It has been a hectic and busy month. I have been negligent with updates on the site. It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon, perfect to enjoy a cold beer under my ramada and catch up on tasks.
The exhibit at Gallery One-Oh-One is up for another week. There is still time to catch the show, an exhibition of five talented artists. After this show, the experiment that we called Take Five Artists comes to a screeching halt.
No worries, you will still be able to see the artists in local exhibits. Liz Nicklus and I have begun moving in a different direction. We will continue exhibiting locally in the East Valley and beyond. I promise to be more diligent in keeping this site up to date. I am also in the process of reviving our Independent Artist Studios website. More on that in the near future.
Next month begins a series of shows in this new year. Take Five Artists have a group exhibit at One-Oh-One Gallery in Mesa, AZ.
I will be debuting my abstract pieces primarily, The last time I showed at this gallery I exhibited mostly 3-dimensional pieces. In February it will be all oil paintings, both abstract and abstract-expressionist paintings.
Cleator, AZ is a town with about 8 year round residents. Established in 1864 as a placer mine railroad station named Turkey Creek, it is now a tourist stop on the way to Crown King.
The town boasts a general store and bar, home of the Cleator Yacht Club. Situated at the edge of the Prescott National Forest, Cleator is a quirky place.
The bar owner/bartender is friendly, and happy to talk to you for as long as you are willing to listen.
We made a detour on our way home from Sedona because I had heard a lot about this town, and wanted to see what $999,000 would buy. Yeah, that’s right, the entire town is for sale.
We arrived shortly before 11am on a Monday morning. We were a bit concerned that the bar might not even be open. As I started taking photos, the owner came out and said that taking pictures in the bar was free!
We ordered cold beers, and wandered around the back patio area. In short order, five locals and three tourists arrived. Not bad considering you have to drive a half hour over unimproved roads to reach the town. Immediately upon exiting I17, the pavement ends, and you pass over a series of cattleguards as you traverse property owned by cattle ranches.
Switchbacks, a lack of guardrails, a one lane bridge and washboard roadway makes for slow going. However, it is possible to take a sedan to your destination, and that cold beer waiting at the end of the journey makes it all worth it.
INFERNO, burning the bridges behind us
222 pages of fascinating insights by artists and musicians from the pages of the infamous Inferno Newspaper.
From 2000 til 2007 I published an underground arts newspaper in South Jersey, It covered the arts scene in New Jersey and Philadelphia, and other points on the map.
With a slate of a dozen contributors, we enjoyed a good run. The then economy tanked. Not one to stop capitalizing on a good thing, I pulled the best articles from every issue and compiles them into one journal.
The full color edition sells for a premium at $40.98, still a steal in this day and age! Available from Barnes and Noble or Amazon. If the price is too high you cheap bastard, you can get the economy edition for $14.98, also at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The economy edition contains all of the wit and wisdom of the premium edition, only in black and white.
In addition to the original articles, every writer also contributed forwards and never before published articles for this unique book. this is a must have for your bathroom library, and in case of emergency, the pages can be used in the place of toilet paper.
Mosaic Murals – tackling large scale installations
I co-authored this instructional booklet along with artist Liz Nicklus. It is available on Amazon for an amazing low price of $16.00. If you don’t like feeding the Amazon juggernaut, it is also available on Barnes and Noble.
If you order today, you can have it by Christmas. A perfect gift for that difficult to buy for mosaic artist in your life.
The book is thin, but chock full of images and step by step instructions on creating large scale mosaics installations. Liz and I write this book when we discovered that there were no books available on this subject. Liz studied under Philadelphia legend Isaiah Zagar.
Together we have several public art installations in New Jersey. This book is based on our personal experiences.