This month will mark the end of the Byting Willows Exhibit at 1Spot Gallery. After a successful 2 month showing, the pieces will only be available in a book format when the book is published, either at the end of this year, or next year. This exhibit will also be an important milestone in the gallery’s history, for it will be my last curated group show featuring high caliber, talented, phenomenal artists. I want to thank Katja Lehmann for her hard work, and vision in bringing the Byting Willows exhibit to fruition, and her endless drive and dedication in writing the Byting Willows book.
As most of you might know already, my gallery director resigned her position last year in November, and chose to focus on her artistic endeavors as well as welcoming a baby into her family. We want to wish Michelle, all the best with the new changes, and She will also be relocating out of state during this time. I want to thank Michelle for our years of hard work together and all the great collaborative events, shows, projects that have come out of this partnership. Without her help it would have been a lot harder to balance work, the gallery, and my art. She also introduced me to the great and vibrant art community downtown, and helped to cultivate working relationships with some awesome artists and people.
What does this mean for the future of the gallery? I will be showcasing more of my works exclusively in the shop, and spend less time curating shows with multiple artists. This will allow me to focus on my art work and to pursue other creative projects and opportunities while maintaining a presence in Downtown Phoenix. I am open to the possibility of continuing to produce the yearly Movie Poster show, as well as another specialty show every year. This also allows me to work with guest curators who want to produce a show with an indigenous artist, or group of artists. I prefer to continue showcasing indigenous artists who do not have a voice or platform here in the city. The availability of the gallery to host special events will also be open, provided that the event organizers take care of all the details.
The extra work that I will be unloading from myself will also address my recent health issues. On February 5th I had several heart attack episodes, and thanks to the AZ Heart Hospital, I’m almost back to 100% a couple months later. Currently I’m taking more time for myself, and spending more time doing my art, and the change in pace in my life is welcome.
Which brings us to the last show of this season before the Gallery’s Summer Break. I will be featuring “Brave New World”, an all digital art show with many never before seen or printed works, as well as new work, presented in an all encompassing show at 1Spot Gallery. This show will run from May – June. Among the debut of the new paintings, will be several prints from the STOIC line. This batch will portray a few endangered animals incorporated into every day characters, this will be but a small sample of the unique creatures that are on the border line of extinction.
Thank you to everyone for your support and I’ll be having a birthday shindig next month on the 10th, if your interested in attending, shoot me an email, or hit me up on Facebook. Until the next time I see you, Excelsior!! (Not the wood shavings)