May
23
2011

Local Raleigh Artists Unite to Help Fellow Artist and Friend!

Raleigh, NC (May 18, 2011)//For nine  months in 2009 Raleigh documentary film director Robert King and his wife, Lisa created a film that followed the unique art-collaboration between three local artists: Georges Le Chevallier, Sean Kernick and Paul Friedrich. The result of this process is the film “3 the Hard Way”. Now, two years later Robert King has been diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. These artists are uniting once again, this time to support their friend by raising money from a one-time special screening of the film “3 the Hard Way”. All proceeds from this screening will help with medical costs and finding a cure for King.

King was diagnosed with a glioma brain tumor on January 10, 2004.  The spot on his brain had been growing since 2001. He received brain surgery in 2004, and 100% of the tumor was removed.   Recently, between May 2010 and January 2011 the tumor returned and is now a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. King went through chemotherapy and radiation and it has not shrunk the tumor. Money is being raised to search for Roberts cure.
 
3 The Hard Way is Kings’ documentary of the artistic collaboration of Kernick, a graffiti artist from the streets of Philly, Friedrick, a cartoonist born and bred in the South, and Le Chevallier, French Puerto Rican mixed media/collage painter. King followed the three artists as they worked in partnership to create 14 canvases and 15 drawings. Each artist started with three to six pieces and the medium and materials were of the artists choosing. Once all the works had  been prepared and painted, there was an exchange and each artist traded out his works for a set of the two other artists.

Film Screening
WHEN: 7:00 pm, Thursday June 2nd, 2011
WHERE: Mission Valley Cinema
2109-124 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
HOW: Ticket price is $7.00
To purchase advance tickets go to www.AmbassadorCinemas.com <http://www.AmbassadorCinemas.com>  and click "buy tickets"
 
Screening starts at 7pm followed by a Question and Answer session with Director Robert King and the cast of the documentary.
 
www.UnitedforRobert.com <http://www.UnitedforRobert.com>
 
3 The Hard Way Movie Trailer
http://bit.ly/5gHkKl
 
As a master in the hair field, Spinelli has worked on movie sets in Los Angeles, and has performed in Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Come out for Triangle Fashion Week and see his wonderful designs, paired with clothing from Runway Couture, Tacori jewelry presented by Diamonds Direct, and SoHo Shoes

Media Contact:
Carrie Le Chevallier
Bounce Media-Marketing
919-412-2645  
Carrie.LeChevallier@yahoo.com <mailto:Carrie.Lechevallier@yahoo.com>
 
Attachment:  Robert King photograph
 
About Robert King:
Robert was born August 5, 1973. He grew up in Broward County, Florida. He is married to Lisa King, his partner in the film company Octave Blue.  King has a daughter named Kayla King who was born in 1995. He now lives in Raleigh.

 

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May
18
2011

If I Sell out at this show, I won't have enough art for the next one... by M Theresa Brown

I chatted with a potter recently about entering an upcoming show that I thought would be good for her.  She surprised me when she laughingly confessed that the previous year she had skipped that opportunity because she was afraid that she would have no time to re-stock her pottery when she sold out at the show held two weeks earlier.

In my  twenty one years of selling my art for a living, I have stumbled near or into many pitfalls known to beginning businesses......and I have a seasoned amount of "Things Not To Do" stories. It doesn't stop at one thing of course. Rather it's more like a Folder on my computer with numerous categories  inside.

One of these Folders in my brain refers to the artist beginning to participate in art shows. I won't go into the little mistakes that I initially made with seemingly small things that became huge as the event wore on such as forgetting the sunscreen, weights for the tents, business cards or bottled water.  Those fall under the heading of "That won't happen again."
But I will focus on that Folder that I discovered every artist has when contemplating a series of shows regardless of what he creates. And that is the concern of "If I enter this show and sell out, I won't have enough for the show in 3 weeks" syndrome.

Looking back it's actually funny only in the context of how much angst and brain power it caused in looking at all the possibilities such an event would cause. But when an artist first comes across the need to make a plan of the upcoming show season, it wreaks havoc with one's logistical skills. And, as it always turns out, unnecessarily.  It is a rare artist or craftsman who is left with nothing to sell at the next show after hitting a bonanza at the current one. The typical range of emotions runs the whole gamut during the course of the show from mentally calculating the bank deposit  to the stark realization (or conclusion) that you may not make expenses. And somewhere in the back of this artist's mind are the words from a seasoned show artist to "Not worry about selling everything in your booth." Ouch.

 My potter friend was rueful about her beginning  naivety and now enters the shows that she can accommodate based strictly on business factors.  She learned that the old adage "Never count your chickens before they hatch" has nothing to do with lack of optimism, it has everything to do with  reality and missed opportunities while waiting for just one batch to hatch. The beginning artist often quits after just one or two shows because the expectations fell  short of the reality.  But there is NO golden rule for success at every art show or festival you enter. There are definite rules that will enhance your chances of success, but every show is a learning experience. And each time you participate and file away the experience, and learn positively from it, you enhance the chance that you might, indeed, sell all your art in your booth and not have enough for the next show!


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May
9
2011

The Total Art Experience by M Theresa Brown

The dew on the grass was wet, the morning almost chilly, but Saturday, May 7 was our scheduled "Paint in the Garden" START (www.startart.com) class and we had a dozen people coming in at 10:00 am to learn or re-experience painting "Plein air" or from life outside at our studio.
Right on cue, the sun peeped over the trees and scattered light across the garden flowers and roses.  Students ranging from 12 to 72  gathered in the studio and we started a day that for most, was a first! They were all painting scenes, not from photographs, but from the actual subjects themselves!

My artist husband, Stephen Filarsky,( www.smfilarsky.com) specializes in this form of painting. He has quite a following among his collectors as he is an avid "plein air" painter and thinks nothing of stopping, flipping out his Julien easel and whisking off an oil  painting or two on our travels.  So we were sharing our tips and techniques on that beautiful day to encourage the participants to discover the joy of the art zone. That place where you are lost for a short while in creating art. Your art. And perhaps in doing so, changing your life forever.

It takes a little organization to pull off oil palettes, brushes, solvent, chairs, tables, easels and individual locations for a dozen people. Our thanks to  START director, Christina Harles for participating and loaning some much needed easels for the outdoor class!

So what happened at this painting party and why were they there?  Several of the participants were there because they were painting an oil painting for their mothers for Mothers Day! Another brought her mother after purchasing a gift certificate. The two youngest were there with participating parents who were encouraging their offspring to enjoy art.  Several were experienced artists who needed the discipline of a workshop to "make" them get out and paint!

Steve first demonstrated a quick method for getting the basic shapes and colors and after watching a few minutes, the particpants returned to their selected areas and started. That was the hardest part for most. Starting! Our 10:00-noon class ended with a lunch break and a sharing of Steve's favorite painting beverage for loosening up adult painters-Mimosas.  Those staying for the second half of the day brought their lunches. All were relaxed, enjoying the day, the moment, the scenery and the experience! Our 1:00-3:00  class began when everyone moved to new locations and started again. We shared not just the scenery but the dogs, the goats,  the ponies and the old cat!

Painting outside while looking at a subject is a unique way for all artists to re-examine just what a rose or a trellis or the colors in their selected vignettes REALLY look like! None who do this will ever see their subjects again in the same light. For a few, their paintings at this class were their very first paintings and a whole new world has been opened to them! 
Some are coming back the next Saturday to do it all over again in watercolor. http://www.portraitsnc.com/lessons/Painting-Rose-Garden-Watercolor-I.html
All  experienced that Total Art Experience. That relaxed, peaceful feeling that only comes from the complete immersion, for whatever length of time, in the enjoyable process of creating of art!

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