Monday, April 20, 2015

more shots from the 2015 alchemical vessel show

I already posted my vessel, made for the 2015 Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, but never got a chance to post some of the other photos I took on opening night. The pics here only cover a fraction of what is on display at the gallery, and I strongly urge dropping by before it's all over by the end of May, 2015. In fact, you might just want to attend and contribute to the upcoming benefit, which will be happening on Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm, at the Smith Center/Joan Hisaoka Gallery. It's for a very good cause, and you'll get to take home a wonderful work of art!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ellyn weiss exhibit at the montpelier arts center

A couple of weekends ago I attended the opening reception for DC artist Ellyn Weiss at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. The show, called "I Can't Make Up My Mind" covers a wide range of Ellyn's recent works, from mono prints, to sculpture to gigantic mixed-media drawings/paintings, and is truly a feast for the eyes. You can see just how busy Ellyn has been over the past few years, and her sense of play, experimentation, color and composition is pretty impressive, especially when seeing it all together in one big, beautiful space. I was fortunate enough to meet Ellyn, and later learn of her work when she attended an art workshop I held at Art Enables a few years back, and I had been meaning to attend one of a number of her open studio and art exhibits since. I'm so glad I finally made it out to one, and this one in particular, at such an amazing center, where a couple more extraordinary art openings were also going on that day. The show runs through May 31, 2015. 

On a small side note, being this was my first time visiting the center, I was intrigued by the charming little art library set up in the center's silo. I posted some pics below for your enjoyment.

Friday, April 17, 2015

make some splotch monsters at the griffin

Hey all, tomorrow (4/18) I'll be doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop from 3-5pm at The Griffin Art Center​ in downtown, Frederick, MD. It's free and open to the public, and it'll be a pretty laid-back, casual event. I'll also be staying by the gallery a couple extra hours, for anyone who missed the big show, which will be up for one more week, as of tomorrow. Saturday's going to be a beautiful day, and there's lots to see and do in Frederick, in addition to the show. Hope to see folks there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

i'll be on tour!

This year, being the tenth anniversary of the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, I was selected to participate on the tour this summer! It was the first time I tried out, and I'm glad some kind folks and respected colleagues urged me on to give it a shot. I'll be at stop #20, at The Round Hill Arts Center on June 20-21, 2015. I'll post more about it soon. In the meantime, check out the webpage HERE!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

lost & found art exhibit at art enables/off-rhode studio second saturday reception

If you're looking for something to do in the Washington, DC area, why not check out the Lost & Found second Saturday art opening at Art Enables/Off-Rhode Studio! Myself, and many other area artists have their work on display in this fantastic group show. There will also be a fun, hands-on art workshop for all ages, all happening this coming Saturday, April 11, from 1-4pm.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

a sneak peek at the splotch monster island exhibit at the griffin art center, frederick, maryland

Going back to The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, MD for the fourth and (hopefully) final time this week for some final tweaking. Here's a sneak peek at some of the Splotch Monster Island exhibit, which is now 99.9% done with being hung. I couldn't be more happy with the results so far. Hope to see folks there a week from today, Saturday, 4/11, from 5-8pm. It's going to be awesome!

Above is my artist statement for the show as well. Click on the image for a better view.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

alchemical vessel opening night

Last Friday night I attended the opening reception for the 2015 Alchemical Vessel art exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and it was great to see so many people pouring through the doors for this wonderful event. The sheer number of people and variety of amazing work on display was almost a bit overwhelming at times, but that's not necessarily a bad thing at all. I was glad to be joined by my friends Eric and Sara Gordon, a couple of excellent artists themselves, and I was fortunate to meet a fellow former Seneca Valley HS alumni and current DC resident and artist, Jeffery Paul, whose own vessel was hands-down my favorite in the room, which says a lot, considering the amount of amazing work there in the gallery. I'm hoping to be able to drop by soon again to get a better look at all the work, and be able to take it in in solitude. In the meantime, I'm so glad to have been nominated to contribute a piece to the show - it was a true artistic adventure and it gave me a newfound sense of accomplishment. In the meantime, there will be a closing reception on Friday, May 22, from 7-9pm, at the gallery.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

splotch monster island art exhibit in frederick, maryland, april, 2015!

I'm very pleased to announce I will have another Splotch Monster solo art exhibit, this time at The Griffin Art Center in beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland. The exhibit will start April 1st, however, my opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 5-8pm. The following Saturday I will be holding an artists' talk and workshop from 3-5pm, same location. Contrary to what the flyer says, the exhibit will actually take place in the large, front gallery. Hope to see folks there!

Friday, March 20, 2015

aviary exhibit at washington artworks flies until march 27, 2015

Today I took advantage of another snow day, the first I've ever experienced in March, to take on the sleet and the slop and visit the Washington ArtWorks Urban By Nature Gallery in Rockville, Maryland.  My main motivation was to catch the bird-themed Aviary art exhibit - a juried show curated by Patterson Clark, now in its final week at the gallery. I would have gone to the opening reception last Friday, but I got terribly ill Friday into Saturday. As much as I would have loved to have met fellow artists in the show and hear Patterson speak, whose own work I'm now a big fan of, dropping by the gallery today was the perfect refuge and remedy from the nasty weather and crazy driving, characteristic of the DC area. Every single piece, ranging from sculpture to paintings, to photography and lithography was a gem, and I was so happy for having a painting of my own in such good company. With the exception of a few folks passing through early this afternoon, the space was devoid of people, allowing me to look closely at each piece in the exhibit, and get lost in the work. Like a good many people, I've always been greatly fond of birds, and I felt a real sense of peace and solitude among the imagery surrounding me today. 

(above: "Owl" by Amanda Spaid)

(above: "Great Blue of Plaza Street" by Steve Loya)

(above: "Chickadee" by Martin Swift)

(above: "Fable of the Eagle and the Wren" by Evan Parker)

(above: "Woodpecker Overlook" by Kazaan Vivieros)

(above and below: "Great Blue Heron" by Charles Bergen)

(above: "Belted Kingfisher" by Hiroko Cannon)

(above and below: "Flock" by Bill Wolff)

(above: "World Map" by Steven Nesheim)

(above: "The Strutter" by Cam Miller)

(above: "Chicken With Fence" by David Daniels)

The Aviary exhibit will run for only one more week at Washington ArtWorks, then it all comes down. Being this was my first time at this space, I was thoroughly impressed with not only the work, but the gallery spaces (there are a few at Washington ArtWorks), at a place that doesn't look like much from the outside, but is beautifully set up inside. I strongly encourage folks in the MD, DC, NOVA area to drop by and take a look before it's officially over.

On a tiny side note, if you do go to the show and you get hungry, the Yamas Mediterranean Grill is only a five mile, ten minute drive from Washington ArtWorks. The place was pretty packed today around lunchtime, when I ordered a delicious falafel. Do check it out!