“Roller Skates” is going to Art Basel-Miami, the Artblend Gallery display, Spectrum Exhibition space. Pretty exciting! Our daughter and I were already planning on going – so this will be super neat to have some work there amongst the greats – Chagall, Klee, Miro, Kandinsky, Joan Mitchel, Picasso, to list a few. So exciting for us to see it in this extremely prestigious exhibition. So exciting for me.
Art Basel is an international art fair with three shows staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong. Each show is organized into sectors which showcase contemporary artworks by established and newly emerging artists.
In the American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display.
2ND PLACE- 2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS, juried by USA’s Best Galleries / Museums. Artists in 22 countries competed (Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA, Wales).
“Roller Skates – Childhood Memories” was accepted by judge Tom Jones, Associate Professor in Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, into the exhibition “Roots-The Ties That Bind” exhibition at the Center For The Visual Arts in Wausau, WI. Exhibition opening and reception is Nov 18th . Reception is from 5-7.
“I’ve Got A Brand New Pair Of Roller Skates” inspired by the pop song “Brand New Key” written and sung by Melanie Safka is the first in a series of works I have been thinking about this past winter. For now this new series will be called “Memories” but I am not sure that will stick. Early spring this year I wrote several short essays about my box of crayons as a child. Those short essays triggered my thinking about new works and “Roller Skates” is the first one to emerge.
The thinking behind the song according to Melanie is the same as mine. It is based on a childhood memory of learning how to roller skate and the freedom that new wheels afforded me. I could cruise around my small city block in Beloit, WI, feel the wind through my hair and brushing my cheeks. My blouse would be trailing in the breeze – my arms outstretched and I could fly. Oh of course there were bumps along the way and I had many a skinned knee but eventually I learned the course and had a new found freedom. Freedoms come in packages, large and small, they are earned and they are learned. Freedom is something I value deeply. It is why I create, imagine and paint. My paintings are a visual language of this freedom and playfulness.