All posts by K.A. Letts

K.A. Letts is a painter living and working in the metro Detroit area.

It’s Play Time at the Toledo Museum of Art

photo by Tim Gaewsky
photo by Tim Gaewsky

Play Time opened on May 22 at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit celebrates the art of diversion and the value of play to both refresh the human spirit and inspire creativity. Unlike “look but don’t touch” exhibitions, this interactive, family-friendly, hands-on exhibition enables visitors to immerse themselves in contemporary art as they may never have done before.

“This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is co-curating the exhibition with the Museum’s associate director Amy Gilman.

“It’s an experimental exhibition that aims to defy traditional ideas of viewing art by providing interactive experiences. The exhibition is not confined to a single gallery, and in fact, it will change throughout June, July and August so viewers will need to come more than once to see it all,” said Norton-Westbrook, who is the Museum’s Mellon Fellow and associate curator of contemporary art.

Major works in the exhibition include room-sized Harmonic Motion by artists Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam, which was initially commissioned by Enel Contemporenea in Rome. The colorful, multi-sensory installation allows children and adults to climb and play inside its hand-crocheted hanging nets.

Play Time continues through Sept. 6. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica and made possible with the support of Museum members and the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council. In addition to works of art being added and subtracted from the exhibition during its run, a wide range of exhibition-related programs is planned. A list of programs follows. For more information, visit http://playtime.toledomuseum.org/. The Museum is open every day except Monday and will be closed on Memorial Day and on Labor Day.

Timothy Gaewsky in Painting Now at Ann Arbor Art Center

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Tim Gaewsky

I went to the Painting Now exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center last week mostly to see work by Toledo area artist Tim Gaewsky, whose paintings I like. But I got way, way more than I bargained for.  The show, in the second floor gallery at 117 W. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor is a knockout— a rich, kaleidoscopic cornucopia of wildly divergent painting styles, subjects and approaches that makes it a feast for the eye and mind.

Notes on the exhibit state that  “Painting in 2015 is characterized by its inclusiveness of genres, styles, aesthetics, concepts, materials, and processes. There is no single direction, but multiple vectors of highly energetic artistic expression. The result is a continuing flowering of independent, eclectic, and significant art works that characterize the American art scene.”

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The exhibit lives up to this description in every way imaginable.  Juried by Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo), no painterly stone is left un-turned by  these accomplished artists, chosen from over 400 entries.  Figurative work appeared to be slightly favored, probably reflecting the available pool of Midwestern talent.

I’ve included a few of the paintings I like below, but these selections are very far from exhausting the pleasures, both intellectual and visual, of this exhibit.

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Kari Friestad

This is the last week of Painting Now 2015, but if you make the time to see it you will be richly rewarded for your effort.  For a review by Sally Wright Day in the Ann Arbor Observer go to: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/art-now-exhibition-review-from-ann-arbor-observer/

For gallery schedule:  http://www.annarborartcenter.org/art-now-series-painting-2015/

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Adam Beeman
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Sarah Innes
Anders Johnson

Chet Geiselman at Gordy Fine Art in Muncie, Indiana

chet geiselman 1Drawing and paintings, step aside. Sculpture will take over the gallery at Gordy Fine Art & Framing, 224 E. Main Street, Muncie Indiana, thanks to Toledo area artist Chet Geiselman. The exhibit will run  May 7-30.  The artist describes himself as, “a creative problem solver, a collector and arranger of objects and information, a fabricator of visual forms, and a lifelong student of spiritual and human nature.” Bauhaus design has served as a beacon for his personal creations made of wood, steel and “re-contextualized found objects.” Each of Geiselman’s pieces suggests a formal relationship to the space it inhabits and alludes to the potential functionality of the objects that compose it. The full title of this exhibit,  is, “Minding the Gaps in the Foundation of the Sensual.”

The gallery hours are: Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-3.

Margi Weir Promoted at Wayne State University

 TA artist Margi Weir has been promoted to Associate Professor of Art at Wayne State University in Detroit as of April 20, 2015:

“The Dean informed me today  that I was awarded promotion and tenure! Hurray! 6 long year’s of work paid off. I didn’t have an appropriate outfit to celebrate this special occasion, so Will put rabbit ears on me. Maybe that suits the title, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR!”

This is a well deserved honor for Weir, as tenure is awarded less and less at universities nationwide.

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Call For Artists/Curators Pop X Ann Arbor

POP X is a new public art program that combines art exhibitions and events in purpose-built architectural pavilions.  Sponsors include the Ann Arbor Art Center, the University of Michigan School of Architecture and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Ten spaces are available to an artist or a group of artists during this  cultural festival, to be held October 15-24, 2015.

According to the recent Ann Arbor Art Center press release:

“Artists and curators are invited to present concepts for exhibitions inside of 100 square foot pavilions that form the core place-making and presentation vehicles for the inaugural  POP X Festival in Ann Arbor’s downtown Liberty Plaza”

Pop X is open to all artists, but is probably most suitable for work that involves performance and/or installation.  There is a $35 entry fee, and the deadline for proposals is April 26th. For more information and a prospectus go to:

http://bit.ly/1xpMysY

 

Call for Entry Ann Arbor Art Center Extended

The Ann Arbor Art Center is redesigning and and re-thinking its programs for professional fine artists.  This exhibition might be worth applying for.

Entries Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Sunday, March 15

The Art Now Series is an expansion of The Print. This Annual Series creates focus on other media as well as printmaking. We are pleased to present this year’s exhibit which features innovative work in PAINTING. Cash prizes are totaling more than $700 being awarded.

Juror: Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo)

Eligibility: Artists nationwide may submit a maximum of three entries. For this exhibit painting can be interpreted widely. Artists working with new genres such as installation, digital process, or collage are welcome to apply, as well as artists who work with traditional paint medium. Entries must incorporate paint in some capacity. All work should be created within the last two years. Works submitted must have not been previously shown in any competition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

For more information, prospectus & application form please click here:http://ow.ly/HcJox

Chuck Mintz Lustron Houses in KY

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Mr. Kahle, Defiance OH

Chuck Mintz will be showing 20 of his photographs of Lustron Houses at @PUBLIC, 131 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 (Whiskey Row Lofts, Second St. & W. Main St.) from February 27-March 28, 2015.  Opening is February 27, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Talk March 14, 12:00p.m.T he project is featured currently on Lenscratch:  http://lenscratch.com/2015/02/charles-mintz/.

Chuck Mintz  will be talking about the Lustron project on ArtxFM radio at noon on Friday, Feb. 27:  http://www.artxfm.com/listen/

For a video of the Lustrong House Project go to: http://bit.ly/1FxmlIa

 

Margi Weir’s Drawings Now Showing in North Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Ohio

Margi Weir’s drawings are now showing in several exhibits around the U.S.:

  1. The 6th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (juror: Val Britton, MFA from California College of the Arts ;1109 entries from 379 artists, 47 pieces selected)
  2.  49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (juror; Kurt Dyrhaug is an Associate Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX) Weir received the Del Mar College Permanent Collection $1000 purchase award (shown above)
  3. 26th National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University,Baltimore, MD
  4. Home, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

David Eichenberg in Moldova

David Eichenberg (he of the hyper-realist portraits on aluminum in the TAA95 exhibit)  is currently in a show in Chisinau, Moldova at the Natural History Museum.
The show is called “An International Exhibition: The Figure as seen by the Eyes of Contemporary Artists” It is curated by Italian Hyper-realist Painter Giuseppe Muscio in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in Chisinau. It will run from the February 10 – 25, 2015.