Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010 - 1 heart, 1 skull

The image immediately above (snapped by one Bro Lawrence Lew) is of St. Valentine's bedecked skull, which you can still "viddy" in Rome, Italy, in the church of St. Maria in Cosmedin. The real deal is about as romantic as a love song by Brooklyn's Notorious B.I.G., but after all, Valentine met with martyrdom in Rome during the year 269 AD, after being arrested for marrying Christian couples.

For the more romantic souls, is Jim Dine's iconic gestural woodcut on this hugely commercialized holiday. Interestingly, the 1st representation of the saint was in yet another woodcut, found in the Nuremburg Chronicle, way back in 1493.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Drive By Press is printing tshirts TODAY in between buildings FA2 and FA3, until 4 pm. Here are some pictures of their set up. Get there before it rains!

Further Graduate Student Updatings

Camilla Taylor was awarded the Southern Graphics Council Graduate Student Fellowhip. The award includes a solo show at the 2011 SGC in St. Louis, MO, $1,000 towards creating a body of work for the show, and giving a presentation at this year's SGC in Philadelphia banquet dinner. Yay!

Graduate Student Updates - Tyler & Ya'el

I am quite pleased to announce that Tyler Ferreira is the 2010 winner of the Frogman's Graduate Student Scholarship at the University of South Dakota in beautiful Vermillion. In addition to receiving free tuition at a workshop, Tyler will also have a solo exhibition of his prints on display at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the campus of the University of South Dakota. A bit of alright!

Ya'el Pedroza (seen pre-Hazel in this photo with Tyler) is part of a group exhibition called: "The OsCene 2010 - Contemporary Art & Culture in OC" at the Laguna Museum of Art. The 2/20 opening features DJ Velvet Touch (I'm so un-hip...I've never heard of him or her) & tickets are $20.00 pre-sale/$25.00 @ the door.

2/21 features a curatorial walk-through, which I think may be free?

Call 949/494-8971 to find out for certain. The address is: 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, & the web-site of the Museum is:

Thanks and have a terrific week!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The 4th Annual California Centered: Printmaking

The Merced County Arts Council is now accepting slides for its 4th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibit. The intention is to bring together a selection of the best in recent California printmaking. Merced, home of the newest University of California campus, is located in the geographic center of the state. This is the fourth in a series of annual exhibitions sponsored by the Merced County Arts Council. The exhibition will be held in the Merced Art Center, an award winning center with several dedicated exhibition galleries.

The exhibition will run from April 1st 2010 to June 1st 2010 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in Merced CA.

For the California Centered: Printmaking Prospectus go to the website:
* Note: If you are having trouble downloading this file email Joey Essig,, to have a copy sent to you.

Slides or jpeg c.d.’s are due Feb. 24th 2010, the cost is $10/slide for the first 2 slides or 3 slides for $25.

Top 2 or 3 best in show artists will receive solo shows at the gallery during the same exhibition in 2011.

For more information please contact Joey Essig by phone at The Merced County Arts Council,