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ARTIST of the DAY: Kelly Jo Shows

2017 January 19
"Portrait of Artist Rose Eken" (left) & "Portrait of Artist Dustin Yellin" (right) by Kelly Jo Shows

“Portrait of Artist Rose Eken” (left) & “Portrait of Artist Dustin Yellin” (right) by Kelly Jo Shows

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“Shoes speak volumes about who we are. After time
they develop a character all their own.”
KJ Shows

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Community is what you make it.  Creative endeavors are often solitary, singular.  I have, over the years, developed a love for creating my own artistic community online, worldwide.  When I learned of today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Kelly Jo Shows, I instantly knew we were of similar ilk.  I appreciate how he reaches out to those whose work he knows and loves, but whose person he does not necessarily know at all. Bridging gaps of time and space… with shoes.

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Journey into studios abroad with the work
of
AAAD Artist of the Day, Kelly Jo Shows!

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CALL for ENTRIES: 2017 Academy Nat’l

2017 January 19

Learn more about the 2017 National Juried from the Academy Center of the Arts! comforTABLE

Winter is the season of indulgent foods.  Comfort foods have changed for me over the years, but they still tend to be slow-cooked, hearty fare. My favorite indulgences are french onion soup with fresh parmigiana, Swiss steak over pureed potatoes, masala laden with cauliflower & chickpeas or black-bean chili with a squeeze of lime.  And don’t forget the gulab jamun.  Luckily winter comes but once a year –much like this next Call.  Indulge…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Academy Center of the Arts (Lynchburg, VA) for the 2017 National Juried Art Exhibit.  This is a great arts organization, and I think you’ll appreciate all they have to offer.  Take a look…

Learn more about the 2017 National Juried from the Academy Center of the Arts!CALL for ENTRIES:
2017 Nat’l Juried
from Academy Center of the Arts

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ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists, 18+ residing in U.S.

MEDIA:  Open to many media, including: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal & mixed media. No photography accepted. 

DEADLINE: February 24, 2017

NOTIFICATION:  March 10, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $35 for up to 3

JUROR:  Lauren Rice received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from American University in Washington, DC and her BA in Studio Art from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.  She has had numerous national solo exhibitions, select group exhibitions & has been a fellow at The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA & an artist-in-residence at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO. Her recent work was published in New American Paintings, edition 118.  Rice is currently an Asst. Professor of Art at Longwood University in Farmville.

AWARDS: Cash awards given at the discretion of the juror.  Best of Show $1000

SALES: The Academy Center of the Arts retains 35% commission

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from the Academy Center of the Arts!

ARTIST of the DAY: Annie Hermes

2017 January 18
"Gun Won" (acrylic on canvas, 36"x36") by Anne Hermes

“Gun Won” (acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″) by Annie Hermes

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“Most homicides in the United States are committed
with firearms, especially handguns.
–from NIJ.gov

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I live in the South where gun ownership is common. Hunting & recreational shooting are part of the culture where I live.  Gun control is a heated debate.  Do I believe there are responsible gun owners? Sure.  Do I think I have the capacity to be a responsible gun owner? Sure.  Would I give up my right to bear arms?  Today–this minute.  The epidemic of gun violence has to end.  Maybe there is an answer to that epidemic that still allows for gun ownership.  But, today, as of this minute, no one has found it.  Today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Annie Hermes, puts the question of gun violence in your face, on an enormous scale, in surreal color.  Do we have your attention?

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You can’t avoid the questions posed by
the work of
AAAD Artist of the Day, Annie Hermes!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Winter Prize

2017 January 18

Learn more about the Winter Prize from Western Bureau Arts! functional FOOD collections

I acquire things in threes & fives.  I’m partial to the odd, regardless of the source.  My mother likes the evens.  I have three wasabi turtles; she has a favorite pair of berry bowls.  I have five sets of chopsticks; she has pair of porcelain egg cups.  My collecting has been purposefully curbed due to a conscious decision to own less, but “three” is still a set for me.  This next Call offers a $300 prize & the possibility of becoming part of collection.  This one is quarterly…

Check out this Call for Entries from Western Bureau Arts for the Winter Prize 2017.  This quarterly prize is open to all media & offers a critique for EVERY entrant. Take a look…

Learn more Art Prize from Western Bureau Arts!CALL for ENTRIES:
Winter Prize 2017
from Western Bureau Arts

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ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Open to all media

DEADLINE:  January 31, 2017

NOTIFICATION:  May 2017

ENTRY FEE: $35 for up to 5

JUROR: The curators of Western Bureau Arts

AWARDS:  The winning artist will receive $300, WBAP Plaque (Western Bureau Art Prize), a featured profile on the Western Bureau website & a 300-word review from the WB chief curator.  Two artists will receive $100, WBAP Plaque (Western Bureau Art Prize) & a 150-word review from the WB chief curator.  All entrants will receive a brief, written critique of their work. All winners will be also considered for inclusion in the Western Bureau’s Collection.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from Western Bureau Arts!

ARTIST of the DAY: Liz Ruest

2017 January 17
"Coordinated Drift" (digital collage, 61 layers) by Liz Ruest

“Coordinated Drift” (digital collage, 61 layers) by Liz Ruest

“In the desire to find the new, do we also mourn the old,
the left-behind places?”
Liz Ruest

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For years I have been trying to find the balance between the whirlwind of excitement that comes with every new milestone in my job with the desire to be still and quiet and ponder.  For me it is the balance between ‘busy’ and ‘creative’.  As grateful as I am to have the opportunity to work a non-traditional job as a performing artist, I miss the creative freedom to produce all of the visual work that consumes my quieter hours.  Today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Liz Ruest, captures that struggle for me.  Can we move forward while looking backward?

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Find your own narrative in the digital collage work of AAAD Artist of the Day Liz Ruest!

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CALL for ENTRIES: What Remains

2017 January 17

Learn more about the What Remains exhibit from LA Photo Curator!mystery LUNCH

My favorite culinary masterpieces are created from the random remains of my refrigerator or pantry.  This is how lunch comes to be almost every day.  Left over veggies from salad or stir fry end up as spring rolls; emergency canned goods create the best vegetable soup.  Because I live in a more rural location, bad weather & poor grocery planning can result in a hungry household.  But a little creativity amongst the ruinous remains, turns out the most delightful surprises.  This next Call wants to see what you creat from what remains.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from L.A. Photo Curator for the What Remains exhibit. $20 entry, no shipping, plus art publication for ALL entrants & an opportunity to support a great cause WITHOUT donating work. Great opportunity…

Learn more about the What Remains exhibit from L.A. Photo Curator!CALL for ENTRIES:
What Remains
from L.A. Photo Curator

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“”We are almost always intrigued by what is left behind, either when a disaster strikes or simply when a home (or a city) is abandoned. The theme of ruin and abandonment provides a great deal of emotional impact and the imagery produced from these places of ruin can stay with us for a long time.” –from Jody Miller via laphotocurator.com

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: Photography

DEADLINE: February 3, 2017 (Midnight PST)

NOTIFICATION: (and opening date) February 25, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $20 for up to 3. 15% of artist fees go to 2 charities per competition. 7.5% to the curator’s choice of charity and 7.5% to the first place winner’s chosen charity.  Miller has chosen the charity Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund.

CURATOR:  Jody Miller spent 40 years as  a designer / animator for the television industry; her profession melded beautifully with her favorite pastime.  She still  passionately “chases the light” and tries to present a slightly darker, edgier view of that light & the mysteries that lie therein. Miller’s portfolio is represented by Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, OR.

SALES: All sales are conducted between the artist & buyer.  There is no commission.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from L.A. Photo Curator!

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ARTIST of the DAY: Peter Bragino

2017 January 13
"Current of the Soul" (acrylic, marker & water pigment) by Peter Bragino

“Current of the Soul” (acrylic, marker & water pigment) by Peter Bragino

“It’s a gift of the intuition that helped me know from a very early age what I would do in life. It’s the first time I fully recognized my soul. That’s why the inner connection to self is so important to me and why my work focuses on celebrating and shining a light on that relationship. I believe everyone has the ability and the right to connect in that way with their own inner knowing. I believe that all personal wisdom and true direction comes from that connection.” Peter Bragino

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Wading through this year’s schedule of exciting trips and new adventures has also left me mourning a loss of creative time.  But I make the schedule.  Do I over-schedule so I have a way to excuse lower production.  Is it self sabotage?  Is it a lack of inner connection to my creative self?  The work of today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Peter Bragino, reminds me that the ability to connect lies in all of us, but the will must be our own.

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Connect to your own creativity through the work of
AAAD Artist of the Day Peter Bradigo!

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