I'm having an exhibition of paintings at GOART! in Batavia, NY. Here's the info for the opening reception:
I got a chance to work on a new exterior mural in Oakfield, NY, thanks to Susan Zeliff, who is in the process of refurbishing an old commercial building that has been vacant for many years into a Community Center! She got a grant through GOART! in Batavia to hire me and a couple of talented young women from Oakfield. The sisters, who just graduated from the art program at Genesee Community College, came up with the basic design and content for the mural, and we collaborated on painting it over the last couple of weeks.
It's the first time I've painted with other people, and it was a lot of fun!
Hopefully, we'll be doing more work on the other side of the building next year.
Please go to my Murals page for more photos!
Megan and Stephanie, who worked on the mural, and Susan, center.
Well, it's finally a new year, and hopefully a better, more hopeful year for everyone!
I just wanted to post a couple new paintings so far...
'The Birdman Dialogues'
At the end of June I finished a large mural on Center Street in Batavia. Please check my Murals page above for more details.
Well, the Spring has been very interesting this year of the Great Pandemic. My family has been very fortunate through all of this, and I've been able to keep busy making art and getting to enjoy the outdoors. Right now I'm working on a mural on a brick building in Batavia, New York, which has just been expanded by the business owner to include the whole side of the building all the way to the top! We're getting a scissors lift today so I can continue the top portion. I'll have more on that later, and photos.
But for now, here is a painting of the Erie Canal path that I did last week. And also a painting from a couple of years ago that seems even more relevant today, considering the changes sweeping the world from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wishing you well...
Canal Path to Spencerport, NY
I had so much fun painting a mural upstairs at GO ART! last week that Gregory asked me to do one on the inside of the front door of the building (the former Batavia Club). It certainly spices things up.
Now I want to paint one at home!
Over the last three days I got to paint a mural in an upstairs room (well, hallway actually) at GO ART! in Batavia, NY. The director, Gregory Hallock, said I could do anything I wanted, so this is what I made. I've been wanting to paint something in this style for a while. It was a blast!
Last month I moved from my rented studio space to a new room that opened up to me at home, and I must say, I love having a work space at home again, and saving a considerable amount of money!
Here are a few new paintings I've completed recently in the new studio. The one above is from the first broadcast episode of Star Trek, the Original Series. I've always liked this image of teamwork between Kirk and Spock; I'm calling it 'The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship'.
And I just stumbled on this photo of the Fab Four and painted it for an upcoming art show. It actually has ended up at Moonjava Cafe on Harvester Street in Batavia, NY, along with more of my paintings and some wonderful abstract artwork from my friend Dan as well.
And here's a painting on wood I did for some friends to hang in their living room.
I will have artwork in a few other holiday art shows in Batavia, Albion and Rochester coming up soon. The first is the GO ART! Members Holiday Show, Opening Reception next Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 in Batavia.
I'll post more dates soon...
The last couple of weeks I got a fun opportunity to paint a backdrop for a performance of the musical 'Newsies' put on by Batavia Players at Harvester 56 Theater in Batavia New York. My daughter is in the show, and has been participating in this production company for a few years now. She is absolutely obsessed with the theater, and singing and performing in general. They are a great bunch of people. I don't know where she gets the energy; they've been rehearsing since the beginning of July for several hours a night!
Anyway, I also got to create three paintings that are a part of the show. I had a great time doing this!
PS: I had help from some talented young women who are in the show, especially with the lettering on 'The World' and 'The Sun" paper headers.
Last week I finished a painting based on some photos from the CGI Rochester International Jazz Fest. However, there was a space in the composition that my mind kept telling me would be perfect for some large text placement; specifically the words "Jazz 90.1 (Rochester's local jazz station, WGMC) Jazz 90.1 is one of the best, and few existing jazz radio stations on Earth, and a source of great pleasure to me for many years. So I had to add the text and then decided to donate the painting to the station.
After calling the station manager, Rob Linton, we arranged for me to bring it there last week. Rob and several other station DJs who were at the studio really liked the painting, and have hung it in the lobby.
I'm honored to have my painting at the station. It's pretty cool to know that musicians and visitors to the station, and listeners of WGMC who come to the bi-annual open house parties, will see it!