YSL Beauty and Portraits By Arabella Proffer

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If you ever wanted a little portrait of mine while you looked you best, you are in luck if you are in the Cleveland area!

I’ve partnered with make-up artist Elle Gemma and YSL Beauty for this event at Nordstrom at Beachwood Place. Come get your face done by Elle using the new YSL spring color collection, and with $125 or more in purchases you get a 5 piece gift set, and an oil portrait on paper done by me.

Saturday, April 4th Noon to 5pm at the YSL counter.

Email your RSVP “Rock the Look!” to ElleGemma@Live.com

New Painting: The Projectionist

Something a little different…

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Lena (The Projectionist) 8×10″ oil on panel. Available here.

 

I Curated Something That’s Actually Related to Art!

Everyone’s a curator these days. Right? Curator of content, of ideas, of a Pinterest board, or a music collection on your iPod.

Well for the first time since 2001 (Blood Moon group show in Hollywood at the now defunct HQ Gallery) I actually curated something in the proper sense of the word. I was asked by Cleveland West Art League to choose this year’s Six in Studio artists. All of the artists I selected I find do something relating to the word or notion of “organic”, or even biomorphic as it were. I didn’t think there would be a cohesive theme in who I picked — but there it is. Almost all women, too! That wasn’t intentional when I looked at the submissions of images but I’m glad it worked out that way.

This is a strange experience for me because I chose mostly installation art. But, being the point of the show is to create work in the gallery space with onlookers at times, and their fellow artists, I thought it could become interesting when the end result is revealed.

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So come on out if you can on Friday, March 20th for the beginning reception for these artists at 78th Street Studios. The reveal reception is Friday, April 17th.

Speaking of curating an iPod, I will be “DJing” with mine, as well as probably doing my own art live like a wild animal in captivity for you to behold.

Art, Books, Drinks, and the Desert: L.A. Recap

My husband and I went out to L.A. again for the book party for “Wivenhoe Park“. We had some time to go to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree as well. I’m a little late on posting photos but I got sick in the desert, and still am! How I could go from -7 winter weather in the midwest to 74 degrees in Palm Springs and get ill is beyond me.

Random things I remember:

Ian Astbury in sweatpants waddling past me and thus ruining all illusions I’d held from my teen years. Driving a Dodge Charger through the desert and up steep hills. Lots of music gigs and time spent in Echo Park. Getting drunk at The Dresden Room and going to Jack in the Box for late night food (basically not much has changed in 11 years for me). Amazing Mai Tai drinks at Bootlegger Tiki. The Autry Museum with my friend Charity who was like a personal guide. So many cocktails — so many. The Juxtapoz Magazine 20th Anniversary show, which I liked, but — I was a tad disappointed in because of glaring omissions and odd inclusions that to me didn’t reflect the actual history or issues I have read since 1994. I didn’t make it to the John Currin show, but the Laura Krifka one more than made up for it; I think she is exceeding him if not on the same level! Record shopping in Highland Park. Drunk girls in West Hollywood crying in a restaurant bathroom about boys who hasn’t texted them. A $1,000 omelet on the menu at my hotel (it had caviar on it). Visiting shops in Joshua Tree opened by Ohioans. Smash Mouth being promoted on the marquee outside one of the casino resorts. Leaving my iPhone in a coffee shop for over an hour to find it had been untouched! Nights by the fire pit, lots of friends and parties and dogs and wine. Oh, and traffic! More and more every time I go back to visit I swear! I mean…Jeeeeez. And that means a special thanks to those of you who drove in from SF and the OC for Ben’s book party and other shenanigans, because my God that traffic is just unreal!

As much as I debate about it, I think this trip really squashed any question I had about moving back to Los Angeles. Just can’t do it. Things have changed (yet haven’t) and unless I devoted myself to the desert, the eastside, or had the money to purchase a house, it just stressed me out so much being there and all the memories of why I left came flooding back. I think the reason I went to so many art and music gigs when I lived there was to make it worth the stress and general anxiety I felt. The weather never made it worth it for me. So, I think I’ll stick to visits. I like being a tourist.

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NYC + SF + CLE Art Things I’m Doing

My painting “Daughters of Maternal Impression” is on the cover of literary magazine Whiskey Island

Currently up @ MF Gallery 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. I’m part of the “Girls of the Underground” show with Angie Mason, Tara McPherson, Kristen Ferrell, and many more as part of a Internaional Women’s Day group exhibition. I have two paintings on view, including “Lady Catherine” pictured here…

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Saturday, March 14th 7-10pm @ Gauntlet Gallery in SF I’ll have a piece in the 3rd Annual 12×12 Exhibit. On view until April 4th. I like that everything is the size of an LP.

I just finishing jurying the 2015 Six in Studio participants for CWAL. On Friday, March 20th from 6-10pm they will start creating their works and we will be filming (I also might be DJing) as they start the process at 78th Street Studios. Visit ClevelandWestArtLeague.com for more info.

Arty Farty Fancy Pants Art Shop Redux

I finally got around to making my shop FANCY for those who want a quick way to purchase original artwork of mine.

Visit ArabellaProffer.BigCartel.com

There are framed, unframed, and some sarcastic drawings in the bunch. More will be added eventually. I still do 6 month payment plans, just email for details (I require a $100 deposit on everything).

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I finally got fed up with Etsy and moved over to Big Cartel. I’m not sure yet if one is better than the other, exactly, but we’ll see how it goes.

New Painting: Pink Waves

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“Pink Waves” 8×10 inches, oil on panel.

Decided to start getting a little weird in-between other projects.

You can purchase various sizes of prints of this girl, but the iPad skin looks pretty rad, too! Visit Nuvango.com

 


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