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ForTheLoveOfArtists_2016

Hot on the heals of our ‘For Love of Kettle’ annual fundraiser, this show ‘For the Love of Artists’ features the same artists who have just shown their love & support for this gallery.

The idea for this show was inspired by the many artists who donate towards various causes, while slaving away, broke as hell, struggling to earn a living. This exhibit serves as a unique ‘Thank You’ for helping us out and 100% of the proceeds of sales during this exhibit go directly to those artists!

Show these heroes some Love, opening Thursday, February 11 – Saturday February, 20, 2016

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“For the Love of Kettle” is a One Night Only benefit for the gallery that opens at 7:00pm sharp on February 6th.

All works are sold for $50.00 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Absolutely, no pre-sales are allowed.

This is a show unlike any other! Arrive early to take your place in line for a chance to grab some incredible art by Dallas’ finest artists!

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In November 2015, Kettle Art was offered the opportunity to curate an exhibit to spotlight artists of Art Con 11 who caught our eye. The tricky part was selecting artists who had never before exhibited at our gallery. This exhibit is the result of that sneak peek of talent. This show runs through Saturday, January 30th.

Artists include:

Gina Benson
Sully Ridout
Jocelyn Garcia
Anne Marie Talon
Andrea Davis
Sierra Sintic

and more will be announced in the near future!

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SHOW DATES
Public Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 7 | 7PM – 10PM
Fri, Jan 8 | 7PM – 10PM
Sat, Jan 9 | 4PM – 10PM

KETTLE ART GALLERY
2650 Main St. Dallas, TX

OUR GOAL: Raise $5000 to purchase two surgery tables and a wet prep table.

Ultimately, the sale of each small work will help bring new surgery tables and a wet prep table to our Spay / Neuter clinic and aid our mission to provide affordable Spay / Neuter and eliminate pet overpopulation in North Texas.

Each art work is no larger than 10 x 10 x 10 inches and will be sold at $100 to $300 each. The works include painting, photography and sculpture, exhibiting a dynamic range of interests, genres, materials and methods.

Can’t make the event? Please donate via our website. Any amount will help!

Featured artist, George Fowler, will create limited edition contour wire pet portraits on location for purchase Thursday night, January 7 from 7pm to 10pm.

Operation Kindness has also generously donated works from their last art exhibition. These works are beautiful and affordable at $15 to $40. 100% of the proceeds go to Spay Neuter Network.

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Three exciting exhibits coming to Kettle Art Gallery in January 2016:

The Cambridge Show

Come celebrate the new year with us at the Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum on January 2nd! This will be a one-night-only showing of artwork from the Alumni Artists of The Cambridge School of Dallas. Over 10 artists’ work will be exhibited. Bring a snack or dessert to share! Show is from 7-10pm on January 2, 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/events/760986070712335/

Alterworks

a fundraising exhibition of small works by artists that support the Spay Neuter Network
SHOW DATES
Public Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 7 | 7PM – 10PM
Fri, Jan 8 | 7PM – 10PM
Sat, Jan 9 | 4PM – 10PMOUR GOAL: Raise $5000 to purchase two surgery tables and a wet prep table.Ultimately, the sale of each small work will help bring new surgery tables and a wet prep table to our Spay / Neuter clinic and aid our mission to provide affordable Spay / Neuter and eliminate pet overpopulation in North Texas.

Each art work is no larger than 10 x 10 x 10 inches and will be sold at $100 to $300 each. The works include painting, photography and sculpture, exhibiting a dynamic range of interests, genres, materials and methods.
Can’t make the event? Please donate via our website. Any amount will help!Featured artist, George Fowler, will create limited edition contour wire pet portraits on location for purchase Thursday night, January 7 from 7pm to 10pm.

Operation Kindness has also generously donated works from their last art exhibition. These works are beautiful and affordable at $15 to $40. 100% of the proceeds go to Spay Neuter Network.

ArtCon Select
Opening January 14th, ArtCon Select is a collaboration between Art Conspiracy and Kettle Art that features over a dozen artists who have never before exhibited at Kettle Art Gallery.

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In this season of joyous celebrations, Kettle Art presents Holiday Presence #11, the gallery’s annual art and gift show featuring small works and unique, artisan-crafted pieces made exclusively by local artists.

The exhibit runs through December 24. Watch for special announcements throughout the exhibit, artists collaborating on-site, updates on new items, impromptu parties, and extended hours.

Artists include Richard Ross, Judith Lea Perkins, Brad Albright, Steve & Erin Reeves, Clint Scism, Miguel Aguilar, Jennifer Gregory Portz, Micah Rabalais, Justin Clumpner, Frank and Amber Campagna, Nick Glenn and more, with most pieces $100.00 and under. In light of the holiday gift-buying season, all pieces are cash (or charge!) and carry.

Join us as we continue our mission of presenting the amazing local artists who make our art scene one of the most vibrant in the country!

Austere: Affinity

IT’S TIME!

The Austere Affinity issue is here and we’re so excited to share it with everyone.

Come celebrate the release of this issue with us!
We’ve spent a lot of time shaping an honest and genuine message about identity, love, acceptance, and personal freedom in the last three months, so we truly hope you enjoy the outcome.

Issue Release Party, June 6th.

Show opens to the public on Thursday, June 11th, 7-10pm.

This exhibit will run through Saturday, June 20th.

For The Love Of Artists 2015

Due to the overwhelming support that Kettle Art receives each year for our annual “For the Love of Kettle” fundraising show, it only seems fair to offer those participants with a thank you exhibit of sorts. At “For the Love of Artists”, the gallery donates 100% of all sales back to the contributing artists who support Kettle Art.

Artist that participated in “For The Love Of Kettle” that should participate in “For The Love Of Artists” include the following:

Adina Cicort, Micah Rabalais, Dan Colcer, Christain Millet, Artist DIY, Keith Brown, Jody Adrehold, Sam Bortnick, Stacey Morgan, Paul Pena, Hatziel Flores, Freddie Meagher, Suzi Migdol, Matt Roppolo, Jason Weiner, Judith Lea Perkins, Michael Lagocki, Felicia Beltran, Austin McKinney, Duke Horn, Kelly Saunders, Joseph DeLeon, Sarah Martin, Brad Albright, Sarah Zamora, Amy Smith, Miguel Aguilar, Mike Moffat, Ivan Villa, Rachel Behring, George Wallace III, Patricia Rodriquez, Mandylopandy, Ryan Stalsby, Johnny Hawkins, Leticia Sedberry, Frank Campagna, Lisa Lindholm, Marilyn Vicente, Michelle McLaughlin, Justin Clumpner, Steven Reeves, Sarah Gutierrez, Brian A. Crawford, Cathryn Coler, Shawn Steiniger, Raymond Butler, Robin Ann Walker, Larry Carey, Cheryl Baker, Yelena Gebova, Amy Seymour, Emily Hawkins, Jennifer Portz, George Fowler, Tom Curry, Iris Candelaria, Tod Bott, Susan Carson, Jamie Hulett, P. J, Smithey, Corey Godfrey, Theresa Mangum, Michael Christopher Mattson, Danielle Kimzey, Dylan Dowdy, Pam Dowdy, Amber Campagna, Tad Dowdy, Jon Ashcroft, Cabe Booth, Lauren Shafer, Jessica Martinez, Rachel Spire, Richard Rukus, Richard Ross, Denise Keeping, Emily Yandell, Gabriella Elguea, Kelly Clemmons, Bryan Goodowski, Jeff Skele, Grace Anne Wood, Emma Shoulders, Cathey Miller, Richard Patterson, and more…

Over the next couple of weeks, Kettle Art will be bringing you interviews with the six artists that make up the current “Forces of Nature” line-up.

The spotlight of today’s post is focused squarely on Misha Flores.

Enjoy …

Misha Flores

www.mishaflores.com

Kettle – Please tell us a little about yourself (give a brief bio).

Misha – I was born in St. Louis, Mo., my father was from there and my mother’s from Mexico. I got to travel a lot as a kid because my dad worked with the airlines. I think that gave me a good sense of appreciation for other cultures and empathy for all walks of life. I love to learn, I’m always investigating how things work in the natural world, in the cosmos, in other cultures. It is most important to me to try to live mindfully, trying to appreciate the sacredness of each moment and living in awareness of the consequences of my actions. My pet causes would be environmental conservation, and human and animal rights. I have a husband and two big beautiful dogs. And I am excited that I just started teaching yoga this year!

Kettle – How long have you been pursuing the creative life?

Misha – Creativity was always encouraged in our home as a child so I’ve been doing something creative all my life, drawing and playing instruments as a kid, doing art, singing, theatre and dance through highschool and college.

Kettle – Do you have formal training, or are you self taught?

Misha – In 2006 I received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Photography.

 

Feeling Yourself Disintegrate

Acrylic on Canvas

Kettle – Could you please describe some of your latest work?

Misha – My work is really an expression of the spiritual revelations I encounter on my path, whether through my own meditation or through study of sacred texts–really both, since the things a seeker finds on their own are mirrored throughout time, in all parts of the globe. Truth is truth, and my work celebrates those universal truths that matter most.

Kettle – How did you decide on the medium with which you work?

Misha – I have a deep visceral response to paint that cannot be replaced by any other medium. When I see a painting at a museum that is truly masterfully crafted, and that has a human, emotional element to it, I just want to cry for sheer joy and awe. (And I have a few times. Kind of embarrassing I guess but what can you do; I think I’m lucky to be moved by art, so I’ll take that over stoic coolness any day.) I have really no choice but to paint. And acrylics are just so much quicker to dry than oils, that makes them a lot easier to work with. The quality of acrylics nowadays is so excellent, if you know what you’re doing it’s just as beautiful as oil.

Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent work?

Misha – I have always had a mad love for nature, being an environmentalist and an animal lover. So when we came up with the idea for Forces of Nature, it was no stretch to shine a light on my relationship with nature. My inspiration is my own daily walks through the woods near my house, moments lying on the grass and feeling like a part of the Mother, the moments when I feel like I’m disintegrating into the huge natural system of which we are all a part, whether we acknowledge it or not. And my awe at this great system, at how we have all evolved together, us and every other animal and plant on this planet. Some Native Americans call all the creatures and plants All Our Relations. This is true in a very scientific sense. We all arose dependently with each other, and we all literally share some common DNA.

Kettle – Have you shown at Kettle Art in the past? When? What shows?

Misha – I’ve been a part of many group shows there over the last few years, but the show that I’m most proud of for my own part was a three-person show with Tyson Summers and Larey Carey, Impermanence. They were great to work with and their work was phenomenal.

Kettle – What most intrigues you about your latest show at Kettle Art? Why?

Misha – I love the differences in how each of the artists approached this subject. For Karla the Force of Nature was the inevitable force of death. For Julia it was more of an environmental/reduce reuse recycle and work with nature sort of statement, turning that into a metaphor for rebirth. Well I won’t go into all of the other artists, I guess you can read their answers for that! But I just really enjoyed everyone’s interpretations.

Kettle – How did you approach the work you created for this exhibit?

Misha – I have always loved figurative work, and I wanted to use the range of possibilities in the human figure. I used all body types and myriad poses from yoga and dance. Vivid color was also important. I didn’t bother too much with scale, and defenestrated gravity entirely.

All Our Relations

Acrylic on Canvas

Kettle – What do you want viewers to take away from your work at this show?

Misha – I used the playful elements I just mentioned to express the joy and wonder of our place in nature, of life spilling forth through the eons, of animals and plants and humans rising together with the forces of air, water, earth, moon and sun. May the viewer feel joy and gratitude when they look at these pieces.

Kettle – Is there a particular message you are trying to convey through your work?

Misha – The principle of interdependence–we cannot pretend that what we do to one part of the system doesn’t effect every other part. This is true in an environmental sense and in a spiritual sense, both. We really are all One, physically and spiritually. So we must know that we are important in this sense, our actions and emotions are important, they have the power to elevate or detract from the well-being of all our fellow beings.

Kettle – What artists have influenced your life & work? Why?

Misha – For their use of paint and their expressiveness I adore Bacon, Van Gogh, Munch, Ernst, Sheile. For his use of color and form Matisse. For her enthralling, innovative and disturbing use of the human form Louise Bourgeois. I could go on and on I’m sure, but the elements that I take away from all of them is that little something that makes me want to cry in the art museum. I think that’s the most important part of visual art–the human connection, the emotional charge, the way a loose brush stroke in a painting or a jagged edge in a sculpture can translate into a profound metaphor for what’s going on internally. It doesn’t have to be emotional in a sappy way, God forbid, then you end up in Thomas Kinkade territory. No, it’s saying so much with so little, the implications you have to be really open to receive. The agony you feel when you look at Bacon, that’s not achieved with dripping gore and camp, it’s all about a brush stroke, about what’s left out of the picture, the empty space–that is power.

Kettle – Describe yourself in 5 words.

Misha – Sincere. Dedicated. Hopeful. Happy. Imperfect.

Kettle – What 5 words would others use to describe you?

Misha – I really don’t know. My brain could skew that anywhere from complete loser adjectives to total goddess adjectives, that’s why I try not to concern myself about it too much!

Kettle – What is next for you creatively?

Misha – Well I am rather enjoying this subject, I’ll probably explore it a little while longer.

“Forces of Nature” is currently showing at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum. The show runs through mid-July. Please come by and check out the work in person. You won’t be disappointed.

The evening was spent celebrating six “Forces of Nature;” Cheryl Baker, Misha Flores, Karla Garcia, Corey Godfrey, Jennifer Gregory Portz & Julia Schloss.

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