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Call to Female Artists: National Association of Women Artists, Inc.

In Call to Artists on December 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Fashionista, original fine art print by sixthandmain on Etsy


The National Association of Women Artists is the oldest professional women’s fine art organization in the United States, and it is currently looking for women artists to apply for the “Open Small Works” Exhibition, which will be February 1-22 in the N.A.W.A Gallery in New York, N.Y. The maximum size a work can be is 15×15. Deadline is December 31st, entry fee is $20. For more information download the application form.


Call to Artists: International Art Competition

In Call to Artists on December 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm


In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

K.A.S. Gallery and Gallery M is seeking an intern/volunteer for 2 days a week 3 hours a day to help with gallery tasks and organizing gallery events.


Organizing Art Collector parties for Gallery M and K.A.S. Gallery

Helping clients in K.A.S. Gallery

Setting up art exhibits

Assisting in Gallery M


Background Requirements:

Have an interest in Art

Art Degree or Major (not required)

Ability to multi-task

Able to work independently on task

Some knowledge of Photoshop

If interested, call 859-230-6536 or email

Go Handmade for the Holidays with the Louisville Female Art Collective

In Good Deals, Kentucky Artist, KY Proactive Community Art Groups on December 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

The Louisville Female Art Collective offers unique handmade items made be female artists. Their mission is to support female entrepreneurship and create community through the arts. Here are some of my favorite things that I found on their website. They have FREE SHIPPING going on right now!

Brass Lace Necklace, $27


Skinny Beer Tie, $33


Polaroid Greeting Card Boxed Set, 5 cards with envelopes for $12

Shop handmade this holiday season!

Watch: Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film

In Videos on December 12, 2010 at 3:54 am

You know, Andy Warhol only got shot because the person who shot him couldn’t locate the person she originally intended to shoot. C’est la vie – for Andy, at least.

This interesting documentary, part of PBS’s American Masters series, is a beefy four hours of photography, interviews, and videoclips that accompany an overview of the events surrounding the most prolific and immensely popular artist of the 20th century. Thanks to this documentary, I’ve decided that Andy, whose oeuvre only contains the marvelously mundane or hugely popular (but always easily recognizable), was obsessed with the transience of life, and for him, fame and all that comes with it acts as symbols for such… Just watch the doc and make some profound conclusions for yourself.

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on December 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Mathew Cerletty, The Bath, 2002



Untitled, 2004.


Much of Cerletty’s work depicts forlorn-looking men who seem as if they have given up all hope. It’s the quirky details that draw me to his work (note the reflection of the flowers on the bath water.) I wonder: what are the men in these paintings contemplating? Are the little details such as the playful brushstrokes and painted fingernails in Untitled supposed to assure us that these paintings are just temporary – that the desolate and unemotional moment captured is just a fleeting one?

Gabrielle Mayer

In Kentucky Artist on December 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm


Royal Market, oil on canvas, 49" x 48"


Gabrielle Mayer is a painting and drawing professor at the University of Louisville. Professor Mayer’s life size renderings of women’s fancy dresses play with color and form but also explore the significance and impact of clothing and style in our culture. Her paintings place a single high fashion garment in illusionistic full color against a flat background of another color to create a dazzling “embodied but not inhabited dress in paint.” See some of her other work here.

See It Now: Death of Childhood at 21c Museum

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, See It Now on December 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Death of Childhood

21c Museum Celebrates El Día de los Muertos with a collaboration with University of Louisville Professor Mitch Eckert’s Color Photography Course. Click here for more information and pictures from the exhibit.
Late October – Early December
in Gallery 4

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity Coming to the Speed Art Museum!

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Uncategorized on December 4, 2010 at 5:50 am

John Singer Sargent, Rosina, 1878.

The University of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum is proud to announce its most recent show – Impressionist Landscapes: Monet to Sargent
February 4 through May 22, 2011

Most of what follows was taken directly from the press release:

Impressionist Landscapes: Monet to Sargent is an exhibition of more than 60 exquisite Impressionist paintings. Comprising some of the finest Impressionist works from the extensive collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, as well as noted works from Kentucky collections, the exhibition presents a dazzling view of landscape paintings by groundbreaking French, other European, and American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also on view will be the exhibition The Gardens of Giverny: A View of Monet’s World, featuring photographs of the artist’s famous garden taken in 1974 by artist Stephen Shore.

Featuring works by leading French artists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Georges Seurat, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley— as well as significant American painters that were their contemporaries, including John Singer Sargent and Frederick Childe Hassam— this exhibition enables visitors to stroll through cityscapes and scenes of nature as portrayed through the Impressionists’ eyes. This vanguard of loosely associated artists successfully immortalized for us the fleeting, surprising beauty of the everyday through bright colors and brilliant brushwork. Their works depict lush views of shaded woodlands, glowing fields and crashing seas, as well as rooftops at dawn and people at play.

Few periods in art are more beloved today than the Impressionist era, partly because of the revolutionary nature of the movement and its beautiful use of color. Before Impressionism, French artists would paint mostly in their studios and their skills were measured by the standards of the Royal Academy in France. Painting in the 1860s and 1870s underwent dramatic changes in style and method. In plein-air painting, artists took their canvases outdoors into nature. Among the earliest works in the exhibition are Charles-François Daubigny’s The River Seine at Mantes (1856) and Gustave Courbet’s Island Rock (1862), which reveals the impact of plein-air sketching on landscapes of the time. Heirs to the plein-air tradition, French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro and Gustave Caillebotte, painted highly elaborate “impressions” — the seemingly spontaneous, rapidly executed landscapes that prompted the name of their movement.

Landscape painting had been a part of the European tradition for centuries. However until the 19th century landscapes typically served to tell a story or provide the setting for mythological, historical or literary tales. The new generation of artists would depict nature not as a dramatic backdrop, but as a subject of inherent beauty and dignity. These landscapes of the late 19th century and early 20th century became popular in part because of the desires of urban patrons who found themselves cut off from nature after having flocked to the bustling cities of the industrial age.

Beginning in the mid 19th century, many artists from other European countries and America set out to find inspiration in France, attending French art academies and frequenting the painting locations made famous by their Barbizon and Impressionist predecessors. Many American artists’ were especially inspired by French Impressionism; some even had direct contact with leading French painters, sharing landscape sights or seeking informal guidance from admired mentors. The American works on display in the Speed’s special exhibition demonstrate the eagerness of these artists to retain their progressive aesthetics after returning home. Their works depict beaches, factories, tenements and recognizable landmarks such as Central Park, distinguished by lively broken brushwork and brilliant colors. The Americans delighted in presenting images of people at play such as William Glackens’ Bathing at Bellport, Long Island (1912) and John Singer Sargent’s Dolce Far Niente (1907) (loosely translated as Carefree Idleness) or depicting locations such as in Willimantic Thread Factory (1893) by Julian Alden Weir and Robert Spencer’s The White Tenement (1913).

Background and Information for Visitors
The special companion exhibition The Gardens at Giverny: A View of Monet’s World; Photographs by Stephen Shore is included with admission. In this 1974 portfolio, Shore captures on film the place that inspired some of Monet’s most beloved works. Today the gardens, and Shore’s photographs, stand as a testament to in the importance of Giverny in Monet’s life and work.

Admission to Impressionist Landscapes: Monet to Sargent is $5 for Museum members, $10 for non-members. Group rates are available by calling 502.634.2960 or by e-mailing As a special holiday promotion, when you buy three tickets you will receive one free through December 26, 2010. Tickets are now on sale.

Artist: Present & Past

In Artist: Present & Past on December 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Rowan Leaves Around a Hole, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, October 25, 1987.


Argh! Finals week = I have no time to do new posts. Fortunately, I have the art of Andy Goldsworthy to make me focus on the ambiance and calm that can be found in the perfection of nature.

Goldsworthy is a British photographer who works with anything and everything natural – rocks, sand, wood, leaves, etc. – in an attempt to make art that works with his environment (literally) rather than through it. He is inspired by movement, change, light, and the transience of life, among other things. His photographs are taken with standard lenses and film, and he never digitally alters his work. One of the funny things about his photographs is that even though “being green” is a trend that’s just caught on in the past few years, Goldsworthy has been doing this stuff for the past four decades.