Wednesday, April 29, 2015

my "peaceful survivor" is a winner!

I found out today that the piece I entered into the World Animal Protection art contest won the 18 and over category, chosen by Harry Potter actress, Evanna Lynch! How cool is that? World Animal Protection is one of my all time favorite charity organizations, and I've been donating to them for a few years now. My wife Kris loves the Harry Potter films, so she's pretty thrilled about the news as well. This isn't the first time my "Peaceful Survivor" piece has been mistaken for a sea turtle however, but it makes total sense, judging by the background color and the angle of the turtle's foot, making it look somewhat like a fin. I made the drawing based off of a photo I took at a local animal park, of a giant tortoise. He seemed to be well taken care of, but I felt kind of bad for the big guy, who was visited by little kids who would go and pet, and basically bother the big fella, at certain times of the day. I got the feeling that he would have much rather have been left alone, to graze peacefully with his own kind, far far away. Anyhow, as a result of the win, I'll be getting a new book about animals by J.K. Rowling, signed by Evanna. You can learn more about the contest below!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

alchemical vessel benefit at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery friday, may 1st

Last Saturday I dropped by the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery to get a closer look at the current Alchemical Vessel exhibit. I have to admit, on opening night I honestly did not comprehend a whole lot, with the sheer amount of people present in the space. On Saturday however, I was able to take in every single piece thoroughly, getting a closer look, and even getting some nice photos, some of which I posted here. I always had so much respect and admiration for both this place and the exhibit, and to have been nominated to be a part of it this year, makes me happy beyond belief. This coming Friday, May 1, from 7-9pm, the gallery will be holding their benefit event, where folks can pay to take home one of the many amazing, customized ceramic vessels from the show. Click HERE to learn more about this annual fundraiser to help people with cancer, and hopefully you too can be a part of it.

above piece by Jeff Herrity

above piece by Akemi Maegawa

above piece by Dan Treado

above piece by Yaroslav Koporulin

above piece by Susan Finsen and Michael Holt

above piece by Steve Loya

above piece by Kyujin Lee

above piece by Nate Lewis

above piece by F. Lennox Campello

above piece by Jeff Huntington

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.