application fee is $20 and space rental is $2/square foot per monthIt opens in September and so they are looking for artists now. 

It will be the ONLY Artist Collaborative of its kind in Idaho!