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KALEIDOSCOPIC EXHIBIT, Intimate Views of Foliage: Romancing the Curves–Seven Feathers Convention Center, 10/15/11

“Kaleidoscope” 30×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

A seductive flirtation with captivating, curvaceous shapes and vibrant color sparks my passion for creating contemporary acrylic paintings. I embrace the nuances in forms, color and patterns drawn from the plant world.
My fascination with engaging designs in nature entices me to play with the subjects in preliminary thumbnail sketches to enhance their formation. Part of the seduction is discovering how to integrate the figures and emphasize their tantalizing contours. The decision of where to crop the images makes them intimate with the edges of the canvas. The resulting spaces surrounding the objects become intriguing configurations in the design. I toy with the elements until I’ve coaxed them into a pleasing arrangement of energy and rhythm that accentuates their distinctive qualities.
My excitement builds as I brush the concept on canvas, anticipating how exquisitely the objects can be embellished with luscious color, sculptural brush strokes and tangible textures. My hand and the pigment-loaded brush become graceful dancing partners, tracing the silhouettes to reveal their structure on canvas.
I savor the freedom and the challenge of going beyond merely reproducing images; to paint them as I choose to visualize them. I hope to achieve an animated, sensuous or playful quality with the graceful motifs that are a recurrent theme in my art. When things are going well, the brush strokes express flourish and a sculpted, carved quality, softness or energy; whatever is needed to convey the character and emotional energy of the structures. Viewers are escorted through the paintings; impregnated with the emotions the configurations and colors convey. I consider my work to be most successful when people express how my paintings make them feel.
I hope the celebration and interplay of forms, patterns and colors in my art provides joy, inspiration and sanctuary to individuals during stressful times of their lives. I create because it gives me pleasure to discover and embellish beauty in nature. I delight in having some degree of control in this one aspect of my life where I can see and render subjects as I choose to visualize them.
You can see Sandi Whetzel’s upcoming exhibit, KALEIDOSCOPE, thirteen intimate views of foliage, during the South Douglas County Festival of Arts, Saturday, October 15, 2011. This one day festival will be at Seven Feathers Casino Resort Convention Center in Canyonville, OR. Admission is free and the hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival features Douglas County’s finest painters, jewelry designers, potters, artisans and live music.
Sandi is very excited about showing this body of work because she rarely gets to share her flora genre. Whetzel is also known for her popular wine images that have promoted the wine industry in Oregon. The popularity of her wine series preoccupies available booth space at most of her exhibition opportunities. In addition to the floras, Sandi will also display reproductions of her popular wine series and her classy wine inspired apparel for men and women.
Currently Whetzel’s wine series is hanging at Liquid Assets Wine Bar, 96 North Main, in Ashland, Oregon through November 11th. First Friday Art Walks at that venue are from 5-7 pm, October 4 and November 7th. To see more of Sandi’s art, click here.

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Sandi Whetzel’s Art Featured at Seven Feathers Convention Center, Canyonville, OR: the South Douglas County Festival of Arts

R.S.V.P. Requested 24×12 acrylic © Sandi Whetzel

Sandi Whetzel’s contemporary art will be on exhibit at the Seven Feathers Casino Convention Center as part of the first ever South Douglas County Festival of Arts, October 16, from 9 am to 5 pm.  Admission to the event is free and in addition to fine art there will be wine tasting hosted by Delfino vineyards in the afternoon, live music by four different musical groups, live demonstrations, door prizes and free hands-on art activities for adults and children.  KPIC TV of Roseburg will be airing commercial advertisement of the festival on Wednesday, October 6 and one of my painting images will be shown.  How cool is that? There will be access to food at the entrance to the event, so you can plan to spend as much of the day as you like checking out everything at the festival.  Also in the building in a separate section will be Stampfest 2010 for stamp collectors and the Jefferson State Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show.  All events are free to the public. For more information about these two events click here .

I am really looking forward to this lively event.  I’ve heard some of the music and it is easy on the ears.  I am also excited because I will have the first of my wine themed apparel available for sale.  I’ve received a lot of very positive feedback regarding the first image, “R.S.V.P.”, (photo above).  I will have men’s and women’s polo style shirts, women’s scooped neck with cap sleeves and a few spaghetti strapped tops for women.  All shirts will be solid black with the image of this very popular painting at the left side of the shirt from the shoulder down across the chest and will float against the black background of the shirt.  It has a very classy, elegant look for both men’s and women’s attire.  It is a very unique, one of a kind image.  You can be one of the first to wear one of these shirts and everyone will ask how they can get one. If you cannot attend this event but are interested in purchasing one of these black shirts, email me at the email link to the right of this post or call me at 541-825-3525 for pricing and availability of each of the three shirt styles and sizes.

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