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Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery

Pittsburgh Society of Artists

Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA

At Panza Gallery Saturday night.  What a crowd!

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It’s good to get out.  Steve went with  me.

I volunteered to photograph the event which was a great way to meet the artists and art appreciators who attended.  I am posting just a few now.

Artist Lesla in front of his work and Laura .  Turns out I photographed Laura when she worked at Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and she was on the blog.

 

Our host Mark Panza

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Patty Hill

IMG_3053Marian Phillips

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A few of the artists with their work

IMG_3023The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale

Me

Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL

 

IMG_3025Meet Brian Crawford  The River’s Edge  Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”

IMG_3126Tony Cavalline and Carol Skinger

IMG_3143Jennifer Panza

Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!

(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)


David Lujan of Gallery Black Lagoon

People at Work Series.

From the April wedding in Austin, Texas.

David Lujan co-owner(with his wife) & curator of Black Lagoon: art+ yoga and artist.  He tended the bar at the wedding celebration and made the little fairy chairs out of the champagne tops. He was sketching a tree house for his daughter, as I remember.  I must carry a reporter’s notebook to write down the details.

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Available light portrait of David Lujan

fairy chairs  The Fairy Chairs he created from the champagne bottle tops.

david the bartender

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Wildflower Paintings on Beehives

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My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives.  I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)

Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.

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IMG_0811Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.

One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return

First she sketches onto the white super

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Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.

 

As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.

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View from an artist’s studio

Joan’s garden provides for the bees.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive.   by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com

 


Painter of Historic Native American Cultures

Meet fine artist James Ayers, a 1991 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.

In January, I was introduced to him at the 26th Annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are in the area, it goes until March 27th.

We were meandering through the exhibited art in the huge white tents and his booth was a standout!

We stopped to chat.

When asked how long a painting this size would take to complete he said “about a week.”  Hours and hours.

He photographs his models and pays great attention to authentic details. It was fascinating to watch him paint the hand on Spirit of the Wise Man- Shoshone Painting. 

(Click the title of the painting or his name above to see more of his work.)

I know my photographing him while he painted  was a distraction but he said it was okay.  Thank you James.

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LEGO® filled BMW at the Brooklyn Museum

Spotted during Thanksgiving vacation as we were entering the Brooklyn Museum. There are similar cars in Berlin and Australia and the artist Ai Weiwei is tweeting when new locations for Lego donations are set up.

Only after I photographed it, read and researched the reason for the Lego donations for Ai Weiwei’s artworks did I realize there was a controversy.

The manufacturer of Lego in Denmark refused to supply a bulk order of lego bricks for his artwork due to the nature of his artworks’ political messages. Here is an article in The Atlantic and you can read about the controversy here

 

 

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Wooden MIrror Reflections

At the Children’s Museum in October when the Grandkids were in Pittsburgh for a visit-

Yes, a WOODEN mirror.  It was amazing. Interactive art.  

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Granddaugher Anna and

Me and my camera reflected in the wooden mirror below.

Selfie in Wooden Mirror

Created by Artist Daniel Rozin who is also a professor at NYU.

“Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece.” –    from his website 

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My Artist Friend Joan and her Thread Collection

Joan has an array of thread colors and some are silky and some are shimmery.

So many different types of thread.

She makes beautiful fiber art,

and paints

and draws in ink.

Watch for her Female Martyr Series this summer.

You’ve seen Joan looking at Larimer School where she used to teach Art.

 

 

Spools of Thread

Even her pincushions are interesting.

 

 

An older photo

An older photo of the thread collection

 

and Joan on her back porch.  Her garden is so interesting.  Will have to do a photo tour.

 

Joan on her back porch

Joan grows the best rhubarb and puts up delicious apricot preserves.

 


“Sunoco” Painted by Jon Walker, Artist

Today the painting arrived.  A few months ago, I heard from artist Jon Walker.

He asked if he could paint the Sunoco station photograph he saw on the blog.

I thought it was a cool request and appreciated his asking permission. His intention was to paint it, not to sell it to me.

I liked the look of it, the feel  and although it was summer and no paycheck season until we returned to school,  the gallery put the red dot on it “sold”.   It is a wonderful painting.  I am thrilled to have it now.

Thanks Jon and the team in Savannah who helped get it to me. When I called again about being remiss in sending the $ I discovered the painting had migrated to another Savannah gallery- The Atlantic Beacon Gallery  (go and like them on Facebook, too) where Jon Walker is the visiting artist for September.  If you click the link you can see some of his other paintings.

They were most gracious to pack and ship it.  Thank you thank you.

 

Phone shot  of ” Sunoco”on the mantel tonight after I unpacked it

Sunoco  painted by artist Jon Walker

Sunoco painted by artist Jon Walker

 

The August show  Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker was at the Butcher Gallery.   

You can go to the Butcher Gallery Facebook page,  and see the painting on the left wall at the show (be sure to click the “like” button while you are there! )

The original photo posted in April 2010  On the Way to Munhall

Sunoco at Night

 

 

 

A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah  (not sure who photographed this to give credit)

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The Extraordinary Art of Bodhi Wind

Buddha became the enlightened one, under a Bodhi tree.  

This is the name taken by native Pittsburgh artist who tragically passed much too soon, the day before Thanksgiving in 1991.  If you graduated from Perry High School, Pittsburgh Public Schools, class of 1968, you knew him as Charles Kuklis.  An incredibly talented artist, he was always sketching and drawing.

Recently there was an article by Joe Smydo in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about what to do with an artist’s work after they’ve died.

Bodhi Wind painted the murals for Robert Altman’s 1977 film 3 Women. (Click here to read about the movie and see a photo of Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duvall and one of the large murals painted by Bodhi Wind.) He designed clothing for Cher and his work was shown in Architectural Digest May 1978.  An archived article in the NY TimesApril 26, 1977  by Jennifer Dunning is online.

blog by Angeliska shows more photographs of Bodhi painting the murals for 3 Women.  We read on this blog that his mother, Jean Kuklis (also mentioned in the PPG article) would welcome speaking of her son and his art.

I had the good fortune to meet Mrs. Kuklis, her daughter and granddaughter, Monday afternoon and got to photograph some of Bodhi Wind’s artwork.  His mother generously shared his story and creative artwork and I wanted to share it with you.  I had the privilege of seeing pieces he created in high school, too.

She hopes her son’s art could be shown in a large space, a bank, hotel lobby or convention center. Some of the painted panels are big.

Many are painted on wood and  interestingly framed.

Readers who would like more information about the artworks should email Bodhi Wind’s family  Bodhi.Wind.Art(at)gmail.com.

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detail from the Octagonal

detail from Octagonal

Grace Jones

Large mural

This is one panel of a series.  Very large.  It needs to be turned right side up.  I left a bit of his sister in the pic on the right so you get the idea of the scale.

Looks like Grace Jones

Bodhi Wind Painting

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Mural in Garage


Artist Helène Aylon at the Warhol Museum

I asked Ms. Aylon  if  I might take her picture (with my iPhone these days)  and she graciously agreed.  Then she suggested we take one under the portrait of Julia Warhol, Andy’s mother.  It was Mother’s Day.

Her exhibit The Word of God: Helène Aylon, The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable runs through June 26th.

To read about Helène Aylon and her art visit her website.

Photographer Rick Byerly runs the Pittsburgh Art Blog click here for more information.

Details also at the Warhol calendar

A solo exhibit
at the Warhol
is very cool.
Right here
in River City- Pittsburgh.

(Photograph posted with artist’s permission)

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