Saturday, May 23, 2009

Drawn to the Figuire at La Vida

On Friday evening I went to "Drawn to the Figuire" at La Vida HealthCare {La Vida Gallery} to see the work of Keith Theriot with my companion Janene. Now many of us have seen Keith's paintings, but how many have seen so much of his drawings in one place?

Just so you know I am a fan of Keith's work! This guy has quite an interesting history, I was mesmerized by this work! Just so you know {artists will allready know this} If you can draw can pretty much do any painting you desire.

I saw Tommy Cannalonga, Josh Garrick, Dilcia Sabio and many other friends at this showing. it was a light turnout, but quality people and sometimes that is better than a big crowd. Keith sold 3 pieces this night! And I would have to say it was a succesfull opening! here is a picture of Keith and I next to a great piece!

Also here is the piece without me and Keith getting in the way pretty nice huh?

I enjoyed myself this evening!

Fredlund Gallery on Wedsday and Third Thursday!

Hello Everyone!

I have been a busy bee lately, so this may be a long blog post, on Wedsday I paid a visit to Fredlund Gallery over on Park Avenue, and chatted with John Fredlund, He is an informative guy, and allways has some wisdom to impart concerning the art business, Fredlund Gallery as a general rule doesn't have many openings, only on special occasions, but the artwork in his gallery is top notch and the price points are not low. I saw a piece in there by Bill Mack that I loved, it was a metal sculptural piece of 2 nude women, I don't have a picture to show you yet but I will hopefully tommorow. The price of the piece is $35000! It's a whopper! and worth every penny!

On Thursday I worked at the Gallery at Avalon Island as I usually do on Third Thursday! Chad and Holly's Showing was GREAT!!!! and Marcos Cruz's work stands out as well. I am aware of 5 of Chad's Pieces that sold and maybe 2 others, Holly sold 1 that I am aware of, as did Marcos! We had one hell of a great crowd! WOW! It's allways good when artists sell work at a showing! Sometimes it Can be really rough trying to sell art. but we just have to keep moving forward.

A little before and some after I was able to see some of the other showings on Third Thursday, before I left for downtown that early afternoon I saw on facebook that Olde Town Brokers over off of Central and Summerlin was doing a Third Thursday opening, so I dropped by, there was the work of 3 artists in there but the only one that stood out to me was an experimental photography piece, I'm sorry I don't recall the name of said artist but the piece was at the top of the stairs, go have a look while it is still up.

Also I had a chance to look in Roho Coffee House, where I saw work by German Lemus, ever since I have known this guy he has been improveing his skills, this guy is versatile! He can do Urban Art, Fine Art, Murals, you name it! Anyway he had a combo on new work and old, His cougar piece on parchment was a stand out piece! look at that one and then the others and you will see the progression! He also had some work at FOI, but I will say more about that in a bit!

When I went into The City Arts Factory, I was allmost about to be late, so I went upstairs to the Loft, and saw the "Art of Noise" basically music oriented artwork. There was a lot of good quality artwork up there, the stand outs had to be by an artist named Picollo! Maybe I will go back and buy one before the showing is over!

After The Gallery at Avalon showing was closed for the night, I just had to go see what the AKA Lounge had, and I was not disappointed, The photography of Catherine Folks is what I loved, this young lady had an assortment of great work in the AKA, I was very tempted {and still am} tempted to buy her Buhhda piece right then and there! But she had other quality pieces as well, very affordable pieces!

Then I made my way to FOI, and guess what? I saw German Lemus's work again and Senor Lemus himself smiling and having a ball! He had a Marley piece in there that was a WOWZER piece! FOI seemed to be the happening place to be, it was maybe 10-11 PM and there was still a great crowd!

I had a great night!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Third Thursday is 2 Days Away!!!!!

Third Thursday is only 2 days away, and its allways an exciting evening!! I work over at The Gallery at Avalon Island on Third Thursday, so usually I go to the different venues earlier to see what gems of art may be seen! On Monday me and Jeff hung a great showing at Avalon of Chad Polpeter, Holly Earheart, and Marcos Cruz in the Cafe! You know I own a piece that Chad made and I love it! So you all may see the piece I own...Ta Da!

Anyway I am a Fan of Chad Polpeter artwork, so I am a bit biased! But what is better than owning an artwork that speaks to you??? Anyway back to the subject, Out of the pieces of Chad's work in this current showing, I think I like the Ram piece best! We hung it on the back right wall, so don't miss this piece, it's great! Out of Holly's work I loved the two nudes piece, I'm afraid I don't have the title but this piece tells lots of stories, it's very deep, look closely and you will understand. In the Cafe Marcos Cruz's sculpture is there! Frankly I love it all! But the stand out piece is a freestanding sculpture with some color right in front of the window!

Also on Third Thursday we have Charles Marklin over at Mother Falcon Clothing! This guy has some quality work, and you can take home a T-shirt with his work!! here is the details;

*Event opens 5.21.09 on 3rd Thursday from 6-9pm (refreshments served).
*Music provided by DJ Queso.
*Tent to protect you from the rain will be in full effect

Mother Falcon Clothing will be participating in May 2009's 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop (in association with the Downtown Arts District) and will be premiering the extremely talented artist Charles Marklin.

Mother Falcon takes an unusual twist with its 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop participation where you can not only view Marklin's work, but you can also take home an Art T-shirt with Charles Marklin's original artwork on the shirt!

Here is an example of Charles's work;

I know Mother Falcon is a bit farther on the Art Walk, but this one is worth it! and besides who cant afford a t-shirt? This way you CAN own original art, and not break the bank! I intend to buy one myself!

Also I am sure FOI has a great showing! They allways do, I'm just not sure who it is this time! Also don't miss The City Arts Factory or the AKA Lounge, allways great showings!

Also be sure to drop by into The Pound and congratulate Consuelo on a great opening at Senso Supperclub last week, and say hello!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Patrick Scott Barnes Video of Art Stalk!

I came across this recently, and was I suprised! some of a showing by The Arts Hub {Me and Jason Lee} that we had in the AKA Lounge happens to be in this video, as well as the other venues! Thanks a ton Patrick!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Consuelo Bellini's Stained Spaces

Last Night I went to Consuelo Bellini's Stained Spaces over at Senso SupperClub {it used to be Zinc Bar} This was GREAT!!! This woman has introduced a different art presentation than any I have seen in Orlando! Basically she has taken mesh grating{ I'm not sure how to explain so bear with me} and introduced a type of paint and through labor intensive work has created pieces of beauty! I was taken by the colors of a Peacock piece{wish I had a picture to show you} The Peacock was just oozed abject beauty! I also loved the Coy Fish piece, all those dramatic colors WOW! I do have this picture to show you of her work

She is produceing an art form that to my knowledge doesnt exist in Orlando, frankly I am suprised that no art galleries havent picked her up! all the pieces were hanging from the ceiling with good tracklighting, I have to say this really worked! Considering what Consuelo is produceing the prices are reasonable, I hope she can make some sales of this artwork!
also for that evening I met Ward Cotrell again. I had met him once before, but I'm fuzzy on where. Also I finally met Sonja Haltiwanger in person, as well as Charles Marklin{going to try to go see his opening in the Peacock Room next week}
Also it must be mentioned that Consuelo had the assistance of Ashley Hoven to get everything organized,{artists need people with these skills} Overall this was a GREAT OPENING!

Celebrating Citrus Landscape at COMMA gallery

Last Tuesday I went to COMMA gallery for Celebrating Citrus Landscape, I had missed the first two installments and needed to catch up, I saw quite a bit of quality artwork, and generally good quality is a norm for the COMMA, The one that was a standout for me was "Wild Oranges" by Robin Pedero

There was a small crowd that night, but it was a rainey night, It was a nice reception, Generally I exspect high quality from the COMMA, and that is what I allways see when I go there! I allways have admired Karen Carasik and Kim Sumner for their tireless work to have a quality gallery. I look forward to see what is next at COMMA!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Journey To Ireland Opening and Reception

Last Friday Creative Spirit Art Gallery had it opening reception "Journey to Ireland" We had a pack of people, enough food to feed 3 armies, and enough wine for 2 of them, I think we had somewhere around 150-200 people come through that night, I have to give kudos to both the artists Erika Avery and Patricia McNeese, both of them worked very hard to get the word out and to self promote themselves, which allways makes my job easier. Patricia McNeeses's Photograph of a Celtic Cross from southern Ireland still stands out as a Iconic Image in my mind. I co-op part of CSAG also sold some artwork, though the Presenting artists did not, but we still have some time to go........

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Morning Farmers Market Downtown Orlando

On Sunday early afternoon I went to the downtown Orlando farmers market, It was nice and a bit busy, I saw Gayle Peck at her space selling her photography and by all appearances she was doing well, For those of you that don't know Gayle, this woman has come a lonnng way! Her artistic photography is frankly gorgeous! Gayle also is about the sweetest woman you could meet! I looked for Harriet Duncan and Tres Longwell, but I missed Harriet, only Tres was at their booth, Next time I guess, I bought my specialty bread and a sweet watermelon and headed out!

Nuebarth & Gillenwater P.A. Opening!

On Saturday Night I went to Nuebarth & Gillenwater P.A. a the Center over on North Mills, For those of you that arent familiar with the place, this is also Gallery Q at the Center, basically its a Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Community Center, but it also is the Gallery Space for Quack {Queer Arts Collective} The current President is M.Scott Morgan is you have any interest in joining the Organization, Heterosexual members do exist in this organization.

Anyway... This showing consisted of Artwork by Sandy Nuebarth and Bonnie Gillenwater, The artwork was a mix of figurative and abstract figurative work, some nudes and some abject beauty pieces, I was struck by one of Sandy's Pieces I cant recall the title. but it was a male chest figure with a point of negative space to the left, and somehow that piece sticks out in my mind, I'm surprised it isn't sold yet.

Bonnie had many nice pieces, but the one that really stands out to me was a piece with a side view of a woman almost a elegance piece, the woman is in a nice dress sitting, looking like she is waiting for a waiter to bring her some champagne. Its a soft piece and only $200! If I had the funds I would have bought it right there!

The crowd was medium, some teachers from the Maitland Art Center were in attendance, as were members of Quack and fans of Gallery Q. If you haven't been here before, I suggest you go see this showing! It will be up for a month!

Tampering with Reality at Gallery 17.92

On Friday I went to Monte Olingers' showing of "Tampering With Reality", This really was some expressive great work! The overall attendance was Excellent! Just about anyone who was anyone in the Visual Arts here in Orlando that I know or know of was in attendance! Gallery 17.92 doesn't have openings often, but when they do, they don't skimp on anything! Monte was working the crowd and having a ball by the look of it! My Business partner Jason Lee was able to make it out and I think he ran into am old friend he hadn't seen in a while, I saw Jeff Shonkwiler {} out there with Joulia Vitaliy obviously having a good time, Shannon Larimar {Head Guy with the Downtown Arts District} This guy I think is going to really change the downtown arts district in great way. Karen Carasik {COMMA art Gallery} was there and seemed to be enjoying herself, Of Course Donna Dowless was there. I was concerned about her, because it was VERY hot in the gallery, with that many people cool air doesn't circulate well. I absolutely loved this opening! This was a great night!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gibson Guitar Town at The Downtown Farmers Market

On the 25th I went to the downtown farmers market, as I usually do on Sundays to get some goodies and see a few artist friends, well this time the Gibson Guitar artists were out in force, meeting and greeting, and the big and small guitars were all out there. It was packed, and I had a blast, I saw many artists that I am very fond of and some other art promoters as well. I finally got to see the Guitar that Chuck Dinkins painted, He is a very talented guy, and very modest. I also got a chance to Chat with Monte Olinger and thank him for the artwork he gave me! I adore the piece! I also got an opportunity to talk with Monte's wife Meredith, and for a second there, both of our Texas accents came out, it was pretty nice. I also saw Donna Dowless,{she is a sweet woman} Mark Hadley, Nyazhul {whom I adore}, and Juan Sepulveda and many more! This was a great day!

Jane Seymour's Art Opening at the Wentworth Art Gallery

On the 24th I attended Jane Seymour's art show opening at the Wentworth Art Gallery, with my companion Janene Rick, I had been invited by Sarah Adina via Facebook, I didn't exactly know what to expect, I had never visited this gallery before. Frankly It was a very nice opening, when Miss Seymour arrived, I found her to be warm and approachable, as to the artwork, much of it was giclees, but some original as well, I found myself imagining I was in a English Garden on an English estate. Janene bought a small artwork of a sunflower, and was very happy, Overall I was very pleased I attended!