Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!!! Michael Jackson - Thriller

Semone

Rainer Lagemann at the Weam World Erotic Art Museum South Beach Florida

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LOCATION
1205 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
At the corner of Washington Avenue and 12th Street
Tel: 305.532.9336 | Toll Free: 1.866.969.WEAM | Fax: 305.695.1209

MUSEUM HOURS
Monday - Thursday
11AM - 10PM
Friday - Sunday
11AM - Midnight

PARKING
Parking garages are conveniently located at 13th Street and Collins Avenue, and 12th Street and just West of Washington Avenue. Metered street parking is available, but please be sure to heed all residential zone parking restrictions when parking in South Beach. As a reminder, on all non-holiday weekdays from 7am to 6pm parking is permitted in the residential zones of South Beach.

ADMISSION
Adults ............................................
$15.00
Seniors over 60 (with I.D.) .............
$14.00
Students (with I.D.) ........................
$13.50
MEMBERS .......................................
FREE
(Tax included in all prices)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Exit Through the Gift Shop Banksy Movie Preview

Erase and Rewind - Cardigans

What to do when your art sales go dead...

 PS the Advertising Above is an OLD link and does 
not work-- it is for illustrative purposes only.

So I will tell you a little story about myself.  At one time not long ago I had an online gallery on Ebay.  When most people think of Ebay art sales, they think of cheesy, poor quality, downright gross art for sale at cheap prices.  I however took upon myself to sell gallery works, of mine and other artists, at gallery pricing.  That means there were no $30 pieces or auctions starting at 99 cents.  After a few years the said gallery was producing, and producing well.  I was selling art all the time, and was quite happy about it to boot.  But Ebay made a site change and my little built up lucrative gallery basically tanked.  At first I was confused, then I was pissed which eventually gave way to mournful.  I mean my business died!  It took me months to figure out what I was going to do.  I had to get back in the show circuit, I had been out for a long time because I didn't need to do it.  Selling from my house was easier than schlepping works out of town for shows.  Finding myself having little control over my art and sales left me questioning.  It was tricky to get back into galleries after I had been out for a while.  I was constantly having to send my work in for review.  It left me wondering, how could I have sold tons of works online, and then have a problem promoting my vision with galleries.  Depressing ughh!  Another part of selling online that I missed was that I could be really experimental.  I basically lived out my fantasy of creating whatever I wanted as an artist-- then selling it.  I didn't have to explain bodies of work or impetus-- I just created.  With all of that said I am just getting to a point where I am motivated to get works done again.  The quote "art for art sake is for the well fed" rings so true.  The point of sharing my story with you is to let you know that their are cycles of going up, and indeed what goes up can come down. If this had not happened to me I would have never started this blog for artists.  I am here and vested in providing a space that is inclusive of all artists.  A place to bounce ideas, a resource for finding work.  I hope you all have a great weekend and as always I wish you excellence in your artistic endeavors.

Oxide Gallery Night Denton Texas

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fatboy Slim - Praise You

EXCLUSIVE WINE & CIGAR DINNER MEET THE ARTIST GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY Florida

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2010 · 6 - 9PM
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EXCLUSIVE WINE & CIGAR DINNER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2010 • 6:30 – 10PM

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WEEKEND FOR TWO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2010 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14th

A weekend of art, wine and relaxation, this invitation includes the Wine and Cigar Dinner, overnight hotel accommodations for Saturday night at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, and Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Boheme.
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GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
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THE VILLAGE AT FAIRVIEW AWARDS $9,000 TO STUDENT WINNERS AND SCHOOLS FOR STOREFRONT ART CONTEST


Reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. honoring winning artists and art teachers
from high schools in Allen, McKinney and Lovejoy districts
FAIRVIEW, Texas – (Oct. 26, 2010) – The Village at Fairview has announced the winners of its “Barricade Design Contest,” which launched in September and was open to students, grades nine through 12, in the Allen, McKinney and Lovejoy school districts.
          
  The Village at Fairview will host a reception on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. to showcase the winning artwork, which will be displayed on 12-foot by 24-foot storefront graphics located throughout the shopping center. The event will be held in the courtyard located in front of Macy’s.
            During the reception, each of the 12 winning artists (or artist teams) will be awarded a $250 gift card to The Village at Fairview/The Village at Allen. In addition, each of the six participating schools will receive a $1,000 donation from The Village at Fairview, which will be designated for student art programs.
        
    A representative from The Village at Fairview will present donation checks to art teachers from the participating schools, which include Allen High School, Lowery Freshman Center, Lovejoy High School, McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School.
          
  “The ‘Barricade Design Contest’ is part of our overall effort to support art in the community and feature the work of local artists at our shopping center,” said Gail Alvarez, marketing director for The Village at Fairview. “The talent and creativity reflected in the students’ submissions was exceptional, and this contest offers the winning artists a platform to showcase their work publicly.”
                                           
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Each school was assigned two theme categories for students to use as inspiration for their
artwork, with the themes being representative of the many offerings at The Village at Fairview. Allen High School and Lowery Freshman Center were assigned the same theme categories.
          
  Two winners were chosen from each school. The winners of the “Barricade Design Contest” in each category are as follows:

·         My Favorite Things at The Village at Fairview – Connor Craig, age 17
·         Shopping & Fashion at The Village at Fairview – Truc-Ly  Nguyen, age 17
·         My Favorite Things at The Village at Fairview – Jada Walker, age 14
·         Shopping & Fashion at The Village at Fairview – Huey-An Pai, age 14
·         The Village Light Show - “Kaleidoscope of Dreams”– Ryan Fulmer, age 16
·         Dining at The Village at Fairview -  Hallie Schwalm, age 15
McKinney Boyd High School
·         Family Movie Night – Christa Olbrey, age 16 & Meredith Lynn Hunt, age 16
·         Sports in our Community – Brandy Couchot, age 17
McKinney High School
·         The Village Beach – Taylor Weidow, age 17
·         The Village Kids Klub – Ariel Kimbrough, age 16
McKinney North High School
·         Music at The Grand Commons Stage – Meredith Miller, age 17
·         The Village Garden – Samantha Nunez, age 17
            Members of The Village at Fairview’s management team judged the artwork based on creativity, message, content and appropriate representation of the assigned themes. A separate judging session will be held on Friday, Nov. 12 with nationally-recognized marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey to determine the “best overall” winner. The judging will coincide with the grand opening of Harvey’s new restaurant at The Village at Fairview, Guy Harvey’s Island Grill.
            The Village at Fairview is located at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and Stacy Road in Fairview, Texas. For more information, visit www.thevillageshopping.com.

The Village at Fairview Awards $9,000 to Student Winners and Schools

About The Village at Fairview
             
The Village at Fairview is one component of a joint, 3-million-square-foot, regional, mixed-use lifestyle center developed by The MGHerring Group and located in both Fairview and Allen, Texas. Anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and JCPenney, The Village at Fairview recently launched its second retail phase with more than 40 new specialty stores and restaurants, including major tenants Gold Class Cinemas and The Container Store.  New openings will continue throughout 2010 including Whole Foods Market® this in November. Civic components of the project include the Collin County headquarters for Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America and the new Fairview Town Hall.  The Village at Fairview also features “The Cortona” with more than 400 luxury multifamily residential units.
                                                                       

Call for Artists - Art Exhibitions - Opportunities for Artists, Artists Collectives and Curators Dallas

2011 Season at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center
Call for Artists - Art Exhibitions - Opportunities for Artists, Artists Collectives and Curators

Who may apply?
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center seeks to provide Oak Cliff artists and curators with a venue to exhibit artwork made in Oak Cliff, about or inspired by Oak Cliff, reflective of the diverse cultural heritage of Oak Cliff, or relevant to issues of importance to the community. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center will consider proposals from curators, artists collectives, individual artists, arts groups, and others who demonstrate the professional background to curate an art exhibition.

When to apply?
For full consideration, all proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM on November 2, 2010.

How to apply?
Please visit the OCA News Center for more information and an application. Select Oak Cliff Cultural Center 

2011 Call For Artists - Art Exhibitions (Word document). 

Call for Artists - Artists and Arts Instructors - Opportunities for Arts Education and Public Programs

Who may apply?
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center will consider proposals from arts groups, artists collectives, individual artists, arts instructors, arts educators and others who demonstrate the professional background to provide a public arts/cultural program.

When to apply?
For full consideration, all proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM on November 2, 2010.

How to apply?

Please visit the OCA News Center for more information and an application. Select Oak Cliff Cultural Center 

2011 Call For Artists - Arts Education and Public Programs (Word document).

Michael Anderson The Street is My Palette Claire Oliver Gallery New York

November 18 – December 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday November 18, 6-8 pm

The Nielsen Reports state that in the US, the average person is exposed to between 500 and 1,600 advertising messages per day. As we are only awake an average of 1000 minutes a day, this statistic underlines the import of mass media (and advertising as a subset) in our modern, workaday lives. It is with an eye to social commentary, at a time when mass media is omnipresent in our consciousness, that the art of Michael Anderson is most relevant.

The artist’s unique and meticulous studio practice, which exclusively utilizes billboards and street posters, is both confined and defined by a fixed scale, easily digestible messages and pop culture imagery. Anderson strips the original advertisements of their power of persuasion and employs them for something much more complex and insightful. By seducing our undisciplined attention spans, Anderson adds emotional dimension and narrative to images that originally held none. Abstraction and representation collide; repetition of specific fragments of imagery, some static and others swimming, mingle to hypnotize the viewer, luring him to decode the non-linear message hidden beneath the bright, enticing surface design. “I make art about the world we live in,” says Anderson.

Apparent in the artist’s work is a deep appreciation for graffiti art. In graffiti, letters often become so abstracted that they lose all legibility. Taking texts from advertisements, Anderson similarly renders the words almost undecipherable as he creates something unique and absorbing. He deconstructs, distorts, and then combines to generate a feeling of motion and energy in dazzling, mosaic-like images that fluctuate in optical pattern and cultural reference. Also evident in Anderson’s work is the obsessive method behind the assemblage of each piece. As an ongoing process, the artist has meticulously hand-collected images from posters acquired in the dead of night on his travels to Germany, Mexico, and Italy as well as on the streets near his home in Spanish Harlem. A visual topography of these vibrant ethnic neighborhoods is layered deeply in each work, collectively driving its pulse and frenetic energy. ”When you see remnants of torn down posters, that’s my tag,” he says.

Like a sculptor, Anderson layers and repeats shredded images into a visual staccato that he brings together, creating an elaborate and wonderful tapestry. His titles a cipher to the content, the artist arrange new world orders, sacred battles and mythological manifestos in the pop-bright kaleidoscope of collage. Anderson’s works resonate with enigmatic possibilities; the artist plays both critic and participant.
Michael Anderson’s work will be prominently featured in the upcoming exhibitions Borders and Frontiers, opening March, 2011 at the Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI. and Beyond Bling: Voices of Hip-Hop in Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL opening in May of 2011. The Artist’s collages are included in the important Scala Publication, Beyond Bling: Voices of Hip-Hop in Art  which will release to coincide with the opening of this exhibition.


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Artist: Michael Anderson
Title: "Red Abstraction”
Media: street poster collage
Dimensions: 96 x 96 inches
Date: 2010
Credit Line: Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

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Public transportation to the gallery
Take C or E train to W. 23rd St., walk west to 10th Ave., then walk 3 blocks north to 26th street & 1/4 block west
OR Take any north/south local train including C, E, 1, 9, F, M, N, R, W or 6 to the W. 23rd St. stop, & take the M23 bus west to 10th Ave. then walk 3 blocks North to 26th street & 1/4 block west
OR The M11 bus stops on 10th Ave. between W. 25th & W. 26th Streets.


Dyer Norrington
Claire Oliver Gallery
1.212.929.5949
513 West 26th Street New York | NY | 10001

Monday, October 25, 2010

Call to Artists Artist Residency

Mission

We believe that for artists to flourish they sometimes need time and space to open up their minds. We, as artists, would like to share the wonders and inspiration of Chicago with you.  Our goal is to provide other artists and writers with an opportunity to get away into the urban landscape; be inspired by the city, its music; its neighborhoods, its culture; or simply have the time to work without distraction.

Winter creative Residencies and Retreats in Chicago

Writers or artists of all disciplines are welcome to participate and share the space with other creative individuals. Each day will be an opportunity to work, research, explore and communicate your experiences, joys and challenges of being a creative individual.  During this week you will meet with other participants and some Chicago artists; our city has one of the most vibrant cultural art communities in the country.

Participation

Application information and  PDF Form  Complete application form online Online Form

CALL FOR ENTRIES: VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY OF TEXAS

 43rd Annual Visual Arts Exhibition. BOS $1000; $8,500+ Cash/Merchandise. Deadline: 1/1/11. Juror: Benito Huerta, professor of art at University of Texas at Arlington. Entry Fee: $35 non-members; max 3 slides/digital images. Full-color Catalog. Prospectus for details.

SASE VAST PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202; http://www.vastarts.org. Opens 4/28/11. Info: vast.assistant@gmail.com

Gallery Reception – Norwood Flynn Gallery, Dallas

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Gallery Reception – HCG Gallery, Dallas


 The Story of "Link": Artist George of San Antonio exhibits his sculpture in Miami Beach. There, he pays a visit to the studio of local artist David. Then, en route to a bar, David and George run into local artist Adriana on the street. Artist Adriana already knows David, has heard of George, and is thirsty, so Adriana joins artists George and David and they spend the night discussing art, life and metal fabrication techniques.

These are the simple beginnings of the show "Link," opening at HCG Gallery October 23rd. But there are more substantial links between artists Adriana Carvalho, David Zalben and George Schroeder. The three all work in metal, pairing the medium's indestructibility with more fleeting elements of love, lyricism and lightheartedness. To an artist working in metal, the material is both irresistible and resisting, a medium born of fire and violence. Artists A, D and G will tell you: metal is forever. Life, not quite.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit: http://hcggallery.com/events.html
 Also..
San Francisco Bay Area native, DJ Miss Megan will be making a cameo at the opening of "Link," spinning her own savvy brand of Deep House music.

Megan McDowell is a trained pianist, violinist and saxophonist who also studied art history at The University of Texas, Austin.  In 1997 she became a DJ’ing member of the Stompy Stomp crew, where she cultivated her own genre of quirky Deep House music. Megan received her House music education working with Naked Music's Mauricio Aviles at Zebra Records on Haight Street, San Fran. In 2005 Megan established her own record label and has been producing and engineering tracks under the name Megadank 4200. She's signed tracks to Los Angeles based label Deepfunk Records and SF based COA records - available on Itunes worldwide.
"Link" Saturday, October 23   6-8:30 pm
HCG Gallery
1130 Dragon St. Suite 190
214.226.8434

ARC Art & Ability Reception Dallas Chase Rotunda

Artists from around the country with and without disabilities will be exhibiting fine works for sale October 22 - 31, 2010.

Join us for the opening reception to meet the artists, Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Rotunda at Chase Tower
2200 Ross Ave
Dallas Arts District
Dallas, TX  75201

Artist Interview: Rachel Biel



 What is your name: Rachel Biel.  My business name is Rayela Art.  Rayela is my name in Pashto, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan.  I had a gallery in Chicago with an Afghan partner and liked the way my name sounded in his language. 

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:  
I'm self-taught.  There seems to be a genetic pre-disposition on my Dad's side of the family towards hand work.  My grandfather could fix any antique and do wicker work, my uncle is a carpenter specializing in finish work (gorgeous stairways and fireplaces), my Dad carved for about five years and then quit, an aunt and cousin are both talented with pen and ink, and so on.  I took two art classes in college and was totally intimidated, but my muse just wouldn't let me stop. 

What is the style of your pieces: 
I work mostly with fabric.  I love texture and tend to add a lot of folding, beads, ripples, and manipulations.  Ethnic textiles from around the world have had a great influence on me, especially the ones that are rugged and uneven. 

What is the medium in which you work:  
Oops!  Guess I answered that in the previous question.  I also do things with recycled paper.  I like to use found objects whenever possible.  Most of my fabric is taken from used clothing. 

What started you on your path as an artist:  
The need to do something with my hands. 

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life:  
When I am in the throes of a piece, it is the closest I get to what the mystics describe as meditation or prayer.  It centers me and I step into a nice space where it is just me and the materials, evolving into something new.   Aside from that, I love work that others do to.  I think it is important to be surrounded by as much handmade and handgrown things as possible.
  
What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in:  
Clay.  I did work with it for three years and still miss it.  But, I love all of it: wood, metal, glass, anything functional.  I don't like abstract art or jazz and I think it must be the same part of the brain.  Functional craft is my boat.  

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like:  
I did a lot of them in the past, but now I focus on selling online through my Etsy shop:  www.rayela.etsy.com.  I'm also a henna artist and kind of keep my foot in the door with festivals by doing that.  The city I live in closes off its main street every Saturday night for artists and performances, so I have a booth there, doing henna. 

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in:  
Nah.  I'm such a fashion slob.  Jeans, flannel shirts, t-shirts.  Comfort clothing. 

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? 
Not making enough money and not having enough time to make more complex work, which is the stuff that I like to do.
  
What is your favorite sandwich of all time:  
Toasted potato bread with cream cheese and walnuts. 

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:  
Yes, I started TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List.  www.tafalist.com  That has brought a huge change!  It's incredibly time consuming, but also inspiring.  Unfortunately, it's meant even less time to do my art work, although lately I've started getting the groove back.  Maybe it was just a matter of getting TAFA off the ground. 

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead:  
Oh, probably Hundertwasser.  I love green architecture and his drawings and buildings both move me down to my toes. 

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: 
I think the most transformational was seeing Picasso's museum in Barcelona.  I didn't really like it until I saw it face-to-face, in the context of the whole body of work.  It was pretty mind boggling. 


Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work:  
I have two dogs and several birds (finches, a cockatiel, and parakeets).  The birds like it when I play music.  The dogs like it when I fix their toys.  They are glad I know how to sew them back up. 

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us:  
No, not right now.  I have also done commissions in the past, so please feel free to hire me for several months. 


www.rayela.com  (Go to the artist's side to see my work.)
 



"Sidney's Ties"  Commission for Sidney Levy  (those are his ties)  2009





"Wallpaper purse", folded paper (wallpaper samples), ostrich egg shells, glass beads





"Garden Greens"  Puff balls with yo-yos, beads and sea urchins.


"Prairie point hat"  


The Bonny Studio Big Student Art Show! Dallas


Bonny and the Studio Artists proudly invite you to the studio for an eventful evening of
Beautiful Art, Music by Pam Miller 6:00 to 7:45 and music by BSW; Chris Panatier and John Langdoc 7:45 to 9:00
Performance by Russ Sharek of Circus Freaks 6:45 to 7:45

incredible foods and wine!
Saturday, October 23rd, 6 PM to 9 PM 
This is an excellent opportunity to see a working studio, enjoy the amazing variety of fine art, find out about classes and add original works of art to your collection!  
 

The show includes fantastic art by these amazing members of the Bonny Studio:
Debbie Rank, Dave Cudlipp, Dave Owen, Jeanne Neal, Hayley Juster, Bevi Gill, Mary Buck, David Hanson, Lydia Cheng Huang, Dana Whitney, Julie Wileman, Kandi Trevino, Elisabeth Wright, Ralph Soto, Tulika Bhatia, Sallie Pavelka, Deanna Wilson, Sherri Mignonne, Leigh Harrison, Carol Leben, Chandrika, Buzz Baldwin, Angie Suro Gessel, Heidi A. Sulak, Kathy Bernock, Susan Stein, Chris Panatier, Allan Wood, Lydia Gowens, Annette Anderson, Michael Stradley, Jessica Head, Joe Marchant, Cynthia Ross Vermie, Richard Cox, Kathy Aldridge, Theresa Braselton, Sonali Khati, Karen Coe, Niki Watson, Pam Miller, Charlotte Flowers and Alice Redding and more!
 
The Bonny Studio Classes and Workshops: thebonnystudio.com580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080
214-405-5993

bonnyfineart@aol.com
 
The Bonny Studio Classes and Workshops: thebonnystudio.com580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080
214-405-5993

bonnyfineart@aol.com

The Encaustic Center
Painting with Wax: theencausticcenter.com
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080
214-405-5993

bonny@theencausticcenter.com

Bonny Leibowitz site: bonnyleibowitz.com
214-405-5993bonny@bonnyleibowitz.com

THE GALLERY Palestine, Texas Presents David Hendley and Gregory Zeorlin


 Pink Stake Gregory Zeorlin 2010

THE GALLERY, sponsored by the Anderson County Arts Council at 115 W Spring Street, Palestine, TX, is proud to present the work of David Hendley, potter, of Maydelle, Texas, and clay sculptural work of Gregory Zeorlin of Flint, Texas, for the month of November.

DAVID HENDLEY operates The Old Farmhouse Pottery one mile west of Maydelle.  He earned his Master's Degree pioneering techniques of extruding clay. He crafts unique glazes and screw-lids in clay jars.  His art is beautiul, unique and useable. See www.farmpots.com  David will provide photographs of his molding and kiln processes.

David is also a singer/songwriter.  His trademark song is The Cobalt Blues, found in his album "Music to Extrude By" and recorded by The Extrudinaires.  David credits himself as author, poet, wizard, scholar, politician and super-hero (often doing the work of four potters at once). He does not lack for humor.

Officially his band is named The  Wahooligans. www.thewahooligans.com  The Old Farmhouse Pottery will host ther 19th Annual Open House on November 20th and 21st.

GREGORY ZEORLIN will come to THE GALLERY from an exhibit at The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University at Memphis, TN.  The exhibit has three themes that portray Greg's versatility: his unique artclocks, stick-figure sculptures that depict people doing ordinary things and florals (some of them using ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement). www.zeorlinart.com

Gregory is a 1978 graduate of Christian Brothers University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, then a Masters of Fine Art at New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University.  His prize-winning art is represented in many private and public collections and his art has been awarded many exhibits throughout the United States.

THE GALLERY will offer to the public a reception with the artists on Saturday, November 6, from 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 10-5.

 David Hendley

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oxide Gallery Denton Texas Art Opening

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THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION UNVEILS WINNING ARTIST, DEDICATES GIFT OF HUGE PUBLIC ART AT CULMINATION OF 5TH ANNUAL CATHOLIC FOUNDATION PLAZA ARTIST COMPETITION



J.Lynn Kelly of Hurst, Texas, was recently announced as the winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition.  Prior to his career as a professional artist, Kelly spent 30 years in the printing business.  His skills are mostly self-taught and just recently Kelly decided to attend Texas Christian University to work towards an art degree.  He plans to graduate in 2013. 

Kelly’s winning work, “Downtown Playground,” which offers the artist’s artistic vision of the Dallas Arts District, was unveiled in its larger-than-life format during an afternoon ceremony at The Catholic Foundation Plaza in the Arts District, earlier this month.

Veletta Lill delivered remarks on The Catholic Foundation’s contributions and the addition of Kelly’s work to the Arts District during the event.  Bishop Mark J. Seitz also attended the event along with competition judges Cindy M. Gummer, owner of the Enchanted galleries; Patricia Meadows, owner of Art Connections; and Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts. 




Pictured above:  During an unveiling and dedication event hosted by The Catholic Foundation, “Downtown Playground” was announced as the winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition.  J. Lynn Kelly, a professional artist from Hurst, Texas, created the winning artwork, which will be on public display for one year in The Catholic Foundation Plaza.  “Downtown Playground” offers Kelly’s artistic vision of the Dallas Arts District.  Professional artists in North Texas are invited to submit their work in the annual competition each year, and more details are available at www.catholicfoundation.com

Several judges from The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition join the winning artist, J. Lynn Kelly, in front of his artwork, “Downtown Playground,” now on display in the Dallas Arts District.  Kelly is the fifth winner of the annual competition, and his art will be on display for a full year. Pictured from left:  Gary Skotnicki of Architexas, the architectural firm and designer of The Catholic Foundation Plaza; Patricia Meadows, Art Connections; Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts; winning artist J. Lynn Kelly; Cindy Gummer, owner of The Enchanted Galleries; and David Zvanut, 2009 competition winner. 


Winning artwork “Downtown Playground” debuts on 29’ by 9’8” Art Wall in Catholic Foundation Plaza


DALLAS – The Catholic Foundation has announced J. Lynn Kelly as the winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition.  His work, “Downtown Playground” was unveiled during a public dedication ceremony in the Dallas Arts District. 

The winning art will be displayed on a 28’ by 9’8” wall for approximately one year at The Catholic Foundation Plaza, which is free and open to the public and located on the grounds of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Dallas Arts District.

“Downtown Playground” offers Kelly’s artistic vision of the Dallas Arts District.  His intent was to directly involve the viewer in the District’s many art exhibition and performance venues.  He arranged the venues in his work to artfully divide the space of the picture plane, which invites the public “to dance their eyes around all of the attractions.”

Kelly, the grand prize winner, received a $2,500 stipend, in addition to having his artwork displayed in the Dallas Arts District for one year.  Two honorable mentions, Laura Moore with “Peaceful, Calm” and Susan Barnett with “The Plaza” received $250 each.

“These places [depicted in the winning artwork] represent a freedom of spirit that we must constantly nourish, making time to relax our pace so that our spirits might join with the artist’s visions and have space to unfold and enlarge,” said J. Lynn Kelly.  “Without this we risk becoming isolated and small in a world that can seem so large and uncaring. The people of the Cathedral reach out every day to show others that they do care about one another. What better place than this to display public art which reminds us of the undiminished persistence of the caring spirit, and I hope my art can in some way contribute to that.”

Earlier this year, The Catholic Foundation invited professional artists living in the North Texas area to submit proposal designs for consideration. A panel of highly respected members of the local arts community then chose the winning piece.
This year’s Selection Committee included one representative from The Catholic Foundation; Cindy M. Gummer, owner of The Enchanted Galleries; Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts; Patricia B. Meadows, Art Connections; David C. Hickman, sculptor; Pamela Nelson, Dallas artist; Gary Skotnicki of Architexas, the architectural firm and designer of the Plaza; and David Zvanut, the 2009 competition winner. 

 “The Dallas Art District is an interactive and inspirational gem in the heart of our city, and Lynn’s artwork captures the vibrant atmosphere our community is fortunate to have,” said Edwin M. Schaffler, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.  “Each year, we are honored to showcase a talented local artist through this competition, and we know the public will enjoy Lynn’s winning artwork during their visits to the Dallas Arts District as much as we will.” 

Former winners include Marty Ray’s “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” in 2006, Ann Cushing Gantz’s “Trumpeting Angels” in 2007, Pamela Nelson’s “Magic Carpet” in 2008, and David Zvanut’s “Music on Parade” in 2009.  The competition will be open to artists in summer 2011, and artists are invited to visit www.catholicfoundation.com to learn about participating in future competitions.

The Catholic Foundation Plaza, dedicated in October 2006, was a gift from The Catholic Foundation to the Dallas community to commemorate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary.  In addition to the art wall, the 3,900-square-foot public space is an oasis for Dallas citizens and visitors to enjoy.

Chartered in 1955 by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen, The Catholic Foundation is a donor-focused community foundation that guides benefactors in compassionate charitable giving endeavors, utilizing extensive expertise to carry out the various philanthropic goals of its donors.  The Foundation’s planned giving programs connects donors directly with organizations they wish to support within the Diocese of Dallas and elsewhere, whether that is a home parish, Catholic school or a community-based charity.  Thanks to the generosity of donors both past and present, The Foundation has provided approximately $24 million to local organizations through hundreds of grants over the past 54 years, and donor-advised funds maintained at the Foundation have accounted for even more grants amounting to millions of dollars.  For additional information about The Catholic Foundation, call 972.661.9792.


J. Lynn Kelly
Winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition
“Downtown Playground”

These places [depicted in the winning artwork] represent a freedom of spirit that we must constantly nourish, making time to relax our pace so that our spirits might join with the artist’s visions and have space to unfold and enlarge. Without this we risk becoming isolated and small in a world that can seem so large and uncaring. The people of the Cathedral reach out every day to show others that they do care about one another. What better place than this to display public art which reminds us of the undiminished persistence of the caring spirit, and I hope my art can in some way contribute to that.
J. Lynn Kelly

Growing up in Hurst, Texas, J. Lynn Kelly found joy in painting, drawing and creating from a young age.  As a child, he had a desire to create “cool stuff” and hear how much others admired his creations, like his pen and ink drawings of trees.
An artist his entire life, Kelly spent 30 years in the printing business.  He became a full-time working artist six years ago after he was selected as a Featured Artist at Jazz by the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas.  The positive experience in sales as well as crowd response convinced Kelly that he might be able to fulfill his lifetime dream of working as an artist. 
Since then, Kelly has been honored as a juried artist at the Main Street Arts Festival in 2006 and at the Cottonwood Art Festival from 2006-2008.  He was a featured artist at the Denton Jazz Festival and Huffhines Art Trails Festival in 2007, and received an honorable mention in the Texas and Neighbors Regional Juried Exhibition that same year.  He received Best of Show at Lakewood Art in 2008, the Jurors Award at Musicarte Fort Worth in 2009, and was honored with Best of Show and as a featured artist in Jazz by the Boulevard in 2010.
Kelly also is an art major at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, planning to graduate in 2013.  He decided to go back to school to expand his artistic horizons to a more narrative subtlety.  “I want to introduce art forms that are more accurately informed with the spirit of our times and better vocalize, by means of visual presentation, our common life experience, especially in how it is different from yesterday’s life experience,” said Kelly.
Both Texas Christian University and Thos. S. Byrne Construction Services display Kelly’s work in their corporate collections, along with private collectors Therese and Tom Moncrief; Henry Stanley; and Jeffrey and Regina Barnes (Grammy-award winning band Brave Combo).  Kelly’s art has been part of numerous select exhibitions in Texas, Washington, D.C., New York and more.  He is represented by galleries in Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas and even Moscow.  He is affiliated with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Tarrant Arts Council, Texas Visual Arts Association, Irving Art Association/Trinity Arts Guild, Visual Arts Society of Texas, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the Alliance of Professional Artists.
Kelly’s winning piece in The Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition, “Downtown Playground,” offers his artistic vision of the Dallas Arts District.  His intent was to directly involve the viewer in the many art exhibition and performance venues in the Dallas Arts District.  He arranged the venues in his work to artfully divide the space of the picture plane, which invites the public “to dance their eyes around all of the attractions.”
Kelly resides in Hurst with his wife Joael.