Monday, April 30, 2012

Los Señores del Bosque

Los Señores del Bosque
José Luis Serzo
04.27.12 – 05.31.12

Blanca Soto Gallery presents the first part of José Luis Serzo’s latest project entitled “Los Señores del
Bosque” (The Masters of the Forest), one of the most ambitious projects of the artist, not only bounded as one of his personal, bizarre and extensive series, but also which extends with a side project, curated under the subtitle “Las 1001 caras del daimon” (The 1001 Faces of the Daemon), and where Serzo, in collaboration with Gallery La Lisa (Albacete), will bring together a number or artists who, in its discretion, deal with the elusive and suggestive concept of the “daenomic”.

In this first staging of the new series, Serzo has wanted to count on the collaboration of critic José Luis Corazón Ardura, “in order to generate an intense and fun synergistic dialogue”, which allows us to explore a new way in the world of the author in the symbolism of the forest.
The project “Los Señores del Bosque” is a new series in which Blinky Rotred, alter ego of the artist and narrator of most of his stories, introduces us through a new a highly metaphorical narrative in the
fascinating world of the subconscious and its immeasurable symbolic recesses. With this new journey, Serzo shows us an elusive daemonic world, a concept of platonic inheritance, which would serve to bring together all those things that connect the real world with the imaginary. This new project aims to be a song called “alma del mundo” (soul of the world), inclusive of the Jungian collective unconscious. This unexplained of our being is, as a branch of thought that could mark a line from Plato and Hermes Trismegistus to the Pythagoreans and the Neoplatonists or to the Renaissance magicians and the alchemists passing through the Romantic poets to the same C.G. Jung, that which connects with the soul of all things of nature.

The protagonists, therefore, are some pseudo-archetypical beings, who could be daemons themselves,
since, even though they look human, much detail will lead us to place them among those beings
belonging to a collective fabulation, halfway between imagination and reality. The daemons populate
countless legends, myths, cultures and religions, serving humanity to represent certain universal
archetypes and/or purging, somehow, the oppressive thinking and the tendency toward “literalization” of all the facets of nature. This forest is inhabited by the most peculiar and hyperbolic creatures and characters, who represent, in some way, the archetypes of the subconscious of Blinky (or of the author himself, as the artist’s closest friends and carry out their own role, rescued from “another world”). Once again, as has become customary in Serzo’s work, the expositive space transforms itself into a magical container, a water pipe in the midst, where the viewer can enter into another fascinating world full of symbolism.

Artists From Different Worlds Collaborate on Twitter

Artists From Different Worlds Collaborate on Twitter  
Dateline: Canton, Ohio & Lake Arrowhead, California
Artists Jeff Mueller and Rod Jones announced the completion of their collaborative work entitled Bright Lights Big City. The work will first be debuted At:

Jeff Mueller’s opening at 2nd April Galerie & Studios on May 2, 2012, 7-10 pm.
The collaboration started over a Twitter friendship with Jeff, who is known as @ComputerArtMan when he featured @RodJonesArtist on his V-log. The two recognized & respected their mutual talents and decided to collaborate on a work of art.
The artist Rod Jones with a 25-year history as a photographer who recently shifted to making art with a paintbrush was excited to participate in this collaboration. Although he primarily paints these days he has never lost his flair for the photographic arts. On a recent trip to New York, Rod captured the flavor of Manhattan and again memorialized the Chrysler building from a unique perspective sharing the image with Jeff.
Jeff, who prides himself in combining age-old techniques with modern technology to create art in a way never seen before is known for his talent in the field of digital printing and manipulation. Jeff started his career in 1984 as a full time commercial artist for Altered Images Inc. and then quickly transitioned into digital manipulation and photo enhancement art.

Fine Art Magazine Visits the Career Fair at Center Moriches High School

Friday, April 27, 2012

Exhibition for "National Days of Remembrance"

Michael Knigin's Exhibition for "National Days of Remembrance"
Photos from Tuesday, April 17th

In honor of National Days of Remembrance for the Holocaust (April 15-22) the photography committee presented a two-part show. Joyce Chasan presented the photomontages of artist Michael Knigin.  Dr. Stanley Burns showcased original images, documents and his series of multimedia photographs.

Joyce Chasan, Marilyn Church,  andJoan Kraisky Knigin

Guest, Joyce Chasan, Dr. Stanley B. Burns, Joan Kraisky Knigin, and Marilyn Church

Knigin used images of the Nazi era and Holocaust to create an emotional response to the horrors of the time.  He records the dehumanization of mankind in a skilful juxtapositioning that takes the images from their mundane context and reorganizes them, granting them a new life.  Michael's goal was to indelibly imprint on our souls images that would facilitate remembrance. Michael died last year and his widow Joan Kraisky has continued his legacy by providing the images for this show. Knigin's work is included in over 60 museums and corporate collections.

Carla Baker, Dr. Robert Baker, and Joyce Chasan

Dr. Stanley B. Burns, Carla Baker, and Dr. Robert Baker
Collector and curator Dr. Stanley B. Burns, who owns one of the largest Judaica and Holocaust photographic collections showcased some of the well known images of the era. Some of the images related to German oppression of Jews prior to the war, others related directly to the Shoah. Accompanying the images was original documents of the time. Dr. Burns, for the first time, presented from his own series of multimedia art works images of regular Nazi soldiers (non SS) who believed in the Nazi dream and who eagerly and aggressively played their part in the Shoah. These previously unseen and unpublished works will become icons of the era as they dramatically illustrate the extent of everyday abuse of Jews and their communities by the Wehrmacht. Dr. Burns has produced over 50 exhibitions always surprising his audience with new visual experiences.  

Carla Baker, Dr. Robert Baker, and Krysia Fisher

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Circa Something Liquidation Sale April 23-28

Call to Artists - Crown Valley Father's Day Art Fair

Crown Valley Winery
is proud to present: 

Crown Valley Father's Day
 Art Fair 
Call to Artists

WHAT:  Second Art and Craft Festival

WHERE: Crown Valley Winery, Ste Genevieve, MO

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
           June 16-17, 2011
           11 a.m. - 7 p.m.


*World Class Art Event at a World Class Winery in Missouri's beautiful wine country.

*Limited to approximately 75 fine artists, craft and folk art persons.

*No jury fee; $150-$200 booth fee.

*10 x 10 Booth Spaces in the lot at the entrance to the winery, 16'w x 6'd spaces under the overhang[eaves] surrounding the building[note:protected from the weather]

*Expected attendance: 5,000 (source: Crown Valley Winery weekend attendance).

*Extensive marketing campaign in St. Louis, Southern Missouri and Illinois media markets, including billb
oards, newspaper, radio, websites, public relations.

*Outstanding artist amenities: continental breakfasts, free lunches, Friday night wine reception.

*On-site discounted lodging at the winery's Tradition Inn.

*Friday Setup, noon to 6 p.m.; drive up to booth space for load-in and load-out.

*For more details about the show, click HERE
Crown Valley Winery, Missouri's premier winery, presents the second Crown Valley Father's Day Art Fair with outstanding artist services, high-profile marketing to the public and selective emphasis on offering quality artwork to a discriminating public.  The winery is visited by between 5,000 and 7,000 area residents each weekend, many from the affluent suburbs and communities in St. Louis, seventy-five miles north. The winery will be offering Father's Day packages to the public including lodging, dining, golf, swimming and tennis. The Winery will be offering jazz and blues music throughout the day. Crown Valley will be holding a brewers event at their Brewery, a half mile from the Winery, with shuttles for attendees between the facilities. 

Organized and operated by noted show director Larry Weinles, whose Historic Shaw Art Fair is a perennial favorite of artists nationwide, the Crown Valley event promises to take its place among the Midwest's premier events.  


June 14, 2012, or until full

Upon acceptance

Booth Fee Due:
June 14, 2012

For more details, artist's prospectus, and to apply, visit:

Email inquiries to:

You may also contact by telephone:
Larry Weinles

45th Annual Towsontown Spring Festival

Towson Chamber of Commerce

45th Annual Towsontown
Spring Festival

Call to Artists

What: 45th Annual Towsontown Spring Festival 2012   
Where: Towson, MD Courthouse Square & Surrounding Streets
When: Saturday, May 5th (10-7pm) & Sunday, May 6th (1-7pm)
This is a banner year for the Towsontown Spring Festival - we are celebrating the fesetival's 45th anniversary! Our festival has grown from a small street side event to the largest outdoor festival in Maryland and one of the largest on the East Coast. Well over 250,000 visitors patronize the two day event that offers more than 450 vendors, four entertainment stages with over 50 acts and numerous national attractions.
This event draws patrons from a six state area including Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and beyond. Locally, all five major T.V. broadcasting stations cover our event, advertising it a week before and then having live coverage during the actual event. 
In addition, we have made arrangements for all 15 local radio stations to have a presence at the festival in exchange for one week of heavy promotion during their prime advertising hours. Our three local newspapers also feature human interest stories relating to the festival the week prior to the festival. 
What makes our event so unique is that there is truly something here for everyone. Our aim is to enhance this wonderful Towson tradition by emphasizing a strengthening of family values and community spirit while appealing to all ages. Because of that, your marketing "audience" is quite diversified. From families with small children to senior citizens - the Towson festival draws them all. And with over 25 colleges within a 25 mile radius of Towson the festival provides relief from those end of the year "finals." For them, the Towson festival is a "must attend event." 

Special Appearance! FREE UNCLE JACK CONCERT-May 4th (5:30-9pm) Circuit Courthouse Plaza. Enjoy some Funk * Disco * Motown to kick off the Big Event!

For more details and application, please visit:


Or call: 410-825-1144

Monday, April 23, 2012

Call to Artists - Missouri Festival for the Arts 2012

Missouri Festival for the Arts, 2012

Call to Artists

What:  MOSAICS, Missouri Festival for the Arts, 2012

Where: Historic Old Main Street, St. Charles, Missouri near the banks of the Missouri River and the First State Capitol of Missouri 

When: September 14-16, 2012


*Limited to 120 juried artists in varied media including painting, clay, sculpture, photography, print making, pastels, drawing, wood, jewelry, metalwork, glass, art to wear and mixed media. 

*MOSAICS 18th festival. 

*Promotion of the event to the art-buying public in newspapers, radio, television, press releases, signage and social media across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

*$5,000 in cash pries awarded to participating artists.

*Jury/Booth fees are $25/$265 for a single booth, with corner and double booths available.

*Artist amenities include booth sitting, cold water delivered to booths, complimentary artist reception on Friday evening, complimentary artist breakfast on Sunday morning, restaurants within the festival area, and seciurity provided day and night.

Join 120 juried and invited artists at the eighteenth annual MOSAICS, Missouri Festival For the Arts - 2012 along scenic historic North Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri, site of the first Capitol of Missouri, next to the banks of the beautiful Missouri River.  

Outstanding live entertainment compliments the MOSAICS festival experience, featuring a variety of performing artists from across the region offering traditional favorites and eclectic stylings. Appearances by the St. Charles Fife and Drum Corps add a historical dimension to the period architecture of the area. 

Proceeds from MOSAICS provides support to youth art activities including Mentor Me operated by the Foundry Art Centre which is within one block of the festival.  MOSAICS is operated and managed by a dedicated group of volunteers providing continuity, constant improvement and a congenial atmosphere.


Deadline:  May 15, 2012

Notification: June 1, 2012

Booth Fee due:  Upon invitation and acceptance to the festival by June 20, 2012.

More information on, Twitter,  Facebook and at  

Information on historic St. Charles can be found at

Call to Artists - International Izmir Art Biennial

Art Spring 2012

One more time the Brazilian art is the centerpiece in New York City. Art Spring 2012/Contacto New York shows to the capital of the world the art work of 19 artists, most of them originally from Brazil. The mix of nationalities brings a unique contemporary atmosphere. The exhibition takes place at Ward-Nasse Gallery from May 1st through May 30th 2012, and it will delight the public with a variety of colors and detailed sculptures.

                 Curated by Leda Maria, a Brazilian fine artist herself, Art Spring 2012/Contacto New York is open to all of the art lovers and to those who want to dive in a colorful and vibrant world.
             Here are the participant artists: Aissata Pinto da Costa, Amanda Dolan, Angela de Assis, Angela Lintz, Beth Miguez, Cilene Cooke, Edward Colarik, Fernanda Guimarães, Flory Menezes, Geraldo Lamego, Giovanni Femia, Helena Tróia, Ines Aviz, Jane Bastos, Maria Marita, Meeg Hai, Regina Brandão, Jarek Klin and Vanessa Nahoul.

                Organized by the acclaimed fine artist Flory Menezes, Art Spring 2012/Contacto New York will be officially open on May 5th, from 7pm to 10pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am - 6pm, Sunday 1pm – 6pm.

            Located in the SoHo, Ward-Nasse Gallery is a non-profit space specially created for any artist in New York City. Founded by Harry Nasse, the gallery exhibits from traditional to experimental art forms. Thousands of artists have started their career at Ward-Nasse Gallery. Among them is the American experimental performance artist, composer and musician Laurie Anderson.

WHAT? Art Spring 2012/Contacto New York
WHEN? May 1st – May 30th 2012
WHERE? Ward-Nasse Gallery – 178 Prince Street, Soho, New York – (212) 925-6951

Carthage Contemporary Art Exhibition

Call to Arists - Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival

5th Annual Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival 

Call to Artists

WHAT:  Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival

WHERE: Bar Harbor, Maine

WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
           August 10 - 12, 2012
           Friday Preview Party, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday 10-8; Sunday 10-5


*5th Annual Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival in summer vacation mecca.

*Limited to 55 professionally juried fine artists and craft persons.

*Jury/Booth Fees ($35/$325); Spaces with electricity are $350. 

*Cash Awards  (2011 total: $2000). 

*Friday setup 11 - 6; booths close to drive-up.

*Artists' amenities include free reserved parking next to site, water, coffee and breakfast muffins on site Saturday and Sunday. New for 2012--catered lunches delivered to artist's booths Saturday and Sunday.

*Attendance estimate: 7 - 10,000.

*For more details about the show, click HERE
This high-season summer event is held on the grounds of one of Bar Harbor's premier luxury hotels, the Bar Harbor Inn, strategically located in the center of town on the harbor waterfront.  Artists and patrons alike agree that the location is an ideal venue for this upscale arts festival. The show features "early-bird" jurying (January 10) at the applicant's discretion , enabling artists to plan their summer trip and hotel reservations months in advance; see show website for details.

Held at the peak of Bar Harbor, Maine's, famous summer season, the event caters to summer residents and vacationers from among the nation's economic elite. Highly visible and well promoted, the festival draws art-savvy buyers who value unique, collectible work from top-quality artists nationwide. The show actively promotes artists to area businesses and galleries for opportunities that go beyond the weekend.


Applications available at:

July 18, 2011

Note: "Early Bird" Jury: January 10, 2012

Early Bird: January 11
Other than those selecting "Early Bird" Jurying: July 29, 2011

For more details, artist's prospectus, and to apply, contact:

Marc Fink, Director

You may also contact by telephone:
Marc Fink
423-486-7030 or

Chris Trueman - Stripe Series

 Save the Date in May!
 Chris Trueman graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003, earning dual BFA degrees in Painting and Digital Media. He relocated to southern California to attend Claremont Graduate University, earning a MFA with a concentration in Painting in 2010. Trueman currently teaches Painting at Fullerton College and has previously taught at Chapman University. He has guest lectured at Chapman University, Pomona College and Santa Ana College. Trueman has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and internationally in Milan, Italy. Recently his work was selected to be included in the exhibition, "To Live and Paint in LA" at the Torrance Art Museum.

While at CGU he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Ann Peppers Foundation Fellowship, a Claremont Graduate University Merit Fellowship and a faculty recommended Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nomination. Trueman's work was included in the publication of New American Paintings MFA Edition (#87).


Three Months of Plein Air in Baja Sur Series: Solo Gallery Show in Seattle

Three Months of Plein Air in Baja Sur Series: Solo Gallery Show in Seattle

Friday, May 11

8005 Greenwood Avenue North

Seattle, WA

Art on the Ridge will exhibit "Three Months of Plein Air in Baja Sur," a series of oils by Jolyn Wells-Moran, for the month of May, 2012. Deserts, mountains, pueblas, seascapes and life of culturally unique and ecologically diverse sub-tropical Baja Sur are captured in this series of both expressive and naturalistic oil paintings. The artist's reception will be held during the Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Artwalk, Seattle, on the evening of Friday, May 11. Art on the Ridge is located at 8005 Greenwood Avenue North. For a sneak preview, see online.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi - An Anthropomorphic Incarnation





Opening Reception on Tuesday 17th April 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Exhibition continues To Saturday 12th May, 2012 11 am – 07 pm

There will be a premiere of a short film
Directed by Vinod Bharadwaj & Suri Rohit
On the opening night.

Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi | Anthropoid Owl | pencil on archival paper | 114cm x 111cm (6 panels) | 2012

Karin Weber Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi in Hong Kong.

Phaneendra is an emerging artist currently at the forefront of contemporary art in India.  His large format multi-panel with anthropomorphic figures works are a part of our modern World, and belong equally to the exotic fantasy World of nowhere. Nuts, bolts and metallic strips seem their very essence, in lieu of blood, sweat and tears. These cross-currents of our existence touch the core of Phaneendra’s expressions in this public exposition, through these Anthropomorphic and allied images, where the benevolent man of yester years has metamorphosed into a modern man, devoid of nobility and philanthropy. His stark drawings in this exhibition, “An Anthropomorphic Incarnation”, portray brutal reality of the new incarnated man. The artist portrays a world where humanity seems to be veering dangerously down a self-willed path to extinction, with 'normalcy' being tailor-made on a daily basis to suit one's selfish needs. These anthropomorphic beings focus attention on the fakeness of beautiful appearances and the corruption that the artist believes has found its way into every aspect of contemporary human existence and interaction.

The incarnated anthropomorphic beings deeply affect the artist and enhance the viewer's experience.

About the artist

Born in Varanasi, India in 1981, the young artist Phaneendra Nath Chaturvedi did his M. F. A. in painting from College of Arts & Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lucknow. He worked on the research grant of Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi and awarded National Scholarship for Young Artist, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Phaneendra was a visiting faculty at Lucknow College of Architecture, Lucknow. He has received 5 awards including best exhibit award of AIFACS, New Delhi. Phaneendra has held first solo exhibition at U.P.State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow in 2003 and the most recent at Karen Weber Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012 including the one being at The Mint, New Delhi 2007, artist of the month (January) at saffronart. com 2008. He has participated in almost all major all India exhibitions including national exhibition of Lalit Kala Akademi for last one decade. His works have been exhibited in number of curated group shows such as Asian Young Artist held at Keumsan Art Gallery, Heyri Art Valley, Korea and Hybrid Trend, contemporary art exhibition at Hangaram Art Museum, organized Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea. 

Phaneendra lives and works in New Delhi, India.

About the gallery

The gallery was founded in 1995 by German-born Karin Weber, who worked for more than 15 years in the antiques and art business in London. The gallery curates and introduces the work of emerging and established Asian and Western artists. 'It is very important to us to maintain our reputation as an energetic, outgoing and accessible art gallery, to continue to inspire, interest and provide enjoyment and cultural enrichment to our collectors and the general public alike,' says Karin.

For any enquiries, please contact: Kenneth Young

Karin Weber Gallery, Ground Floor, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone number: (852) 2544 5004,
Email:, Website:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

MF Gallery - See You in Hell 2

Opening Saturday May 12th, 7-10pm
MF Gallery: 213 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
CONTACT: Martina Secondo Russo (917)446-8681

Just before 6-6-06, MF Gallery welcomed the "end of the world" with an apocalyptic group show called "See You In Hell"... Now, as we prepare for the "end" of the Mayan calendar, MF Gallery is putting together another group show of apocalyptic proportions... 

Over 50 of the best underground pop artists from around the world were asked to submit artwork. The pieces exhibited are their interpretations of the themes of  "apocalypse", "end/ beginning", “rebirth” etc...

Artists include: Drew Maillard, Moses Jaen, Enrico Macchiavello, Angie Mason, Frank Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Shannon Daugherty, Kirsten Flaherty, Fernando Carpaneda, Michael Nirenberg, Lou Rusconi, Dave Brockie, Jeff Owens, Alexandre Boisseau, Christina Graf, Angel "Mud" Perez, Scarecrowoven, Mark Elliot, Bruce Parker, Phillo Rossi Cremisi, Erica Doll, Rudy Fig, Nathaniel, Groppe, Bianca Panzram, Anonymous Art, Pasquale Reca, John Russo, Alex Kirzhner, Daniel Caspera, Matthew Pleva, Rodrigo Melo, Eric Richardson, Anna Melo, Mal Ojo, Cory Benhatzel, Silvano Galifi, Joe Simko, Jeff Zornow, Alex Kirzhner, Annie Hunter, Corey Urlacher, Lawrence Van Abbema, Johanna O'Donnell, PJ McQuade, Vinney Cavallo, Sergio Zuniga, Davis Bradley & many more!

The show will open on Saturday, May 12th from 7 to 10pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance. Admission is free and open to all ages and refreshments will be served.

All of the art in “See You In Hell 2” will also be available for viewing and purchasing online at:

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Butler and Baltic Streets in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY. Take the A or G to Hoyt/ Schermerhorn, the F or G to Bergen, or the R to Union.

Contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or for appointments to see the show, to request high resolution images, for general questions or press inquiries.

Call to Artists - Park Your Art Contest 2012!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Call to Artists - Strawberry Days Festival

Strawberry Days Festival 
Strawberry Days PIX for CTA
Call to Artists

WHAT:  115th Annual Strawberry Days Festival
WHERE: Sayre (Strawberry) Park, Glenwood Springs, CO
WHEN: June 15-17, 2012

Strawberry Days has been entertaining generations for more than 100 years. The festival features a FamilyFest area with interactive, entertaining and creative experiences for the kids; an arts and crafts fair and food court; an old-fashioned carnival; a parade down Grand Avenue and a full entertainment line-up.  Of course, we'll still serve free strawberries and ice cream on Saturday, just like we've been doing for the past century.

April 15, 2012 
April 30, 2012 
For more details or to download an application, visit:

Email inquiries to:

You may also contact by telephone:
Angie Anderson
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association

Carla Goldberg - Opening Reception

bau 88 

A Solo Exhibition
of New Works by

Carla Goldberg 

at beacon artist union
(bau gallery)
161 Main Street Beacon, NY 

Exhibition runs Sat. April 14th
thru Sun. May 6
Opening Reception for the Artist

Saturday April 14th
6pm to 9pm

Sonia Stanyard - Nurtured Landscapes

Saturday 14th April 2012 at 6.00 pm

Sonia Stanyard | Nurtured Landscapes
Winner of the Special Prize De Faveri Arte + Lab 612 XL
at the 5th International Arte Laguna Prize

Gallery De Faveri Artecontemporanea + Lab 610 XL
at Spazio Paraggi - Treviso

"... Sonia Stanyard has choosen the combination of an intense technique and of a point of view of both domestic and wild ..." (Viviana Siviero)

Info >>>

More Great Pics From Artexpo New York 2012


Alex Fishgoyt at his Booth at Artexpo

Arte-Argentino.Org Directors and Adriana Trotta Argentine Deputy Consul
  Linda Calvert Jacobson, American Artist

Pasquale Cuppari

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Call to Artists - Festival in the Park

Festival in the Park
Charlotte, NC 

Call to Artists

WHAT:  Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival and Traditional Arts & Crafts Festival

WHERE: Freedom Park, Charlotte, NC

WHEN: Friday through Sunday
           September 21 - 23, 2012
           Note: Hours vary; see artists prospectus for details


*48th Annual Juried Festival.

*Separate areas for Fine Arts and Crafts (Artist's Walk) and Traditional Arts and Crafts (Festival Lake Walk).

*Limited to 180 artists in total.

*Jury/Booth Fees ($35/$350).  

*$4,000 total cash awards. 

*Priority spaces available for artists who will demonstrate their art or craft.

*Excellent artists' amenities, including free parking, private artists' hospitality area throughout show hours, discounted hotel accommodations.

*Strong community support.

*Electricity available to all booths at no charge.

*Drive-up to booth for setup and teardown.

*For more details about the show, click HERE
Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing popular music, arts and crafts and family entertainment to Charlotteans and visitors from around the South.  Heavy community support over many decades produces return visitors every year as well as large crowds, offering exhibitors excellent sales opportunities. Known as Charlotte's "Granddaddy" arts and crafts event, the festival receives high-profit media attention to augment a well-orchestrated marketing program.


Artist's Walk: May 15, 2012 (postmarked)
Festival Lake Walk: July 16, 2012 (postmarked)

Artist's Walk: June 1, 2012
Festival Lake Walk: July 30, 2012

For more details, artist's prospectus, and to apply, visit:
Email inquiries to:

You may also contact by telephone:
Julie Whitney Austin
Festival Director

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH | Imaginary Surrealism Takes the Stage in SoHo

Although life in the circus depends on discipline, struggle and sacrifice, it is divergent thinking that is the catalyst for the magic. This show is dedicated to the performer and the double lives they must lead.

A new collection of paintings by Daniel Merriam depicts both the pain and pleasure of struggle not only in the circus, but also in the lives we lead in an urban society. The artist invites us to explore the pressures and and delicate balance that is required in order to remain above the chaos of every day life.  Just as the performer clings to the wire above the ever-present color and distractions, so must the viewer avoid mistakes by focusing on what matters most.

The exhibition was inspired by one painting that the artist created in 2010 entitled The Greatest Show on Earth, in which a fantastical caged beast is on display in a coach embellished with Victorian era accoutrements. The creature is exquisite and bizarre, and has a presence that seems content to have launched a show to pleasure and entertain the viewer.

"It has been said by many artists that art is often the result of a struggle. I can attest to this based on years of devoting my abilities to an art form heavily reliant on discipline. Both the body and the mind are fully employed in such an effort.  In my case it is the urge to create ever upstaged challenges both in my paintings and my real life as well, that gets me from frenzy to frustration to exhaustion.  I strive to work sculpturally and architecturally as I paint. Each time the environment becomes more of an obstacle as I encounter the physical limitations inherent with being human."

Born in 1963 in a rural town in Maine, Daniel Merriam is one of seven artistic children. He taught himself to paint at a very young age, and used his art as a method of reflective play throughout his childhood. He went on to study mechanical and architectural design at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute. While still in school, he applied his dimensional skills and passion for architecture to his family's design and construction business.In 1986, Merriam shifted his focus solely to fine art, and later that year had his first solo exhibition in Maine. Since then, his exhibitions throughout the United States & Europe  have been lauded and achieved critical acclaim. Merriam's work is included in countless private collections and in such public collections as The Riverside Museum of Art in California, The Gesundheit! Institute in Virginia, the Manhattan Club in New York, and the Merrill Lynch collection.

The artist will attend the unveiling of the new works at an opening reception on May 26th from 6 to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public with RSVP requested to

AFA is located at 54 Greene Street (corner of Broome Street), in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sundays 11am - 6pm. To request more information contact Heidi Leigh at or 212.226.7374.