Progress shot of my painting for the upcoming Coaster Show 2017 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. Now that I can officially announce it, this will be one of the pieces I have in the exhibit. It is an acrylic on cardstock, 4″ tondo. The show opens September 1st with a gallery reception from 8-11pm.
I’m excited to reveal my painting for the upcoming “Lover’s Eye” exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA. I was invited to create a piece for this show as a modern take on the late 17th Century practice of painting the eye of a loved one to wear as jewelry. My painting, Insight, is an acrylic on paper, 10″ wide by 7¾” high framed (image size 6″ x 4″). The exhibit opens Friday, February 3rd with a gallery reception from 6-9pm. The show will remain up through February 25, 2017.
My painting, Vitality, will be featured in the upcoming “Wanderlust” exhibit opening this weekend at Modern Eden Gallery. This piece is an acrylic on pressed paper, 5.82″ wide by 4.13″ high. The opening reception will be this Saturday, December 10th, from 6-9pm at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA. And if you miss the opening, the show will be up through December 30th.
This week is the last week of my exhibit at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. My series, In Our Veins, is on view in the Main Gallery of LeMieux now through September 24th. You can also catch Lee Deigaard’s series, Near and Far.
I’ve had some great response to this body of work, including a feature in American Art Collector Magazine’s September 2016 issue. And Paul Bentley of the New Orleans magazine, Where Y’At, gave me a great review stating: “…Her dreamlike landscapes with animal, human, and natural forms mixing and dancing with each other create beautiful images that seem to be more than just a mere neo-surrealist tribute to Dali or O’Keefe. Her paintings create a dialogue with her obvious predecessors and influences, but they retain an original, calming, eerie, and downright intelligent attitude to them.”
More information on this exhibit can be found on LeMieux’s website.
I have a couple of exhibitions to mention: First, “The Coaster Show” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles is currently open. There will be a Closing Party this Sunday, September 27th from Noon to 6pm. I have one coaster left – Reflection – as seen in the YAY! LA Magazine preview article.
Coming up this October, I will be showing as part of the “Apocalypse Now” exhibit at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. The exhibit starts October 10th, with an opening reception that evening from 6-9pm (in conjunction with Second Saturday Artwalk). The exhibit will remain up through January 6, 2016 so there will be plenty of time to check it out.
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The Coaster Show, which I am participating in, officially opens tonight at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. Yay! LA Magazine did a preview about the exhibit and selected one of my pieces (Reflection) as one of the featured artworks. Read the article and check out a sample of the works featured here: http://www.yaylamag.com/coasting-its-way-into-your-heart/.
The show opens tonight from 8-11pm and will be up through September 27th (with a closing party that day from Noon to 6pm).
89.9 WWNO’s Inside the Arts program recently did an interview with curators Christy Wood and Jordan Blanton about the Ouroboros exhibit currently open at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Diane Mack conducts the interview in which they discuss several works from the exhibit (including mine) and the concept of the show itself. You can listen to the interview online (about 15 minutes into the program is the Ouroboros interview): http://wwno.org/post/inside-arts-yotam-habers-torus-ouroboros-exhibit-celebrates-rebirth.
Looking forward to this weekend’s Artwalk. The 2nd Saturday Artwalk in downtown Lafayette will be held this Saturday, November 10th from 6-9pm. Lots of new exhibits up this month and it’s all free to attend! So here is the schedule:
Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: November 10, 2012 – January 12, 2013- Passion: the art of collecting, From the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art on loan from Giuliano M. Ceseri
Side Gallery: November 10, 2012 – January 5, 2013- Cynthia Scott
James S. Mallia Galleria: November 10, 2012 – January 5, 2013- Deck the Halls: skateboard canvases by The Drink and Draw Social Club
Coca-Cola Studio: October 13, 2012 – December 1, 2012- Bradley Sabin
Vault Series: November 10, 2012 – December 15, 2012- Deborah Simeral & Carolyn Marino
Arts Co-op– 535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 337-344-8657 Tony Bernard, Camilla Drobish, Kai Drobish, Krystel Ivy, and Susan Leger
The Ballet Academie-200 Polk Street / 337-280-0964 Herb Roe
Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061 Bryant Benoit
Cité des Arts– 109 Vine St. / 337-291-1122 Tom Secrest
Creations by Fire– 100 E. Vermilion St., Suite 140 / 225-235-2957 Heather Delahoussaye
Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture by Donald LeBlanc. Also featured ROSWELL ROOTS: Paintings by Dutch Kepler
Galerie Lafayette– 538 Jefferson St. / 337-261-5787 Bob Adams
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530
30 year collection of Downtown Alive! posters
Lounge Art Gallery– 402 S. Buchanan St. / 337-236-5570 Fifty Under Five Hundred group exhibition
Sans Souci Gallery– 219 E. Vermilion St. / 337-266-7999 Michael Hayman
Whoojoo Stained Glass– 532 Jefferson St. / 337-269-9310 David Alpha, Whitney Gounsoulin, Tom Ladousa,and Craig McCullen
First, I should apologize for my absence last week. I have lots going on and much to share, which I will be doing over the week so be on the lookout. As some of you may know, last week the arts community of Louisiana received some sad news- legislators approved a 1/3 cut in Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) and Statewide Art Grants (SAG). This affects an estimated 148,000 jobs, Louisiana’s tourism industry, as well as artists, teachers, museums, libraries, theaters, art centers, festivals, among others. The news is grim, especially given the fact the Arts tend to be the first that are cut and already do not receive enough funding. I personally know of small museums and art centers that have been struggling to get any kind of funding and risk closing.
So what can we do?
The most obvious answer deals with how we vote and voicing our opinion to local and national politicians. Thanks to the internet and groups such as Louisiana Citizens for the Arts, you can stay up to date on these issues and contact the appropriate individuals with the click of a button. And don’t worry about writing the most profound letter, either. My thoughts are as long as you are writing something, even if it’s just to send the form letter already provided, it will make a difference. All correspondence adds up.
That being said, politicians need to see numbers. Letters and phone calls are great, but it also boils down to whether the public is willing to put their money where their mouth is. You say you love art, but do you really? They need to see the numbers. Numbers being the tourism dollars, the tax revenue, the number of people attending arts events, and so on. If you want to prove that these artists and organizations matter, as well as support them along the way, you need to do the following:
Buy art— Seriously. This is not some propaganda I’m passing along because I’m an artist. If you buy art you’ll support artists, galleries, museums, and art centers so they can continue to thrive in your community rather than closing down or moving somewhere else where they appreciate art. In turn, those sales taxes and income taxes from art speak highly in the eyes of the government. Funding goes to those that make money and are a good investment.
Attend events— Support your local arts community by attending performances, exhibit openings, lectures, and so forth. You’ll have an entertaining evening and know you’re making a difference in the process. Even if it’s a free event, you’re still helping because those numbers matter.
Sign the guestbook— So many people attend an event and pass by the guestbook without signing. Maybe you don’t think it’s important or you are weary to share your information. Whatever the case may be, you need to sign the guestbook. Those names translate to numbers. Museums and art centers report those numbers in order to prove their importance and receive funding. No one wants to support a museum if they have no visitors. So sign your name- you don’t have to give any other information unless you want to- as long as there is a name, it adds to the numbers.
Become a member— Aside from government funding, these organizations receive funds from, well, you! Paying for an event is great, but if you really want to help, become a member. You can join any or all, and there are various levels for joining most groups. Many museums and art centers offer general membership at reasonable rates, some offer rates for students and seniors, so check their websites.
How do you support the Arts? Feel free to add ideas in the comments section.
Two more paintings from my New Realm series have recently found new homes. Both Mushrooms and Snail are acrylic on canvas, 5″ x 5″ paintings from the New Realm 5 x 5 series. The 5 x 5’s spotlighted different characters and elements from the larger paintings in the series. Both paintings were sold at the Masur Museum of Art’s Off the Wall fundraiser in which part of the proceeds benefit the museum. To view more paintings from the entire series, go to this direct link: www.amyguidry.com/beginning.html.