Thursday, June 11, 2015

Figurativas '15

Paper Wishes, oil on panel, 48" x 36"

As some of you may have heard on Facebook, I found out last week that my painting Paper Wishes has been accepted through the first round of the jury process of this year's Figurativas exhibition which is held annually at the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain.  This competition and exhibition are organized by the Fundacion de las Artes y los Artistas.  I am so excited and honored to have made it this far in the competition.  The next round of the jury process will be done in person, so I will have to ship my painting overseas to Barcelona.  A friend (and talented photographer), Lea Ciceraro has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help me afford to take full advantage of this awesome opportunity.  The cost of crating, insuring and shipping a work of this size to Europe seemed impossible for our family to take on.  With Lea's insistence and support this Go Fund Me page has already made this opportunity more of a reality for me.  But honestly, the best part has been getting all the supportive comments, emails, messages and shares.  Today, I realized just how many wonderful people are out there rooting for me.  It means the world to me that you see my work and that you care!  To those of you who have already donated or shared advice and support I can't THANK YOU enough.  I am so grateful for the outpouring support of my friends and peers.

UPDATE:  My painting Paper Wishes was acquired by MEAM and will remain in the permanent collection!  I am thrilled, and extremely honored.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Catching Up is Hard to Do - Exhibitions

Well good grief.  It has been about nine months since I last took a stab at writing in this here blog.  I think part of the reason it has been so long, is that it is just so darn hard to catch back up.  But time doesn't make that any easier.  So here goes...  My work has been included in many exhibitions since last May, more work has been created, I am offering more classes, and most excitingly the studio is finished!  I will be breaking up these catch up posts into those themes, starting with Exhibitions. 

Below you will find a few key exhibitions my work has been included in since May 2014.  Each one of these truly deserve their own blog article but this is the best I am able to do with the time I have.
Artists Proof, Julie, charcoal on vellum, 38" x 25"

Nest, oil on panel, 8" x 8"

In celebration of Sullivan Goss Gallery's 30th year in business they presented a special exhibition featuring each of the gallery's regularly represented artists.  The Celebrating 30 Years of Art exhibition ran from September 4 - November 30, 2014.  I was honored to have the two works above included in this exhibition.  Sullivan Goss was the first gallery that really took a chance on me right after graduating from art school.  They offered me two solo exhibitions as well as producing catalogs of those works presented.  They are such good people who care deeply about the Art they present.  There is a scholarly affection and historical appreciation for Art.  I am ever grateful for their continued support.  Please be sure to stop in if you happen to find yourself near Santa Barbara.
Sullivan Goss - 11 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA

Women Painting Women - Principle Gallery Charleston September 2014

Sienna as Archer, oil on panel, 48" x 36"

At the Edge, oil on panel, 12" x 6" in artist made frame

As you may know, I am one of the co-founders of Women Painting Women.  2014 marked the Fifth Year Anniversary for the site.  As a celebration of that milestone we helped to arrange a large juried exhibition at Principle Gallery - Charleston.  Allison Mallafronte was the esteemed juror who chose over 85 paintings to be presented.  It was a powerful exhibition which showcased a variety of styles and interpretations of how women see themselves today.  I was honored to have the two works above included.  The folks at Principle Gallery have been such a supportive crew for our efforts - having now hosted four exhibitions at their two venues as well as various Face Off painting demonstrations featuring many of the WPW artists.  Below you will find both installation shots as well as images from the hugely attended opening reception.  Thank you to Principle Gallery for being such an encouraging and generous venue!    

The artists that were able to attend the WPW opening reception.

Myself with my self-portrait titled At the Edge.

Sharing wall space with Diane Feissel, Cathy Prescott, Cindy Procious,
Terry Strickland and Rachel Constantine

At evenings end the reception was still packed!

 And lastly, but most recently I am honored to have three works currently up in the Self Portraits by NC Artists exhibition at the GreenHill in Greensboro, NC. The exhibition features over 30 artists works and will remain on exhibition Jan 30 - April 2, 2014.  Make sure you stop by to see this very diverse show.  GreenHill 200 N. Davie St. Greensboro, NC 

The Boring Truth, charcoal on paper, 20" x 16"

The Skeptic, oil on panel, 20" x 16"