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February 25, 2015

BABY.... IT'S COLD OUTSIDE....

     But it’s warm and blazing at the gallery with all the friction of new art coming and going!

     Colorado artist, Julie Bender, likes to play with fire!

     Her burning passion for Pyrography (the art of drawing with fire in traditional terms) is paralleled by her precise and adroit depictions of her favorite subjects.  Animals!  She is continually inspired by the Western natural world, high country and prairies.  Excitement ensues when she captures a special look or behavior that she considers rare.

     Pyrography is the applications of variant degrees of heat that produce sepia-like hues, generating subtle values and tones.

     Julie utilizes hot metal tips to burn images on a natural surface.  She burned on wood for years previously, but now as a substrate, she prefers heavyweight watercolor paper.  Bender enjoys the distinctive challenges and results that push her outside her comfort zone.

     Her expertise is profound!

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     Check out several new pieces like “Amid the Cattails” or “Staking His Claim”, “Tuesday Afternoon” and others at the Gallery now.  In addition, she will be a featured artist in the Lollipop Guild miniatures exhibition in June. 

     Julie is graciously doing a live demonstration of her pyrography on March 6th and 7th.  Both days from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

     You don’t want to miss her in action, so be sure to come to the gallery – the heat is on!

     Julie says, “Executing with accuracy and imagination is her constant goal in producing a unique and evocative work of art”.

WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION

 JULIE BENDER

 

     Question:

     What do you get when you combine applique work in silver as well as cut-out, mosaic and inlay?  The finest natural Turquoises (Lander blue, Bisbee, Lone Mountain and Red Mountain).  The highest grade coral and the best gemstones?  Geometric patterns, Navajo designs and ancient petroglyphs (ancient rock carving or inscriptions)? 106790

     Answer:

     You get master metalsmith, Kee Yazzie Jr.

     Kee’s mission is to translate the symbols of his ancestors, preserved in the very stones of the earth, into contemporary, wearable metal art.  He says, “To create something that people will like to wear”.

     And they do!  His native jewelry pieces sell very quickly!

     Another artist who has fiery talent is Brent Cooke, from British Columbia.

     As a remarkable bronze craftsman, he sculpts birds and marine subjects with great attention to detail.  He transmits movement, propulsion and flight in his works as well as insuring anatomical accuracy.

     His sly and furtive piece “Stealth” is the interaction between a leopard shark and an opalescent squid at half scale.  The sculpture is mounted on green marble.

     Curiosity and drama.

     Depictive of the marine life of the Grand Cayman Islands is Brent’s bronze work “Underwater Waltz”, featuring two French angelfish circling each other in mid water.  The abstract vase allows the fish to “float” without being attached to the bottom.  The angelfish are bronze – The support structure is cast stainless steel and it’s mounted on a base of black granite.

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     A unique detail to know about “Underwater Waltz” is that the stainless has been cast just like a bronze, NOT just a bent rod, but a sculpted and casted work!

     Fly in and see Brent’s “Split Decision”, “Into the Blue” and “Sweet Tooth”, as he has worked his magic with these spirited bronze pieces of birds.

 

     Stoking the fire…PIT fire…is Jody Naranjo.

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     Jody Naranjo – to those who know her and her pottery already, also know what a severely talented contemporary Tewa potter she is.

     To those of you who are unfamiliar with this extraordinary woman – allow me to introduce you.

     Jody draws breath from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.  She is traditional in her approach and application to pottery making as she excavates and processes the raw clay from Pueblo lands.  You’ve got to like a girl who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She is as down to earth as the clay she works with, and fun to visit with when she comes to the Gallery.

     Her style is traditional – in how she acquires the clay, builds her own coils and pit fires her work.  Her style is modern – by her choice of varied shapes, (she really likes squares and symmetry), etching and storytelling.  A great combination that makes her style creative and definitely signature.

     Highly sought after she is!

     Highly recognized for outstanding talent as one of the most premier, prominent and preeminent contemporary Southwest potters with numerous and distinguished honors and awards.

     We at Lovett’s, are very fortunate and honored to carry Jody Naranjo’s pottery and we want you to share in that with us.  Let the earth move you with her “Taos – Landscape”, “Mimbres Pot” and “Snow Birds”!

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     I’m so glad we had this conversation today! (Oh…. I’m the only one talking!)

Welcome To My Imagination

 

     This is Raven Sawyer, the Beak Speak of Lovett’s; reminding you that life is more colorful when you have a good Artitude.

February 12, 2015

Lock, Stock and Barrel!

The Young Guns exhibit this past weekend went over with a bang!  Lock, stock and barrel!

Arranging an art exhibit is a formidable task – for the Gallery and for the artist.  Once again, sacrifices were made and well worth it!

The event was lighthearted, even a bit playful as Jack, the Gallery owner, was teasing one of our clients who sat for a self-portrait done by Jane Radstrom.  He was trying to make her laugh and break her composure as she was supposed to be still.  I think they traded some “hand gesturing”!  All in good fun!

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With Timur Akhriev, Jane Radstrom and David Shingler doing live paintings on site, this makes for an intimate occasion as you can admire and inquire at the same time.

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Art is really a two-sided coin:

One – what a piece speaks or means to you.  Through your eyes.  This reason can stand on its own.

Two – to know what a work of art means or feels from the artist perspective.  Through their eyes.  This reason is legitimate as well. Kind of “getting the whole picture” when you consider both.

I like this approach.  It can be very relational and I think exhibits with artists grant this opportunity well.

It was deeply pleasurable to talk with Jane and to observe her technique while surrounded by her paintings that are figurative and depictive of the many moods and movement of femininity.  Her husband Tom, who was fun to visit with and very supportive of his wife, even braved a new city to find her the exact supply she wanted!

Timur – Well, I almost asked if I could adopt him – but thought that might freak him out! With his “Bear Territory Trash Burning” in Alaska or “Asian Vendors in Florence Italy”, “Timeless” tide pool, talk of Spain and bullfighting, Russia and family….whew…you’ll see he is as colorful and multi-dimensional as his artwork.  The gouache sketch he did live at the Gallery was suspenseful!

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David is studious and fluid in his movements as he manipulates and texturizes the paint with his palette knife, as in his “Gibbon River Yellowstone” painting.  A little quiet and body relaxed, but when you speak he stops and turns with kind gentle eyes and a somewhat boyish grin coming from under the bill of his hat.  Grace, his wife, (and believe me, her name fits her),newly pregnant and dealing with some of the sickness that can come along with that, plus travel to Oklahoma, speaks adoringly about David and her desire to see him live his passion in art.  A very caring couple.

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A heartfelt thank you to Jane, Tom, Timur, David and Grace!

At Lovetts we always mission to encourage art appreciation….that also includes artist appreciation as well.

It is these relationships we seek to foster as we continue to bring artists of high caliber talent from around the world to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

You, our clients, help us do that and we affectionately appreciate your business!

Check in with us next week to hear about our new artists and the new art arrivals we have!  Better yet, come by the Gallery and see them in person!

December 18, 2014

Illuminati

It’s all about the lighting. And no, I’m not talking about the rampant proliferation of holiday lights on the homes and businesses of Tulsa.

(We actually had a brief conversation about syncing up the LED lights in the gallery’s front windows to some Slipknot, but decided against it.)

I’m talking about art lighting. The proper lighting can make or break a piece of art.

In the gallery, we have more than 250 light fixtures illuminating art at any one time. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Each fixture requires a trip up and down the ladder. Adjustments must be made. What looks good from the top of the ladder might not look good to the person standing in front of the art on the gallery’s floor.

I can’t really understate how important it is.

Another of the ways we control the light in the gallery is by blocking out the light from the front windows. This summer, we had some window covers made to hang outside. They were better than the old ones that hung inside for a couple of reasons. 1) They blocked the outside light better; 2) They looked more awesomer from the parking lot. (I am aware that awesomer is not a word; maybe it should be.)

For reasons beyond our control, we’ve had to replace them already, so we took the opportunity to switch out some of the images. We think they came out pretty well. You’ll have to swing by and see them when you to get presents for your loved ones.

Here’s are gratuitous pics of Jack standing next to a couple of the window covers:

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If you have lighting needs in your home, we will be happy to come out and do a consultation with you. We work closely (and exclusively) with Gilley’s electric on these projects.

We can light up your life.

 

Continuum

Rolling on with last week’s blog theme, we have a couple other new artists to introduce you to: Stefani Tewes and Kierstin Young.

Biographically speaking, I’ll have more on them later. But for now, two awesome works of art:

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Stefani Tewes, Stop All the Clocks, Oil on Panel, 40" x 40"

107193Kierstin Young, Immanent Epoch, Charcoal & Pastel on Paper, 12" x 16"

Normally, I’d tell you to come see this amazing art in person, but … it’s not here yet. It’s on the way. Stay tuned, true believers!

And with that, I’m leaving you short this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

December 05, 2014

Mission Critical

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It’s the critical time of year.

You’re sitting in your office chair, not wondering about that TPS report you haven’t finished, but worrying about what you’re getting your significant other for the holidays. Oh sure, you could order another ironic coffee mug, or some quirky socks, maybe that thing you saw together at the mall that one time after that event you went to.

Or … you could get them a piece of original art. Think of all the positives: 1) whatever you choose, it is the only one there is. 2) Original art has spectacular staying power. 3) It’s waaaaay more thoughtful than a gift card. 4) You’re buying something beautiful that enriches your life while at the same time enabling an Artist to continue to produce creative, exciting work. 5) It will be a gift long remembered. 6) The person receiving the original piece of art will think you are the coolest person on the face of the planet in the history of ever.

Something to consider. Or not. I’m not telling you what to do. You’re a grown person. Probably.

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Eclectricity in the Air

We are making a deliberate excursion into new genres of art. In some ways, there are no new genres of art, just different interpretations of the same thoughts and ideas humans have had since we began having thoughts and ideas. But in terms of the gallery, we are … branching out.

We’ve been leaning this way for some time. The art market in Tulsa has taken a contemporary turn the last few years, and we try to accommodate that. As always, our goal is to have something for anyone who walks through our front door. Sometimes, that person is looking for something traditional, like a wildlife painting, a bronze or a landscape. Sometimes, that person wants a hyper-realistic painting. Sometimes, that person is looking for an abstract with a particular shade of blue in it.

We try to have it all.

It’s not an easy task. We’re not going to add a new abstract artist just to fill a void. They have to be great at what they do. They have to meet the standard set by our other artists, and we have brilliant artists, none of whom we're shuttling to the side to make room for the new. You can still expect to see all the same artists and kinds of art we've always had. But ... we're shaking things up a bit, too.

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But it begins.

What do I mean when I say new genres of art? We’re not just looking for contemporary work, but art with an edge to it. More things that make you stop and really take in what you’re seeing. Sometimes, that’s style, like with Lindsey Kustusch. Sometimes, that’s subject matter, like with Michael John Nolan. Sometimes, it’s all of it, like with Pamela Wilson.

After all, sometimes art needs to get in your face a bit. Yes, it could just hang there on the wall, complementing the drapes and couch. Or it could move you when you look at it. It could inspire conversations with visitors to your home. It could make people feel and think. It should be powerful.

Original art can do so much if you let it.

So let it.

We’d like to introduce Alexandra Manukyan and her painting, The Countess. Her work is coming soon to the gallery. As always, it is better seen in person than on a computer screen. We’ll be happy to accommodate you in that regard.

10. Countess, 24'x20', oil on canvas, $4000

Thanks for stopping by this week. We appreciate you.

Oh! Before I go, you can now tour the gallery via Google. If you've never had the chance to visit us in person, here's some flavor for you

See you next week. 

November 28, 2014

What up, Turkeys

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What up, Turkeys.

We are fat(ter) and happy-ish, and back from a day of over-indulgence ready to deal some art. I’ll keep it concise because I know you’re consumed with all things Black and Fridayish.

The gallery is loaded with new art from a bevy of artists, new and old. If you visited Facebook this morning, I introduced Michael John Nolan. I don’t have his artist’s page up just yet, but it’ll be there soon. He paints … alternative subjects, but it’s our kind of thing, and we think you’ll like it. As usual, come in, check it out.

But that’s not all …

Josh George sent us two new paintings that are pretty spectacular, including this one, Notice the Vertical Development.

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James Johnson has, once again, begun experimenting with a new style of painting. We have several of them, but here’s one for you (Falling Flowers) without having to click.

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One of my favorite new things in the gallery is from James “Bud” Smith. He calls it Bird Clan Mask.

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Finally, you’re probably aware the yule gift-giving holiday is imminent, and we’d just like to remind you we carry a selection of jewelry, including pieces from Wayne Muskett, Steve Yellowhorse and Jody Lyle. I’ll leave a couple pics here for you, but you should really visit our two jewelry cases.

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In a New Moulding

Most of you are aware we don’t just deal in art. We also carry the largest selection of mouldings west of the Mississippi. A good frame can take a great painting or photograph to the next level. Mouldings allow you to add the “wow!” factor to your art and memories. What could you do with a chalkboard frame? Add instant personalized awesomeness, that’s what.

We have new mouldings from Roma, Larson-Juhl and others.

Check out some of the new lines (there are a lot more than just these, btw):

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Eleganza-finishes

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And that’s it, kids. Short and sweet. Enjoy your shopping.