to own one of my ink on yupo works. I will have four available at the Wassailing Wednesday event at City Art from 5:00-8:00 PM this Wednesday, December 15. I have never offered them at a show before, so this will be a first! They will come with white mats and hinged foamcore backing so that you can frame them as desired! Pictured above is "Gentle Reminders"...it reminds me of an illustration from an old book. Hope to see you at City Art this Wednesday!!! Bring a friend, and buy local and buy original art to support the regional artists who will be showing at this event. For more information, click the City Art link on the right column of this blog.
at City Art on December 15 from 5:00-8:00 PM. I am pleased to be a featured guest artist. So, come pick out some small affordable works from me or choose from the large selection of art from regularly featured City Art artists. Regional art is a gift of love in many ways...buy for your family and friends or for yourself. Here are some small works that I will have at the gallery. City Art always does it right, so come out for this special event!
Finally...I have a professional easel. It's the Santa Fe I model. Purchased from my favorite supply place....City Art! Speaking of City Art, I will be showing small works on Wassailing Wednesday, December 15 from 5:00-8:00 PM. Come see me!
One of the first paintings that I sold at Verve five years ago is shown in the design article of the current Columbia Metropolitan Magazine (p.42). The title of the article is "House of Memories" and features the design work of Sumner Holman of Verve. I also get a mention on page 45. I really enjoyed finding out about this through a friend who had seen the article! So, if you see a copy of the magazine, check it out! And, as always, thanks Verve!
I just learned today that I have been selected by a five jury panel to be included in the Digital Graffiti spontaneous ArtRageous project. Five images of my art will be projected in various public places throughout the City of Columbia during December 2010. These places will include city malls, major streets and places of business open during the third shift (factories and late night restaurants). The images will also be permanently featured on the ArtRageous website and be included in a video recording of this unique project.
And then there is the Art Book. Ten artists were selected to be featured in an original handmade book...I am one of the ten selected. I would list the other 9, but I will wait for them to share their news before I do! The book will also feature artists who have been part of Pocket Productions events like the "Playing After Dark" Friday Night Gala series or through the "ArtRageous" spontaneous projects. Five artists will be commissioned to come up with designs for the handmade book and then one of these designs will be used to make 200 copies to be sold at a gala event presentation at the Columbia Museum of Art in Spring 2011.
So, stay tuned for more information and keep your eyes open for images. Congratulations to the other artists selected...you will know many of them!
2010 sure has been a great art year! Soli Deo Gloria!
Two events are happening on Thursday, November 18. Here's the skinny:
Vista Lights, Columbia, SC....join me at the Gallery at DuPre for a show of new works. For this show, I will have my typical paintings and will also be offering new works from my "Retired Brush" series. Join us from 5:00-10:00 PM...the Vista is sure to be the happening spot to kick off the Christmas Season.
Florence Museum, Florence, SC...the 22nd Annual Friends of the Florence Museum Miniature Art Competition Show opens with a reception at 7:00 PM. Both of my submittals (read about them below) juried into the show along with 48 other entries...these works could not exceed an image size of 4" x 5"! The juror for this show was Columbia artist Susan Lenz of 80808 Studios and the Mouse House!
As always, thanks for the continued support of my art adventures...2010 has been a great art year!
For my friends who do not follow me on facebook or those on facebook that have not noticed the announcements, I will have small affordable paintings at an open house organized by Etchings in Stone that will take place this Wednesday and Thursday at 1230 C Avenue, WEST COLUMBIA, in the space occupied by O'Connor Design Firm. Please stop by between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM on either day or both days! You will find etched glass, stone and more by our event organizer, Dianna Lydiard. You will also find contemporary landscapes by Cami Hutchinson. Some local jewelry artisans will also have work available. I will be at the event on Thursday between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM...I hope to see you there! The photo above represents what I will have for purchase!
I am planning to enter this into an upcoming miniature competition in Florence...this is the favorite of all the 2" x 4" paintings I did last November for Vista Lights. I knew there was a reason I was holding on to it...hopefully it will do well in the Miniature Show. Framing by City Art.
The full exhibit of 75 paintings will be in Rock Hill through November 21 and the top 30 paintings will travel the state for a year. I am very pleased to be part of the traveling show. This year's juror was Ms. Barbara Nechis.
The Arts Council of York County & SC Watermedia Society present SC Watermedia Society's 33rd Annual Art Exhibition at the Dalton and Perimeter Galleries located in the Center of the Arts, 121 E. Main Street in Rock Hill. The show runs October 2 - November 21, with a public reception on Saturday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30 PM. My painting, "Abstracting the Respite of My Childhood" will be in the show...in fact, I delivered it today! I'm looking forward to seeing the other paintings that juried in!
These were done this past Thursday night using India Ink (sepia and turquoise) on yupo synthetic paper. Sometimes it is nice to experiment with different materials. I am happy with the outcome. Yupo has a unique sheen to it that does not translate in the photos.
A geologist-turned-artist-still-geologist-but in a management position kind of guy had to be "inspired" by the Gulf oil spill eventually. Here is the result. Hopefully once pristine environments will be pristine again...all in time!
"Abstracting the Respite of My Childhood" (18" x 18") juried into the SC Watermedia Society Show that will run October 2 - November 21. Out of 171 entries, 75 juried in. Now to get it framed to specifications and delivered to Rock Hill. Glad to be accepted into this important show!
I completed this diptych about 2 months ago but I haven't posted it yet because I could not come up with a name for it. I finally named it tonight. This was painted when my father's health was declining rapidly and we were all waiting for his death...he held on until seven days after his 89th birthday. My dad was a great fisherman and was always on the waters of Lake Murray. I remember thinking about the transition from his wordly body to his eternal Heaven while painting this....he was a believer and he raised his children to believe in Christ also. With this being a diptych, I thought "Until Death Us Do Part" would be an appropriate title.
... visually and literally. The pop up gallery presented by Michael Mitchell Interiors during Spoleto from May 13 – June 13 is becoming a permanent fixture on King Street in Charleston. The new awning along the storefront was installed this week, and Michael’s Facebook friends could easily see his excitement about the new addition to the building…the photo is his new profile picture and I “stole” it to post here. As you know, Michael is representing my art in the gallery. I have yet to make the trip to Charleston but there are currently 11 originals in the gallery thanks to the postal service and Alicia Leeke, a fellow artist and neighbor, who graciously transported the larger paintings for me. I will soon get there to see for myself and meet Michael in person (you would think a College of Charleston graduate from 1986 would make it to Charleston more than he does, but Charleston – like his undergraduate years – seems a world away although it is a short drive from Columbia)! Anyway, I can tell from my interaction with Michael on the phone and electronic correspondence, that he is greatly passionate about what he does and he believes in his artists, friends and family and takes a refreshing team approach in the way he conducts his business. If you are in Charleston, please stop by and visit this destination shop at 438 King Street. I am happy to have his support, and I will return that support to him by helping promote his business. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 – 6:00 and by appointment. Gallery phone is (843) 564-0034 and a website is in development to show off his interior design skills (published in four magazines) and the gallery. Other artists showing at this location include Toni Elkins, Bonnie Goldberg, Alicia Leeke, Darlett Stone, Ed Shmunes, Esther Melton, Elena Madden, Debbie Martin, John K. Crum and many others!
This is a 36" x 60" canvas that I have primed and textured...it was photographed in front of a large window so that the light would come through and show the texture...those are the braces showing through. I love the way the texture came out...now I just need to start applying color sometime soon. We'll see what develops!
Lee Monts is a Christian artist who primarily creates contemporary acrylic paintings on canvas, paper and board. A native of Chapin, South Carolina, his formal education is in geology. He has been a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, since 1987 and is employed full time by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Lee began painting in 2002 and has had no formal art training. He considers his talent to be a gift from God and hopes that his art brings glory to the Lord. His work has been featured at Cameo Fine Art Gallery (Vista Lights 2003, Artista Vista 2004); Dining With Friends (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009); Idylwild Arts Gallery (May 2004, November 2004, December 2004); South Carolina State Fair Juried Professional Fine Art Show (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); InspirArte (October 2004); About Face Group Show at Gallery 80808 (October 2004); About Face Showcase at the Columbia Museum of Art (April-June 2005); ArtCan Studio and Gallery (December 2004); Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe' (February-June 2004); The Bus Stop Gallery (February 2005, September 2005, December 2005, March 2006, September 2006, January 2007, November 2007); South Carolina Philharmonic juried show "Pictures at an Exhibition" at Gallery 80808 (April-May 2005); South Carolina Philharmonic Show "Painted Violins" (2006, 2008); "An Evening in the Arts" in Charleston, SC (September 2007); O’Connor Design Firm (May 2007, December 2007); the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts juried art sale (April 2008); Columbia Metropolitan Magazine Dream Home (2009); Group Show of the Artists’ Round Table at Gallery 80808 (September 2009); Art with a Heart (September 2009); Verve Fine Interiors (2005 - ongoing); The Gallery at DuPre (Vista Lights 2008, Artista Vista 2009, Vista Lights 2009, ongoing); Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia (November 2009 – ongoing); and Wink Studio and Gallery (January 2010 - ongoing). “Testimony”, the artist’s premier solo show was on exhibit July 23 – August 21, 2009, at the Gallery at DuPre in Columbia, SC. A feature article by nationally known writer Cynthia Boiter titled “Artist come lately…” appeared in the January 2010 issue of Lake Murray Magazine and Northeast Columbia Magazine. The artist was selected as one of six artists for Street Gallery III, a rotating billboard project in 2010 sponsored by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and Lamar Advertizing. The artist’s work can also be seen on the Internet at www.323art.blogspot.com.
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