Soul Food ::: Art Institute Chicago

Art Institute Chicago Chicago-Rodan-sculpture-captionRodin’s sculpture brought back memories of visiting the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia.

The Art Institute of Chicago houses an impressive collection of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionist paintings. Room after room,  of master works and unfamiliar (to me) treasures. The visit saturated me with immense reverence and visual pleasure as I ventured from Ancient Antiquities to Modern Art. It took days to recover, or rather assimilate. Actually, it’s been 4 weeks since my visit and I’m still moved, by…the integrity of the artists’ work and the integrity and respect in which the works are displayed.

PS:  signs stated “photography encouraged”, without flash of course.

Chicago, Illinois

Inspiration : ikebana & female silhouette

Made in America Contemporary Art
New Work May 2015

…from artist statement…”My work — canvas and sculpture — in the purest sense is rooted in the beautiful, calligraphic letterform.

Current work explores the female form silhouette and Ikebana flower compositions. Though unintentional, my work (most often) portrays an Asian or Zen sensibility and is without doubt, rooted in an unexplainable kinship with the aesthetics of Japanese art forms and culture. In stark contrast to recent years of complex canvases, heavy with form, industrial and bold, masculine movements, current canvasses are softer, feminine, yet ambitious brushwork seems to shine with energetic lightness.

2015 is celebratory, it is my 26th year of painting — I believe, this is the beginning of the maturation of my studio work. Finally!”

Made in America Contemporary Art

Comrade Lorraine Lax

Meet Lorraine…

Fine Artist
Orlando, Florida

Florida abstract artist
Lorraine Lax at Steltenkamp Gallery, standing in front of our work.

a long time colleague and dear friend, Lorraine and I are comrades with a lot of the same work ethics. We also value maturation of our primary studio work and how that in itself, is the life force of our careers. Though at times it takes months and sometimes years of stoking the creative fire, without forcing growth, we stay creative by pursuing other expressive endeavors (writing, sculpture/jewelry design etc), all the while on stand-by for the break or maturity to emerge via gut instinct whisper to complete a composition or a thunder clap of a new brush mark on canvas. Below is a link to her site, I invite you to visit, and enjoy. I am fond of the warrior series! —

Winter Park, Florida ~ this weekend…

…if in Winter Park this weekend for the Art Festival March 20-23  ~ be sure to visit with Maryann & Bill at Steltenkamp Fine Art Gallery, 126 Park Ave South, Suite A (upstairs), 32789 ~ included on their artist roster…yours truly and Doug. Here are a couple of our pieces at the gallery…

Ps: best of luck to all the artist’s in the festival!

Winter Park Art Festival, Florida modern artists
Brenda Heim, Doug Hays at Steltenkamp Fine Art, Winter Park, Florida 407-406-0449

Florida Arts Tour 2014

My studio is Tour Stop #5. I’m honored to be in the company of fine comrades — studio owners, guest artists and esteemed not for profits. Hear hear to Community, Camaraderie & Commerce — and an extra toast to all the behind the scenes work before December. 

Florida Arts Tour, cultural tourism Florida
Off The Beaten Path Florida Arts Tour
Starts: 12/06/2014
Ends: 12/07/2014
Mount Dora, Sorrento, Eustis, Tavares, Umatilla, Leesburg, Florida

#FunFactFriday — public art, long process

#FunFactFriday . . .did you know…sometimes (most often) #PublicArt projects take several months (years more like it) from concept to installation. It moves along something like this…an idea sparks conversation, search begins to find good match between idea and an artist, concept development between idea people and artist, contracts move to/fro until all parties satisfied,  studio orders materials and secures additional staff to help create monumental work, 3-4 phases of the creation is presented to the commissioning parties for approval before each funding disbursement…then…delivery (which is another paragraph but I’ll spare all of us those details(!), installation, documentation, marketing and PR.

For example…the captions underneath each photo in this post are dated from 2012 (the beginning of a conversation) to 2014 July, last week actually. Congratulations Douglas — mi boyfriend and beloved caveman!

2014 July — commission for City of Palatka, Florida — delivered. Doug is standing on top of fish, red hat. Installation and unveiling soon…
2013 Summer — Doug’s maquette for the Palatka Public Art commission
2013 June — Doug and I after attending City of Palatka council meeting where he was awarded the commission for a 10’w, Bass Fish Sculpture. Funded in part by NEA.
public art, Florida, Doug Hays sculptor
2012 December — Doug preparing to speak about Art in Public Spaces at Larimer Arts Center, Palatka, Florida

Studio visits welcome by appointment, Central Florida