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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MenuMasters - 2013

I had the honor of being commissioned by Ventura Foods to do a painting and set of prints for the 2013 MenuMasters Awards Ceremonies held May 18th at the Drake Hotel in Chicago presented by Nations Restaurant News. The MenuMasters Awards Ceremonies recognize visionary and creative foodservice professionals in Research & Development, Culinary and Menu Development. Awards are given to those who enhance the value of foodservice to consumers with exciting, industry-building innovations and breakthrough ideas.

The event was an absolute blast. There was a lot of wonderful food, wine, and great people. I had the opportunity to meet and chat with hundreds of folks at the after party and personalize their prints which was a lot of fun. A few other highlights for me were getting to meet this years winner for "Chef/Innovator", Jonathon Sawyer, founder of The Greenhouse Tavern, who prepared a tasty "Duck Zampone", having the odd (but delightful) experience of eating a Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco paired with a fine wine, and getting to be at the ceremony for the hall of fame induction of world renowned chef José Andrés of Think Food Group. Chef Andrés gave a compelling speech inspiring our food industry to be creative, and urging them to recognize their responsibility to feed people good, healthy, quality food. He summed it all up with a quote from Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin,

"The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they feed themselves."

A special thanks to Ventura Foods for the opportunity and experience. They did such a great job putting on a very fun, exciting, and elegant event.

Here is an image of the commissioned painting, "Provenance". Attendees received a giclée print of the piece as a gift from Ventura Foods and Nations Restaurant News.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CFADA Fine Art Annual

I will be heading to Charleston again this year to take part in the Charleston Fine Arts Dealers' Association (CFADA) Fine Art Annual weekend, Nov. 2-4.  Here is a brief schedule of events...

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. – CFADA Gallery Receptions & Historic Downtown Charleston Art Stroll

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. – Gibbes Museum Society 1858 gala preview & party, "Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper" at Gibbes Museum of Art

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 9 a.m. - noon – “Painting in the Park” - CFADA gallery artists gather for plein air painting demonstrations in Washington Park

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at Gibbes Museum of Art

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. – “Silent Auction & Patrons’ Reception” - Paintings from the morning plein air demonstrations are auctioned off. Proceeds raised go to much needed art supplies for participating Charleston County Schools.

Sunday, Nov. 4th, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at Gibbes Museum of Art

Here is a link to the CFADA website for more information on the event...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Daniel Ochoa...

Probably more recognized for his abstracted figurative work, but I can't get enough of these cityscapes...amazing.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Fresh Perspective"

This April at Wells Gallery I will be in a 3 artist show alongside great artists Sally Tharp and Curt Butler. It should be a really fun show, very different styles and approaches, but complementary to one another.

Opening Show Reception, April 6th, 5-8 PM

Wells Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

Friday, December 30, 2011

Southwest Art - "The Human Experience"

I am part of a figurative feature in the January 2012 issue of Southwest Art titled, "The Human Experience" which includes Michael Mao, Vincent Giarrano (cover), Cynthia Feustel, Ryan S. Brown, and Ignat Ignatov. Overall a pretty nice issue, there's a preview of The Coors Western Art Show, and a great feature with several prints of Carolyn Anderson's work (always amazing).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Artist's Magazine - 3rd place

My painting "In The Weeds" placed 3rd in the portrait/figure category for The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition. Many thanks to the magazine for putting on a great competition, and to artist/juror Robert Liberace for selecting my work. Check out all of the winner's paintings and interviews in the Dec. 2011 issue. The Artist's Magazine

I love Charleston

Definitely in my top 3 favorite places, probably top 2...closing in on the top spot. Just got back from a GREAT trip down there...here are a couple paintings Charleston specific, both at Wells Gallery right now.

Monday, October 17, 2011

CFADA Fine Art Annual

I will be heading to Charleston to take part in the Charleston Fine Arts Dealers' Association (CFADA) Fine Art Annual weekend coming up November 2-5. Here are a couple links with info to pique your interest if you are in the Charleston area that weekend...

More info on StyleePR.com

If you don't want to click the links, here is a basic schedule of events...

Wednesday, November 2, 6-8 p.m. – “Women in Art” Lecture at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Friday, November 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – CFADA Gallery Receptions & Historic Downtown Charleston Art Stroll

Saturday morning, November 5, 9 a.m. – noon – “Painting in the Park” in Washington Park

Saturday evening, November 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – “Silent Auction & Patrons’ Reception”

Hope to see you there!