Newsletter | September 2017Written by Raven Sawyer
Painting Demonstration by Clyde Steadman
Saturday, September 30th - 12:30p.m. to 3p.m.
Clyde Steadman will be visiting Lovetts Gallery from Colorado Saturday September 30th for an in-gallery demonstration. He will be painting from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.. Make sure you stop by to watch this very talented artist demonstration and enjoy everything our gallery has to offer.
"My love affair with art began with drawing people in bars and coffee shops. I was hooked immediately, and studied at the Art Students League of Denver. I've been lucky to learn to draw and paint in Denver, where I've had the opportunity to study with artists like Daniel Sprick, Quang Ho, Doug Dawson, and Mark Daily.
These days, I mainly paint in oils - I love the pure sensory experience of playing with paint - but I also sometimes work in watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. I also dabble in sculpture, and lately have been having a blast playing with pottery.
I enjoy sharing my love for painting by teaching classes at the Art Students League of Denver, as well as displaying work in galleries both locally and nationally."
The Good, The Bad, and the WTF?!
Good day, to all! The timing of this letter unfortunately finds many art collectors and artists alike along with a multitude of others, caught in the cross hairs and aftermath of some particularly wicked weather conditions recently. Our hearts go out to those affected!
The events and non-events of life and the individual's perceptions and experiences of them are rendered into works of art. This is a vital way in which artists express the many dimensions to humanity. The fine arts are the visual arts, where its place in our lives is and will remain valuable, as it speaks without words, yet is far from being silent. Whether painting, stone work, wood and other mediums, the artist uses their internal and personal visions and creates them into an external form. Fine arts are deemed as works created essentially with aesthetic and intellectual purposes and appraised for its beauty and meaningfulness. That's right.........art is beauty, brains and brawn! It's the whole enchilada, folks.
Ok....so now I'm hungry.
And for enchilada's.
Just around the corner, a very near corner, October 21st to be exact, Lovetts Gallery will be presenting the showdown exhibition "THE GOOD-THE BAD-AND THE WTF!" The gang at Lovetts Gallery is receiving the works from a posse of 70 talent slinging artists for this show. The subject matter for their work will be a range as broad as a desert skyline. The theme is inspired by the 1960's spaghetti western the Good the Bad and the Ugly with a twist and a few turns to boot.
The twist goes like this....the year? 2016.
One could say it marked a year of changes/challenges for most people. But in reality, every year does that in one way or another. Lest you think that "2016" confines the subject matter, it does not. Never is a year all good, nor all bad and it inevitably has a few "gotcha" (WTF) moments sprinkled in to give life that little extra seasoning! (or headache!) . A little red pepper can enhance and delight and too much can burn your butt!
The saying that "variety is the spice of life" is pretty accurate. The variety of moments in life are as individualized as each person is. As you can see, this exhibition is actually a vast territory to traverse by the flavors of life through art, which is really the platform an artist generally is working from. Their unique perceptions.....whatever the subject. The Good, The Bad and the WTF! The scheduling of this show was intentionally designated to be in the last season of 2017 for the purpose of affording time for things to cool off, emotions to settle and reflection to take hold. Plus, Clint Eastwood will be in house for the show for some fun too. (6-foot handsome cardboard fun!)
A very special bonanza to The Good, The Bad, and The WTF exhibition will be the .........
Saturday Live Demonstrations!
All Day - October 21st
Natalie Wiseman - Acrylic Painting Demonstration
Natalie Wiseman is a contemporary realist and, at times, borderline surrealist still life painter. The line between the two gets blurred as images of toys, food, lingerie and American popular culture collide to reveal life that is anything but still.
Jeff Ham - Acrylic Painting Demonstration
Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects Jeff Ham paints.
Jane Osti - Pottery Sculpting Demonstration
Jane Osti, an official Cherokee Treasure, makes traditional Southeastern Woodland/Mound builders inspired pottery, also contemporary woodland style earthenware and Raku pottery. The images usually depict abstract animals, landscape and nature, with symbols of endurance, protection and celestial activity.
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - October 21st
Paul Rhymer - Bronze Pour Demonstration
Paul comes from a family of artists and has drawn and painted his whole life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college in 1984, he accepted a job at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making and retired in 2010. As a result of so much three-dimensional work in his museum job, his own personal artwork gradually began to transform from painting and drawing into sculpture. Being an avid birder, waterfowl hunter, and taxidermist gives him constant anatomy and behavioral learning experiences that inspire his sculpture.
All Day: Artists Natalie Wiseman and Jeff Ham will be demonstrating Acrylic painting inside the gallery throughout the day. Artist Jane Osti will be giving a demonstration on Pottery Sculpting.
At 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., artist Paul Rhymer will be giving a demonstration on Bronze Pouring outside the gallery in the parking lot.
This Good, the Bad, and the WTF Exhibition is "In Memoriam" of 2016 and we wanted to see what really stood out to our artists over the 366 day leap year. What stood out for you? Please join us for a show that is retrospective and encapsulating through the visuals of art. Vincent Van Gogh said in a letter, "The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too."
2017 has contained and continued with its own good, bad and wtf and so it goes....................and soon another new year to follow this one. Just like tumbleweeds...............we keep on rolling!! (And if we roll right, we grow as well)
(insert levity here) LOL You have to just laugh sometimes, you know!
The artists, as would be expected, are doing their best work for this show in whichever way they chose to express themselves. Additionally, for this exhibit are wide parameters on painting sizes from miniature up to 40 x 60. Yee-Haw! Although the themes of the exhibitions at Lovetts Gallery is for presenting artistic and imaginative challenges and for the purity of enjoyment, the artwork is not mandated to the theme and the artwork presented will be a wide array of subject matter and material.
Saddle up for a great exhibition! Just like Blondie, we are saying "you have the information from us as to the location of the treasure."
The art treasure!!
Psssst. It's at Lovetts gallery on October 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!!
We are certainly sensitive to the stressors and hectic lives of people today and know that artists and collectors are not exempt to these situations, yet we encourage everyone to make time for art and creativity in one's life. None of us will do ourselves any favors by "waiting for things to settle down" or "calm down", or for life to become much less demanding and stressful. Not gonna happen. Yeah, it sucks, I know. But here is where and why the importance of art radiates so brightly and enriches the lives of people......because it chronicles our realities and reflects our dreams! Welcome to the imagination!
"There's two kinds of spurs my friend. Those that come through the front door, and those that come through the window." (movie quote)
We look forward to seeing you coming through our door!
Oh, wait! One more thing......
As a bit of reflection.... I did come across an engaging comment from Sergio Leone, who was the Italian director of the original film of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Leone has said, "the three main characters, Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco represented parts of himself. Angel Eyes being the only one without a spirit. He is a man who is more like a robot than a man, having a mechanical way of living his life. Blondie is the more methodical side of himself and Tuco is the part of him because of how wounded he is as a man."
This is like depicting the tension and war within oneself, being our own antagonist/protagonist. Being both the hero and villain, possessing both good and bad. What can possibly go wrong? Well of course that is going to cause some WTF to occur! Tee-hee! I thought this added an interesting perspective.
Thank you greatly for your time!!!
Welcome to the Imagination