16th Annual ACE Arts Tour in Easton

April 22, 2014

ACE Art Tour posterThe Arts Community of Easton will be hosting its annual Art Tour this coming weekend on April 26th and 27th, 2014. The art tour is an annual self-directed tour of Easton’s galleries, studios, and creative spaces that allows shops and artists to open their doors to the public and show the vibrancy of our arts community. There are more than 50 artists showing their work at 31 different venues.

I’ll be showing a handful of my work at stop #17 on Saturday from 12 – 5pm, in the Salvage Goods store, located at 24 South 3rd St.

You can grab a PDF of the tour map here.

Showing at the 2014 Annual Fairmount Arts Crawl

March 31, 2014

I’ll be in Philly this coming Sunday, April 6th, showing some of my artwork as part of the annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. I’ll be located in the offices of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors at 2451 Fairmount Ave. I took part in the event last year and met so many nice folks from the neighborhood. There will be music, food, activities for the kids, and of course… lots of art!! If you’re in the area that afternoon please stop by and say hi.

More info is available from the Fairmount community website.

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Showing work at Capital Blue Store

January 22, 2014

Over the next two months a few of my paintings will be on display in the Capital Blue store at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley, PA. They have a running artist series over there where they showcase the work of local and regional artists in and around the Lehigh Valley. This will mark the first solo showing of my paintings in almost 15 years.

The five pieces I chose are a representative sampling of my ‘Wall Segments’ series, going back to 2011. I’m really happy with the way they were hung and how they look on their wall.

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That quote above the pieces is always there. If you can’t make it out from the photos here it reads, “The pursuit of art on a regular basis may be the key to healing our minds and bodies.” by Kim Blair.

Here’s a view from the sidewalk looking in:

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The show runs from January 14 – March 15, 2014. A reception is scheduled for February 20th, from 5-7 pm. Please check my Facebook event page for more details.

 

Showing Art at Connexions Annual Holiday Show

November 22, 2013

I’m excited to announce that I’m showing my artwork these next two months at CONNEXIONS gallery in Easton, PA as part of their 2013 Annual Holiday Show. The gallery is located in downtown Easton and is home to a varied collection of artists and artisans from in and around the Lehigh Valley. I’m extremely honored to be welcomed into this group of talented folks and grateful to owners Alice Kwiatkowski and Anthony Marraccini for giving me this opportunity.

Six of my paintings are on display there and represent a sampling of the work I’ve produced over the past three years. I haven’t seen it personally yet, but I understand this one is hanging in their front window:

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Wall Segments No. 11 – EGN 1029 | 36″ x 40″ | mixed media on plywood

The show opens this weekend on November 23 and runs through the end of December. Opening reception is Saturday December 7th, 7-10 PM. More information, gallery hours, and directions can be found on the CONNEXIONS Gallery Facebook page.

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Opening Reception of 78th Annual Lehigh Art Alliance Fall Juried Show

October 13, 2013

Here’s a shot looking down the hallway at the opening reception of the Lehigh Art Alliance 78th Annual Fall Juried Art show. In the foreground on the left is one of my fellow New Bridge artists James A. DePietro. The show is being hosted in the Siegel Gallery at Lehigh University and runs until December 13th, 2013.

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Both pieces that I submitted were accepted into the show. This one, Two Squares Next to Blue, was awarded the ‘LAA Award For Excellence’.

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And here’s the other piece, Insert Into Pipe Flange, which was so graciously purchased by my artist friend Michelle Neifert upon dropping it off for jurying.

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Me and some of my fellow award winners from the show. Among the winners were, Edward McCarty, Kass Morin Freeman, Karen Benco, Jacqueline Meyerson, Edwin Havas, Louise Arlen Cosgrove, Jean Thornberg-Thobaben, David Lee, and Brenda Messinger-Voll. Honorable mentions went to Nancy Bossert, Milan J. Kralik, Jr., and Edward McCarty.

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Artist Talk – Carlos Runcie-Tanaka

October 8, 2013

At this evening’s ACE meeting we were treated to a lecture by Peruvian born artist Carlos Runcie-Tanake. He walked us through a slide presentation of his impressive body of work to date and told us some stories on how much of it came to be.

His career as an artist began as a ceramicist but evolved into more installation and site-specific work; some of which can be seen in person at the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College right now. His “Cloud” piece there is made of a bunch of origami crabs suspended from the ceiling.

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The crabs are a common theme throughout his work. He told us some interesting stories about how the crab became to symbolize his grandfathers (one Japanese and one British) arrival to Peru earlier in the 1920′s and how they represent their migration, cultural diversity, and adaptation.

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Here he is being interviewed a few years back at the Station Museum in Houston.

He has a huge body of work, much of which can be seen on his website.

Definitely check him out.

Riverside Arts Festival Recap

September 23, 2013

Had a great turnout this weekend at the art festival in Easton. I want to send out a thank you to all my family and friends who came out to visit, help set up, and take down. You are awesome!

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I was lucky enough to be near some of my new artist friends including Ana HamiltonYevette Hendler, and Michelle Neifert who has been especially helpful these past few months in providing encouragement and advice on navigating these waters. My neighbor for the show was Rich Metzger, a really talented wildlife carver. We both had a great view of the two rivers:

Overall I was very happy with the reception of my paintings. As an artist who hasn’t shown in a very long time it can be a bit daunting putting yourself back out there – you just never know how people will respond. But as it turns out its been very positive… Even to the extent that I was able to sell a few pieces this weekend!

Update on September Happenings

September 20, 2013

I have a number of updates I wanted to publish here so I thought to list them all in a single post.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st, is the first day of the two day Riverside Arts Festival in Easton, PA. I’m very excited, as it marks the first time I’ve taken part in something like this. I’ve been busy setting up a tent, making the displays, and framing my artwork. Last weekend my wife helped me pick the pieces I want to show and we arranged them in a dry run setup of the tent in our backyard.

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Also, this weekend in Easton is the start of the ACE Fall group show. The painting below is the piece I submitted. The show is at the Easton Hospital Gallery at the State Theater Center for the Arts. The opening is Friday, October 11th from 6-7:30 p.m. and the show runs until November 4th.

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Finally, I’ve updated my artist’s statement to better reflect my thoughts on the work I’m producing today. Describing my work, or why I do what I do is always a challenge for me. But talking to other artists I’ve recently met, and generally speaking about my art a lot more lately with other people curious about it, has helped me immensely.

The New Bridge Duets Show

September 4, 2013

NBG Duets Show 2013The New Bridge Group of Allentown, PA is putting on an upcoming collaborative show pairing visual artists with writers, poets, and musicians. The idea is to draw inspiration from a visual piece of art and have those individuals respond to it in their own way. I’m still looking for someone to pair up with, but may have some luck at the the “mixer” that is planned for the 18th of September.

Opening Reception is on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7 – 10 pm.

More information and the prospectus can be found on the show page here.

DIY Gridwall for Art Fair Tent

August 25, 2013

I needed a way to hang my paintings within the space of my tent at the upcoming Riverside Festival of the Arts. Instead of buying gridwall panels I decided to make my own. My version of gridwall is a 48″ wide by 84″ tall panel with 6″x12″ grid spacing. Here’s how I did it…

You need at least seven 1x2x8 lengths of pine. I was making a lot of these so I just get them in the bundles of eight at Home Depot.

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Find your two straightest pieces and set them aside. These are going to be your side legs.

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Now find two more. These will be cut down and used for the three vertical supports within the center of the panel.

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My First Art Festival and How I Plan to Set up the Display

August 20, 2013

It’s official! I will be showing work at the upcoming Riverside Festival of the Arts in Easton, PA. I’ve been checking the website every so often over the past week and finally saw my name on the list, along with about 60 other artists from around the region. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2013.

This will be the first time I’ve done an art show/festival like this so I’ve had to get a bunch of things together for it, including a new tent and a means of displaying my recent paintings.

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ACE Tent at the Easton Farmers Market

June 29, 2013

Today I spent the morning showing some of my art in the ACE tent at the Easton Farmers Market. This past year I joined the ACE group (Arts Community of Easton) and as part of their ongoing efforts to support art and artists in the area, they’ve teamed up with the Easton Farmers Market to have a presence every Saturday morning during the market’s season. It was my first time there and I had the pleasure of sharing the space with Mary Iacovone of Mosaics by Mary who gave me a lot of insight into the market and showing/selling art there. Thank you Mary!

It was gorgeous morning to be out in the square. Here’s a shot of my display:

ACE Tent at the Easton Farmers Market

Highlights of the Process for Making ‘Pull Here’

May 21, 2013

Lately, most all of my paintings start with an object or set of objects that I use to form the basis of the piece. In the case of ‘Pull Here‘, it started with this- a door pull from Home Depot:

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This grabbed my attention and I immediately saw it in use with some markings or instructions, and so the words Pull Here immediately came to mind.

The piece is on a 24″ square panel (luan plywood with some 1×2 cribbing). This was going to give me the depth I needed to seat the door pull hardware. Like I often do, the panel is primed, and then a layer of joint compound was applied. Masking tape helps define the horizontal region toward the bottom and provides me with some depth when layering on the compound.  Continue reading

Showing at the Lehigh Art Alliance Simply Abstract Show

May 5, 2013

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I was honored not only to have two pieces accepted into the Lehigh Art Alliance’s first abstract-only show, ‘Simply Abstract’, but to be awarded 3rd place for one of them as well. They were exhibited at Bethlehem’s City Hall Rotunda gallery in May.

Pictured below are some of the award recipients including myself, Richard Redd, Karen Steen, and Douglas Ihlenfeld.

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Here are the two paintings that were shown there:

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