For the past 5 years, I am proud to say I have been juried into a prestigious Art show called Art Comes Alive. ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH sponsors Art Comes Alive, an annual fine art contest & exhibit that awards the best emerging and professional artists working in North America. The selected artists who are showcased in a final exhibit here in Cincinnati and are also awarded prizes including: purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solo/group shows, publicity, and cash prizes. This year, I won two awards; gallery representation and a group show. The invitation to the group show is above. I am very happy to be exhibiting with Bonita Williams Goldberg, Diane Seeman and Helene Steele at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery. The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery was established in 1993 to empower local women artists. Although primarily serving the Greater Cincinnati area, the gallery has been proud to host several shows featuring women artists from around the world. As a forum for women’s issues relating to important YWCA programs and services, the gallery has sponsored photographic exhibits on the topics of domestic violence, breast cancer, and women and aging. It is the only gallery in Greater Cincinnati exclusively for women’s art. Admission to the Women’s Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call the YWCA at 513-241-7090. The opening reception is Friday, January 19th, from 6-8pm. I hope you are able to join me for the opening but the show runs through April 16, 1018. If you get a chance to see the show, please let me know what you think!
Yesterday I painted in the main hallway at the Cincinnati, Art Museum. It was a full circle moment.
I painted in front of a work of art created by Curtis Goldstein and Matt Lynch. The piece was made totally out of Formica laminate.
My favorite job long before I became a full-time painter was as the Advertising Manager for Formica Corporation. The world headquarters is in Cincinnati. I loved that job. I was able to work with great graphic designers, photographers, international magazines, display companies and printers. So the fact that the art that my painting was inspired by was made out of laminate was fabulous. Full circle moment #1.
The image, (one of 6 pieces) was of the Verdin Bell and Clocks. The Verdin Company is the landlord of the Pendleton Art Center which houses 175 artists under one roof. My studio is on the 7th floor of that building. Full circle moment #2.
Art in Bloom is a multi day event paring floral creations to works of art. I worked with Robin Wood Flowers, the premiere florist in Cincinnati.
Robin also had another career before she became a master floral arranger. Many years ago, she was the morning DJ on the hard rock station, WEBN. When I decided to leave the management side of business and go into sales, so I could have more time freedom to do my artwork, I took a job as an account executive at WEBN. Robin was part of the Dawn Patrol morning show during that same time. Robin didn't really know me, I was just one more AE in the procession of Account Executives. But when I wanted someone to be inspired by a painting and create their own work of art in flowers, it was Robin Wood that I wanted. Robin's creation was incredible! I heard many people say it was the best in the whole museum. I was amazed at how beautifully she interpreted the painting. Full circle moment #3!
I created a whimsical piece in 4 hours that was auctioned off with the money going to the Art Museum.
I also brought two pieces to display near my easel and I am happy to say that both pieces sold!
I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of the Let’s Face It - 2018 Team! LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock. It is for anyone that wants to practice creating portraits and figurative art, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life. Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our faces and portraits. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again! In 2018, we will be studying the different art movements and master artists from those periods!
Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT - 2018.
This course is not open for registration yet! However, you can read more about this course and bookmark this page so that on October 2nd, you can come back and register. What is even better is that if you register by December 4th, you will get a discount on the price! YES!!! Awesome, right!?!?
I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else!?!?! I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!! To enter the give away do the following: Sign up for my newsletter in the right hand column or the bottom of this page. Put "Let's Face it" in the comments and you will be entered!
I will announce the lucky winner on Sept. 29th - during Final Friday!
In the mean time, click here and book mark this page so that you can come back on October 2nd and sign up!!
I can’t wait to begin this journey with each of you!!!