Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Facebook Fan Page

I'm so grateful to have people around me that are wanting to continue getting the word out about my artwork. Thanks to Kessenich Contemporary for offering to start a "fan" page for me on Facebook. Yep. I said the 'F' word. I won't be personally managing the page, so if anyone needs to reach me directly, my website is still the best way. I'm hoping the FB page will make it easier to share even more news and updates, events, etc and that the convenience FB brings to so many people who love it as a social networking tool will be just that. At some point I'll have a link posted so if you're interested, dear readers, you can sign up as a "fan". Thanks for your support and thank you, Kessenich Contemporary!

Addendum: May 4, 2011
Here is the link!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: HKC/Jennifer J L Jones Solo Exhibition



Jennifer J.L. Jones, “Samsara II”, Mixed Media On Wood Panel, 60” x 60”, 2011

Who: Jennifer J.L. Jones

What: “Serenata” New Paintings

Where: Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

When: Opening Reception:
Friday, May 27, 2011, 5–7 PM
Exhibit continues through June 12, 2011

Contact Information: Nancy Hunter- 505.984.2111, hunterkirkland@earthlink.net

Abstract expressionist Jennifer Jones’s latest series, “Serenata,” uses mixed media on wood panels to chronicle her ongoing journey of self-discovery. Jones continues to refine her creative process, glazing thin layers of oil paint, acrylics, and tar to produce richly colored, heavily lacquered surfaces that reveal deeply embedded textures, as if fragments of memory were preserved and polished, then combined with elements of the natural world. Although personal, the subject matter references processes like growth, decay, and rebirth, reinforcing a universality that elevates her work to a level of communication that transcends boundaries between self and other.

“My paintings are my love songs, my poems, and my novels,” explains the artist. “They are my mysteries, my questions, and my answers; they are even my confusion, my heartbreaks, and my bliss. Through painting, I have discovered a ‘visual’ voice for my heart that has evolved into a serenade for my soul.”

Jones will be on hand for the opening reception on Friday, May 27, to discuss the techniques and inspiration that give life to her palette of rich colors and dark yet accessible surfaces.

The show continues through June 12, 2011.

Nancy Hunter- Owner/Director
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
200-B Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Additional digital images are available upon request

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog Bragging about John Folsom: Summering at the End of Empire

In an interview earlier this week, I was asked what kind of people attract me lately...

My answer is people who are full of light and life and are following their passion. Not to say I'm not close with people still finding their passion, but the people I'm immediately attracted to are those who know what they want out of life and are in the process of making it happen. There is a confidence there that is unmistaken. And I think it's safe to say we are all attracted to that innate quality, aren't we?

As far as artists go, I'm attracted to those that take viewers on a journey. We learn as they learn and we gain insight when there is growth in their work.

John's newest pieces that I was really drawn to

One such artist is John Folsom. If anyone here has been reading my blog on any regular basis or knows me personally, then you know I've been exhibiting my work with John for a few years now. We are good friends and contemporaries, and I've always been a huge fan of his work. I'm excited to say he has yet another Museum Exhibition under his belt! Congratulations, FO!!!!

Installation that is NOT to be missed!
Be sure to read about the reclaiming of the lost growth ring when you go to the show!

My favorite piece in the show

Two weeks ago tonight, John's Marietta Art Museum show opened. That was the night I returned from Italy and as much as I wanted to drive straight from the airport to attend the opening event, I was completely spent. The great thing about having a personal "in" with the artist is a private tour! I met up with John yesterday to see his show and talk with him about his latest body of works in 'Summering at the End of Empire'. I hope those of you in the local Atlanta area will be able to go see his show in person. It's fantastico! I'm blog-bragging here and sharing a few snapshots of the show that John has generously given me permission to post.

John Folsom with his work at Marietta Art Museum

John Folsom: Summering at the End of Empire

April 9 – July 3 in Galleries 1-3


John Folsom's work deals primarily with the way in which images of landscape are used or fictionalized to present a personal sense of place. Folsom's photographic paintings have been widely exhibited for the past 10 years and can be found in many collections worldwide.

Summering at the End of Empire

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Update

Now that I'm settled back in from my month in Italia, I've gone to my studio a few times and the paint is making me happy. I had a totally uninhibited paint day yesterday. No editing or thinking about what should happen next. It was messy and when I was done it was the perfect under layering that needed to happen for one of my new larger paintings. Now I'm up early looking at my calendar and lists of things that need to happen over the next few weeks. I'm excited to finish up these paintings for my upcoming solo exhibition at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary at the end of next month. They are beauties to be sure. Mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend!

Other news and tidbits to update you on would be that I've been invited to have my work in two books and while it's a bit premature to announce anything here just yet, I'm pretty excited and honored to have been selected. I also did an interview while I was in Italy regarding my new series of paintings, Serenata. This body of work is spanning the entire year of 2011, so this first segment of the series is what will be debuting out in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 27th.

In the studio I have a couple of new commissions started... and my work has recently been included in a few new private collections out in Illinois, Oregon and the Kalanipu'u Marriott in Hawaii. All blessings and I'm so grateful!

Other than this... things are quiet and it's a good thing for now. I need the next three weeks in the studio to concentrate and be free from anything but the now. A concept I finally understand.

Til next time, thanks for reading and the ongoing very much appreciated support. Where would I be without you?? Speaking of which, don't be surprised or confused if you receive a note from me soon asking those of you already on my mailing list to sign up again. Apparently, I was yet again flagged as a spammer because three artists on my mailing list flagged my email as junk and spam.... I have proof that they signed up for my mailing list, but in any case, I may be switching to MyEmma to finally get my mailing lists under control once and for all and so there is absolutely NO mistake about who signed up for my mailing list. I so want to avoid future issues. Enough is enough. I mean, it's really a pain in the arse to have to keep having to show proof that I am not randomly spamming people who signed up to hear about my art news. Sigh... Anyway... that will go out in the next few weeks. I hope you'll sign back up again at that point.

(Oh, and if you get a chance, don't forget to check out my online journal to see what else has been going on...)