These are crazy, turbulent times, especially with the very important up-coming election and what better way to express opinions about what’s happening in the world than thru ART! My guest blogger Stewart Wilson, founder & artist of PERSONALAND art & cultural website is calling for art focused on Democracy for a new online exhibit. So if you’re an artist who wants to submit work (it’s FREE!) or an art lover/collector who wants to check out political work from around the globe, check out Personaland! Here’s more info from Stewart….
Personaland – our online global arts village invites artists of all media to participate in our next online art show “Democracy and the 2020 Elections”
(Here are two early entries – “ Democracy on the March” by Gay Schempp and “ Moon over Manhattan” by Dutch artist, Theo van de Goor.)
How is democracy expressed or repressed globally? and/or What about the elections of 2020?
We invite your creative responses in image, film, music or poem. No Entry Fee and the deadline is September 27th
Personaland – enriching the internet with an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture.
Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online art shows, showcasing 256 artists from 37 countries, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun art games.
Watch our movie ‘ “Fugitive” https://personaland.com/stage/fugitive/More info: Stewart@personaland.comCall for Artists: “Democracy”How is democracy expressed or repressed globally? and/orWhat about the elections of 2020?We invite your creative responses in image, film, music or poem.No Entry Fee and the deadline is September 27th<more if you wish yo add it>Watch our movie ‘ “Fugitive” https://personaland.com/stage/fugitive/See our current “Art in the Time of Pandemic” and “Social Justice'” exhibits.Wishing you safe and creative adventures.Stewart
I hope you are all staying safe & well as these intense, unsure & scary times continue. While NJ is slowly getting back to a semblance of normalcy…well, new normalcy…much of the rest of the country faces increasing COVID numbers! Top that off with social injustices and unrest spreading like another virus and it’s the perfect recipe for more frightening times ahead. With so many people falling ill and also facing horrible prejudices it’s easy to get depressed and feel hopeless. This is why art & being able to express yourself in a positive, creative way is so important!
The art community has taken a big hit from the pandemic, like many other businesses and organizations, but it is an ancient and important form of self expression that will never be silenced! We see Black Lives Matter street art! We see Pride art! We see art dealing with the pandemic! Art allows us a chance to escape, to express, to vent, to share, to discuss…that’s why I’m so happy to see some local NJ galleries continuing on, however they are able, to keep our artistic community alive and well!
This month I’m excited to have a SOLO SHOW at Gallery on Main, Somerville, NJ & a piece in the virtual “Women’s Voices” show by Transformations Gallery (Metuchen, NJ) Here are a few of my photos in these exhibits. Hope you’ll check them out… Gallery on Main in Somerville is open to visitors who follow COVID restrictions (must wear a mask, a few visitors at a time) so please check out the exhibit in person! Here’s the link to the virtual Transformations gallery show: http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org/37.html?fbclid=IwAR349dhYkFMHeh-636VhqI9XwwbnC5GyJ7agXJW0i1H4v8VCBUTb9opt34o
Stay safe & stay creative!
First off I hope this finds you all safe & well! These are crazy, bizarro-world times! But you’d think self quarantine would be a piece of cake for artists! I mean it gives us tons of time and space to create and we usually work alone in our homes or studios anyway, so no biggie to socially distance & create our butts off, right? But let’s not forget the stress from lack of work/money, the human need for being social and the inspiration that comes from that, and from travel, having new experiences, going to actual museums, galleries, etc. Then add on the fear of getting sick and dealing with all that this strange new world presents, piled onto the typical creative blocks and this can be a tough time for artists especially those of us that make a living from it!
For me, I’ve had to find new ways to adapt to being a professional artist in the pandemic age. For one thing I now give all my art & creative marketing lessons virtually (thank the Gods for Skype, Video Chat, Zoom…). I’d be in big trouble if it wasn’t for this technology and so far it’s working quite well. Of course good ol’ fashioned in person classes are great but this is now a convenient, safe & affordable way to keep teaching and sharing art.
And luckily I am very used to working with my freelance project clients remotely, so that hasn’t changed much although of course many people no longer have the finances to buy art or hire a designer or illustrator to work on their projects, so I am VERY grateful for the people I currently am working with! The other big change though is the cancellation or indefinite postponement of all gallery exhibits and art events! I typically have work in at least one or two events per month, often more from spring thru holiday season, and that’s all on hold. Some galleries and art organizations are doing online art exhibits & events, which I have been participating it. It’s great to see the ingenuity of these people in trying to keep the arts going. The downside is it’s much harder to sell thru these types of events & I think those running them get this and have either reduced or eliminated submission fees, lowered commission fees, etc. which is a good way to keep artists engaged. But this all spells tough times for anyone involved in the arts as a career. I recently had this digital photo collage in an online art auction….we’ll see if there were any takers…
“In memory of a Friend” (c)2018 Lauren Curtis
This is the time when we all must think outside of the box and find new ways to keep our jobs…not just artists…and it’s really difficult. Some people just can’t work from home and I REALLY hope the powers that be step up & fix our broken benefits system to help everyone out in need. As artists we must try to over come the depression and anxiety from this situation…or channel it into creativity and new work! I’d love to hear from you as to how you’re coping with the pandemic, especially if you’re an artist of any kind, and share your stories in the comments here & if you know of any opportunities for other creatives to get involved with please share them. You’re not alone in your fears and worries and I hope, no matter what your profession, things will be OK for you & that you stay safe & healthy!
The art world has gone way beyond brick & mortar galleries! I recently heard about a new, unique online art forum called Personaland & participated in an online art exhibit. I was pleased to see how fun, original & interactive the site’s creator, Stewart Wilson, has made the site so I asked him to be my next guest blogger so he can tell us how this concept came to be and how you can participate….
Personaland is the destination of my forty year journey of making the Personas – my “wrapped representatives from another dimension here for peaceful purposes.” As I have made these sculptures, the embodiment of human potential, they have guided me. I have made over 31,00 individual figures in human and animal form which has been distributed and exhibited world-wide. During this time, I have founded and been Executive Director of two non-profit arts organizations, Public Image (NYC 1981-84) and Artwell Gallery (Torrington, CT (1995-2011). I have been a public school art teacher. The Personas are about human connectivity and community building and I feel that they were my gurus in my artistic trajectory. Since retiring from teaching, I have attended dozens of meet-ups, conferences and workshops where I have learned 21st century skills and connected with hundreds of talented people. Personaland has been a quest to create an online cultural platform and community for artists of all media – visual, film. literary and performance arts. Personaland is a welcoming, peaceful, respectful destination that uses the latest in digital technology for positive purposes – screens for good.
Personaland is an online global village for the arts – an internet sanctuary whose mission is to unite us through our humanity, creativity and community. With an invigorating blend of entertainment, enchantment and culture, we are designing novel adventures and opportunities for you. Our global group and individual art shows have exhibited over 100 artists from nearly two dozen countries, We are adding exciting new activities every month, bring greater satisfaction to an ever growing audience. https://www.personaland.com
We’re now accepting artwork of all media – images, music, film and words – for our December global group show “Community.” No entry fee https://personaland.com/submit/community-exhib.php
We have Persona Horseback and Dragon rides to our online individual and global art shows, Art Shop, dancing flowers, wishing well and fun games
What’s your Art History IQ? Play the “Name the Artist” game and contest at the Game Bazaar: https://personaland.com/tent/art-clue/
We’d love your participation!
What do these 3 things have in common? They are all new art exhibits and art interviews happening now…and I’m happy to be involved with all three of them! Spring brings out the motivation & creativity in many of us so it’s a great time to create new work or get out & experience what’s going on in the art world. Social media makes this easier than ever, especially with podcasts ! My friend at the XFactory hooked me up with the awesome guys at Know-Shit Podcasts to do an hour long interview about everything from what it’s like to be a full time artist, to the Gothic & Steampunk scenes, mythology, spirituality & more! I hope you’ll take some time to check it out, & listen in on future podcasts as well, as they have many interesting guests. Here’s the link to my interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjFT7TLpCF4&feature=share
As for Tattoos, they are an ancient art form that has gone thru many changes and stereotypes but is now more respected than ever as a true art form and is being honored in a new art exhibit at Atelier Rosal in Rahway, NJ! Amazing works depicting tattooed people and art by artists who’s work has ended up on a walking canvas as well as images addressing this much maligned but now popular art form. Show runs thru June 7, 2018. 74 East Cherry St., Rahway, NJ.
I’m happy to have 2 of my “X-RAYted” digital photo collages in this show and the exhibit will also coincide with a huge biker fest in town Sat. May 12. Here’s the Facebook invite page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1803649219938141/
This town wide, free event will be the perfect place to see tattoo art at it’s best, both in the gallery and on human canvases!
Finally we come to “a few of our Favorite Things”. This is the latest theme for the new art exhibit at the South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, which opens Fri. May 18, 6:30pm-8pm. It’s a free event, with refreshments served, that features art from many local NJ artists focused on things we feel a connection to, that bring back memories and tell stories! I’ll have the photo below, “NOLA VooDoo Window” in this exhibit. Show runs thru Aug. 5, 2018.
540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct., NJ www.sbarts.org
So, there are many ways you can get involved with the arts this spring, whether it’s attending a gallery show, a biker tattoo outdoor fest or listening to a podcast from the comfort of home…or all three! Either way, I hope you enjoy these free and creative events…& stay tuned for more to come this summer!
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…
“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
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
As always, thanks so much for reading!
For artists and art appreciators, what’s one of the biggest advantages of the internet? Being able to view amazing artwork from across the globe without leaving your house! Of course it’s always a great experience to actually visit galleries and museums but we can’t always do that, especially when an exhibit we’d love to see is taking place in another state or country, so enter ONLINE EXHIBITIONS!
These provide us with a way to view all types of artwork and discover new artists and collect work from those we already follow from the comfort of our homes and computers. And for us artists, we don’t have to pay ridiculous shipping fees and risk our work being lost or damaged while still being able to reach an international audience. I do still really enjoy actual brick and mortar exhibits where I can attend the openings and meet the other artists and collectors, but internet art shows are another way to gain exposure and mingle with other creatives.
So, for those of you who want to exhibit hop from home, here are 2 online exhibitions I have artwork in…
International Women’s Exhibit
This online exhibition 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
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!
Summer is half over…
But that means there’s still half of summer left to enjoy! And there are many artistic events going on through Autumn that I’m looking forward to participating in. And, I haven’t been lazy during the hot weather either…I’ve been busy with new fine art commissions and design work and I’ve shared a few of them with you here…
If you’re in the NJ/PA area and love nature and history, then you’ll LOVE the historic D&R Canal Trails that run through both states! Being a supporter of environmental protection I’m honored to have some of my photographs of these trails on the official D&R Canal website! Take a look (I’ve also included 2 of the photos above):
I really enjoy doing commissioned work for collectors and have been creating work for people across the US & abroad! Pen & ink, watercolors and digital collage are some of the mediums I work in and below are two of my newest, completed commissions that are off to their new homes! Feel free to contact me for information about commissioned work!
This is also the busiest time of year for outdoor art fests that are usually free to attend and family friendly! If you’re in the New Jersey area, you can find me vending my artwork, t-shirts, jewelry & more at many events including these:
FRANKLIN DAY FESTIVAL, Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ, Saturday, Sept. 20, 11:30am – 5pm
BARRON ARTS FEST, Parker Press Park, Woodbridge, NJ, Saturday, Oct. 11, 10am-4pm
CANAL FEST, Main St. by D&R Canal, Millstone, NJ, Saturday, Oct. 18, 11am – 4pm
Hope to see you there or online,
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)
https://twitter.com/LaurenCurtisArt (now on Twitter)
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
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!
Take care & enjoy the holiday weekend (for those in the US)!!