Category: Announcements

Monster Art Rally 2016

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Last year I participated in the 1st annual Monster Art Rally at the Taubman Museum of Art and I’m happy to announce that I’m participating again this year! The event is taking place this Thursday April 21st from 5-9pm. Over 30 local artists will be drawing on-site while visitors watch and learn about the artists, their work, and the art of buying art. All artwork will be on sale for $50 and each piece will go to the person who draws the highest card. Proceeds from art sales help support educational programming at the museum.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, plus all galleries will be open until 9pm, including the Norman Rockwell exhibition. See below for more details and click here to visit the Facebook event.

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If you are a local business, you can contribute by purchasing “Monster Dollars”–pre-paid sponsorships that can be used to play in the auction. Click here for more info and here to purchase.

Hope to see you there!! xoxo

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Against the Grains Art Show @ The Salem Museum

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Painting by Jim Burtch

Please join me and six other wonderful artists at our opening reception at the Salem Museum on Friday August 28th from 5 to 8PM. I’ll be showing some paintings that I’ve never displayed before so make sure to come by and check it out! The show will be up until September 26th.

The Salem Museum is located at 801 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153.

Read more about our show:

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The Gallery U

A few months ago, I was invited by a colleague to participate in a web-based internship. The newly-launched site is called The Gallery U and its purpose is to feature the work of college artists around the country and serve as a platform for artists to talk about art and the things that are influencing and inspiring their work.

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I am one of 19 interns this semester and my job is to post new work (plus a brief description) every week for fifteen weeks. The site officially went live this week and each of the interns was introduced through self-portrait posts. My posts will go up every Friday and you can see my first post here.

Although I’m already very busy, this internship is an opportunity for me to connect with other artists and it will also provide an extra dose of pressure when it comes to producing work consistently. As I mentioned in a recent post on here, one of my goals this semester is to produce a lot of work.

Throughout the internship, all of the interns will be competing for a feature in V23, a New York-based blog which showcases the music, creative writing, photography, and art of young adults. If you like what you see and read every week, you can increase my chances of winning by clicking the little heart at the top of each article.

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Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine

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Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine, is an art exhibition that was organized by Virgil Wong–artist, researcher, and cofounder of Medical Avatar. The opening reception is taking place this Thursday, November 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Virgil Wong will be giving a lecture at 6:30. Please join us!

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National Diabetes Awareness Month 2014

Today marks the beginning of National Diabetes Awareness Month, but more specifically, today is Type 1 Day. Back in 2011, JDRF designated the first day of National Diabetes Awareness Month as Type 1 Day in honor of the millions of people living with Type 1 Diabetes. I’ve had Type 1 for almost 21 years now, and as I’ve said before, it doesn’t get easier with time.

World Diabetes Day is coming up on November 14th and I would be so grateful if you showed your support. You can do this simply by wearing the color blue and sharing with people (through social media or word of mouth or whatever!) why you are wearing blue that day.

I just mailed an artwork donation to an organization called Boxes of Joy for Diabetics, which was created by a recently diagnosed young girl in Wisconsin. She discovered that art helped her cope with this difficult change and she decided to share that joy with other recently diagnosed children by sending them handmade cards. They are hosting an art exhibition on World Diabetes Day to raise awareness and celebrate and raise some money for Boxes of Joy. Check them out on Facebook by clicking HERE.

As an art student whose body of work is primarily about diabetes, I’ve been thinking about the d-word even more than usual. Through my own exploration as well as through conversations with my mentor and peers, I’ve learned to think about my disease in different ways. I have so many ideas for this work and I want to try to develop as many of those ideas as possible at this point. I’m looking forward to sharing new work on here as always, and I can’t wait to see what direction these explorations take me.

Please take a moment to play a part in raising awareness about diabetes and the importance of knowing the symptoms of diabetes. Your support is very much appreciated. Thank you!

 

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Work News

Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects
Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might know about my life as a post-graduate struggling to find a good job in my field. I wrote lots of cover letters and sent out lots of resumes in the past 16 months and needless to say, it was a pretty frustrating time. I knew that I would find something eventually, but it’s always hard to hear a “no” (or several “no’s” in a row).

I feel like I’m finally at a really good place. I am a graduate student so I needed something that wasn’t too intense. Last week I starting working at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, VA and I love it. It’s an awesome balance of art and education and I feel so lucky to have landed this position. (Disclaimer: The postings of this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Taubman Museum of Art.) My official title is “Children’s Education Associate” so I’ll be working with kids in a museum setting. I probably won’t write too much about it, just for confidentiality reasons, but I wanted to share this news that’s very exciting for me :]

This year, I will also be teaching after school gifted art again, this time at two elementary schools. I expect my new role at the museum to give me lots and lots of lesson ideas that I can also use with my gifted art students.

I’m still figuring out some kind of routine so that I can effectively balance school, work, and studio time. It will be a challenge for sure, but I’m excited about it. In one of my online classes, we have actually been discussing post-Fordism workers and how they often juggle multiple roles and what it’s like to be an artist in this post-Fordist circumstance. This talk about post-Fordism (which is a recently learned term for me) truly resonates right now. Anyway, thanks for reading!

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Gabe Morales and Friends Album Art

Hey! Today I’m here to share something that has been in the works for a pretty long time. I mentioned a while ago that my younger brother (an active musician) was going to release his debut album soon and it features my artwork. The release date has finally been announced so I can now share the artwork and all the info about the release!

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This album cover was my first big photoshop project that I did on my own (as in I didn’t really know what I was doing), but I began the project with more “traditional” media: pencils, ink, and paint. I painted several small paintings, fiddled around with some stylized lettering, and did a pen drawing of a potential cover. I then played around with two of these images on photoshop, layering them and using a variety of effects. After a lot of experimenting and tweaking (and I mean a lot), this is what I came up with:

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If you live in the Roanoke, VA area, you should totally come out to the release concert and show your support. This album came to life thanks to several bands and individuals including Talk is Cheap, The Jamie McLean Band, The Fat Daddy Band, Carlos Aranguren, and Cameron McLaughlin. The album was funded by a grant from the Blue Ridge Blues Society and recorded inside the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. A ticket to the release concert includes a copy of the new album.

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The release concert is taking place on Saturday June 21st at 8pm in the Rehearsal Hall at Jefferson Center. To visit the Facebook event page and see more info or RSVP click here.

Thanks so much for reading!

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A Brief History of the Blues: Promotional Artwork

Last year, I mentioned that I’ve been working on my graphic design skills. My younger brother is a musician and I made a promotional poster for his holiday show last year. He has another show coming up at the end of May so I made another poster for him. The process was much smoother this time around and I learned lots of new techniques and shortcuts. If you’re a beginner Adobe CS-user, I strongly suggest watching tutorials on YouTube and then trying out things yourself. Watching videos helped me out a whole lot.

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If you’re in the Roanoke area and you enjoy great music and food, then you should definitely come to the show. I guarantee you will be impressed and entertained! As always, thanks for reading :]

Links:
Gabriel’s Facebook Page
Gabriel’s Website
Event Page

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“The Art of Science” Opening Reception

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Hey! If you live in the Roanoke, Virginia area, here’s something you can do this week. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute is hosting their Spring 2014 Exhibition and the opening reception is this Thursday April 17th from 5:30-7:30pm. The theme of this show is “The Art of Science.” Both scientists and artists have contributed work and it’s sure to be an amazing collection. I have three oil paintings in the show and they are all for sale. Come check it out! Here is a link to the event: VTC Spring 2014 Exhibition

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