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/
Creativity takes COURAGE. It is terrifying to put all you are into a work, and let the world see it. That is why art makes an impact; really good art lingers long after you have seen or heard it because the artist has had the courage to express something real. May all of us who call ourselves artists have that same courage. This view from the Berthe Morisot exhibition at the Barnes Foundation.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
What we focus on is what we see. “Mermaid’s Lair,” oil on panel, painted today watching the sky reflected in the waves and the surf against the rocks. Can’t you just imagine a mermaid on these shores? Oil on panel, 8″ x 8″, by Jessica Libor. Email me at email@example.com for purchase inquiries.
“Washing Ashore,” a recent plein air painting done in Ocean City NJ! I wanted to capture the peace and feeling of eternity in the ocean. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in this piece.
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Ohh April! My very favorite time of the year is when the cherry blossoms are out in full bloom, and the great long stretch of summer is out before us in glorious, warm possibility. I spent some time this week painting the cherry blossoms and happily reveling in their heavenly beauty… I was in the park almost every day! Check out my time lapse of the painting done and a few of my other pieces. Send me a message at email@example.com if you are interested in collecting any of these oil sketches.
White top and pink skirt: Forever 21. Lavender dress: true vintage. Blue dress: Urban Outfitters. Floral dress: true vintage. Striped top: Lucy Paris. Hats: Forever 21. Sunglasses: Green Street Consignment.
Which is your favorite look? What about favorite cherry blossom painting?
I can’t leave without posting the most epic floral painting ever. “The Roses is Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Enjoy! Until next time,
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I’m very excited to invite you to a very special exhibition this Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 6pm at St. John Boutique at 160 North Gulph Rd. in King of Prussia, PA. This exhibition is made possible by a collaboration between St. John and Era Contemporary Gallery. I will be exhibiting 7 new paintings along with Nathan Durnin, also with 7 of his new gorgeous paintings, interspersed among the Spring collection of fashion designs for women by St. John. I will be there and excited to meet visitors! Light refreshments will be provided as well. I hope to see you there! Scroll down to see a selection of the work that will be on display. If you’re interested in a piece, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org!