Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fine Artist Louise Mellon Portrays 2013 Kentucky Derby Winner in Orb Will Fly for Roses

Louise Mellon 

Fine Artist Louise Mellon Portrays 2013 Kentucky Derby Winner in  
Orb Will Fly for Roses  
Wellington, FL - July 28, 2014 - And they're off! The 2013 Kentucky Derby 3-year-olds are put to the test. Orb gallops coolly and confidently at the back of the 19 horse pack under jockey Joel Rosario. Third to last coming into the backstretch and hanging behind until the homestretch, Orb rallies at the eighth pole, bounding with a huge step up the center of the track. He presses past Golden Soul - he wins by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02.89! History is made for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaugheywith his first career Kentucky Derby winner.

Orb flew for the win of the mile and a quarter long Kentucky Derby. And according to artist Louise Mellon, he will fly for roses too.

Mellon was commissioned to portray Orb by Howard Slatkin, a family friend of owners Ande andOgden Mills "Dinny" Phipps. The portrait was intended as a surprise gift for the couple in time for the one year anniversary of Orb's 2013 victory.     

Orb Will Fly for Roses

"It is a great pleasure to commission Louise Mellon to create a picture," said Slatkin. "She makes itso easy, and it is fascinating to see the way she works, requesting pictures that convey the personality of the animal. Her interest is in capturing what is unique and personal to that animal, and she achieves her aim brilliantly!"

Using the few pictures available to her of Orb in action, Mellon placed her bets on what she thought Orb's personality might be like. The bright and whimsical painting is a fun portrayal of the famous Thoroughbred.

"I studied the photos we had to get an idea of him, then let my vision propose his imagined exuberance," said Mellon. "Seeing a great bit of mischief in his eyes, I portrayed him leaping joyfully off the ground, just having overturned a stable bucket of red roses, and showing off by waving a few in his teeth."

Mellon has an incredible sense that allows her to capture the life of the subjects in her paintings. She utilizes creative colors and concepts along with humor, a hallmark of her impressionist work. She creates a piece that portrays each animal's soul in a way that shows her joy for art while also bringing joy to the owners.

"Orb's owners, Dinny and Ande Phipps, were over the moon with the gift from their friend," said Mellon. "They commented that I had captured the horse's personality perfectly! Orb Will Fly for Roses was really fun to paint, and I'm delighted and honored to have been chosen to be the artist!"

Slatkin has plenty of praise for Mellon's philosophy, artistic process, and final product.

"There is no better gift in the world than commissioning Louise Mellon to do a portrait of a horse or pet," said Slatkin. "Not only does she bring a lifelong love of animals to her work, but also her deep knowledge of the unique personality of each animal, which she brilliantly and sensitively captures in each picture. With her extraordinary exposure to art, and her great talent, she somehow creates pictures that are unique and unlike any others - genius, I suppose. A rare and original talent."

About Louise Mellon
Mellon was born to a family of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, Va., where she rode and drove horses. Mellon's keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector's Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, S.C., and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon's unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

For more information visit Louise Mellon's website at: http://louisemellon.com/


Heidi Thompson

"Jewel" 50 x 40 - Original On Canvas - Heidi Thompson
Heidi Thompson

 "Meditations - Mind, Matter, Unity"  
Meet the Artist on August 23 in San Diego

Alexander Salazar Fine Art
1040 7th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037
By Appointment Only

Media Interviews:  Contact AS@alexandersalazarfineart.com

MIND MATTER UNITY - Heidi Thompson
For me painting is an energizing and at times an enlightening experience. Inspired by Kandinsky's effort to experience the spiritual resonance of colour and form (innere Klang), I also believe that our minds, when sharpened, can be sensitive to the finest vibrations. When one's sharpened attention is directed inwardly, not to the imagination but to the physical sensations, another dimension of reality takes place.

Experiencing this subtle, vibratory feeling within my body has influenced my painting style, technique and image. My painted surfaces resemble delicate particles and waves of colour unified in a monochromatic field. Other times, my compositions comprise separate shapes and forms suspended in light and dark. These pieces seem to express my emotional experience, rather than unified sensory wavelets of pure sensation.

I am inspired by the quiet compositions of Rothko, the chaotic layered lines of Pollock, and the luminous atmospheres of Turner. More recently, I have felt an affinity to Joseph Marioni's monochromatics, Joe Barnes' sensitive colour fields and Natvar Bhavsar's pure pigment paintings. Although my images appears abstract and non-objective, I can't help but see the natural world in an "abstract" sort of way. When I look outside "abstract" compositions are everywhere - texture of bare branches, light falling on snow, movement of cerulean to cobalt across the sky, particles of sand glowing on a beach. When I feel inside, there is nothing but movement, vibration, pulsing, pressure, heat and tingling. When I paint, I use every visual means available, whether it's colour, paint, lines, shapes, texture or illusions of nature to invoke an inner sensation. For me, evoking sensations is the ultimate aim of painting. It is through our equanimous awareness of these sensations, that leads us to understanding our deepest reality. The act of painting helps me understand the mysterious natural laws which govern nature and myself.

Painting is an exploration of matter, energy, and mind and their interplay and connectedness. I begin painting with solid materials such as sand, gesso, paint and paper. Then I generate energy or force from within, and apply paint to the paper's empty surface using brush, rag or hand. My choice of colour and application are governed by my instinctive, "feeling" mind. While painting, I become immersed in the visual reaction to the colours changing, dissolving, and reappearing. I sometimes apply transparent layers of colour which create illusions of atmosphere - gas, liquid, smoke, dust, steam or changing surfaces of water, corrosion, ice and chemicals. But they are not really illusions; they are simply what they are - a painted surface. Eventually, the heavy paint, sand, texture and paper seem to evaporate into lighter substances. These finer substances not only stimulate my delicate sense, but provoke my imagination, thoughts, and memories - dimensions of the intellect. What was once solid paint and matter has now transformed into something stimulating mind-energy. I also notice, that during the painting event, my mind has become sensitive, sharp, and aware.

If painting were indeed such a vehicle, which can transform gross matter into finer substance and then, into a subtle substance which resonates with the mind, then it may be that painting could ultimately evoke those elusive spiritual sensations, which seem the finest of all. This would be an achievement. For if we transcend the solidity and diversity of our existences, we would merge into a unified field - experienced as love. And in this love, we would feel something of our spirit-soul, God or the Absolute. And the mystery of who we are, as individuals and as an undivided unity, would unveil. 
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

norte maar

Norte Maar

Norte Maar, Fete de Danse, 2014, Strand Theater, Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh

Two nights only!
Friday & Saturday, August 1 & 2 at 7:30pm

Strand Center for the Arts
25 Brinkerhoff Street

Fete de Danse 2014 will feature:

New York City / London, UK

Known for bridging classical and modern idioms, Gleich Dances has been the featured company since inception of Fete de Danse in 2004. The company is the vehicle for the creative, collaborative, and educational work of choreographer, teacher and director Julia K. Gleich and has presented in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe. A renowned ballet choreographer and instructor, Ms. Gleich is currently lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. Ms. Gleich’s choreographic residencies have included: Brooklyn Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, University of Northern Colorado, CO, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California-Irvine, CA, Dancer’s Workshop, WY, and recently Norte Maar, Rouses Point/Plattsburgh, NY, among others.
Photo: Lucas Chilczuk>
Norte Maar, Gleich Dances, Fete de Danse, Strand Center for the Arts, Strand Theater, Plattsburgh

MADBoots Dance Co.
New York City

Noted for their awesome atheletism and contemporary blend of theater, drama, and dance, MADBoots was co-founded in August 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard ’10) & Austin Diaz (N.Y.U. Tisch ’11). The Company has been presented at festivals such as the Alto Jonio Dance Festival (Italy), Springboard Danse(Montreal), David Parker’s Soaking WET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out SeriesTOES for Dance (Toronto) & DANCENOW Joe’s Pub Dance Festival (2012 Challenge Winner). Dance Magazine featured the company in their Vital Signs segment in December 2013. The 92nd Street Y presented MADboots as part of their inaugural Dig Dance: Weekend Series in December 2013, and Jacob’s Pillow granted the company a Creative Development Residency in February 2014. MADboots is looking forward to performing at Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC as part of Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates in August 2014.
Photo by Nir Arieli>
Norte Maar, MADBoots, Fete de Danse, Plattsburgh, 2014, Strand Center for the Arts, Strand Theater

Racoco Productions
New York City

Under the artistic direction of Rachel Cohen, Racoco Productions creates theatrical experiences that combine movement, the visual arts, burlesque, cinematic styles, everyday objects, and musical composition. Movement phrases and traditional forms translate textures of emotion, transporting audiences through the looking glass to where the ordinary is iconic, the mundane mysterious, and the silly sacred. Recently, Racoco has created idiosyncratic explorations of interactions between the human body and inanimate materials—e.g., clay, flour, taffy, paper, chewing gum—collaborating with composers and visual artists to blur the boundaries between the real and the imaginary.
Norte Maar, Racoco Productions, Fete de Danse, Plattsburgh, Strand Center for the Arts, Strand Theater
Norte Maar, Fete de Danse, Strand Theater, Plattsburgh

Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts
83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237
646-361-8512 | nortemaar.org

Galleria d'Arte Maggiore

Galleria d'Arte
         Francesco Pignatelli. Alchimie contemporanee -
                Galleria d'Arte Maggiore

Contemporary Alchemies

in our Gallery till September 30th

Francesco Pignatelli exhibits for the first time in Bologna. Working on the photographic reproduction with the aid of various manipulations, the artist forces the viewer to reconsider and revise elements already assimilated into his memory, which can be familiar cityscapes, Renaissance paintings or arcadian forests. In a constant reinterpretation and transformation of known figurative languages, the artist tries to reveal their depth freeing them from worn-out meanings and then arousing in the viewer the need for a new confrontation.

Giorgio de Chirico - Giappone

De la Metafisica à la Neo Metafisica

itinerant exhibition in Japan from June to December 2014

IWATE Museum of ArtJune 21 - August 22, 2014
HAMAMATSU City Museum: August 30 - October 19, 2014
PANASONIC Shiodome Museum, Tokyo: October 25- December 26, 2014

104 masterpieces by De Chirico are exhibited, coming from the collection of Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (donated by Isabella de Chirico), from some private collections in Europe and Japan, and on loan from Galleria d'Arte Maggiore in Bologna.