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Call to Artists: Revelry Gallery and Boutique

In Call to Artists on October 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Revelry Gallery and Boutique, located in Louisville, is looking for printmakers/ screen print artists to participate in a group art show scheduled for early February. Original art, prints, and other boutique items will be considered.

Please contact: for more details!


Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on October 29, 2010 at 1:46 am

Sam (Mustard cat with red eyes), Andy Warhol, 1954.

This is the last post in my attempt to illustrate  what is important when deciding the success of a work of art! Here is a list of all the things that make understanding and appreciating a work easier:

Knowing the artist’s process

Knowing the artist’s nationality/race

Knowing the artist’s gender

Knowing the time period the work was created in

Considering how effectively the Elements of Art are used

Considering how effectively the Principles of Art are used

Now, I’m sure I’ve left out some things, and I probably still left a few people scratching their heads, but I did my best – appreciating art is an artform in itself, and it often takes a lifetime to get really good at it!

I think the most important thing to reinforce as I wrap this up is that sometimes it really is okay to like a work for a really stupid or maybe even biased reason. It just so happens that I appreciate the above work, Sam (Mustard cat with red eyes), for no other reason than I love cats, mustard yellow, and Andy Warhol. There you have it. A completely biased, dumb reason for accepting this painting as a work of art. Have a good weekend!

Izzy’s Little Creeper’s – A Macabre Art Gallery

In Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Halloween is soon approaching, and Izzy’s Little Creepers is an art gallery dealing with everything macabre and morbid – they showcase art work inspired by Day of the Dead, zombies, autopsy sculptures, gothic paintings, specialty dolls, animatronics, as well as music by Sonic Epitaph, collections by Joshua Vance, Dark Creation, Linda Carmella, W. David Pollard, Dusty June and so much more. Located in Mellwood Arts Center, Izzy’s will be more festive than ever at this Friday’s Trolly Hop!

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on October 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

Chuck Close, Fanny.

I’m going to keep this week’s post as brief as possible. This week’s questions iiiiiissss:

What was the artist’s process?

Chuck Close is the most widely celebrated artist interested in exploring process. His subject matter is simple and can even be banal at times, but that’s because subject matter is not the most important aspect of his work. What Close really wants us to notice is the processes by which he creates his meticulously planned out portraits.

Throughout his career, Close has used all sorts of techniques that would drive most artists insane. He has literally taken process to a whole new level, working with various mediums such as paint, photography, paper, paper pulp, ink and textiles. In the earlier part of his career, Close used an airbrush and three colors (yes, three colors) of translucent paint to create gigantic photorealistic portraits. Later he used his mastery of color theory to create portraits made of thousands of layered colored circles. The above painting, Fanny, happens to be made out of fingerprints.

What I’m trying to say is, sometimes you just gotta appreciate a work for all the hell the artist had to go through just so you could get a kick out of seeing a portrait of an old lady that was created with a billion fingerprints.

What do you think?

Various Announcements from Spot 5 Art Studio…

In Good Deals, Kentucky Art Exhibits on October 21, 2010 at 6:00 am


October’s Fat Friday Trolley Hop lands just two days before Halloween – Clifton Art Supply / Spot 5 Art Studio will be ready for fun! Local artists will be setting up booths in the space between Clifton Art Supply and Pottery Rowe. This is a great chance to pick up original pieces of art while supporting the local arts community.

Also, as you may recall, Spot 5 had a call for entries for their Haunted Headquarters Exhibit in which everyone was invited to decorate a Styrofoam wig head with fluorescent paint. The show opened October 18 (you can come by and see it any time during business hours) – but the artists reception will be October 29 starting at 6 PM.  Everyone is invited.  The entries are a lot of fun and just the thing to get you psyched up for Halloween!

New Classes Forming – The Spot 5 Press will have a printmaking class starting Wednesday, October 27th. Rob Firestone will be teaching the finer points of linocutting – just in time for the holidays! There is still time to join the class if you are interested, click here.

Laurie has also opened a new studio painting class on Fridays 12:30 – 3:30.  The class is already filling quickly – if you are interested, give her a call or visit the Spot 5 website.

PYRO Gallery’s Latest Show

In Kentucky Art Exhibits on October 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

The Sacred Subject – Photography by John Fitzgerald

October 21 – November 28, 2010

Opening reception: Friday, October 22 ,2010 – 5 PM to 9PM

First Friday Trolley Hop: November 5, 2010 – 5 PM to 9PM

Throughout recorded history, civilizations have engaged in the practice of identifying the symbols, saints  and holy ground that remind the masses of the presence of deity.  How does a culture arrive at the decision of what is sacred? John Fitzgerald seeks to challenge the conventional definition of holiness in his exhibit of photographs: The Sacred Subject, which runs at PYRO Gallery from October 22 through November 28, 2010. Fitzgerald has invited three other artists to contribute works addressing The Sacred Subject: Bob Lockhart’s wood carvings, Al Nelson’s stone carvings and Elise Fazio’s oil paintings and charcoal drawings.

A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010 from 5-9pm. A second reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 5-9pm, during the First Friday Trolley Hop. Admission to both events are free and open to the public.

John Fitzgerald’s career as a visual artist spans decades and, as he claims, has been both enhanced and impeded by his professional achievements as a commercial photographer, writer, creative director, web designer, and filmmaker.

Now, in The Sacred Subject, Fitzgerald continues to challenge his audience to more carefully consider the holiness present in every visual encounter, especially those encounters that we are prone to reject, overlook, or take for granted. The large majority of photographs are candid and unpolished portraits of individuals who were sought out by the artist because of their on-the-surface, perceived predisposition to be overlooked, on the fringes, ordinary, or an “outsider.” These portraits include subjects ranging from patrons of church picnics to Haitian children living in Cite Soleil, the largest slum in the Caribbean. Also among Fitzgerald’s work are a number of hypnotically ethereal, landscapes created with infrared photography.

When asked about the inspiration for this body of work, Fitzgerald says, “If God is everywhere, then it ought to be easy enough to take his or her picture. I’m surprised that the opportunity has been so often overlooked.”

Call to Artists: Request for Design Concept Submission

In Call to Artists on October 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Aero Agoceris, Mark Baltes.

Submit a design concept and up to five sketches for a site-specific kinetic sculpture that will hang from the ceiling of the Rotunda at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Indiana. This sculpture must embody the theme, At the Crossroads of Water, Land, Time, and Life, and will precede the installation of all-new, state-of-the-art exhibits in the Center’s interpretive gallery.

Submitted works must be original ideas, and the chosen design will be one that serves as a dramatic and dynamic focal point in the Rotunda. The Falls of Ohio Interpretive Center caters to tens of thousands of visitors per year, with the vast majority consisting of school groups ranging from K-12.

Commission: $35,000

For the complete prospectus and materials packet in a PDF format, please contact Angela Fleitz at or visit here.

Deadline for Submission of Concept Proposal is NLT 5:00 pm EST Friday, November 5th, 2010.

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on October 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh.

When evaluating a piece of art, considering the Elements of Art is just as important as considering the Principles of Art. The Elements of Art are a group of aspects that are used in combination with the Principles of Art to most effectively create or evaluate a work. I’ve decided to use The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh again, because this painting is one of the most successful works of all time because of Van Gogh’s utilization of all the Elements and Principles. The Elements of Art are as follows:

Form refers to what is three-dimensional and encloses volume. Cubes, spheres, and cylinders are examples of various forms. The Starry Night has little real form as it is two-dimensional, but it does have suggested form in the roundness of the hills.

Line is the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. Line often moves your eye throughout the piece, or it often points towards emphasis (remember that Principle from last week?) Above, the dark bush’s vertical lines lead your eye up, the diagonal and curving lines of the sky lead your eye right towards the moon (which also happens to be the emphasis), and from there your eye gets caught on the light diagonal line running left back down to the dark bush.

Shape is an enclosed space that is either 2D, 3D, or 4D. Using the other elements such as form and color , as well as common sense, can help determine what dimension the work is in. The Starry Night, as a painting, is obviously 2D.

Color is an element with three parts that when altered can change a sky blue to an almost-black navy. 1) Hue is the name of a color, e.g. yellow, blue, etc. 2) Intensity or purity of the color is how bright or dull it appears. 3) Finally, value is the lightness or darkness of a color. There are also “warm” (red, yellow, orange) and “cool” (green, purple, blue) colors. The above painting is made of mostly cool dark and light colors, with some intense yellows added to increase the contrast (also from last week!).

Texture refers to the surface quality or how an object looks like it feels; roughness, smoothness, softness, etc. If one were allowed to touch The Starry Night without being creamed by some sort of security personnel, actual texture in the paint could be felt. Van Gogh has also rendered simulated or implied texture in the hills, trees, and the dark bush.

Space refers to the area between, around, above, or within things. In 2D art, space is an illusion. An artist has successfully used space when the viewer can look at it and agree that nothing looks out of place or awkward. Tricks an artist uses to render space include simple overlapping, correct use of perspective, and using darker and crisper images in the front and then fading to lighter and more fuzzy images in the back. Van Gogh’s painting does not employ all of these techniques, but it can be agreed that he has used space effectively in this painting.

Value, even though it’s a component of color that describes its lightness or darkness, is an element that is needed to express volume in a work. If value isn’t used correctly, objects will look flat and uninteresting. It can be argued that The Starry Night does not have enough value to accurately show volume. The moon and the dark bush are both void of variation in value, making them look less realistic. But, the hills in the back of the painting use value correctly as they fade from medium blue to dark navy, which coincidentally makes them appear rounded.


What do you think?

Tim Faulkner Gallery Proudly Presents…

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist on October 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm



Tim Faulkner Gallery, located in Louisville, is will be showing eight new shows during the month of October. The shows will be in several mediums, including paint, photography, calligraphy, and mixed media. Exhibiting artists include Tony Perez, Damon Thompson, Mark Selter, Tim & Margaret, Chris Chappell, Tarik Dozier, and Scott Stacey.

The artist reception for Mark Selter’s show, Emergence, will be Thursday, October 21st from 5-10pm. Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate!

Kentucky Artist: Ken Swinson

In Kentucky Artist on October 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Saturday, Woodcut


Ken Swinson is a painter, printer, and draftsman currently residing in Maysville. One of my favorite things about his work is that the subject matter is simple and the compositions are perfect.

Check out Ken’s artist blog and more of his colorful work here.