November 22, 2013
October 13, 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:
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.
October 8, 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.
Both pieces that I submitted were accepted into the show. This one, Two Squares Next to Blue, was awarded the ‘LAA Award For Excellence’.
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.
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.
September 23, 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.
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.
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.
September 20, 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!
I was lucky enough to be near some of my new artist friends including Ana Hamilton, Yevette 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!
September 4, 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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2013
The 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.
August 20, 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.
Find your two straightest pieces and set them aside. These are going to be your side legs.
Now find two more. These will be cut down and used for the three vertical supports within the center of the panel.
June 29, 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.
May 21, 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:
May 5, 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:
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
April 28, 2013
May 30, 2013
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.
Here are the two paintings that were shown there:
April 28, 2013
Here is some of my artwork showing alongside artist Colleen Brand at the 2013 Fairmount Arts Crawl in Philadelphia. We had the pleasure of the hospitality offered by Carlos Peraza and the folks at the Prudential Fox and Roach Realtor office on Fairmount Ave.