Myth, Music & Art Collide

Don’t you love it when 3 of your favorite things combine into one, very cool thing? This happened when a new freelance art client contacted me to commission me to create a new CD cover for his Jazz project, based on ancient Greek mythology!  Musician Jim Gailloreto discovered my X-RAYted art series online and messaged me about designing the cover for his PYTHIAD jazz CD & asked me to create a unique x-ray piece for it and do the design work as well. This was an exciting project as I listened to the music and loved it, especially since it is based on the myth of the ancient seer & mystic, the Pythia. Gailloreto’s music, accompanied by vocalist Cheryl Wilson, conveys the mystery of this visionary woman, The Oracle of Delphi,  who could foretell many things to those who dared to ask….

PythiadCDcover3LayersP Apr2016

artwork (c)2016 Lauren Curtis   CD music & concept (c) 2016 Jim Gailloreto

Here’s a bit of what Jim has to say about this fascinating musical project:

“The Pythiad” is a nine-movement vocal work for Jazz String Quintet; an interdisciplinary ensemble that blends improvisations with traditional string quartet.

The music and words combine to weave the stories of nearly a dozen lesser-known Greek heroes and heroines.

Vocalist Cheryl Wilson and the string quartet are exceptional. Coleman Gailloreto (our son) wrote the lyric and the story held within is magical.

Go to this link to listen.

https://jazzstringquintet.bandcamp.com/album/the-pythiad-featuring-cheryl-wilson

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…

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

“X-RAYted” art book is out!

WAIT!  Before you jump to any conclusions about the contents of this book (although if you’ve been reading my blog &/or facebook posts you already know what this book is about), it’s not “x-rayted” in the way you might think…this MAY disappoint some of you but I promise that this book is a unique collection of my recent artwork that’s sure to please!

This 20 full color, glossy paged book, with black cloth hard-cover, shows examples of many of my digital photo collage series, X-RAYted.  I actually photograph human x-rays and digitally collage them with other original photos, Victorian woodcut images and sometimes text to create interesting, anatomical art.  Many of these pieces have been exhibited throughout NJ, in Detroit, and online, have been sold to collectors in 5 states and The Netherlands and were featured on my episode of the Science Channel’s TV show, ODDITIES!  Also, my piece Micro/Macrocosm Tree has won TWO awards including the Ray Bradbury 1st Place Art Award!

Micro/Macrocom Tree (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

Digital photo collage using actual x-ray images.

So, you can see why I’m excited about this series and why I wanted to create an art book about it to share with you!  And now you can get your own signed copy of the book…and maybe even a framed print…here’s a sneak peek into the book & the info. to order yours today:

X-RAYted Art Book (c)2013 Lauren Curtis

X-RAYted Art Book (c)2013 Lauren Curtis

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

$29 each, INCLUDES S/H in the US ($35 for international orders included s/h).  SIGNED copies!
Paypal orders to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com

Send checks or $-orders to:

Lauren Curtis, P.O. Box 193, Franklin Park, NJ  08823

Cold hard cash gladly accepted! 😉  Get X-RAYted Now!

New Year, New Art Shows & Book

I guess it’s still fine to say “happy new year” for the next couple of weeks, so, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  As a full time artist I can’t waste any time getting back to business so here’s what I have going on over the next month in the art world.  Feel free to contact me with any questions about the info posted here and I’ll be happy to give you the complete scoop!  Hope to see you at these events, or online!

FANTASTIC TALES

Join me & several local NJ artists at the opening reception for this juried art exhibit hosted by the South Brunswick Arts Commission.  FANTASTIC TALES features a wide variety of work depicting fantasies, dreams, imagined worlds and beyond!  Reception is TUESDAY, 1/15/13. 6:30pm-8pm, SO. BRUNSWICK MUNICIPAL GALLERY, 540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852  732-329-4000 x7635    Exhibit runs through 4/3/13.

Omen (c)2011 Lauren Curtis

Omen (c)2011 Lauren Curtis, oil painting with decoupage

Coming soon; THE WHITE SHOW
Opening with a reception on 2/1/13, Friday evening, this exhibit at GALLERY U in RED BANK, NJ will feature artworks all in white!  Come see how artists interpret this theme of creating artwork using mainly this color (or non-color)!  I have a photo in this innovative show.  The gallery is located at 80 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701  732-747-6696

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Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

Caged Nerves (c)Lauren Curtis

X-RAYted Art Book

Wait!  It’s not what you think…it’s an art book featuring my series of digital photo collages created from photographing actual human x-rays and combining them with other original, photographic images, Victorian woodcuts and often text.  I’ve been working on this series since 2010 and have exhibited them in several shows throughout NJ, in Detroit, Michigan, Waukegan, IL and online…some of these pieces won awards & were sold to collectors as far away (from NJ) as The Netherlands!  I Hope you’ll enjoy your signed copy of this unique book that I designed myself…makes a creative coffee table book or a fun gift for the art lovers in your life!
9″X11.5″, BLACK CLOTH HARD COVER
20 GLOSSY, FULL COLOR PAGES OF ORIGINAL ART
SIGNED COPIES ONLY $29 EACH, INCLUDES S/H IN THE US
($35 FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS INCLUDES S/H)
PLEASE SEND CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS TO:
LAUREN CURTIS
P.O.BOX 193
FRANKLIN PARK, NJ  08823
OR PAYPAL (PLEASE USE GIFT OPTION IF POSSIBLE) TO
FORESTWALKER333@HOTMAIL.COM
$29 US   $35  INT’L  (INCLUDES SHIPPING!)

ALSO AVAILABLE, MY NEW ORLEANS PHOTO BOOK
GLOSSY HARD COVER, GLOSSY FULL COLOR PAGES
SIGNED, SAME PRICE AS X-RAYTED BOOK

NOLA Cemetery Path (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

NOLA Cemetery Path (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

And, just in time for the book’s release, is my feature on… Artpromotivate!  This zine has featured my X-RAYted digital collage series on it’s website this month!  Check out my interview on this informative, motivational art site:  http://www.artpromotivate.com/2013/01/lauren-curtis-artist-gets-x-rayted.html

THANKS FOR READING!  IF YOU ENJOYED THIS POST, PLEASE LIKE & SHARE IT!  🙂

Menagerie of new stuff; art, jewelry & more

As we ease our way into the next season, I thought it would be a good time to sum up the summer with a general update of what my art-brain has been up to recently.  Being that I have a ton of exhibits and vending events coming up I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff…new digital photo collages for my “X-RAYted” series,  new jewelry (one–of-a-kind!), new greeting card & t-shirt designs.  Though I hate to fall into it, the time is fast approaching where people start advertising for holiday gift sales so if you’re already getting into that mode, here are some items to consider…art gifts are unique, creative and mine are very affordable too!  Here’s a taste of what I’ve been up to artistically;

New digital photo collage “Brain COGnition”

Available as signed, matted &/or framed print, 8″x10″, 11″x14″, 16″x20″, price ranges; $50 – $200 depending on size and framing. (+s/h)

Brain COGnition digital photo collage (c)2012

Brain COGnition digital photo collage (c)2012

Here are three new 1-of-a-kind necklaces I made recently.  Goth/Steampunk style with vintage beads and metal charms.  Necklaces $25 ea., choker $23 (+s/h).

New 1-of-a-kind necklaces by Lauren Curtis

New 1-of-a-kind necklaces by Lauren Curtis featuring vintage beads & metal, gothic charms.

And finally, these original photo pieces are available as prints ($25-$75), greeting cards ($3 each) & t-shirts ($20-$30 each) depending on size & color; 100% pre-shrunk cotton, S,M,L,XL,XXL, white, black, gray), (+s/h).

Photographic art available as shirts, cards & signed prints.

Photographic art available as shirts, cards & signed prints.

Oh, and one final thing to share…here’s a photo from the Facebook Friends Art Exhibit at the ArtPride NJ Gallery…I had 4 paintings in this show which comes down 9/13/12.  Then the pieces will be at the Arts In the Park Juried Art Fest on 9/30 in Highland park, NJ (free outdoor event!)

PAYPAL is accepted for all purchases to me at forestwalker333@hotmail.com  (please select “GIFT” payment option).

Checks/$ orders made out to me & sent to P.O. Box, 193, Franklin Park, NJ  08823

Annual Facebook Friends Exhibit

Me and my work at the Annual Facebook Friends Exhibit, ArtPride NJ Gallery, Burlington, NJ

Enjoy the final days of summer…

~Lauren