Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upcoming shows and stuff...

I will have art in several exhibitions coming up this spring and summer. Cool. Of course, the first will be the LUSO-American Surrealism of the 21st Century Exhibition at the LuminArte Gallery in Dallas, TX from 22 March through 26 April, 2014. Opening reception will be on 22 March from 5-7 pm. This group show will include some spectacular artists from both the USA and Portugal including France Garrido, Joe MacGown, K.D. Matheson, Shahla Rosa, Steve Smith, and Olga Spiegel from the USA and Victor Lages, Paula Rosa, Francisco Urbano, and Santiago Ribeiro from Portugal. Not sure exactly how this collaboration between these two countries came about, but no doubt about it, there will be some cool artwork present! I am planning on sending a couple of pieces, both mixed media on wood: "Going Green" and "Gordenobyte", 

Going Green

Check out the awesome poster that Steve Smith came up for with for the show (below)! I have seen a couple of press releases already. Here is a link to one [link]. 

Hopefully, next on the agenda will be a couple of pieces in the Cotton District Juried Arts Exhibition on 12 April. I submitted three pieces for the show, but you never know if any will be accepted. Depends on the juror, who is a different artist each year. This year's juror is David Lambert, a noted southern artist with a very unique style. Check out his web site: http://davidlambertart.com/  I have had great success the last few times I have entered things in this show, and have even won best of show a time or two including last year with my watercolor and ink piece entitled "Cancer". But, that means absolutely nothing with a different judge each year. You could win something one year, and not even be accepted the next! Its always a great show either way. So, if possible, make plans to come see it and the Cotton District Arts Festival in general. Lots of music, art, and food. Even a 5k race. 

"Cancer", Best of Show winner, 2013 Cotton District Juried Arts Exhibition
The three pieces I entered this year are "Convergence," "Going to the Circus," and "March Madness." The first two are done in a similar style and just recently finished, but March Madness is  quite different. It has a raw, street art feel to. People either freakin' love this picture or pretty much hate it. I like it and it was fun as hell to do. If you don't like it, I automatically put you into that "uncool" category. Sorry. Will do more of this type of painting in the future. But, really, my favorite of the three is "Convergence." Really liked how this turned out. I sure hope it gets in, just so people can see it!

Going to the Circus
March Madness
On May 5th, from 5 to 7 pm, Laurie Burton, Joseph H. MacGown (my artistic son), and I will be having a small show and reception in Laurie's studio/gallery on Jackson Street here in Starkville, MS. Will write more about it as the date approaches. I have written about Laurie's works before, and I think this will be a fun little show. It will not be a big one, but we will have some interesting things on display, all of which will be for sale. We plan on having prints and smaller things for sale as well. Not to mention, refreshments! If you want a preview of Laurie's freaky sculpture, she has nine of them on display right now at the Union Gallery on the Mississippi State campus. There will be a reception for this show this Thursday, February 13th from 4 to 6 pm. Come on out! And, oh yeah, they always have a great spread (nothing alcoholic of course, on this campus). 

Sculpture by Laurie Burton
What else? Oh yeah, Alison Buehler of the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center here in Starkville asked me if would like to have a show at their awesome cool place this May/June. Well, yeah! Don't have dates yet, so will update that later. The center is something that she and her husband started a while back, and its pretty cool for this area. Lots of activities, rotating shows, interactive gardens, etc. Read more about the place at: http://msmodernhomestead.com/

Some other cool news.  I will have at least some artwork in an really trippy book called "The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs." This full color hardback book scheduled for late 2014 is being done by the Dreams and Divinities group, written by Gromyko Semper, Liba W. Stambollion, and Bruce Rimell, and designed and laid out by  Liba W. Stambollion. This encyclopedia will feature the surreal and fanciful works of 105 amazing international arts as they illustrate the imaginary "Garden of Fernal Delights." Read more about this fantastic book project and see select works by the artists involved at http://www.visionaryartexhibition.com/garden-of-fernal-delights.html

As for myself, I will have at least one work, "Green Silence," and possibly others, in this super trippindicular book. 

Green Silence

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