In addition to Mother’s Day, this weekend is also the Second Saturday Artwalk in Downtown Lafayette, LA for the month of May. This Artwalk will feature work from students of the Lafayette Parish School System and the Talented Art Program in several galleries and restaurants around the downtown area. As a former Talented Art Program student from the New Orleans area, I can attest to the importance of such a program and it’s impact. So be sure to come out and see what future professional artists are doing in our community! As promised, here is this month’s schedule:
Acadiana Center for the Arts -101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-7060
Main Gallery: May 8 – July 24, 2010 Southern Open 2010
Side Gallery: May 8 – June 4, 2010 Jeremiah Ariaz: Tucumcari
Vault Series: May 8 – July 24, 2010 Pat Juneau
Architects + Artists Gallery– 200 Jefferson St. / 234-4166
Artwork by students of the Lafayette Parish School System’s Talent Art Program
Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 232-3061 Eclectic Chairs, Mosaics and More by Tanya Falgout through May 31
Cité des Arts– 109 Vine St. / 291-1122
Artwork from the local talent in our Lafayette Parish Schools.
Galerie Eclaireuse– 535 Jefferson St. / 234-5492 Sue Boagni and Paul Schexneider
Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796 Frederic O. Daspit – New Sculpture
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)– 116 E. Congress St. / 769-1530 Exuberance: The Art of Coyo
I have been invited to exhibit my work in “Ameri-Dreaming: Art & American Culture.” The show is scheduled for October 8- 31, 2008 in the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.
I will also participate in “Circus Show and Other Atrocities” this coming September. My work will be featured among 60 other invited artists from the US, UK, and Canada. The show will be held at A Bitchin’ Space in Sacramento, CA.
My painting “Cedric” is now in the permanent collection of the Zigler Art Museum in Jennings, LA. “Cedric” is part of the Louisiana artists collection, which will be a traveling collection, and includes work by renowned artists Clementine Hunter and William Tolliver. The piece is from my portrait series and features local Grammy-nominated musician Cedric Watson.
I was also selected for inclusion in the Art Melt 2008. The juror is Sean Ulmer, curator of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The show will be held from July 11- July 22nd at the Brunner Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 11th from 6:30 to 10pm.
Be sure to check out my piece in the Southern Open Juried Exhibit at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, LA. “Anti-Aging” was selected by juror Peter Frank, an art critic and art historian, who frequently writes for LA Weekly. My work was one of 105 selected from over 770 entries across five Gulf states. You can view photos from the opening reception at http://AmyGuidry.com/slideshow.htm
My New Realm series will be featured at the Jennifer Marie Gallery in Las Vegas, NV. The solo exhibition will be on display this coming September. The opening reception will be Friday, September 12th, from 6-8pm.
My work is featured in Volume I of the premier issue of Studio Visit Magazine. Photos of my selected paintings and information about the publication can be seen under the Press section of the Amy’s website.
In addition, my work was selected for the fall edition of Studio Visit Magazine to be published this year as well. The juror was Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University.
I have recently been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women. My biographical information has also been updated in Marquis Whos’ Who in the World for the upcoming 26th edition.
Issue 8 of Indie Arts- The DVD Magazine features me as one of their four gallery artists. You can see more at http://www.IndieArtsDVD.com.
If you’ve been watching MTV’s Real World Season 20 Hollywood, you’ve probably noticed my work in the background. My painting “United Isolation” can be seen outside the “telephone room” where the houseguests make their scandalous calls. And take a look at the bathroom mirror reflection because you’ll see it in there as well. You can view new photos from the show at http://www.AmyGuidry.com/press.htm
Well, if you weren’t there, you must have been the only person NOT in attendance at the Southern Open this year. The Southern Open 2008 is the second juried exhibition held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette. Last year it had a good crowd and a good number of entries, but this year was overwhelming. Perhaps word has started to spread. Who knows. Regardless, the place was packed, you had to practically yell to be heard, and there were nearly 800 entries (and that’s from only the 5 states allowed to participate). Yowza.
As stated in my last post, the juror was Peter Frank, art critic, art historian, and writer for LA Weekly. I had the opportunity to meet him and get my picture taken. The show was very diverse, and as he stated, juried shows allow him to choose a wide range of work as opposed to a typical curated show with more of a direct focus. Makes sense. I appreciate that his taste is eclectic. Sometimes juried shows will favor a particular style, depending on the juror, but this one had variety. Maybe it’s the secret ADD person in me, but I often prefer shows with diverse works. It keeps me interested. I love to see how they all fit together even though they were created by different people.
Alas, my work did not win any awards, but it was chosen. I’m more than happy to say that. And it was amongst some great work, so I was happy to be in their company. I did think it was placed a little low on the wall, which Peter Frank agreed, so you may notice this in the photos. I guess they had space issues because a lot of pieces were grouped together one above the other.
In an attempt to get my readers out there viewing my work in person, I want to inform you of two shows I will be in this Saturday. As you may or may not know, this Saturday- May 10th- is the 2nd Saturday Artwalk in dowtown Lafayette. In addition to the usual gallery openings, the AcA will unveil the Southern Open 2008, their juried exhibition featuring works from 5 Gulf states. The show was juried by Peter Frank, an art historian and art critic, who frequently writes for LA Weekly. There were over 770 entries and 105 works were selected. One of my paintings, “Anti-Aging,” is featured in the exhibit.
The opening reception starts at 6, in conjunction with the Artwalk. Peter Frank will be in attendance and is scheduled to give out awards at 7pm. I will definitely be at the exhibit, so feel free to say hi or offer me some free porn or acne medication as do my spam fans.
Also scheduled during the Artwalk is the Heymann Historic Ceiling Tile Project and Exhibit. The exhibit will take place at Galerie Lafayette (located in Jefferson Street Market). My tile, “New Realm,” will be on display. My tile has actually already sold, but its new owner has graciously obliged to leave the tile up for the exhibit before it is shipped to its new home in Montana. So this will be my last chance to say goodbye, and your final opportunity to see my work in person.
I will be running back and forth between the shows and checking out the other gallery openings while I am there. Please stop by! Artwalk is from 6-8ish, depending on the crowds. You can see for yourself why so many people say my work looks even better in person.