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Happy December everyone! The holiday season has officially arrived, which means the days remaining to search for the perfect gift are crucial!

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If you’re still trying to find gifts that will wow your friends and family, then you’re in luck! Yesterday we opened our Annual Small Works Exhibition, this exhibition celebrates the holiday season and small works of art that make the perfect gift.

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This year’s Small Works exhibition features over 100 works of art by 27 different artists! Small Works is a collection of still lifes, figurative works, landscapes, and cityscapes, but each one is represented differently by each artist, no two works are the same. This way you’re guaranteed to find something for you or someone you know.

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The Opening:

Yesterday’s opening was a great success and despite the unfortunate weather we had great attendance! We’re extremely grateful for everyone who ventured through the rain to see this year’s show and support the gallery, it means so much!

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left, featured artist Teresa Oaxaca | right, featured artist Ben Barker

Guests and artists were able to escape the ugly weather and warm by the fire while sipping on hot apple cider or hot cocoa.

Bethanne Cople’s Painting Demonstration:

During the reception Alexandria-based artist, Bethanne Cople painted live in the gallery!

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Bethanne painted a gorgeous, snow covered hillside and visitors were able to watch as it came to life!

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Thank you Bethanne for a wonderful demonstration and creating such a beautiful painting!

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Below are a few more photographs from the reception!

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on the left, featured artist Teresa Oaxaca

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former Senator John Warner

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on the right, featured artist Gavin Glakas

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left, featured artist Jill Basham

Currently Featured in Small Works:

ALBERTO Three Ladies 72

Three Ladies, 6.5×13, oil on panel by Jorge Alberto

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Coronation, 13.5×17, oil on panel by Candice Bohannon Reyes

CONARY Repose 72

Repose, 9×12, oil on panel by Scott Conary

Coonrod Stonefruit and Blueberries 72

Stone Fruit & Blueberries, 12×16, oil on aluminum by Trish Coonrod

D'OSPINA Studio di Poltrona 72

Studio di Poltrona, 12×12, oil on canvas by Valerio D’Ospina

EARLY Searching for Pockets of Humanity #2 72

Searching for Pockets of Humanity #2, 12×12, oil on linen by Stephen Early

JOHNSON 9 Horses 72

9 Horses, 14×23, oil on board by Geoffrey Johnson

LIBERACE Laughing Philosopher (Mennipus)

Laughing Philosopher (Mennipus), 10×8, oil on panel by Robert Liberace

COPLE In Silence They Speak Happiness 72

In Silence They Speak Happiness, 6×8, oil on panel by Bethanne Cople

Click here to view the entire exhibition and please contact us with any questions or inquiries! All of the paintings featured above are available for purchase. If you see anything on the exhibition page please contact info@principlegallery.com and we can provide the information you need!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Principle Gallery!

 

 

 

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Jeremy Mann: The Unbound Process

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This past weekend we celebrated the opening of Jeremy Mann’s first ever photography exhibition! However, before we dive into the excitement which ensued this weekend, I want to start this post with a quote from the Mann himself, describing how his work in photography is separated from the other mediums he works in. Photography is simply another continuation of his being.

The following quote is from an editorial in American Art Collector titled Unbound, which can be found in the November 2018 Issue.

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view the entire article here

“I would say [the photography] is just another extension of me as an art form in the same way as my paintings and motion pictures, poetry and writing are as well. Each artist is just that, a single and unique perspective, contained within one mind and soul. It’s the choice to output that perspective, which makes a person an artist. Not being limited by a medium is the most free form of that expression, and while there are many ways to express yourself, finding a multitude of fundamentally similar ways helps perfect the language of art in which I’m trying my best express myself to the world.”

The Opening:

This past Friday, November 16th we hosted the Opening Reception for Jeremy Mann: The Unbound Process, a collection of original paintings and photographs. The exhibition primarily showcases Jeremy’s toned silver gelatin prints, which were created using his homemade cameras and self-constructed dark room.

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A few of Jeremy Mann’s homemade camera’s – photo by Courtney Chauncey

Guests mingled amid Jeremy’s perfectly displayed photographs and Jeremy moved throughout the gallery conversing with fans, collectors, and friends.

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photo by Courtney Chauncey

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photo by Courtney Chauncey

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Jeremy always brings a great crowd and guests are always thrilled to talk to him about his work and their love for his art.

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The Artist Talk:

The next day… Saturday, November 17th, Jeremy returned to the gallery to prepare for his momentous artist talk. Together we transformed the gallery from an open viewing space into an intimate realm occupied by candles, cocktails, cigar box cameras, and classy company.

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photo by Clint Mansell, Gallery Director

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photo by Clint Mansell, Gallery Director

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our specialty cocktail for the evening, a Lavender Hyssop TNT, created by Griffin McDermott

We did things a bit differently this year, in order to maintain the rapport Jeremy wanted for this discussion this event required an RSVP for attendance.

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photo by Courtney Chauncey

Jeremy took his audience on a journey that examined the progression of his career as an artist, what makes him stand out from so many others, his assemblage of homemade cameras, the creation of his film The Conductor, experimentation, theories, and so much more!

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photo by Courtney Chauncey & slightly edited by Taylor Chauncey, Jeremy Mann’s creation

Now I’m sure you’re wondering… what the heck did Jeremy say!? Unfortunately friends, I can’t share all the dirty details, but I can reveal a few key points. Above, I mentioned that Jeremy analyzed how his work sets him apart from many other artists. From graduate school at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco until now Jeremy Mann has created artwork that represents him, his style, rather than attempting to conform to something traditional or expected. Jeremy fully possesses the ability to adhere to the norm, but chooses to reject the usual because it doesn’t illustrate who he is as an artist, a mastermind, or a human. That’s the key to his success.

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photo by Courtney Chauncey

Another important thing you need to know about Jeremy is that he loves this sh*t, creating art is who Jeremy Mann is.

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photo by Courtney Chauncey, Jeremy Mann’s creation

The Photography:

It’s all about the reference. For awhile Mann used digital photographs as references for his cityscapes and figure paintings, but those images were too literal. Thus, he turned to film photography for reference material. Film and his homemade cameras produce images that fuel and support his aesthetic. The photographs currently featured in The Unbound Process are representations of Jeremy’s use of film photography in his painting process. However, this show highlights how they stand alone as works of art rather than simply stepping stones leading to the completion of an oil painting.

Now Showing:

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The Kiss 16×12 (Edition of 2), toned silver gelatin print, 2 Editions Available

The Dreamer and the Dream 72

The Dreamer & the Dream 10.5×12 (Edition of 3), 6.25×7 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, Multiple Editions Available

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Vatic 15×14 (Edition of 3), 7.5×7 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, Multiple Editions Available

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NYC 40 48×48, oil on panel

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The Leaving Moon 9×7.5 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, 7 Editions Available

Follow Jeremy Mann on Instagram @redrabbit7 and follow @feral.halide.7 to see more of his photographs.

AND Follow US @principlegallery to stay up to date on exhibitions, new arrivals, and other announcements!

Our Jeremy Mann Solo Exhibition, The Unbound Process will remain on view through the end of November so come check it out! If you are unable to make it into the gallery, don’t worry, you can click here to view the entire exhibition.

A HUGE Thank You to everyone who attended this weekend’s festivities, it was a pleasure having you all and THANK YOU Jeremy, we’re honored to host this very special exhibition.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Now Open! Gilbert Gorski’s Solo Exhibition,”The Space of Trees.”

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Today’s blog will discuss our current exhibition, The Space of Trees, a Solo Exhibition for the work of PA-based artist, Gilbert Gorski. Below you will find a brief bio on Mr. Gorski, a look into the reception we hosted on Friday evening, a link to our editorial in American Art Collector, and images of a few works currently featured in the exhibition. Now lets get started!

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The Space of Trees, is NOW OPEN! The Opening Reception was Friday evening and we had an outstanding crowd. Visitors were thrilled to speak with Gil, and have the opportunity to discuss his technique as well as the locations he portrays in his compositions.

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middle: the featured artist, Gilbert Gorski

About the Artist:

Gilbert Gorski is based out of Sarver, Pennsylvania and many of his paintings represent the surrounding areas near his home. He also creates compositions that merge the rural environment of western Pennsylvania with other areas the artist recalls simply from memory. Thus, some of his works represent specific places and others combine different locations into one ethereal framework.

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Symphonica | 16×72, oil on linen

Gil received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, he studied painting at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Gorski successfully maintained a duel career as an architect and artist.

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As an architect, Gorski designed the World Headquarters for the McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois and the Oceanarium, which was a major addition to the John Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He has also taught visualization techniques and design studios at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of Art Institute in Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame.

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Etchings:

In addition to creating pointillist landscapes, Gil produces industrial etchings (shown above), which encapsulate the structure, grit, and allure of urban areas. He truly is an expert draftsman!

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American Art Collector:

This exhibition is currently featured in the October 2018 Issue of American Art Collector. An editorial about the show titled, Woodland Works, can be found on pages 108-109. We still have a few copies left in the gallery!

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“In his subtle paintings, Gorski employs thousands of sculpted brushstrokes that transcend the two-dimensional surface. “Paintings can be electric,” he says. “Historically, photography displaced painting, but photography has become so accessible it is now commonplace. Paintings by contrast remain special because they are singular works. They are communications with the artist.” – excerpt from Woodland Works

Click here if you would like to read the full article.

A few of the works currently featured in The Space of Trees:

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Two Oaks | 22×24, oil on linen

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Skokie Botanical Gardens Lagoon | 10×8, oil on linen

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Calmando | 16×60, oil on linen

Gorski San Marco, Venice

San Marco, Venice | 7×9, etching

Gentiliana 16 x 72 LR

Gentiliana | 16×72, oil on linen

Oak Tress 12 x 18

Oak Trees | 12×18, oil on linen

Gorski Assimilation

Assimilation | 6.75×4, etching

Click here to be directed to the exhibition page on our website!

Thank you to everyone who attend the Opening Reception and a HUGE thank you to Gilbert Gorski for traveling from Pennsylvania to be in attendance. We greatly appreciate it!

Gilbert Gorski’s, The Space of Trees will remain on view until Tuesday, November 13th

Please email us, info@principlegallery.com, if you would like us to send you the Digital Exhibition Catalog, which includes images, dimensions, and prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Weekend!

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We certainly had no shortage of art events in Old Town, Alexandria this past weekend! On Friday evening our Juried Exhibition with the Washington Society of Landscape Painters (WSLP) officially opened. We celebrated the exhibition with an Opening Reception here in the gallery that was tremendously attended! Artists, friends, families, and supporters filled our space with great energy and enthusiasm.

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The Washington Society of Landscape Painters is one of the oldest active art organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. It began in 1913, and was established by Charles Seaton and Winfield Scott Clime. They became known as an unfastened group of artists, who called themselves the “Ramblers.” The WSLP is now 104 years old!

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Jack Pardue (left) & Harry L. Jaecks (right) – WSLP Members & Featured Artists

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bottom right corner – Edward J. Reed (left) & Andre Lucero (right) – WSLP Members & Featured Artists | middle – David Diaz (striped dress shirt) – WSLP Member & Featured Artist

On Saturday morning, a few of the featured artists hit the streets of Old Town. Each artist set up their easel at a different location and captured various Old Town staples en plein air. Christine Lashley, Nancy Tankersley, David Diaz, Nancy Wallace, Robert Thoren, Jean Schwartz, Jacalyn Beam, Hiu Lai Chong, and Gray Dodson are some of the WSLP members who participated in the demonstrations, below are images of their demo pieces, all of these works are available through us.

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Market Square Farmers Market | 12×12, oil on panel by Jean Schwartz

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Founders Park | 12×24, oil on panel by Christine Lashley

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Dining Al Fresco | 11×14, oil on canvas by David Diaz

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Two Flags | 9×12, oil on panel by Jacalyn Beam

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Day of the Regatta | 11×14, oil on canvas by Nancy Wallace

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Potomac Morning | 12×24, oil on panel by Nancy Tankersley

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Viewers | 8×10, oil on panel by Gray Dodson

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Potomac Breeze | 9×12, oil on linen by Hiu Lai Chong

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Old Town Waterfront | 12×16, oil on canvas by Robert Thoren

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Old Town Nocturne | 10×8, oil on panel by Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley created her first piece Founders Park, outside at the break of dawn, and she painted her second piece Old Town Nocturne (above) here in the gallery! Christine worked on this painting from 10:30am until about 12:30pm.

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Christine Lashley creating Old Town Nocturne

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The finished product

While the other members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters worked on their paintings outside, inside one of our longest represented artists, GC Myers, presented his annual artist talk!

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GC Myers engaging with his audience while surrounded by some of his newest works!

Gary began speaking at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, he shared how his painting career began, inspirations for his work, how his style has developed over time, and answered questions posed by the audience. Throughout the talk visitors had the chance to enter our raffle, which gave everyone an opportunity to win either a free original GC Myers painting or a fun prize!

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The artist surprised his audience by adding two more paintings to the raffle! Instead of bringing one painting, he brought three and three lucky audience members each won a painting. In addition to paintings, Gary also brought gift bags which included a coffee mug, two refrigerator magnet versions of two paintings, and an enamel pin. The 2018 GC Myers Artist Talk had such a wonderful turnout and we couldn’t have been more pleased!

After the talk and raffle wrapped up, guests walked around the gallery, took their opportunity to speak with Gary, and then we sold some paintings!

Concurrently, outside the 16th Annual King Street Art Festival took over king street and art lovers from all over fed their souls. The festival took place on Saturday and Sunday.

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The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival (lower King Street)

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The 16th Annual King Street Art Festival (upper King Street)

Overall, the entire weekend was sensational! A HUGE thank you to all of the participating members from the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Jean Schwartz for helping us organize the exhibition, GC Myers for always bringing the sunshine and giving a fantastic talk! We’d also like to thank all of those who attended the reception, sought out the plein air demonstrations, came to support Gary, and all of our delightful clients. We couldn’t do it without you all!

Click here to view all of the works from the WSLP currently being featured. The exhibition will remain on view until Tuesday, October 16th, 2018.

Here is our schedule of events for the rest of the year:

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Local Attractions: The Renwick Gallery brings Burning Man to Washington D.C.

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Labor Day weekend has arrived and we’re sure you’re wondering how you’re going to spend your 3 glorious days off!

Here’s an idea! There’s an art museum filled with wonders residing just steps away from the White House. This institution known as The Renwick Gallery has the words “Dedicated to Art” carved above the main entrance and has maintained that mantra since its official opening in 1972. Currently the Renwick is featuring a remarkable exhibition called, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which encompasses the entire museum.

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view of the main entrance of The Renwick Gallery, photo courtesy of Google Images

Today’s blog will give you a brief look inside the exhibition, No Spectators, some background information on the Renwick’s rich history, and the take everyone on a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock City, the home of Burning Man. Everybody ready? Let the tour begin!

The History:

The Renwick Gallery is an extension of the Smithsonian and it’s the location of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) program of contemporary craft as well as decorative arts. The Renwick is a National Historic Landmark because it was the first building in the U.S. constructed with the sole intent to be a public art museum.

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Renwick building, 1884, photo courtesy of SAAM website

It was meant to showcase the art collection of 19th century Washington native, philanthropist, banker, and avid art collector, Mr. William Wilson Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran felt recognizing the artwork of American artists and sharing them with the public would “encourage American genius.” The name Renwick Gallery originates from the architect Corcoran hired, Mr. James Renwick Jr. In 1858, Corcoran hired Renwick because he was familiar with Renwick’s design of the Smithsonian’s Castle.

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The Smithsonian Castle, 1847-1855, photo courtesy of Google Images

The design of the Renwick was inspired by the opening of the Louvre and the style of the Renwick building is called Second Empire architecture, which at the time was highly popular in France. The construction of the Renwick began in 1859 and went until 1873. The museum ran into numerous obstacles, which delayed opening for years. Once it was completed in 1874 it was referred to as “The American Louvre” and played a major role in proving Washington D.C. to be cultural territory.

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interior of the top floor of the Renwick, photo by Ron Blunt, found on SAAM website

The history of the Renwick is so extensive, I can’t discuss the entire timeline here. If you’re interested in learning more about the museum’s history, click here to visit the SAAM website.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

What is Burning Man?

Once a year, thousands of people flock to Black Rock Desert in Nevada to construct Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis where Burning Man comes to life! Burning Man is centered around self-expression, art, community, freedom, and all around positivity

The Burning Man Mission is to “produce positive spiritual change in the world…it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise.”

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The Man will always Burn, photo courtesy of Google Images

Burning Man is a place where innovative minds can come together to celebrate their love for creativity.

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“Love” by Alexandr Milov from Odessa, Ukraine, Burning Man 2015, photo courtesy of Collective Evolution

No Spectators:

Black Rock City is a hub of artistic genius motivated by The Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, Communal Effort, and Immediacy. This artistic brilliance is being recognized by the Renwick and now everyone can enjoy the mesmerizing creations artists bring to Burning Man.

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The Ten Principles, on view at the Renwick Gallery, photo by Taylor Chauncey, PG Gallery Assistant

The exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man was made possible by Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick.

“No Spectators’ is a long-standing saying on Playa. You are encouraged to fully participate. It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing. Two of the ten principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.” – Nora Atkinson

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Nora Atkinson, photo courtesy of the Burning Man Journal

No Spectators features works, sculptures, costumes, and installations from 20 different artistic innovators; Gelareh Alam, Duane Flatmo, Marco Cochrane, FoldHaus Art Collective, Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu), David Best (creator of Temple used in the very first image of this post), Richard Wilks, Aaron Taylor Kuffner and many many more!

All of the works featured in this exhibition are in some way interactive to encapsulate the “No Spectators” mantra.

Below is a brief look inside The Art of Burning Man:

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designs created by Gelareh Alam, photo by Taylor Chauncey, PG Gallery Assistant

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design created by Gelareh Alam, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Paper Arch by Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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detail of Paper Arch by Michael Garlington & Natalia Bertotti, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Shrumen Lumen by FoldHaus Art Collective, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Tin Pan Dragon, a 23-foot animated sculpture made of steel & recycled aluminum by Duane Flatmo, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Evotrope by Richard Wilks, photo by Taylor Chauncey

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HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu), photo by Taylor Chauncey

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Gameltron by Aaron Taylor Kuffner, photo by Taylor Chauncey

I hope you enjoyed this little brief look into the Renwick and No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man! There is so much more to see so go check it out!

Note: the exhibition will close in two phases, please visit the Renwick Gallery/SAAM website by clicking here for more information.

Of course, come visit Principle Gallery as well since there’s no such thing as too much art! Here is our schedule of Upcoming Events!

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Kyle Stuckey: The Artist Who Captures the Essence of Charleston

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We certainly love our dear city of Alexandria, but for this blog we are taking a trip down south to Charleston! We want our followers to get to know the artists we represent at Principle Gallery Charleston as well as give you all a taste of the exciting events and exhibitions our team puts together.

For this blog I will be introducing you all to Charleston-based artist, Kyle Stuckey!

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A little bit about Kyle:

Kyle Stuckey was born in 1987 and began studying art in high school. During that time he was taught via private instruction with Lori Woodward Simmons and participated in various workshops. Stuckey eventually became a member of the Putney Painters, one of the leading Realism groups in the U.S. renowned for still-life, portraits, as well as landscapes. With this group of painters Stuckey was able to enhance his skills in the company of some of the greatest artists working today, such as Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

Stuckey’s work is highly influenced by his study of the art worlds most influential figures, including John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Anders Zorn. Over time, he has developed and fine-tuned his style, working with oil as an Impressionistic Realism painter.

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Stuckey painting the scenery of Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

Originally from New Hampshire, the artist lived in Nevada for 2 years. He has also spent time in Mexico, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Japan. Stuckey lived in Costa Rica for 8 months and in Rome for 2, traveling throughout Italy. He currently lives in Charleston, where he continues to paint.

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What’s next for Kyle Stuckey?

Saturday, August 25th 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm:

Kyle will be unveiling a brand new painting at Principle Gallery Charleston! However, it’s not just any painting, it will be a piece showcasing the newly renovated Historic Fireproof Building, which resides on the 100 block of Meeting St in Charleston. This painting was generously commissioned by The Renaissance Women of Charleston for the South Carolina Historical Society.

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The Historic Fireproof Building

This building is a National Historic Landmark that currently serves as the headquarters for the South Carolina Historical Society, which is a private non-profit organization that began in 1855.

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image from the SC Historical Society website

The Fireproof Building was built in 1827 with the purpose to house and protect important city records. In efforts to keep those records safe, the architect constructed the building entirely out of fireproof materials. The walls and frame were made of pure masonry, while the doors, window frames, and shutters were made of iron.

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Image courtesy of the Historic Charleston Foundation

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Image courtesy of the Historic Charleston Foundation

Unfortunately, a fire did manage to start on the upper floors, ruining a decent portion of the buildings interior, but the records remained safe.

If you would like to attend the VIP Unveiling at Principle Gallery Charleston, please RSVP by calling 843-727-4500. Space is limited so please RSVP by Thursday, August 23rd.

Friday, October 5th 2018 | 5:00-9:00pm:

Kyle Stuckey’s 50 Portraits of Charleston: The Heartbeat of the Holy City opens Friday, October 5th at Principle Gallery Charleston, with the Opening Reception from 5-9pm! This exhibition will showcase 50 original portraits by Kyle, and each portrait represents people who live in Charleston, who call it their home.

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Since the show is centered around the Charleston community, 25% of all proceeds from works sold will be given to a local charity: Teachers’ Supply Closet.

A few questions for Kyle:

I asked Kyle a series of 6 questions, questions pertaining to his creativity, his process, and his career. Below are my questions and the artists answers. Enjoy!

Q. Is there something that or someone who inspires you daily?

 

My inspiration really just comes from anything that catches my attention. I think it is important to observe the world we live in, from the big to the small. And when something catches my attention for whatever reason, I may want to capture that particular thing itself or it could open up ideas to future projects.

 

Q. Is there a specific project, commissions, personal creation, etc, that you are extremely proud of?

 

50 Portraits of Charleston. Although it’s still not complete, I would say it will be my biggest undertaking to date. Accomplishing 50 portraits in less than 6 months is something I wasn’t sure I could do, so it gives me a little boost of confidence knowing I can get it done…even when it’s hard.

 

Q. What does the word creativity mean to you?

 

Expressing the things you observe in a way that excites you.


Q. I know you have done a wondrous amount of traveling, do your trips serve as your artistic motivation? Is there anything else that sustains your ambition?

 

a) Yes! I like to paint things that are interesting or beautiful. When you travel, you tend to see a lot of new and exciting things. The more you explore, the more you find!

 

b) Wanting to get better sustains my ambition. I’m sort of stubborn and always want to be better.

 

Q. Have you been faced with discouragement? If so, how did you overcome it?

 

Every day. Or at least 5 times a week. As a creative, you’re cursed by thinking you’re never good enough and there’s always room for improvement or change of direction. It’s a constant learning and exploring. Each day you can wake up and find out there’s something you don’t know how to do like how to create a new brushstroke or better render the effects of atmosphere and space. It goes on and on. So when I get stuck or feel like I’m the worst, I either put that particular painting away for a bit and go on to something else or view some of the past work I’m most proud of to remind myself I actually can create something worth looking at. Also, practicing what I’m not good at is a big part of getting out of a discouragement rut.


Q. What was the best piece of advice you were given? Who gave it to you?

 

Two things:

 

1. Squint more

2. Don’t neglect to practice your art form

 

Both came from one of today’s living masters, Richard Schmid.

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Work by Kyle Stuckey available at Principle Gallery Charleston:

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Giving Way to the Night 36×36, oil on panel

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Over the Waters 15×10, oil on panel

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Night at the Fountain 28×53, oil on panel

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Dream Garden 33×24, oil on panel

Contact Principle Gallery Charleston via email art@principlecharleston.com if you’d like to inquire about any available works by Kyle Stuckey. Visit their website www.principlegallery.com/charleston if you’d like to see more work by Kyle!

Getting to know the artist, Joseph Zbukvic

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Joseph Zbukvic was born in 1952 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. His early education was extremely versatile and consisted of the visual and performing arts. However, in spite of his obvious talent for painting, he enrolled into a pedagogical university to study literature and language in 1967.

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Joseph Zbukvic painting the rural landscape of Melbourne

In 1970, Zbukvic’s studies were interrupted by political unrest in Yugoslavia, thus he decided to immigrate to Australia. There he saw an opportunity to start over and return to art. The artist resumed his formal education at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Zbukvic majored in Industrial Design and graduated with a diploma in art in 1974. During his time in school he began painting again and achieved instant success at art competitions. The artist won his first major award, the Corio Council Art Award in 1975.

Joseph painting boats

In Australia, Zbukvic was able to pursue his visionary interests and build a highly successful career in art. In 1978, he transitioned to painting full-time and rapidly established himself as one of the leading artists in Australia. Thus far he has had over 40 solo exhibitions in Adelaide, London, San Antonio – Texas, Brisbane, and Sydney.

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Zbukvic happily surrounded by a group of intrigued observers

Zbukvic has become a leading master of the watercolor medium as a result of his ability to transform any subject into an astounding form of visual language. The way the artist captures a diverse collection of subject matter through expressive and thoughtful brushwork has captivated people and galleries all over the world.

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The studio of Joseph Zbukvic

In an effort to get to know Mr. Zbukvic a little bit better, we asked him a series of eight different questions. Below are our questions and the artists answers!

Q. Which artists are you inspired by?

A. I have never really had a guru. My painting philosophy is very simple: I just paint.. I keep my mind as clear as I can with no influence of any kind.

Q. I know you had a strong passion for art growing up, was there a specific artwork(s)/artist(s) that you saw as a child or maybe older that really encouraged your decision to become an artist? If so, which artwork(s)/artist(s)?

A. I grew up on a small farm with no art influence whatsoever. There was just one painting in the living room. I remember it clearly. It was an oil in muted brown tones of a Dutch windmill by the canal. I looked at it but not really understanding what it was. Eventually I received a formal but very general art history education at high school. I was singled out for my drawing talent in art classes which sent me on that journey.

However I always say that art chooses you and not the other way around. A true artist is chosen by his calling…

Q. Who is your greatest role model?

A. My grandmother is still with me spiritually. She took me under her wing and was the first to recognize my talent and acknowledge me as a person. She is still my moral guardian even though she passed away many years ago. I would not be who I am without her guidance.

Q. What’s your favorite museum?

A. I actually avoid all exposure to art, believe it or not.. I find that it clods your thinking and polluted your vision. Remember; I just paint. I have visited museums in the past and decided to stop – hence my style is totally self induced and original for that reason.

Q. If you could host a dinner party and invite all of your heroes (alive or passed), who would you invite?

A. It would be a dinner for one, ha ha 🙂 (see above) I guess I’d love to meet some of the famous artists at the turn of the 19th-20th century, it was a great era for art. Maybe Leonardo da Vinci? He truly was amazing and original.

Q. How many hours a week do you spend painting?

A. I wake up thinking painting and go to sleep doing the same.. people think painting occurs only when brush in hand. True beginnings are in our dreams… The physical painting process is simply a result of that dream.

Q. Do you listen to music as you paint? If so, what songs make up your playlist?

A. Yes always – very eclectic. From Elvis to Pavarotti, from gypsy ballads to Hank Williams etc. Folk, classic, jazz, soul, country… you name it.

Q. Besides art, what are your other interests, hobbies, etc?

A. I always find this a strange question as art is omnipresent. However, I own a 1956 classic sports car, Triumph TR3 (see below). I sometimes take it for endless drives through our wonderful countryside.

Zbukvic currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

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Available works by Joseph Zbukvic at Principle Gallery:

ZBUKVIC Sunny Corner, Barcelona 72

“Sunny Corner, Barcelona” 10×14, watercolor on paper

ZBUKVIC At the Races II 72

“At the Races II” 12.5×9, watercolor on paper

Afternoon Peak Hour, Melbourne 72

“Afternoon Peak Hour, Melbourne” 21×13, watercolor on paper

Barcelona in the Summer 72

“Barcelona in Summer” 14×10, watercolor on paper

A huge thank you to Joseph Zbukvic for sending us some images and taking the time to answer our questions!

If you like the work of Joseph Zbukvic, visit his artist page on our website by clicking here. Also, feel free to email us (info@principlegallery.com) if you have any questions or to request further inquiries!

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