I have really missed seeing people. Even though I'm mostly introverted, I like making those in-person connections. Virtually communicating everything has been a lot to adjust to, and some things get left behind. Clearly, it's been awhile since I wrote anything here—or kept my site up-to-date. As the pandemic is getting more under control, it's … Continue reading Missing Your Face
November started out strong! Reveal/Conceal, my retrospective exhibit of 19 years of theatre masks opened alongside A Universal Feeling, the international collaboration I've been developing over the past two years, at the beginning of the month. It was a really special night to share with the public—as well as some collaborators—and to have conversations about … Continue reading Artist Q&A Added!
After a 18 months of planning and working, you can finally come see the first showing of A Universal Feeling! The exhibition opens as a part of my larger exhibit, Reveal/Conceal: The Transformative Masks of Tony Fuemmeler. 5:00–8:00 pm, Friday, November 8Grand Lobby, Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR) There will be … Continue reading Project Update 2: A Universal Feeling
Join me at the JAW Maker Fair, where you can shop locally and choose from hand made products created by Portland artisans. 3:00–8:00 pm, Saturday, July 27North Mezzanine, Portland Center Stage at the Armory (128 N. 11th Ave, Portland) This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. See the FB Event Page Here. Enjoy … Continue reading Mask Sale at JAW Festival!
It’s been an amazing 5 months of work on A Universal Feeling! January through March were heavy on the initial creation of the six expressions of emotion. The last two months have been a heavy lift—with many volunteers—of creating the iterations of the masks in papier-mâché. Throughout the making process, I also had to stagger … Continue reading Project Update: A Universal Feeling
I'm looking for friendly volunteers who have an interest in making and a sensitivity to detail -- and-- who think it would be fun to do some papier-mâché in community with others. You'll be helping make copies of some emotion masks for an upcoming art installation later this year. Papier-Mâché Volunteer Hours Seeking 3 to … Continue reading Volunteers and Chewed paper
My first large exhibition! About a year ago, I was approached to make an exhibit of my work... and it's happening! Spanning the last 19 years of making masks, the exhibit Reveal / Conceal: The Transformative Masks of Tony Fuemmeler runs November 5 2019–January 3, 2020 at the Parrish Gallery, Chehalem Cultural Center. Stay tuned … Continue reading Exhibits and puppets and spring—oh my!
Two weeks ago the 2018 Drammy Awards were held in Portland, Oregon — and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show was given an award for Outstanding Achievement in Puppetry. As one of the codirectors, I couldn't be more proud! Thanks, Portland! Congratulations to the following team from this production by Oregon Children's Theatre Puppeteers: Robert Amico,Robi Arce, … Continue reading Cheers, Puppeteers!
The Spider Queen wins Best Costumes in this year's Big Easy Awards! This fantastical show featured 17 of my masks, amazing garments by costume designer Hope Bennett, and five puppet characters designed by Kenneth Thompson working in unison to bring a new world to life! The NOLA Project earned two other accolades on The Spider Queen—Best Original Work of Theatre … Continue reading Big Easy Awards
For two Saturdays in March, I traveled to the Lelooska Foundation in Ariel, WA, to learn more about the art of mask carving in the Pacific NW. The Lelooska Foundation is home to one of the chieftainships of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe. Many tribes in the NW have amazing mask traditions as a part of their … Continue reading NW Coast Masks and the Lelooska Foundation