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Spring is here! April Art Fairs From North Carolina to Florida…

The weather is perfect for outdoor events so you have lots to choose from this month. The following is a list of mostly juried art fairs and exhibits from North Carolina through Florida. Take a few minutes to plan your weekends now!


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Florida

  • Embracing Our Differences
  • Ongoing exhibit
  • https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/exhibit/
  • Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way we accomplish this is through our annual international art exhibition in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. The juried exhibit consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote.
  • Art in the Park Series
  • April 2
  • Naples, FL
  • https://naplesart.org
  • Naples Art proudly connects artists with art shoppers in another exciting season of Art in the Park. Since 1957, Art in the Park has showcased the talents of artists and is believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples. Art in the Park carries on the tradition of providing our community access to the very creative fine art and craftwork of local artists.
  • The 12th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival
  • April 2-3
  • 700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL
  • https://www.thesquarewestpalm.com/west-palm-beach-events/12th-annual-downtown-west-palm-beach-art-festival
  • Enjoy an afternoon filled with arts & culture. The 12th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival will feature artists’ tents, arranged gallery-style and filled with all mediums of fine art at this free, outdoor event.
  • Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more from the local and national artists who are on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work. The Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival is family-friendly and pets on leashes are always welcomed.
  • Old Florida Celebration the Arts
  • April 9-10
  • Cedar Key, FL
  • https://www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com/index.php
  • Over the past 15 years, the festival’s reputation has grown and it is now recognized as one of the top Small-Town Art Fairs in the nation. Welcoming only 100 high-quality artists and about 15-18,000 visitors annually, the event radiates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere often missing in larger venues. 
  • Old Town Art Show
  • April 9-10
  • Francis (Events) Field, 25 W. Castillo Dr., Saint Augustine, FL 
  • https://www.holidayartshows.com
  • The Old Town Art Show is juried art and craft show consisting of outstanding artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country. The jury committee carefully selects only the best work submitted in each category assuring well-rounded quality art and craft show.
  • You’ll find everything from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings; this is a show you won’t want to miss!
  • Mainsail Art Festival
  • April 16-17
  • Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
  • https://www.mainsailart.org
  • Mainsail Art Festival is ranked one of the Top 14 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America’s premier art show and festival guide. Mainsail is held in a waterfront park with a wide variety of art from which to choose. This vibrant event features 200 artists chosen from 1,000 applicants, which assures some very good quality artwork.
  • 2022 Chain of Parks Art Festival
  • April 23-24
  • Downtown historic city park system known as the ‘Chain of Parks’, Tallahassee, FL
    https://chainofparks.org
    Nationally ranked in the Top 100 Fine Art Festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine for 6 years running, this annual two-day festival draws tens of thousands of people from the Big Bend Southeast region to see 150 juried artists who have traveled from all over the country to display their original fine art works.The two-day festival is free and open to the public.
  • St. Johns River Festival of the Arts
  • April 30-May 1
  • Downtown Sanford, FL
  • https://stjohnsriverartfest.com
  • See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations and create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend. Enjoy gourmet tastes at our ‘Culinary Arts Court’ while you listen to the sounds of acoustic performers.

Georgia

  • Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival
  • April 2-3
  • Postell Park, 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
  • https://glynnvisualarts.org/art-in-the-park-1
  • Over 70 talented artists and skilled artisans from around the region will display an impressive and eclectic collection of handmade artwork. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of two dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal and glass. Homegrown beauty products, botanicals and gourmet goodies are also available to delight the senses. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier village, just steps from the ocean on Saint Simons Island.
  • Festival on Ponce
  • April 2-3
  • Shadyside Park, Oak Grove Park, and Springdale Park, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • http://festivalonponce.com 
  • The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.
  • Acworth Art Fest
  • April 10-11
  • 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA
  • https://acworthtourism.org/events/acworth-art-fest/
  • This perfect art-buyers destination will host booths from over fifty whimsical and talented artisans from around the country. For this year’s Art Fest, modifications will be made to the event layout with artist booths arranged to allow more space between vendors and provide ease of travel on Main Street. These creative booths will feature paintings, pottery, folk art, jewelry, and much more! Visitors won’t want to miss out on the delicious fare from Acworth’s own eateries and delectable treats in the food court. 
  • Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition
  • April 15-June 3, 2022
  • Opening reception: Friday, April 15, 2022, 6 – 8 p.m. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
  • https://ocaf.com/exhibitions/
  • GWS hosts their National Exhibition annually, which is open to any artist working in water media. The work of 79 artists will be part of the exhibition.
  • SANDY SPRINGS ARTSAPALOOZA ARTS FESTIVAL
  • April 16-17
  • 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
  • http://sandyspringsartsapalooza.com 
  • The Sandy Springs area is a vibrant, upscale, family friendly community just north of Buckhead and Atlanta. This event will feature up to 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands-on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages. Plus, there will be artistic activities for children!
  • Wesleyan Artist Market
  • April 29-30, 2022
  • Wesleyan School, Atlanta, GA
  • https://www.artistmarket.wesleyanschool.org
  • Each year, the Wesleyan Artist Market hosts approximately 80 professional artists from across the region. The Wesleyan Artist Market is a fine art, jewelry, and fine wares show. It is one of the premier school-sponsored art shows in the Southeast. Exhibiting artists are in attendance for the entire duration of the show. Per Wesleyan School tradition, we will also host select Wesleyan student artists in 2022.
  • Duluth Arts Festival
  • April 20-May 1
  • Downtown Duluth GA
  • http://www.duluthartsfestival.com 
  • This festival is an art festival for Artists by Artists, letting the artist have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, plus gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives and music and dance performances. 

North Carolina

  • Art on the Green
  • April 23-24
  • Davidson, NC
  • https://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/657/Art-on-the-Green
  • Davidson’s juried art festival features booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from both on-site vendors and area restaurants. Join us for an exciting weekend filled with visual, musical and culinary arts! 
  • Spring Daze
  • April 30
  • Bond Park, Cary, NC
  • https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/festivals/spring-daze-arts-and-crafts-festival
  • The annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is a juried North Carolina art show, inviting approximately 170 artists to exhibit at Bond Park. The annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival gives a true nod to the artistry and creativity that makes up the state of North Carolina, welcoming 170 local artists. Embodying the importance of sustainability through an Earth Day Celebration, encouraging an active lifestyle with outdoor sporting activities, and bringing the community together at no cost, Spring Daze is a highly anticipated festival each year! Guests can also expect to find toe-tapping entertainment on four stages, delicious food and several activities for the kids. 

South Carolina

  • The Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival 2022
  • April 1-3
  • Summerville Family YMCA
  • https://summervilleymca.org/flowertown/
  • Over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale. The Flowertown Festival is the Y’s premiere fundraiser founded in 1973 to support health and wellness programs at the Y. Every spring, thousands of people visit Summerville to see nature’s bounty awash in color, from the hot pink azaleas, to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood. On this three-day weekend, festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast: The Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival.
  • AIKEN ART WALK
  • April 5 5-8 pm
  • Downtown Aiken, SC
  • http://www.cityofaikensc.gov/aikenartwalk/
  • During Masters week in beautiful Historic Downtown Aiken, SC, the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, the City of Aiken Arts Commission, and Aiken Downtown Development Association present the 11th annual Aiken Art Walk. This event brings together emerging and established visual and performing artists, farmers and artisans, arts organizations, locals, and tourists alike. Delight in the musical talents of street side performers while you peruse pop-up shops of 40 gifted artisans. Downtown shops will be open late. Admission is free!
  • ART IN COMMON
  • April 9th & 10th, 10am-4pm
  • 509 Farrow pky, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588
  • https://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/29305
  • Seacoast Artist Guild is sponsoring their annual Art in Common Spring Festival located on the beautiful Market Commons grounds. Come & support the areas local artists showcasing their one of a kind paintings & photography, jewelry, pottery, decorative stone, glass items and so much more! Admissions free so bring the whole family including your 4 legged friend to see the creative side of Myrtle Beach.
  • ART IN THE PARK SUMTER SOUTH CAROLINA
  • APRIL 23, 2022 9-4
  • Sumter Memorial Park
  • 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter SC
  • https://allevents.in/sumter/sumter-art-in-the-park-2022/200022045573155
  • There will be art and craft vendors, live entertainment – including musical artist Johnny Hilton and Friends, food, beverages and FREE children art and craft activities throughout the day and NEW this year Green Vendors (Earth Day educational / demonstrations -support for environmental protection).  
  • Artfields
  • April 22-30
  • Lake City, SC
  • https://www.artfieldssc.org
  • THE SOUTH’S MOST ENGAGING ART COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL The Lake City ArtFields Collective is a community arts non profit located in Lake City, South Carolina. We were founded in 2013 with a mission to celebrate Southern art and revitalize our small town through the arts. Our flagship event, ArtFields, turns the town into a gallery as local businesses display hundreds of artworks and artists compete for $100,000 in prizes. During the year, our three galleries feature rotating exhibitions to not only provide a place for artists to showcase their work, but also to create access to the arts for an underserved area. A robust public art collection and art education for South Carolina youth finish off our ever-growing art based programs.
  • The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn
  • April 23-24
  • 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • https://www.coastaldiscovery.org/portfolio-item/art-market/
  • A juried fine art and craft show on the grounds of historic Honey Horn at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Stroll through artists’ booths under historic live oaks to find that perfect piece of original art to take home. Fine art and craft in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and mediums will be available for purchase during this weekend. The event will host artists from as far away as Connecticut and Wisconsin, and well-known local artists will share the spotlight during this weekend-long event. $5/adult
  • Soiree
  • April 29-30
  • Downtown Anderson, South Carolina
  • https://www.downtownanderson.com/webinar-registration
  • Over 50 artists will be set up along the streets of downtown Anderson selling original handcrafted works. This community-led festival, hosted by the City of Anderson, will provide an entertaining two-day cultural experience attracting visitors from near and far. Visitors will enjoy live performances with multiple stages, visual artists selling original handcrafted works and delicious food prepared by some of Anderson’s finest chefs. It is fun for the whole family with creative activities planned especially for children and the young at heart! 
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How Art Is Making People More Self-Aware

Did you know that looking at art can help you make better decisions? It can also help you overcome bias and become more self-aware. This is the premise of a new book, Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving, by Amy E. Herman.

The author knows what she’s talking about, not just because she’s an art historian, but also because she runs a consulting company, Art of Perception, that uses art to teach people to change how they look at the world. In a recent interview with the Think podcast, Ms. Herman explained how she’s helped a wide variety of people–from medical students and business executives to cops and even former prisoners–to broaden their perception by looking at art.

Cover of the book Fixed. by Amy E. Herman

What makes her method effective is viewing art together. She asks participants in her workshops to explain what they see when they look at a particular piece of art. Even when they’re looking at something that seems straightforward, like a portrait, no two people see the same painting or photograph exactly the same way. Listening to others’ different viewpoints helps people notice things they overlooked the first time they saw the piece of art, and encourages them to look at it in a new way.

Herman says that people can even learn from looking at art they dislike. The key is articulating why you dislike the art, and listening to someone else give their impression of the same piece. By looking at photographs and paintings instead of charts and spreadsheets, she has taught people to examine details differently in their regular jobs, and to question their first impressions of what they see.

This is something you can try yourself. Take a friend to an art gallery, or look at a favorite piece of art on the wall of your home with a family member. Take turns saying what you see in the piece, and listening to the other person’s impression of the art. Notice how your perceptions of the same thing can differ.

You don’t have to be an artist or art historian to have an opinion about art, Herman asserts. Art is meant to be looked at, and every one of us is welcome to see something different in it.

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Introducing Our New Artist: Pamela Moore

Portrait of artist, Pamela Moore.

Portrait of artist, Pamela Moore.It is our pleasure to introduce you to our newest artist, Pamela  Moore! We first noticed Pamela’s work via her exhibit at the Aiken Center for the Arts. We were inspired by her style and intrigued by her religious icon paintings. 

Pamela’s work can be found in Europe and the United States. She attended Mannheim/Heidleberg University were she studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design. For eight years, she worked in graphic design for Lufthansa Airlines. After returning to the US, Pamela became the Master Artist for Habersham Fine Furniture in Tocca, Georgia. Habersham bought the licensing for the Monet Collection and Pamela’s specialty was painting Monets on armoires. After eight years, she moved to Edgefield, South Carolina where she opened an art store, started the Edgefield Regional Arts and the Edgefield Theatre. Now, she resides in our beautiful little city of Aiken where she creates the wonderful work you will see in Embrace Gallery, takes commissions, and teaches several students. You can see her gallery here

Sampling of paintings by Aiken, South Carolina artist, Pamela Moore.
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Don’t miss out! Art Happenings in the Southeast

Each month we give you a smattering of art exhibits and events to check out throughout the Southeast. Take some time and enjoy some art!

photo by Visit Mississippi

Alabama

2022 Fairhope Arts and Crafts festival

March 18, 19 and 20, 2022
Downtown Fairhope, AL

“The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Foundation and Committee are proud to announce the return of a full Arts and Crafts festival in 2022 on the downtown streets of charming Fairhope with artists from all over the United States.

It will be a fabulous event celebrating 70 years of fantastic festivals that have grown beyond our expectations from the inception of the idea in 1953.

We are proud to announce we have been ranked #24 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine out of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top 200 for 2020. Our ranking was listed in the Classic and Contemporary Craft Category. www.sunshineartist.com

The festival has been chosen as one of the top events in the southeast for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and the event is also one of the top 20 events selected by the Southeast Tourism Society.”


Ballyhoo Fine Arts Festival

March 5 & 6 , 2022
Gulf State Park, 20115 State Park Road
Gulf Shores, Alabama 

80 Exhibitors “This exciting festival event is unique in its focus on fine art, combined with cultural charm, and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama! Enjoy fine art from all across the southeast, local seafood, and live music! Join us and you, too, will Ballyhoo!”

Florida

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (PBM+C)

March 25 –  27, 2022

Palm Beach County Convention Center 
West Palm Beach, FL

“The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair is the most important fair to take place in Palm Beach during the winter season as it brings a world-class, internationally respected group of art dealers and their artists to one of the most culturally savvy and discerning collecting audiences in the world.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary provides a fresh opportunity for collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries to acquire important never-before-exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets presented in an intimate setting.”


Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival

March 12th & 13th, 2022
Tarpon Springs, FL

“Now in its  47th year, the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou welcomes you to a celebration of the visual arts ranging from delicate drawings and pastels to monumental sculptures.  Wearable art, art for the home, abstract and realist works…all are available for your collecting pleasure.  A treasure trove of handmade fine artwork will be for sale at this art festival.

Three art professionals serve as Jurors, assuring the high quality of a Festival that attracts artists from across the U.S.  Work accepted into the show meets rigorous standards and must be handmade by the exhibitor.”  


Art in the Park!

March 12 & 13, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tom Varn Park in Brooksville, Florida

“Art in the Park is an annual event dedicated to fine art, craftsmanship, and community that creates a unique opportunity and tradition for artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Artists and artisans showcase a wide variety of works and mediums inside of Tom Varn Park — a natural setting surrounded by beautiful oak trees in Brooksville, Florida.”


Holly Hill Arts Festival

March 26th – March 27th, 2022
City Hall Front Park, 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill FL

“Helping Hands Thru Arts, with support from The City of Holly Hill, promotes and presents the 3rd Annual Holly Hill Art Festival in Holly Hill’s spacious Sunrise Park. The Park is located directly on the Halifax River which is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Sunrise Park in an open and flat area which is perfect to host 80 juried fine artists and fine crafters. 

The surrounding market has a wealth of artful shoppers who have supported the Halifax Art Festival, Images in New Smyrna Beach and the Deland Art Festival for many years. Holly Hill is a historic community, nestled between Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, whose beginnings date back to the early 19th century. Sunrise Park is a short drive from I-95 with plenty of affordable motels in Daytona Beach from which to choose.” 

Georgia

Immersed in the Seasons: Paintings by Luke Allsbrook

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

March 4 – May 29

“Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and raised in Augusta, Georgia, where he had his first experience of making art under the tutelage of painter Edward Rice, Luke Allsbrook earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Indiana University Bloomington and a master of fine arts degree (cum laude) from the New York Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and is included in many private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the Forbes Collection, Mercedes-Benz USA, the United States Department of State, the Morris Museum of Art, Duke Divinity School, the Southern Company, Michigan State University, 3M, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and the Royal Collection of Charles, Prince of Wales. (Allsbrook served as official tour artist during Prince Charles’s state tour of the United States in 2005.) A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, he has taught drawing and painting at the New York Academy of Art, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, William Paterson University, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and with the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. He resides with his wife and four children in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

As he has written, “I try to let nature be my guide. The best ideas come like a gift. A painting might begin with a question as simple as, ‘If I could create any painting in the world, what would it be?’ I categorize my work into two parts—the smaller, plein air paintings where I go into nature and do quick journal like sketches and the larger, bolder canvases drawn from memory that capture the settings realistically.” The present exhibition, drawn from private, corporate, and museum collections, examines Allsbrook’s treatment of the landscape principally through the changing seasons of the year. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by former Morris Museum curator Jay Williams and a foreword by Edward Rice.”


Alone Together 

Westobou Gallery, Augusta, GA

February 4-April 9, 2022

“A solo exhibition by artist Joseph Kameen as a result of his year-long residency. The paintings reflect on the last two years, and the repeating patterns of isolation and reunion they have brought. My work looks at the ways we use stories to help us understand our lives, and the ways that the spaces, people, and objects around us become essential parts of these narratives. Like many others, I feel a strong desire to examine and look for meaning in the events that make up my life. This desire continues even if I am ultimately unable to find answers. The creation and elaboration of stories is an essential part of this process. My paintings are partially re-tellings of personal stories, and also explorations into the systems through which we examine our lives.”


And I Must Scream–The Monstrous Expression of our Global Crises

Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

January 29 – May 15, 2022

“And I Must Scream, developed by Dr. Amanda H. Hellman, the museum’s curator of African art. The show features photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and site-specific installations from ten local, national and international contemporary artists. 

Employing monstrous, grotesque, and humanoid figures and forms, the works engage five themes—corruption and human rights violations, displacement, environmental destruction, the pandemic, and renewal. This exhibition acts as a call-to-action and shows these crises to be both urgent and interconnected. The accompanying programming will bring scholars and artists from around the world to teach classes, facilitate performances, and create new works of art. 

According to Dr. Hellman, ‘The exhibition seeks out the voice of the artists to explore incomprehensible man-made issues and aims to connect artists from a range of countries. These ten artists’ important work, and the monumental crises their art confronts, bring vital conversations to the forefront in a way only art can.'”


Gathered V: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Jan 22, 2022 – Mar 19, 2022

“The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) is thrilled to present the 5th installment of the biennial exhibition Gathered V: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists. Esteemed jurors Krista Clark, Gregor Turk, and Lucha Rodriguez have selected artists for this year’s Gathered exhibition in order to showcase not only the breadth of talent across the state of Georgia, but also the depth.

The exhibition has steadily evolved over the last fifteen years from its original incarnation: Within State Lines, which took place in 2006 and 2009, to Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, 2013 and 2015, and finally, to Gathered: Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists.  The MOCA GA mission is fully realized within this project as artists are involved in all phases of the exhibition, including selection and review.

This year’s Gathered V exhibition will feature the artwork of 46 Georgia artists which were ardently selected from 300 applicants (comprising over 850 individual submissions, from 31 counties and 66 cities across Georgia). A wide spectrum of artwork including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles and new media will be showcased.  This year’s selections indeed rival past exhibitions, extolling the breadth and talent encompassed within the state of Georgia’s visual arts community.”

South Carolina

Christina Laurel

Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

Exhibition: Feb 17 – March 24

“Christina Laurel is a paper artist creating installations and two-dimensional art, all with a Japanese aesthetic. She will be exhibiting a collection of her work in our main gallery alongside an art installation entitled “Refugium”.

“Refugium” Within this installation, her mission is to create an “exhale” moment, an oasis that offers a respite and refuge from our daily sensory overload. Suspended lace panels support a migrating pattern that freely rotates and responds to air movement. Perambulating – whether with shoes, walker or wheelchair – through the suspended cocoons and grounded totems of “Refugium,” the viewer will become a part of the installation and a part of the art.”


ArtFest

March 12 11:00-3:00

Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, 1218 Belk Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC

“Local music, dance and visual arts studios offer stunning performances by some of the area’s most talented individuals and groups. Creative aspirations are ignited in children who are given opportunities to explore many art forms and create their own masterpieces.

The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild presents a juried art show. All activities and performances are free of charge. The event attracts residents and visitors of all ages, from young parents and children through seniors.”


Artist-in-Residence Show

Wednesday, March 09 – April 6, 2022

Roe Art Building Thompson Gallery, Greenville, SC

“Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art, as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she now explores in her art-making. Moradkhani’s work in drawing and sculpture has focused on the female body and its vulnerability to different social norms. It examines the experience of finding oneself insecure in one’s own body. In her drawings, unexpected images incorporated in intimate apparel intend to bring humor, surprise and a shock of recognition. Layers of shadowy images reveal stories, with the hope of leaving a mark on the audience. Two worlds–birthplace and adopted home–live alongside each other in her work, joining intimately at a single point.”


Anila Quayyum Agha–Let A Million Flowers Bloom

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

February 19 – May 29, 2022

“Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s immersive installations upend traditional ideas about sculpture. Brilliantly lit from within, they cast their own images onto the walls around them like lanterns and create intricate patterns that dance over visitors as they move through the exhibition.

The works in Let A Million Flowers Bloom use floral and geometric shapes inspired by Islamic architecture to explore notions of masculine and feminine, public and private, religious and secular, and particularly space and refuge, taking on the pain of losing one’s home and agency and the hope of establishing them both anew. Agha’s unforgettable art envelops viewers in an enchanting visual environment that inspires awe and invites contemplation about sanctuary and belonging.”


A New Deal: Artists at Work

The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

January 21, 2022 – August 7, 2022

“During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work, including more than 5,000 artists. Under the auspices of the WPA, the Federal Art Project afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans, and immigrants from countries such as Russia, China, and Germany. The Gibbes is one of a select group of institutions across the country that houses an historic collection of Federal Art Project prints. This monumental effort to put artists back to work resulted in a collection of artwork intended to capture the national spirit from the coast to coast, and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges.”


Jasper Hohns + Andrew Wyeth: Repeat Until Empty Exhibit

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

Feb 23, 2022 — Continuing

“Eight original works by Jasper Johns and eleven seldom exhibited paintings by Andrew Wyeth comprise Jasper Johns + Andrew Wyeth

Jasper Johns (born 1930) is the world’s most critically acclaimed living artist. His work bridges the immediate post-World War II modernist trends of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism with subsequent movements of the 1960s, including Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. 

Drawn from the Museum’s extensive holdings of the artist’s work, this exhibition includes only original works. Throughout his career, Johns has recast flags, targets, and other borrowed subjects, and in the process he has transformed both the images and their potential meaning.The works by Johns include examples of encaustic, oil and watercolor, as well as a monotype and an Aquarelle crayon drawing. All works are untitled and range from 1987 to 1996.

Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009), regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, launched his career in 1937 with a sold-out exhibition of his watercolors in New York. 

Throughout his lengthy and prolific career, Wyeth focused on two locations: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, and Cushing, Maine, his second home since childhood. Drawing inspiration from the distinctive characteristics of these locations, he revealed universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes, objects, and people. Wyeth’s preference for painting intimate subjects, including his family, his homes, his memories, and his favorite models is evident in this selection of work from a private collection. Seldom exhibited publicly, these paintings include ten watercolors and one egg tempera, ranging from 1964 to 2005.”


Black Anatomy

Spartanburg Art museum

Feb 17-June 30, 2022

“This dynamic exhibition features artists who bring intimate and charged bodies of work that represent their present-day voices while simultaneously keeping a toe dipped in the waters of their collective past experiences. Sculptures, installations, paintings, and drawings illustrate their shared understanding of the Black experience in contemporary culture and reveal work that unfolds in tones of universal truths.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Davis + Walker Barnes, Michele + Halsey Cook, Alice + Ty Dawson, Leah Kent + Mici Fluegge, Misti + Kevin Hudson, Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr., Leigh Ann + Ryan Langley, Vicki + Tom Nederostek, and Margaret + George Nixon.” https://www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/exhibits-1/black-anatomy 


Young Contemporaries 2022: 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston

March 18 – April 23

“Now in its 37th year, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the College of Charleston Studio Art Department are proud to present Young Contemporaries 2022. The annual exhibition is a celebration of talented artists at the College of Charleston. With works selected by a nationally renowned juror, the exhibition reflects the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’ rigorous programs. Featuring a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints, the exhibition showcases the efforts of the student body at the College.”

North Carolina

adVANCE! Modernism, Black Liberation + Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

February 11 – May 14, 2022 

Curated by Marie T. Cochran, ACTIVE ARCHIVE resident

Featuring contemporary work by Larry Paul King and Reggie Tidwell

“Historians of American art once assumed that African American artists passively accepted the guidance of the masters of modernism and made derivative work as a result. This model, which relies on the societal construct of race, presumes that the European tradition is the subject and African Americans are the object on which it acts. Modernism and abstraction have always been liberating aesthetics for Black artists. Rooted in the modernism of celebrated Black Mountain College instructor Jacob Lawrence, and his colleagues and students, adVANCE! bridges the past and future by celebrating the deeply rooted influence of African aesthetic practices on Western modernism as well as the inherent progressive ideals which flourished from this lineage and persist in our region.” https://www.blackmountaincollege.org/advance-modernism-liberation-black-mountain-college/ 


Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art

SECCA 

Through April 17, 2022

750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

A special guest-curated exhibition comes to SECCA’s Main Gallery.

“The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is proud to present Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art, a special exhibition with guest curator Duane Cyrus, coming to SECCA in November 2021. A Bessie Award nominated performer and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Duane Cyrus was selected as guest curator for the exhibition from a pool of more than 30 applicants.” https://secca.org/exhibition-detail.php?LinkId=404980572 


Clarence Heyward-UNSEEN

CAM Raleigh

“Clarence Heyward (American, b.1983) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a painter and collagist whose work explores notions of the Black American experience.

His work investigates cultural truths, challenges stereotypes, and questions identity. Clarence believes it’s important to “paint his truth” and uses persons of color as subjects in his work as homage to his culture. 

Beginning his journey as a full-time artist in 2019, he is best known for his dynamic and fresh take on figurative art. Heyward relocated to North Carolina to study Art Education at North Carolina Central University. 

He has shown his work nationally and has been featured in venues including the 21c Museum of Durham, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for Cultural Arts, the Block Gallery Raleigh, and the Fine Arts League of Cary. 

His work was selected for a solo exhibition opening in the Spring of 2022 at The Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM Raleigh). Heyward was the recipient of The Brightwork Fellowship residency at Anchorlight, Raleigh in 2020, and the Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace, Raleigh in 2021. His work is in the collections of several private and public institutions. He currently lives and works in Raleigh, NC.” https://www.clarenceheyward.com 

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Art Terms: What is an Emerging Artist?

man painting pictures
Photo by Ari He on Unsplash

At Embrace Gallery, we like to give you information to help you understand the art world so you will be comfortable buying art for your home, workplace and as gifts.

Today we will consider the career stages of an artist. I’m sure you have heard the terms describing where an artist is in his or her career: emerging, mid-career, or established artist. The progression of an artist’s career is much more important to the artist than the art collector, but it is good to know how to think about these terms no matter your role.

One would think the term “emerging artist” refers to young artists just out of their MFA programs and “mid-career artist” to ones who have developed their talents to a certain level. But there are many older artists who are just beginning to achieve a basic level of skill, and many unique and talented artists who never get much attention from galleries and art publications because they spend all of their time creating. What level an artist has attained in terms of his or her career has more to do with marketing, business savvy and development of a unique or signature style.

There is no agreed-upon definition for the stages, but the following themes come out over and over in the literature:

Emerging artists have been busy practicing, experimenting with styles, various media, and subjects. They are starting to hit their groove and define their own particular style or brand. They are getting out into the community, sharing their work, entering juried shows, networking with gallery owners and managers and getting some recognition. They are beginning to understand what it takes to get their names out there, and are committing time to the business side of their studios.

Mid-career artists are producing enough work for several shows each year. Their styles are continuing to emerge as they grow as artists, but their work is recognizable. They have good fan bases. Mid-career artists have gallery representation, work hard to keep their names out there, and know their value. They often sell prints along with original artwork.

Established artists have a style that other artists emulate. They often have studio assistants, and employees running their business. They are making a good living from their art that commands top dollar and is increasing in value. 

We hope you are enjoying this little bit of art education that we provide. Take some time and look through our gallery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. If you are local to the Aiken, SC area we would be glad to arrange a studio visit with our Aiken artists. If there is an art topic you would like us to cover, please let us know in the comments.

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Fun February Art Events in the Southeast

Soda City, weekly street market in Columbia South Carolina

Looking for someplace to enjoy and learn about art? Below is a list of fairs, lectures and events throughout the Southeast. Be sure to check the website listed to ensure dates and times. 

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Florida

Fort Myers ArtFest

Opening Night Friday, February 4, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6

“Add a splash of color to your weekend plans at this year’s ArtFest Fort Myers – a free, three-day outdoor festival along the waterfront. Whether you’re an art connoisseur who loves abstract paintings or a newbie who draws inspiration from Instagram, you’ll enjoy the one-of-a-kind artwork that stretches from the canvas to the street. Plus, there’s plenty of fun beyond the artists’ booths, too, with fantastic food carts, family-friendly activities, foot-tapping entertainment and fabulous VIP parties.” https://artfestfortmyers.com

1st Thursdays at Orlando Museum of Art 

From 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month

“Central Florida has an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants. Admission to 1st Thursdays is $20 for visitors. Admission includes access to the Museum’s featured exhibition. Parking is free at Orlando Loch Haven Park and overflow parking is available at the Orlando Science Center’s parking garage for $5 per vehicle. 1st Thursdays is always FREE with an updated Annual Membership! A savings greater than the cost of your membership!” https://omart.org/events/1st_thursdays/

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Feb 19, 20 & 21

“Our three-day outdoor art festival focuses on one thing: world-class art. But, we are not just about art though. We offer something for everyone with culinary displays, live performances, and family areas to keep your team busy while you peruse all the art! (Shhh, that’s our secret) Held every Presidents’ Day Weekend, the Arts Festival is one of the nation’s premier arts festivals and is hosted right here in the charming waterfront village of Coconut Grove. More than 270 internationally-recognized and jury-selected artists showcase their spectacular works with Biscayne Bay as the backdrop. We invite you to visit the Arts Festival this February and learn why we’ve been at the top of everyone’s list for 58 years.” https://cgaf.com

39th Annual Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

SANIBEL COMMUNITY HOUSE, 2173 PERIWINKLE WAY, SANIBEL ISLAND, FL 33957

February 19 & 20, 2022

What began as a humble pancake breakfast featuring a few local artists more than 30 years ago has grown into one of Southwest Florida’s premier juried art shows. The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club’s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival is held over President’s Day weekend and features more than 85 of the country’s most talented artists. https://www.sanibelartfair.com 

Soda City Market

Every Saturday Morning 9-Noon

More crafts and foods than art, but still a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. Open every Saturday morning 9 a.m. https://sodacitysc.com 

Georgia

Enjoy free admission to Savannah Collage of Art and Design Museum Of Art on Super Museum Sunday

Sunday, Feb. 6, 1-5 p.m.

SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, GA

“A premier contemporary art museum, SCAD MOA shows and commissions work by emerging and established artists at the leading edge of visual and material culture. Imaginative exhibitions across more than 10 galleries offer spectacular views at every turn. SCAD MOA enlightens minds and elevates dialogues with year-round programming, including talks, tours, workshops, and film screenings, as well as inventive virtual events.” https://www.scad.edu/event/2022-02-06-enjoy-free-admission-scad-moa-super-museum-sunday 

Black and Proud Art Exhibit 

Feb. 19, 2022 5-10pm

80 Northside Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

“Bright Ring Foundation and Atlantucky would like to invite you to the Grand Opening of our Black and Proud art exhibit Feb 19th to celebrate Black History, Heritage & Culture.

This exhibit will honor Black History Month and observe the progression of African American culture. Local Atlanta artists will be displaying and sharing their expression of African American culture through their art. Come out and experience a night of celebration of African American culture through visual and culinary art.”

  • Free Entry
  • Over 20+ local artists exhibiting pieces of artwork
  • Traditional African-American Cuisine
  • Art Raffle (Enter to win to a 18×18 canvas print of “*no Kap” by TOM davii)

https://www.nationalblackguide.com/black-events/black-proud-art-exhibit.html

 2022 WinterFest Arts Tour

Saturday, February 19 from 10 AM until 5 PM and Sunday, February 20 from 10 AM until 4 PM (President’s Day Weekend)

“The Helen Arts & Heritage Center and the Sautee Nacoochee Center present the 2022 WinterFest Arts Tour. The weekend of festivals includes 75 artists at 2 locations over 2 days.

WinterFest is an interactive, move at your own pace event that is set in the winter beauty of Northeast Georgia., so there is no rush to see everything in one day. At both locations, local and regional artists will display, sell and demonstrate their skills and bring to life new and exciting pieces. Visitors may purchase raffle tickets to win artwork contributed by participating artists. Food service and vendors along with live music are present at some sites.” https://www.exploregeorgia.org/sautee-nacoochee/events/arts-culture/winterfest-arts-tour-sautee-nacoochee-art-festival 

North Carolina

Art for All

Feb 19 – 20, 2022: Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm

Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th Street, Wilmington, NC

Art for All, a unique and creative art show! This is downtown’s cutting edge art show at the Brooklyn Arts Center. This market place will feature local and original art work, a raffle, a courtyard vender tent, food trucks and more.  All art work will be under $500. Admission is $5 and is good for both days.  Children 12 and  under are free. https://www.brooklynartsnc.com/event/art-for-all/ 

South Carolina

Free First Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 10:00 am-8:00 pm

“Enjoy free admission courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina with extended hours. Plus, explore Afrofuturism with artists of 22 South Carolinians at 6:30 p.m. Be on Boyd Plaza in the evening for live music, food vendors, and a beer garden courtesy of The Whig. Plaza events by First Thursday on Main.” https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/free-first-thursday-cma-14

Aiken Antique Show

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

22 South Carolinians Salon Series Kick-off at Columbia Museum of Art

Join us as we kick off this series to highlight the artists of 22 South Carolinians through conversation to learn more about their practices and concepts. Drop by to explore the topic of Afrofuturism and its influence on the creative practice of featured artists from the show. Going strong for several decades, Afrofuturism explores the connections of the Black diaspora with ancestors across the spectrum of music, film, visual, digital, dance, and literary arts. Tito’s cocktail available for purchase. Free. 

The Aiken Center for the Arts’ Aiken Antique Show

February 4th & 5th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Sunday, February 6th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“The Aiken Center for the Arts’ Aiken Antique Show is celebrating its 22nd year. Come, experience, and celebrate one of the Southeast’s most distinctive events. The show and sale will feature vintage pieces for gardens as well as high quality antique furniture, paintings, lighting, jewelry and rugs. Tickets are $15 per person for the duration of the show.” https://aikenantiqueshow.com 

Evening for Educators Columbia Museum of Arts

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Educators from across the state are invited to join the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a private look at new exhibitions. Judith Sobol, executive director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, speaks about major themes featured in Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams. Explore the exhibition galleries, learn about new tours, and try out lesson plan materials focusing on the Rodin exhibition. Attendees receive documentation for professional development renewal credit.

Free. Registration required as space is limited to allow for physical distancing. https://www.columbiamuseum.org/evening-educators 

Members’ Opening Celebration Columbia Museum of Art

Friday, February 18, 2022, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

CMA members are invited to a preview of featured exhibitions Anila Quayyum Agha: Let a Million Flowers Bloom and Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams. The evening includes an opening lecture on Rodin with Curator of Education Glenna Barlow at 6:00 p.m. followed by a conversation between Director of Art & Learning Jackie Adams and exhibition artist Anila Quayyum Agha at 7:00 p.m. Face coverings required. Free. Members only.

Tennessee

Hunter Museum Virtual Art Wise: Louis Meisel 

THURSDAY FEB10, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for this virtual live presentation by Louis Meisel, the New York art dealer who coined the phrase “photorealism” in 1969. Meisel owns one of the oldest galleries in SoHo and promoted many of the photorealist artists whose works can be seen currently in the Hunter’s Is It Real? exhibit. https://www.huntermuseum.org/events/event/virtual-art-wise-louis-meisel 

Knoxville Museum of Art Dine & Discover with Mary Laube 

February 23, 2022 12:00pm – 1:00pm

“Join us for a lunchtime lecture with University of Tennessee School of Art Assistant Professor Mary Laube. Laube received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa.

“Prompted by her own identity as a Korean-born American, she explores the hybrid nature of identity, cultural displacement, and diaspora through the representation and abstraction of Korean artifacts.” https://knoxart.org/kma_events/dd-with-mary-laube/

Knoxville Museum of Art Curator’s Gallery Talk on “Global Asias”

February 27, 2022 2:00pm – 3:00pm

“Join Dr. Chang Tan, curator of Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation for an in-gallery discussion. Space is limited.

Chang Tan specializes in Chinese and East Asian art in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her research interests include global modernism and avant-gardism, public and socially engaged art, art and ecocriticism, and the history of collecting and exhibiting Asian and Asian American art in the U.S.. She has published in Art Journal, World Art, Third Text, among others. Her upcoming monograph studies Chinese artists’ engagement with the marginalized sectors of the public. Her current research, supported by the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation and the Humanities Institute, studies early studio photographic practices in China and the Chinese diaspora.  Dr. Tan is the Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Penn State.” https://knoxart.org/kma_events/curators-gallery-talk-on-global-asias/

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Gallery Wrapped Canvases: Why We Love Them

Oil painting of a Jekyll Island Georgia sunset
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<em>Gallery wrapped painting with sides painted black. Jeckyll Island Sunset</em> by Marsha Shelburn.

What is the difference between a canvas and a gallery wrapped canvas? You might see this term used to describe art for sale and wonder what exactly it’s describing.

A gallery wrapped canvas is one in which the canvas is stretched around the sides of the frame and stapled onto the back. The edges are often painted white, black, or a color that compliments the painting. Some artists tape the edges so they remain clean and unpainted. Almost all artists gallery wrap their canvases. We love gallery wraps because they may be hung immediately without need of framing. 

Stretched canvas usually refers to a painting where the canvas is secured to the sides of the stretcher frame, requiring a frame to cover the edges. You may see antique paintings that are secured like this.

A fad that we have seen lately is to sell canvases that are not stretched at all. Artwork is painted on loose canvas, just like a piece of fabric. Some pieces like this are painted on stretched canvas, then removed from the frame for an industrial look. 

Right now, all of Embrace Gallery’s paintings that are on canvas are gallery wrapped canvases. If one isn’t, we will let you know in its description. As always, we are happy to answer your questions about any piece that interests you. We can take additional photos, have the artist video chat with you and show you the painting, or if you are local we can arrange for you to see the art in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@embrace.gallery!

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Love Conveyance? Handmade vs Mass Production

The Japanese Footbridge painting by Claude Monet
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<em>Claude Monet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons</em>

In June, Susanna and I started Embrace Gallery because we know the value of original works of art. We have experienced the joy of owning one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures. We know that this art, though sometimes more expensive, is much more valuable than any factory-made reproductions for sale at the big box stores. We live in a world of fast fashion where price is very important in the purchase decision and things are designed to be thrown away instead of repaired. There are many costs to this kind of consumerism that are not reflected in the price tag. Instead of focusing on the costs, I thought it would be more enlightening to list some of the benefits of buying handmade originals.

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<em>Seashell Sisters </em>by Sandy Rhodes

Exclusivity

No one in the world will have exactly the same painting. You will not see it in your neighbor’s house. Your selection makes you unique and your home unique. Each piece has its own story, the story of the artist and the inspiration behind the piece. As the owner of a piece of original art, you become part of the story.

Supporting artists and their communities

Buying an original piece of art allows an artist to spend time creating works of art that make our spaces more pleasant to inhabit.  Mass-produced art is made by companies who are responsible to their stockholders, and therefore use the cheapest possible workforce. Give your money to the artist and it stays within the community.

Breaking the consumer-to-trash-bin cycle

An artist would never spend days creating a painting with low-quality paints on a low-quality canvas. One-of-a-kind pieces are quality items that you will cherish and hand down to the next generation. In the age of fast fashion, mass-produced goods don’t have to be quality, they just have to be on trend and inexpensive. Keep your purchase out of the landfill and reduce your carbon footprint by carefully selecting art that will last.

Love Conveyance

In a study I read comparing handmade goods to mass-produced goods, the authors explain that the love in love conveyance is the producer’s love for his or her work making handmade products. Love is evident in the years of work developing his/her skill, the planning and inspiration that went into the creation of each item. 

According to the literature, this love is transferred from the creator to the user. This explains the indescribable difference between the feeling of viewing original art versus a print. I remember the first time I went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and viewed The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet. I had seen many prints, but to actually see the blobs of paint on the canvas–indescribable! 

You may not be able to afford a Monet, but there are lots of works of art you can afford that will bring you more joy in their original form than you can get from a mass-produced print of a Monet. The Love Conveyance seems to be lost in translation.

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<em>Day at the Aiken Polo Field</em> by Sandy Rhodes

Hsu, Yi & Ngoc, Nguyen Anh (2016). The Handmade Effect: What is Special about Buying Handmade. International Review of Management and Business Research, 5(2), 594-609. https://irmbrjournal.com/papers/1466711111.pdf

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Learning Art Terms: What is Impasto?

textured paint surface in white, blue and green with a raised circle
Detail of Kure Beach by Carolyn DiGiovanni

Impasto, the Italian word for mixture, means a thick application of a pigment to a surface so brush strokes or palette knife marks are visible. It can also mean a raised decoration on ceramic.

Artists can use either oil or acrylic paint for impasto technique. Oil works fine by itself, but acrylic paint needs a thickener added to it to make it viscous enough. An artist layers the paint on with a brush or a palette knife, almost sculpting with the paint to add raised detail. Because the paint is so thick, some impasto paintings can take weeks to dry.

Examples of famous artists who used this style are Leonardo DaVinci and Claude Monet. Impasto is a favorite of impressionist painters because it works well with a less precise, more energetic painting style. Impasto gives a painting a three-dimensional look, letting the viewer really see the shape of the artist’s brush strokes.

Our artist, Carolyn DiGiovanni, uses this technique in her work. Her signature is a raised circle that you will see on all her paintings. She uses tissue paper, cheesecloth or whatever she can find mixed with a hardening agent. After the raised sections of her paintings are adhered, she tells us she “uses about a hundred layers of paint. Mostly pure pigments are used to mix the color to my liking. I use texture to begin with because it adds so much depth to the work..”

Here are a few examples of her work.

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How is The Word Medium Used in Art?

Oil paint tubes on a work surface
Tubes of oil paints on artist's work surface to describe the term medium in art

The art world can seem out of reach for non artists who would like to collect and display art in  their homes. At Embrace Gallery, we are making it our mission to take down the barriers and help make everyone feel welcome. We are doing that by sharing excellent art by talented regional artists online. We are always available to help you through the process of selecting art that is right for you. You can find our contact information here. Today we thought we would explain the term medium and how it is used in the art world.

Medium is the term that refers to the substance used to create a piece of art (acrylic, oil, canvas, or wood). When you look at the descriptions of the paintings in Embrace Gallery, you will see that our current artists work with either acrylic paints or oil paints. Currently our gallery contains paintings on stretched canvas or wooden boards. I believe we have one framed watercolor on watercolor paper available in our gallery. Debbie Black prefers oils, but uses watercolors when she is away from her studio because they are easy to transport and clean up. Carolyn DiGiovanni is a “mixed media” artist combining acrylic paints with materials that add texture to her pieces.

There are other types of media commonly used by artists today-pastels, textiles, watercolors, colored pencils, graphite, charcoal to name a few. Typically an artist will explore various media until they find the one that works best for them. Art of course, art is not limited to two dimensions. Examples of three dimensional artists are sculptors, potters, and ceramic artists who use their own varied types of media such as clay, marble, metals etc.. Today there are artists whose work only exists in the digital realm being displayed on monitors. I am sure you have heard of the NFTs -non-fungible tokens that have been all over the news.

Before the 1500’s tempera paint was the primary painting medium in the west until it was overtaken in popularity by oil paints. Tempera paint is a fast drying medium of pigments (colors) often mixed with egg yolks. Poster paints of today are often called tempera paints but are very different from the original.

Oil paint consists of pigments (colors) that are held together with an oil that dries when exposed to air. Originally the pigments were ground substances found in nature, but now we have the ability to create synthetic pigments. The benefits of painting with oil is the slow drying time giving the artist time to blend paints and easily create gradients of color and shading. The disadvantages can also be the slow drying time making it take longer to create a piece of work. The oils can be toxic so care must be taken with this medium. Special cleaners must be used on brushes to remove the paint.

Acrylic paint is made of pigments suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, plasticizers, silicone oils, defamers, stabilizers or metal soaps. The benefits of acrylic paints is that they dry quickly so artists don’t have to wait as long to apply paints with hard lines. Clean up is easy with soap and water. Disadvantages are that paints dry so quickly, it can be difficult to blend and shade areas of the painting. 

Artists are always looking for ways to improve their paints. They have developed various additives they can mix with paint to slow drying time of acrylic paints or speed the drying time of oil paints giving the artists more time.

We hope you have found this information useful! If you have an art topic that you’d like to learn more about, let us know in the comments! Have a wonderful day-go out and see some art!!!

Featured Image of oil paints by Melissa Wiese

floral abstract painting entitled New Day by Carolyn DiGiovanni. Mixed media on wood