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ARTIST to LOVE: Theresa Crout

2014 April 23

Peek-a-Boo, We See You!

Say “Hello” to our newest Artist to Love

Theresa Crout
Acrylic, Pastel, Clay & Bacon
Voodoods by Theresa Crout!
Voodoods
Sculpture
CROUT paints, sculpts & creates obsessively in any media & location. Best known for her voodoods (based on New Orleans voodoo dolls), her paintings & sculptures are dark & whimsical. They give something back to the viewer every time.

Crout is also the architect of The Kitchen Project, a blog documenting art made from whatever is in her kitchen & cockadoodledoodles, a series of daily cartoons. Every. Single. Day. Her work speaks for itself--inspires & delights.

FAVORITE FOOD: Peanut Butter

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CALL for ENTRIES: Newspace 8th

2014 April 22

Learn more about the Portland OR food scene!deliciously
FRESH & MOBILE

I’m headed out for a 5-day retreat in a little Appalachian community about an hour from my home next week.  But next year, I’m thinking of visiting Portland–just for the food carts & Pacific North-western produce. While there, I’m checking out the home of this next Call.  I’ll be sure to report back, but in the meantime, take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR) for the 8th Annual Juried Exhibit.  Great juror AND venue.  Don’t miss this opportunity…

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Learn more from the Newspace Center for Photography!CALL for ENTRIES:
Newspace 8th

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Photography

DEADLINE:  May 30, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  June 30, 2014

ENTRY FEE:   $40 for up to 5

JUROR:  Melanie McWhorter, photographer and Book Division Manager of Photo-Eye

AWARDS:  In addition to exhibition selections, the juror will also select one photographer who will receive a solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in 2015.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from the Newspace Center for Photography!

FEATURED ARTIST: Jillian Platt

2014 April 21

Learn more about Featured Artist Jillian Platt!i choose
CHOCOLATE

not dishes

I’m up to my eyeballs in my own sink of dishes, as it were.  But, I appreciated the break from deadlines and mayhem afforded by reviewing the work of those that contributed to the Featured Artist Contest.

And admittedly, what I choose to feature is often colored by whatever is piled in my proverbial sink of dishes at the moment.  With my own solo show opening in July, I am deep in historical anatomies being used in my pieces.  And what comes across my desk?  The work of a phenomenal abstract painter that also does medical illustration.

I am proud to welcome Jillian Platt as AAAD’s latest Featured Artist.  The historical anatomies I use are deliberately labored, graphic and anything but beautiful.  But this work is soft and delicate and draws me in–regardless of the subject matter.  Then there is the abstract work; I’m just lost in the sort of emotional chaos & cacophony of sound emitted by the color & texture of this work.  Enjoy.

Learn more about Featured Artist Jillian Platt!FEATURED ARTIST:
Jillian Platt

 

Early chalk drawings were the first indications of Jillian’s need for artistic expression.  Exposed to fine art at an early age & encouraged by surroundings & teachers her talents were solidified at Boston University School of Fine Art.

Jillian wove art & science together in the field of medical art. Her work garnered awards both in & out of the courtroom & operating theatres.  She has explained to college students, attorneys & surgeons the cellular work of the body, the mechanisms of destruction & the steps of repair.

Expressions in abstract gently pull the viewer in allowing them private entrance into the artist world. Underlying perceptions & profound realizations of softness, emotionality and solitude reach out for the viewer’ s participation.

Abstract Work by Featured Artist Jillian Platt!Are you self-taught or formally instructed? 

“I am formally trained.  A B.F.A. in painting from Boston University & a M.S. in Medical Illustration from Georgia Regents University.  I have loved to paint and draw for as long as I can remember so…

“It was only natural
for me to study art.”

 

“The science part came in after college.  I had a bookkeeping job and wanted to find a way to make a living using my art.  I had heard about medical illustration and decided to take some science classes. One teacher, a physiology teacher, got me hooked on science.”

Illustration Work by Featured Artist Jillian Platt!Talk to me about your process. 

“It depends on the job, but for the most part medical illustration is like writing a book report. You use references, such as anatomy books, medical reports, patient records, sometimes observing surgery.  Graduate school in medical illustration includes medical school courses in anatomy, neuroanatomy, cell biology, surgery (and many others).

“When you graduate you are well prepared in how to read and incorporate all the information in those references. The hardest part is simplifying the information without losing something important and still making it visually appealing.”  Editor:  I’m sure that the amount of education & preparation required should have been obvious to me, but I simply never considered it. Wow.

Featured Artist Jillian Platt!I find myself loving both your abstract paintings AND the medical illustrations.  What brought about such a stark contrast in subject matter? 

“I fell in love with art because it is an outlet for me emotionally. With abstract painting there are no references, it can be purely emotional. Muddling your way through feelings, getting dirty, and really being in your art. It’s a huge release for me.

“Medical illustration is pretty straight forward. I’m generally creating it to serve a specific purpose so there’s not much room for expression.”

Illustration Work by Featured Artist Jillian Platt!Talk to me about your inspiration. “Human physiology is fascinating to me. How it all works together. It’s so complex and beautiful. Any time I have been hired to create medical art is a chance for me to learn.  To go into an operating room and watch, or to talk with scientists about a process they are experimenting with, is fascinating.  There’s so much creativity in science.

“Abstract art is all about emotion for me. I am a pretty private person and generally keep my feelings to myself except for a few friends. So art becomes, for me, the release.

Abstract Work by Featured Artist Jillian Platt!“Sounds corny, but I really need to be making something all the time, using my hands. Painting, upholstering, making jewelry, gardening. Something is always going on in my head that needs to get out.”

Talk to me about the two artists (one living, one dead) that have most influenced your work, and tell us why.

“My 1st art teacher, a great friend & artist named John Dyer, from NY.  He taught me how to use oil paint & the importance of light.  Also, how to really try to feel the subject matter that I was painting, the texture, color, temperature.  His style is similar to Andrew Wyeth.  Anselm Kiefer’s work is gripping.  Just to be in its presence is so powerful. It was his work that really moved me and showed me what abstract is all about.

“Dead. That would be Frances Spalding Whistler.  The way he used oil paint like watercolor and the ethereal feeling of his paintings.”

Illustration Work by Featured Artist Jillian Platt!Is there one artist whose work you simply cannot abide?  Editor: I always ask this question of artists, mostly to gauge their feelings about the public image of art.  I almost never reveal the answers, but I’ll say this… I’ve only had about 4 or 5 different answers in the past few years.  Apparently we all dislike the same people, ha.

What’s coming up next for you?  “I’m doing a mural in my friend Rachel’s dining room. I’m really exited about it. I have been working on a medical animation project for a long time now and am eager to get dirty again.”

You know we have to know about your favorite food.  You know you want to tell us…  “Sadly, at 44 years old, it’s still pizza with a lot of sauce and a coke.”  Pizza is never sad, Jillian.  Never ever.

And what about your favorite snack foods?  “Anything chocolate. I love chocolate.”  Amen.  Me too.  Did you know that there are people that dislike chocolate?  Dumbfounding, eh?

Thank you, Jillian, for being an oddly beautiful connection in what I suspect is a very small world.  Your work moves me.

Learn more about Featured Artist Jillian Platt!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Dimensions

2014 April 20

Learn more from the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem!SPOONFUL
of love

Many of my cooking utensils and vessels are handmade.  This is all thanks to my living in Gatlinburg–the largest group of independent craft artisans in North America.  It is a privilege to be able to use hand carved spoons and beautifully thrown bowls in the preparation of my family’s meals.  These treasures are beautiful & special, and I am so grateful to have them.  This next Call is being juried by the director of one of the country’s foremost schools for craft education, Penland.  Investigate very carefully…

Check out this Call for Entries from Associated Artists of Winston-Salem for Dimensions, A 50th Anniversary.  This is a fantastic juror, but be certain to do your research on Penland first.  Take a look…

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Learn more from the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem!CALL for ENTRIES:
Dimensions

 

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to artists age 15+

MEDIA: 2-D & 3-D fine art

DEADLINE:  April 27, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  Week of May 9, 2014

ENTRY FEE: $40 for up to 3, $7 ea. add’l (non-members)

JUROR:  Jean W. McLaughlin has been director of the Penland School of Crafts since 1998.  McLaughlin went to Penland after serving 16 years at the NC Arts Council as Director of Visual Arts.  As an ardent and eloquent advocate for artists and the creative process, McLaughlin has been a speaker, panelist & writer on the work of individual artists and the importance of alternative educational resources like Penland.

AWARDS:  Best in Show $1000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250 & Honorable Mentions $50

SALES:  AAWS retains a 30% commission.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem!

CALL for ENTRIES: 4 Points 3rd Bi-Annual

2014 April 19

Learn more from Four Points Contemporary!hotcha
MAMA

I don’t eat food I can’t identify.  I love it when readers send me foods, but one of you clearly has it out for me.   A couple of weeks ago, someone sent a handful of chiltepin peppers–extremely hot, measuring between 50,000-100,000 Scoville units (jalepenos are 3,500–8,000).  It took several days to research it.  Rest assured, I have dried them for use in chili or Thai food sometime soon.  I’ll keep you updated.  This next Call hails from Texas where the chiltepin is the State native pepper.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Four Points Contemporary (Texas) for their 3rd Bi-annual Open juried online international art competition.  I love that the juror is an electrical engineer/poet.  Increase your online exposure…

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Learn more from Four Points Contemporary!CALL for ENTRIES:
4 Points 3rd Bi-Annual

 

ELIGIBILITY:   Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Open to all media

DEADLINE:  May 4, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  May 19, 2014

ENTRY FEE: $30 for up to 5 images

JUROR:  Flavia Cosma  is an award winning Romanian-born Canadian poet, author & translator.  She has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.  She has published 35 books of poetry, narrative & books for children. Her work has been represented in numerous anthologies in various countries & languages. 

AWARDS:  1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $300, 3rd Place $150, 4th Place $50, Awards of Excellence, Special Merit Awards & Honorable Mention Award.  Winning artists will also have their work archived and their website linked to the Four Points Contemporary Site.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from Four Points Contemporary!

CALL for ENTRIES: Downtown

2014 April 18

Learn more about the Downtown Exhibit from the A Smith Gallery!CITY
food

Meet me downtown for a bite?  That conjures images of barbeque in Memphis & paella in New Orleans, but where I live it means…pancakes.  Yes, pancakes.  There must be a dozen pancake houses and a population of only 3500.  We have to feed the tourists something.  This next Call is not meant for food photography specifically, but it is open to interpretation.  Investigate for yourself…

Check out this Call for Entries for Downtown brought to you by the A. Smith Gallery (Texas). The entry fee is low, & you might look at downtown a  whole different way. Take a look…

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Learn more about the Downtown Exhibit from the A Smith Gallery!CALL for ENTRIES:
Downtown

 

downtown -  urban, midtown, metropolitan, main, central, business, capital, borough, burg, municipality, metropolis, polis, concrete jungle, village, town, inner-city, oppidan, city. ”

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artist

MEDIA: Photography

DEADLINE:  May 5, 2014

NOTIFICATION: May 19, 2014

ENTRY FEE: $30 up to 5, $6 ea add’l

JUROR:  Coming off of a 25 year commercial photography career, Peter Liepke is now a fine art photographer & print maker residing in upstate NY with his wife & 2 sons.  His commercial & fine art images have appeared in almost every major publication in the U.S.

His current series uses NYC for inspiration.  While at the same time he enjoys producing finely crafted prints in the rare challenging turn of the century processes of Gum Bichromate or Platinum Palladium from waxed paper negatives.  His artistic philosophy is rooted in light, beauty, composition & craftsmanship.

AWARDS: 45 to 50 images will be selected for exhibition and a Blurb full color catalogue. Awards are $325 for Juror’s Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director’s Award, 5 Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue & $100 for Visitors’ Choice Award.

SALES: A Smith Gallery will retain 40% commission out of the sales price.

For complete details, Visit the Website!

Learn more from the A. Smith Gallery in Texas!

CALL for ENTRIES: Pipsqueak

2014 April 17

Learn more from the Northbrook Library!a summer
of squeaky
SQUASH

Who knew squeaky food existed?  Not me.  If you steam summer squash, the outer skin squeaks against your teeth.  I love squash, but the squeak gives me the willies.  The smaller the summer squash, the less the squeak.  Apparently I can only handle the pipsqueaks, hehe, like this next Call.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Northbrook Public Library (Illinois) for Pipsqueak –Small Works, Big Vision.  I really love this library’s commitment to art!  Don’t miss this one…

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Learn more about the Pipsqueak Exhibit from the Northbrook Library!CALL for ENTRIES:
Pipsqueak

 

Pip Squeak is all about big vision in a small package. Big ideas do not always have to be big in stature and this show hopes to prove just that.

ELIGIBILITY: The show is open to artists 18 years and older.

MEDIA: 2-D must not exceed 12” in any dimension (unframed). 3-D must be no more than 9” in any direction.

DEADLINE: May 31, 2014

NOTIFICATION: June

ENTRY FEE: $40 for up to 5 images.

SALES: No commission.  All sales inquires will be referred to the artists.

AWARDS: One $2000 purchase prize, 2nd place cash award of $1000, 3rd place cash award of $500 & two Viewer’s Choice cash awards of $200.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Downlowd the Catawampus Prospectus from the Northbrook Public Library!