Sunday, July 22, 2012

P-Town Recap

With my partner, Dennis Niekro (the model for The Snake Charmer) at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery

I had an incredible time during my first visit to Provincetown earlier this month for the opening of my two-person show with Thomas Acevedo at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. What a wonderful experience! It was an honor to share the space with Tom's beautiful paintings.

With Thomas Acevedo and his paintings at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery

I was really proud to see my "Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities" series come together, and it was fun to meet and chat with the 200+ visitors to the gallery and hear what paintings were their favorites. As it was Bear Week in Provincetown, The Bear Tamer was particularly popular!

"Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities" series

I was excited that Brian Williams, the model for The Strong and Silent Type, was able to join us for the trip and be there at the opening.

Brian Williams with The Strong and Silent Type

Also featured in the show on an adjacent wall were some of my other paintings in the Lyman-Eyer collection, including The Dollypop Guild. There were many Dolly Parton fans who enjoyed hearing that Dolly herself has a print of this painting hanging above her make-up stand.

More of my paintings from the show

Jim Lyman, the gallery director, did an incredible job curating the show and he and his partner Mark were fabulous ambassadors for P-Town, filling us in on the must-see places and events. They couldn't have made us feel more welcome. It was also wonderful to see my colleagues from Dreamspinner Press, where I recently started my role as Associate Art Director, who made a special trip to Provincetown for the opening.

We took Jim and Mark's advice and spent the next few days enjoying Provincetown to the fullest, from crossing the never-ending breakwater to partying with the bears at the afternoon Tea Dance. On our last night, we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset cruise. All in all, it was a fantastic, magical, exciting trip. Let's do this again sometime!

Sunset cruise

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities

This Friday, July 6, my exhibit with Thomas Acevedo opens at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown. The reception begins at 7 PM, and the gallery is located at 432 Commercial St. Visit their website for more details. Here's a bit more about my new series that will be featured in the show:

With a nod to vintage circus, sideshow, and burlesque posters, my series Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities portrays scantily-clad male figures as star attractions. Their roles are varied – from The Snake Charmer with his cool, seductive gaze to The Bear Tamer, shown losing control of his act (and his pants!). This series also features two contemporary male burlesque dancers, Tom DeLish and Bobbie Burlesque, both of whom entice their audience to new understandings of male sexuality. By placing men center-stage as both storytellers and objects of desire, I seek to challenge traditional ideologies around gender roles. And the sumptuous imagery of the big top provides a perfect setting for viewers to be dazzled and delighted in the process. Step right up...

Time For Me To Fly
The Snake Charmer
Bird of Paradise
The Strong and Silent Type
The Bear Tamer
The Bondage Breaker
The Strongman
If you are interested in purchase information for the original paintings, visit my page on the Lyman-Eyer Gallery website here. Limited-edition prints are also available through the gallery as well as my online store.

I'm really looking forward to bringing this circus to P-Town, and seeing the paintings of my talented fellow exhibitor, Thomas Acevedo. Hope you can join us too!