Friday, April 10, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Save the Date, Locals! April 17, 6:00 p.m., Rockville, Maryland, marks the grand opening of Artists & Makers Studios. In addition to making studio space available to creative professionals in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area, the 9,000-square-foot facility, under Judith Olivia HeartSong's direction and guidance, creates opportunities for collaboration, education, and networking. All of the more than 40 resident artists were juried in by Judith. Keep up to date on the goings-on by reading Artists & Makers blog, which also presents profiles of the artists.

Artists & Makers Studios on FaceBook

✦ Painter Louise C. Fenne, who studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and lives and works in Denmark, where she was born, exhibited last month with figurative artist Kamille Corry at Ann Long Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina. Fenne's work includes portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and figures in interiors and landscapes. See selections of her recent work and examples of her drawings.

✦ The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., has been awarded a Mellon Foundation grant to create with 14 partnering institutions the American Art Collective. The tremendous, two-phase initiative, announced in February, seeks to construct a searchable shared online database for researchers, curators, and scholars in American art. Read the news release for more information.

✦ Stress Buster: the Van Gogh Museum Shop has issued Colour Your Own Van Gogh, comprising 30 masterpieces in the museum's collection that you yourself may color.

✦ New Mexico's SITE Santa Fe will celebrate its 20th anniversary, beginning May 9. Its six-hour-long "Birthday Spectacular", which will be free and open to the public, will include a workshop with exhibiting artist Marie Watt, a fashion show, a special exhibition, "What's Inside", curated by the 2015 Young Curators program, guided tours every hour, bands and other performers, and food, including a cupcake tower and chocolates. A special exhibition and sale of local artists' work will be held as well. The anniversary celebration also involves a three-part exhibition series, "20 Years/20 Shows".

SITE Santa Fe on FaceBook

✦ In the time-lapse video below, made last year by Mark Sheeky (the music, Hedgehog Party, is also his), British paper-cut artist and illustrator Lois Cordelia demonstrates an hour of intricate scapel paper-cutting in approximately two minutes. The artwork she's making is for a wedding anniversary. Cordelia works in acrylics and mixed-media.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Korean-American ceramist Ashley Morrison is the resident artist at The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Through June 21, she is exhibiting in "A Humble Hum: Rhythm of the Potter's Wheel" some of her lovely functional earthenware and porcelain pieces. See a brief preview of a video interview with Morrison in which she talks about and demonstrates her process.

Through June 29, the AAC is presenting "InCiteful Clay", a national traveling exhibition of 35 ceramic sculptures that is organized around five themes: war and politics, the social and human condition, gender issues, environmental concerns, and popular and material culture. 

Arkansas Arts Center on Facebook and Twitter

✭ If you're in Washington, D.C., take time to see painter Freya Grand's exhibition of marvelous large-scale paintings at Gallery Plan B. The exhibition, "Freya Grand. . . Africa", continues through May 3. Read a Fine Art Connoisseur feature by Peter Trippi, "Freya Grand: Painting the World" (March/April 2015 issue).

Africa Series at Freya Grand Website

Freya Grand on FaceBook

Gallery Plan B on Facebook

✭ West Virginia's Huntington Museum of Art continues through June 14 the exhibition "Macy's Presents: WWW.PAPER (Women Working with Paper)", showcasing some 50 works on paper dating from the early 18th Century to today. The stellar roster of artists in the show includes Kathe Kollwitz, Marie Laurencin, Sonia Delaunay, Berenice Abbott, Louise Nevelson, Lee Bontecou, Helen Frankenthaler, Kiki Smith, Lesley Dill, Lynda Benglis, Joan Mitchell, Carrie Mae Weems, and Alison Saar. The artworks range from drawings, pastels, and prints, to photographs and watercolors, as well as a mixed-media quilt; the paper types include hand-made paper and molded paper pulp.

✭ Work by 27 "self-taught" artists from around the world is showcased in "When the Curtain Never Comes Down" at American Folk Art Museum, New York City. On view through July 5, the exhibition presents music, recordings, ephemera, writings, ceremonial clothing, and many other items that inspire, are materials for, or help us understand the artists' creative process. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link. A free curator's perspective tour of the show is scheduled for April 16.

AFAMuseum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The 2015 season at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, in New York's Hudson Valley, kicked off April 1. Opening May 16 and continuing through November 8 is "Lynda Benglis: Water Sources", a special exhibition that will feature on Storm King's grounds and in its museum building a selection of Benglis's large-scale sculptures and fountains. An illustrated catalogue will be available.

Also opening May 16 is "Outlooks: Luke Stettner", which will spotlight a body of new indoor work, including drawings and new and found photographs, as well as Stettner's large-scale outdoor charcoal installation, comprising a series of sculptural trenches arrayed over an 80-foot-square expanse of Storm King's South Fields. Stettner's work may be seen through November 29.

Storm King on FaceBook and Twitter

Note for those abroad: An exhibition of some 50 works by Benglis, constituting the first museum survey of her sculptures in the United Kingdom, can be seen through the end of June in "Lynda Benglis" at the Hepworth Wakefield Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Benglis is considered one of America's most important artists. She is represented by Cheim Reid.

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