We usually try to focus on West Coast folks, but we couldn't resist posting about Amy Rice. The Minneapolis artist designs and cuts her own stencils, which she then uses to spraypaint some lovely mixed-media work. According to her artist statement, she finds inspiration in "the urban community in which I live, childhood toys, vintage botanical prints, my dog Ella, bicycles, street art, and random found objects, collective endeavors that challenge hierarchy, acts of compassion, downright silliness and things with wings."
The bike above is Rice's contribution to the exhibit, "Fine Fendered Friends." More than a dozen artists submitted work, using vintage bicycle fenders as their canvas. Speaking of painting on cool surfaces: We have one of Rice's original pieces in our own home done on a cedar shingle that's over 100 years old. A small selection of Rice's original art (under $160) and Gocco prints ($20) can be purchased online at Art Star Gallery. Check out her website to view more of her paintings. Images: Amy Rice website and Flickr photos.