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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Gabriel Trevino takes a perspective on local art via The Art of Brownsville -blog....
Tell us a little about The Art of Brownsville Blog, how did it start and what does it communicate ?
TAOB was started back in 2003 by Mayra Cruz, and by 2005 had transformed into a group of local artists (including myself ) and art advocates coming together to help promote the idea of a local art community: by announcing art happenings and doing local art reviews. Unfortunately, the idea of the blog and organizing as a group lost traction. Mayra Cruz also decided to leave the TAOB blog to pursue other projects, but I decided to continue The Art of Brownsville blog on my own. I look back and clearly see how it has grown and hear from readers and followers of how it has helped the art community, its truly something to be proud of, I am glad and feel it should continue.
I hope it continues to serve primarily as a tool for artist share their work but also as an archive , a reference to our region of the art that is being produce here.
TAOB - blog serves as a venue for discussion, a place for comments, and feedback, related to local art. A place to hear each others opinion, and create a healthy dialogue that will help understand the art that is being produced by local artist.
Has local art changed? I think a large focus in local art, moved from palm trees, resacas and birds to border issues. Local art also, grew, from traditional easel painting to multi media expressionist. I think art has definitely invaded the city of Brownsville and has gained ground and attention. I think the city has embraced local art and moving forward it is a good thing.
What inspires local art ? The way I see it all depends on several factors ? I have notice age makes a difference and the idea that: "Certain things inspire certain people ". If we look at our region, proximity to the border, proximity to the sea, certain things in the nature that surrounds us: the beach, birds, plants, mesquite trees and or the social barriers that are still a part of our society today such as religion, immigration, the mix of Mexican-American culture. Simply some artist or more avant-garde than others...
Where can you find local art? You can find local art everywhere now, from the Museums to Galleries, to local restaurants, local art is being exhibited everywhere. Artists have become part of annual festivals, and are featured in the local magazines and newspaper every month..
Does local art sell?
I think there is a public awakening that original fine art can be affordable and for artists there is venues and opportunities year round locally where artists can participate and sell their work.
Will you part from the TAOB blog and or organize as a group again ? I hope I do retire from it someday. I guess in the back of my mind I have always entertain the idea of someone emailing me, or calling me , asking to join and too someday take over.
I think becoming part of an existing idea, venue, blog or whatever, as appose to starting one of your own, can be more beneficial, but then again its up to anybody....depends what kind of vision you have.. For me to become part of this, back in the day, I remember my thoughts being inspirational, wanting to take the seed and helping it grow, instead of wanting to plant the same seed on the same ground. When I look around, and I see all these social groups starting their own venues, its great, but at the same time doesn't do anything to bring the similar existing venues together, thus creating a more separate art community.In the end its the same old story, its competitive, art sells, and everyone has to make money somehow, its an understandable truth.
What advise do you have for the readers and artists of The Art of Brownsville ? Yes, share your art with the Art of Brownsville blog and the art community, tell us what you are producing and send pictures of your work. email: email@example.com ...Become part of the only blog, truly about local art...
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Sunday, July 10, 2011
Utrecht Art Supplies 3rd Annual Art Competition (GRAND PRIZE WINNER) – (Best Overall) 6-Week Summer Workshop Scholarship to Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, plus Dinner with Nelson Shanks (a value of $4,600)Plus, $3,500 to put toward travel expenses, accommodations and art supplies.
No Entry Fee!!
Get national recognition for your art! Beginning April 29, Utrecht Art Supplies invites you to submit your drawing, painting, or sculpture work. The top three winners in each category will be awarded Utrecht ArtSmart™ gift cards ranging from $500—$1500. There will be an overall Grand Prize winner who will receive a 6-week Summer Workshop Scholarship at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, dinner with Nelson Shanks at Chelwood Estate, plus $3,500 to put towards travel expenses, accommodations and art supplies. Runners-up will receive Certificates of Merit from Utrecht and American Artist magazine. You may submit up to three pieces of original art. (one per category) All winners and finalists will be selected based on the quality and originality of their work in each category. The competition will be juried by American Artist, Utrecht Art Supplies' Resident Artist, as well as Nelson Shanks, master painter and founder of Studio Incamminati. Enter today!
Entry deadline: September 1, 2011. Winners will be notified November 1, 2011.
OVERALL GRAND PRIZE WINNER: A Full 6-week Summer Workshop Scholarship to Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, plus dinner with Nelson Shanks (a value of $4,600) Plus, $3500 to put toward travel expenses, accommodations and art supplies. FIRST PLACE DRAWING: $1500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies FIRST PLACE PAINTING: $1500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies FIRST PLACE SCULPTURE: $1500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies SECOND PLACE DRAWING: $750 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies SECOND PLACE PAINTING: $750 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies SECOND PLACE SCULPTURE: $750 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies THIRD PLACE DRAWING: $500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies THIRD PLACE PAINTING: $500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies THIRD PLACE SCULPTURE: $500 ArtSmart™ Gift Card from Utrecht Art Supplies
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Saturday, July 09, 2011
Here is some info found on the web about Dali exhibit :
Dalí Illustrates Dante's Divine Comedy
Dalí Illustrates Dante’s Divine Comedy, containing 100 watercolor prints from the Surrealist master’s Divine Comedy Suite.
In 1957, the Italian Government commissioned Dalí to illustrate Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Often considered to be the greatest work of Medieval European literature, the epic, 33-canto poem describes Dante’s symbolic journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven.
Dalí’s watercolors were to be reproduced as wood engravings and released as a limited edition print suite in honor of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth.
Upon receiving the commission, Dalí immediately began creating a series of 100 watercolors, each one illustrating a canto from the poem. But when the project was announced to the public, Italians were outraged that a Spaniard had been chosen to honor the anniversary, and the commission was rescinded. Dalí, confident that a publisher could be found, continued to work on the project.
In order to translate Dalí’s watercolors into printed plates, two artists hand carved 3,500 blocks (an average of 35 separate blocks per print), a process which lasted five years. Dalí considered this project to be one of the most important of his career.
The exhibition was organized by the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Mexico and is on a 10-city, three-year national tour developed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri.
You Are Not Here by Ron English
You Are Not Here will be on exhibit at IMAS from Thursday, March 31, 2011 through Sunday, August 14, 2011
Exhibit Opening Reception will be Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Ron English is an American contemporary artist who was born in 1959 and grew up in Decatur, Illinois. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to figures of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of his original characters.
Some of his influences include Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, the band Kiss, and the advertisements he sees around him. Pop culture plays a huge part in his work, especially in his politically charged billboards and street art. Some of his main targets in these pieces are Joe Camel, McDonalds, and Mickey Mouse. Ron English also has a craft of using corporate icons and manipulating them in a way in which they go against the image and message of the very corporation they were meant to represent. Music is also a big part of his life, having created album covers, collaborated with musicians, and even written lyrics.
Ron English has participated in both sanctioned and illegal public art campaigns since the early eighties, all in the name of art. Some of his extralegal murals include one on the Berlin Wall's Checkpoint Charlie in 1989 and one on the Palestinian separation wall in the West Bank in 2007, with fellow street artists Banksy and Swoon. He is the subject of the documentary Popaganda by Pedro Carvajal and even has his own action figure created by Michael Leavitt.
An Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will include food and refreshments, and an exhibit synopsis by the artist.
All opening receptions are FREE for IMAS Members, and included in General Admission for non-members: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students w/ID, $4 Children (ages 4-12).
For more information, call IMAS at (956)682-1564.
"Arte de la Frontera" - In association with Texas Biennial 2011.
The exhibition, "Arte de la Frontera" will be on display at IMAS Thursday, April 28, 2011 through Sunday, September 4, 2011.
The International Museum of Art & Science presents Arte de la Frontera in association with Texas Biennial 2011. Originating in 2005, the Texas Biennial is a project of Big Medium, an Austin based non-profit organization which aims to promote contemporary visual art in Texas. Joining over 60 organizations from around the state of Texas, IMAS will feature works of art from 21 regional artists. This year marks IMAS' first time participating in this state wide celebration of the arts.
Curated by IMAS Executive Director Joseph Bravo and STC Asst. Chair of Visual Arts & Music Tom Matthews (TX Biennial 2007, 2009 artist) Arte de la Frontera is located in the Central Gallery, and will feature a unique amalgamation of art, including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, print, installations and mixed media.
This year's artist include: Cande Aguilar, Mark Clark, Jesus de la Rosa, M.C. Farris, David M. Freeman, Veronica Laegar, Linda Lewis, George Lorio, Miria Martinez, Jessica Monroe, Nancy Moyer, Thomas Murray, Scott Nicol, Steven Ortiz, Karen Sanders, Rosendo Sandoval, Richard Smith, Donna Sweigart, Paul Valadez (TX Biennial 2009 artist), Benjamin Varela and Fulden S. Wissinger.This will be the fourth edition of the Texas Biennial 2011, which was originated in 2005. The core of each Biennial to date has been a group exhibition of art works selected from submissions gathered from throughout the state. In 2005 and 2007, the Biennial was juried by a panel composed of active members of the Texas visuals arts community. In 2009, artists were selected by noted critic and Los Angeles-based independent curator, Michael Duncan. This selection process was also followed for 2011, with New-York based art historian and art lawyer Virginia Rutledge serving as Biennial curator.
An Opening Reception for Arte de la Frontera will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will include complimentary food and refreshments.
All Opening Receptions are FREE for IMAS Members, and included in General Admission for non-members. General Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students w/ID, $4 Children (ages 4-12).
For more information, call IMAS at (956)682-1564.
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