Jul 22

Painting a mixed media forest with watercolor, acrylic and zentangles on canvas

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Jul 19

Historical New Mexico Cowboy Illustrator Artist RONALD KIL shows his Award Winning Works

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) September 28, 2013

New Mexico cowboy illustrator and artist Ronald Kil, http://www.casweckgalleries.com/index.php/santa-fe-artists/ronald-kil-western-art opens his western art show at CASWECK GALLERIES with more than a bang. His recent historical illustration work in the Palace of the Governor’s book JACK THORP’S SONGS OF THE COWBOYS is part of the 2013 announcement of Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in Santa Fe, NM. TOM LEECH, printer of the book and Director of the Press at the Palace of the Governor and Book Arts advocate, will receive that honor in October. Tom’s work and Ronald’s illustrations continue to get high honors throughout the state. The book was also the recipient of the Ralf Emerson Twitchell award for significant contribution in the field of history. The Gallery will show original pen and ink works by Ronald as well as a limited edition collection of watercolors from the book. His oil paintings will also be on exhibit, including his latest oil commissions for the state of New Mexico Parks and Recreation Department.

Ronald Kil, known for his works around our State, was commissioned to paint the 100 foot mural for the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest , located in Raton, NM. The mural won the Award of Merit for significant contributions to the preservation, protection and promotion of the Santa Fe Trail from the Santa Fe Trail Association in 2011.

Ronald will also have his collection of childrens books available, written by Marc Simmons. The Children of the West, illustrated by Ronald, is a five book series and the recipient of many awards including the New Mexico Historical Society, the Dorothy Woodward Award for Advancement in Education and a finalist in the Spur Award for Best Juvenile Book from the Western Writers of America.

As the main illustrator for New Mexico Magazine for over a decade, Ronald Kils show offers a historical look at New Mexico landscape and culture. Ronald Kil will show his latest historical oils and illustrations at Casweck Galleries located at 203 W. Water Street, Santa Fe, NM through October 13, 2013.

CASWECK Galleries is known for its extraordinary collection by the famed ERNEST CHIRIACKA. Mr. Chiriacka was a famous illustrator during the heyday of illustrators, working for such great publications as SATURDAY EVENING POST, COLLIERS, and ESQUIRE. Mr. Chiriacka illustrated the ESQUIRE PIN UPS for many years and also illustrated over 550 pulp covers. After that period was over, Mr. Chiriacka went on to great acclaim as an oil painter and sculptor, becoming known a s the living Remington while he was working. Mr, Chiriacka passed near the age of 97 in 2010 and CASWECK GALLERIES is currently the only place where is his great works are available for sale, although he is currently hanging in many Museums and private collections throughout the US and Europe.

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Jul 18

Restoration By Heart is Pioneering a New Era of Street Art Restoration

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2014

Savvy art investors like movie and record company executives, progressive art gallery owners, digital and graphic artists and art speculators are purchasing Street Art from artists such as Banks, Shepherd Fairey, Invader and Mister Brainwash.

This new era of street artists and their unique materials, mediums and techniques have presented new challenges to the field of art restoration. Restoration By Heart is quickly gaining a successful reputation for restoring the works of these new icons.

Even though the art is relatively new, accidents happen, and using the new mediums to create this art sometimes present problems that are unforeseen by the artists, says Rod Hewitt, the manager of RestorationByHeart.com

Restoration By Heart, a Los Angeles Art Restoration business, is best known for being the leader in restoring Warhols as well as having a reputation for Ertes, Neimans, Nagels and Dalis. They are now acquiring a following among the owners and conservators of this new revolutionary Street Art movement.

Some of the problems that occur with the new Street Art include works on paper that suffer from creases and folds and there are also cases of acid/mold due to exposure to humidity. In some situations, the work has not been properly mounted and the pieces need to be flattened. With one Street Art sign, the undercoat and the glue were not applied in a way that kept the work stable, so it was shifting in the artwork; the lettering on the signs became unstable and needed to be restored.

These new street artists also use many of the old mediums, like silk screening their work and utilizing the lithograph process, but they also create work with Photoshop and new materials to make modern works that have very quickly come to be valued by museums and galleries as well as having a large following of collectors.

Gustavo Perez, the Master Restorer at Restoration By Heart, stated, I love the new challenges in these works; they are stretching the mediums in which they work and we are grateful for the chance to work on the cutting edge of this new art.

Perez, who is very well known for restoring priceless oil paintings, is intrigued as well as inspired by the new art. Having mastered the restoration of the works of the old masters, he has now had to learn how to restore multi-layered work that uses sophisticated and creative techniques never before used in mainstream art. This experience has fostered an understanding of the unusual technical criteria employed by the new street artists who are leading the way into the future with their unique artwork.

For more information about restoring your art treasures, please contact Rod Hewitt at Restoration By Heart at 866-635-8516.

Jul 17

McKenzie News Service Announces May 9, 2014 Events

South Hadlei, MA (PRWEB) May 16, 2014



California, Fremont, Event Date: May 31, 2014


Ending its season with a bang, Music at the Mission presents its final concert of the season, Vienna. on Saturday, May 31st at 8:00 pm at the historic Old Mission San Jose Church in Fremont, CA, 43300 Mission Blvd. Celebrating the staggering influences and far reaching musical traditions of which Austrias iconic city Vienna has been witness to, Music at the Mission will feature Bay Area chamber musicians, violinist, Karen Shinozaki; violist, Chad Kaltinger; cellist, Michael Graham; and pianist, Aileen Chanco in a tour de force program of the Brahms “Piano Quartet no. 1 in G Minor;” Mozart “Piano Quartet in G Minor” and Schoenberg “Phantasie for Violin and Piano op. 47.” There will be an informative Pre-Concert Talk given by Music at the Missions 2014 composer-in-residence, Mark Fish as well as a post-concert Meet the artists reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres at Mission Coffee. Tickets for May 31 are priced at $ 30.00 General admission and $ 25.00 Student/Senior discount at the door. Tickets purchased online are $ 28.00 for General admission and $ 23.00 for Students and Seniors. They may be purchased online at musicatmsj.org or brownpapertickets.com/event/459430. More information is available at 510 402-1724.

California, San Luis Obispo, Event Date: June 7th


The 3rd Annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival has announced its new home in city of Avila Beach, CA and will be held on Saturday, June 7th at the Avila Beach Golf Resort from 12 P.M. to 8 P.M. (6464 Ana Bay Rd.). The Festival has been voted by Fox News as #4 of the Top Ten Oyster Festivals in the nation and is the largest Oyster Festival on the West Coast. The Festival will feature a range of amazing oyster preparations, the best wines, brews, exclusive cocktails, and a full lineup of knockout bands to play throughout the day under the most beautiful settings. While sipping on libations, surrounded by ocean views under amazing art installations, ten chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the Best Oyster of the Central Coast Chef Award, and the audience will be invited to taste their sumptuous efforts and have the opportunity to judge their favorite on the official Central Coast Oyster Festival mobile application to participate in the People Choice Award. Advance tickets for this full-day music festival and foodie experience are $ 20. Limited Chefs Challenge Oyster tasting tickets are $ 10. Purchase Tickets at CentralCoastOysterFestival.com.

Florida, Oldsmar, Event Date: Event Date: May 23-25 2014


For the sixth consecutive year the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is doing its part by hosting Oldsmar Freedom Fest (oldsmarfreedomfest.com) on May 23, 24 and 25. The three day event will take place on State Street in Oldsmar, FL. The event will feature live music from start to finish, plenty of food, arts and craft vendors and fun activities for the kids. Hours will be 5pm to 10 pm on Friday May 23, 12pm to 10 pm on Saturday May 24th and concluding Sunday May 25th between the hours of 12 and 8pm The big tent will be back to supplement the shade of the beautiful oaks and provide more seating to enjoy the great music. On Saturday, the event will be recognizing our true American heroes our police, firemen, first responders, active duty and retired military bikers and the grand category military tribute bikes. This is the Bay areas signature Memorial Day event and admission is only $ 2.00 per person; 12 and under are free. oldsmarfreedomfest.com

Iowa, West Des Moines, Event Date: May 18th


Historic Valley Junction will hold its 25th annual Spring Art Market on Sunday, May 18th, 11 am-4 pm. One hundred Iowa and regional artists and craftspeople will be located on 5th Street. A wide variety of items represented: paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, stained glass, fiber, live music and childrens activities. Historic Valley Junction is six square blocks of antique and specialty shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses and restaurants. Art Market will be held rain or shine. Admission is free. This event would not be possible without generous sponsors, West Bank and KIOA. valleyjunction.com

Iowa, West Des Moines, Event Date: May 24th & 25th


The 6th Annual Smokin in the Junction BBQ Contest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 24th & 25th, on 5th Street in West Des Moines, in the heart of Historic Valley Junction. Enjoy hot BBQ, great food, live music, food vendors, kids’ activities, inflatables, beverage garden and two days full of fun. This event will be held from Noon 10:00 pm on Saturday, and from Noon 9:00 pm on Sunday. Saturday, May 24, entertainment includes: Rob Lumbard & Matt Woods (Noon-2), Malcom Wells (2:30-5:00), Sumpin Doo (5:30-7:30), The Blue Band (8:00-10:00). Sunday, May 25, entertainment includes: Comfort Zone Noon-2:30, Boomerang 3:00 – 4:00, Awards presentation (4-4:30), Boomerang 4:30 – 5:30, Decoy 6:00 – 9:00. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), Smokin in the Junction is one of the largest BBQ competitions in Iowa. The performance stage and beverage garden will be located at the south end of 5th Street. valleyjunction.com

Iowa, West Des Moines, Event Date: June 8, 2014


Historic Valley Junction will hold its 35th Annual Antique Jamboree on Sunday, June 8th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on 5th Street in West Des Moines, in the heart of Historic Valley Junction. A nostalgic event which the entire family will enjoy, the Jamboree displays a wide array of antiques, including: furniture, primitives, architectural, vintage clothing, jewelry, linens and quilts, glassware, stoneware, textiles, toys and much more. Historic Valley Junction is six square blocks of antique and specialty shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses and restaurants. Many of these businesses will be open to the public during Antique Jamboree. The Historic Valley Junction Antique Jamboree will be held rain or shine. Admission is free. Applications from antique dealers are being accepted for the Jamboree. Visit valleyjunction.com under the Event Registration tab to apply or contact Jamie Lamb, office@valleyjunction.com. valleyjunction.com

Iowa, West Des Moines, Event Date: July 3, 2014


On Thursday, July 3rd the Historic Valley Junctions July 3rd Street Celebration will take place, immediately following the West Des Moines Parade until 11:00 p.m. Aries Rising will be performing on stage in Railroad Park from 6-7:30 p.m. Featured performers will be The Faculty Lounge Funk Band from 8-11:00 p.m. Food vendors and beverage garden will be on site. There is no charge for admission. Valley Junction is now home to over 150 distinctive stores, restaurants, and independent businesses, each with its own unique historical character. Known for its unique specialty stores, Valley Junction is one of central Iowas most unique attractions. Visit valleyjunction.com for more information and a

Jul 13

The Harwood Museum of Art of The University of New Mexico Summer Exhibitions Feature Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection – Opening May 17 through September 7, 2014

Taos, New Mexico (PRWEB) May 15, 2014


The Gus Foster Collection, distinguished by its quality, focus, and depth, is unsurpassed in the number of iconic works created by contemporary artists working in the acclaimed art colony of Taos, New Mexico. The many prominent East and West Coast artists represented in this gift – including Larry Bell, Lynda Benglis, Vija Celmins, Ron Cooper, Ron Davis and Ken Price – speak to the strong connection that Taos has long had with the national and international art worlds. In particular, the collection explores in depth the Taos-Los Angeles contemporary art connection. Artists Ken Price and Larry Bell moved permanently from Los Angeles to Taos in the 1970s, followed by Ron Cooper, Gus Foster and – later – Ron Davis. Other artists such as Lee Mullican spent part of each year in Taos.

The collection also demonstrates Fosters commitment to artists who are less well known, with this summers exhibition featuring work by artists including Angie Coleman, Tom Dixon, Cody Riddle, and Suzanne Wiggin.

Taking over three of the Museums galleries, Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection will demonstrate the wide range of media in which contemporary artists create by presenting work ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, to ceramic sculptures, to objects created with aluminum-coated mylar. Works on paper will be exhibited in the George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, named in honor of Gus Fosters father. In order to share more work from this extraordinary collection, the initial installation of 33 works on paper will rotate in July so that an additional 31 works on paper may be exhibited.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Harwood Museum of Arts entire permanent collection, including the Gus Foster Collection, may be viewed on our website beginning in March 2015 at harwoodmuseum.org/collections.


Professionally trained docents will lead tours of Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection at 1 p.m. every Sunday while the exhibition is on view. Group tours may be scheduled by contacting the Harwood Museum of Art at education(at)harwoodmuseum(dot)org.


With the perspective of a former museum curator, a collector, and an artist, Foster is an extraordinary connoisseur whose collecting over the past 40 years is culminating with this gift. The gift also speaks to Fosters lifelong engagement with the arts. As he recalls, My father was an architect and my mother was an interior designer, and aesthetics was part of the daily conversation when I was young. Foster is committed to bringing art into the lives of Northern New Mexicos youth, stating that Providing ways for children and youth to expand their creativity is critical. Many people are unaccustomed to art, but if you enter a museum when art is just another part of your daily life, if you see it as a child, it is not so strange. If you begin that process early, then by the time you are an adult, it becomes easier.

In addition to its historical significance, the collection has another important dimension. Of the more than three hundred pieces, only three or four were done by people that I didnt know personally, Foster said. I have seen and followed their careers as friends and neighbors for over four decades, and that gives you some insight into their creative process. Though my work isnt part of this gift, all of these works have informed my own vision.

Foster is well known for his spectacular 360 degree photographs that have been exhibited throughout the world, and that often show thousands of square miles of landscape. A selection of those photographs will highlight an exhibition entitled Panorama: Gus Foster, Carlos Silva, Roberto Vignoli on view April 25-June 2 at 333 Montezuma Arts gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An opening reception for that exhibition will take place 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the gallery, located at 333 Montezuma Avenue. Prior to embarking on his photographic career, Foster earned a degree at Yale University in art history and spent over a decade as a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Reflecting on the importance of this gift, Gus Foster states that The lifeblood of a museum is the support it gets by gifts and bequests. His gift expands the Harwoods collection by about ten percent, and is the biggest single gift of art work since Burt and Lucy Harwood provided their founding collection in 1923.

The Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection exhibition and catalog are made possible through the generosity of Richard and Lois Abraham, Barney and Ursula Berkowitz, George and Janara Bornstein, Carl and Dora Dillistone, Ray and Barbara Graham through The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Lucile Leigh Grieder, Anne Kaplan, Susan Longhenry and Jeremy McDonnell, Johnny and Pam MacArthur, Jack and Phyllis Nottingham, The Price Family, Sherman and Joyce Scott, Graham and Michael Sudbury, University of New Mexico Foundation, Marcia Winter, and other supporters.

Also on view:


Peter and Madeleine Martin Gallery

A Brief History of The Harwood Museum 1916-1922

In the early part of the 20th Century, many artists were drawn to the Taos area to pursue a new, truly American art devoid of industrial influence, inspired instead by New Mexico’s landscape and light and the traditional Native American and Hispanic cultures of the region.

The Harwood Museum collection brings to the public a unique record of this artistic convergence from its beginnings to the present day. The embracing spirit of the Harwood was established by artists Burt and Elizabeth Harwood. In 1916, the Harwoods left their residence in France to move to Taos. They immediately purchased the Ledoux Street property which contained several small adobe buildings. By 1918, significant development had taken place under Burt Harwood’s direction. He remodeled the buildings using many local traditional construction techniques. The Harwood complex, then called El Pueblito, was on the forefront of the Pueblo/Spanish Revival and restoration movement in New Mexico.

The Early Harwood Foundation 1923-1935

From the beginning, the Harwoods’ home was the town’s only library. When the Harwoods discovered Taos had no library, they opened their extensive private collection of books to the public. By 1926, the Harwood Library was established and the community generously supported the growth of its collections. Mabel Dodge Luhan donated books from her private collection, contributed funds, and inspired other major support.

From 1924 on, much of the Harwood was given over to exhibitions. Even into the 1970s, clay pots, Native American artifacts, Hispanic textiles, Patroci