Arts DFW Inaugural Event
September 9 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Central Arts of Hurst
362 East Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas
I have always believed in the transformative power of the Arts. The Arts have been shown to revitalize and bring communities together, boost academic performance in students, provide health benefits to local residents, reduce crime, as well as impact our local economy and workforce while simultaneously preparing us for the future. So I am beyond thrilled to announce that I now sit on the Board of Directors for Arts DFW, a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose focus is on fundraising for the Visual and Performing Arts so our communities can thrive.
Our inaugural event will be held on Monday, September 9th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Central Arts of Hurst in Hurst, Texas. This free event is a great chance to stop by, learn about us and our mission, while simultaneously enjoying some entertainment and refreshments. So swing on by and see what we have to offer, and click here to RSVP so we know you’re coming!
Mark your calendars, and save the date: September 12-16, 2019, as I’ll be returning to vend my photographic works at GrapeFest: the largest wine festival in the Southwest!
I’ll be exhibiting with other members of the Grapevine Art Project, so you’ll find over 20 local artists across an array of art mediums–painting, jewelry, ceramics, photography and more–inside the historic Foust Funeral Home & Event Space located at 523 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas. No matter what the weather is outside, we’re in an air conditioned and sheltered space so you’re always guaranteed a great time as you view all the artistic works from our talented members. With an array of art mediums represented, there’s something for everyone inside.
I’m proud to announce that I have photographic work in the Postcards from the New York’s Hudson Valley Exhibition running June 18-July 14 hosted at the NEA Exhibition Gallery located at 122 Bridge Street East in Benalla, Australia. 🦘🐨
The exhibit features twenty-eight artists with ties to New York’s Hudson Valley (about 60-70 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River) to make postcard-sized (6×8 inches) artwork on paper, cardstock, or unstretched canvas encompassing oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography, mixed media, collage art and woodcuts.
So if anyone is going to be in the land down under, sing on by to check out the exhibit. Or spread the word with anyone who you may know of in Australia. 🇦🇺
For more information please contact the NEA Exhibition Gallery directly via email at email@example.com or call 0402 563 918.
I recently visited the Fort Works Art Gallery
located at 2100 Montgomery Street just down the street from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. They’re currently hosting a more than 30 year career retrospective, Chaos and Cosmos,
of the photographic works of Kate Simon
, with over 100 of her gelatin silver photographs on display. From their write up: “Kate Simon is a portrait photographer best known for her imagery of numerous artists, writers and musicians–from Andy Warhol, William S Burroughs to Iggy Pop. Kate has works in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution, the Andy Warhol Museum, and more.”
Most of my favorite pieces in the show were her concert images, as she manages to capture the energy so beautifully of David Bowie, Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger in the midst of some of their performances.
Sir Elton John in concert
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in concert
David Bowie in Concert
I also was really struck by a series of portrait shots of Madonna. One in particular I stared out for many long minutes. The genius of the composition here is just striking. See how the white stones climbing up the building frame her on either side from behind. The shadow cast upon the building, Madonna in dark looking outfit, the skirt billowing to the right, and then the dark patch of color in the bottom right from where she precariously perches on the ledge. The darks of the composition draw your eye on the diagonal from the upper left to the bottom right. Her atypical pose gives a sense of personality and vitality to the shot.
Madonna by Kate Simon
Madonna by Kate Simon
The gallery is free to visit during their hours:
- Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm
- Saturday 10am-6pm
- Closed Sunday & Monday
P.S. And if anyone wants to gift me that Madonna image, go for it.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m heading back for another year at Main Street Fest in Grapevine, Texas. I’ll be bringing prints, some ready-to-hang pieces, with a combination of older work and newer work too. There will be a little something for everyone.
I hope you’ll join me, and over 20 other local artists who are vending inside the historic Foust Funeral Home & Event Space inside Festival grounds located at 523 S. Main Street. Rain or shine, hot or cold we’re inside and have something for everyone, and every price point!
Please note our art area hours conclude before the festival shuts down on Friday and Saturday.
MAIN STREET FEST DAILY GENERAL ADMISSION
$7 Adults // $5 Seniors 62+ // $5 Children 6-12 years
*Admission is free on Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
**Children under the age of 6 are free
Weekend pass for $15.
For more information about the festival including parking, entertainment, and more, please visit the official website at: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/main-street-fest/
I’m thrilled to announce that a four-panel jury has invited three of my photographic works into their “2019 Best of Photography Exhibit” at Stonehenge Gallery which has been specializing in fine art for nearly 50 years. The exhibit runs July 8-31, 2019, with an opening reception July 11 at 5:30pm at Stonehenge Gallery located at 401 Cloverdale Road in Montgomery, Alabama.
The pieces (Solitude, Contemplation & Open Doors) were all taken in various churches across the state of Texas.
Solitude – St. Olaf’s Kirke near Cransfill Gap, Texas
Open Doors – St. Chisos Mission in the ghost town of Terlingua, Texas
Contemplation – St. Olaf’s Kirke near Cransfill Gap, Texas
My next Festival appearance will be the Bedford Art Festival (March 30, 10am to 6pm) held at the Bedford Boys Ranch in Bedford, Texas. Both admission and parking is free so it’s a great excuse to come out and support your local artists! There will be live music, food trucks, an art marketplace and more! I hope to see 👀 you there!
Here’s just a sampling of some of the works I’ll be bringing.
Due to the forecast calling for wind and thunderstorms, organizers have decided to cancel Hurst’s celebratory Arts March Pop-Up, the Belaire Event Series – Spring Celebration this Saturday, March 23, 2019.
While the city is rescheduling it for April 27, I have prior commitments on the new date so will no longer be able to participate. I wanted to update all my followers so no one showed up looking for me and expecting a party, and finding neither.
My next festival appearance will be next weekend, Saturday, March 30 at the Bedford Arts Festival. Both admission and parking are free, and there will be an art marketplace, performances, food trucks, kids activities and more! I hope to see you there!
I’ll be bringing my photography to the Belaire Event Series – Spring Celebration which is a Pop-Up event held Saturday March 23rd from noon to 6pm.
This family-friendly event, the second in the series, is a collaboration between the City of Hurst, Texas and the local business and arts communities. Join me and other local artisans from 12-6pm for a family friendly event in the parking lot of the Belaire Shopping Center next to the Artisan Theater. There will be food trucks, several live music performances, games, face-painting and more! For updated details, or to find out how you can join in, or volunteer please visit the official Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/602092723563078/
Thanks to everyone who came out to support me during my photography exhibition Life in Frame, at Elm Street Studio in Keller, Texas. The show closed on March 1st, and it’s always a little bittersweet taking your art down off the wall at the end of an exhibition. But there’s always more opportunities around the corner!
If you missed your chance to swing by during the exhibit, here’s a few snapshots of the show.