Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Earth Day with New Art!

Tomorrow is Earth Day- April 22nd! A day to remind us to treat our planet with love and respect. We thought we'd share two new paintings by emerging artist Barbara O'Neil with all of you- since they are fresh and filled with lush green fields and open skies.

 
We met Barbara a few years ago, when she first submitted to our annual Pre-Shrunk show and ever since has also contributed to other group shows from time to time. We love meeting new emerging artists; watching them develop and grow!


We hope to host a series of talks with a few of the other commercial galleries beginning next month. Our topic will be all about emerging artists- as they have become our specialty. :-) Watch for the announcement on this exciting line- up of art chats about art!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Two Shows Opening Tonight- Join us!

Make sure to join us for the opening receptions for Danny Abriel and Sharon Cave tonight- Friday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30pm.  If you aren't able to make it in person, you can visit anytime throughout the duration of the show, which continues until May 4th.




NOTE: Artist Sharon Cave is hosting a really interesting talk about her crow paintings and especially her muse- Mike the crow this Wednesday, April 18th, 7-8:30pm. All Welcomed!



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Crows and City Birds with Sharon Cave

Artist Sharon Cave is busy as a bird in her studio at the moment! Not only does she have her show, "Conversations with an Urban Crow" opening on Friday, April 13th from 6:30-8:30pm, and an artist talk on Wednesday, April 18th, but she's also giving a workshop on drawing urban birds with pastels on Wednesday, May 2nd!


We're exhausted just thinking about it, but not Sharon. This talented artist is excited to show and share with you! Sharon has been busy working away in her studio getting ready for her show, which features her "pet" crow, Mikey.

Mikey


Sharon works primarily in oil paint and soft pastels. Known to many at the gallery for her series of wonderful chickens, Sharon first introduced us to her love of crows a few years ago during Pre-Shrunk 2017. Here Sharon talks about Mikey in her own words.

I like to think I have come to understand Mikey and understand his moods a little over this time. I enjoy trying to capture his personality and body language; his tilts of the head and facial expressions. The more I see, the more I tend to anthropomorphize… The more I want to connect.

Mikey having a snack.

As mentioned above, in addition to her show and talk Sharon is also teaching a workshop (more info about our workshops HERE), about drawing city birds with soft pastels. Here are a few examples of Sharon's city bird soft pastel studies...

Starling
Seagull

Sharon's workshop is filling up fast, so give us a call today to register (902-425-9456)! And we'll you on Friday the 13th for the opening!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Anatomy of a Frog

Artist Kim Danio is like no other we know. Who else makes incredible creations out of shoes? Now that Spring is here the earth is slowly waking up and we can almost hear the peepers chirping!

Shoe Toad by Kim Danio

This Earth Day (April 22nd from 11am-2pm) we invite you to join Kim for her workshop where she'll teach you the tricks of her exclusive trade by teaching you how to make a frog or a toad out of a reclaimed shoe! All supplies are included for only $75. It's a great way to repurpose, learn a new skill and make something special for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. For more info on Kim's workshop, and our other workshops by clicking HERE or on the WORKSHOPS in 2018! tab above. Call us to register today!

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog by Kim Danio

Kim has generously shared some froggy process shots of creating a cute Red Eyed Tree Frog with us to share with you! This isn't your high school science class...

The beginning...

Interesting, interesting...

Oh, I see what you're doing there...

And then there was form!

A little coat of paint...

I think it needs a hug?

Almost there...

Ahhhh! Hello buddy!

Wow! There really is no other artist like Kim! Sign up for Kim's workshop today to create a cute hoppy critter, to keep unwanted shoes out of landscapes and celebrate spring and Earth Day!

Also hop into the gallery to see more of Kim's new shoe pieces, or see them by clicking HERE, like THIS UNICORN!!!!!

My childhood dreams and desires captured in one fantastic art piece!