Posts Tagged 'Ohio artists'

OAC Biennial Juried Exhibition, 2017

I made a quick trip to Columbus for the Ohio Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition at Riffe Galleries. It’s really quite amazing and you should check it out if you happen to be in the area.

Selected from more than 300 applications, the exhibition features contemporary works of art including installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and video by 59 artists living and working in Ohio. Here is me with my painting “Astronomer”

I also got a pretty fancy package from the Ohio Senate that recognized me for exemplary attainment.

I guess this means I’m a real Ohio artist, now? Although hey, I’ll always be a California artist, too.

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ArtMeow

The next group show I’m in is all about cats! They will have a portrait of my late feline, Milkshake, and a survey of 100 years of artists in NE Ohio who have done cat-related art. I also hear there will be real cats there to adopt!

Opens Friday, June 16th 5pm-9pm at the ArtNEO Museum inside 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, Ohio.

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With over 100 years of cats by Cleveland area artists on display, ARTmeow explores the cat’s iconic role of artistic muse. As cat memes and animated gifs take over the internet, it is a good time to reflect on how our feline friends have impacted the history of art. ARTmeow not only looks at the past and present representations of cats in fine art, it also presents an interactive visitor driven display consisting of an Instagram slide show composed of photos tagged #ARTmeow.

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I’ve been busy working on paintings for my solo show in November. Here are some sneaky peeky shots of the progress. I’ll admit it, I have no idea what I’m doing and these are very far off from the initial sketches I did.

An Empty Calendar Is Death, After All

Since the beginning of this past fall, I’ve had a great pleasure of becoming a teaching artist at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and more specifically, am a part of their Art & Insight program which partners with organizations to bring in medical professionals and medical students to take part in exercises using the art collection. European portraiture is my thing of course, but it’s been a great way to do a crash art history lesson on all the pieces in the museum. And trust me — that’s a lot! It will be years before I am fluent in all of them, but I’ll get there when I get there.

I’ve been busy starting my new body of work that was made possible by The Ohio Arts Council. The show will have an opening reception in November at 78th Street Studios as part of the Hedge Gallery new satellite space, which is also next to one of my favorite record shops, Bent Crayon!

This will be very different work for me and it’s the first time I’ll be having a dedicated show of the new direction I’ve been going in. I read a horoscope a few months back saying that for me, as a Gemini, unveiling a new creative direction in public in June was the worst time to do so and it would not be well received. I normally don’t put much stock into horoscopes — let alone the Astro Twins — but the description was a little too on the mark and specific with my situation as I was negotiating a gallery space. I’m glad the show got moved to the late fall!

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There are a few other exhibitions I am having in May and in June, but I suggest you visit my website and join my email list to get all the details.

This month I also found out that my husband will be having heart surgery in early June at Cleveland Clinic. Man, no matter what I can’t seem to get away from that place, can I? It was a shock to both of us, and the doctors, that he even needed something so invasive given how healthy he is and is in zero pain. It’s my turn to play nursemaid now, and you better believe I’ll be on the scene with those nurses! He has seen me go through this now — what, 6 times? But he isn’t like me. Frankly, he isn’t taking it well. I’m currently making a list of all the food I’ll be ordering for him at main campus because there’s now way he’s going to eat the crap they serve as hospital food. He has to take a month off work and won’t be able to drive, so I guess I need to come up with a lot of activities and road trip ideas so he doesn’t go crazy. If you didn’t know already, he is a runner, so this will be extra hard.

We also have some news coming in this summer on the Elephant Stone Records front, lots of visitors, a trip to NYC for my husband’s book event there with Jack Rabid, and that’s not including a few secret projects, my other freelance jobs, and so forth. I’ve had to put a pause on portrait commissions until 2017. Did I also mention I might have another surgery on my leg this year?

I’m normally pretty together, so if you have been experiencing severe delays in email replies and phone calls, this is why. But it’s okay. For me, to look at my calendar and see it be empty is like death. I can’t stand an empty calendar!

 

New Painting: Heartbreaker

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“Heartbreaker” 12×12 inches, oil on canvas.

I’m pretty much booked on commissions through the summer, however, I have been wanting to get back to this series for ages. Good thing is I can sometimes work on it in-between layers drying on my commissioned work!

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January Juried Shows

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If you are down in Columbus, go check out a book at the main library and visit my painting “Outcast” that is on view through January. Maybe vote for me if you feel so inclined? I was selected from an array of Ohio artists to be part of this exhibition, which is very nice, and I’ll also be in town for the Awards Reception on Saturday, January 11th.

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Also in January is the Surreal Salon put on by Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art. One of my paintings was selected by juror Greg Escalante this year. I won’t be able to attend the party this year on January 25th, but I’m sure many of my New Orleans friends would be interested! I hear it is quite a night.

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