On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to Surtex, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York where they were also hosting the International Contemporary Furniture Fair as well as the National Stationery Show. Surtex is a trade show for surface designers to sell or license their work to manufacturers. I wasn’t able to take pictures at Surtex or the Stationery Show because of copyright issues, but I was able to at ICFF.
It was a really good show, with tons of great new design.
In addition to my regular painting, I’ve been doing some faster paint doodles. Here are a few of them:
I was recently profiled as the recipient of the Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship on the Three Rivers Arts Festival website. I’ve been really busy preparing my paintings and planning my booth, so I’m excited to be able to talk a little bit more about my work here.
16 x 20, Acrylic on Board, 2013
When I was supposed to be learning Dreamweaver in class the other night I found this gem of an illustrator on Behance. They’re watercolor and colored pencil on drawing pencil and I’m obsessed with them. The colors are so amazing and the textures that the small patterns bring are completely perfect. They’re really Lisa Frank-ish in such a good way.
I’m going to drag this out over two posts because it’s my blog and I can do that.
I talked a little bit before about the AFTA convention being held in Pittsburgh on June 14th through the 16th this year. I’m so excited that it’s being held in Pittsburgh as I think it’ll be a great chance to show off the artistic community here as well as a wonderful way to showcase the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which will be happening at the same time.
If you or someone you know works at a non-profit arts organization, I think this would be ideal for them. I’m considering going to the Emerging Arts Leaders pre-conference, but I’m not sure yet.
They have scheduled discussions about creating successful cultural districts, helping artists succeed (everyone should definitely go to that one) and public art, among many others.
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March 16-April 13, 2013
4102 Butler Street Pittsburg, PA 15201
Unfortunately, I missed the opening for this show because I was stunned when I walked in to gallery sit last Sunday and was greeted with these lovely pieces. They are so nice, I can’t recommend going to see them enough. I love the repurposed materials and the really simple, clean lines. If you go, I promise you’ll love it.