I am not one to be drawn to traditional art supplies. I don’t tend to go gaga over watercolor papers or a specific brand of oil pastels. I usually just love the bizarre, non-traditional objects that I believe are destined to end up as art–like abandoned lunch trays, old silkscreen frames and Cracker Jack boxes.
My primary focus has been Xerography, and I’ve had little use for pens and pencils over the years. However, as I begin exploring new techniques for an upcoming series, I have to admit that I have fallen in love with the Sakura Pigma Micron pens.
They are a fairly inexpensive alternative to the technical pen. I am particularly in love with the Micron 05. You have to use a very light touch, which isn’t really my norm, but the delicate results are just unbelievable. They are pigment based, don’t bleed or feather, and they are archival.
Here we go
At the end of 2012 when I am normally planning for the coming year with anticipation, something broke. My Dad died unexpectedly, and my creativity came to a screeching halt. I seemed unable to find a voice. I haven’t been able to find something to say for over 8 months now.
Today, while sitting in the doctor’s office hearing that I will need yet another surgery, I found my voice. While sitting there listening to the doctor explain that my body has turned against me once again, I realized how pissed off I am to be sick…again.
Not all art comes from anger, but it can be a fantastic catalyst. As I sat and marinated in my newest health debacle, I immediately began to feel guilty for being angry. Everyone’s body turns on them eventually…that’s how we die. I’m not alone.
I have generations of family whose bodies have abandoned them in the end. And I also have the pictures of them before they knew what was coming. My grandmother, pictured here at 36, had no idea that 63 years later her most common phrase would be, “Do I know you?”
Art is found in contrast. I found my voice again, and it really isn’t pretty.
I haven’t picked the winners of Knox Photo 2013 yet, and the show opens in approximately 16 hours. I’ll do my part, I promise. But, I need you to do yours and come see the show. Here are all the details from the original press release…
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the first annual Knoxville Photo 2013, a new exhibition featuring selected works from 36 artists throughout the Southeast region. Knoxville Photo was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their highest quality work. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, abstracts, and more, and will be displayed in the Emporium Center from July 5-26, 2013. A public reception will take place on Friday, July 5, from 5:00-9:00 PM with an awards ceremony at 6:00 PM in which $750 in cash awards will be announced.
R.L. Gibson served as juror for the exhibition and viewed images from about 100 artists in twelve states to select the exhibition. “With a camera in almost every cell phone, photography has become the universal medium of artistic and creative expression,” she said. “The nearly 500 entries presented a jury challenge… so I chose to search for the soul of the image. I want the show to suspend disbelief for the viewer just long enough for them to be transported to a time, a place or an emotion.”
R.L. Gibson is a nationally-shown artist working and “living on vacation” in Gatlinburg with work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles. Gibson opened her newest Xerography series Psychomachia with Arizona artist Jerry Portelli. She is now working on a text series for show in 2013/2014. Gibson works almost exclusively as a Xerographist, producing complicated layered photographic compositions and then hand-transferring these images to a variety of substrates resulting in a unique monotype. In addition to producing her own work and work in collaboration with other artists, Gibson also runs ArtAndArtDeadlines.com, a fun and quirky, food-themed art blog that offers reviews of emerging artists, shows from great galleries, and FREE Art Deadlines and Calls for Entry as an artist’s resource. For more information on R.L. Gibson, visit www.rlgibson.com.
The following artists’ works will be shown:
+ Sheila Chesanow of Athens, TN
+ Megan Pinch and Dan Robinson of Bristol, TN
+ Mike Gannon of Fairview, TN
+ Jeffrey Stoner and Billie Wheeler of Kingsport, TN
+ Trissa Gurney of Kingston, TN
+ Melinda Adams, Kayla Anderson, Luis Caicedo, Joel Fairstein, Jacques Gautreau, Becky Huckaby, Adam PD Hutsell, Mary Gretchen Kaplan, Marga Hayes McBride, Julie L. Rabun, Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Trecia Todd, Kurt K. Weiss, and Amy Williams of Knoxville, TN
+ Karen Jones of Lenoir City, TN
+ Michael Murphy of Morristown, TN
+ Sue Henry of Nolensville, TN
+ Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill, TN
+ AngelaDawn of Powell, TN
+ Julie Oglesby of Seymour, TN
+ Spears McAllester of Signal Mountain, TN
+ Antuco Chicaiza of Sweetwater, TN
+ Nicole Harper of Toney, AL
+ Rebecca Griggs of Chicago, IL
+ Wesley Duffee-Braun and Gary Peeples of Asheville, NC
+ Alicia Leeke of Columbia, SC
+ Trent Frazor of Pickens, SC
+ Paige Barbush of Meadowview, VA
+ Richard Phelps of Midlothian, VA
The reception on Friday, July 5, is free and open to the public, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. Knoxville Photo 2013 is on display July 5-26, 2013 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, July 6, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit www.knoxalliance.com.
My husband calls me “nauseatingly optimistic.” So when I read this show description, I thought, “What could be more fitting for this nauseating optimist? I decided I had to enter:
“To dance on the plain of pure pleasure. To share extreme happiness with the world. Enjoyment in it’s purest form. A dance between the happiest of realities and the imagination.
“What gives you, the artist, great pleasure? What delights you the most? Share it here and share it with the world!” –from MelissaWolfFineArts.com
Virtual Delight is the latest online showcase for Melissa Wolf Fine Arts and was juried by Roxie Munro, Artist, Author, Lecturer. And much to my surprise and virtual delight, I was juried into the show and found one of my two images on the front page representing the show. I’m thrilled, just thrilled.
For those of you hesitating about entering online competitions, I encourage you to think of them as the art publication opportunities of yesterday. Art Magazines are rarer and rarer, and online publication opportunities are slowly taking their place. Give it a try; maybe you’ll be delighted as well.
Take a look as this unique offering from
Melissa Wolf Fine Arts…
I am suspicious of any restaurant called Mom’s or Pop’s. Let’s face it, they are setting themselves up for failure. I promise you, Mom’s Diner’s biscuits will not taste like my Mom’s biscuits. And Pop’s Italian won’t taste like your Pop’s meatballs. But, I get it. There is comfort in the familiar. This next Call has a little something familiar to my readers. Take a look…
Check out this Call for Entries from The Arts & Culture Alliance for Knoxville Photo 2013. This is a great show run by a great organization. I’ve shown here several times, and the juror is fantastic. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…
CALL for ENTRIES:
Knoxville Photo 2013
Hosted by the Arts & Culture Alliance, the first annual Knoxville Photo 2013 was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will be selected by the juror, R.L. Gibson, for exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location.
ELIGIBILITY: All artists 18 years and older living in the US.
MEDIA: Photography in four categories:
- The Human Experience (streetscapes, cityscapes, and environmental portraiture)
- Our Earth (landscapes, animals, nature – should not include man-made objects)
- Travel (any subject or genre, taken while away from home)
- Digital Imagination (digitally enhanced in the camera or in post-production, including composites, montages, abstracts)
DEADLINE: May 19, 2013
NOTIFICATION: June 10, 2013
ENTRY FEE: $30 for up to 3 images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to 7 add’l images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).
JUROR: R.L. Gibson is a nationally-shown artist working and “living on vacation” in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with work in galleries from New York to Los Angeles. Gibson opened her newest Xerography series Psychomachia with Arizona artist Jerry Portelli. She is now working on a text series for show in 2013/2014. Gibson works almost exclusively as a Xerographist, producing complicated layered photographic compositions and then hand-transferring these images to a variety of substrates resulting in a unique monotype.
In addition to producing her own work and work in collaboration with other artists, Gibson also runs ArtAndArtDeadlines.com, a fun and quirky, food-themed art blog that offers reviews of emerging artists, shows from great galleries, and FREE Art Deadlines and Calls for Entry as an artist’s resource.
AWARDS: At least $600 in cash awards will be presented at the exhibition’s Opening Reception on July 5 at the Emporium. Awards include: $200 Best in Show, four $100 Best of Category awards, and a cash award for Best Work by an Alliance member. In addition, the juror will provide written comments on all entries. Awards are as designated by the juror, whose decision is final.
SALES: Every effort is made to promote sales. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance, who retains a 25% commission (20% for cash and check sales).
For complete details, Read the Full Call!
I have a wonderful relationship with many of my readers at ArtAndArtDeadlines.com, despite never having met most of them. But, if you’ve every been curious to meet me in person, here’s your chance if you’re in the Knoxville, TN area. I’d love to put some smiling faces with your emails.
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM:
How to get a Show w/ guest R.L. Gibson
“Join R. L. Gibson, artist, blogger & Editor of Art & Art Deadlines.com, a food-themed art blog, as she reviews the secrets to increasing your chances of success getting into group and solo shows. As a former gallery director, arts administrator, and recipient of more rejection letters than she’d like, Gibson will guide you through a fun, food-themed 40-minute presentation followed by Q&A. Handouts available. Receive a FREE entry into ArtAndArtDeadlines.com’s Featured Artist contest just for joining us! 40-minute presentation followed by Q&A. Handouts available. Free for members; $5 for non-members (pay at the door).”
So, come on by, and I’ll start working up new food puns for your entertainment.
Click Here for More Info! See you there!
Three of the members of my own personal art circus are headed to New Hampshire for the Winter Salon Show at the Soo Rye Art Gallery in Rye, NH. Of the 12 pieces I submitted, they chose Pride, Greed and Patience (left to right below). What an odd combination. Greed is one of my favorites in the Psychomachia series, and of course, I love them all like my children. But visually and philosophically, they make for an unusual combination. It makes me wish more than ever that I could attend this opening.
For those of you that can’t make it the opening either,
here’s a little taste…
I am pleased to have been included in ID – The Object of Self at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT. Here’s a great pic of my little mermaid hanging amongst the other juried participants. Bottom right corner.
Be sure to visit the
Darkroom Gallery online
for a sneak peak
at the exhibit!
There is some humor, I suppose, in sending one of my more exposed self-portraits to a locale where it will be snowing before long. And, funny enough, this piece has legs. It has been from Phoenix, AZ to Los Angeles, CA then to Austin, TX…and now to Vermont. Ahhh, if time only permitted me to be her traveling companion. Maybe next time!