NOVEMBER ART NEWS!

Happy November!  I know, I can’t believe it either…Halloween is over and now we’re officially in the holiday season.  Even though the outdoor arts events are coming to an end, galleries and other venues are going full force with exhibits and holiday shows…here are just a few things I’m working on now…more to come soon…

Canal Mystery 2 (c)Lauren Curtis

Canal Mystery 2 (c)Lauren Curtis

“PICCOLO Small Works”,
Group Art Exhibition

View this eclectic exhibit of small works at GALLERY U!  I’ll have the above photo, among others, in this exciting show!  These pieces make perfect, affordable holiday gifts!  This show has an opening reception Fri. 11/7/14, 6pm-8pm, Gallery U, 439 South Ave. Westfield, NJ  07090.  908-232-1895
Show runs thru 12/1/14.

 

Steampunk & Gothic Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

Steampunk & Gothic Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

TIME FOR MY ANNUAL ART & JEWELRY HOLIDAY SALE!
I know it’s hard to believe that it’s “that time of year” again…the holidays!  Who wants to deal with the crowds and hassle of going to the mall when you can shop from your comfy home?  That’s why ALL OF MY ORIGINAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY is ON SALE for 20% OFF now thru Dec. 15, 2014!! You can see my work on these sites:
http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com
http://www.facebook.com/LaurenCurtisArtTalonArt http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com
http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com/

Custom commissions welcome!  And I’m also offering 10% off any 1-of-a-kind jewelry purchase of $20 or more!!  Each hand crafted piece is a unique design & I can email you photos of available jewelry or if you’re in the central NJ area, I can arrange a viewing.  Please email me
with any questions about my work!  forestwalker333@hotmail.com (or just reply to this email).
I’ll also be vending at some holiday arts & music events in Central NJ…please check my websites for updates!  Have a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!!!

As always, thanks so much for reading!
~Lauren

Sideshow in the Summertime

STEP RIGHT UP!  They’re LIVE, they’re REAL…it’ll astound you and amaze you! 

I love hearing the calls from the sideshow, enticing  you to enter the brightly colored tents & see the “freaks” and the “bizarre”;  sword swallowers, fire-eaters,  blockheads, glass cases of strange creatures we want to believe are real,  and many other mysteries & surprises!

Every summer I go to a few sideshows at local fairs and in clubs,  and I’m happy to see the resurgence in popularity of these vintage, classic forms of Americana.  Aside from loving this as a colorful subject for my photography I’m proud to say I’ve had the rare experience of appearing as an act in some sideshows!  Yes, I’m TALON the NAIL LADY,  showing off my real 18+ inch fingernails on both hands & doing photo opps with fascinated people.  Some may think sideshow people are freaks in a negative way but it’s embraced with only the positive as these are creative people and performers wanting to live outside the box, in an almost long- forgotten way of life which is now making a comeback!  Bright, glittery costumes, Victorian style red & yellow tents with boldly colored, hand painted sideshow posters and banners take the viewer back to days gone by and into a world of the strange and mysterious, all right in front of your eyes, up close and personal..and REAL!  And for only a few dollars, which can often be given by simply stapling the money onto a beautiful showgirl or handsome fire eating gentleman!

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

So, this summer, I highly recommend checking out a sideshow if one comes to your town!  It’s good, old-fashioned fun and a nice change from high tech entertainment and iPhones…this is American performance and history at it’s craziest and best!  Come One, Come All to the SIDESHOW!!  (& in the meantime, enjoy a taste of the experience through my photos…)

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

No.Bruns., NJ Carnival June2014

Carnival, NJ June2011

Carnival, NJ June2011

Carnival, NJ June2011

Carnival, NJ June2011

Me, Kat, Jess, June 2014

Me, Kat, Jess, June 2014

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

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

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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!  🙂

New Stuff to See

For all of you out there who are self-employed, especially in an artistic career,  you know how much work it is to, well, find work!  Sometimes the actual search for freelance jobs becomes a full time job in itself but when things click and clients start rolling in it’s the best feeling!  You get to create and do what you love while earning a living!  I fully admit to often stressing out between clients, feeling like the next project may never come along, but then someone responds to my application or inquiry with a “yes, I want to hire you for this book, magazine, logo, painting, illustration….” and it’s such a rush!

The last few months,  I’m very happy to say,  have been filled with freelance illustration & design work for clients across the US & abroad, and I wanted to share some of my favorite projects with you.  I’ve also been creating new one-of-a-kind Steampunk/Gothic jewelry as I vend at many events and this is the busiest time of the vending season.  The work below is my specialty…hand drawn pen & ink work, sometimes with watercolors,  as well as some pictures of the new jewelry (ranges from $15-$30 each).  Please feel free to comment or ask me any questions about this work and I hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for looking!

Wolf Pup, pen & ink, watercolors (c)May2014

Wolf Pup, pen & ink, watercolors; client: NJ author, (c)May2014

Ruins, pen & ink; client: London playwright, (c)May2014

Ruins, pen & ink; client: London playwright, (c)May2014

Farmhouse, pen & ink; client: Hawaiian author, (c)March 2014

Farmhouse, pen & ink; client: Hawaiian author, (c)March 2014

Jewelry  May2014

Jewelry May2014

Jewelry  May2014

Jewelry May2014

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

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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!!!!

Steamy Summer Jewelry!

Happy Summer, Everyone!  I don’t know what the temps are like by you but here on the East Coast of the US it’s hot & steamy…speaking of steamy, vending season is upon me so I’ve been busy creating new Steampunk/gothic jewelry…one-of-a-kind necklaces & bracelets featuring copper & brass toned chain, key, wings, birdcage and other Steampunk charms, pearl, glass & metal beads…some very cool stuff!  Attached are a few photos…so far the pearl memory wire choker & long chain with wings & birdcage are SOLD so get the rest while their steamy!!  Prices are very reasonable for hand made jewelry; $15-$30 each +s/h!  Can’t beat that with a stick!  Paypal accepted to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com  You can email me there or message me here for more info.

Enjoy your Summer!  🙂

1-of-a-Kind Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

1-of-a-Kind Steampunk Jewelry by Lauren Curtis

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Art Rocks NJ!

OK, now we’re talkin’!  The weather in NJ has been gorgeous (for the most part) and the music & art fests are in full swing!  Nothing better than when cool music meets alternative art and I can’t wait to exhibit artwork and vend my original t-shirts & greeting cards, goth/Steampunk jewelry & more at these 2 upcoming, awesome events!  The 1st is an all day Rock-a-Billy fest at Dunellen club Roxy & Dukes!  Great bands, art, booze & food!  This Sunday, 5/19/13.  Here’s the flier:

RockabillyFestMay2013

RockabillyFestMay2013

The 2nd event is a goth/DADA art night at Newark dance club OXT’s on Mulberry St.  Join us for a decadent, surreal evening of alternative art & music.  Dance the night away, Fri. June 28, 2013…come by early for drink specials!

QXT artshowJune2013

QXT artshowJune2013

See you there!

~Lauren

Shameless art plug

Happy March, everyone…Spring is almost here and people will be coming out of hibernation so I thought it was time for a little shameless self-promo! I’m a full-time freelance artist who creates unique logos, promo/marketing material designs, book & CD covers, illustrations for publications (including children’s books) & more! So if you need to hire an artist for these services, I have reasonable rates, keep in regular communication w/ clients & always meet deadlines! You can see work samples here:
http://www.LaurenCurtisArt.com/ (commercial & fine art)
http://www.laurencurtis.imagekind.com/ (cards, T-shirts, photography, illustration)

That’s all for now but I’ll be posting a BIG art announcement next week!

Have a fun weekend.

A few design samples:

Design & Art Samples (c)Lauren Curtis

Design & Art Samples (c)Lauren Curtis

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