Posts Tagged ‘art exhibitions’

Tonight – three never-before-seen paintings!

November 11, 2017

Tonight at Georgetown Art Attack, I’ll be displaying three works that have never been shown before…come by and see for yourself! More to follow…

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Invisible Cities by Terri Saulin-Frock

October 28, 2017

I love going into what I call “real places” and seeing “real art”. For example, there’s an editioned print (not a poster) in the bathroom at the mall, or a quality painting hanging permanently at a bar. I was in the Philadelphia International Airport recently, and even though rotating art exhibitions are becoming more popular […]

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McGurk Mysteries

October 26, 2017

At my art opening the other night, I engaged in a rather mind-blowing conversation. While I was chatting with a visitor, he idly looked at my business card holder on the countertop, and kind of brushed his index finger along my name. Half to himself, he said he hadn’t heard that name since he was […]

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Accumulations, Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

October 20, 2017

“Accumulations” are what Yayoi Kusama called these multiple soft sculpture phalluses that she patiently sewed and placed in rooms, in platforms mounted on floors and walls, and even in two rowboats. Kusama made these pillow-esque, polka-dotted, cartoon-like, engorged phalluses as a way to get over her fear of sex – and one vintage 1960s photo […]

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Terra Cotta Warriors

October 12, 2017

Picturing this exhibition of 8,000 clay statues, I imagined tabletop action figures, as far as the eye could see. Toy “army men” fashioned for grown-up royalty. But what was I thinking – royalty gets the royal treatment, after all – this army, whose purpose was to guard China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, during the […]

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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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12 Paintings in Exhibition to Honor Orlando

July 10, 2016

This June, I did something I’ve been meaning to do for several years: I created a painting each day of the month to celebrate Pride. I was having fun with this project, and adhering quite nicely to my self-imposed deadlines. Then Orlando happened, and the project took on a slightly new meaning. Where earlier in […]

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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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