HAPPY JULY 4th! & art news

HAPPY 4th of July!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far and all the outdoor activities that go along with it!  I’ve been busy preparing for new art gallery exhibits, outdoor art and music fests and creating new Steampunk jewelry creations as well as working on commissions and freelance design projects ….and enjoying summer in between all that.  Take a look at what’s happening this month:

GALLERY ARTISTS SHOWCASE group exhibition.  My “Morgana’s Murder” oil painting (below) is in this show!  July 7 – Sept. 30, 2014, Meet the artists reception Fri., July 11, 6:30pm-8pm.  THE GALLERY at  South Brunswick Municipal Building, 540 Route 522,  Monmouth Junction, NJ

Morgana's Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Morgana’s Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Environmental preservation is very important, especially in NJ where we have such a wide variety of terrain, so I’m very happy to have my photography selected to be included in up-coming publications and websites about the historic D&R Canal and the Raritan River!   One of the selected images, “Fungus Lace”,  is shown below.  Once the publications are out I’ll be posting the links in future newsletters so stay tuned!

D&R Canal (c)Nov2012 funguslace1

D&R Canal (c)Nov2012 funguslace1

Take care & enjoy the holiday weekend (for those in the US)!!
Lauren

What’s up with me?

Hope you all had a happy Memorial Day Weekend, for those of you in the US, but for most of us, we seem to get busier in the summertime as there are more events to choose from & attend.  So, what’s up with me over the next month?  Here you go… a synopsis of all the cool art events that I have work in through June… and a few links to some great art videos and interviews in case you missed them before…

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS Group Show at Pierro Gallery,
Baird Center, 5 Mead St., So. Orange, NJ, 07079

Opening reception Sun. June 1, 2pm-4pm. 
I’ll have two of my x-ray digital photo collages in this show.
Exhibition runs through June 21, 2014.

 

Friends & Neighbors Flyer June2014

Friends & Neighbors Flyer June2014

I’LL HAVE A BOOTH AT THE 12th ANNUAL EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ OUTDOOR ARTS FEST, SAT. JUNE 7th (rain date the 8th), MUNICIPAL POND, 10am-4pm, FREE FAMILY EVENT!!

 

EBruns Art Award June2011

E. Bruns. Art Award, 1st Prize, June2011

In Bloom: Flowers & Gardens in Art, Group Exhibit, Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ, 07095  
Opening Reception, Tues., June 17, 7pm-9pm.
Show runs June 7-22.  I have 3 pieces in this exhibit.

 

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

Brain Flower (c)Lauren Curtis Sept.2012
Digital Photo Collage

Immigration, Group Exhibit, Nails in the Wall Gallery, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Opening to be announced.  Show runs thru May 31, 2014.

Old School, Transformations Gallery in The Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27 N.), Metuchen, NJ.  Opening reception Sat. March 15, 7pm-9pm.Runs thru July 7, 2014.

Palette, Group Exhibition, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ, Opening Reception Thurs. May 1, 2014, 6pm-8pm, show runs thru May.

New Jersey’s Natural Wonders, Group Show, So. Brunswick, NJ Municipal Gallery, Monmouth Jct., NJ.  Opening Reception Fri. 4/11/14, 6:30pm-8pm.. Show runs thru
July 1, 2014.

MORE NEWS:
With the warmer weather comes outdoor art events & I’ll be participating in many throughout NJ!  To keep up to date, please sign up for my monthly art e-newsletter!  Just go to my CONTACT page on  http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com to sign up.  Thank you!

Short YouTube video about my 2014 solo art exhibit in Highland Park, NJ: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2P1h9bgu9kw&app=desktop
Cool ART VIDEO my friend created for me on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGX8TmzieS8
Radio artist interview with Susun Weed for Wise Woman Radio:
http://wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-radio?mode=PostView&bmi=1396342

Old School, Strong Women in Art

Happy (almost) Spring!  Here on the East Coast it’s finally warming up, it’s lighter later & people are feeling more energized to get out and do things & this is true in the art community too!  So join me and other “Old School & Strong Women” artists at these exciting new art exhibits in Central & North New Jersey…

Old School, Transformations Gallery in The Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Ave. (Rt.27 N.), Metuchen, NJ.  Opening reception Sat. March 15, 7pm-9pm. 

 

Old School Show, March 2014

Old School Show, March 2014



Strong Women,
Group Exhibit, Ahavas Shalom Gallery, 145 Broadway, Newark, NJ,
Opening Reception, Wed. March 19, 6pm-8pm.

STRONG WOMEN show March 2014

STRONG WOMEN show March 2014

MORE EXCITING NEW STUFF…
Art repros. & artist info on display at Lundbeck Research Corp. Gallery, Paramus, NJ, March, 2014.  (Private showing for Lundbeck Corporation.)

Follow me & I’ll follow you…on Twitter!  I finally bit the bullet and joined yet another social network so join me in the “Tweetosphere”! Here’s where you can find me:  https://twitter.com/LaurenCurtisArt

The Art of Nick Rosal

My goal for this art blog is to not only introduce you to and update you on my own artwork but to expose you to other creatives out there so we can all share our work and artistic experiences.  So, for the 2nd time this year, I’d like to share another artist friend’s work and words with you.  I’ve known painter, designer and gallery owner NICK ROSAL for many years…way back to those mystical times known as the 80’s when we both worked for the corporate gallery machine in Woodbridge Center Mall in NJ!  Now we’re both professional artists and we’ve learned from the many art and non art related jobs we have had which, good or bad, lead to our own creative development.  To share his story, here’s what Nick has to say about his career…

MY AD CAMPAINTING

by Nick Rosal

Art is self defined. Artists will define it differently from the audience due to the separate experiences of artists pushing their own creative boundaries and the audiences’ personal experiences and interaction of their own arts culture. Because of this, I believe the definition of art has a life of its own as it gets realized, redefined and debated. But in my definition of art, communicating a concept is paramount. Without that articulation, the painting (or whatever chosen medium) becomes a simple exercise of color and form for me. It was the commercial art field I left that helped me focus on communicating my concepts; to help me communicate with my audience.

My original major at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn was graphic design and advertising. In my third year of art school I started working in a small design agency in NYC and decided, after a year of working in my trade, that I hated it and left. I didn’t even finish art school. At the time, I had found the “creative process suffocating”, the concept of “focusing on your target market” akin to having blinders on and had a problem with art directors (aka authority). I blame it on youth.

Nick Rosal, Get Rid Of Old Friends

Nick Rosal, Get Rid Of Old Friends

However, my learned theories of communicating to the audience through advertising design influenced not only my imagery, but my approach to the audience with a narrative. Not only was I using symbolism in my figure paintings to tell my story, I was starting to use typography, collage and graphic elements in my painting as well. I actually learned something from art school! In my painting titled “Inventory”, (oil on canvas 40″x55″ © 2014) the chrysanthemums were purposely chosen to symbolize the figure’s relationships; even the color of the flowers, drapery and position of the figure are all intentionally placed to subtly communicate the story. In “Get Rid of Old Friends Acquire New Enemies” (mixed media on canvas 20″ x 48″ © 2010) I used newspaper clippings of the U.S. involvement with Afghanistan and juxtaposed them with gaming ads to create commentary on violence in role playing and the real world. Both images are my efforts to communicate my feelings on personal and social issues.

I continued to use imagery to comment on social observations when I had the luxury of owning a gallery space in NYC by inviting artists to address the themes I presented to them. Because MH Art & Framing was primarily custom framing and art services with a large gallery space, I wasn’t forced to find a niche market like other galleries that focused on their specializations. I had the freedom to create a dialogue with my audience again, but not just with my paintings, but with other artists that could successfully articulate the motif of the exhibits. My canvas was now the gallery walls covered with a mosaic of eclectic images from individual artists with their own definitions of art. All of these independent visuals invariably became a point of convergence in the exhibit’s theme.

Nick Rosal, Her Inventory

Nick Rosal, Her Inventory

It’s with the disciplines learned from a parallel profession early in my art career, that I created a dialogue with the viewer. With the benefit of that early experience in advertising, I continued to hone not only my fine art painting techniques, but the ability to share and communicate my observations, beliefs, tales and mythologies to the audience.

You can see the work of Nick Rosal at http://nicholasrosal.com/. The two images are described at length here (http://nicholasrosal.blogspot.com/2010/10/get-rid-of-old-friends-and-acquire-new.html) and here (http://nicholasrosal.blogspot.com/2014/01/inventory.html)

Immigration Issue Exhibit

Art can serve as more than a way to decorate your walls or express personal emotions…it can also serve to address important social and political issues and create a positive forum for discussion and exchange of ideas.  That’s why I’m proud to have 2 pieces in the IMMIGRATION ISSUE group art exhibit at Nails in the Wall Gallery in Metuchen, NJ opening this Saturday afternoon, 2-5pm (1/25/14).  Here’s all the details about this important show:

The Immigration Issue THEN & NOW will open at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave., SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2-5PM with a reception for artists.  It is free and open to the public.

Art works using many media and styles by artists from all over the country reflect on this ethical moral issue, a major justice concern of our day.  Spearheading the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Luke’s Church, this exhibit calls us to acknowledge that we have always been and continue to be a nation of immigrants….and what that means emotionally and psychically.

According to Gallery Director, Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, “I believe visitors to this exhibit will find themselves entering the gallery and catching their breath.  The images are so powerful and speak to the issue from so many and varied perspectives.  These are works that truly touch the heart.”

The Immigration Issue art exhibit flyer

The Immigration Issue art exhibit flyer

Among the most poignant, is a series of sculptures by NJ artist Robert Lach.   His “Nestboxes” make use of antique suitcases hollowed out and supporting nest-like elements.  Like Lach’s sculptures, WV artist Victoria Pendragon’s collage connects strongly to the broad mythic experience of the immigrant as does the work of NJ artist Thelma Fried, FL artist Beau Wild and Allison Merriweather, who makes her home in Houston, TX.

The largest element in the show is a 10′ long print “Family Homestead” by the Chicago, IL artist Audrius  V. Plioplys., created from a photograph of the Plioplys family farmhouses in Lithuania.  His story of his family’s escape from persecution is woven in web-like fashion into the work, reflecting what was preserved…and what was lost.

Like Plioplys, many artists created work that connected directly with their family’s experiences of immigration:  NJ artists Lydia CongiuCornelia Dohse-PeckEllis Eisner, Lisa G. Westheimer, Roberta Rose, and NM artist Diego Rios.

Exploring additional aspects of the concept is the work by NJ artist Lauren Curtis, AK artist Jeannie Stone, and two Maryland artists Erich March and Johan Lowie. Refreshments for the Opening will be provided by our “Art Partner” the Metuchen Inn, and live music by Metuchen musician Steve Kaplan will add to the celebratory experience.

The exhibit continues through May 31, with the gallery open daily.  Check the website:  www.stlukesmetuchen.org/nails-in-the-wall.php  for times and for the two additional programs connected with this exhibit.

Want unique, affordable gift ideas?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Are you tired of fighting the crowds just to buy gifts that anyone can get anywhere?  Sick of clipping coupons or waiting for a sale?  Want to give unique, affordable gifts that are original and locally/US made?  Then why not support the arts by giving artwork and hand made items this year?  Your gift will stand out & be creative!  And it won’t break the bank or have you swearing at traffic and mall mobs!
You can find many inexpensive art gifts at these two New Jersey Holiday Art Events (& I’ll have artwork there too!):

PAZ Culture System HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR


Runs thru 12/24/13, Main St. Center,

212 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ

Winterberries (c)Lauren Curtis

Winterberries (c)Lauren Curtis


HOLIDAY MARKET


George Street Playhouse, Livingston Ave.,
New Brunswick, NJ

Fri., 12/13/13, 5pm-9:30pm  FREE Event!  Local arts &
hand made items!
Wintersnow 1 (c)Lauren Curtis

Wintersnow 1 (c)Lauren Curtis

And I’m having my own CYBER MONTH Holiday Sale!  From now thru 12/20/13,


20% OFF

all of my original painting, photographs & digital photo collage prints!

Also available at prices ranging from $3 – $35!!  My art

T-shirts, greeting cards & 1-of-a-kind jewelry!!  To see
more, visit the websites below or email me for sample pics!
Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren

Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

PAYPAL accepted to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com
Checks/$orders to: Lauren Curtis, P.O. Box 193, Franklin Park, NJ  08823
for inquiries, email me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com
Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
🙂 Lauren


http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com  (NEW fine art site!)
https://laurencurtis.wordpress.com  (my Blog)
http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt(Facebook Fine Art Page)
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com(commercial & fine art) 
http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)

 

Not Cyber Mon. but Cyber MONTH

This isn’t a Cyber Monday sale…it’s a 20% off sale on all my original artwork photography & digital photo collages (INCLUDING the X-RAYted series as seen on Oddities!)!!  And this sale runs thru 12/20!!!  Unique, creative gifts with small, signed prints starting at just $20!  Paypal accepted to forestwalker333@hotmail.com!  So, don’t rush to buy mass produced gifts anyone can get everywhere due to the Cyber Monday frenzy…relax & peruse my websites (listed below) & select unique, creative, affordable gifts!  And you’ll be supporting small business/local artists!

HeartRoots (c)Nov.2013 NEW digital photo collage

HeartRoots (c)Nov.2013 NEW digital photo collage

My Business Postcard

My Business Postcard

Also available; original T-shirts, greeting cards & 1-of-a-kind jewelry!!  Cards only $3-$4 ea. + s/h, shirts start at just $20 (includes s/h!), jewelry starts at just $15 + s/h!!  Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping within the continental US…

T-shirt/card design Flyer

T-shirt/card design Flyer

Unique Necklaces

Unique Necklaces

For more images:   http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com

http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com

http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

Rockin’ Holiday Art Events; NYC/NJ

Those holiday TV commercials have started so you know what that means?  It’s that time of year again where the air chills, stores stay open late, it gets dark early & we have to start our holiday shopping!  But why drudge through crowded malls or buy generic stuff online when you can go to fun, free holiday art events, socialize, see unique art and get affordable, original, cool creative gifts?  At the following art events (where I’ll have work available) you can enjoy yourself while finding things that no other place has so hope you’ll join me at these events in Central NJ & NYC, NY!

An ALL-STAR Group show featuring many of the artists who have graced Wendigo Productions & Art on A Gallery‘s walls as well as some new ones!

Celebrate the holiday season with us!  I’ll have several 35mm B&W New Orleans photographs in this show!
Food and Drink! Holiday attire is encouraged!!
All artwork priced for gifting: $300 and UNDER!

Morgana's Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

Morgana’s Murder, oils (c)Lauren Curtis

“SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES”

This haunting art exhibit opened on Halloween & runs thru November.  So, check out the NEW Gallery U location, 439 South Ave., Westfield, NJ & enjoy the show…I have the above oil painting on display!

HOLIDAY ART EVENTS & SALES IN NJ:

There’s already so many holiday art events scheduled in NJ this month & here are a few I’ll be exhibiting/selling my work at…
1. Gratitude Festival at Soma Center & Yoga Studio on Sunday 11/24/13,  4-7pm, 511 Raritan Ave., Highland Park, NJ, FREE EVENT!
www.somactr.com   732-777-9642

2. Holiday Bizarre Art Show & Sale, sponsored by PAZ Culture System, 421 Main St., Highland Park, NJ. 
   Show opening November, 30 ending December,  24, 2013. FREE EVENT.  I'll have many photos available!

3. I'll be vending & showing my artwork at The Court Tavern, Church St., New Brunswick at some music/dance events including 
    the Melody Club Reunion Party on Sat., 11/23!
   Check my Facebook page for upcoming details (give a LIKE/comment while you're there!) http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt

As always, thanks so much for reading & hope to see you at one of these events!
~Lauren


The Great Blog Swap

When Artpromotivate blog founder, Graham Matthews offered artists a chance to be a part of his blog swap I jumped at the chance to be included!  His site is provides great, up-to-date, helpful info for artists and features creatives of all kinds on the site (yours truly included!).  He was kind enough to link my blog to his so I’m returning the favor and highly recommend you check out Artpromotivate!

OK, so here’s the link button…hope it works and shows up as a visual graphic….if not you’ll just see code & I’ll have to attempt to figure out how to get it to display properly, so if that happens, be patient with me!  😉

So, here goes:

<img src=’http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ZPaC4F49Yo/UeLkSovl5XI/AAAAAAAAPqc/53ZHy7iuFWA/s1600/art-blog-hop.png’ alt=’Art Blogs’>

Art Goes Outdoors

‘Tis the season for outdoor art fests and events!  I do enjoy doing them but man, the set up and break down can be killer!  By the end of a long, hot day under the tent, behind the table, you’re tempted to run a huge sale just to get rid of things so you don’t have to deal with packing it all up again..almost tempted that is…

I’ve been doing outdoor (& indoor) art events for many a moon now and you never know what will happen..sometimes sales are awesome other times not so much.  Sometimes my work wins awards, others not.  The weather is a very unpredictable factor that can make or break an event and even when it turns out to be nice,  if it was predicted not to be, many people still won’t venture out.  But such is the nature of the outdoor art show beast!

This past Saturday I participated in the 11th Annual Juried East Brunswick (NJ) outdoor art fest in a pretty setting encircling a pond in a local park area.  It’s about the 5th or 6th year I’ve done it…the past 2 years I won awards.  This year one of my photos did make it into the finals for the winner’s circle but it just got a certificate this time…still something to be proud of as only a few pieces made it that far out of hundreds!  Here’s the image:

Winter House 3, (c)Lauren Curtis  35mm B&W photo

Winter House 3, (c)Lauren Curtis 35mm B&W photo

(signed prints available starting at $50 for a matted 8″x10″)

Now I’m scheduled to do many more events this summer including the Junebug Art Fest in Metuchen this Fri., 6/14, an indoor gothic art show at QXT’s Club in Newark on Fri., 6/28 among others so if you’re in NJ keep checking my posts for updates and come out and join me at these fun and often free events!

 

Me at my booth, E.Bruns Fest 2013

Me at my booth, E.Bruns. Fest 2013