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2018 Visual Arts Exchange Gala

Raleigh's Visual Arts Exchange (VAE) will have its annual Gala Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Marriott City Center. I donated this painting "Come What May" to the auction.

For me, this was something completely different.  I have heard it said, “Don’t paint unless you have something to say.” I’ve never heeded that. Instead I either go for idealization of something I find beautiful, or something curious, or just interesting forms and color combinations. But it seems that for the two days I worked on this painting, I had something to say. Here is what I wrote about it in my submission to VAE:

" ‘Come What May’ is a semi-representational painting that started without plan as an intuitive piece but, in the end, depicts advancing fire. Undoubtedly, California's apocalyptic fires influenced me subconsciously. Metaphorically, the image hints at apprehension about our nation's uncertain political future and our world's alarming environmental future. The calm blue sky in the top right of the painting demonstrates what we have to lose, and represents hope that we will be spared. The title “Come What May” sadly signifies our horror at our considerable lack of say in determining the future.”

But here is the back story: Despite having the flu shot, I caught the flu this week in a most unusual way. I had none of the usual symptoms. It was all in my right eye. I spent Monday and Tuesday with my right eye in searing pain. The ophthalmologist said there was no medicine available for the pain, except Advil, and no cure for my condition. It was a virus and would have to work itself out.  On Wednesday, the pain level went down significantly. Wearing at times a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses – inside my house – due to my light sensitivity, I worked several hours on the painting. On Thursday, feeling much better, I put on the finishing touches.

So here is the question. Did these messages find me in this painting because:

a. too much cable TV?

b. my flaming eyeball?

c. the actual state of our country and the world right now?

 

 

 

 


Nichols,

Choi

and Lee

I painted this 30 x 40 oil over acrylic in my aboriginal-inspired style for the law firm of Nichols, Choi and Lee in July 2017. The law firm threw a little office party for the presentation of the painting and the hanging of it in their conference room.


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Roundabout 2016

Participating in the Roundabout's ArtItUp! sale in October of 2016 with my able assistant Jack Nichols.

ArtSpace 2017

In fall of 2017, I was among six artists selected by ArtSpace of Raleigh, NC to be in the three-month "Corridor Exhibition." Nine of my paintings were in the show.

Visual Art Exchange (VAE) 2017

In February 2017, I participated in the VAE Gala and Auction with my painting below called "Brassy and Lacey."

Raleigh Fine Art Society's North Carolina Artists Exhibition 2016

In 2016, it was my privilege to serve as Chair of the NC Artists Exhibition, which introduced me to many fine artists from across the state. Here I am introducing our Juror Bradley Sumrall, Curator with the Ogden Museum in New Orleans. (In 2018, this event opening will be held on Sunday, March 4, 4:00 at Meymandi Auditorium, Raleigh. Please come!)

With my painting "Come What May," donated to the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) Gala held in Raleigh on February 10, 2018.

With my painting "Come What May," donated to the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) Gala held in Raleigh on February 10, 2018.

This is my donation to the SAFEchild 25th Anniversary Gala ("25 Years of Eliminating Child Abuse and Empowering Families") and auction that will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The painting is a 16 x 12 acrylic that I call "Home, Safe Home." See  http://www.safechildnc.org/events/  for more information.

This is my donation to the SAFEchild 25th Anniversary Gala ("25 Years of Eliminating Child Abuse and Empowering Families") and auction that will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The painting is a 16 x 12 acrylic that I call "Home, Safe Home." See http://www.safechildnc.org/events/ for more information.

This is a painting that I did for the Joyner Elementary School Spring Silent Auction 2018 to raise funds to retain a Spanish teacher position.  Title “Una Manzana para la Maestra Espanola, acrylic, 9 x 12.

This is a painting that I did for the Joyner Elementary School Spring Silent Auction 2018 to raise funds to retain a Spanish teacher position.  Title “Una Manzana para la Maestra Espanola, acrylic, 9 x 12.

Me and my painting tonight (May 17, 2018) at the Pre-Jury Viewing Party for the exhibition FRESH at ArtSpace. Mine is at the lower left in the photo, and presently is located in the first floor exhibition room at ArtSpace. It is called "Which Way," 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas and will show at ArtSpace through May 26. After that, Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the NC Museum of Art, will select a few for an exhibition running June 1-29. I'm not counting on that, so if you want to see my painting at ArtSpace, get there by May 26! Meanwhile, all work sold raises funds for the ArtSpace Inspiration Fund - at least 50% of the proceeds of sales. And all work in the preview show, whether juried in or not, is already available for sale at  bit.ly/artspacefreshlook2018 . I enjoyed looking at over 200 donated works this evening.

Me and my painting tonight (May 17, 2018) at the Pre-Jury Viewing Party for the exhibition FRESH at ArtSpace. Mine is at the lower left in the photo, and presently is located in the first floor exhibition room at ArtSpace. It is called "Which Way," 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas and will show at ArtSpace through May 26. After that, Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the NC Museum of Art, will select a few for an exhibition running June 1-29. I'm not counting on that, so if you want to see my painting at ArtSpace, get there by May 26! Meanwhile, all work sold raises funds for the ArtSpace Inspiration Fund - at least 50% of the proceeds of sales. And all work in the preview show, whether juried in or not, is already available for sale at bit.ly/artspacefreshlook2018. I enjoyed looking at over 200 donated works this evening.