Sunday, November 30, 2008

Artwork Sold

A local resident came into the gallery and bought the wonderful little retablo I made for this years, Day of the Dead show.

Home sweet home little lovely box!

Name in print....kind of

The little local paper had a write up of the upcoming Salon show at Sea Breeze. The article lists the names of exhibiting artists, including mine... sort of.
I got an initial.

Hopefully someday soon, I will get all 9 letters of my last name listed.

Friday, November 21, 2008

VC Friends of the Arts

Jesse is standing in front if my work...I use him as a pointer on gallery pictures!
Great opening and the group was able to hand out $5000 dollars in art awards!
Amazing and grand!
I am very glad to be a part of this group and give new opportunities to other artists.
Hopefully more work will sell and we can raise more money for next year.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another Art Event

Ventura College Friends of the Arts, is a group of artists that donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of art works to an Arts Scholarship available to Ventura College students.

I will be submitting two pieces for this show, please come and support the cause:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Flashlight Theory

I devised a theory a while back after watching a jury pool decide who was going to be in an art exhibit and what wasn't.
I call my theory the "flashlight theory", it starts by thinking of the process as, a dark room filled with people. A bright light suddenly comes on and the people in the beam of light are the ones selected to exhibit/acknowledged as artists and the others are not even seen or considered.
This process has helped me understand how impersonal this exhibit process really is. It makes it a little more understandable when artwork you personally thought was mind blowing gets left out of a show.
Art is really subjective and often what is loved by one is never even seen by another.
The process of picking up a work of art that you labored over and feel such a personal connection to is a painful one. Like someone doesn't love you or you are not really worthy of the title artist. It is at times like this that I find solace in my theory.

I often think of the Mona Lisa as a really great example.
Years ago the Louvre had her hung in a fairly small room (small by Louvre standards) and people flocked to see her. When I saw the crowd in front of this painting behind thick glass, poorly lit and overwhelmed I started looking at the paintings that were hung next to her and around the room. They were amazing works by Di Vinci and his peers, I would even go so far as to say, more interesting than Mona. No one was looking at this work...
It was the Flashlight theory at work in the middle of the day!

Here are my works that missed the light this weekend in a juried competition....

Monday, November 3, 2008

Google me

I was talking with a fellow artist at the studio last night and she mentioned that she "Googled" me.
It was a funny idea but I have worked really hard to make myself easy to find.
I came home and did the same thing, wondering what I would see , and what was out there on me.
I came across an article written about a show I was in. I was part of a very large exhibit that the Santa Barbara museum of art held; "A History Of Women in Photography".
I was personally selected as a contemporary example of women in photography, it was also my first real review, and I survived the critique, just barely:

It is amazing to think back on what I have done so far in my life.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Art Opening

I have just returned from a wonderful art opening!

Sea Breeze Art Gallery and Studios just hosted their fourth annual Dia De Los Muertos show.

I had submitted three pieces for consideration into their juried competition. Much to my surprise all three pieces were accepted.

Much more to my surprise, two of the three got front wall space at the show!

There is a lot of wonderful artwork on display and it has a warm and welcoming feeling.

Show is up until November 29th 2008

Sea breeze Art Gallery:


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