It has been an exciting few weeks at school! Inspired by the artists of the METAL SHOW: Forged Poured and Welded, I have begun to introduce the art of Blacksmithing to my students! With the purchase of a small gas forge, and the very lucky acquisition of a beautiful Fisher-Norris anvil, we are jumping in with both feet!
What a great night! Last night, Friday August 28 saw the opening of The "METAL SHOW: Forged, Poured & Welded" at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School. I've been co-curating the gallery with my colleague Gary Bone for many years now and we have presented many exciting exhibitions, but last night's show will forever remain among my favorites!
This show came about quite by accident. We were originally scheduled to show an exhibition of Photographs of Cuba, but that show fell through early in the summer. In order to fill the gap in our schedule I reached out to Leslie Tharp, a local artist and blacksmith, (http://www.leslietharp.com ).
I knew of Leslie's work and was hopeful that she would like to show it in our gallery. Leslie came to mind as last year the metal fabrication aspect of our art program took major steps forward with the purchase of a new plasma cutter. This combined with our electric welder has enabled our students the opportunity to create a variety of works of art in metal.
Leslie really came through she organized 24 blacksmiths and metal artists to contribute work to the show.
Leslie also organized live blacksmithing demonstrations. This proved to be one of the most fascinating parts of the evening. These awesome images were captured by Ian Clontz MMXV / Historia Photography. Thanks Ian!
It took us months, but this year my students and I built a massive Taiko drum for our school's music program and the story was covered by MAKE: Magazine! Read about our project here: http://makezine.com/2015/06/15/making-the-25k-odaiko-drum-on-a-budget/
Come check out my new painting called, "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" at the City of Gainesville's Thomas Center Galleries. The show is called "Tightrope: Betwixt the Magical and the Macabre". With art by Brianna Angelakis, Kathleen Wobie Kana Handel, Frank Curtis Robert Ponzio, Maggie Taylor Kymia Nawabi Clea Lauriault Cori O'Connor George Ferreira, Maggie Kotuk, David Crown, Jefreid Lotti, Alyne Harris, Jerry Coker, Lennie Kesl, David Ballard, Nancy Gralla-Mason, and others! March 27 - May 30, 2015
Our opening exhibition of the 2014-2015 school year at the Cofrin Gallery at Oak Hall School!
This is a big week in Gainesville for Puerto Rican cultural awareness! We are proud to be a part of a series of exhibitions which will showcase the collected artwork of Hector Puig! I am especially looking forward to Thursday afternoon, September 25 when Oak Hall will be visited by 7 "Santeros"... Wood carving artists from the Island! Please join us for a reception honoring our guests from 5-7pm on Friday, Sept. 26! This is a fantastic show that should not be missed! Read more about this and the other simultaneous shows happening this week: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140920/ARTICLES/140919507
I just finished up an exhausting and enriching week hosting a delegation from one of Gainesville's sister cities, Qalqilya, Palestine! This was the first time students came to visit us. They enjoyed home stays with our families, attended classes and toured local points of interest. We painted a mural together, played music together, and even played Ultimate Frisbee together! The highlight for me was seeing these kids, most of who have never seen a beach before, dive into the Atlantic Ocean, frolic in the waves and play in the sand. While these kids live only about 10 miles from the beach, they have never been able to go there due to the security wall that surrounds their city. On their last day, we brought them to Disney World. I am proud of my school and community for being such gracious hosts and hope that these kids had an experience they will never forget.
After an inspiring Art exhibition it was time to pack into the theater for a memorable Blues show! Bluz Rebellion, Willie Green, R. Mutt Blues Band and Sheba the Mississippi rocked the house! Thanks also to the improvisational painters, Emmett Williams, Hannah Liu and Escthkenez Mathercol Nasser Phillipe who accompanied me making art live! It was a memorable night!
Join us Friday January 10 at the Cofrin Art Center to celebrate the exhibition “Southern Soul: Unchained and Expressed,” will showcase artworks by area African-American artists Ayleen Harris, Emmitt Williams, Rootman, Ernest Lee, Ruben Wilkenson, Turbado and Roy McClendon Jr.
Area gospel-singer Angela Terrell will add a musical element with performances during the reception, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
After the soulful kickoff to the art exhibit, the focus shifts to the blues — in the form of the benefit concert “Memphis or Bust, an Evening of Blues.”
The moniker refers to the reason at hand: raising funds to help send Ocala bluesman Willie Green and the Gainesville-based R. Mutt Blues Band to the 30th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which is set for Jan. 22-25.
It's going to be a great night! Hope to see you there!
Please share this reworked poster! Hope to see you at the Cofrin Art Center on January 10!
Some of our areas favorite artists and our regions best Blues will be on display at the Cofrin Art Center Friday, January 10, 2014! I'll be painting live as well! Hope you can make it!
The time has come for me to consolidate my content on the web!
For a while now, I've been using blogger sites to post my art and activities, but this is the site I will be using moving forward.
It is a lot of work, but I think in the long run it will be worth it. Right now I am concentrating on getting images organized in an attempt to "tell my story" as an artist. I have plans to one day soon set up the ability to shop this site, making it easier for you to purchase some art!
Please check back in the near future as I continue to add images and information to the various galleries. Wish me luck and thanks for visiting!
You can still visit my former Artist's Blog: http://hardcorepainting.blogspot.com