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Friday Finds: Galleries to Love

7 Sep

This whole economic mess has contributed to the loss of countless galleries around the US.  I know first hand what it is like to put blood, sweat and tears into one.  OK, maybe not blood, but plenty of sweat and tears, I assure you! 😉  I’ve heard some folks say that the old gallery model is a thing of the past, gasping for air, dead in the water.  But I believe in galleries!  And today, I’m featuring some brick & mortar galleries that are out there, doing it right.  These folks are hustling, marketing, selling and making magic happen for their artists and communities.  Put ’em on your list to check out, whether you can do so in person or online!

Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Florida Mining Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Gallery Orange, New Orleans, Louisiana

Taylor de Cordoba, Culver City, California

**I’m so excited to finally get a chance to visit Taylor de Cordoba and all the other LA area galleries when Mr. Forager & I hit SoCal in October!  Can’t wait to drag him all over Los Angeles.

Diehl Gallery | Florida Mining | Foster/White | Gallery Orange | Taylor de Cordoba

I hope you’ll check out these galleries when you’re in their respective cities– well worth the trip!  You can see more of my favorite artsy spots on my Pinterest board, Artsy’s Guide to Galleries.  Do you have a favorite gallery?  Let me know in the comments below!

Astronomical Manifestations: Monica Petty Aiello

6 Sep

Our first full day in Glacier, while Mr. Forager & I were on our big camping trip this summer, we did a 15 mile hike.  The longest I’d ever hiked before was around 7.5 miles.  And I need new hiking boots.  This combo equalled some pretty painful, ugly blisters on both my little pinkie toes.  I love hiking, but I’m not a huge fan of anything that causes me physical pain.  Mr. Forager was appropriately contrite and to make it up to me, a few days later let me drown my pain in pizza, huckleberry ice cream and a little artsiness in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  It was there that I discovered some of the most striking work I’ve seen in a while– the work of mixed media artist Monica Petty Aiello. [ Warning: Online images do not do this work justice!  The richness of the colors and texture can really only be appreciated in person! 😉 ]

TheTwins at Babbar’s Edge, acrylic, ink, fiber and paper on panel, 72×48

Upon first view, I was drawn to Aiello’s work for the way it reminded me of the beauty of the geological wonders we’d just begin to explore in Yellowstone.  These were familiar, yet most excitingly foreign.

Many Faces of Prometheus 3, acrylic, ink, fiber and paper on panel, 32×32

Many Faces of Prometheus 2, acrylic, ink, fiber and paper on panel, 32×32

The pieces are “actually topographical landscapes of the planets and moons within our solar system”.  Not what you were expecting?  Me either!  Once I heard that, I could see it, but I also see other possible inspirations– such as fossils, lichen, microbiological imagery, geodes, underwater life.. the list goes on.  It’s the ambiguity of these that is much of their appeal.  We’re looking at a glimpse into another world, but which one?

Many Faces of Pele, acrylic, ink and fiber on panel, 28×28

To see more of Monica Petty Aiello’s work, please visit her website and the website of Diehl Gallery.  What do you see in these?

All images are via the Diehl Gallery website.

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