Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Job Well Done!

This is what I call an art profile article!

"Sharp LaPelle, Checkered Environment - Rodger LaPelle Hangs Art, Not Artists" a 2004 article by Mike DelVecchia is thoroughly entertaining, superbly informative and very much paints a detailed impression of Philadelphia gallerist Rodger LaPelle and is the kind of profile writing that the arts world could use more of: full of savvy history, eye-brow raising quotes and a sense of someone with a lot of knowledge and opinions.

Read it here.

I've visited the LaPelle gallery several times and have always come away impressed with the work. The gallery itself is certainly not a pristine white cube, which is a plus for me, and the artists represented (as far as I have seen) are quite good. Three years later, the gallery website still sucks and could really use a revamping from any $10 bucks an hour art student who knows his or her HTML. But then again, a lot of really good art galleries have crappy web presences.

But I like this gallery and this gallerist (who I should meet one of these days); in fact, during my last Philly gallery crawl, I picked this gallery as my top pick for the evening.

And last year, DC's talented painter Andrew Wodzianski had a really good solo at LaPelle, selling about 15 paintings.

And I hear that Andrew will have another solo show there soon!

The gallery is the one that is in the below video, with about a minute to go...

Wanna rent (or buy) a house in Bowie?

I just dropped a mint painting, fixing-up and putting new wall to wall carpets on this house that I own in Bowie, Maryland.

This was the first house that I ever bought (in 1987). I only lived there for a couple of years before I moved to Scotland in 1989. It has been rented ever since.

It's within a couple of minutes of 50 and 301 in Bowie, Maryland, and also within minutes of the huge new mall that has been built there since the house was built. You can also walk to tennis and basketball courts, as well as soccer fields and kiddie playgrounds, and it's almost across the street from a huge park.

It's for sale or rent. Check it out here.

Photography Opening this Friday

The opening reception for "The Art of Photography" at DC's Millennium Arts Salon (MAS) is this coming Friday, November 30, 6-8 pm.

MAS presents an exhibition of photographic artworks created by Washington-Baltimore Area artists in this season's program: "It's All About Art: Scholars Speak." This multi-year series examines the joining lines of visual arts, performing arts, and arts and letters. For the 2007-2008 season, MAS explores photography as fine art as a part of their salon conversations.

This exhibition is jointly curated by Barbara Blanco and Henry Ferrand. Featured artists are Michael Platt, Henry Ferrand, Adrienne Mills, Jonathan French, Denee Barr, Michael Parker, and Barbara Blanco. An Artists' talk is scheduled on Saturday, January 26th, 2008 from 4 - 6 PM at the Millennium Arts Salon.

By the way, Adrienne Mills has been posting a few excellent videos of her and various other artists' body painting extravaganzas at YouTube. Check them out here.

New Art Prize

The Gibbes Museum has announced a new Art Prize for Southern Art with the establishment of the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art. Given to a living artist who is either working in the South or has contributed to the development of art of the South, the annual Prize will be accompanied by a $10,000 cash award.

This prize has been established by a generous gift from Elizabeth and Mallory Factor in honor of the Gibbes’ century long dedication to supporting living Southern artists. The inaugural prize will be awarded in May 2008. The selection process will begin in January with the shortlist announced in late February. A panel of experts will choose the shortlist, and the museum will make the selection of the recipient from the shortlist.

Eligible artists will be those who reside, work or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

Starting on December 15, 2007, artists can either self nominate through this website, or gallerists, curators, directors and interested laypeople can nominate artists through the website. The website will remain active even after the prize is announced and will hopefully serve as a resource for curators, gallerists, collectors and connoisseurs. The deadline for nominations is 31 December 2007.

For more information contact:

Todd D. Smith
Executive Director
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Or call 843.722.2706, ext. 21.