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Portland Public Art, photo by Tamara Muldoon

Expose Yourself to (Public) Art

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Visitors to Portland, Oregon are sometimes astounded by the number of public art installations in the downtown area.  Strolling through the central city, a person encounters a diversity of artworks on nearly every block.

Since 1980, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have required a percentage of the cost of new construction or major building renovation projects within their jurisdictions to be earmarked for purchase of permanent artworks. …more…

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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…

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Grand Center Art Walk 2012

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The Grand Center, St. Louis’ cultural arts center, is hosting its 2012 Annual Spring Art Walk on Friday, May 11, from 5 to 9 pm. Every year, the Grand Center hosts this celebration of art in its four blocks of galleries, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The Art Walk brings together art lovers all over the city for a joyous spring evening. Visitors can follow the 1.5 mile …more…

Music: Big Easy Style

Music is the soundtrack of life and the inspiration of Dario Robleto’s new exhibit at NOMA. In The Prelives of the Blues Robleto explores music through the eye of a conceptual artist. Dario in internationally known for his talent of sculpting with unique items and giving them powerful meaning. The new exhibit at NOMA is no different. This new work focuses on music and specifically the heart of music in New …more…

Taboo Tattoos?

Jessica Goldfinch’s new exhibit is a smartly crafted art exploration of the world of tattoos with a backdrop of religious relics. Tattoos are art in their own right, hence the name tattoo artists. Honing in on the underground world of symbolic prison skin art Jessica explores the deep religious and political meanings this type of art carries with it. Not only is there an unspoken language in this art form …more…

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Portland Photo Month

April is Portland Photo Month, an event which is not a product of any one organization, but rather a collaboration of art galleries, nonprofits and individual artists. Portland, Oregon is a city of artists and art enthusiasts and accordingly is home to a multitude of artists who express themselves through the medium of photography.

Numerous Portland art galleries specialize in photography. Among these are Black Box Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery, Camerawork …more…

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In Our Element

Passengers traveling through Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon this summer should allow extra time to enjoy the series of rotating art exhibits that grace its concourses. From April 1 through October 15, 2012, PDX is featuring an exhibit entitled “In Our Element.”

The display includes sculpture by eight Pacific Northwest artists—most are from Portland—that represent the elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The contributing artists are: Richard Cawley, …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…

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Fine film or fine wine? April delicacies at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art

Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art kicks off Spring with an event-filled month. The Museum begins April with an outdoor film event on April 5th followed by a tribute to Pinot Noirs at April’s Wine Tasting on the 13th.

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amid the street noise: short films on the terrace
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All Together Now anuncia el segundo evento de cine jurado con artistas locales. Películas se proyectarán …more…

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Loyola Integrates Visual Arts into Lecture Series

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Each year in March, Loyola University Maryland presents another speaker in the Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture series, “The Art of Dialogue: Jewish Christian Relations in a Post-Shoah World”. The responsibility for finding the speaker rotates between the school’s academic departments and this year it fell to the Fine Arts department. They selected Bjorn Krondorfer,  an artist and professor of religious studies at St. Mary’s College …more…

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Shay Kun’s Thousand Word Paintings at NOLA’s Martine Chaisson Gallery

In Shay Kun’s painted world the onlooker is forced to see pure, delicate environments invaded by their human counterparts. ...more...

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You Are Here

Another jewel was added to the necklace of public art installations in Portland, Oregon on Friday, March 9, 2012 when a sculpture entitled “You Are Here” was unveiled at the newly-renovated Jeld-Wen Field soccer stadium. ...more...

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Zoe Strauss and her Philadelphia Party

It’s the month of Zoe Strauss at the PMA. Or should I say months? Her 10 Year retrospective is on view now and has received much critical acclaim. (I heard even Joe Biden took a break from his vice presidential duties to come see it.) She’s throwing dance parties in the museum and sitting for office hours to meet viewers. It all feels very Strauss-esque in the desire to make sure she hasn’t created too much of a distance between herself and those she photographs. ...more...

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Axle Contemporary (Santa Fe Gallery on Wheels)

Axle is what happens when you remix the art gallery concept and create an experience that is approachable to the masses.  Instead of ice cream treats and crazy melodies being streamed from a scratchy blow horn, you get a mobile exhibition space filled with contemporary art, rolling through the streets of Santa Fe.  The accessibility of art (it comes to you) without the artsy fartsy attitude (often times exhibits can be …more…

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Louisiana in its Purest Form

Assemblage art can be a hit or miss, but  in Jimmy Descant’s new exhibit at the Ogden it’s a huge hit. Honoring the infamous shape of Louisiana, “The Rocketman”, as Descant is affectionately called, has weaved together pieces that touch on Louisiana’s rich roots. Called “The Rocketman” for his talent of making art rockets, his visionary brilliance is one of a kind. With the state’s shape as a backdrop, Descant …more…

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Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen

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Gero Verheyen’s travel and nature photographs are on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore.  The exhibit is on display in both the Fine Arts Reading Room and the Maryland Reading Room. Both black and white and color photographs are included. Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen will be at the Central branch of the Enoch Pratt …more…

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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...

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Looking Ahead for Spring –The Annual Five x Seven Fundraiser at AMOA-Art House

Benefiting the exhibitions and educational programs at the Austin Museum of Art and Art House at the Jones Center, the Five x Seven event has come to represent what’s best about springtime–a sense of fun, socializing, and reawakening after a mildly cool Texas Winter. ...more...

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum Celebrates Black Men of Style

“Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity” is a show consisting of photographs and films featuring well dressed African American men. “Black Dandyism” is a style that combines African influence with European fashion. Curators at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum developed this show in response to concerns about the one sided images of black masculinity as shown through dress. Modern black dandyism developed as a reaction to young black me who wear informal styles such as baggy pants with boxer shorts showing. The curators seek to provoke discussion on black male identity and style. ...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…

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Gallery 110’s 2012 Juried Exhibition, Feb. 2-25

The First Thursday Art Walk in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a popular Seattle institution. The first Thursday of every month, museums and galleries downtown keep their doors open late, admission fees are waived and studios welcome throngs of art enthusiasts. It’s a popular time for shows to open, and last Thursday was no different. ...more...

Zoe Strauss Celebrates 10 Years!

Billboard 13: ”Fortune,” Atlantic City, NJ by Zoe Strauss Zoe Strauss: 10 Years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is causing quite a stir in the city. Not only is there a beautifully curated retrospective, but located throughout Philadelphia are enormous billboard-sized photographs by Strauss. The project features 54 different billboards structured around the idea of the Odyssey. Strauss will also be working with the Philadelphia duo MegaWords on …more…

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The Art of Self Tracking: An Artist Talk with Laurie Frick

“I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time reflects the underlying structure of our mind,” Frick says in a statement. “I began self-tracking as a way to measure and then reverse engineer the unique pattern of ourselves. I believe there is something comforting and compelling about human metrics and realized I was not alone. Many, many people measure something about themselves every day.” ...more...

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Raw Talent at NOLA’s Homespace Gallery

In the new exhibit, Raw, at Homespace Gallery, emerging and accomplished artists are one in the same sharing a platform amazing art in its rawest form. Organized by art veterans Luis Cruz Azaceta and Sharon Jacques, it seems every visual sense is put to the test. From sculptures from the less well-known but superbly talented Monica Zeringue, to photo portraits and installations, to imagery by art veteran Peter Saul, the …more…

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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...