Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey

Just received fabulous news! One of my pieces was chosen for Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey. The works chosen present a survey of contemporary art in America. The Guest Curator for this exhibition is Dean Sobel, Executive Director of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO.

The following excerpt about the guest curator is from the prospectus for this exhibition.  “Dean Sobel was instrumental in the creation and development of the Clyfford Still Museum and has been the museum’s Director since its opening in February 2005. A specialist in 20th Century art, Sobel was the Director of the Aspen Art Museum from 2000-2005 and was concurrently Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has organized over 60 exhibitions of international contemporary art including multiple solo retrospectives. He is the author of One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945-2004, published in 2004.”

Connecting to Current (work in progress)

Like most of my paintings this painting has a little bit of a story to it. The title was inspired by the meditation room in Abadiania, Brazil. There is a room called “The Current” which references connecting to the current of consciousness. It is hard to describe the feelings that take place in you when you walk into a room with 400 meditators. It’s awe inspiring and really beautiful to have strangers pray with love and healing.

Connecting to Current, 24″ x 24″, Oil on Panel (work in progress)
In this painting the two figures in the background symbolize our physical connection to humanity. The dark blue horizontal line represent the sea of consciousness that connects us.

“The F Word: Feminism Now” Exhibition

Just heard my work is being included in The F Word
(Feminism Now)Exhibition in Chicago, IL. Juried by juror:
Jeanne Dunning, Professor of Art, Northwestern University.
-Exhibition Dates: November 26, 2014 – December 14, 2014
-Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6pm – 9pm

Excerpt from the ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL:
ARC Gallery was founded in the 70’s during the height of the Feminist Art Movement, we have decided to organize a tribute to feminist exhibitions. Rather than revisit the history of Feminist Art and its early leaders, ARC is choosing to celebrate the gallery’s feminist history by examining what else Feminist Art is. That is, rather than reducing feminism’s meaning to one familiar artist or era, ARC would like to explore what feminist art was, what it has come to be, and where it is going.

In mounting this juried group exhibition, ARC’s goal is not to deride or disown dominant associations or previous generations. Our impulse is additive and exploratory rather than denunciatory. ARC hopes to uncover other ways feminism has been, or will be, made visible particularly in regard to the contemporary art scene.

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Gallery Hours: Open Wed-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-4; Closed Monday and Tuesday
2156 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60647

Santuario Dom Bosco: Brasília, Brazil

I have had the most incredible summer of travel including a recent trip to Brazil. Although, I was only able to see a tiny portion of this country I found the people to be so hospitable and understanding to my poor attempt at Portugese. Although, there were some language barriers I found towards the end of the trip an ease in communicating that I didn’t have at the beginning. These images are of a the church Santuario Dom Bosco in Brasília, Brazil.

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The colors were absolutely breadth taking and it inspired me to want to explore the color blue (tints, hues etc.) in my art work. I brought the work in progress”blissful” on my travels and noticed that while painting, the visit to this church influenced me enough subconsciously that I started adding more blue into the composition. I’ll post that image next week.

Well, I’ve been back in the Bay Area for about a week now and I’m ready to start focusing in the studio. Next week my intention is to continue working on the figurative works I started earlier in the summer.