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“Clarin y Caja”

Must-see exhibit at the Frameworks Gallery

The current show at the Frameworks Gallery, “Polly Norman – Summer Blast,” offers an unexpected treat—while Norman’s photography alone is worth seeing, it is sharing space with some very fine paintings and sculptures by a diverse group of artists.    

"Clarin y Caja"

Hugo Mercado, a painter who recently moved here from Cajamarca, Peru, is showing works that capture the colors and popular culture of his native land. His oils on …more…


Beat the Heat: A Summer Art Walking Tour of Austin

Now that school’s out, there are some fantastic new art shows on view in Austin. If you can stand to walk outside in those soon to be 100 degree temps, there are some very cool stops along this short tour of museums and galleries.

New and noteworthy at the Jones Center are the three finalists in the illustrious Texas Prize, a juried exhibition in which one finalists receives the coveted $30,000 …more…

Shadow with Easel - Image Credit: Alexandre Gallery

Lois Dodd Retrospective at Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The first painting I saw at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, perfectly set the stage for the rest of the show. Dodd’s 2010 Shadow with Easel (above) portrays the essential qualities of her works: observations of herself, the place(s) she inhabits, and the interaction between the two. The painting also shows playful brushstrokes and a bent towards the representational.

Dodd’s retrospective is a testament …more…

Monet, "Waterlilies" - Courtest of Portland Art Museum

Five Monets in Portland

Now on display at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon) through August 5, 2012 are five works by Monet. The Museum has supplemented two of Monet’s paintings from its permanent collection, Waterlilies and River at Lavacourt, with three works from a private collection to stage this special showing entitled “Five Monets / 100 Days.”

The five paintings cover a 25-year period of Monet’s career and show his development as an artist …more…

That was so 19 Seconds Ago

Roger Coleman’s ’19 seconds’ at FLYNNDOG


Roger Coleman’s latest exhibition, “that was so 19 seconds ago”, can be viewed at FLYNNDOG, an art gallery found at 208 Flynn Avenue in Burlington Vermont.  The exhibit will be on view until April 28th.  This exhibit is one of many that is a part of the First Friday Art Walk, a weekly showcase of local artwork held the first Friday of each month throughout the city of Burlington.  Around forty art …more…

Station North Arts District

Open Walls begins in North Baltimore

(Credit: Catherine Mezensky)

Open Walls is a new outdoor mural project in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment district. Street artists from all over the world are painting 20 murals this spring and they hope to be done in time for the Final Friday event on May 25, 2012. The project will include notable artists from around the country, including Overunder, Maya Hayuk and Candy Chang. Murals are being painted …more…

Beauty is Embarrassin'!  by Wayne White

Domy Books presents Beauty Is Embarrassing, The Art of Wayne White

For Wayne White, Pee-wee’s Playhouse was just the beginning.  As a designer and the voice of several characters on the show, White became practiced at the art the of the anthropomorphic and slightly subversive.  If you are of a certain age, you probably recall the slightly surreal slant of this Saturday morning classic that became a cult hit.  Two decades later, White is still creating vibrant and compelling works, albeit aimed at a slightly more mature audience. ...more...

According to the Arts Exclusive website, there are over seven hundred original works of art in the gallery

Gallery Spotlight: Arts Exclusive (Simsbury)

Arts Exclusive Gallery in Simsbury, CT was founded by Phillip M. Janes in 1974 and represents thirty artists working in various media throughout the United States.  The gallery is devoted to its artists and is a treasure trove of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces. ...more...

Carving of two figures

Polynesia Lost: Gauguin’s Quest for Paradise

Double figure, ti’i. Late 18th century. Wood, 24 x 22 13/16 in. Society Islands, Tahiti. The British Museum, London.

Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise at the Seattle Art Museum tells not one powerful story, but two.

Rarely, if ever, has a major exhibition on post-impressionist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) dedicated such attention to the arts of Polynesia, which Gauguin discovered at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Their primal, symbolic forms …more…

Daniel Luna at work, image from the Denver Post

Daniel Luna at Museo De Las Americas

The prolific Dan Luna, a local Denver artist, is the feature of a retrospective exhibit now showing at the Museo De Las Americas in the Santa Fe Arts district. Despite being burdened with a rare eye disease, this talented artist has managed to become a Denver fixture, known for his colorful, often humorous, paintings. His art adorns many local restaurants and coffee shops in the city, and hundreds of people’s personal collections. ...more...

Diane Lewis "Party's Over" courtesy of the Attic Gallery

Still Life Is Alive And Well

The genre of still life painting is alive and well in Portland, Oregon and will be showcased at the Attic Gallery at their upcoming First Thursday opening on March 1, 2012.  Works by Bill Baily, Diane Lewis and Gail Larson Joseph, three of the artists represented by the Gallery, will be presented.

A “Still Life” is a style of painting depicting an artful arrangement of inanimate objects. Popular subjects include flowers, …more…

Still life

Explore “The Common Object” at MICA

The Common Object is an exhibition of over 60 still life paintings created by 31 Zeuxis artists and their associates. It is now on display at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Zeuxis (named after a prominent painter in ancient Greece) is a group of painters work to continue to explore still life painting as many contemporary artists disregard it. The Common Object is on tour and the fourth and last stop is here in Baltimore. It originally opened at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City in October 2010. ...more...

Hearts-and-Love-collage_Penny Michelle Taylor

First, Last or All

Many cities set aside one day a month where art galleries are either open late or have a special event to encourage the public to come see their shows. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Portland, Oregon’s First Thursday, by now a venerable institution in Downtown and the Northwest Portland Pearl District.

When condominiums replaced dilapidated warehouse and industrial buildings in Northwest Portland, many artists and galleries were priced out …more…

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

“Moving Right Along” Entertains Baltimore Travelers

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

As train travelers hurry to their destination this winter, they have an engaging new exhibit to greet them at Baltimore’s Penn Station. “Moving Right Along” is a small show in a vacant store in the station’s lobby. The three pieces included are a sculpture, an animation and an interactive painting.

“Walls of Love” by Artemis Herber is a set of bright red cylindrical cardboard sculptures. They are …more…

Sunset No. 1: Artist Point, by Neil Sherman

Minnesota’s Tradition of Outdoor Painting Thrives

Sunset No. 1: Artist Point, by Neil Sherman

Despite Minnesota’s notorious climate—freezing winters and muggy, mosquito-ridden summers—there has always been a tradition of artists working outdoors, en plein air. In the 19th and 20th centuries, artists like Josephine Lutz Rollins, Alexis Jean Fournier, Elisabeth Chant and Samuel Chatwood Burton preserved, in their oils, watercolors and etchings, landscapes of a Minnesota few would recognize today.

Fortunately, contemporary Minnesota artists are continuing the …more…

Credit: Kiang Gallery

Kiang Goes Out with a Bang

Kiang Gallery, one of the most revered galleries in the Atlanta art scene, ends its remarkable 20-year tenure in the city with 16 Sided Crystal, a solo exhibition presenting works by local artist Ben Steele. The 16 oil on panel works, paintings based on straight photographs that are both transcendental and technological, aim to “simulate a digital vocabulary through physical form…through crystals and prisms, of actual physical constructions.” ...more...