two exhibitions in August

 

Friday, July 23 thru September 3: Art Melt
Forum 35’s Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Now in its 13th year, Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, and performing arts. The winners of the 2016 Art Melt will be announced at the Art Melt Preview Party on Friday, July 22, 2016. Doors open to the ticketed event at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $85/individual or $150/couple. Catering will be provided by Ruffino’s, with music by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The Preview Party will also be the first opportunity for the public to view the exhibit and purchase artwork. Saturday, July 23, 2016 will be the exhibit’s official opening night and is free to the public. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Saturday will also feature an outdoor festival with cultural and musical performances, an arts marketplace, a children’s section and food options by local vendors. Following opening night, viewing of the gallery will be available during regular museum hours and included in the regular museum admission fee until September 3, 2016.

August 6 – September 18, 2016: Louisiana Contemporary
June 8, 2016 (New Orleans) -The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, with support of The Helis Foundation, will once again produce the exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, opening on Whitney White Linen Night, August 6, 2016, and on display until September 18, 2016. The annual, state-wide, juried exhibition was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, to provide exhibition space for the work of living artists, and to engage an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.
In other news, here are three newly finished pieces:
nothing is funnier than unhappiness, acrylic on wood panel, 45x35

nothing is funnier than unhappiness, acrylic on wood panel, 45×35

 

why is it never enough? just enjoy, acrylic on wood panel, 45x35

why is it never enough? just enjoy, acrylic on wood panel, 45×35

 

intended mainly for separation, acrylic on wood panel, 10x14

intended mainly for separation, acrylic on wood panel, 10×14

Other places to see my work:
Graphite Galleries, New Orleans, LA
Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA

 

made in July, on exhibit in August

i finally learned to love myself, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

i finally learned to love myself, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

fragile / and much less in control, acrylic on wood panel, 45x23

fragile / and much less in control, acrylic on wood panel, 45×23

I received word that two of my paintings have been selected for the Louisiana Contemporary 2016 exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. This annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center. Bill Arning, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is the juror this year and has selected 78 pieces from over 1000 pieces submitted from more than 330 artists. The exhibition will run August 6 thru September 18, but here are a couple of important dates to remember:

Friday, August 5, 2016 – Preview Party and Artist Reception for Louisiana Contemporary, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. This is where the juror, Bill Arning (Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston) will give a statement and will announce the prize winners.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – White Linen Night, Opening Reception for Louisiana Contemporary, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Other artists included in the exhibition: Artemis Antippas, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Brian Barbieri, Aron Belka, Chris Berntsen, James Billeaudeau, David Bordett, Susan Bowers, Vincent Cellucci, David Colannino, Drew Cooke, William DePauw, Jer’Lisa Devezin, Benjamin Diller, Adrione Domino, Troy Dugas, Abdi Farah, Ida Floreak, James Flynn, John Gargano, Shawn Hall, Ronna Harris, Margot Herster, Peter Horjus, Susan Ireland, Xavier Juarez, Kelli Scott Kelley, Jenna Knoblach, Avery Lawrence, Chris Lawson, Andrew LeBlanc, Ernest Joshua Littles, Shawne Major, Kristin Meyers, Ti-Rock Moore, Lake Newton, Casey Parkinson, Paul Rizzo, Ryan Sartin, Arthur Severio, Bennett Sewell, Maxx Sizeler, Patch Somerville, Dixon Stetler, Andrew Stubbs, and Dan Tague.

Also, in-between building and prepping several new panels, I have been able to complete two new large paintings since the last studio update:

how do you dress one hundred and ninety-nine pounds of disappointment?, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

how do you dress one hundred and ninety-nine pounds of disappointment?, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

 

i don't want to be honest, but i want you to believe me, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

i don’t want to be honest, but i want you to believe me, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45