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See It Now: Mannequin Series

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, See It Now on July 15, 2011 at 1:00 am

Artist Statement:

I incorporate the form of the nude female mannequin in my paintings to serve as an iconic symbol. These hybrid forms reveal a parallelism with society’s cultural ideals. Their identical, clone-like appearance suggests a culture that persuades its members to conform. The compositions express a type of confinement: as a specimen in attempts to preserve youthfulness, undergoing invasive surgery to be physically ideal or manipulating genes at the source of creation – to reach cultural ideals.

On exhibit at the Mellwood Art Center in the Pigment Gallery, hosted by K.A.S. Gallery.

Fun and Glass Art for a Good Cause

In Art Classes, Art Organizations, Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Gallery on May 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Come one, come all to the glass carnival! Running from June 3 – July 30, Flame Run is pulling out all the stops for this fun-filled kid-centric glass art exhibit.

The show will include whimsical contemporary glass art such as Eddie Bernard’s alphabet zoo animals and Shelley Muzylowski Allen’s colorful jester giraffes. And what would a carnival be without ice cream vendors, balloon animals, face-painting, and giant (four-feet tall) popsicles at the Flame Run entrance!

Proceeds from the show (10 percent of all sales) will benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Children are invited to an opening day kid-friendly reception from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 4. Steve Scherer will do a flame-working demonstration and Carrie Battista will do a hot glass demonstration.

Revelry Gallery Opens Two Contemporary Art Exhibits this Friday

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm
In the Main Gallery, Louisville native Ezra Kellerman presents his new collection of contemporary conceptual drawings.  These large-format installations on reclaimed wood are built like poems or formulas with contrived and appropriated images assembled as symbols and metaphors.
In the REV Gallery, professional glass blower, Miah Hunt presents a new collection of grounded and suspended glass pieces.  This work explores the shape and flow of objects in nature and the effect of gravity on matter. William McAvinue co-exhibits.
Everyone is invited to come take part in the refreshments, art, music, and dynamic social scene!
Artists’ reception Friday, January 14 from 6:00- 10:00

Neil Callander’s Upcoming Show

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Dusty's Tapes, 20″ x 20″ oil on linen on panel, 2010.

Neil Callander, an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Louisville, will show Basement Paintings at the Kentucky School of Art on Sunday January 9th from 3-5. The show will run through January 31st. The show consists of paintings from the last 3 years that were created in (and affected by) Neil’s basement-studio. Refreshments will be provided.

To see more of Neil’s work visit his website.

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.

The Speed Art Museum Announces…

In Kentucky Art Exhibits on November 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Brown-Forman Art After Dark: Futurama!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky. The Speed Art Museum announces Brown-Forman Art After Dark: Futurama! on Friday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (family friendly fun until 9:00 p.m.). Art After Dark is an evening of museum-wide entertainment which will allow visitors of all ages to experience a night at the Speed unlike ever before.

Futurama! will tie together a lineup of music, visual spectacle, creative art-making, and fun relating to the mid-20thcentury ideas of the future. With performances by Phantom Family Halo, whose music has been hailed by LA Weekly as “abrazenly beautiful experimental-rock thing to behold.” Originally formed in Louisville by Dominic Cipolla (including members of Slint and The For Carnation), Phantom Family will be reuniting for this artful performance that will include light and video installations in the Museum’s Auditorium.

The evening will also feature lo-fi, low tech, outer space sound-scape performances with circuit bent gadgetry, a hacked Mr. Microphone radio transmission installation, intergalactic junk sculpture “Satolights” and a mobile sonic-suit unit by artist Scott Scarboro.

Filmmaker Ryan Daly (of the Louisville Film Society) will unveil a custom-created film installation in the Museum’s Tapestry Gallery. Daly’s creation will invite visitors to step into the spaced out Cinema Rondure, a dome that immerses viewers in psychedelic cinema featuring 16mm prints from the cinemanonymous archive.

Theatrical fashion vignettes inspired by the TMC hit Mad Men, ala vintage store The Nitty Gritty (a Louisville favorite since 2000, owned by Terri Burt).

Hands-on art participation is abundant. Become a futurologist and predict the museum of the future and contribute to a giant space age sculpture, make and wear your own mod-style magazine ad and more!

Calling all MODsters! Visitors are encouraged to drive their vintage mopeds, scooters, and Vespas to the museum. Anyone who parks their vintage moped on the Museum front lawn will receive one free ticket to Art After Dark: Futurama!.

Art Sparks will be open until 11:00 p.m.

Also available will be tastings of specialty Brown-Forman cocktails and complimentary food samplings from Liquor Barn.

Admission is $5 for Museum members (including University of Louisville and Bellarmine University students, faculty and staff), $15 for non-members. Purchase a museum membership at the door for $5 admission to Art After Dark.


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.”

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!