no title. artwork by dan lasata @ Kahwa Coffee. Get to this Saturday night before your “Ugly Sweater Christmas Party”! Dan’s work is amazing!
The Isolation of Intimacy, Paintings by Ben Hamburger is an exhibition of recent work by the artist that opens tonight at The Studio at 620 in St. Petersburg. Hamburger is a recent graduate of Eckerd College, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the area, and he is also a painting instructor at a local studio. The opening reception is tonight, January 20th, from 6 – 9 pm. The Studio @ 620 is located at 620 1st Ave. S. in downtown St. Petersburg.
1-11-11 marks the grand opening of the Salvador Dali Museum in it’s new $35 million home.
Make sure you stop by the 620 Annex tonight between 6-9 pm for the opening reception of “The Central Avenue Project”. Ten photographers of the Florida Photographic Collaborative captured the eclectic, rich, and continuing story of “St. Petersburg’s Original Main Street”, Central Avenue. The exhibit will be on display until January 29th and the photographs are available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
Tonight also kicks off the first of the “Art & Soul: Artist of St. Pete” exhibits. “Art & Soul: Artist of St. Pete” is a series of exhibits for 2011 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Bill “BC Woo” Correira gets things started with an opening reception and live demonstration tonight from 6-9 pm. This event is open to the public and there is a $5.00 suggested donation at the door.
We are currently in Baltimore for the holidays, so yesterday, we made a pilgrimage to the American Visionary Art Museum located in the Inner Harbor area of the city. Through March 1, 2011, there is an exhibit of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s “otherworldly” paintings, aptly entitled, “OUT OF THIS WORLD”. This was the first time I had ever seen any of Von Bruenchenhein’s work, and it really is “Out of this World”.
Von Bruenchenhein was born in Wisconsin in 1910, and worked in a bakery during the 10 years (1954-1963) that the bulk of his work was completed. Very early on, Von Bruenchenhein would paint on the panels of boxes that he would bring home from the bakery. Then, he moved into painting on canvas with brushes. But, in 1954, Von Bruenchenhein’s technique changed and he started to paint on board with his fingers. In 1955, he began to add a white or cream base coat and he would scrape the paint with bakery tools, combs, and quills which would reveal the undercoat, adding an entirely new dimension to his work. Finally, in 1956, Von Bruenchenhein had mastered his own technique, and he would spend the next 5 years painting like a maniac!
Von Bruenchenhein produced almost 1,100 paintings in his lifetime. Unfortunately, he was never successful in selling his work or gaining any recognition during his lifetime. It has only been in the last several years that the importance of Von Bruenchenhein’s work has come to be realized. As part of the Centennial Celebration of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, a huge collection of Von Bruenchenhein’s work is available in 22 separate galleries on www.vonbruenchenhein.com for download as high-resolution files! I recommend downloading a couple of these amazing pieces of art and having them printed and framed before the offer is no longer available!
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