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Art Matters Salon and Panel Discussion at RGAC May 21!

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Art Matters Salon and Panel Discussion at RGAC May 21!

Join southern Oregon art community leaders for a discussion of the importance of art to individuals, kids, education, local economies, people with disabilities and the broader community! Share why art matters to YOU in an informal setting and hear why others value art too. Let your voice be heard by people who have influence in southern Oregon arts policy! arts-matter-salon-announcement_may-21

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An Artful Valentine to My Art Fans: Abstraction, Romance, Elegance and Simplicity Revealed in My Recent Art

An Invitation to Romance 12×24 acrylic © Sandi Whetzel

How can abstraction and romance, elegance and simplicity all be used to describe my most recent paintings?  These terms may seem somewhat contradictory, but they are all revealed in my three most recent paintings.  Let me explain…

The first one, An Invitation to Romance, definitely suggests romance with the strewn rose petals leading the way to the elegant goblet and bottle of wine, waiting to be served up.  The drama of the elegant evening colors against the black and atmospheric blues is devoid of distracting, extraneous elements. This drama and simplicity, exude romance and eleganceby design.

Wine Dream 16×20 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

The second image, Wine Dream, is an abstraction of a wine pour in a delicate goblet shape that forms a woman bathing in wineful bliss.  Yes, the goblet itself is actually missing; adding to the abstraction of the piece.  The simplicity and drama of the red, gold and black, as well as the shapely woman could inspire romance. This concept, so minimal in design, needed more elements.  I decided to add the metallic gold and red ribbon-like strips and the red sentimental  words to add some more simplicity, elegance, romance and abstraction elements to the piece.

The third image, Simply Wine!, an abstraction of a wine bottle and goblets is a simple, contemporary design with minimal detail.  It’s that simplicity of design against the dramatic black background that gives it abstraction and elegance.
                                                          

Simply Wine! 12×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

So, to all my loyal art fans, I want to wish you a happy Valentines Day.  I hope I’ve inspired you to put a little romance into your life; even if it’s only to look at some contemporary romantic art.  That’s my Valentine’s gift to you.

I’ve included the fourth image, Grape de Menthe, because it is an abstraction of grapes and because the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers have selected it to promote the “Greatest of the Grape” event March 2nd.  To learn the inspiration behind that painting and details of the “Greatest of the Grape”, http://bit.ly/14TuaXk

To see more of Sandi’s art and order originals and reproductions in various print options,  visit Sandi’s website

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CALL TO ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE FOR THE ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER’S HOLIDAY ART BOUTIQUE

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center—Southern Oregon’s premier non-profit community art center—will host the “Spirit in Hand” Holiday Boutique November 11-December 23, 2011. This is a juried show and sale of one-of-a-kind hand-made gift items such as hand-made textiles, fiber & wearables; pottery & ceramics; glass, metal & woodwork; jewelry; leatherwork; mixed media and upcycled items; seasonal cards; candles; and body care products will be considered. Small framed artwork (no larger than 12” in any direction) will also be considered.

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