Medical Themed Art Show in Cleveland

I’m pleased to announce my next solo show is April 4th at BAYarts! I have been teaching kids classes at the beautiful BAYarts campus in Bay Village for several years now, so I’m really excited to be exhibiting there. This exhibit will depict fun stuff like amputees, ocular prosthesis, virgin goddesses, and maybe a nude or two. The irony is that I’ve been having health problems, again, and I’m due for another surgery as I’m trying to get work done for this exhibition — so it might not have as many pieces as I had planned originally. However, this is my first big solo show in Ohio since 2009, so I hope you’ll join me. Facebook invite here.

“Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited”

April 4th – 25th, 2014

Sullivan Family Gallery @ BAYarts, Bay Village, Ohio

Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th 7pm – 9pm

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In 2010 Arabella Proffer was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, and in the process of being treated, she discovered a 16th century painting of Saints Cosmas and Damian where it appeared the “cure” for her particular ailment had changed little. The result of the traumatic experience of having a section of her leg removed gave way to a new fervent interest in medical history, and is chronicled in the afflictions of her fictional female portraits.

After discovering the Dittrick Museum of Medical History was located in Cleveland she spent time doing research, and attending lectures there, that would help fuel inspiration for ways to combine this new fascination with her art. “This series was a good way for me to work out my anger and be even more thankful that what I’m going through is nothing compared to old remedies and techniques. My art and interests were in the way society lived in the past, but with emphasis on the defiant, glamorous, and eccentric. You could have been rich, important, or beautiful, but if sick you would still receive brutal or worthless treatment,” says Proffer, “but I also fell in love with old medical illustrations; they somehow made gorgeous artwork even though it depicts amputation and syphilis.”

“Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited” explores the medical superstitions and practices of centuries past with a touch of magic realism. Continuing the theme from her 2012 solo show that took place at Loved to Death, in San Francisco, the subjects in her paintings are accompanied by a biography — all written by Proffer — highlighting the fascinating and misguided aspects of old medicine. Proffer takes inspiration from old world mannerist portraiture and medical illustrations of the 14th and 15th centuries while weaving in her own contemporary punk and goth sensibility. Done in oil on linen, her stylized subjects are bold and colorful, yet reveal a hint of the sinister.

Described as everything from neorealism to pop surrealism, her work touches on themes of identity, history, rebellion, and refinement. Earning her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, Arabella Proffer has participated in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, parts of the Middle East, and Australia. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has taken up residence in Laguna Beach (she went to high school there, thankfully, before the reality show), Boston, Los Angeles, and currently works from her studio in Lakewood, Ohio.

Gallery talk Wednesday, April 9th 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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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.

Fashion Illustration at BAYarts

I will be teaching my fashion illustration class for two sessions once again, both June 10-13th and June 24th-27th at BAYarts in Bay Village, OH. You can now register online. These classes are for ages 10 to 16 years-old.

This summer will also be the opening of The Dress Says It All at BAYarts on July 5th. I’ve written a little narrative to go with my painting for this show, but you’ll have to wait until it opens and the catalogs are printed to read it.

You can view some current and past illustrations of mine here.

Artists Painting Artists reception

It was super packed at BAYarts last night in Bay Village. I wish I had gotten more photos, but these will suffice. Big thanks to Judy for running the class and letting me pose! It’s so surreal to walk into a room full of different visions of yourself. Here is my wall, with a few of my own pieces…

Judy and Stanka, with Dino watching over them, and a cool portrait of the 3 sitters…

Judy’s shoes…

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Portrait Toria did of me, which included a faux bio she wrote in the style of my bios I write for my characters. How cool is that?

Toria with my cane…

Rob is normally a landscape painter, this is pretty amazing since I think he said he’s only done 3 portraits ever in his life. My husband liked the boobs best…

Stanka’s painting of me…

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Fashion Illustration at BAYarts in June

Remember to register your kids ages 9 and up for my fashion illustration class at BAYArts this June. You can register and get more info here. If you have girls that are into Project Runway, I recommend it. I’ve always been amazed at what some of my past students have done.

Learn fashion and garment illustration skills. Through drawing assignments and demonstrations, you will learn to create poses, render textiles and patterns, as well as create your own “collection”.
mem $90 non-mem $105

You can view old and new illustrations of mine over on Pinterest. It’s been kind of fun doing new ones!

Fall Fashion Illustration Class

Open registration has begun for my Fashion Illustration class at Bay Arts on Tuesdays this fall. This is a 5 week course for ages 10 and up, so all you Cleveland area people with fashion forward kids who love to draw, well, this is for you. My last two classes got to capacity and then some, so be sure to register early! Fall collections are my favorite, so I may have a few new assignments for this session.

Fashion Illustration at BayArts!

Hey all you Cleveland area peeps!

This summer I’ll be teaching Fashion Illustration during the BayARTS Summer Camp Art program in June!

This is for ages 12 and older. Through drawing assignments, samples and demonstrations, you will learn to create poses, render textiles & patterns, as well as create your own clothing designs. This is for all levels of drawing skills, you don’t have to know how to draw; we’ll be using croquis and I’ll show you how to draw everything from sequins to chiffon to houndstooth prints. I show you how to make your own figures and croquis as well.

I’m really excited about this, because it has been ages since I taught fashion illustration — always so fun to see what people come up with. Also, I’m pretty fun as a teacher, so there.

The sessions are $85 for members,  non-mem $105 www.bayarts.net

Here are some older ones I did ages and ages ago of outfits I wish I owned (if I had a place to wear them to!)

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