Feast for the Senses & art news

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

You can sense the excitement in the air as spring all too slowly approaches…but it’s on the way!  And as with all new seasons, comes new art events, especially in New Jersey!  While it’s still too cold for outdoor fests and shows, there are plenty of indoor art exhibits to attend and the following I’m involved with this month are all FREE so no excuse not to check them out!  I hope you’ll join me and many other local, talented artists at these exhibitions:

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

Reminisce (c)2013, watercolor and collage

FEAST FOR THE SENSES…Group Art Exhibit
Work by local artists (most living, some not) will be on display from March 7 through March 28, 2016, in the library’s community room. Participating artists include: Judy Brodsky, Joan Arbeiter, Lauren Curtis, Ria Glassman, Joyce Browning, Eric Escobar, Virginia Swanagan, Pat Shamy, Sydney Jean Reisen, Nadine Berkowsky, Jackie Baker, Jill Caporlingua. Deceased artists whose work will be displayed include: Jacob Landau, Stanford White, F. J. Adams, John LaFarge.

The Opening Reception for this Art Show (on Thursday, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room) will provide light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the artists.  I’ll have a few paintings in this show.  Here’s Facebook invite link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1694806214135180/

NOLA Cemetery Path (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

NOLA Cemetery Path (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

SACRED SPACES, HOLY PLACES
There’s still time to see this enlightening exhibit of sculpture & photography with 27 artists / 43 pieces of work / 13 pieces of sculpture / 30 photographs.   Aside from being an exhibit, related spiritual & cultural discussions & events typically take place during the run of the show so check the gallery’s website & Facebook page for info.  Nails in the Wall Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840.
I have 2 photographs in the exhibition which continues until
Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Melody Bar Art (c)2015 Lauren Curtis

Melody Bar Art (c)2015 Lauren Curtis

And a quick question…Do you have a favorite place that you wish you could visit forever?  How about immortalize a beloved home, vacation spot, hang out or historic site in ART?  Commission a pen & ink with watercolor painting of a place you’d like to remember forever!  Contact me for details: forestwalker333@hotmail.com

For more of my work, please visit my newly updated website! http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com

Thanks for reading!

~Lauren

Autumn Art and Halloween Happenings

Xray NiteRoot Creature (c)2014

Autumn is upon us (despite unusually warm temps in NJ) and with it comes the beautiful, bright colors of the leaves and crisp, sunny days perfect for outdoor festivals…and of course, the haunting, mysterious time that is Halloween!  All these factors have come together this month for some seasonal art events and festivities that I’m excited to be a part of….

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”,
Group Art Exhibition

Xray NiteRoot Creature (c)2014

Xray NiteRoot Creature (c)2014


Celebrate the Autumn & Halloween season artistically at GALLERY U!  I’ll have the above digital photo collage in this hauntingly exciting art show & masquerade party…costumes encouraged!  FREE event, refreshments served. This show has an opening reception party Fri.. 10/30/15, 6pm-8pm, Gallery U, 439 South Ave. Westfield, NJ  07090.  908-232-1895
Show runs thru 11/30/15.

MORE FALL ART FESTS & EVENTS in NEW JERSEY

vending tent

vending tent

Join me for these FREE arts & music fests & other art events this October!  Fun for the whole family with local artists, crafters and other vendors, music, food and more!

CANAL FEST, Sat., 10/17/15, 11am – 5pm.  Market Street, East Millstone, NJ by the D&R Canal.

BrainFlower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012 Digital Photo Collage

BrainFlower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012
Digital Photo Collage

NATURE SOOTHES, NATURE RESTORES, NATURE HEALS, group photography exhibit and D&R Land Trust educational events, D&R Greenway Landtrust Gallery (Johnson Education Center), Princeton, NJ.  Opening Wed. 10/28/15, 6:30-7:30pm. Show runs thru Nov. 6.  I’ll have 2 digital photo collages in this show.

And last but certainly not least…I have work in these shows as well….

New Brunswick NJ Photography Show at the historic Free Public Library, Livingston Ave., opening reception Fri. 11/13/1, 6pm.

“Naked in New Hope”,  A Group Exhibition
Group exhibition at Sidetracks Gallery, 10 Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA, 215.862.4586
Opening reception Saturday., Sept. 12, 2015, 6pm-9pm. Free event.
I have 2 x-ray pieces in this show.  Show runs thru Oct. 31, 2015.

“EarthAirFireWater: elements/sacraments‏” , group show at Nails in the Wall Gallery,
St. Luke’s Church, Metuchen, NJ.  Opening reception Sat. Sept. 19,  2pm-5pm. Show runs through Dec. 2015.
I have a mixed media piece in this show.

As always, thanks so much for reading!
~Lauren

Worldly Art; German TV debut, Naked Exhibit & more!

Guardian Of The Elements, mixed media (c)Lauren Curtis

It’s great not only to be able to connect with local artists but with creatives from other states and countries as well!  I’m sure many of you out there, with the ease of social media and the internet, have been viewing artistic works of all types from across the globe now more than ever, and for those of you that create your own, you’ve probably been enjoying sharing your work with the world as well!  Even though keeping up with online sites and content can be exhausting it is also so helpful when trying to launch or expand a career, especially a visual one like fine art and design. So I’m happy to share this news with you about some US & European projects I’ve been involved with….

“Naked In New Hope” poster

“Naked in New Hope”,
Group exhibition at Sidetracks Gallery, 10 Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA, 215.862.4586
Opening reception Saturday., Sept. 12, 2015, 6pm-9pm. Free event.
I have 2 x-ray pieces in this show.  Show runs thru Oct. 31, 2015.

Guardian Of The Elements, mixed media (c)Lauren Curtis

Guardian Of The Elements, mixed media (c)Lauren Curtis

“EarthAirFireWater: elements/sacraments‏” , group show at Nails in the Wall Gallery, 17 Oak Ave., St. Luke’s Church, Metuchen, NJ.
Opening reception Sat. Sept. 19,  2pm-5pm. Show runs through Dec. 2015.
I have a mixed media piece in this show.

I’ll also be vending at many NJ free outdoor art fests…next one will be Sunday Sept. 20th, Highland Park, NJ Arts in the Park fest, Raritan Ave., 10am-4pm.

XRAYted Book 2 (c)July2015

XRAYted Book 2 (c)July2015

OTHER COOL ART NEWS…
Thanks to the magic of self-publishing I’ve just completed my 4th art book; this one features original x-ray based, mixed media pieces! Full color, glossy 20 pg. 8″x8″ hard cover signed books, just $35 + s/h. Here’s a preview (see pic above)…Paypal accepted.  To order email me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com

And finally the big news!  I made my European TV debut last month and was featured on a German entertainment/cultural show!!  They filmed at my home and other local places…was a very unique experience.  Here’s where you can check it out..of course my crazy nails were the focus but my art is shows as well!  https://vimeo.com/133715051
Even if you don’t speak German you’ll get the gist…

European TV debut & other exciting art news!

MelodyBar2 (c)May2015

HAPPY 4th OF JULY WEEKEND to all of you in the US & happy weekend to those elsewhere!!  Holidays…and often weekends in general…are a time to celebrate but this time I have even more reason to do so as I have some exciting news… I’ll be on TV again!! Recently I was contacted by a German TV show producer to be in an up-coming episode of their well-known cultural entertainment show that airs in Germany & other parts of Europe! We filmed all day a few weeks ago & I’m now waiting for the show to air (hopefully this month!). The episode features my long, “living sculpture” nails as well as my artwork & I’m so excited for this great opportunity! I’ll post more details as I get them as well as any links there may be to view the episode…stay tuned!!

Lauren By Forrest

Lauren By Forrest

And more exciting art news & events; “FOTOGRAPHIA” Photography exhibition at Gallery U, 439 South Ave W in Westfield. (908) 232-1895. Opening reception Friday., July 3, 2015, 6pm-8pm. Free event. I have the digital photograph below in this show.  Show runs thru July 31, 2015 & features photography from many talented area artists.

Nola Gothic Church (c)Lauren Curtis

Nola Gothic Church (c)Lauren Curtis

New Fine Art Commissions Creating special, commissioned artwork for collectors is really enjoyable especially when the images bring back fond memories of their favorite places to hang out & sometimes they even found love there too! Such is the case for the gone-but-not-forgotten Melody Bar that was in New Brunswick, NJ! This was a regular hangout of mine so it’s been so much fun creating several original pen & ink with watercolor commissions for others who found this place special.  If you have a place you’d like immortalized thru art, contact me for commission info.!

Melody Bar Art (c)2015 Lauren Curtis

Melody Bar Art (c)2015 Lauren Curtis

MelodyBar2May2015 And, being it’s officially Summer….It’s T-SHIRT time again!!  You can wear my art on 100% pre-shrunk cotton T’s! Many unique designs on black, white or gray shirts, $20-$35 each +s/h depending on size & color.  All sizes from kids to XXL!  Contact me for details & to order.  Paypal accepted!  forestwalker333@hotmail.com

T-shirt/card design Flyer

T-shirt/card design Flyer

Spring Arts Events

Now that the weather here on the East Coast is finally warming up, more and more arts events are “springing” up (sorry for the bad pun, couldn’t resist!).  New exhibits are taking place in galleries and online with many outdoor vending events soon to follow.  Here are a few shows I have work in as well as some info. about new work I’m doing,  so please read on…

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Dream Of Trees 2, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

“LANDSCAPE & ARCHITECTURE”
Explore these classic art themes at the new exhibition at the SOUTH BRUNSWICK MUNICIPAL GALLERY, 540, Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct, NJ.  I’ll have 2 oil paintings in this show along with the work of several other local artists!  Opening reception Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30pm-8pm.
Show runs thru 6/24/15.

For more info.: 732-329-4000 X7635
www.sbarts.org

Xray WorldEgg Birdmother (c)March2015

Xray WorldEgg Birdmother (c)March2015

NEW “X-RAYTED” ARTWORK
This Spring I’ve been working on expanding my “X-RAYted” digital photo collage series & thanks to friends donating to my growing collection of x-rays, I now have new signed prints available, including the one shown above, “World Egg Birdmother” . Signed, matted 8×10’s start at just $50 +s/h.  Larger sizes & framing options available.  Please contact me for more details!  Other images can be sen on: http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com 

 

And here are some great exhibits you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home as they are ONLINE!  I have artwork in these shows:

International Women’s Exhibit

This online exhibition, hosted by Women In Focus,  features amazing photographic images from women artists around the world!  From traditional images to abstract and surreal, it’s worth taking the time to scroll through this extensive show and experience so many beautiful pieces in one place.  I have a B&W night shot I took in Amsterdam in this show.  Here’s the link: http://www.womeninfocusatlanta.com/  under Exhibits.    The exhibit will remain online through the month of April.

Spring Featured Artists

A LinkedIn connection, Stephen Fountain, invited me to be a featured artist on his eclectic, spiritual, creative website so of course I said YES!  In Stephen’s words, this site is built with the intention to get people to use more of their intuition and cognitive process to find things , so it takes a bit of searching to locate my feature but all you need to do is look to the left on the SPRING EXHIBIT page and you will see a big star and it says spring above it. In the center of the star is an arrow pointing in two directions. Click on the right side of arrow to see my page.  The large buttons below my image will lead you to my various websites. 
Here’s the link:

As always, thanks so much for reading!
~Lauren

Nevermore Play Portrays Poe in Gothic Stlye

NEVERMORE play

Hello arts supporters, creators and fans!  I don’t often promote events here other than art exhibitions, but when I heard about this new Off-Broadway play, I knew it’d be something I’d like to see and that many of you readers, especially those interested in the Gothic culture, would be interested in!   So, for all of you Edgar Allan Poe fans, and those fascinated, like I am, by the whole macabre, Victorian literary style, here’s a play for you…and information on how to get tickets as a discounted price!  Maybe I’ll see you at the play….??

NEVERMORE
THE IMAGINARY LIFE & MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
“EXQUISITELY STYLISH…A GOTHIC FANTASIA!” – The New York Times
“4 Stars!”- The London Telegraph
“A MASTERPIECE!” – Londonist
“STARTLING, BEAUTIFUL & HAUNTING!” – TheaterMania
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A SHOW UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE
Dark and dazzling, bizarre and beautiful, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe tells the strange and fascinating story of the iconic American writer. Through stunning stagecraft and haunting music, the visions and dreams audiences see on this New York stage create a unique theatrical experience within the world of Poe’s macabre life and imagination.
NEVERMORE play

NEVERMORE play

“THEATRICAL GENIUS! REMINDS YOU OF TIM BURTON GONE WILD.”
– Calgary Herald
SNEAK PEAK INTO THE WORLD OF NEVERMORE: http://nevermoreshow.com/nmnws115
Mon, Fri-Sun: Front Orchestra & Mezz – $66.00 (reg. $95)
Mon, Fri-Sun: Rear Orchestra & Mezz – $49.00 (reg. $75)
Wed & Thurs: All regular price tickets – $39.00 (reg. $95)
BUY YOUR TICKETS:
ONLINE: TelechargeOffers.com and use code NMLSP115
PHONE: 212.947.8844 and mention code NMLSP115
BOX OFFICE: New World Stages 340 W 50th Street (btwn 8th and 9th Ave.)
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE – Mon 7pm, Wed 8pm, Thur  2:30PM & 8PM, Fri 8PM, Sat 2:30PM & 8PM, Sun 3PM

*Expires 03/29/15. Tickets regularly $75-$95. All prices include $2 Facility Fee. Blackout dates may apply. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other sale or on previously purchased tickets. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Cast and Schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order. Valid on select seat locations only. Logo Design by Kurt Firla. Photography by David Cooper.

Autumn Art & Fall Fests

Happy Autumn, everyone!  Even though summer is over, the weather (in the NJ area at least) has been gorgeous and perfect for outdoor arts and music fests as well as for venturing out to gallery exhibitions so here’s some October events I’m involved with…

Caged Nerves, digital photo collage (c)Lauren Curtis

Caged Nerves, digital photo collage (c)Lauren Curtis

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”,
Group Art Exhibition

Celebrate the Autumn & Halloween season artistically at GALLERY U!  I’ll have the above digital photo collage in this hauntingly exciting show!  The gallery will also be selling some of my matted, signed 8×10 photo prints as well.  This show has an opening reception Thurs. 10/2/14, 6pm-8pm, Gallery U, 439 South Ave. Westfield, NJ  07090.  908-232-1895
Show runs thru 11/3/14.

Pumpkinpatch (c)Lauren Curtis

Pumpkinpatch (c)Lauren Curtis

FALL ART FESTS in NEW JERSEY
Join me for these FREE arts & music fests this October!  Fun for the whole family with local artists, crafters and other vendors, music, food and more!

BARRON ARTS FEST, Sat., 10/11/14, 10am – 4pm, Parker Press Park off Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ.

CANAL FEST, Sat., 10/18/14, 11am – 4:30pm. Market Street, East Millstone, NJ.
Other exciting news…I was recently interviewed on AEABIA ARTS RADIO SHOW!  This hour long conversation discussed a wide variety of artistic topics and the host asked many creative, interesting questions.  To listen, click this link then look for the “download” link under the video box.  Hope you enjoy it!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mikialmillard/2014/09/10/aeabia-exploring-art-featuring-premier-artist-lauren-curtis#.VBFyrtajzUY.twitter

As always, thanks so much for reading!
~Lauren

Premier issue of new, gothic zine We Serve No Master

ISSUE #1 SUPERMOON AUGUST 10, 2014.

Amazing alternative talents, and long time friends, Cliff & Ivy, originally from New Jersey and now Alaska’s only goth artist/musician couple, have just started their gothic/punk culture online zine called We Serve No Master,  and I’m honored to be included as one of the 1st interviews in issue #1, SUPERMOON!  Check it out…also featured, interviews with many goth & punk icons from the NJ/NYC area and much more!

http://weservenomaster.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/issue-1-supermoon-august-10-2014/

Horror Punk with guest blogger Johnny B. Morbid

It’s not Halloween yet but for those of us in the goth/punk/metal scenes, Halloween is always in season!  Thought I’d bring a little chill to you during these hot, summer days so I invited my latest guest blogger, Johnny B. Morbid, to tell us about his unique, horror punk band…read on if you dare…

JOHNNY B. MORBID

JOHNNY B. MORBID

The NJ-based, horror-themed, metal & punk band Johnny B. Morbid was established in the summer of 2005. They have since supported such acts as The Offspring, Bad Religion, The Misfits, GWAR, Pennywise, The Vandals & many more. They have since released six full length albums independently, all of which are completely written by Johnny aside from some guitar solos and the drum parts. The first five were recorded in a basement and the first three were completely written, recorded and performed by Johnny himself. The first Johnny B. Morbid album ever to be recorded, mixed and mastered professionally was 2013’s “Welcome to Die!” which was made possible by a loyal fan base and a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now approaching their tenth anniversary, Johnny B. Morbid is once again setting out to fund a new album as well as tour van repairs and a music video via Kickstarter! The upcoming album is called “Fall of the Cicada” and will feature ten new tracks plus one bonus track which will only be available on the physical version. Listeners can expect this album to be an audible representation of the final stage of Johnny’s song-writing capabilities which have been evolving steadily since 2005’s “How to Wake the Dead.” This album will smoothly blend elements of punk, power metal, pop punk and death metal while also providing catchy and melodic vocal hooks to leave the listener humming these tunes for days on end. This will only be possible if the Kickstarter is successfully funded by August 23rd, 2014.  If the goal is not reached, then the album will unfortunately not happen because Johnny does everything completely on his own.  He writes all of the songs, does all promotion, books all of the tours and pays for all fuel, tolls, lodging, merchandise, recording, mixing, mastering, pressing and distribution. It is impossible for Johnny to do this all completely alone which is why Kickstarter can be a very useful tool.  For those who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a fundraising website in which people can financially help support a project they take interest in by selecting different pledge levels rather then just donating. It is a way for people to pre-order the new Johnny B. Morbid album as well as much more such as being able to receive private music lessons via Skype, have Johnny give someone you know a prank call, or be in the Johnny B. Morbid music video just to name a few. Please go check it out for yourself, contribute if you can and share the link so others can see what Johnny has up his sleeve!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/24477271/johnny-b-morbid-welcome-to-die

JOHNNY B. MORBID CD

JOHNNY B. MORBID CD

New Season, New Artwork

HAPPY SUMMER!  It’s official and it’s HOT!  But with the long days it’s given me more time and energy to create new art and commissioned pieces.  How about you other artists out there?  Do you get more energized in the summer or do you relax into the lazy days by the beach?  Nothing wrong with a little of both!  But, being a full time artist, the bills don’t stop coming so I’m always looking for more work and so far, June has been awesome & very busy!

So, I thought I’d share some of the latest projects I’ve been working on…

First off is this historical pen & ink with watercolor painting of the ship Bon Homme Richard commissioned by the head of a computer tech company…

Ship, BonHommeRichard (c)June2014

Ship, Bon Homme Richard (c)June2014

The other thing I’ve been working on a lot is creating new Gothic and Steampunk style jewelry…I make one of a kind necklaces and bracelets and have been selling them online and at many arts events and clubs.  The pieces range in price from $15-$30 and I’ll never make the exact same piece twice!  Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in these cool jewels!

Steampunk & Gothic Necklaces 2014

Steampunk & Gothic Necklaces 2014

NecklacesSteampunk2014B

NecklacesSteampunk2014C

Last but definitely not least, I have some very exciting news!  Some of you read about this on my facebook pages but I’ve been  “made into” a featured cartoon on 6/7/2014 in RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!  So my crazy long nails and my art are paying off!  And thanks to this 15 minutes of fame, the art sales have increased!  So now that I’ve been on TV, radio and Ripley’s I have another publicity goal in mind that I’m working on but I don’t want to say anything…or jinx it…in case it doesn’t pan out but if it does, you’ll be the first to know!  Here’s me in cartoon form:

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Have a fun summer & I look forward to your comments and posts!  🙂