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the new south...

over a week ago i attended the opening for a juried exhibit of artists spinning their take on southern expression.  it was friday night and i ventured out to kai lin art gallery for a spectacular evening of art viewing!!  more than 200 artists submitted more than 1000 pieces of art for consideration!  i am over the moon happy to say i know one of the artists selected (steve mckenzie) and even got to take a selfie with him (see further down!!), cause who doesn't hope for a good celebrity selfie every now and then??!!  one would think i hit the wine bar running with the excess of crappy pics, but i've actually learned my lesson.  alcohol and art exhibits|auctions|or any event where art can be purchased do. not. mix.  one day i looked around my house and realized i have an art collection and not the foggiest idea of how it got here!  (that's not entirely true, but i have found i'm much more prone to give in to the temptations of playing the art patron when i've had any alcohol)...

 left, "raspberry cream" by lauren kussro and right, "i saw that" by hwahyun kim

left, "raspberry cream" by lauren kussro and right, "i saw that" by hwahyun kim

the above two were my favorites!!  and either or both would fit perfectly in my office for the one room challenge crazy thing i'm doing!!

 upper left, "i do not paint a novel...i draw poetry" by valentina custer o'roark, upper right, "above and beyond" by thomas turner, lower left, "zgubna postac III" by anna kenar, and lower right, "cluster" by allusion parker-shockley

upper left, "i do not paint a novel...i draw poetry" by valentina custer o'roark, upper right, "above and beyond" by thomas turner, lower left, "zgubna postac III" by anna kenar, and lower right, "cluster" by allusion parker-shockley

i loved the details and grey in these.

 left, "biological fragment" by niki zarrabi and right, "dream #1" by hwahyun kim

left, "biological fragment" by niki zarrabi and right, "dream #1" by hwahyun kim

anything with plexi glass or a love theme gets my attention, as seen above!

 left, "preacher of hounds" by beatriz rodriguez, middle, "a scent of fir and mortality" by ashley l. schick, and right, "the new south" by adam wellborn

left, "preacher of hounds" by beatriz rodriguez, middle, "a scent of fir and mortality" by ashley l. schick, and right, "the new south" by adam wellborn

above we have art very specifically geared toward my clients in the amazing modern house (not the one that was just completed, but the one with the custom hemlock root chandelier and glass bubbles in the front window).  they have an appreciation for more macabre works of art and i love them even more because of it!!  we are slowly moving forward in creating their dream space and when i saw these i couldn't help but think these could go somewhere!!  especially the pink rat!  come on!!  it's a pink rat!  if that doesn't scream master bathroom wc, i don't know what does!!??

 yay steve!!!!  here is his piece, "celebration"; also a shameless selfie and a group shot of other gallery goers :)

yay steve!!!!  here is his piece, "celebration"; also a shameless selfie and a group shot of other gallery goers :)

so proud of my friend and overall wonderful and talented guy, steve mckenzie!!!  one of his pieces was selected and i couldn't be happier for him!!

what's the best part about this piece right here??!!  see the itty bitty red dot to the right?? that means it's sold!!!!  and that, my friends, is how we keep the artists from starving, the galleries open, and a continued support of art in our communities!  the next time you are thinking you could use a little something something on your walls, go on, venture out to your local art gallery!!  you'd be surprised, not only in what you might be attracted to, but also by the affordability of gettin' your art patron on, while supporting actual people in the process :)

the show runs through may 14, 2016, so make sure you check it out!!!

beijos,

beth