33 posts categorized "National Exhibitions"

April 18, 2014

Dear Diary

BriankIt has been a month (more or less), since we last spoke figuratively. It’s not that I’ve meant to neglect you, dear reader. It’s just that there have been things to do. A great many things.

But I’ve been keeping a diary with the intent of sharing it. Some of it is actually fit for public consumption. For instance …

Day 3:

The show was days ago, and we’ve still yet to recover. Jack is stumbling around with a glassy-eyed stare, mumbling about where to hang this or that. We had to move so many pieces of art because of the show, we’re now trying to mingle it all back in with what’s left of James, Brian, Ed and Erica’s work.

EdWe will find a place for all of it, even if the walls become a little more crowded than we like. You can’t sell the art if it’s not on the wall, after all.

[non-diary note: If you didn’t get to the show, you missed out. All four artists were very friendly and down-to-earth. Easy to talk to, fun to hang out with. And the work they did was amazing (both what they brought to the show and what they painted and sculpted while they were here). ]

It was funny listening to Erica talk about how much space we have here, and how little traffic. I know some Tulsans who have to commute to and from Broken Arrow would debate her on that, but it’s all about perspective. An Oklahoma traffic jam is farm-league compared to one in Cali.

Also, we likely couldn’t afford our same homes were they in California, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

Day 12:

106617Knotts dropped by this week, in and out like a blustery storm. In his wake, he left stories about art shows and a Dixie Chick, and he dropped off some new jewelry. Two of the necklaces are made with mid-1700s crosses from the Ukraine. John found the supplier on the internet, ordered the crosses and hoped for the best.

“I asked the guy where he found them and he was cagey. Kind of like those old fishing guys who don’t want to let you know where their spot is. ‘Hey, where’d you hook those fish?’ ‘In the mouth.’

“He has some Viking stuff as well, but I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.”

And like that, poof, he was gone.

Sometimes, I think he’s some sort of Native American spirit. The rabbit, Jistu, perhaps. One of the tricksters in any case. I haven’t been back to the Native American myths since I was a kid. Of course, when I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of them.

John Knotts. Trickster. Perhaps. I’ll have to read up, see if that fits.

Day 17:

106583One of Geoffrey Gorman’s new pieces arrived today. It’s a sculpture of the head of a hippo called Vezari Meditates. I made the mistake of placing my hand on its steel-whiskered muzzle. The whiskers are made of headless nails, long staples, or maybe clipped wire, rusty and sharp. Sort of the bed-of-nails effect, only not safe. Nothing you’d want to be grabbing with your bare hands in any case (though I did, to my dismay).

A collector came in and saw it sitting on the counter. She said, “Ewww,” which made Jack and me laugh. Vezari was sold before he arrived, which just goes to illustrate the importance of having a variety of styles of art. You never know who is going to react to what. The guy in the cargo shorts and Hawaiian shirt may have a great fondness for hyper-realistic paintings. The woman with the straw cowboy hat might like Chad Awalt’s finely sculpted wood nudes.


Vezari Meditates. Is that even possible? Can a hippo meditate? I can see making an illustrated children’s book out of that idea, this hippo wandering around the watering hole all day, trying to get its meditation on and being interrupted by lions and people and birds.

If you write it before I do, send me some money. Or thank me in the credits. Whichever.

Day 21:

That rabbit was looking at me again. You know the one, with its big, googly eye. It’s hiding something. I. Can. Tell.


Day 25:

I am buried in a mountain of new work. We have five new pieces from Matthew Higginbotham. A dozen from Paul Rhymer. Six more from Timur Akhriev. I don’t know how many from Gene Pearson.  No time for typing. People need to see this.

[Edit: You can see all these new pieces on our website!]

Day 29:

I’m sitting at my desk, a freshly opened, but empty, coffee bean bag held up to my nose like a brown paper sack for someone hyperventilating. I’m breathing deeply. The earthy smell fills my head and lungs, and has an instant calming effect. For a good minute, I sit there. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.

Jack is fighting off a sinus headache. He is impervious to all forms of antihistamines, and therefore at the mercy of the elements.

Phil finally seems to be returning to normal after a week at sea. He no longer has the odd back-and-forth sway to his walk, and his eyes no longer seem to be turning inward, no doubt reliving maritime vistas and fruity rum drinks. I think he’s probably getting over the scurvy.

As for me, I’m typing. Again. Finally.

I don’t know that you know this about me, but I’m a bit of a wanna-be gadget nerd. Last month, I ditched my Windows Phone and got a Galaxy S4, and yesterday, I received a deeply discounted Samsung Gear (which is that “smart” watch that pairs with Samsung’s Galaxy phones). I think I’m glad I got it on the cheapish, but it does do some pretty cool things. It’ll let me read text messages without picking up my phone, answer phone calls by talking into my wrist like Dick Tracy and even check the weather.

But the fun part for “work” purposes is that it has a camera. Prepare yourself for behind-the-scenes zaniness at the Gallery! (Like this one of Jack doing … something boring at his computer!)


First, we’d like to welcome Carol Amos to the Lovetts family. Carol grew up in a family of artists, and has been painting almost her whole life. Her specialty is stunning, realistic oil paintings of plants and flowers (yes, I know flowers are plants, but what do you want? Are cacti technically flowers? I mean, how specific do I need to be people?).

Her work is as vibrant as her subject matter, and we’re excited for you to see it. She sent us two as appetizers and is working on more. I’ll leave you with one of them, and we’ll do a proper intro when we get the additional work.

Second, tomorrow, Friday, April 18, 2014, we expect the newest work from Joseph Crone to arrive. Jack and I love his work. He is a virtuoso with pencil, and it’s something you need to see in person to believe. It was going to be here last week, but UPS thought it needed a trip from Oklahoma City to Washington to help it cure or something. Thanks, UPS, for being so concerned about Joseph’s drawings.

And with that, I must leave you. Thanks for coming, and we’ll see you soon.


March 20, 2014

Show Week!

Monday was festive. I wore a green polo shirt. Phil wore one of Jack’s ties with some green in it (over his t-shirt; no, he did not remember the holiday). Jack wore a green plastic leprechaun hat that had “Luck o’ the Irish” on a band.

Someone had some Bailey’s in their coffee, but it wasn’t one of the three of us. We might have enabled them. Perhaps. Libations are liberating. Whoever figured out that St. Paddy’s day should be a drinking holiday was a marketing genius.


But we’re not here to talk green, we’re here to talk show. Erica, Brian, James and Ed are all going to be here this weekend, and they are excited to meet you. They are excited to show you their newest creations.

So in keeping with the get-you-guys-excited-for-the-show theme, I talked with the artists about how they went about preparing for Vernal Beauty. If you revisit an earlier blog post, you’ll find my interview with Erica (most of her works are here already, btw, and they are spectacular; What I mean by spectacular is that they make me really happy when I look at them. They make me want one).

This week, I received insight from James and Brian.

“I'm not a big believer in an artist translating his/her visual art into words,” says James. “It's kinda like (except worse) using plain language to explain a poem, which in itself is a perfect arrangement of words. But I'll give it a shot...


“In general, my art is about making visual, emotive objects. Sometimes that is the only point and at other times, the paintings refer to my observations of and experiences in life. When I paint abstractions, such as my ‘Paint’ series, and some others, they are simply about the beauty of paint, color, and occasionally, forms. When recognizable elements and forms are introduced, I blend this esthetic with an observation of something I perceive in life. In most of this recent body of work, I am trying to blur the lines between ‘art for art's sake’ and presenting my own beliefs on what I find beautiful in life.

“The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to separate my life and my art. Making art is a way of life and I can only see life as a work of art. I have gotten to a point where it seems silly to try and separate the two.”

James has more than 15 works ready for the show, and unfortunately we’re only going to be able to hang nine of them. That said, all will be on the website, which we’ll have pulled up on the big monitor on the counter, so just ask if there’s something you want to see.

 Brian really likes the name of the show, seeing as how he grew up in Vernal, Utah.

“I thought it was an intriguing coincidence that the show was titled, Vernal Beauty,” says Brian.  “I knew it couldn't have been primarily for me, but it made me wonder, having grown up in a town called Vernal. Either way, I thought I would go with it. Much of the work I will be showing is strictly centered on my Vernal roots, and some specifically from my dear sweet sister's farm in Vernal. The majority of the framing on my work is taken from an old farmer's barn in Vernal. I solicited the wood working skill of a local artist friend to help me make the frames. Although the show is titled around the Vernal equinox, it has a deeper and double meaning for me.”


I wish I could say that’s why I named the show Vernal Beauty, but … I was looking for a springtime connection. It’s just a fortunate coincidence. Then again, there are plenty who believe there are no coincidences.

And that is that, folks. Short and sweet. We’ll see you all on Saturday, right?

March 07, 2014

This is Key

So … It’s share day here at the gallery.

Almost 13 years ago, my wife and I decided we wanted a beach wedding, but we were basically too poor to leave the country. In lieu of a proper Caribbean beach, we went hunting. I say “we,” but it was really her. She scoured the 12-years-ago internet and landed on Key West.

The more we read about the place, the more we liked the idea. We liked comparisons to New Orleans. We liked the history. We liked that it was in the Keys. And it had another appeal to me: Hemingway is one of my favorite authors, and he was all over Key West.

So instead of Jamaica ... Key West.

We don’t regret it. We had a pretty fantastic time. The first night, we wandered up and down Duval St. We did sunset at Mallory Square. It got better from there.

We saw the sights, drank the drinks. We had beers at Sloppy Joes and visited The Hog’s Head. We visited the Hemingway house and the docent, since it was the last tour of the day, let me behind the big metal gate in Papa’s writing loft where I sat in “the chair” and got to touch the typewriter (yes, I’m sure they are not the originals, but the place is the same). I have a pic of it somewhere. We had breakfast at Blue Heaven, and rented bicycles and rode around like crazy kids with no responsibilities.

 Our friends showed up for the wedding, and we did it all again.

Then we got married on the beach at sunset, and that, too, was awesome. I can still see it all in my head. I would not change a moment of it. In fact, I’ve been kicking around the idea of seeing if the wife wants to go back sometime soon.

There’s a reason for all this Key West nostalgia.

Tuesday, Brian Slawson drove down from Kansas to deliver new work to us, and three of those paintings are of various spots in Key West (I "drove" around the island with Google Street Maps). There’s one of the Tropic, the island’s historic movie theatre. There’s a vignette from Duval Street. And then there’s an epic early evening scene of Sloppy Joe’s (which I’ve provided for your perusal).


Here’s the thing. I’m not the only one who loves Key West. I know you’re out there. I know, like me, you’d see Duval Street and want to go book hotel reservations and plane tickets. Sigh. In any case, since we’re all here in Tulsa together, if you want to come in and check out the sunny Florida vistas with me, maybe we’ll make a margarita and hang out for a bit.

Also, Brian dropped off six paintings, not just the three from Key West. You can check those out, too.

But Wait!

Since you’re coming by anyway, there’s something else you should know. We are inundated with new art. There’s so much more than just Brian’s.

Last weekend was the annual NatureWorks show, and several of our artists (Paul Rhymer, Matthew Higginbotham and this new guy I’m about to introduce) participated. As a result, we received some new art from the fellows.

Paul dropped off another handful of his Arizona Alphabet bronzes, and Matthew delivered five new paintings. Here’s one of them:


As for the new guy … Lovetts fans, please welcome Scot Storm. He’s a realistic wildlife painter and his attention to detail and ability to capture the … well, spirit of the animals he paints is impressive. Jack asked Scot about one of his paintings in particular, Doe.

“I’ve seen a lot of people paint whitetail deer before, but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone capture one as well as you have. What do you do differently?”

“I spend a lot of time in the field observing them,” Scot said.

Scot spends enough time watching his subjects that he can take the photo reference and imbue it with the living characteristics of the animals. As a result, they appear as though they could jump right out of the painting. It's uncanny ... and spectacular.


The Return of the Tim

When we first introduced Timothy Nimmo to you, there was the promise of larger works. He brought us maquettes of his Ibex Bust and Blackbuck Bust and said that after the first of the year, we’d be receiving their big brothers.

Last weekend, he delivered.

Ibex gallery

Ibex Bust stands 78 ½” tall and 23” wide.

The stone base is “Giallo Reale” travertine, but can be ordered in different colors if you’re inclined to wait. Tim also has the ability to produce mirrored image sculptures if you’d like a matched set.

I know I sound like a broken record, but you really, really need to come in and see these works of art. A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but it's no substitute for an experience.

I'll see you soon.



Oh yeah. Showtime! Two weeks!

Vernal Beauty.
March 22, 2014.
Erica Norelius, Brian Kock, James W. Johnson and Ed Natiya. 

We'll see you there.

February 27, 2014

Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Hey, kids. What’s happenin’?

I wrote part of this last week when the weather was good. Didn't bother to check the forecast to see that, in fact, things were going back to frigid this week. I mean, sure, small talk about the weather is lame, but I was trying to make it funny. And I had this awesome spring pic to go with it.

You know what? Heck with it. I'm going to give you the pic anyway because it is awesome and will make you smile. We're all about the smiles around here. Yours, anyway. 

So, the pic:


Moving on.

Since greenery and warmth are just around the corner (allegedly), perhaps it’s time to talk about our upcoming spring show, Vernal Beauty, which features Erica Norelius, Brian Koch, James W. Johnson and Ed Natiya. I’m thinking I should’ve called it Vernal Appetites or something more provocative. But Beauty is the more dignified, respectable moniker.

Rather than hit you with a blast of information about the show a couple weeks prior, I’m going to start sprinkling it in now. I reached out to Erica, Brian, James and Ed to see if they could provide some insight into the work they're prepping. Erica and James gave me a wealth of info, so they're up first.

I’ve already started rolling out teaser images. Erica’s Red Street makes up the background of the front page, and James’ In the Woods is our cover image on Facebook. We’ve received a lot of positive comments about both of those pieces already. I’ll repeat what I said on the Book of Faces … they will be here in March. Make plans to watch them work.

The information spigot opens with commentary from Erica. She’s been working on an advanced degree in art, honing her craft and her mind.

I love Erica’s work. I’m drawn to her urban scenes; they seem like places I’d like to step into and soak up the sounds and smells and life. And I love her depiction of light. It’s always just … right. I would wallpaper my office with her paintings if I could afford them. As it stands, I’d be in hock to Jack for a decade or longer.


I asked Erica what she had in store for Vernal Beauty. She said:

My artistic training taught me how to paint what I see, but every year I paint, I am looking for ways to re-create what I see – to make it mine, to heighten a certain effect, push the color etc. In other words, to not look like the photograph, but to still look real.  

This current body of work I have been particularly sensitive in regard to color. Each painting has become an exploration into a color palette, in order to heighten the overall effect of the colors. Each painting seems to have an overriding color − red, or green or gray etc.  

My inspiration seems to be coming from the movies − I've been becoming more and more sensitive to how scenes in movies are being lighted and the various colors they're using. One day when I don't have any homework or painting to do for a show, I want to just sit down and paint stills from movies. (To which I say, Why wait? If that’s what you want to paint, paint them. – ed.)

One of the new paintings (it still needs to be finished) is green painting. I'm using two complementary colors plus white to create an overall green painting. Why green − well, I was trying to capture the coolness of the day turning into night that happens in the city. Why two colors? Because it becomes more about the value gradations − or the drawing.  

One of the paintings, which is very gray, was inspired by an Anders Zorn exhibit that came to San Francisco. Zorn has been noted for using an extremely limited palette − white, black, yellow ochre and red. He added some colors from time to time, but that was his base. One watercolor in particular struck me, Impressions of London. When I came home, I felt my painting was too complicated, I was trying to be too realistic and putting in the colors as I saw them from the photograph. I started painting over what I had painting. I didn't look at the reference at all, just recreated the scene to enhance the atmosphere − to make it my Impressions of San Francisco. Still have some more work on it though …

Another theme that seems to be cropping up again and again are my night paintings.  In daylight, things are either being lit by the sun, or they aren't – there’s one major light source.  The night scenes are compelling because there are a number of different light sources from street lights, cars, store fronts, etc. The pattern of lights in the dark can become pretty abstract and I'm trying to loosen up my painting some, however, it's much easier to do this on a small painting than a large one!  

School has been inspiring. My skills are being refined and polished, but it's also a reminder that there is always room for improvement. Watching the other teachers paint, reminds me that painting is a slow and steady discipline − one careful brushstroke after another.

Now, obviously, I can’t show you all the paintings she discussed. We have to save some surprises for the show, right? But I have seen them (most of them), and they are awesome. Thanks to Erica for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions.

March 22, 10am-5pm. Vernal Beauty. Make a plan.


Following up on the teases from Facebook, we’ve new work in from Gene Pearson,  Paul Rhymer and Brent Cooke, and here are some pics (in that particular order). If you want to see more, you’ll have to either visit us at the Gallery, or wait until Monday when I unleash the month’s new releases. 




And there you have it. We'll see you next week. Probably.

December 19, 2013


It feels for all the world that we have done nothing but shows lately, which is kinda true.

We've had three in three months, including two in three weeks. The latest was Kaleidochromatic, which featured Jeff Ham, Erika Pochybova and Benjamin Cobb. It is a loud, colorful display of artistic excellence, and it's still here hanging (and sitting) in the gallery for you to see.

And a lot more of you would've gotten to if it weren't for that meddling weather!

So consider this another invitation to come see the "exhibition." All the art the three produced is still here, even the stuff that's sold. We beat this drum all the time, but a computer monitor is no place to experience fine art. Art, like food and adventures, must be experienced.

There's still time.

Last Thursday, when the weather hit, we were holding our breath that the artists would even be able to make it to Tulsa. We received road reports from Jeff via his wife Gwen. The weather caused them to make an unscheduled stay in Amarillo on Thursday night, and they weren't sure what time they'd arrive on Friday with the art. I don't know if you're aware of this, but it is a bit difficult to put on a show without the art. Erika and James arrived safely thursday evening, but their trip from Lubbock took a bit longer than it should've. We were half expecting Ben to call us from Salt Lake city and say he was stuck.

At one point on Thursday, we were watching the weather and Jack said, "It might just be us standing around talking and having some drinks."

It didn't turn out that way. People braved the elements for art. And when they arrived, Saturday looked a little like what you see below.


Here's one of Erika working on her dragonfly:


And another from later in the day:


Jeff started with this:


... and then progressed to this:


And another:


In the middle of the day on Saturday, Ben headed down to the Tulsa Glassblowing School and put on a clinic. While he was there, he played with fire and created beautiful glass. While was there watching Ben play with fire and create beatiful glass, I chatted with Janet Duvall (the executive director of the school).

I asked her the obvious ... "How often do people get burned doing this?"

"Once every couple of months." She went on to explain that mostly when people do burn themselves, it's the veterans and not the tryos. Apparently, the vets get complacent and forget that all the metal they use to heat and control the glass stays hot. 

When I say they play with fire, I'm not kidding. For example, it goes from this (note the "hotpads"):


... to the oven, and then back out to get torched:


Then they get out the tools and start pulling on it like it's taffy.


And then it ends up looking like one of these:


We're here until six o'clock every day but Sunday. You are more than welcome to come in and see the work. Or us. Whichever. We're not picky. See you next week. 

August 23, 2013

The Bewilderness Blog

529338_10152027933644119_21708862_nI think this is the first week in three months we didn’t get any new art. Sure, we’re still basking in the afterglow of introducing Timothy Nimmo and Chad Awalt (check them out in New Works). But still. I’ve been writing about new stuff for so long.

“Jack, what are we writing about in the blog today? We didn’t get anything new in.”

Jack said, “I don’t know,” and then he didn't speak for about five minutes while putting the finishing touches on a shadowbox for an American flag. Then he looked up and said, “I’m thinking.”

Another couple of minutes go by, during which I sat and stared at the blank white Word document on the screen. Hey, this writing thing isn’t always easy.

At which point Jack said, “We should have a Halloween party.”

Then he walked over and checked the calendar, which is some brownish bank calendar with oil derricks all over it. “How about the 19th? And everyone has to come in costume to get in. We’ll call it, ‘The Dark Harvest.’”

So that’s probably happening. We’ll keep you posted, but the Summerses are big on All Hallow’s Eve, so you should beware the coming darkness. Plus, it’ll be fun. I’ve been to one of their Halloween parties, and it’s on my Top 3 Best Parties Ever list.

Then, improbably, the conversation steered toward marriage, as in the institution of. Jack asked Phil and I how long we’d been married (not to each other, duh). We told him.

“We have more than 61 years of combined marriage experience right here in this room.”

Apparently, we not only can offer you masterful framing and the best original artwork in the country, but if you ask really nicely, we can give you … marriage advice?

Yeah, right. My wife reads this blog. I’m offering advice to no one. (Hi, dear!)

I thought we could do “five questions,” and have each of the three of us answer five questions from the other two. That didn’t fly. For now. I think I’ll do it anyway, I’ll just be sneaky about it, and then in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to read their answers. Can’t interview myself, after all.

Now that I’ve prattled on for some 400 words in as Seinfeldian a manner as I could, I’ll get on with some realish content …

The Realish Content, Part 1: SWAIA Indian Market

Some of our artists (past and present) snagged awards at last week’s Santa Fe Indian Market. They are as follows:

IC: Category 302 - Bracelets and watchbands

First place, Fritz Casuse; second place, Christopher Pruitt; honorable mention, Julius Keyonnie

IC: Category 303 - Rings

First place, Fritz Casuse; second place, Robin Waynee; honorable mention, Earl Plummer

IC: Category 304 - Pins and pendants

First place, Liz Wallace; second place, Amelia Joe-Chandler

IIE: Category 901 - Slabwork

First place, Harold Littlebird; second place, Anita Fields; honorable mention, Harold Littlebird

IIE: Category 905 - Miscellaneous

First place, Jody Naranjo ; second place, Autumn Borts-Medlock, Diego Romero;

VB: Category 2007 - Clay

First place, Anita Fields; second place, Courtney Leonard; honorable mention, Santiago Romero, Courtney Leonard

IIIB: Category 1207 - Mixed Media 2D art

First place, Patrick Dean Hubbell; second place, Alex Peña; honorable mention, Alex Peña

VB: Category 2005 - Wood

First place, Nathan Hart

VIIB: Category 2803 – Miscellaneous

First place, Wanesia Misquadace; honorable mention, Mary White-Country

Best of Classification XI - Basketry

First place, Shan Goshorn

Best of Division B: Outside the Southwest Baskets

First place, Shan Goshorn

XIB: Category 3305 - Contemporary

First place, Shan Goshorn; second place, Jeremy Fry; honorable mention, Stonehorse Goeman, Diane Douglas-Willard

IXA: Category 3408 - Paintings

First place, Mosgaadacé Casuse; second place, Terion John; honorable mention, Cypress Anderson

Institute of American Indian Arts Alumni Award

Wanesia Misquadace

(Just don’t ask me what Category 905 – Miscellaneous means. There was no explanation on the website.)

Congratulations, winners! 

Anita is bringing us that First Place winning piece this weekend, and Jody is going to be here (along with Susan Folwell) for our Future Earth show and exhibition in November (more details coming soonish).

Realish, Part II: Textural Behavior

We’re officially less than a month away from Textural Behavior. Here’s what I wrote for our press release:

Life is not two-dimensional, so it's no wonder so many artists toil to add depth, detail and texture to their work.

Textural Behavior, the next show from Lovetts Gallery, celebrates that endeavor. Friday, Sept. 21, from 10am-5pm on the gallery floor, texture will be given to newly created works of art.

Textural Behavior features Merlin Cohen, Sam Jones IV, David Shingler and Shelli Wood. Merlin works magic with stone, creating mind-bending Mobius strips that leave you wondering how he does it. Sam does spectacular figurative and landscape work with a process he created (it involves dental tools and blow torches). David has just been named to Southwest Art's "21 under 31" list of the best young artists in the country, and his landscapes are teleportational. Shelli creates contemporary jewelry that demands to be touched, not just worn.

We are aware Textural Behavior is going down on a Saturday during football season, however ... OSU, OU and TU are all off that week, so you have no excuses. This is a show you won't want to miss. Come get ... textural with us.

We are excited. All four artists have created some of their best work for us, and we can’t wait for you to see it. If you read between the lines of that statement, you can infer that yes, I have seen a lot of the new art and may even have images of it on my computer. I can be bribed. Probably.

Realish, Part III: Solving the Mystery

A couple weeks back on the blog, I teased a bunch of images, offering no explanation as to what they were or who they were by. There was good reason for that. We were still in talks with a couple of those artists and were sure, but not certain, they’d be joining the Lovetts family. One of those artists was Timothy Nimmo, and you can read about him here.

At the top of that blog was a noir-ish scene that looked straight out of Chinatown. It is called Last Call and it’s by Indiana artist Joseph Crone. It’s 12”x9”, colored pencil on film. Colored pencil.

Jack found Joseph’s work and we reached out to him. We’re proud to say he’s decided to join up and is sending us some drawings. You might have to be patient to see them. His current noir series is promised elsewhere (though there’s still the possibility it will come to Lovetts), but then he’s going to be creating some pieces especially for Lovetts, and we can’t wait to get them. In the meantime, Joseph is sending us two other drawings … and you’re going to have to come in to see them. C’mon, man, I can’t give up all the goods here on the internet. Joseph spends up to five weeks on each of these drawings and they need to be appreciated in person.

I’ll make you a deal. The second they come in and we get them unwrapped, I’ll put it on Facebook. I’m also planning to interview Joseph for the blog, so expect more about him in the near future.

Annnnnnd that’s all, folks. See you next week!

May 16, 2013

Triple Crown! Hat Trick! Trifecta!

Most of you are aware we represent artists from all over the country, and that a lot of our artists are a pretty big deal. They are in international collections. They’ve shown in the Louvre. They’ve won shows. They are seen.

But you know all that, right? After all, we wouldn’t represent them if they weren’t awesome.

So, speaking of awesome, one of our artists, Robert Caldwell, just pulled off a major hat trick. He entered and was accepted into three major exhibitions. We received an email from him late last week, went a little something like this ...

“I wanted to share with you all that I did it! Three major wildlife exhibitions entered and all three have chosen my work to be included!!! All of them graphite pieces!!!”

I did not add any of the exclamation points. I gather he’s pretty excited, even if he’s currently sick as a dog and convalescing at his home.

The first work, Margin (Lioness), was selected for the Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Bennington, VT), June 15-Aug. 25, 2013.

Personally, I always like to ask the artists if there’s a story behind the work. Sometimes, they have one, sometimes they don’t.

“These were the first lions that I had seen in the wild. We were driving on the outlying area, the margin, of Silale Swamp, which doesn't look like a swamp at all, when we saw one lion off to our left and another on our right. The one on the right was sitting up looking at the other lion, and you could sense that she wanted to cross the road and go to her mother or sister down in the tall grasses under an umbrella acacia tree.

“With my camera ready, I sat back and waited for her to cross the road. What an amazing sight; she strolled out across the dirt road and into the tall grasses, and with every step, I could see every muscle flex as she glided into the tall grass. I was amazed by how well she blended into the grass, the lightness of her fur blending into the stalks. This is what I wanted to capture in my drawing, how, moving ever so silently in the grass, the lion became part of her environment.”

The second piece, Kutokua Na Hatia (Colobus Monkey) was selected for Art and the Animal, the 53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Arts, Bennington, VT, Aug. 31 – Oct. 31. Kutokua_Na_Hatia_(Colobus_Monkey)

“Arusha National Park lies on the side of Mount Meru, an active volcano. As we made our way up the edge of the crater wall, we could see Mount Kilimanjaro through the tree canopy. As we came around a bend on the path, we spotted a grouping of colobus monkeys. The dense trees made it tricky to capture reference material. It wasn’t until we were coming back down from the top of the road that I saw a glimpse of white. My guide, Jeremy, very excitedly turned to me and said something in Swahili and pointed up at the monkeys. Even though I had been in the country for more than a week at this point and I felt like I was getting a grasp on the language, I had no idea what he said but I looked up and saw this little innocent face looking down at us. Baby colobus monkeys, I learned, are born with pure white fur but don't stay that way for long so I was extremely fortunate to have seen this little guy.”

Last, but not least, Robert’s Custodian (Ruppell’s Vulture) won a spot in Birds in Art, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s 2013 exhibition in Wausau, WI, Sept. 7 – Nov. 10, 2013. Custodian_(Ruppell's_Vulture)

“We had been on a game drive in Tarangire National Park that day through two heavy rains and had just broken through the rain front coming down the backside of a hill near Silale Swamp when I saw a large bird perched in a dead acacia tree.

“At this point in the day, it’s quiet. There aren’t many animals out, and trees are sparse around the swamp. But there was this Ruppell's Vulture just perched elegantly in the upper branches of the barren tree. The backend of the rain clouds gave the sky a light even tone that stretched across the backdrop of the vulture and its throne. It just seemed like such a powerful setting for what can be perceived as such an unwanted position, king or custodian.”

Congratulations to Robert on his fantastic trifecta.

While these three works aren’t in the gallery yet, we do have several of Robert’s paintings for you to come ogle. And if that’s not enough, Robert will be here June 2014 to celebrate the release of his forthcoming book, Draw Realistic Animals Wildlife, Pets & More. It will also be the first showing of the paintings from his trip to Africa, so stay tuned. (Don’t worry. I’ll remind you when we’re closer to the date.)

I’ll see you at the Gallery. No, really. I’m here now, pretty much everyday.

August 24, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Jack and Waylon at Indian Market

The boys returned from Santa Fe, perhaps a little tired, but also energized by the massive amounts of awesome waves they were subjected to.

Lovetts Gallery artists Represented (yes, with a capital R) well at the SWAIA Indian Market, coming home with 10 first or second place ribbons.

“They all had a great show,” says Jack, “and they all sold a lot of work. The artists did exceptionally well. Nocona Burgess, an Oklahoma artist represented by us, sold 15 paintings.”

 “All of our artists had that experience across the board,” says Waylon.

This year, organizers of the show introduced the Tammy Garcia Award for Excellence – the second largest prize of the Market. The inaugural award went to a Lovetts artist – Susan Folwell.

LIST of Awards/Winners

Classification I: Jewelry
IC: Pins and Pendants: First place, Liz Wallace
IC: Miscellaneous: Second place, Liz Wallace

Classification II: Pottery
IIC: Carved in the Style of Santa Clara, any form – Red: First place, Linda Tafoya-Sanchez
IID: Sgraffitto, any form: Second place, Jody Naranjo
Best of Division E: Contemporary Pottery, any form or design or firing technique using commercial clays and/or glass: First place, Jody Naranjo
IIE: Sgraffitto, any form: First place, Jody Naranjo
IIE: Painted, any form: Second place, Susan Folwell
IIE: Miscellaneous: First place, Anita Fields

Classification V: Sculpture
VB: Wood: Second place, Nathan Hart

Tammy Garcia Award
Susan Folwell

In addition to the accolades and positive experiences, Jack and Waylon came home with 22 new pieces of art (which you can see in the Gallery, of course), and more are on the way.

“We have the second place piece by Susan Folwell,” says Jack, “and we have three nice pieces by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez. We brought back collaborative work from Doug Miles and Susan Folwell. It’s like skate-art graphitti and traditional pottery.”

Two of the pieces have already been sold, so … you might want to think about coming by the Gallery this weekend.

They also returned with a handful of new artists, including a painter and a stone carver, which is unusual. Some years, they don’t find anyone they think is up to the Lovetts standard.

“We look for artists who’re very technically proficient, or are doing something entirely new or doing something that’s not new, but better than anyone else,” says Waylon. “When you’re talking about pottery that has 200 years of history behind it, a lot of it looks the same. You have to find someone who’s doing something totally new, or someone who’s doing something so unbelievably well that their work stands above everyone else’s. That plays out at the market. The judges, who came from all over the states, they see the same thing we see. Their work is either entirely unique or stands out above the rest.”

Trip Post Script

First, Waylon may have returned in a somewhat befuddled state. He actually said this:

“Dad and I saw a rainbow at Clines Corner and saw a rainbow that actually touched the ground,” says Waylon. “Walked to the rainbow, and then we were levitated into the heavens and brought back all this work.”

... right. Moving on. Here are a few more snapshots from the weekend:

This one is Jack and Kevin Box outside of Kevin's studio:


Then we have one of Jack and Jeff Ham at a live paint:

This would be Jeff's mess at said live paint:

If you missed out on any of the SWAIA Indian Market updates, you can find them here:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

See you in the gallery! 

August 19, 2012

Gone to Market III

As of now, Jack and Waylon are still at the SWAIA Indian Market, but today is the last day (you can see the previous updates from the market trip here and here). They drive home Monday and the Gallery reopens Tuesday. The photos from yesterday did not feature any food shots, so apparently the guys had their hands full meeting with artists and hunting down new pieces to bring to the Gallery. They've also had a busy Sunday thus far. Check it out more photos from the market ...

Also, they said they saw comedian Dennis Miller out and about, to which we'll retort, "pics or it didn't happen."

Total Sell Out

The first collector showed up to Jody Naranjo's booth at 4:30 yesterday morning. This is the scene at said booth before it opened. She sold out instantly.


Artists of the Day(s)

I don't think it's hyperbole to say they encountered more cool artists an awesome art than they could handle. We'll hit a few more highlights.

Here's a pic of Jack with award-winning turner Nathan Hart. You can expect to see more of Hart's work in the gallery soon.

Here's a snapshot of award-winning artist Anita Fields:

We keep mentioning Summer Perspectives, but with good reason. The artists we had in, this time Marla Allison, keep showing up with awesome stuff. Marla did this piece on circuit board, and because she's awesome, sold it at Market.

We are always enamoured by the works of Kevin Box, and not just because he's from Oklahoma. His sculptures demand attention. After all, how do you do oragami out of metal?

And then there's this one, a life-size buffalo, which Waylon claims he rode for some German tourists ...


All Good Things Must End

And so here's the end of the photos from the field. There'll be an entire post-trip wrap-up in Thusday's blog, so be sure to check back for Jack and Waylon's impressions on what and who they saw, and probably what and who you can expect to see in the Gallery in the coming months. For now, we'll part with this shot of Jack and Philbrook's curator, Christina Burke, at the St. Francis hotel. Tulsa, represent!


August 17, 2012

Gone to Market II: Photos from the Field

The guys have been sending in photos and reports all day from the SWAIA Indian Market (which we detailed on yesterday's blog post), including, for some reason, pictures of their awesome looking lunches and cocktails. Apparently, they've been "working" hard.

Without further ado ... 

Scenes from Last Night

"Here's an awesome figurine from Lisa Holt and Harlan Reno at the opening last night with Jody Naranjo," says Jack.

Jody, by the way, is featured on the cover of this year's SWAIA Indian Market guide. Jack says she'll be sold out by 10am Saturday morning. 


The Calm Before the Market

The Indian Market, as we mentioned in yesterday's post, completely takes over downtown Santa Fe. Here's what it looks like on the Friday morning before filling up with the more than 1,000 artists.

Food Interlude 1

Would you look at the size of this quiche?

Hanging with Jamie

At the Summer Perspectives show, badass Wyandote potter Jamie Zane Smith worked on a piece of pottery live in the Gallery. This morning, he delivered the finished piece to Waylon and Jack. It's pretty spectacular.


Hanging with Other Artists, Too!

Here's Jack and potter Susan Folwell. Word is there'll be a forthcoming show, demonstration and lecture with Folwell.


Waylon, not wanting to be left out, poses with Oklahoma's most well known potter, Jane Osti.

Food Interlude 2: The Lunchening

Pretty sure these pics are meant as some sort of taunt. Whatever their purpose, it is not making the case for "working hard." The accompanying message said, "We told you to come!" Touche.

An Afternoon with Paul Rhymer

We had Paul on the blog a couple weeks ago discussing the new series he's producing exclusively for Lovetts. The guys hung out with Paul today, and also Paul's dog Buzz, who looks pretty chilled out.

Here are Paul's clays for a Red Tailed Hawk commissioned by one of Lovetts' clients:

Annnnd that's all for now, folks. Not sure if there'll be any more tonight, but there will definitely be more tomorrow. Until then...