YSL Eye Event: Artist Brushes x Make-Up Brushes

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On Saturday, May 9th from Noon to 5pm I will be doing portraits of a sort, at Nordstrom in Beachwood as part of the rock the look couture eye event promotion from YSL Beauty. We’re talking liners, shadows, mascaras, and all that good stuff!

With qualifying purchase you receive a “Lover’s Eye” oil painting of your make-up, done by celebrity make-up artist Elle Gemma. You’ll take home your eye portrait that day, and a gift from YSL with your purchase during this event.

Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to ElleGemma@live.com for your half-hour appointment.

I Curated Something That’s Actually Related to Art!

Everyone’s a curator these days. Right? Curator of content, of ideas, of a Pinterest board, or a music collection on your iPod.

Well for the first time since 2001 (Blood Moon group show in Hollywood at the now defunct HQ Gallery) I actually curated something in the proper sense of the word. I was asked by Cleveland West Art League to choose this year’s Six in Studio artists. All of the artists I selected I find do something relating to the word or notion of “organic”, or even biomorphic as it were. I didn’t think there would be a cohesive theme in who I picked — but there it is. Almost all women, too! That wasn’t intentional when I looked at the submissions of images but I’m glad it worked out that way.

This is a strange experience for me because I chose mostly installation art. But, being the point of the show is to create work in the gallery space with onlookers at times, and their fellow artists, I thought it could become interesting when the end result is revealed.

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So come on out if you can on Friday, March 20th for the beginning reception for these artists at 78th Street Studios. The reveal reception is Friday, April 17th.

Speaking of curating an iPod, I will be “DJing” with mine, as well as probably doing my own art live like a wild animal in captivity for you to behold.

Genghis Con at the Screw Factory

Just a quick note to say I will have my studio open on the 2nd floor of the Screw Factory during the 6th annual Genghis Con. I’ll be there from 2-4:30pm (possibly longer). Not selling anything comic related, but I have  4 copies left of the 1st edition of my book, and lots of paintings! It is a good way to come see my art in person if you haven’t yet. I have been working from home since February, so it has been nice to be back in there lately just for meetings and parties.

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The event goes until 7pm and will showcase some rad guys like John G. and Derf.

 

Snaps from the Reception at BAYarts

I have to say I think that was the most packed art reception I ever had! I didn’t think so many people would come out (all the way to the westside) let alone in the rain, but there we had it! My pals K&G even flew in all the way from San Francisco and we had a fun little weekend out of it. So, thank you all who came and supported me, you know I don’t get mushy about stuff but it meant a lot on light of the events that happened this month! Honestly, at one point I was considered cancelling the show or putting it off until next year — I’m glad I didn’t.

The art talk went pretty well considering I have only done one carefully timed Pecha Kucha talk before. I think I meandered a bit in the beginning and I remember using the words “whore” a lot, but that’s why I said it was NC-17, after all! The really nice thing about the talk were the current/former Cleveland Clinic employees and those married to them all wondering why the Cleveland Clinic didn’t sponsor this show, but mainly, why haven’t I been invited to speak there? I think it wasn’t just because of the medical history points, but the fact that I am a patient there and some of the later works reflected my state of mind why regard to that whole process. Stay tuned!

Anyway, here is a mishmash of photos myself and others were able to get in the flurry of activity. I was just excited to wear high heels for the first time in a year…

The show is up until April 25th at BAYarts, minus one painting I let be taken off the wall because it was a time sensitive birthday gift. I’ll be posting all the work and the new stories eventually here and on my website.

Down To the Wire!

I finished the paintings and the stories!

I could still spend another few weeks “correcting” and tweaking them, but I guess that won’t be happening. I have never, ever, worked this close up to a show. I don’t like the feeling at all! Good thing I use Gamvar varnish that dries quickly.

Big thanks to CoolCleveland.com for the interview, and The Plain Dealer for the highlight on the show opening this Friday! And, if you are not able to make it to the opening reception, never fear, as I will be giving a gallery talk on Wednesday the 9th which is sure to be entertaining. I’m considering getting a skull cake for it (or maybe a heart or a spleen), but we’ll see.

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“In Scorpio” 20×20 inches oil on linen.

 

One Of My Favorite Places

I’d like to mention a fun gift for any doctors, history nerds, or the plain morbidly curious people on your gift list. A membership to the Dittrick Museum

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At the Friend level you get this sweet book. Even my husband was like ‘woa this book is nice!’ and he’s not even into that kind of thing. But seriously, if you are a fan of even places like Trundle Manor, Loved to Death, Morbid Anatomy, the Natural History Museum, or anything of that sort — I think you will dig it.

As many people know, I have a great affinity for this museum and their lecture series. I began going after my whole cancer to-so and was doing research for my Ephemeral Antidotes series (the second part opens in April 2014) and it grew from there. There’s still a lot to see in the archives and in the book collection; I’ll get around to one of these days. I had no idea this museum even existed, let alone that it was right there in University Circle across from Severance Hall!

Recently, I was asked to be part of a small community outreach committee for the museum, which I’m honored and very excited about! Let’s just say we’ve got some really fun and interesting events and ideas coming to fruition. As I have preached to many people, it’s a fabulous night out for the lectures, but taking a day to go throughout the collections is a history buff’s paradise.

Thanks Ohio City and Deering Vintage!

So very thrilled to have a full page of my art in The Plain Dealer !

And a big thanks to everyone who came to Deering Vintage last night! We sold a few things off the walls, but the work will remain up for a few weeks. We sold out of both catalogues, but if you would like to purchase them online, they are available here and here.

And don’t for get next Friday (the 13th!) at Deering is the big sale of The Sisters’ estate. Boy, did these women love to shop for designer brands! Don’t miss it for the accessories alone. It is also the Tremont Art Walk that night too, so get out!

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(Nina, 5×7″ oil on panel)

Art and Fashion in Ohio City!

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Deering Vintage and Cooperative Press present a stylish evening of art, fashion, and vintage finds…with me!

Save the date: Friday, September 6th from 5pm to 8pm

This will be a mini art show as well as a signing of my book and my art catalog, “Ephemeral Antidotes”. Come shop, sip, and learn more about my upcoming fashion illustration classes that I’m, finally, doing for adults (starting October 1st, $75 for 4 weeks). And if you’ve ever been to Deering Vintage, you know the accessories alone are amazing!

View the Facebook invite here.

 

Group Art Show: The Dress Says It All

Opening on Friday, July 5th @ BAYarts is “The Dress Says It All” group show featuring myself, Christi Burchfield, Liz Maugans,  Judy Takacs Pendergast, Sara Curry and many more.

Here is my piece all framed, but you’ll have to see the show or buy a catalog to see the story I wrote for her…

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and here is one of my students this summer who copied it as part of her class assignment!

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Prints are available of her, too.

Painters Painting…Me!

I recently sat for a painting class called “Artists Painting Artists” lead by Judy Takács Pendergast. As you can guess, I’m good at sitting still, except I still run my mouth throughout the whole thing, practically.

Opening at BAYarts on Friday 7-10pm is the reception that includes all of the student work, as well as a piece or two from the artist sitters including Dino Massaroni, Rob Crombie, and myself. Here is the portrait Judy did of me, amazing eh? I’m so glad I gave myself a manicure before this class…..