Category Archives: Shows and Events

Here at last!

It’s almost time for me to hop on a plane and drag my latest artwork to the Big Apple. My solo show, The Idea, starts this Friday (January 20th) and I couldn’t be more nervous. My work is thankfully complete, but I can’t help feeling like there is still so much to do. Title cards must be made, artist statements must be written, and people must be invited. If you or someone you know is in New York City area, feel free to pass the word along.

For immediate release:

The Idea
An Art Exhibition by Gina Hief
Orchard Windows Gallery
January 20-26 2012

Opening Reception: Friday January 20th 6-9pm

In her New York debut exhibition entitled, “The Idea”, Arizona artist Gina Hief uses plant life as a metaphor for ideas. The exhibit is structured as a narrative series of mixed media drawings showcasing a progression of ideas from seedlings to entangled overgrown vines to towering trees. Some ideas are withered and dead….other ideas are flowering with opportunity.

Gina Hief creates whimsical illustrations using pen, paper, and found material. With a background in sculpture and painting, her artwork showcases an eclectic style and willingness to experiment. “The Idea” exhibit is the visual story of Gina’s internal experience with cultivating her own idea from dream to reality.

In the summer of 2011, Gina Hief had an impossible idea: Sell all of her possessions and live on the road while traveling the country. This idea should have wilted when placed in the brutal climate of reality, instead it flourished and – took root. The idea gnawed at the back of Gina’s mind each day. It grew and flowered with countless possibilities. Before long, the furniture was gone, the car was sold and the day job was wishing her “good luck” on her way out. There was no turning back. What started out as a whimsical idea grew into a monster that for good or bad will change the course of Gina’s life.

Gina received her BFA in Fine Art from Arizona State University in 2009. Since then she has exhibited in local galleries throughout Tempe and Scottsdale Arizona.

For gallery inquires please call 917-995-1001



Back in the Habit

I’m Ba-ack! My ridiculously-awesome-road-trip-of-a-lifetime is finally over. I’m feeling rejuvenated and overwhelmed with inspiration – ready to take on the need segment in my life. Although I lost track of blogging about many of the destination cities we visited (*sorry*), I plan to recap some of the best highlights in the coming months.

For now, I’m back in Phoenix, AZ for the holidays and drawing like a fiend.

I had the honor of participating in a Etsy Seller event last week at the lovely West Elm store in Scottsdale. This event was coordinated by West Elm and Etsy to feature local handmade sellers in their store for the holidays. The event brought lots of new customers to my store and I was able to sell some of my original drawings.

New originals are being listed in my shop so stop in and check it out for look at my freshest drawings.


Getting Ready for Green

Fantastic announcement this week! I’m scheduled for a 2 month exhibition this summer at one of my favorite restaurants, Green!

Tempe Location: July 16th – August 20th
Phoenix Location: August 20th – September 17th

I’m super excited about the event, and nervous considering that I haven’t done much exhibiting since college 2 years ago (Eek!). Serious butterflies are starting to¬† gather in my stomach, but everything will be just fine.

Just reminding myself to breathe during the flurry of activity these next 2 weeks.

The showcase will feature my latest mixed media drawings. Most of of these are little keepsakes that will be for sale during the length of the show. I am currently working on larger mixed media drawings that I hope to display there as well. More sneak peeks as the work develops throughout the week.

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Handmade for the Holidays!

Hello all! So far, I have absolutely loved reading posts everyday from this year’s Crafty Holiday Blog Hop. This event gives us a special way to help support the handmade arts, and give gift this year with true meaning and value. If you missed yesterday’s fabulous post at Bridget and Lucy . Check it out!

Today, I am going to be highlighting some gift ideas I found on Etsy. Let’s cut to the chase – here they are!

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MEN: It can be tough to find gifts for men in the handmade category. I know that my boyfriend doesn’t put much stock into material things, and the few things he does pine over are usually expensive electronics. My solution – clothes. The guys I’ve known in the past have hated shopping for clothes so much that they will continue wearing old and beyond repair clothing for months or years to avoid the hassle. A simple clothing item like a graphic tee will be greatly appreciated in lieu of the dreaded trip to the mall. I could easily see my boyfriend in one of these smart tees.

  1. Respect Men’s Tee by Supastarr
  2. Ursa Major T-shirt by Black Bird Tees

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Acquaintances/Colleagues: Were you tricked into a gift exchange at work? Or perhaps you are looking for that simple gift for your beloved hairdresser, or your daughter’s 4th grade teacher. Calendars make smart simple gifts that can vary greatly in price to suit your budget. I hate to sound cheesy but these gifts truly keep on giving all year long. Here are a few of my favorite mini calendars.

  1. Mini Magnetic Calendar by Against the Grain Graphic
  2. Little Mo and Friends Pocket Calendar by Little Mo and Friends
  3. Stitched Micro – Eco Calendar by Nature’s Cubbyhole
  4. Desk Calendar by Aliette

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The Kids: Children are my absolute favorite to shop for! They get so excited over even the smallest things. I love the classic look of handmade toys and the one of a kind detail that goes into children’s handmade clothing. Here are some gift ideas I have been mulling over for my nieces and nephew.

  1. Organic Camera by Little Sapling Toys
  2. Tablecloth Play House by Cool Spaces For Kids
  3. Sock Monkey Hat by Madtown Topper
  4. Snow Day Dress by Broken Ghost Couture

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Alright folks! That’s all for this girl’s shopping list. Up tomorrow is Baby Jives, and to see a full schedule of Crafty Holiday Blog Hop participants, head on over to The Artists’ House.

Happy Shopping!


{all image credits belong to respective shop owners linked above}


Say Something Poster

This poster encourages young people to create their own credo to live by. Learning to identify their core values and belief systems early on will help teens make the right decisions on their own when no one else may be there to guide them.

I just finished my submission for the Say Something Poster competition. This is a charitable competition in which designers are tasked with creating posters that will be inspirational to at risk teens. After 3 round of judging 10 winning posters will be chosen for display at The Home for Little Wanderers. The first round of the competition requires voter participation. Please stop by the organization’s website to vote for my poster.

Thank you for your help!