April is a very busy month in the art world. There are a lot of public shows and a few private ones. For example, the work Pelican recently showed at an exclusive art show with the Tarpon Springs Art Association in Tarpon Springs, Florida. These private or member only art shows really test an artist’s nerve. It is like presenting a scientific paper at a medical symposium. There is no place to hide if something goes hideously wrong and your colleagues are going to scrutinize your work with every critical bone in their body.
The story behind Pelican is a rather simple one. I was sitting on a dock watching a local fisherman filet a large fish, a large friendly pelican suddenly showed up to see if any scraps accidentally fell in the water. It was like watching a family pet begging at the dinner table. In the end it did not leave disappointed.
When I was in the process of choosing the type of print for the show, I discovered archival prints of this work look good. The work printed on canvas really has a classy artistic look. But, nothing beats out the absolute beauty of Pelican printed on metal. The gloss of the aluminum lends itself to showcase the pure whites in such a way that it looks almost self-illuminant. There is a serious wow factor to the print.
I soon found out I was no alone in this thought. In fact, the biggest complaint or critique I had on presenting Pelican was a comment that the print on metal was actually too good for local fare. Other artists told me that if a patron has a white or black furniture theme in the home or office, then a metal print of Pelican is the print they should get. It was the type of complaints that any artist wants to hear.
In Other News:
The gallery has experienced some very exciting growth opportunities recently by expanding its exhibitions
beyond the Texas border. The newest members of the butterfly collection made a special appearance at the Tarpon Springs annual Art on the Bayou festival. White Peacock Butterfly 2 and Monarch Butterfly 3 was well received by both the public and other artists alike.
The gallery will exhibit local photographic works in a new two-person art show at the Susan Dillinger Art Gallery in the New Port Richey City Hall from May 2nd – May 31st. The works will be on display during regular business hours. There is no cost to attend and enjoy the art. All art will be available for purchase.
Spring is one of the best times of the year. The days are getting longer, and the winds are warmer. The long winter, if such a thing existed in Florida, is coming to a close and the art season on the Suncoast is in full swing.
Meanwhile, the new butterfly collection remains on view at the Gateway Gallery in New Port Richey until April. There is no rest for the artist, and we are spending our precious spring days preparing Art on the Bayou in April, a two person show in the New Port Richey City Hall during May, and a continuing series of revolving shows at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.
In the meantime, enjoy our latest additions to the Butterfly Collection. These works of art are incredible to look at when printed on our archival aluminum print. The aluminum gives the image a glossy image and produces an effect that appears to light up each work.
This is the 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster. In early December, I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful car parked in a local park. The result is a classic car combined with the art of modern photography.
Built as the deluxe luxury model of the Confederate BA line in 1932, Chevrolet created only 8,552 of these fine cars. A”Stovebolt Six” 194 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine produced 455 hp thanks in part to an upgraded carburetor. The top speed was a blazing 70 mph. A special transmission featured easier shifting and a free wheeling mode rounded out the specs of the car.
The gas saving mode allowed the wheels to continue to spin when the driver released the fuel petal. The unfortunate side effect of this economic idea was a lack of engine braking.
It also supported 4 wheel brakes, a rumble seat, and a set of “Town and Country” styled horns to let people know you where there. One of the more fashionable signature features of this car was the use of louver doors and not vents on the side of the hood.
Oh, and one more fascinating historical trivia fact was that there are no turn signals. They hadn’t been introduced for use on cars yet. However, a parking light and brake lights were available for purchase .
As for the photograph itself, I decided that such a classic car needed representation in the art world the same way it was in the 1930’s. I wanted a classic film look that was both black and white and approximated the tonal qualities of a 400 Kodak film popular in the 1930’s.
The burnt edges of the picture are also something that occurred in many examples of film from cameras readily available to the public. Whether these markings were intentional or the result of unfortunate film developing I couldn’t say. In the end, I wanted the look to closely mirror what your grandfather or great-grandfather saw when they looked at their photo books.
Are you ready for holiday shopping? It’s a hard thing to image that the 2016 holiday season is already in full swing. I’m stating the obvious because before you know it will be gone. So, I’ve made a list of places north of Clearwater that enable you to view and purchase fine art at the same time! Don’t live in Florida? Well, I’ve got that covered too.
Last week we introduced our first batch of holiday cards for purchase in our very own online Gallery Gift Shop. These 5”x7” cards have a blank inside for your own personalized message and come complete with an envelope for gift giving or mailing. At our shop you will find all of our artwork that is available everywhere for both the starting collector and our avid fans. If you haven’t checked this store out, don’t wait!
Last week we took part in the opening of the Holiday show at the Gateway Gallery & Emporium, Inc. . Four different photographic works are now on display until January at this special juried show in downtown New Port Richey. We also are displaying several smaller works in the gift shop area. Stop by and see some great art!
This past week we also presented our work “Bird in Copper” to the Tarpon Springs Culture Center for inclusion in their annal Holiday Art Show. This show has 9 different categories of art displayed throughout Tarpon Springs historic original city hall. If you’re in the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs area drop by and visit!
Even though we’ve been busy at shows and displays all over the North Tampa area, I’ve found time to get into the studio and work on new pieces. Coming soon I will add new pieces to our butterfly collection and even a young fawn to our animals collection. So stay tuned and buy art!