Pleased to announce the opening reception of two shows in which I have work. Closest to home is the “Spring Invitational 2013″ exhibition at the Salon Des Amis Gallery in Malvern. The piece “NYMPH” is represented in this show.
SPRING INVITATIONAL 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 2-6 pm
Show runs until May 20th
27 of the area’s finest artists will bring their paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more, to the exhibit.
Artists include: Betsy Alexander, Jeanne Alleva, Amy Anna, Mary Beaumont, George Beech, Robert Bohne, Sarah Bones, Alden Cole, Susan Curtin, Terry DeAngelo, Mike DeLuca, Jami Dewan, Allyn Gharbi, Mary Good, Joe Gorman, Robin Hotchkiss, Hugo Hsu, Alice Hyvonen, Ann Keech, Jeff Kimmel, Jeanne Kirchner, Jessica Libor, Roses Madrigale, Tom Madrigale, Charles Newman, Jerry Rubbo and Burnell Yow!
The gallery is located in a red converted carriage house at 2321 Yellow Springs Rd., Malvern, Pa. It is off rt. 29 in the Great Valley. (Do not use Mapquest, or you will get lost!) Call 610-647-6010 for directions, but please don’t call on the day of the reception. Directions can be found here.
Farther from home is “Eye of the Beholder: The Art of the Found Object” at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD. The piece “Moon Over Monk’s Train” is represented in this show.
Juror: Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Gallery Owner and Director of the Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD .
Exhibition Chair: Angela Petruncio
Maryland Federation of Art presents: Eye of the Beholder, national juried exhibition of works incorporating at least one found object into their presentation. The exhibit features 72 works by 53 artists displaying works ranging from kinetic sculpture to neon sign assemblage.
Always have been fascinated by images in mirrors. As a child, developed a theory that mirrors were gateways to alternate universes. If you can approach a mirror with absolutely no fear, you may pass through and trade places with the alternate you. Not sure how many times I have actually succeeded, but I do know that often I leave the restroom feeling slightly altered.
For the past three years, I have worn nothing but Five-Finger shoes made by Vibram. That’s a few of the ones I own pictured above. Why do I love them? They quite simply have changed the way I walk for the better – much better – not to mention, they are fun to wear. But they are not for everyone.
A bit of my own personal walkabout history: Up until a few years ago, I walked with a heel-strike (heel to toe, coming down fairly hard on the heel). I spent hundreds (dare I say, thousands) of dollars on shoes with padded heels, gel inserts, etc. so that I might walk more than a few blocks without heel pain. Enter Vibram Five-Fingers. My wife and I had started walking 10,000 steps a day a few months before I got my first pair of VFFs. I tried walking with more of a fore-foot strike, as had been suggested by the manufacturer and countless wearers of the VFFs, but old habits die hard and trying to continue 10,000 steps a day also was not in keeping with the suggested practice of going slowly and wearing the VFFs for short periods until one got used to them. I’d go all day every day. After two months of that, I developed achilles tendonitis on my right foot and I had to stop wearing the VFFs for two months while it healed. When I went back to wearing them, I started slowly and made more of a concerted effort to unlearn all the bad walking habits I’d picked up during my previous fifty or so years wearing over-engineered and inflexible shoes that actually encouraged heel strikes.
Now, three years later and I wear nothing but VFF’s (my favorite is the Bikila model). Heel strikes are a thing of the past, as is heel pain. I feel lighter on my feet, and quite cat-like, truth be told. I love the physical connection I feel with the surfaces I walk on. And I love having my toes back in the equation of walking and standing, providing better balance and putting a spring in every step. Just putting them on before leaving the house in the morning makes me feel like a barefoot kid again. Not bad for a 62 year old man!
I would strongly suggest that anyone considering switching to Vibram Five-Fingers (or any minimalist footwear) to trot on over to Justin Owings’ www.birthdayshoes.com and read the reviews of the various brands and all the informative articles and information the site has to offer, which is considerable.
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iPhone shot of me in the studio with a brand new yellow wrecking bar. As an assemblage artist, sometimes you have to knock it apart before you can make something worthwhile out of it.
Note: My friend, Christina Doe, upon observing me walking from my car with my new toy, remarked that she could detect a glint in my eye. I guess it was a similar glint to what one might see in the eye of an asteroid (if asteroids had eyes) as it approached am unsuspecting planet. Let’s make art!
Where does the time go? Was it really almost a year ago that I visited with the artist Heather Shirin in Asheville, NC? Betsy and I had driven to Asheville to visit niece Sarra and her boyfriend, Justin. They had recently moved there from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting one of Sarra’s new friends, Heather Shirin. Over lunch in downtown Asheville, Heather invited us back to her studio/home to see her work and her creative space. We eagerly accepted. Heather is a wonderful mixed media painter/collage artist whose women-centric, modern-day goddess works pay homage to the Art Nouveau style, while bringing it all together in a very “now” fashion. Please click on over to her website to see more of her beautiful mixed media works and to learn more about her. http://www.heathershirin.com/
And you just might want to “Like” her on Facebook, as well.
Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD presents “Eye of the Beholder: The Art of the Found Object.” A juried show running from May 31st, 2013 to June 22nd, 2013.
My piece in the show (pictured at left) is “Moon Over Monk’s Train.”
Contact the MFA for more info about this exhibition.