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.
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
A few months ago I collaborated with my younger brother again, this time on a t-shirt design. If you’re new here, my brother, Gabriel, is a talented musician who has played all over Roanoke and other parts of Virginia with a host of other talented musicians. I’ve also worked with him on the design of his business card, debut album, and a few gig posters (Blues for the Holidays / A Brief History of the Blues). Check out his website for more info: www.gabemoralesmusic.com
Our goal for the design was to create something simple, but bold. We eventually went with this pedal board design. I drew it by hand in ink first and then turned it into a vector. I was able to play with textures and patterns inside of the geometric shapes and then Gabriel played around with the color scheme and placement of the text.
The design was printed on soft white cotton t-shirts by local printing company, Press Press Merch. For now you can purchase a shirt at any of Gabriel’s shows, but they will be available online soon. Click here to view his upcoming shows.
Thanks for reading! xoxo
- 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:
Last month I was largely inspired by performances and stories…
1. Movie: Big Eyes
2. Documentary/Exhibition: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
3. Musical Performance: Banda Magda
4. Joseph Marr’s sugar sculptures
5. Kurt Pio’s diamond paintings
6. Karen Schwartz’s abstract paintings
Mixed Media (watercolor, ink, acrylic)
11″ x 14″
Museums and galleries across the country are participating in the Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing event which was introduced by Southern Exposure in San Francisco. This year, The Taubman Museum of Art decided to join in and add a twist by allowing painting as well. Money from sales went towards educational programming at the museum. I was able to participate and it was exciting, inspiring, and admittedly a tad stressful. I rarely create work while people are watching me (unless I’m in a class or workshop) so it was a unique experience interacting with my audience while I created. I didn’t get to do everything I planned to do with my drawing because I ran out of time, but I was very happy with the final piece.
I started my piece at home and finished it on site. It was sold almost immediately, and before I knew it, it was gone. That was something else I hadn’t experienced before. I usually get to live with my work for a little while (or a long while) before someone else takes it. It was a fun challenge to create for one hour and be forced to part with my creation so quickly!
My favorite part of the night was watching artists at work:
- Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
- Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
Aside from participating in the live event, I also got to design the logo that was used on various materials including coloring sheets for the kids.
Overall I had an amazing time at the Monster Art Rally. I plan to participate again next year and I think I will switch it up and create the full piece on site. We’ll see… Anyway, thanks for reading! xoxo
Last night I attended the opening reception for Precision and Reach, an art show curated by artist Jane Lillian Vance. The show is displayed in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia as part of their Creativity in Health Education Program. I have two mixed media pieces in the show, which will be up through June.
Recently at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, we had an exhibition featuring the work of father and son photographers Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro. I taught several art lessons inspired by their work and came to really love the photographs.
Right before the show was deinstalled, John Paul came to do a lecture on his creative process and I was fortunately able to attend. He is a wonderful speaker and so positive and encouraging. Something that especially resonated with me were his thoughts on planning and–ready for it?–attention. I mentioned earlier this week that I would bring this up again. The theme for my first summer residency in Chicago was Attention and since then I hear about it everywhere and all the time!
From the SAIC website…
John Paul brought up the theme of planning and noticing as he talked about the way he works. Basically, once he knows what he’s looking for (he used waves as an example), he notices them everywhere: waves in the sand, waves in the water, waves in the sky. When you pay attention you notice patterns.
John Paul also signed some copies of this book, which showcases his work and his father’s work. Had to get one!
I can’t stress enough how valuable it is to hear an artist talk about their work and their practice. Take the time to listen and I can almost guarantee that you’ll appreciate the work more afterwards. As always, thanks for reading! xoxo
I recently hit up the Blue Ridge Parkway with my boyfriend and spent time by the Roanoke River snapping photos! See if you can spot my new self-timer remote, which I didn’t do a very good job concealing… Read more
22″ x 28″
Oil on canvas
I’ve been attached to this piece ever since I made it almost 3 years ago. It’s not my best painting, but it’s special to me for many reasons. I was asked several months ago to donate a piece of art to a JDRF Gala that will take place here in Roanoke this March, and it was difficult for me to choose one. I thought this painting, Thank You, was the most fitting because I am simply expressing my gratitude for my loved ones who have supported me and continue to do so as I live my life with a chronic illness.
The 2015 Denim and Diamonds Gala will take place on Saturday, March 21st at The Shenandoah Club in Downtown Roanoke. You can find more info and purchase tickets here. My brother is also making a donation in the form of a musical performance at the event :]