Gutsy & Plein Air

I’m pleased to have two of my “Just Desserts” portraits included in the Artscape network show “Gutsy: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism” at Gallery CA.  The show runs from July 18-August 8 with a closing reception on August 8 from 7-9pm.  Gallery CA is located at 440 E. Oliver St. and is open Mon-Fri, 12-4.  However, this weekend they will also be open from 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of Artscape.

Last weekend, I participated in Paint It! Ellicott City as a juried artist.  The exhibit of plein air artwork completed that weekend by the juried artists will be on display at the Howard County Center for the Arts until August 23.

“Lit Up,” a nocturne painting from Paint It! Ellicott City 2014

Blooms of Nigeria

Rebecca Bradley of MICA’s illustration department invited me to participate in this collaboration of female illustrators.

Please visit the Tumblr blog to see all of the flowers completed so far.  Below is my flower for Awagana.

“Tribute illustrations commissioned for each of the 180 kidnapped Nigerian girls whose names are currently available to the public. Nearly 300 young women are still missing. A summary of what has happened can be found here.

Blooms of Nigeria is not a charity but if you would like to help, we highly recommend donating to organizations such as Girl Rising, which provides services to help provide education to girls all over the world.

Blooms of Nigeria is a collaborative art project organized and curated by illustrators Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton. ”

Paint Outs!

The Mountain Maryland plein air event in Cumberland was fabulous- images of my work from the week coming soon.  I loved focusing on my plein air work all week, and meeting artists from all over the country.  The folks at the Allegany Arts Council did a wonderful job organizing the event and making us feel welcome.

Meanwhile, I’m busy getting ready for FOUR more paint outs this summer.  I am honored to have been juried into Easels in Frederick, Paint Annapolis, and Paint It! Ellicott City this year.  I’ll also be traveling to Ocean City to participate in their unjuried open-registration paint out event.  In case you’re in town for any of these, here are the details on the public receptions:

Easels in Frederick
Saturday, June 21, 12-1pm: judging, viewing, and sales of “Quick Draw” artwork at Memorial Park
Saturday, June 21, 1-4 pm: public reception at William Talley Recreation Center

Paint Annapolis
Saturday, June 28 10-6 & Sunday, June 29 10-4: work is available for public viewing and sales at Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery
Saturday, June 28, 10:30-1: judging, viewing, and sales of “Quick Draw” artwork at City Dock

Paint It! Ellicott City
Monday, July 14, 6-8pm: Public Reception at the Howard County Center for the Arts

Plein Air Paint Out Ocean City
Saturday, August 9, 6-8pm: Award ceremony & public Wet Paint Sale at the Ocean City Center for the Arts
Sunday, August 10, 11am-4pm: Wet Paint Sale continues

“A Moment Expressed,” Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

My portrait of the Queen of the Magpies made it onto the postcard for the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters upcoming exhibit, “A Moment Expressed.” The opening reception is on Thursday, May 29, 5:30-7pm at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD. I probably won’t make the reception because I’ll be out in Cumberland at the Mountain Maryland Paint Out event, but you should check it out if you’re in the area!

The “Drawing at Dusk” belly dance life drawing program I guest taught at the Smithsonian American Art museum was a success!  We were invited back to repeat the program on Friday, September 12 at 5pm.  Stay tuned for additional details and reminders as the date approaches. You can also check out my post about the program on the Baba Ghanoush blog. 

Upcoming events

On Friday evening, join me at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for “Drawing at Dusk”!  I’ll be the guest instructor, and two of my Aubergine troupe-mates will be in belly dance costume as life drawing models.  Materials are provided, and the event is completely free with no registration required, open to all ages and ability levels.
Friday, April 11, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C., Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor

Or, you can attend the opening of the Hampton Arts Initiative’s 2nd annual art show at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland.  The juried exhibit includes contemporary artworks based on historical source photographs from Hampton’s archives.  I will have a piece included, but won’t be at the opening since I’ll be at the Smithsonian.
Friday, April 11th, 2014, 6 – 8pm
The Orangery at Hampton National Historic Site
The reception is free, but an RSVP is required.  Tours of the manor house will also be available during the reception. 
Please note that due to construction, only handicap parking is available on site at Hampton.  Free shuttle service will be provided every few minutes starting at 5:30 from the Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

Check out my class in action on Saturday at the Towson Arts Collective, during my watercolor portrait workshop.  Thanks to our excellent volunteer model Bill.  We’ll finish up the workshop this Saturday.
Also on Saturday at TAC is the reception for the “Bridges” exhibit: an art exhibition bridging the arts and sciences.  Four of my biologist/naturalist portraits will be included.
Reception: Saturday, April 12, 6 – 8pm
Exhibit runs from April 5-May 9
Towson Arts Collective, 40 West Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD

I will also have a piece included in Baltimore Watercolor Society’s member show at the Liriodendron Mansion.Reception: Sunday, April 27, 2014 1- 4
pm Show runs from April 27 until May 18
The Gallery at Liriodendron, 502 W Gordon St., Bel Air, MD 21014

And, wow!  Today I was invited to be the awards juror for the Dundalk Outdoor Art Show in Veterans Park on May 17.  What an honor!  I’m really looking forward to participating in the local arts community in this new way.

Before you go, check out my portrait of actor Mads Mikkelsen as the character Hannibal Lecter in the TV show “Hannibal.”  This is going out on a new illustration promo postcard.