Going to Extremes Exhibition & Awards
From a miniature ceramic tea party to an exploratory galaxy, our October exhibition has us all Going to Extremes. You never know how artists are going to interpret a theme and that's what's so fun about seeing an exhibition in person.
From very big...
To very small...
Going to Extremes, has it all.
Going to Extremes is a juried exhibition featuring 37 artists. Below are the winners selected by our guest juror, Amanda Bradley, Gallery Manager and Center Curator at d'Art Center in Norfolk, Va.
Here are some highlights from the opening reception curtesy of Susan Werby.
Going to Extremes is on view October 1-30. It concludes with an Artist Talk on Sunday, October 30 from 3:00-4:00. The exhibition and artist talk are free and open to the public.
Photos by Susan Werby and Chris Tolton.
Gallery Ready: Framing Your Artwork
Framing can be an Achilles heel for an artist. They spend hours, weeks, months, years perfecting their art practice, but few know the art of framing. Who can blame them? Most of their energy is spent on making the art, followed by - or in conjunction with - applying to shows, collecting likes on social media, updating their website, participating in art fairs: there is no shortage of things to do! Once they get the good news that their work has been accepted into a gallery or a collector wants to buy a piece of their work, they must ensure the art is protected and properly framed.
If you're an artist who just completed a piece, you may be asking yourself: How do I frame this masterpiece?!
There are many options. Too many. And such a range in cost. From DIY efforts to affordable options from big box craft stores to specialty art stores to professional framers, what is an artist to do?
Here are a few resources to help you on your framing journey.
For an interesting look at the history of framing in museums, check out this article on the Guggenheim, What's in a Frame?
Curious about working with a framer? Here are 10 questions between an artist and her framer.
Want to learn more about framing on a budget? Hear the folks over at Art Prof discuss the ins and outs of framing on their popular YouTube channel.
We also think it's important to point out a way to get around the whole framing debacle. If you are a painter who works on canvas, consider making your work gallery wrapped. Gallery wrapped means using a canvas that is stapled on the back only and finishing off your work by painting the edges of your canvas neatly. It gives your art a modern look, saves you money, and takes the hassle out of framing. This won't work for everyone or every medium, but it can be a great alternative.
Written by Jaimie Kelley Choi
Body of Work Exhibition & Awards
Our Body of Work exhibition features artwork inspired by the human form: its beauty, its suggestions, and of course, its imperfections. Some work is alluring, some brutal, and some doused with humor, but all deal with the human figure.
This exhibit boasts a large number of figurative works, but also includes creative interpretations and abstracted concepts. The exhibition was juried by commercial artist and illustrator, Mark Miltz, a representational oil painter who specializes in figurative art.
Body of Work is on view September 2 through October 2. The exhibit will conclude with an Artist Talk, Sunday, October 2 from 3-4pm at the Art Center, where exhibiting artists can discuss the stories and processes behind their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Photos by Chris Tolton and Jaimie Kelley Choi.
Written by Jaimie Kelley Choi.
Photographing your Artwork
Whether you are submitting to exhibitions, creating an art portfolio, or selling your work online, photographing your work is a key part of the art making process. A great photograph not only shows off your talent, it helps viewers connect with you and your work in a matter of seconds.
For our next installment of the Business of Art, we're sharing a few tips and tricks for photographing your art. You do not need professional equipment to take quality photos of your art, but you do need to follow a few best practices.
Here are a few excellent resources for photographing your art. We hope these guides will get your work into more shows, more galleries, and into the homes of more collectors!
Cafe - Photographing Artwork: Your Essential Guide for Jury Ready Images
Will Kemp - 9 Common Mistakes when Photographing your Artwork with an iPhone
Art Prof - How to Photograph your 2D and 3D Art
Endangered! On View August 5-28
Endangered! opened on August 5th to an enthusiastic crowd of nature and animal lovers, friends and family, and of course, art advocates. The Endangered theme called upon local artists to explore the idea of threats to our planet, but how they interpreted those threats moved beyond the environment.
This show embraces the somber reality of the endangered species list but also expands the concept beyond the natural world to include ways of life, values, and even laws that can be interpreted as endangered.
Endangered is a juried exhibition featuring over 40 regional artists. Winners were selected by our guest judge, photographer Patrick (Buzz) Hayes.
If you missed opening night, not to worry. We've captured the evening in the gallery of photos below and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
The exhibition will conclude on August 28th with a casual chat between exhibiting artists and the public. The Artists Talk is an opportunity to hear the story and the how-to behind the artwork in the exhibition.
Endangered is on view August 5-28. Art is available for purchase.
Hear exhibiting artists spill the tea on their works and process at our Artists Talk on August 28 from 3:00-4:00pm.
Highlights from opening night
Endangered Exhibition winners, Karla Mann and Karen Waller
Photos by Christopher Tolton and Jaimie Choi
written by Jaimie Choi