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Work and Life, Life and Work

Not much concrete and provable progress to post about, but I’ll try anyway. I’ve been busy at MOCA VA working on photographing the cans coming in for the I Like Soup show opening on May 25. Check out the tentative landing page about the show. All the cans will eventually make it online. The list shown there needs some editing as some people weren’t able to participate, but there is still a lot of awesome to see soon!

Articulated Gallery has updated their online shop with pieces from the Marvelous Humans show curated by Josh of Creepmachine.

As for school I had two pieces on display during the annual student art show. I also one an award in the fine arts category for my painting Focus which I’ll upload to my site soon. If you’d like to see it you can view it and other award winners on my school’s website.

I am also working on redesigning my site. A friend of mine will be assembling it into a working page in the future. This is roughly what it will look like. I looked at many other artists’ sites to get an idea of what I liked and didn’t. I wanted a site that would work as a gallery but still allow me to blog about my process, struggles and art in general.

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Marvelous Humans and I Like Soup shows!

This Saturday at Articulated Gallery in San Francisco is the opening for the Marvelous Humans show curated by Josh Geiser of If you are a local you can RSVP to the Facebook event page.

I also finished customizing my soup can for the I Like Soup show at Virginia MOCA. When the page for the show goes up and more cans start coming in I’ll make another post! Here are some shots of mine. It’s a working kaleidoscope!

Here is a shot of something I’m working on for school. I struggled with the skin tone for a while because I don’t normally paint portraits with so much shadowing, but I think I am getting closer to what I want now.

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Moving forward!

Life has been full of a lot of nice little things lately, from Donut Shop Dreams to Local Gov Elections and more.

My good friend Alicia is doing her damnedest, along with another friend of hers, to open up a 24 hour donut shop on Granby Street in downtown Norfolk called The Norfolk Donut Supply Company. She’s running an campaign to help raise some start up funds and demonstrate to other investors that there is a community interest. My husband is making a Donut-esque Pinup poster for her to send to donors as a reward for donating.

If you’d like to read about her donut plans please go to her website!

Also my friend Jesse Scaccia, co-owner of, is running for Norfolk VA city council this May 1st. He’s a really interesting and sincere guy that has already done a lot for Norfolk and it’s art community and genuinely is interested in improving Norfolk for everyone, not just artists. You can read about his campaign at his lil’ Facebook page here.

There is also a new site that is covering the local art scene, promoting shows and individual artists. It was a niche that needed to be filled. It’s called Art Scene Hamptonroads.

Tomorrow is the opening for TCC’s Annual Student Art Show and I’ll be attending! And the New Waves 2012 show is still up, so if you’re a local please stop in and check it out.

Here is a preview of the can I’m painting for the I Like Soup show to be displayed concurrently with the Andy Warhol Portraits show at Virginia MOCA this spring. I am turning mine into a kaleidoscope!

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New Waves 2012, TCC’s Annual Student Show and Marvelous Humans

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Please click on New Waves 2012 to see a nifty PDF mag catalog I created for VA MOCA to promote this years New Waves exhibition! Here is the Facebook event page.

Thursday, March 22, is the opening. I’m excited about this exhibition not only because my painting Seer was accepted, but also because I also helped prepare the gallery working as an intern for the staff at VA MOCA.

This month is also the annual student art show at Tidewater Community College. Two pieces of my student work, Focus and Wishful Thinking, will be hanging there amongst all the other rad work from the school.

And then early next month I will also be participating in a group show, Marvelous Humans, at Articulated Gallery in San Francisco. The show was curated by Josh from Creepmachine, a contemporary art blog.

Instead of being just another circus freak show, Josh wanted to put together something different. To quote his site,

“Marvelous Humans” will be a group show with artwork inspired by the many human marvels that once lived, or are alive today. This is not just another “sideshow” art show. I have always been inspired by the people who were born with a certain condition, and made the most of it. So instead of focusing on these people as “oddities”, as too many sideshows did throughout the years, I thought it was time for some art to be created that gave these people dignity.

I chose Millie La Mar, a woman born with albinism in the Victorian era, who later became part of a circus and created an act portraying herself as a psychic or mentalist, capitalizing, or submitting depending on your point of view, to the stereotype of albino’s being eerie or mystical.

I chose ink wash, gesso and colored pencils rather than do an oil painting because I wanted to give her portrait an eerie distance and vintage feel.

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Multiversal Miami

I wish I could make it to Miami this year for Art Basel. The city turns into an art gallery. I will have two of my paintings, Unfold and Bloom and Sybilline, in a warehouse show in the Wynnewood district of Miami along with my husband and many other artists.

Visit Multiversal’s Facebook page to learn more about the event.

The Spirit Board Show also got some mentions on two contemporary art blogs I love and follow. Read and preview the show at Creepmachine and HiFructose!