There are only a few more chances to witness Artists on the Square, a series of summer art demonstrations sponsored by MILLER GALLERY (2715 Erie Ave.) in Hyde Park Square. For two Saturdays during each summer month, the gallery sponsors a different artist for a demonstration. The artist creates while he or she discusses their own process and sources of inspiration with observers. Finished works are available for viewing, and the gallery offers cool refreshments. Next up is artist OBER-RAE STARR LIVINGSTONE, part of the Fifth Street gallery co-op, who will create and discuss his dramatic colorscapes. Don't miss a chance to watch the creative process in action. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Continues on Aug. 5 and 12. For more information, visit www.millergallery.com. ...
The end of July is upon us, and that means Final Friday arrives this week.
You'll want to make sure to stop by ENJOY THE ARTS/START GALLERY (1338 Main St.) for the eclectic work of artist ADAM MALONEY. Combining personal experiences with an intense fascination with Romanticist ideals, Maloney has created his debut exhibition, The Ladies Love a Suicide Bomber. The title inspires curiosity, of course, but his subject matter -- an exploration of women's stereotypical attraction to the "bad boy" -- most assuredly heightens it. Without giving anything away, it's safe to say that Maloney's version of the "bad boy" is more dangerous than expected. His mixed-media work is elementary and bold, with strong lines and distinctions -- the word "frenzied" comes to mind. Be among the first to see what the ladies love at the opening reception 6-10 p.m., Friday. Through Sept. 22. ...
While on your Final Friday trek, stop by 1305 GALLERY (1305 Main St.) for a chance to participate in an exhibition. The gallery opens for Pages, A Drawing Experiment Open to the Public. One dollar will buy you one page on which to create your own work around one topic -- you choose out of five options provided by the gallery. Participants can purchase as many pages as they like; then entries will reveal an array of styles and approaches to the pre-determined subjects. The public will judge entries during the Second Sunday on Main event in August. Try your hand at art: it's only one dollar. The evening also offers entertainment by DJ Iceburg and refreshments throughout the night. Pick up your "pages"6-11 p.m., Friday. Submissions due back by noon on Aug. 13, and judging occurs on Aug. 14. Prized awarded at closing reception. ...
Your last stop on this busy arts weekend should be the ARTWORKS TIMEWARNER CABLE GALLERY (811 Race St.) for an opening of their newest exhibition, Raise/Raze. The exhibition features a collection of work from national and local graffiti artists, including AREL, BERLIN, DNYE, DEVIOUS, ENDURE, GAMBLE, RAPES, SCRIBE, TIMBER, and WHEN, whose artwork is meant to initiate dialogue about the authenticity of graffiti in the world of traditional art. Be a part of the conversation during the opening reception on Friday. Through Aug. 18.
On view at the UNIVERSITY GALLERIES ON SYCAMORE (628 Sycamore St., Downtown) is SOS Art Retrospective, a collection of some of the best work submitted to the annual exhibition over the last three years. I urge anyone who missed the previous exhibitions to check out this one -- it's easy to tell that you're viewing a carefully crafted marriage between work that's graphic in nature and conceptual work that takes a more indirect approach to socio-political commentary. And the exhibition features a medley of highly-recognizable names as well as newcomers to the arts scene. Regardless of tastes, there's something for everyone's palate. Continues through Sept. 8. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade: B
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