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