Friday, August 19, 2011

Rob Reger - The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations

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Rob Reger  
The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations
and  Lauren Gardiner   
Misfits of the Forest

September 2 - October 3 
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 8-11 pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027

Rob Reger  
The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations
(Excerpts from 3 Chapters) 
Chapter 9: The Exquisite Corpse  
Chapter 11: Everything's Connected
Chapter 13: Strange Fascination

This is an interactive show!  
Attendees will be asked to write a short description of what they see in  
Reger's paintings.The best of these writings will be documented on the  
La Luz de Jesus website

Mixing clean design with a pop culture neo-surrealist sensibility, the concept for Rob Reger's The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations has its roots in Reger's childhood camping trips when his father taught him to draw forms from a squiggle with a stick in dirt. The future artist and his father drew mainly faces, animals, and monsters and then created narratives from these figures.

As a result, Reger learned to experience pareidolia, to 'find things in other things,' a concept that is still with him to this day. The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations gives the viewer a glimpse into this visual and psychological practice that has become second nature in Reger's own visions. Imagination is Rob's inspiration, and though his suggestive abstract forms, Reger gives his viewers the freedom them to find their own visions. States the artist: "Looking back, I see this early experience as shaping my fascination with suggesting recognizable forms in abstract work and the tendency to personify forms and 'find' figures within general chaos. I inspire others, through specific forms that suggest forms, to use their imagination to find their own forms."  

Reger's art aesthetic and his design house,  Cosmic Debris, grew from a tangle of roots joining the DIY punk scene of the '80s with guerilla art, surrealism, and the psychedelic explosion of the '60s. As the founder, Creative Director, and President of Cosmic Debris, Reger introduced the world to Emily the Strange -an icon of empowerment for young alternative girls and outsiders of all ages. Like the little black-haired muse herself, Reger fuels his imagination with music, the natural environment, science and the artistic explorations of his friends and other inspiring figures.

Reger received a BFA from University of California, Santa Cruz and a MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. His oil paintings, printmaking, watercolors, and collage have exhibited in galleries around the world, including: Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Santa Cruz.

Images in order above:

"Tide Pools"
Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on panel   2011
"It Takes All Types" (detail)
Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on wood   2011
"One Informs The Other"

Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on panel   2011
"Who's The Boss?" (detail)

Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on panel   2011

Lauren Gardiner  
Misfits of The Forest    
Lauren Gardiner's newest series of mixed-media sculptures, Misfits of the Forest, is an exposé  of perverted pixies, fat fairies, inbred elves and naughty gnomes.  From among the seemingly innocent mystical creatures of our collective folklore, Lauren reveals the ones THEY don't want US to see: their deformed, their mentally ill, the fringes of their society who are not so magically perfect. These forgotten outcasts are brought to life in Lauren's usual witty style, but this time in three dimensions!  Now experience the poop of these irritating imps UP CLOSE with the scientific accuracy of make-believe! 

Lauren graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1998.  Since then, she has been based in Los Angeles. This is her 9th time exhibiting at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. 

"Delinquent Gnome"
Mixed Media
3"x 2.25" 

Publicity contact for more info - interviews - images:
Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts
(o) 818-848-2698 - (c) 818-415-5543 -   

Thomas Arvid Personal Appearance at Galeria del Mar

Thomas Arvid Personal Appearance at Galeria del Mar
August 26th & 27th (Friday & Saturday)
Call the gallery for more event information: 904-829-2120
New art from Thomas Arvid will be exhibited at Galeria del Mar (9 King Street, St. Augustine, FL) on August 26th and August 27th. This exhibition has been designed for those who love the arts and will include new original works as well as several new limited edition releases. This will be an exciting weekend event and we encourage all art lovers to come by the gallery and meet this “Master of the Modern Still Life”. Galeria del Mar will be unveiling Arvid’s newest major original oil painting to the art collecting community , “Golden Opportunity” a 30” x 48” canvas depicting 6 bottles of Far Niente. Thomas will be available to the public on Saturday from 12:00pm until 4:00pm for book signings and bottle dedications.
Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Credited with "launching a major art trend…" with his oversized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his images and with his mastery of light, depth and reflection.
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Founded in 1998 by the Cutter Family, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art is recognized around the globe as a leading art dealer. With well over 100 years of combined experience in the world of fine art and 4 gallery locations in the downtown St. Augustine, Cutter & Cutter has specialized in representing the finest in contemporary art as well as original work from the 19th Century masters.
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Phone: 904-829-2120
Address: Galeria del Mar
9 King Street
Saint Augustine, FL 32084

SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show

SCOPE Art Show  

Scope London 2011

For Immediate Release 

Heading Signs of Poor Economic Conditions and Civil Unrest, SCOPE London Postpones Show Until 2012 Olympics 
SCOPE London, scheduled to take place this coming October announced Wednesday
that the fair would be postponed until 2012. In response to the recent riots that swept neighborhoods of Great Britain, SCOPE and their advisory body of galleries, community heads, and global collectors, have decided this year would not be the time to re-launch the fair. SCOPE Show Director, Mollie White explains, "the current climate of social unrest, and poor economic conditions, did not create for the sure environment to re-launch this year's edition of the fair. It is essential to SCOPE that its exhibitors are given a confident and rich platform, and we therefore look forward to hosting the fair next year, which we feel will be an especially dynamic time, given the international presence of the Olympics and respective communities.

SCOPE now looks to celebrate its ninth year in Miami, November 30- December 4, where it will host 85 international exhibitors presenting solo, and thematic group shows, alongside museum quality programming, including the debut of innovative performance, film, curatorial projects and site-specific installation. As the destination for cutting-edge contemporary art, SCOPE continues to develop its lead role as creative R+D for a wider audience of taste makes. Come celebrate SCOPE Miami!

Founded in 2002, SCOPE has grown extensively in both volume and stature. Alexis Hubshman, President of SCOPE explains " We've evolved from an industry niche to an influential global contributor, with ongoing events, educational programs and the SCOPE Foundation 501 (c)3. SCOPE is the dynamic presence in the expanding global art market." With art fairs in New York, Basel, London and Miami, SCOPE Art Show has garnered critical acclaim, with sales over $150 million and attendance of over 400,000 visitors. 

SCOPE Art Show International Contemporary Art Show

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Strength and Grace - Michelle Dunaway Solo Exhibition

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11 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

Michelle Dunaway Solo Exhibition

On Display from September 2, 2011 – September 30, 2011

CHARLESTON, SC (September 2011)- M Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of Michelle Dunaway. The show, entitled Strength and Grace, will hang from September 2nd – September 30th. The show will include approximately 23 pieces, ranging from smaller alla prima studies and drawings to larger studio works, portraits and still lifes. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 2nd, in tandem with the First Friday Art Walk.

Dunaway believes that every aspect of creation contains a balance of strength and grace. Strength, according to Dunaway, is that which we are able to bring about through our determination and perseverance, while grace takes care of whatever is beyond our control. “I believe that sometimes the greatest act of courage and strength is to trust that Grace is there even when we can’t see or feel persevere and continue to hope.”  The paintings and drawings in the show represent Dunaway’s explorations of these aspects and moments where she has felt the elements of strength and grace come together.

The title piece for the show Strength and Grace, actually came to Dunaway in a dream. She woke up one morning with the vision of her cousin Justyne wrapped in her grandmother’s handmade quilt. The painting is of a girl “on brink of womanhood wrapped in the creative gifts of the woman who came before her,” explains Dunaway. In the painting, strength seems particularly visible in the young girl’s eyes, while grace is represented by the grandmother’s loving spirit that is implied through the quilt.

Michelle Dunaway was raised in Alaska, where her artistically inclined mother encouraged her to draw at a young age, and her father took her on frequent nature walks. “Nature has also always and continues to be a constant source of inspiration...I remember as a child being fascinated with the smallest nuances, the way a leaf curls and changes colors uniquely, the way the color of the light and time of day seems to infuse an emotional aspect into a moment or place, the way the environment affects the person in it, these things constantly fascinate me as an artist,” says Dunaway.

As a teenager, Dunaway lived in New Mexico, where she studied at Art Masters with Lou Maestas. She went on to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she studied with Steve Huston, among others.  In her mid-20s Dunaway was exposed to the likes of John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux and Jules-Bastien Lepage. During this time, she also attended workshops Jeremy Lipking and Morgan Weistling. More recently she taught at California Art Institute in Westlake Village and at the Lost Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. She now lives in New Mexico. Dunaway was featured in Southwest Art magazine’s “21 under 31” as one of 21 emerging fine artists in the US.

“There's nothing as exciting and honest as painting from life to me,” Dunaway admits. ”To paint with the person or subject directly in front of you, well, there is a communication going on… it is a shared moment and is alive and filled with truth.” To Dunaway, it is the expression of honesty that makes a good painting. She believes that to be honest, you must stay true to the inspiration that first draws you to paint a particular subject. With that in mind, she attempts to simplify everything else that is superfluous to that initial inspiration.

Dunaway currently lives in New Mexico.


For more information on this topic, email Carlen Quinn at or call 843.727.4500.

Vote for Alexander Fine Art


Installation by Cheryl Sorg

New Contemporaries IV at Alexander Salazar Fine Art  

A collaborative exhibition supporting the
 San Diego Visual Arts Network

Closing Reception -
Saturday August 27
6 pm

Monday, August 1 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Alexander Salazar Fine Art
1040 7TH Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Between Broadway and C Street on 7th Avenue

Parking at E Street and 7th
Parking at C Street and 7th


More Info
New Contemporaries IV at Alexander Salazar Fine Art
Aug 1 to Aug 31, 2011

Closing Reception: Sat, Aug 27, 6 - 9 pm

Mely Barragan, Adam Belt, Susannah Bielak, Fred Briscoe, Isaias Crow,

Shay Davis, Damian Gastellum, Gretchen Mercedes, Han Nguyen,

Jaime Ruiz Otis, Lee Puffer, Christopher Puzio, Cheryl Sorg

Alexander Salazar Fine Art
1040 7th Avenue , SD, 92101

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Mely Barragan nominated by Einar and Jamex de la Torre, artists
Adam Belt nominated by Karen McGuire, William D. Cannon Art Gallery Director
Susannah Bielak nominated by Ann Berchtold, Art San Diego Fair Director
Fred Briscoe nominated by Alexander Salazar ,Alexander Salazar Fine Art Director
Isaias Crow nominated by Alessandra Moctezuma , SD Mesa College Art Gallery
Shay Davis nominated by Debra Poteet , art collector
Damian Gastellum nominated by Julio Orozco, artist
Gretchen Mercedes nominated by Lauren Buscemi, art writer
Han Nguyen nominated by Robert Pincus, art critic
Jaime Ruiz Otis nominated by Heriberto Yepez , art writer
Lee Puffer nominated by Gail Roberts, artist
Christopher Puzio nominated by David Adey, artist
Cheryl Sorg nominated by Patricia Frischer,
San Diego Visual Arts Network coordinator

All Nominators will be writing about their nominee who is a local Avant Guarde artist i.e. one who is current and important in our day. We see these nominators as Champions of the artist they nominate.

Nominators have never nominated an artists before for the SD Art Prize or New Contemporaries show.

All nominated artists will be included if they accept our invitation

Emerging artist definition: artist who are emerging with new, fresh ideas. This is not about the age of the artists or the exposure they have had, but what art they are creating now and in the past three to five years. We think of these artists as emerging from the darkness into the light of the public view.




The Many Faces of Richard Gachot

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Coming Soon.....
The Many Faces 
of Richard Gachot
August 28 - September 25
Found Object Sculpture by Richard Gachot.  Clockwise from left:  Many Faces, 1996 - oil filter, flour sifters, plumbing parts, kitchen gadgets, bike and wood wheels, and electric heater parts.  Mademoiselle, 2003 - carved and painted wood acorn finial, ribbon, boot trees, lard bucket and cake pan.  
Art Deco Man, 1996 - ice bucket, coffee pot, heat fin, gear, glass and found objects.

This exhibition brings together an extraordinary collection of major works that feature found object sculptor Richard Gachot's signature style.  Gachot's capacity for assemblage and mechanical invention fuses with whimsy and wit, producing works that are ironic, at times searing, indictments of common foibles, and abuses of the environment, real estate development, and recurring 
patterns of behavior or belief.


"From the Ashes" 

A Ceramics Art Exhibition Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Opening Reception at the Art League of Long Island:
  Sunday August 28, 2pm - 4pm
Presented in partnership with the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association   

A group of art educators from Suffolk County, under the direction of raku artist and Art League Faculty member, Gina Mars, have created a series of ceramic pieces symbolizing the regeneration, restoration, and recovery since that tragic day. The raku process uses a combination of fire and smoke to transform the ordinary surface of a clay piece into a work of art with dramatic bursts of color and texture. 

banner  Drawing, oil painting, watercolor,  
pastels, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry,  
 digital photography, fiber arts and more...

Register for FALL CLASSES Now!
Classes are now ONLINE at  

Mark of Elegance TOURS Presents
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September 15, 2011
Come experience the terroir (loosely translated from French as "a sense of place") of the North Fork of Long Island.  Enjoy a guided tour of Raphael Vineyards in Peconic, where a Sommelier will lead you through the winemaking process.  
Naturally, lunch will be served with a glass of wine to sample! 
A gorgeous setting and a lovely way to spend the day.
Bus departs Art League in Dix Hills @ 9:30 AM. Bagels & coffee on the way. 
Return for home @ 2:00 PM.
To register call (631) 462-5400 x222 or visit us online.  
This tour is presented in collaboration with Mark of Elegance Transportation


 Give us your Tattered and Torn... American Flags

If you have an old tattered or torn American Flag
 that you would like to retire for proper disposal

The American Legion
Greenlawn post 1244
In Cooperation with the 
Art League of Long Island
 is providing 
 a Flag Drop Box
in the lobby of 
Art League of LI
for the month of August

All Flags will be disposed of in a ceremony that is befitting 
their status as the symbol of our
Great Country

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.




pictureThe Art League of Long Island invites members to submit 2D and 3D original works of art for our 56th Annual Members' Exhibition. The exhibition will be shown in two parts:
Part One runs October 9 - 30 for artists whose last names begin with the letters A - L; Part Two runs November 6 - 27 for artists whose last names begin with the letters M - Z. The exhibit will be juried by Dawn Lee, painter, printmaker, Chairperson of the Art Department at St. Joseph's College, and curator at the Omni Gallery in Uniondale. Deadline for submission is September 23. 
pictureArtists and Craftspeople are invited to apply for a space at the Art League of Long Island's 48th Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Fair. The juried fair takes place in the Art League's spacious gallery and art studios December 3 & 4, 10am - 5pm.  Download prospectus here.  
pictureThe second annual Huntington Awareness Day Parade and Fair to be held on Saturday, September 17th in Huntington Station will have two new elements added this year as part of the Town of Huntington's Public Art Initiative, providing new opportunities for artists, as well as for public participation.  A Chalk Flood of street drawings will offer community-wide opportunities for creative expression celebrating the Awareness Day theme of "Unity in the Community," while a Huntington Kinetic Sculpture Competition will add a new element to the Parade up New York Avenue. 
The Chalk Flood, which will take place in designated portions of Huntington's northwest LIRR commuter parking lot on New York Avenue (from Railroad Avenue to Church Street), will have two components:  
    • Communal Drawing Area - a space where any member of the community can make a positive creative contribution to the celebration of "Unity in the Community."  Just bring your creativity!  We'll supply all the necessary materials.  
    • Featured Street Artists Gallery - a juried space where only those artists accepted in advance through submission of an application will be assigned a portion of the limited space available.  An application form can be downloaded from the Huntington Awareness Day website: Applications must be received by noon on August 24, 2011.  Tips on street painting techniques can also be found at this web location. 
The Huntington Kinetic Sculpture Competition was inspired by Kinetic Sculpture Races held annually in Baltimore, California, and other locations nationwide.  While the Huntington event, will not include either the "race" or the "all-terrain" elements of these other Kinetic Sculpture events, we're sure that it will offer ample opportunity for display of both creative imagination and engineering skills, as well as lots of fun for spectators and participants alike!  Competitors will join other Huntington Awareness Day Parade participants in traversing the 1.3 mile Parade route in their unique human-powered kinetic sculptures.  Judges will award prizes in a variety of competition categories in recognition of artistic creativity, engineering prowess, and expression of the Huntington Awareness Day theme - "Unity in the Community."  Those interested in entering this competition can download an application form and competition rules from the Huntington Awareness Day website: Applications must be received by noon on September 7, 2011.  Tips on constructing a kinetic sculpture are also available on this website. 
For further information on the Chalk Flood, the Huntington Kinetic Sculpture Competition or other Town of Huntington Public Art Initiative projects, contact John Coraor, Director of Cultural Affairs, at 631-351-3099 or via e-mail: 
 pictureArtists 50 and over who reside in Nassau County are invited to exhibit and sell paintings, photography, and wall handicrafts at the Glen Cove Senior Center's "Golden Gallery".  There will be a small reception at the beginning of each month for the chosen artist who is presenting their work.  For more information contact Lucy Van Horn at (516) 759-9610 or at
pictureThe Village Connection Magazine features works of local artists each month on its cover and invites Huntington area artists to submit artwork for consideration of front-page placement. Please email a jpeg as well as a short write-up for inclusion on the contents page. Visit their site at  

pictureSeptember 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Together with the Akira Yoshizawa Museum-Theatre of Origami, the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University seeks submissions of paper sculptural artwork for the Peace Tree 9/11 Memorial in Stony Brook, New York. This memorial commemorates peace as a response to the tragedy of 9/11.
Submissions must be two or three-dimensional paper sculptures that may include origami,
cutouts, lanterns, strip folding, snapology, and knotology.
For more information please contact: Jennifer Iacona at or visit,
Deadline for Submissions is August 31, 2011

 The Art League of Long Island | 107 East Deer Park Rd | Dix Hills NY 11746
631.462.5400 |  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Marwan Sahmarani

Summer Break 2011 - Emerging To Established - A Gallery Artist Group Show

Maximillian Gallery

Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis   
Summer Break 2011 - Emerging To Established - A Gallery Artist Group Show
Featuring: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Marky Ramone, COPE2, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Jean Faucheur,
DESIRE OBTAIN CHERISH, Smear, Free Humanity, CYRCLE, Septerhed, Destroy All Design,
DeeKay, Snyder, Jérôme Curchod, Gregory Siff, Andy Appleton, Mowgli, Ben Hoffman, Leba,
Kophns One, Zombie, Dan Nelson, 2wenty, Dr.eye and The $tatus Faction
Exhibition: August 20th, 2011 - September 7th, 2011
Every Day, 1PM - 8PM, and by appointment (Closed Mondays)
Show Invitation Image This summer show features some of the most original, prolific and talented artists in LA and beyond.
This exciting exhibition presents current work as well as older work from emerging street artists to established artists with work hanging in collections including The Smithsonian. Joining the mix are artists from the entertainment world such as Marky Ramone of The Ramones and Mary Lynn Rajskub of "24" fame, whose art is sought after by discerning collectors worldwide. From the Manga world comes an original Speed Racer painting by a newly discovered artist.  
More information on this exhibition can be seen here: Summer Break 2011 - Show Information 

La Luz de Jesus Gallery Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

La Luz de Jesus Gallery celebrates 25-year anniversary with a monumental group show and companion book in Oct. - Nov. 2011

  Billy Shire by Shawn Barber

You are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of  
La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Billy Shire has masterminded "La Luz de Jesus 25," a monumental group show featuring more than 260 artists, each of whom have created a piece of art and written an essay about their experience with the gallery. In 25 years of groundbreaking exhibitions, this is La Luz's first retrospective survey, featuring three generations of the most important artists working today. Never before have all these artists shown together in one exhibition. The book, a companion to the show, chronicles the rich legacy of La Luz de Jesus and the thriving art movements it helped launch.  
Opening events for the two-part group show "La Luz de Jesus 25"  
will occur during the weekends of  October 7 and November 4, 2011.  
More information on this show is forthcoming 

Participating in La Luz de Jesus 25 project is a who's-who of art, including Robert Williams, Joe Coleman, Mark Ryden, Georganne Deen, Matt Groening, Manuel Ocampo, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Bill Barminski, Daniel Martin Díaz, Glenn Barr, Elizabeth McGrath, Tony Fitzpatrick, Frank Kozik, Chris Mars, Massimo Giacon, Mark Mothersbaugh, Gary Panter, John de Fazio, Laurie Lipton, Ric Heitzman, Clayton Brothers, Dave Cooper, Judith Schaechter, Lou Beach, Calef Brown, Eric White, Shag, Tim Biskup and Gary Baseman.  The companion book, La Luz de Jesus 25 (La Luz de Jesus Press/Last Gasp) features images of the complete show along with an essay written by each artist. The book also includes essays by Billy Shire and La Luz gallery directors, including Robert "El Vez" Lopez. Book pre-orders are being accepted now. Contact
Soap Plant to reserve yours!     


La Luz de Jesus Gallery 2011 




Alice Bag "Violence Girl" and  
Dawn Wirth "The Bags Hollywood Forever" double book release party 


Robert Burden: "Toy Box"
New Works by Daniel Martin Diaz   
Publicity contact for more info - interviews - images:
Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts
(o) 818-848-2698 - (c) 818-415-5543 -