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GURLS at FB69

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

My solo show GURLS opens 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.

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.

Good Riddance 2016 Arty Farty Giveaway!

Six years ago, a change started to happen in my work in the style and subject matter in getting away from figurative representation. Maybe you have been following along, and have seen pieces of that work exhibited here and there at galleries as well as posted online. The response to them has been pretty fantastic and I’ve sold a number of them without much fanfare. I had my first solo show of this new work and the response was pretty overwhelming. An artist friend wrote to me — and many have alluded to this — that this is will probably become my true work.

Don’t get me wrong, I love portraiture and I will always find ways to incorporate it and take on commissions. I’ve been drawing people for way too long to stop in a blink.

As a little send off to a year that can’t end soon enough, I thought I’d run a giveaway here for a framed print and a few unframed mini prints of some portraits. And stickers!


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One winner will receive “Lydia” which is a framed open edition print. “Pink Waves” is an unframed limited mini print; another winner will get 3 of these to either hoard or perhaps gift to someone.  Runner-up will get a set of round stickers featuring my art. Both the original paintings have homes, but you can enter to receive all these puppies two ways:

  • Follow me over at www.instagram.com/arabellaproffer then, share your favorite painting of mine and use #ArabellaArt.
  • You can also enter by commenting below. You can increase your chances by doing both.

Ends on Wednesday the 28th. Winners chosen using a randomizer.

Have at it and good luck!

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Color Blaze: Artists I Like Right Now

Scott Anderson

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Derick Smith

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Dana Lynn Harper

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Charles Clary

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Tirina Turturici

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