Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 alchemical vessel is complete and ready for delivery!

This is the third year in a row that I've been asked to participate in the annual Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC. I call this piece "Surrender to the Night", as it goes with this year's nocturnal theme. The title was inspired by former D.C. band Trans Am's album of the same title.

ARTIST: Stephen P. Loya


Not long ago I began work on a series of mixed-media pieces I called "Entities". These were made at a time when very close family members were passing away all within a relatively short timeframe. The series helped me deal with the loss I felt back then, and was a way for me to attempt to make sense of things. I ended up resurrecting and reconfiguring one of those pieces into my vessel called "Surrender to the Night". I don't claim to know the answers to life's great mysteries, and I'm cautious about jumping to any final conclusions about what happens when we pass on. In fact, I find immense beauty in the incomprehesibility of our vast universe, and choose to embrace the great unknown with reverence and optimism that in the end, everything will be alright, and work out as it should.

TITLE: Surrender to the Night

MATERIALS/MEDIA: watercolor, archival pen, collage, wood, acrylic paint and paper

Sunday, February 12, 2017

alchemical vessel 2017, work in progress

For the time being, the Endangered Kingdom series has been on a brief hiatus as I focus on working on and completing a piece for the upcoming Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, this March. This is the third year in a row that I was invited to participate in this wonderful event, and it's always and honor and a pleasure. Here's a sneak peek at my work in progress, and I think I'm a little over half of the way there. More to come soon!

Friday, February 3, 2017

'the winter's tale" art exhibit at tryst gallery, leesburg, virginia

hank you to Jim Sisley and Lisa Stout of Tryst Gallery in Leesburg, VA for setting up an excellent show for tonight's opening of The Winter's Tale. It was good seeing such a variety of works on display, and talking to folks this evening. The show will be up for a couple of months, and the new Loudoun Brewing Co is a stone's throw across the parking lot (bonus!), so make sure to check it out everyone! #art #winter #artexhibit #trystgallery #loudouncountyva #artwork

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"the winter's tale" art exhibit opening at tryst gallery, leesburg, virginia, 2/3/2017

Tomorrow evening (Friday, February 3rd, 2017), from 6 - 9pm the Tryst Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia will host the opening reception for its latest art exhibit called "The Winter's Tale".  I'll be showing my 36" x 36" acrylic painting, "The Watcher at Brandon Park" in this juried, winter-themed show, along with many other local and regional artists. Since the exhibit coincides with the Leesburg First Friday festivities, there will be lots to see and do, so I hope to see folks there!