DIALOGIST is a quarterly publication featuring contemporary art and poetry. I'm happy to announce that my work has been selected for this fall quarter digital publication. Be sure to go and check out the other lovely work showing this quarter.
A big thank you goes out to the Center for Cultural Innovation for awarding me a professional development grant! This will go towards workshops, classes and art consulting, and I couldn't be more thrilled.
'Happy to share my work with the world, I've decided to give away this free small painting this month. This little sweetheart of a painting is entitled I'm Cabaret, oil on panel 5x5" 2017. To enter to win, simply fill out this form to tell me where to send the painting. The winner will be announced in September's newsletter. Good Luck!
The sporting goods company Wilson has invited me to be their beachside artist at the AVP this upcoming weekend. I will be painting on their official game balls for the occasion, to cheer on the possible future Olympians. If you're near Pier 30-32, I will be painting Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More information available here.
Join me this fall for a painting course at San Francisco Art Institute through their Public Programming! We will be painting… 30 Paintings in 30 Days! This is course will be a fast paced adventure in painting. See below for a 10% off promo code.
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30 Paintings in 30 Days is an immersive painting and artist-marketing experience. This course is suitable for painters—from beginning to advanced level—as you are guided through a daily painting practice from preparation to completion. You will select your own painting subjects and develop a body of work. The challenge is for each student to complete one small painting every day for one month. A variety of supplemental materials will be given in the form of digital downloads, artist podcasts, and book recommendations. You will also receive guidance on how to photograph your work, show your work online, and even put up a storefront to sell your creations, if you so choose. Rapid improvement in skill will be evident in this fantastic alla prima experience!
Read about this project in SF Weekly
This summer if you are in the Walnut Creek area, go check out the Sweet n Low exhibition at the Bedford Gallery. The show will be up June 22 – August 27, 2017.
Sweet n Low features artwork from over 120 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. From kitsch and Margaret Keane’s Big Eyes, to Japanese anime and contemporary Pop Art, Bedford Gallery is unleashing the roly-poly, goofily-gamboling, saccharine-honeyed creatures on this earth and beyond! Sweet n Low is juried by Evan Pricco of Juxtapoz magazine and Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
Below are some photos from the exhibition opening.
The opening was packed, this picture was taken right at the beginning.
Me with my work
The exhibition catalog
‘Thrilled to have my work in the Cryin’ Out Loud exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM. The show runs April 21 - July 9, 2017 in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. Below is the show statement if you might be in the area and are curious.
Cryin' Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women's and femmes' voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin' Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Gallery.
Cryin' Out Loud takes each word of this maxim seriously - Crying. Out. Loud. - and navigates the various implications of the phrase, whether exasperated and fed up ("Oh, for crying out loud!") or literal, as one who does not hide her desperation or emotion while she is actually "crying out loud". Similarly, "living out loud" has associations with survivors of abuse, with activism in the LGBTQ community, and with anyone refusing to "be quiet" about issues of oppression, identity and authorship. It is time to speak loudly with our voices and our art; with our intellect and our emotion; with our politics and our personhood.
Throughout history women's voices, perspectives, and innovations have been undermined by those in power. In order to have their voices heard or published, many women artists and writers have adopted gender neutral or male pseudonyms. Women have fought for their right to vote, are still fighting for wage-equity, and to have equal representation in congress. Speaking and acting out is complicated for women and femmes because of common double standards like the label "hysterical," for simply speaking her mind. Women have learned to work within these oppressive structures often at the expense of their rights and humanity, and frankly, we are ready for change.
Cryin' Out Loud proposes that to unabashedly express emotion is a political act. To live out loud is a necessary political gesture and that women's experience needs to be seen, heard, and cherished. The exhibition will consist of work in all media that embraces emotion as statement; that broadcasts social and political concerns, and that reacts to and resists the structures that continue to oppress us.
The show runs April 21 - July 9, 2017 in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts if you are in the area, check it out!
Loudmouth oil on panel, 8x8" 2016
Recently I applied for a $5,000 artist grant with the Westfield Centre’s Love is Love celebration. Although I did not win, they did select me as a finalist and invited me to show my work at a pride celebration in the Westfield Center dome, a beautiful space. I thought I would share a few photos from the fabulous event. They had beautiful refreshments and pink lemonade that matched my paintings. I should have taken more photos, it was a fun event.
Refrain XII oil on panel, 8x8"
“Enthusiasm is more important than innate ability, it turns out, because the single more important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice.”
― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Yippee! Today is the last day of 28 Day Cycle: Investigating the Daily Practice of Making Art and what a journey it has been. I am so proud of all of the artists that participated. To culminate the project we will be showing a selection of works in an exhibition this April at Studio 110 Projects!! If you are in the area, come by during the opening on April 1st to meet the artists involved and hear some stories from the studio. Thank you to everyone who followed along throughout the month and cheered us on, let’s go party!
To find out more about the project, read my previous blog post and check out some of the fun the participating artists are having in the studio by searching the following instagram hashtags: #studio110projects #artfordayssf #28daycycleofart
Refrain XI oil on panel, 8x8"
“Done is better than good.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Yes! Nobody ever loved a painting that was not yet made, or published a book that was not yet written. The art that was never finished didn’t go on to be in the Whitney. This quote is something that I keep coming back to whenever I hesitate in my painting. I find it best to complete a painting in a fervor, with every sense of urgency that I can muster. I’d rather look back on my tangible accomplishments, then fleeting ideas and half-hearted efforts. Our current project, 28 Day Cycle: Investigating the Daily Practice of Making Art, has a daily time limit for each new piece of art. This time limit creates a sense of urgency in the art making, and encourages the participating artists to work with tremendous energy. It’s inspiring and engaging!
Ingrid Victoria Wells