Sunday, February 16, 2020

SaveArtSpace Announces New Open Call for Art: Environmental Justice & the Natural Environment

Announcing a new open call for art!

Environmental Justice & the Natural Environment a group public art and gallery exhibition coming to Portland, May 2020.

SaveArtSpace asking artists to share their passionate concerns about the state of our natural environment and the resulting environmental injustice. Our natural environment is influx like never before, fires, floods, drought, famine, affecting those most vulnerable first. Right here in Portland, we have seen the devastating affects of the climate crises and the human impact on the natural environment. We must change our way of life and artists have the ability to demonstrate what a cleaner, heathier, and more just future must look like.
 
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See all available open calls at saveartspace.org/submit.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Enjoy the 57th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival


Experience the 57th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) Saturday, February 15th through Monday, February 17th, a three-day outdoor event, celebrating fine arts, live performances and local flavors. Coconut Grove will be transformed into a quaint artistic village where visitors can meet many of the world’s most talented artists, and take home a timeless piece of art at the 57th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival®. Among the festival’s 360 artists are artists from six countries (United States, Bahamas, Canada, Georgia, Peru and Columbia) and 42 states.


Complementing the visual arts is the popular Culinary Pavilion which features leading chefs from South Florida’s hottest restaurants and hotels. An entertainment stage in Peacock Park offers three-days of live performances and a Family Zone at Regatta Park brings out the artist in everyone. Purchase tickets for the Arts Festival here.


Hours: Gates Open at 10am each day of the festival. On Saturday and Sunday, gates close at 6pm / on Monday gates close at 5pm. See more admission and general information here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Experience the Abstract Expressionist Art of Brandon Aday at 'Art From The Heart' in the Miami Design District

South Florida Artist Brandon Aday works with acrylics & oils on canvas and paper, he is best known for his eye-catching, large-scale abstract paintings. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The artist also creates his own line of art merchandise, which includes home decor, apparel and accessories.



Brandon is passionate about giving back, he also participates in an annual art fundraising event 'Art From The Heart', taking place this year at Paradise Plaza in the Miami Design District on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 7-10pm. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase works from Miami's world renowned artists and talented emerging artists. There will be over 150 art pieces to select from. All proceeds from the art auction will go towards building a better tomorrow for 1,000 children in foster care at the Family Resource Center of South Florida. Enjoy an open bar, vendors, music, and delicious hors d' oeuvres prepared by Miami's premier chefs.


‘Incoherent Dimensionality in Development’, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36″ x 48″
This painting is one of three pieces being donated and auctioned at Art From The Heart on April 25, 2020

You can purchase tickets for the upcoming 'Art From The Heart' charity event at https://one.bidpal.net/artfromtheheart2020/welcome, and if you buy them before February 14th, you can use the Promo Code: EARLY to get them for half the normal price.


'Greed Decomposed on a Martian Desert', Mixed Media, 24 x 30 Inches

"I'm inspired by urban scenery, concrete structures, cracked sidewalks, or graffiti filled walls. If I see a stain or peeled paint on a weathered surface, I need to take a picture of it for later use. I have hundreds of these inspirational photos on my phone from random places. I like to look at them to absorb them into my subconscious, to come out in unexpected ways on the canvas," explained Aday.


Brandon Aday discussing his work on exhibit at Pridelines Gallery during Miami Art Week 2019, located in Miami’s historic MiMo/Little River District

To learn more about this fascinating artist, for sales, commissions or general inquires, please email: brandon@artbybrandonaday.com. Visit his website to purchase artwork as well as Brandon’s art merchandise, which includes home decor, apparel and accessories: www.artbybrandonaday.com. Use our special Promo Code MAS10 to purchase paintings that are available with this discount.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Port Saint Lucie “Dog Artist” Skip Hartzell Creates Art Inspired By Man’s Best Friend

For Skip Hartzell, known locally as “the dog artist,” the act of making art is one of benevolence, and also his dog art sells. He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. The artist creates large oil paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures inspired by man’s best friend that tug at the heartstrings of both art collectors and dog lovers alike.

Artist Skip Hartzell in his art studio

His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend. The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

‘Clueless #2’, Oil & Graphite on Canvas, 30 x 40 Inches

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture. The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.

Sculpture 16 x 16 x 12 Inches, and ‘The Muse Returns’ (2018), Mixed Media on Paper, 53 x 48 Inches

Hartzell’s art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork. “When you walk into Skip Hartzell’s studio you are greeted by hundreds of dogs in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. There are dogs on the wall that create an intriguing color field installation. There are medium size dogs standing or sitting and hanging all over the place. And his large dogs just ask to be hugged,” said Rickie Leiter, Publisher of The Rickie Report.

Happy Skip Hartzell Collectors, Art Palm Beach fair

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

‘Me Too’, Papercrete and Resin, 14 x 14 x 7 Inches

The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.

‘Swimmer #2’, Flashe on Canvas, 72 x 72 Inches

“If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell’s soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs,” said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show info, email: skipperhartzell@yahoo.com and visit www.skiphartzell.com

Artist Lenore Rae Lampi's Work Explores the Lush Folds, Twists and Forces of Physics in Natural Forms and Textiles

The possibilities of form and movement lend a fluidity to Lenore Lampi‘s sculptural ceramic artwork. Her work is appealing not only because the designs are eloquent, but also because the subject matter reflects poignant memories and notions of endurance.

Artist Lenore Rae Lampi

Sculptor Lenore Rae Lampi has been associated with her biomorphic birch bark series for years but has recently moved seamlessly into a new arena of cultural commentary and pop-art influenced objects. In her latest Big Bling Series, Lenore has embraced the forms of ribbons and bows, essentially birch bark of another kind, the outermost layer of cultural icons and nostalgic tendencies.

Lenore Rae Lampi, ‘Bow Form II’, Ceramic Sculpture, 18″H x 13″W x 14″D

Lampi’s signature work is a study in perception and a reflection o f the undulating movement of tree bark. Her Big Bling series explores adornments such as ribbons, bows, and streamers, monumentalizing these humble objects while evoking feelings of nostalgia. Both series use clay as a starting point to explore lush folds, twisting shapes, and the forces of physics in natural forms and textiles.

Lenore Rae Lampi, ‘Bling in Red’, Ceramic Wall Sculpture.
Clay with a cold finish of paint and flocking, 15″H x 20″W x 5″D

Collectors and art aficionados recently had the opportunity to experience Lampi’s work on exhibit at the 23rd Edition of Art Palm Beach with Steidel Contemporary Booth 422, January 30 – February 3, 2020. Work is available for sale through Artful Home, where select pieces can be purchased directly from their website, click here.

Lenore Rae Lampi, ‘Bling in Bronze’, Ceramic Wall Sculpture. Hand built from clay and finished with a metallic bronze-colored glaze. Dimensions for each, clockwise from upper left: 19″ x 17″, 19″ x 16″, 16″ x 12″.

Lenore Lampi earned a BA in fine art and an MA in art education from the University of Minnesota. She has studied under and learned from many notable artists, including Dorian Beaulieu, Bob Husby, Holly Anderson Jorde, and Wenzhi Zhang. She participated in the International Wood Fire Conference in China in 2007.


Lenore Rae Lampi, from the Big Bling Series, ceramic high relief wall sculpture. Mixed media with flocking, 14″ x 14″.

Always fascinated with the undulating forms in Classical drapery since the days of observing her mother’s workings as a seamstress, Lenore now captures this movement and narrative with a Pop Art sensibility. Her new series explores the notion of adornment of the affordable kind. Ribbons, bows, and streamers in an historical context may evoke feelings of nostalgia, kitsch, and pomp. Referencing Pop Art to describe the work, with the intention to monumentalize these humble objects.

Lenore Rae Lampi, ‘Buoyant Bling II’, 2019.
Ceramic Sculpture, 21″H x 17″W x 5″D.
vailable with Steidel Contemporary

Lampi’s current sculptural work has a bold narrative delineating the growing veneration of the female influence in American culture, meanwhile arousing the nostalgic infatuation with the ‘good old days’ that so many Americans seem to want to relive. For more information about this fascinating artist, to commission a piece, make an inquiry, or to learn about future exhibitions, please visit: www.lenorelampi.com