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iWood : Ecodesign

In Kentucky Artist on September 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I stumbled upon this gem while at the Mellwood Trolley Hop last Friday. After looking around the studio, I was amazed to find iWood’s sunglasses appeal to fashionistas and treehuggers alike. I met the company’s President, Stephen McMenamin, and found out that not only are the chic shades made right here in the midwest, they also feature frames that are hand-crafted from reclaimed woods that once decorated the interiors of private luxury jets. In addition, the glue and protective coating used in final assemblage are formaldehyde free and emit no VOCs. They also look pretty damn cute. Look for these sunglasses in magazines such as Italian Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Anthropologie. Click here to see frame styles and find out more about iWood. Below are some pictures I took of the beautiful iWood studio, I just realized I was so interested in the process that I didn’t a good picture of the final product. My apologies!

You’re Invited…

In Kentucky Art Exhibits on September 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

The Louisville Visual Artists Collective is Looking for Artists Like You!

In Art Organizations, Call to Artists, Kentucky Art Exhibits on September 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

The LVAC is hosting an art sale that will take place on October 15th from 6-11 and October 16th from 1-6. The “ARTfordable Show” will feature  artwork priced at $50 or less from jewelrymakers, painters, photographers, and printmakers from around Louisville. Artists get to keep 100% of their sales.

The LVAC is still seeking artists for this show!

For more information about the “ARTfordable Show” or submitting your work, click here.

You’re Invited…

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist on September 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

Call to Artists – Fine Art Search and Juried Competition

In Call to Artists on September 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Julie Kornblum, Plastic in the Trees 1

Art Buzz, a not-for-profit visual artists’ alliance, is now accepting entries for inclusion into their premier visual arts showcase. The fine art search and juried competition for exposure and recognition is open to all 18+ visual artists, worldwide, who work in any visual media.

“Art Buzz,” a book featuring all of the works in the showcase, is a full color, large format, hardcover fine art “coffee table” publication that is scheduled to release in late January 2011. “Art Buzz” has a vigorous distribution and marketing plan, and each year a volume is sent to art dealers in major citites around the world.

The Art Buzz selection process is fair, unbiased and based solely on each individual artist’s submitted work.

The deadline for entries is September 30th, 2010. For more information regarding the competition, awards, fee, and entry forms, log on to

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, 1614-1620.

Artemisia Gentileschi is amongst the most successful painters of the Baroque era. She is also one of the first female artists to paint historical and religious paintings. At first glance, Judith Slaying Holofernes appears to be a typical Baroque painting, with a standard Caravaggio influence and historical subject matter. Upon further inspection, the painting does seem more violent than average. What is the reason for this excessive violence? Artemisia’s work is debated as one of the earliest examples of feminist art – her heroines have a similar appearance to her self-portraits, and it is assumed that many of Artemesia’s ill-fated experiences as a woman spurred this feminist essence to her work. In continuation of my series on how to evaluate the success of a work of art, I have chosen a single question to talk about this week:

What is the artist’s gender?

Being male or female completely effects one’s outlook and experiences in life. Many works, especially feminist art, reflect an artist’s desire to illustrate an issue or feeling pertaining to one’s gender. See if the work above takes on a new meaning after reading the artist’s story:

Artemisia Gentileschi’s father was a painter and Artemisia, being more talented than her brothers, became his student. When Artemisia was 17, she produced her first painting: the biblical story of Susanna and the Elders, in which, oddly enough, Susanna is sexually harrassed by two lecherous voyeurs.

Artemisia was sexually discriminated against and was not accepted into an art academy despite her talent. Her father resorted to hiring tutor for her, a fellow painter by the name of Agostino Tassi. With the help of another man, Tassi eventually raped Artemisia. Because of her expectation of marriage, Artemisia continued to have sexual relations with Tassi. However, Tassi  broke the engagement after he heard the false rumor that she was having an affair with another man. Artemisia’s father soon pressed charges against Tassi, with the allegation that Tassi had deflowered his daughter.

If Artemisia had not been a virgin before Tassi raped her, the Gentileschis would have to drop the charges. During the 7-month trial, as a way to test the authenticity of her story, Artemisia was given a gynecological examination in addition to being tortured with thumbscrews.

Unfortunately, at the end of the trial Tassi was imprisoned for only one year, even though it had been discovered that Tassi had planned to murder his current wife and committed adultery with his sister-in-law.

It is here many draw the conclusions about the relationship of Gentileschi’s work and her real life.

What do you think?

News from Preston Arts Center

In Good Deals on September 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Various technique demonstrations will soon be taking place in the Louisville store. Mark your calendars for:

Connie Newbanks presents Visual Journals

Saturday, September 25th


Ted Nathanson presents Bookbinding

Saturday, October 2nd


Hugh Spencer presents Glazing with Open Acrylics

Saturday, October 16th


Lou Ann Iler presents Pastel Painting

Saturday, October 30th


Don’t forget the Fall Sale continues until September 30th!

You’re Invited…

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

Classic Zenyatta

K.A.S Gallery, located in the Mellwood Arts Center, is showing paintings by Jim Riesenberger this Friday for the trolley hop from 7pm-9pm.

Neil Callander

In Kentucky Artist on September 20, 2010 at 8:00 am

Dusty's Tapes, 2009

Neil Callander is a painting and drawing professor at the University of Louisville. His work is sad; the imagery translates into feelings of lost love and being forgotten.

Look at his more of his amazing paintings and check out his resumé here.

Artist: Present & Past – Jackson Pollock

In Artist: Present & Past on September 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

Jackson Pollock, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950.

As an art major, I often hear a lot of debating about, well, art. More frequently than not, people resort to beholding many nonobjective types of art as inferior by using the old “a five year-old can do it!” arguement.

If you think creating a nonobjective work of art is easy, you should try making one of your own sometime. No really. Try it.

Before deciding that an artwork or even an entire subcategory of art (in the above case, abstract expressionism) is inferior, you should ask yourself a few questions.

For the next few Fridays I will be talking about, but not necessarily answering, some of these questions that are essential in deciding if an artist or a particular work of art is successful. By using the word “successful,” I mean when you feel like the artist has properly executed a work that explains or explores a particular theme or idea. I’m going to try to keep it as simple as possible, because art doesn’t have to be as elitist as it’s sometimes made out to be. Here it goes.

One important thing to know and take into account about all works of art is the time period in which the work was created. To aid in my explanation of why this is important to know, I am using Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist, created in 1950.

Important questions to ask yourself:

What was going on in the art world when Pollock created Lavender Mist? Just as importantly, what was going on in the real world? Are these things Pollock even considered when making this work of art?

You can decide the answers to these questions by considering historical facts about the artist and his world in conjunction with his or her own opinions about how the artist was (or wasn’t) reacting to the events taking place around him.

What do you think?