Dublin to Münster Art & Gig Whirlwind

This has to be the only time I’ve ever scheduled an art show around a concert, but it all worked out very well. I had a great time in Dublin, Ireland seeing The Jesus and Mary Chain with Mel Butler and John Butler. I was deaf in one ear for a good week! There was an afterparty thrown at Garage Bar which was highly appropriate; they hosted my husband’s book party on our last trip. We also took a tour of the Caravaggio show at the National Gallery, had a private tour at Radio8 (Thanks Dan!), saw a number of bands at my favorite haunt Whelan’s, and made the rounds at all the pubs on my list as per usual.

Then it was a flight over to Münster, Germany for my show. I’m totally in love with Münster, by the way. I like that it’s walkable, has architecture exactly how I pictured it in my mind, and the fact that there was a whole lot of candy, and everyone has a dog (or so it seems). I even recognized a lot of paintings in their art museum! Easter Sunday service at the cathedral was very surreal as well. I’m just glad I didn’t burst into flames upon entering. We stayed with my fabulous gallerist and his partner, where they live in a former zoo keeper’s residence, where the ape habitat once was. It was appropriately named Monkey Hill. I guess the zoo keeper had a favorite monkey that he would let drink beer. Why not?

Anyway, here’s a bunch of photos. I’m sure there’s more, but this will do.

 

GURLS and Jeff Koons!

GURLS opened at FB69 Galerie and is now on view for the next few months. We had a great turnout and sales despite the Easter holiday, and it was a blast!

Apologies for the late post (and more to come) as we did a lot of travel in-between to Dublin and to Detroit and I am still going through all of my photos.

The biggest surprise was all the press I got for my drawings, including, having one of them appear next to Jeff Koons in a magazine! WHAAAAT!?

More to come, and if you find yourself in this amazing town in Germany, please check it out!

GURLS at FB69

I’m headed to Germany for the first time since I was a toddler!

My solo show GURLS opens with a preview Thursday, April 13th from 6-8pm (first 20 people get a signed mini print) and then the reception on Friday, April 14th at FB69 Galerie in Münster.

We will have limited copies of my sold-out zine on hand, as well as a show of all my drawings. There will be posters for sale, too! I hope to see you there, and I’m really excited to spend some time in this city.

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GURLS was conceived in sketchbooks while Arabella was recovering in bed from multiple surgeries, and oil painting was no longer an option. Sarcastic, silly, and in a loose style that deviates from the painting she has been known for, her GURLS comment on the current state of technology, relationships, and “first world problems”.

 

 

 

GURLS Zine Release Announcement!

Very unexpectedly, I sold out of my first run of US printing for my zine GURLS, which was made initially for my solo show of the same name opening at FB69 Galerie in Germany next month on April 14th. (Yes I will be in attendance if you are near Munster!)

I didn’t get a chance to make a formal announcement, it was just posted throughout my social media outlets, but the US edition sold out within 9 hours!

There will be a second run up for sale in my shop starting Friday, March 17th at 10:30am ET.

GURLS is 70+ glossy pages of my drawings and snappy sarcastic comments to accompany them. Truth be told, I write them in the voice of Bobby Brown if he were yelling real loud, so I hope that enhances your experience. I know a lot of you have told me you want a copy and missed out last weekend, so set your alarms because I can’t “save a copy” for you even if you know me in the meat world.

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Art in My Pad

The art I’ve been able to collect thus far is nothing like my own, and I think some people are surprised by certain pieces. I collect sparingly, not because I don’t like doing it, but because I hate clutter on my walls and it’s really hard when you are a half-assed minimalist. A “salon style” wall of art drives me crazy; I really hate it when galleries do it at exhibitions. Rotation of artworks happens often in my apartment, and it keeps me sane.

But, there are still so many things I would love to get my hands on! If only I had been paid better when working at a very old gallery in L.A., as the place was an art history candy store of fashion illustrations, pop art, set designs, lithographs and etchings I would have enjoyed very much! I still kick myself for not grabbing an Albrecht Durer woodcut for $1200, although it could have easily been a fake; a Robert Longo drawing from when he was on the ascent; an Abraham Walkowitz  drawing that was bought out from under me by the director of Forum Gallery at the time; a tiny Friedel Dzubas painting; the Larionov portrait that was actually better than most.  Ah well, great taste and thrift store finances has been the story for some time.

Lucky for me I seem to pick the winners when it comes to increasing in value. I almost feel like I should go into this as a consultant. Mind you, I would never ever sell anything of mine no matter how much they may be worth, now. I don’t buy things to flip or impress visitors, I buy because I love them.

Beyond my own work here and there, I thought people would like to see the work by others I have hanging around. This does not include several limited edition rock posters and other drawings, paintings, and photographs yet to be framed (that’s a whole section of my closet right now). These are just the originals and limited edition fine art prints. Click on each photo for the description…

 

 

Two Group shows in March

March 2nd – March 24th “Full STEAM Ahead” arts-based learning, this group show @ Stocker Arts Center, Elyria, Ohio. Reception March 2nd from 3:30-6:30pm

March 25th: “We Are the Resistance” group show @ Revolution Gallery, Buffalo, NY and 10% of sales go to Planned Parenthood, where I once was a volunteer as a teenager.

I’ll be at both events for their receptions!

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Studio Moving Sale! From Lakewood to Cleveland

My painting “Showboat” will be part of the group exhibition “It’s Elemental” at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls opening this Friday from 6-8pm

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Big news is that I am moving my studio! A friend bought a building in Cleveland full of mannequins, vinyl swatches, boxes full of carpet, soooo much paper, a room full of screws (like floor to ceiling), flat files full of maps, and 1980s offices that look like The Walking Dead happened and time stood still because everyone fled. Anyway, it will be a while for the space to look presentable, but, studio mate Knitgrrl and I are having a moving sale on Sunday, January 29th from 11am-5pm if you are local to Cleveland. You can RSVP here.