Gallery Watch

Gallery Events for August 8th through August 21

We motored into bela dubby on Saturday, August 5th, to check out the latest exhibit, "Car Kulture Show", which is meant to be an introduction to the upcoming, "Lakewood Car Kulture Show", which is being held in Madison Village on Saturday, August 26th.

This exhibit is a gathering of works by artists heavily influenced by the Kustom Kulture. Kustom Kulture is a term used to describe artwork, vehicles, hairstyles, and the fashions of those who drove and built custom cars and motorcycles in the U.S. from the 1950s to the present. Artists such as Von Dutch, or cartoonist "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, who developed the well-known hot rod icon character, Rat Fink, along with numerous tattoo artists, and automobile painters, all helped to form what is known as Kustom Kulture.

We were amazed at the different perspective each artist took in portraying their perception of the Kustom Kulture. Photographer Hadley Conner, in her work, King of Hearts, captures the essence of 1950's Americana with this shot of a woman seated at a diner. The viewer can almost imagine her burly grease-monkey boyfriend with a pompadour hairdo, who's out in the parking lot conversing with other hotrod aficionados- while she waits inside for her king of hearts. Jeremy "Jaybird" Lockhard's monochrome paintings, Study of Speed, and Revel in Roth, are monuments to the beginnings of the movement, while in comparison, the works of Scott Menke reflected the complicated pin striping detail found on today's hot rods.

While at the show, we had the opportunity to speak to one of the artists, Lori Diemer, a fine art photographer, whose work can regularly be seen in Heart of Lake County magazine. Her prints on canvas portray various close-up details found on old model cars. She indicated her preference for the detail compositions versus photographing the complete car and feels it provides a better graphic. Lori used a Polaroid SX70 manipulation technique which involves first applying pressure to the emulsion of the print as it develops with various tools, scanning the print with a flatbed scanner and downloading the digital file into photoshop where she then enlarges and crops the image, which is later printed onto canvas via an inkjet printer. This technique, paired with her composition choices, produced vibrant and exciting images in a contemporary style that we felt really worked.
Whether you're into kustom kulture or not, the trip is well worth it to view the works of the talented artists exhibiting at bela dubby this month

Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue

Second Annual AH SEAN Member's Show - "A Face in the Crowd," Art House, Inc., August 3 - 27, 2006. SEAN (Supporting Educators and Artists Network) is a professional development program that fosters best practices, artistic and personal growth. AH SEAN serves as a nexus between art and business; providing tools and opportunities for artists and arts educators to pursue their creative work.
The Beck Center for the Arts invites local and regional visual artists to display their works in our Galleria and theater lobby
bela dubby
13221 Madison Avenue
bela dubby's August show is the Car Kulture Show from Aug.1st-31st featuring the artwork of: Hadley Conner, Jeremy "J-Bird" Lockard, Lori Diemer, Psychoarts, Scott Menke of "Custom Pinstriping by Menke" & Kevin Moore. Car Kulture Show Aug. 26th 12noon-8pm
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am - 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight.

Local Girl Gallery
16106 Detroit Avenue
Friday, August 18th, 7pm
An acoustic show/ multi media event with local singer songwriters Chris Viola and Ryann Guitar Anderson partnered with Autumn Haze Pictures!
Chris and Ryann will perform both old and new favorites in their combined acoustic, indie rock, folk & jazz flavors and Autumn Haze Pictures will screen one of their short films, and show their award winning video for Mr. Viola's song "Strange & Sane". The video has won numerous awards at several film festivals and has been accepted to the Super Shorts Film Festival in London, England! Stop in for an evening of great music, good friends & food and help support our local talent!! Cd's are available too!Event is free and open to the public

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-5pm, Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm.

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Avenue

Pop Shop's current show "The Super Fly Show" runs through September 2nd. Artist/ gallery. AND! the pop shop will be offering CUSTOM Framing as of September 1st.

Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-6pm.

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio
1662 Mars Avenue

Call to Artists! Wobblefoot will be hosting another Juried Art Show. All artist should contact the gallery for entry forms. First place will be $500.00 Second place $250.00 Third place 150.00 and honorable mention.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.06.06