Good Dog, Better Art

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North Star 24x18” acrylic on board

Saturday night May 30, 6-9 pm, the invitational exhibition and fundraiser, “Good Dog, Better Art” opens at Sidetracked Studio, Evanston IL. The show has a canine theme and a portion from all sales will be donated to Trio Animal Foundation, Chicago, with matching funds from a Apple. “North Star” is my contribution to the show.

The idea for the portrait came from my wife who noticed that my “Winter Hat” series of paintings, featuring a lot of our family members, was missing a painting of my friend and studio mate, Guinness, wearing a winter hat. Not only was Guinness a willing participant, he ran with the opportunity to ham it up and gave me this great expression to work with.

The show features an incredible selection of artists from around the country and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic and talented group. Come join us opening night!

“Good Dog, Better Art”
Sidetracked Studio
707 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202

Metamorphosis Two

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“Metamorphosis Two” 6x6” acrylic on board

One of a set of paintings completed over the recent holiday weekend, Metamorphosis Two is the second in a series. Sold

"Enchantment" Exhibition

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Last Friday’s opening of the show “Enchantment-Nature Re-Imagined” at Ephemera, a pop up gallery sponsored by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, was a huge success with over 200 people attending. Lots of great work from a number of area artists, several of whom were in attendance, craft beer, spirits and music. You can see the list of participating artists here on the Alliance website. My contribution to the show was artwork from my, “Dankquart Collection” series, seven pieces in all. A big thank you to all of the people who stopped to share their comments about the work. I appreciate speaking with you all and thank you all for the wonderful response to my efforts. Frankly I was blown away.

The gallery does have a limited number of hours when they are open to the public, but there is still a chance to see the show. The Alliance will be holding an anniversary event at Emphemera Gallery, 10326 S Western Avenue, Chicago IL, Thursday June 4, from 6-10 pm. Stop by and check out all the great artwork at this terrific show.

And What of Dreams? Reliquary of a Dream Merchant

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(And What of Dreams?) Reliquary of a Dream Merchant 21x16.5x3” mixed media

Mr Dankquart, a strange figure to say the least. A self proclaimed scientist and expert in antiquities, he had somehow come to think of me as a trusted friend, even though I knew so little about him. He traveled to who knows where, unearthing all kinds of oddities and artifacts which he then forwarded to me. A new crate arrived on my doorstep the other day. Inside was a handwritten note describing the pieces it contained. The first section was about the piece shown here, Reliquary of a Dream Merchant:

“Dream Merchants typically lived a nomadic existence, traveling from place to place selling the promise of dreams artfully crafted for each client. Some dream merchants would attract a crowd by singing or chanting. “And What of Dreams?” is one such song.

“And what of dreams?

The soaring sky
the claw, the wing.
The pounding heart
the fall, the sting.

An outstretched hand.

A gentle touch,
away the pain,
a heart made whole,
takes flight again.

Who will buy a dream?”

“Reliquary of a Dream Merchant” is a mixed media art piece created with various acrylic products, wood, metal, speciality varnish, canine tooth, and epoxy.