Posts Tagged ‘art exhibitions’

The Oak and the Cypress: Mia, Siena, Stripes

October 7, 2016

…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship. This painting was inspired by a […]

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Solo Show Explores Gay Marriage

October 2, 2016

In an exhibition sponsored by the City of Federal Way, painter Maura McGurk uses texture, color and found objects to explore long-term relationships, particularly gay marriage. McGurk explains that she arrived at this theme through a challenge she gave to herself, to begin using pattern in more conscious ways in her paintings. This technical consideration […]

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Artist Donates 10% of Sales to OneOrlando Fund

October 2, 2016

On Capitol Hill, the acknowledged center of queer culture in Seattle, the Pulse Nightclub murders in Orlando on June 12 exacted a special toll. Most of Seattle’s gay clubs are located here, and rainbow flags and crosswalks dot the landscape, visually knitting together disparate businesses and corners of the neighborhood. Seattle’s generally liberal vibe may […]

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

September 25, 2016

Deinstalling an exhibition is emotional work. It’s the end of something you’ve worked very hard for, you find yourself looking at empty walls once again, packing up the car and holding a little box of plastery nails and gnarled wire…when you’re used to making things instead of tearing them down, it’s tough. I just closed […]

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You’re Invited!

May 16, 2016

Tangier Overture To an exhibition of new paintings at the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way, Washington. The Oak and the Cypress …And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. Excerpt from “On Marriage” […]

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Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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The Art of Alzheimer’s

February 21, 2016

There’s an inspiring exhibition right now at Seattle City Hall that deals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The works on paper were created by artists aged 60 – 101, all of whom are living with some stage of the disease. Please notice that I didn’t write “suffering from”…they are “living with” this disease, and that kind […]

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City of Federal Way Awards Solo Show to Local Artist Maura McGurk

January 16, 2016

On the strength of her People’s Choice award-winning painting, Mia, Siena Stripes, the City of Federal Way, WA has awarded a solo exhibition to Maura McGurk. The exhibition will take place at the Knutzen Family Theatre art gallery in Federal Way, with an opening reception in May. Stay tuned for details!

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Maura McGurk Wins People’s Choice Award at City Hall Exhibition

October 29, 2015

The Federal Way City Council awarded painter Maura McGurk the People’s Choice Award at their council meeting Tuesday night, in recognition of her mixed media painting, Mia, Siena, Stripes. The work is part of the Arts Alive exhibition currently on view at City Hall. McGurk said that her inspiration for the painting came from two […]

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Art Opening at Pimienta Bistro & Bar

May 3, 2015

I’m very pleased to have been invited by Chef Blanca Rodriguez to show about 15 of my paintings at Pimienta Bistro & Bar in Federal Way, Washington. When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 pm Open House style; drop in anytime! What: A little party to celebrate my Italy-spired paintings as they hang on […]

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365 Days of Art: December 27 – NYC Mayor Doesn’t Understand Gorky’s Work

December 27, 2014

December 27, 1935 At the opening for a group exhibition that features one of Gorky’s sketches, for his airport mural, New York City Mayor Fiorella La Guardia meets Gorky, views his work, and tells a reporter: I am conservative in my art, as I am a progressive in my politics. That’s why I perhaps cannot […]

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365 Days of Art: November 20 – Dalí Has First Solo Show

November 20, 2014

November 20, 1929 Salvador Dalí has his first one-man show at a gallery in Paris. The work above is included in the exhibition.

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365 Days of Art: November 16 – Frida Writes a Letter from US, AIDS Exhibition Opens (Under Duress) After Grant Partially Restored

November 16, 2014

November 16, 1933 Frida writes a letter to her friend Isabel Campos that she is “dreaming about my return to Mexico”: New York is very pretty and I feel better here than in Detroit, but in spite of this I am longing for Mexico…Yesterday we had snow for the first time…there will be nothing to […]

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365 Days of Art: November 10 – Frida and Diego Arrive in SF, NY Times Reports on Nazi Looting, Gorky Exhibits at the Whitney, Hockney Faxes an Artwork

November 14, 2014

November 10, 1930 Frida and Diego arrive in San Francisco, where he has mural commissions to work on. November 10, 1943 The New York Times reports “Unique Collection of Art Treasures Taken Away by Germans in Italy”, referring to the trucks carrying artwork for Goring’s birthday party. November 10, 1936 Arshile Gorky’s painting Organization is […]

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365 Days of Art: November 9 – Pollock’s First Solo Show Opens, John Meets Yoko at Gallery, Emma Thompson’s Journey Opens in NYC

November 13, 2014

November 9, 1943 Jackson Pollock’s first solo show opens at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery. He has not yet painted the dripping works for which he’ll be most famous. November 9, 1966 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at her art opening at Indica Gallery in London. The work above impresses Lennon; after climbing […]

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