Friday, June 30, 2017

Leonard Greco | Fairyland

Opening reception: July 8th 7-10pm

On view: July 8th to August 8th

Avenue 50 Studio

131 N Avenue 50

Los Angeles Ca 90042

Leonard Greco, known for his neo-medieval paintings, sculpture and installations has a solo exhibition opening July 8th 7-10pm at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park.

At this stage of Greco’s life, off center of a century, he is grappling with ways in which to express his “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I” question any longer, he is reaching beyond his usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including fabric sculptures in the round. These “dolls” are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of his practice that he is exploring, his identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy he was being given new voice in his latest ongoing project “Fairyland”. It is in this new series of projects, where paint, needle and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self-loathing.

The very name “Fairyland”, a word once delivered with bloody blows transcends beyond, with a message of empathy, compassion, pride, and he hopes, humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art he attempts to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.

Leonard Greco is a multidisciplinary artist living and work in Los Angeles. He has exhibited national and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011); Clive Hicks Jenkins, Wales, UK (2012); Couturier Gallery Los Angeles (2014) and La Luz de Jesus (2016). In 2017 his work will be featured in numerous exhibitions including “Personal Narrative” at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica; “Stitch Fetish 5,” The Hive, Los Angeles; “Pickles Galore,” curated by Linda Vallejo, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles; “The Faces Within,” South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro and” With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

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Location:Los Angeles



CADD has been promoting the visual arts through unique programming since 2006 and the bus tours have been going strong since 2010. Bus tour participants might gain access to artist’s studios, galleries, private collections, corporate collections, art installations or other special venues!

The July 22nd CADD BUS TOUR will visit three CADD member galleries, as well as Polsinelli's art collection, and a private collection. Refreshments will be served at each gallery with a light supper served at the end of the evening in a private home. Proceeds from CADD events assists with the CADD Scholarship and CADD Educational Programs. Buy your ticket and join us!

The bus tour begins at CONDUIT GALLERY. Participants will park their cars at 5pm and proceed inside to view two exhibitions. The first is a group exhibition of works by gallery artists, including Marcelyn McNeil, Vincent Falsetta, Roberto Munguia and Jules Buck Jones. The second is a collaborative installation between James Sullivan and Hellen Ascoli exploring issues of the body, its presence and place within different societies. The original siting was an installation at Concepcion 41, in Antigua, Guatemala. It is titled, “Mi Cuerpo está aquí…..mi cuerpo no está aquí --(2)”.

Your 2nd stop is POLSINELLI. Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs. The firm’s national art collection embodies the energy, diversity, innovation, and forward-facing realities of the communities in which it is embedded. The 63,000 square foot Dallas office is marked by efficient design and a hospitality-driven approach that streamlines the work environment, creating a distinctive client experience and forming an elegant backdrop for the art collection. A grand staircase serves as the centerpiece of the lobby, oriented to showcase views of Dallas’ skyline, and graced by a ceramic sculpture by Lauren Mabry. Among the forty artworks displayed are works by area artists Joan Winter, Tommy Fitzpatrick, Matthew Cusick, Dornith Doherty and John Holt Smith. Holly Johnson will ably replace the firm’s curator for this tour.

Then jump on the bus to visit two CADD galleries at 1845 Levee Street.

CRIS WORLEY FINE ARTS is pleased to introduce four new artists in this summer’s exhibition, Introductions. Marc Dennis, Adrian Esparza, Sherry Owens, and Robert Sagerman display radical and unique talents in sculpture and painting. Hyper-realist artist Marc Dennis brings levity, humor and virtuosity to his sumptuous oil paintings, depicting subjects from the art historical canon infused with contemporary themes. Adrian Esparza has inspired international attention through his deconstruction of the Mexican sarape, using its colorful yarn to create large-scale geometric forms. Sherry Owens is a prominent Texas sculptor known for her exquisite sculptures made from repurposed crepe myrtle branches and bronze. Informed by his academic studies in art history and Kabbalist Mysticism, Robert Sagerman creates paintings that awe and impress with titles that correspond to the number of strokes made by the artist. Repetition as a form of meditation gives way to a mystical experience.

HOLLY JOHNSON GALLERY features two exhibitions. Michael Young: Updrafts, is an exhibition of new paintings by Austin-based artist. Young’s inspiration is drawn from a lexicon of interrelated subjects such as Mimbres pottery, tantric art, geology, seismographs, modernist and colonial architecture, stereotomy, desert landscapes, petroglyphs, Japanese pottery, Native American design languages, textiles, microphotography, bee hives and the study of pollen. Michelle Mackey: Doubletake, is an exhibition of new paintings by the Dallas/Brooklyn-based artist. Within Mackey’s art there is a palpable sense of multi-dimensionality and spatial transference — where settings and imagery fragment and converge. She uses light and its power to confuse structural logic, so that these paintings suspend between the known and the unknown.

Your final stop of the evening will be the private collection at the spectacular home of LORI and TOM REISENBICHLER. Refreshments and a light supper will be served.

5:00 pm Arrive promptly, park and visit Conduit Gallery at 1626 C Hi Line Drive.
5:30 pm Get on the bus and head to Polsinelli to view their art collection.
6:30 pm Visit Cris Worley Fine Arts & Holly Johnson Gallery at 1845 Levee Street.
7:15 pm Visit a Private Collection for refreshments and a light supper.
8:45 pm Return to Conduit Gallery to retrieve your car.

Tickets are $75.00 each
Seating is limited
To purchase tickets visit ETIX
Guests are provided with transportation, tour, refreshments, and a light supper.
The Bus Tour is approximately 4 hours long.
For more information please email Nancy Whitenack at

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Artist residency and exhibition at Shoebox Projects

660 South Avenue 21 #3

Los Angeles, CA 90031

Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from the political and social landscape that surrounds her—specifically the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She uses art as a call to arms, creating works that explore issues about immigrants and gender to encourage cultural and social understanding.

In her series Monsters & Aliens, Williams created masks woven from shredded paintings and discarded materials and wore these masks in performances where the masks clearly signed for “other.” She wanted viewers to question what they feared from strangers and to begin to examine their own prejudices with respect to race and gender. In a mixed media work entitled Fractured but not Broken, she also displayed the masked and fragmented female body-- depicting the disparate body parts in photographs and drawings, overlaid with Plexiglas and blue and yellow duralar. This human scaled work confronted viewers declaring, “see me for who I am -- not as a cultural stereotype.”

During her residency at Shoebox Projects, Williams will create a site-specific installation that further explores ideas of marginalization by physically dividing the space. In addition, she will embark on a new series of works that track the surges in hate crimes since the inauguration of President Trump. In her work, Williams seeks to find a common ground between the works she makes and the community at large. For example in the participatory piece, This in my America, she asks viewers to write the first name of an immigrant they know and their relationship to that person on a piece of paper and then post it on a wall. Collectively illustrating the idea of an extended community.

About the artist:

Diane Williams is a multi disciplinary artist and an emerging curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows and several group exhibitions including Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City (2017), Countenance Divine, at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, and Defend & Advance, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles (2016).

About Shoebox Projects:

Shoebox Projects is a new experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practice. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, multimedia artist and director of Shoebox PR and Art and Cake, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.

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Location:Diane Williams | My America

Terry Arena | Recalling Silent Spring

July 1 – July 29, 2017
Reception Saturday, July 1, 5:00-8:00pm

Brainworks Gallery
5364 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90019

Graphite artist Terry Arena opens her Los Angeles solo exhibition at Brainworks Gallery July 1st 5-8pm. Borrowing from Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, Arena find the ideas and inquiries into the natural environment continue to be relevant today.

The pesticides have different names, yet similarly their impact on our ecosystem still begs for investigation. In this time of technological and scientific revolution, Arena is both in awe and disheartened. She was taken aback when she learned of colony collapse disorder (CCD) in bees as many of our crops are supported by the pollinating efforts of the insect. California alone is the dominant producer of almonds worldwide which are critically reliant on bees for their production. The root cause of CCD is still debated and may be due to a variety of issues rather than just a singular culprit. This dynamic relationship between insect, economics, and the dinner table fascinates Arena.

Her project, Symbiotic Crisis resulted from this query. Over the last 3 years, Arena has worked to complete over 100 graphite drawings on repurposed food tins. In accompaniment to the drawings, she began incorporating her drawing models (bees, plants, etc.…) housed within cloche, or bell jars. Bell jars are most commonly known for their use in the Victorian period to house taxidermy curiosities, but the cloche was also used in gardens to keep seedlings warm. Bell jars are protectors of living and dead objects. Ideas of creation and destruction are recurring themes in Arena’s work.

In search of ways to have a more cooperative relationship with bees, the Feed series evolved. More compositionally complex and drawn on repurposed platters, the subjects for this series are plants that are edible by both humans and bees. These drawings reference a more communal experience.

Terry Arena received her MA in Painting at California State University, Northridge in 2009. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA; The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, and at El Camino College in Torrance. In addition, she has had three solo shows of her graphite still life renderings at Sinclair College, OH, Ventura College, CA, and Moorpark College, CA. Her work has also been included in various group exhibits such as Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, City and Self at Red Pipe Gallery, Los Angeles, and Chain Letter at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. Arena currently lives and works in Ventura, CA.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Follow the Texas Biennial Road Trip

Follow the Texas Biennial Road Trip

TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director Leslie Moody Castro is on the road! From now until July 26, Moody Castro will visit 24 cities across the state of Texas. This adventure is critical to the curatorial process in order to provide an in-depth understanding of the diverse regions, artists, and institutions that represent Texas.

Follow Leslie Moody Castro at she visits artist studios, Partner Organizations, and shares reflections and insights into what it takes to curate an exhibition of this magnitude.

Check for weekly updates at

NEA Award

We're thrilled to announce that Big Medium has been awarded $20,000 to support the Texas Biennial through the National Endowment for the Arts! We're grateful to be 1 of 1,029 projects provided with this vital federal funding.

This award will bolster our efforts to produce exhibitions, public installations, panel discussions, artist talks, and a catalog publication representing the diverse scope of contemporary artistic practices from all regions in Texas.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CADD Presents 3rd THURSDAYS Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month at a CADD member gallery for Happy Hour!

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month at a CADD member gallery for Happy Hour!

Thursday, June 15, 5:30-7:00 pm


This month’s event will take place at Erin Cluley Gallery

Erin Cluley Gallery
414 Fabrication Street
Dallas Texas 75212
214 760 1155

RSVP here

Familiarize yourself with the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas! Learn about our mission, scholarships, annual events, and other educational programs. Learn about each gallery's current and upcoming exhibitions, meet the gallery owners and their staff, meet the gallery artists, and other like-minded, art lovers in the DFW area.

CADD’s 3rd Thursdays are FREE & proudly sponsored by: Brooklyn Brewery & Arts+Culture Texas

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2017 CAC Annual Juried Membership Exhibition - Call for Entries

2017 CAC Annual Juried Membership Exhibition - Call for Entries

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 7th
Opening Reception: August 5th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Creative Arts Center of Dallas is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, hosted by Mary Tomás Gallery. In this juried exhibition our panel will be looking for the most exceptional of member work in all mediums. CAC members are invited to submit up to three images of original 2D or 3D artworks created within the last two years for consideration.

For further information, please contact Andrea Blanco at or via phone (214) 320-1275.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Call to Artists London

Call For Artists

Sweet ‘Art is a non-profit organization operating from a feminist perspective, which is dedicated to the promotion of visual artists through the delivery of regular site-specific exhibitions. On the 5-10 September 2017 Sweet ‘Art will be hosting their first art festival in partnership with Ugly Duck. Femfest will take place at OFF QUAY an 8,000 square foot creative space and one of Ugly Duck’s beautiful reclaimed venues, situated in the heart of East India Dock, London.

Sweet ‘Art are seeking artists identifying as any gender whose works are of any media including painting, illustration, sculpture, installation, print, photography, film and performance. We particularly welcome submissions from BAME artists and women of colour. All works must explore the theme of women, ‘femininity’ and ‘feminine’ identity. This can be an exploration of the female form, gender identity, feminist issues, social and political issues and constructs or personal accounts and perspectives. We are especially looking for works of art reflecting on the nature of the venue as reclaimed office space and exploring the theme of women reclaiming masculine dominated spaces, or women in the workplace.

Femfest will be a 5 day celebration including workshops, performance, film and much more! Sweet ‘Art are also be keen to hear from artists who may work in large installation or sculpture or who make interactive artworks as well as wall hung works, to create an immersive and exciting event.

Artworks will be installed by experienced curators. Invitations, press releases, promotion and opening receptions/events will be organized to the highest spec. along with the usual Sweet ‘Art freebies and surprises!

There is no fee to submit your work and those whose work is accepted will be asked to pay an exhibition fee of £55. You can read more about our fees and selection process on our website.

Works will need to be available between the 2nd – 12th September
Submissions Deadline: 23rd July at 6pm

For further information about Sweet ‘Art visit
For more information and images of OFF QUAY

Submissions Process: To submit up to 6 art works please visit our submissions page and complete our online submissions form here - !opportunities/c141l

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

TX★17 Road Trip and Partner Organizations

TX★17 Road Trip and Partner Organizations

As part of the 2017 Texas Biennial, Curator and Artistic Director Leslie Moody Castro, will embark on a road trip throughout the state of Texas to visit our TX★17 Partner Organizations.

The Contemporary Austin's Moody Rooftop
Texas Biennial Potluck and Road Trip Kick-off

The road trip will officially kick off in Austin on Wednesday, June 7 with a Texas Biennial Potluck on The Contemporary Austin's Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center from 6-8pm. The Contemporary Austin is one of more than 70 arts organizations around the state of Texas who will welcome Leslie Moody Castro into their spaces as a part of the trip.

We invite you to greet Leslie Moody Castro as she embarks on her journey, commune with our city’s art community, and bring a dish to share!

TX★13 Gregory Ruppe, Bigfoot, 2012, High-definition video
The Road Trip

This summer TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director Leslie Moody Castro is going on the road. The road trip is a component of our Biennial that will be integral to the development of the curatorial process. This adventure is critical in understanding the diverse regions, artists, and institutions that represent Texas. Moody Castro will be looking at the state as a diverse place with a multitude of identities and cultures as well as a transitory, itinerant border zone within the United States.

TX★17 Partner Organizations will be crucial in making the road trip a success. This adventure is an opportunity to engage with the diverse community of artists spread across Texas and to meet the supporters of all our individual ecosystems that add to our collective identity.

For specific programming and events throughout the TX★17 Road Trip follow

TX★17 Partner Organization Lawndale Art Center
Partner Organizations

The Texas Biennial is an ambitious program that is strengthened by the collaboration of our Partner Organizations and artist collectives across the state. Since 2011, when the Partner Organization program was established, organizations have scheduled special artist talks and lectures, designated works by Texas artists on display in their permanent collections, installed temporary exhibitions of work by one or more local artists, and highlighted exhibitions featuring contemporary Texas artists.
In our sixth edition, we are excited to partner with over 70 diverse, vibrant, and compelling organizations who are sharing knowledge about their places, communities, and cultures.

For a full list of the TX★17 Partner Organizations, visit

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CentralTrak hosts reception for two final MFA exhibitions

This Saturday, June 3rd from 8-10pm
Please join us at CentralTrak this Saturday, June 3rd from 8-10pm for a reception celebrating Jessie Bowers and Chun Yi (Ronald) Wu, two recent MFA graduates.

Jessie Bowers: Dis-Location

Dis-Location is a meta-gallery created by the artist by intertwining two unique gallery spaces into one show. A virtual gallery was digitally fabricated for the viewer to experience the show in their mind, while the physical gallery space was incorporated as a way to experience the other part in person.

Chun Yi (Ronald) Wu: Zodiac of Virtual and Real

This show features 12 Zodiac constellation Pepakura sculptures and wall reliefs representing each sign of the Zodiac. The characters are a combination of mythology, fantasy, and the oral storytelling tradition. Throughout his MFA, Wu used 3D modeling programs to create conceptual sculptures with the Digital Fabrication process in mind.

Wu will have his main installation in the main lobby of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building on campus and a part in CentralTrak's gallery.

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