Be original…give art for the holidays!

UNIQUE ART GIFTS: HOLIDAY ART SALE!

HOLIDAY PHOTOGRAPHY SALE!
Hard to believe the holidays are again upon us and with the economy the way it is, it’s tough to find affordable gifts that are also unique and creative…but fear not!  I’m having my annual HOLIDAY ART SALE so you can find someone that special gift without spending a fortune! I have a wide selection of signed photographs (matted or matted & framed) so you can select an image that’s a perfect fit for your friends’ and family’s interests.  Nature, Travel, Wildlife, color, B&W, digital, and more…
PHOTO SIZES:  5×7 matted to 8×10  & 8×10 matted to 11×14  (for framed pieces, email me for details).  Samples of my work on http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com
SALE:  10% OFF on purchases of $10 – $50
20% OFF on purchases of $51+ up!
Checks, $ orders & Paypal accepted. + s/h   To order, just reply to this blog! PLEASE PLACE ORDERS ASAP TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY…THANKS!

HOLIDAY GREETING CARD SALE!
AND OF COURSE YOU’LL NEED UNIQUE GREETING CARDS THIS SEASON…I have a wide selection of Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday cards available!  Large cards are $3 ea. (Parchment cards) & $4 ea. (glossy cards) & small cards are $3 each!  I also have matching t-shirts for several of these holiday designs!  See more on the cards/shirts page on http://www.laurencurtis.imagekind.com
SALE:  10% OFF on purchases of $10 – $50
20% OFF on purchases of $51+ up!
Checks, $ orders & Paypal accepted. + s/h   To order, just reply to this blog! PLEASE PLACE ORDERS ASAP TO ENSURE TIMELY DELIVERY…THANKS!

EXCITING NEWS
Stay tuned for info. about my upcoming TV APPEARANCE & RADIO INTERVIEW!!  More about that very soon as well as upcoming art exhibits and events!  Thanks again for reading and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
~Lauren

Art for the Holidays at NJ show this week!

Greetings bloggers!  I just returned from an adventurous trip to Italy and am back in artistic action!  Aside from the fact that I have 300+ photos, both 35mm & digital, to work on now I also am preparing for the big Highland Park Artists Collective group holiday art show & sale starting this Thursday, 11/17, at White Lotus on Raritan Ave. in Highland Park, NJ!

This event will feature art and hand crafted items from some of NJ’s  finest local artists!  Please join us for our opening reception party this Thursday night from 6-8pm and get a head start on your holiday shopping….art makes a unique, original and affordable gift as we’ll have items starting at just a few dollars!  Also, many 1-of-a-kind pieces and jewelry!

Stay tuned for info about more NJ holiday art events as well as a photo essay of my trip to Italy…hope to see those of you in central NJ this Thursday!

Vintage Couture for modern times (guest blog).

What better time to think about dressing up in fancy clothes and costumes than in October, right before Halloween?  So, what better time to feature my new guest blogger, UK fashion designer Deborah Ashworth and her gorgeous garments?  So, in her own words, here’s information on her artistic clothing creations and what inspires her:

For years I have been a magpie when it comes to textiles, often buying a meter or so of something that I’ve fallen in love, whether for it’s pattern, its tones or its embellishments. I knew at some point it could become a new dress or soft furnishing. It was my little addiction, I have a cupboard full to prove it!

I also adored the 50’s glamour with exquisite figure enhancing dresses and felt that there was a real gap in the market for something which meant that women could flatter their figure, no matter what their shape was, that there is beauty in every one and this should be embraced.

However for years I was unable to fulfill my full passion as I previously worked in banking and accounting as I was unable to follow my dream of going to art college when I left school at 16 as I needed to go to work. However 2 years ago, I decided the only person who could change the fact I sat at a desk, on the phone asking why a customer hadn’t paid rather than making a living doing what I wanted to creatively, was me.

The business I had run for 15 years was put up for sale and I started a degree in textile design with fashion, whilst I had always painted for people or sewn in my spare time, university opened up a new wealth of invaluable skills which has meant my work is now transformed.

My work is predominately couture sewing based however I love to fuse together the traditional needlecraft skills with more contemporary techniques. I often incorporate CAD in my work, either to cut detailed edgings by laser or to design a surface pattern, which can be printed onto fabric to create a truly unique piece. I make my own felt from natural materials to ensure the correct tones for each piece and then work in wire, embroidery and beads to bring depth and surface texture to my work, harmonizing the natural materials with organic designs to give visual impact to a piece.

I take inspiration from many areas. My latest project looks at reflection, using the sea surrounding Venice as the mirror to see into a bygone era of Renaissance architecture. I aim also to look at the tide line details, which draw reference to the passage of time and highlights the environmental elements Venice is facing.

About the red poppy covered gown…

This gown is dedicated to those involved in WW2. The gown was inspired by a 1940’s evening dress with the remembrance flower, the Poppy trailing around the body of the dress, nature again reclaiming. The grey panel is a piece I designed, using an acrylic and quink painting as base, I used CAD to layer in images, photographs of barbed wire, watercolors’ of Poppies I had painted, silhouettes of planes and some of Robert Capa’s D Day landing pictures and parachute images to complete the detail. The panel is framed in Crimson satin which I have laser cut Poppy petal shapes from again to show the growth of the beautiful flowers around where such horrors had taken place. The poppies are hand made from laser cut silk petals, hand embroidered with intricate beadwork. Some are made from felt, each tone used to enhance the natural pigments of petals.

You can contact Deborah and see more of her beautiful work on http://vintagedressmaker.blogspot.com/

Hot Summer Art Events!

Summer is here already in full force, so hope you’re staying cool but enjoying the sun!  And I hope you’ll join me at these art events I have coming up:

1. ANNUAL CLOTHESLINE JURIED ART SHOW.  Every year to celebrate July 4th weekend Franklin Twnsp. holds a FREE outdoor juried art show & afterwards the best FIREWORKS in the area!  Kids booths,  art & family fun…all FREE!  SUNDAY, 7/3/11,  6:30pm-8pm then the FIREWORKS SHOW begins!  Franklin Twnsp. Municipal Complex, 475
DeMott Ln., Somerset, NJ 08873  (rain date July 8)

2. JOURNEYS 2 artist exhibit at Metuchen’s Gallery @ the Rotunda.  Join me & photographer Mark Harris for our art opening on SUNDAY 7/17/11, 4-7pm.  I’ll be exhibiting travel photography from across the US & Europe & Mark will show images from his travels as well.
The gallery is in Borough Hall, 500 Main St., Metuchen, NJ 08840  732-632-8502  Light refreshments served.  (flyer attached)
Show runs thru Sept.

3.  DEPTH OF MEANING Juried ONLINE exhibit at www.CaladanGallery.com
You can see this show featuring some of my new 35mm B&W New Orleans photos from anywhere as it’s ONLINE!  Also featuring artists from across the US!

NOTE:  PIECETIMEPUZZLES.COM is featuring my NEW PUZZLE SERIES featuring my nighttime European photos called EUROPEAN NIGHTS!  These make affordable, unique, creative gifts or buy one for yourself to pass the time during the hot, summer days!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!!
🙂 Lauren
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com (commercial & fine art)
http://www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com (fine art, photography, art updates)
http://www.laurencurtis.imagekind.com (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)
http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt (Facebook Fan Page

Piece your way thru Europe…

…with my new puzzle series, “European Nights” now available thru Piece Time Puzzles, LLC!  If you like travel & night photography then this new series of puzzles is perfect for you & make unique, creative gifts!  Visit PieceTimePuzzles.com to view my original photos shot during the beautiful night time hours in cities such as Amsterdam & Prague all made into puzzles!   Here’s a sample but you have to visit the website to see the rest….

Enjoy your travels!

Journey with me! (Solo photo show in NJ)

Travel is a huge inspiration to me and for my artwork!  I recently had an opening reception for my solo photography show called JOURNEYS at Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury, NJ that focuses on mainly 35mm images from my travels in Eastern & Western Europe and the US.

The reception was a success with many visitors, including friends, family, collectors and people I hadn’t met before that read about the show in the press.  I was interviewed by 2 NJ blog sites and made a sale opening day!  Here are the links to the blogs so you can check them out:

http://eastwindsor.patch.com/articles/next-at-cranbury-gallery-photos-of-journeys#photo-5448109

http://gourgaudgallery.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-exhibit-at-gourgaud-gallery.html

Some of the most popular images in the show were the shot of the Native American family at the Grand Canyon, the Gaudi spires from the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and an in-camera double exposure I shot along the historic D&R Canal that runs through NJ & PA.  Among the cities explored in this show are Amsterdam, New Orleans, Budapest, Prague, Edinburgh and others.

I hope everyone who sees this show will be inspired to travel or at least research the art and culture of other US states and other countries…there’s so much beauty and similarity between cultures as well as fascinating differences to discover!

This exhibit will be up until 4/25/11 at Gourgaud Gallery,  Town Hall, 23A No. Main St., Cranbury, NJ. All work is for sale and 20% goes to supporting the gallery!  If you stop by the show, feel free to drop me an email or comment and let me know how you like it!  Enjoy the journey!!

~Lauren

Journey with me…

Hope all you Jersey-ites can join me for the opening reception of my solo photography show, “JOURNEYS”, featuring my travel images.  Mainly B&W 35mm images from Europe and the US along with some color nature and travel photos.

4/3/11, 1-3pm, Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury, NJ.  Light refreshments served.  Feel free to bring guests!  See image below for more details!

See you there,

Lauren

Guest Blog: Low Sea; Eclectic Music from Across the Sea

Facebook has become a great way to meet other creative people from across the globe and I recently met the alternative musical duo, LOW SEA, just this way!  I was intrigued with their style so invited them to guest blog.  Here’s some background facts:

Ireland-based duo Low Sea combine warped seasick-shoegaze, nostalgic pop melody and fuzzed-out dreampop, all cemented on a solid krautrock platform. With sounds that reference everything from Suicide to Spacemen 3, A.R.Kane to Mazzy Star, Giorgio Moroder to The Big Pink, Low Sea?s songs are a hazy journey between looming shadows and bleached-out light”.

Music for rendering subconscious dream walking and emotional free-fall. A female vocal reminiscent of `The Passions` from the early Eighties almost gives Low Sea a similar lovelorn feeling, right down to the fabulously over indulged guitar echoes and electronic back-beat. A panoramic lesson in Post-Digital Pop.

And now in their own words…
Low Sea was born on a summer night in 2008 in the south of France. At the beginning we put together a 4-piece band. Over the course of time, the line-up went through some changes, but the Billie and I soon felt we wanted to remain a duo. Although we knew this would mean more work for us in terms of playing gigs, etc, it would be worth regaining the creative freedom.
When we started out, the sound was more in the vein of Shack, early Primal Scream, The Velvet Underground, Jesus & Mary Chain, Love, Brian Jonestown Massacre … it was initially a more acoustic, hazy, neo-psychedelic sound. There is still some of that in what we’re doing now, though we’re more open to experimentation with electronic/vintage keyboards, and even heavier percussive sound and motorik beats. We’ve now being more compared to bands such as The Horrors, Mazzy Star, Spacemen 3, and even darker and krautrock bands such as Neu!, Joy Division and Bauhaus.

We’ve released two albums so far. The first one, Las Olas, was a self-release. We put a lot of effort into creating something different, collectible… We designed the artwork for it, and are keeping it a limited edition. That’s available exclusively through our Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/lowseamusic, or it can be digitally downloaded at iTunes or CDbaby. The second, mini album called “The Light” was released in September in the US through Lefse Records ( http://lefserecords.bigcartel.com/product/low-sea-the-light-cd-pre-order ). We’re at the moment waiting for an official Europe release of “The Light” so we can set off on tour. Would love to play The States one day as well if there would be enough fans who’d like to see us perform live.

NJ Brings the Art in March-April!

Greetings!  There are so many artistic treasures in NJ & now that the temps are warming up a bit (finally) many exciting, new art events are waiting to be discovered!  I hope you’ll join me at these 3 up-coming shows…

MARCH 4 (FRI.) 7-11PM: FREEZE Group Art Exhibit opens at Art House Productions in Jersey City!  I have a new photo accepted to this juried show which is part of Jersey City Fridays Arts Events!   http://www.arthouseproductions.org
Hamilton Square, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th flr., Jersey City, NJ
Show runs thru April 1.

MARCH 5 (SAT.): ASBURY PARK ART FAIR at the Collective Art Tank.  I’ll be vending/showing artwork & hand-crafted items from 1-9pm!  Tons of local artists of all types will be at this weekend long event!  658 Cookman Ave., Suite 20, Asbury Park, NJ  07712  thecollectivearttank@gmail.com (see flyer)

APRIL 3 (SUNDAY) 1-3PM: OPENING RECEPTION OF MY SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT GOURGAUD GALLERY, CRANBURY, NJ!!  This show will feature my 35mm travel photography!  Gourgaud Gallery @ Town Hall, 23-A Main St.,
Cranbury, NJ 08512  FREE event! Light refreshments served!!
Feel free to email me with any questions about these exciting art events & I hope to see you there!
~Lauren
www.LaurenCurtisArt.com
www.laurencurtisart.mosaicglobe.com
www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt


Guest Blog; Total Art Soul!

BBBRRRRR…hope everyone in the US that’s been hit with all the snow storms (like my area!) is keeping safe and warm. So, if you’re trapped at home, here’s something to read that will warm your soul…my new guest blogger, Cathy Savels, founder of Total Art Soul, talks about what inspired her…

It was on a hot summer’s day in south-west France when I and my partner, web developer Joe Biro, came up with the idea of creating a free platform for artists and crafters from different disciplines. We could combine our joint skills, me as an established Artist and Joe as a Website Developer. Little did we know that when we launched on 1st January 2010 it was going to become a global success in such a short period of time. In month 9 we reached over 103000 unique visitors and traffic is still increasing all the time.

The idea was born from the sheer frustration of approaching one gallery after another and being met with much snobbery, arrogance, aloofness and general unhelpfulness. We knew other artists and crafters were having exactly the same problems and wanted to do something. We wanted to give artists a place where they could be seen and would be able to openly express their creativity.

Gone are the days when the great masters were able to do an apprenticeship with another great master and learn their skills that way. Community spirit seems to be difficult to find and so learning from others with similar skills is proving more and more difficult. We wanted a site where creativity of any discipline could be nurtured and where more experienced people could help those just starting out.

Our vision of the site was to encourage artists to share and expose their works without having to worry about marketing themselves. Members can upload to their own personal gallery and this is fed through to a main Members’ Gallery so everyone gets exposure. Members have a personal blog space, a gallery to showcase their work, a chat room, a forum and a video upload function. The discussion boards serve to grow in the creative process while networking and connecting to international but English speaking like-minded artists.

Active members get featured on the main site blog and random members are featured on the front page. Everyone gets a little space of fame given the fact that they are active in some way on the site. We dreamed about a creative, artsy and useful platform and we feel we have achieved our dream.

Saying all of this, we appreciate that everyone has bills to pay so we decided to launch a shop section on 1st January by popular demand. We’re already seeing some lovely things appearing for sale. We are offering everyone 2 free listings so that it’s possible to have a little test drive of their shop and dip their big toes. To help everyone market their shops, we are also giving everyone who takes up a subscription 4 of our Eureka internet guides to help them market themselves. The success of TAS is mainly down to using free advertising tools which are available to everyone and we want to pass on our knowledge and experience.

There’s a wonderful community spirit on Total Art Soul and our members are truly a great bunch. Anyone joining will be made to feel most welcome. 🙂
~Cathy

It’s a great site & I want to thank Cathy for inviting me to join & post some of my work!!
Here are a few samples of what can be found on the site: