This piece I finished today! “The Gardener,” oil on panel, 11″ x 14″. This portrait painted from life shows a woman surveying her handiwork over the landscape; there is pride and satisfaction in tending the vast gardens, but also a weariness with battling the endless cycles of nature. The romantic grisaille landscape provides a soft contrast to the strength of her features. This piece is being submitted today to the 14th Annual International Arc Salon. Wish me luck!
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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…” —As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, by William Shakespeare.
For the last 2 years, I have been privileged to work with some amazing artists in creating beautiful exhibitions hosted by dynamic companies and supporters of the arts. For this exhibition, The Art of Performance, we have our most dynamic idea yet. I am thrilled to curate this exhibition and cannot wait to see it come together.
A ballet dancer flits across the stage, while backstage, each performer waits for her cue. At a theater, the actors run lines in their dressing rooms and prepare their costumes. A storyteller in Australia passes down the stories of his ancestors around the fire. On a film set, the directors and crew work together to capture the nuances of the actors’ emotions and create a story. There is not one of us who has not been touched by the performing arts; whether by being part of it, or enjoying the stories and experiences that they produce.
The Art of Performance is an event that celebrates both the visual arts, and the performing arts. We will have a curated art exhibition of paintings that relate to the performing arts, and also a special 35 minute performance by actors from the Actor’s Lab drawing from material that deals with themes of visual arts. To find out more about the Actor’s Lab, click here. In this unique exchange we honor and give vibrance to both art forms.
There will be light refreshments for guests, and the event is free and open to the public!
The Art of Performance art exhibition will be held at the Actor’s Lab at 110 West Lancaster Ave, #150, Wayne, PA 19087 on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6 to 9pm. The performance by Actor’s Lab students will begin at 8pm. For the curated art exhibition, all artwork that deals with the performing arts such as dance, theater, film, spoken word, miming, or more, will be considered. All work must be in 2 dimensional media, within the dimensions of 30″ in any direction and properly framed or presented. Entry fee for submitting up to 3 paintings is $20. Submission of work is not guarantee of showing.
Curator for this exhibition is gallery director (me), Jessica Libor. Jessica received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 2014 and has been painting, exhibiting and curating since then.
Deadline to submit your work digitally: March 16
Work chosen by juror Jessica Libor: March 16–29
Included artists sent an email regarding work: March 30–31
All physical work must be received by: April 20
EXHIBITION DATE: Saturday, May 4th. This is a one night exhibition, and artists may take any unsold work with them at 9pm the night of the exhibition. If you are unable to attend, you can pick up the work or have it shipped.
HOW TO SUBMIT: to submit your work, please follow the full submission guidelines at https://eracontemporary.com/calltoartists/
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It was an honor to paint this commission wedding portrait for a recent project. The finished piece is oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″. I started the piece before the wedding, and painted the bulk of it during the couple’s wedding reception at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It was wonderful speaking to guests about my process and being a part of the couple’s wedding day! I feel honored to have added a joyous experience to the occasion by immortalizing the moment in a painting.
If you are interested in commissioning a painting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
My December collection of painting studies has been released! These artworks will be up and available until January 15, 2019. Many are water and snow inspired, impasto landscapes in oil. To view the full collection please visit http://www.jessicalibor.com/shop/
“All of life’s a stage, and we are merely players.” —Shakespeare. Decide who you want to be today, and be her. This helped me today while giving a talk to students at Rowan College about art, curating and structuring your life as a creative. It was my first time giving a full length lecture to students and I was a little nervous! What helped was actually thinking about the things I really wanted these students to know. I tried to put myself in their shoes as soon to graduate artists, and impart every useful tip I could about the artist life. Although I certainly don’t know it all and learn more every day, I’m hopeful what I did have to say was helpful to someone. One point in the talk was about loving your work. You really gotta love each piece. Put your heart and soul into it, and truly believe it’s something you’re proud of. When you do, other people will recognize the value you put on your own work and respond to it. A big thanks to Michelle Haberll who organized this talk and is a fabulous teacher and artist in her own right! Photo is from the mysterious interior of Philadelphia’s City Hall, dress from Free People.
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As we begin the search for holiday gifts, please consider special items handmade by artists and makers with love. In honor of Black Friday, I am running a sale for my artwork that goes for 48 hours starting today (Friday!). You may take 25% off anything in my online shop with the checkout code FRIDAY. This includes several new winter studies and the “Wildflower Duet” above made with vintage frames, oil painting and 23 karat gold leaf. To see what’s available, go to www.jessicalibor.com and click on “Available Works”. Have a happy holiday weekend!
“Chanel Modes,” oil on linen, 16″ x 20″, by Jessica Libor 2018. Coco Chanel began her fashion career as a hat maker, obtaining her milliner’s license in 1910 and setting up her shop at 21 Rue Cambon, Paris. The name of her shop was “Chanel Modes.” Her career and legacy as a fashion luminary that changed the world grew from there! Email email@example.com if interested in this piece.
This 5″ x 7″ oil on panel study was made in preparation for a larger painting with the same subject matter. Did you know that Coco Chanel was a milliner (hat maker) before she began making dresses? She had her own shop, called “Chanel Modes.”
Message if interested in this piece! Done while studying at the Grand Central Atelier.
A detail for a work in progress on my easel right now. Taking inspiration from royal portraiture. I am so grateful to collectors who commission pieces that allow creative freedom–so thankful for that trust in my creative vision. It is humbling and makes me want to do my best. I had to capture the little rainbow on the piece this afternoon (see it in the lower left corner?) sparkling from the studio window. Looking forward to revealing the whole piece. If you are interested in commissioning your own piece, email me your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear about it!