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Belladonas

Kettle Art proudly presents “Belladonnas”, a women’s collective exhibit showcasing the talent of local and diverse Dallas artists who exhibit strength, grace, and optimism in the community. In celebration of National Women’s History Month, this exhibit exemplifies the persistence, acceptance, and beauty of being a woman.
Opening Reception, Thursday, March 1st from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
This exhibit runs through Sunday, April 8th.
A special sneak peek begins Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00pm.
ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS:

ERIN CURRY displays the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world.

MINJI KANG-WATROUS shares her customary Korean influences, highlighting the beauty in her culture.

DANI KENT depicts images of femininity, resilience, and growth.

JAMIE WALTERS provides hope and gratitude for a woman’s journey through life.

ARTIST STATEMENTS:

ERIN CURRY: “Starting off as a biologist, I knew my affinity for the natural world was something I needed to pursue. While working for the Dallas Zoo, I discovered that I was to be a biologist turned artist. I picked up drawing about 4 years ago, and now I am showing my work all over the country.

Using NanoLiner ink pens, I draw my unique cubist characters onto handmade wood panels as well as Bristol media paper, which I then elevate into shadowboxes. The subject matter is inspired not only by my biology background, but for my love of anything oddly beautiful. I want my work to inspire and bring attention to the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world around us!”

MINJI KANG-WATROUS: Minji is a Korean-born artist, currently living in the Dallas area. She is a self-taught artist who has been creating art for the last 15 years. Her work is a modern take on the traditional arts that have been passed down from her mother, who is an established Korean artist. Minji incorporates hanji (traditional Korean paper), as well as multimedia elements in her works, focusing on nature. From series to series, her works evolve. Previous works include a juxtaposition of nature to architecture, and the beauty of nature with contrast in finish.

For years, Minji has created art to assist and raise funds for numerous art auctions and fundraisers. Her work is known throughout the Dallas art community by her signature detailed floral, geometric, and abstract designs on board. The simplicity of her compositions inevitably draws the viewer closer for a more appreciated visual balance, which she perfects through depth and perspective.

DANI KENT: Dani Kent specializes in realistic, yet whimsical, watercolor paintings. She is a practicing artist and local art educator, born and raised in DFW. Her artwork depicts images of femininity, resilience, and growth arising from the exploration of those themes in her life and in the lives of those around her.

It is through her love of family, and in the service of education, that her art is shaped. Her work investigates themes of motherhood, and the dichotomy of femininity. There is a pervasive wonder in Dani’s watercolor paintings as she investigates the play between the subtleties of building gradual color fields to bold contrasting values. She exhibits a love for the fluidity of her medium to achieve a steadiness between hard and soft. Conceptually, her work focuses on the contrast and struggle between tough and gentle, resilience and beauty, and a womanly balance between power and grace.

JAMIE WALTERS: Jamie’s work represents the bright, beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re struggling through life, the vibrant colors give you hope. If you’re “living in the light,” the art is a daily reminder of gratitude.

The striking colors, flow of the brush, and elegant use of the pallet knife make Jamie’s work unique. Her signature style completes each piece with a resin technique.

“The most exhilarating feeling is finding a piece of art you connect with and love. It might not be the largest and most pristine piece in the show, but you have an undeniable connection to it.”

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ForTheLoveOfArtists_2018

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 and struggling to get some sort of ‘break’. 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 reception Saturday, February 10, 7:00 – 10:00pm.

This show runs through Sunday February, 18, 2018

FLOK_2018

“For the Love of Kettle” is one of the most highly anticipated events of our year. This One-Night-Only, annual fundraiser keeps Kettle Art Gallery operating in the black, allowing us 51 weeks a year of eclectic, North Texas based, cultural programming. Over one hundred and fifty, 9 x 12 works will be available for just $50.00 each, created by artists that exhibit & support this gallery. There are no previews or pre-sales available to anyone, so please get here early and grab a place in line, as the doors open at 7:00PM sharp.

This year artists include Nick Glenn, Judith Lea Perkins, Sharonna Penson, Jennfer Gregory Portz, Andrea Davis, Justin Clumpner, Luan Luu, Katrina Rasmussen, Michelle Dekkers, Gigi Kalmon, Kelly Jacobi, Emily Yandell, Andrea Rumi, Duke Horn, Andrew Ramirez, Walter Land, Christina Ramirez, Victory, Sully Ridout, Erin Curry, Hilda Lafleur, Corey Godfrey, Jayla Wilkerson, Olivia Cole, William Bubba Flint, Maria Haag, Jordan Edwards, Karen Parrish, Stephen Caramona, Jasmine Blake, Alex Stock, Julie Boland Kennedy, Johnny Hawkins, Emily Hawkins, Tasha Moore, James Bevard Hargrave, Michael Owens, Raine Devries, Karen Eliza Aguilar, Jamie Walters, Shari Sandri, Frank Campagna, Thomas Sandri, Paul Pena, Sabrina Kirk – Caldwell, Bernie Ulrich, Angelica Monour, Cecilia Jimenez, Sarah Lucas, Jonathon Davis, Kelly Saunders, Joseph DeLeon, Jessie Martinez, Steven Reeves, Erin Reeves, Brian Crawford, Viktor Ortix, Daniel Yanez, Erica Guajardo, Robert Garza, Diana Almand, Ernest Curry, Candice Lindsay, Pamela Deitrich, Darek Sanchez, Jennifer Lafleur, Colin Lafleur, Kimberly Meadows, Brad Albright,Kathleen Mekailek, Cara-Noel Noggle, Steve Rainwater, Jasmine Donnell, Bill Rogers, Minji Kang Watrous, Miguel Aguilar, Dani Kent, Loughridge Murrel, Richard Ross, Jenna Schmidt Wilson, Suzy Migdol, and many more!

For a brief rundown on how this event goes down here is a blog post / review done last year by a gentleman named Bill Chance.http://billchance.org/2014/02/09/the-weird-and-wicked-world-of-the-singing-cowboy/

 

ArtConSelect_2018

In November 2017, Kettle Art was offered the opportunity to curate an exhibit to spotlight artists that participated in Art Con 13 who caught our eye. The tricky part is the artists are judged on a single piece of work and they must have never shown at our gallery before. These ‘twists’ make this show exciting to put together as we never know what we’ll end up with. However, we do know from past adventures that working with Art Conspiracy is always a blast. We are honored to present Art Con Select 2018 and the results of this unusual curation process.

The artists we have invited to exhibit this year include :Elizabeth Baca, Rachel Spire, Andrew Johnson, Jessica Martinez, Alexis Gabrielle, Luan Luu, Jordan Edwards, Nightshade’s Utopia, Leighton Autry, James, Bevard Hargrave, Gina Bartok, Sully Ridout, Benjamin Painter and Michelle Dekkers.

This show runs through Sunday, January 28th.

HolidayPresenceXIII

In this season of joyous celebrations, Kettle Art presents our 13th annual Holiday Presence exhibition, This show features art, gifts, small works and unique, artisan-crafted pieces made exclusively by local artists. Nearly all works are $200.00 or under,  and all are cash & carry.

This 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 included but are not limited to: Brad Albright, Katrina Rasmussin, Clint Scism, Corey Godfrey, Cathey Miller, Richard Ross, Erin Curry, Justin Clumpner, Jamie Walters, William ‘Bubba’ Flint, Amy Seymour, Nick Glenn, Emily Yandell, Ruben Ramirez, Dani Kent, Steve & Erin Reeves, Candice Lindsay, Frank Campagna and many more TBA,

Thank you for your continued support of the amazing local artists who make our art scene one of the most vibrant in the country!

made_for_tv

Kettle Art is proud to host ‘”Made for TV” a group exhibition featuring the work of Christopher Machorro, Franco Fazio, Max Quest, and guest curator Raymond Butler. Together these artists explore pop culture, street art, cartoons, video games, etc. reflecting sentimental values from their personal perspectives.. All works use vibrant colors and playful imagery to entertain, challenge, and guide the viewer.

Made for T.V – About the Artists.

Christopher Machorro : I specialize in illustration with a background in Graphic Design and Street Art. My art style comes from a combination of Pop Surrealism, Graffiti, and Low Brow Art where I emphasize the combination of different colors as my focus when producing works. Some of my inspiration come from adult swim animations, pop culture, and music which influence the imagery produce.

Max Quest : I go by the name Max Quest, originally born in Mexico I grew up watching anime and Saturday morning cartoons on Cartoon Network. What stood out to me the most about those shows were the bright vivid colors. No matter what the mood being fed by the images portrayed the colors mellowed the tone by masking it with this fun spectrum of color. Which sometimes hid in plain sight violence, tragedy, or sadness. These shows along with my passion for drawing inspired me to explore my interest in color. Today my work uses the same techniques to represent metaphors of my own personal experiences. It’s a way for me to cope with adulthood and make sense of the world around me. The images in my work spawn from graffiti, cartoons and pop culture.

Franco Fazio :As an artist, my work often represents a transition of states, and heavy juxtaposition as a mean of challenging and subverting the perceived merit of traditional imagery within art. My work pulls heavily, and sometimes directly from ideas associated with pop-culture and street art. I often try to sample small aspects of established works within fine art and submerge them into heavily pop-culture influenced pieces as a means of asking questions; namely, is the incorporation of a pre-established and successful work cheapened in a contemporary context? And are the two worlds mutually exclusive? I like to think that the contrast of imagery and different cultural contexts persuades viewers to analyze the contrasting elements as a cohesive idea. Another consistency in my work is the implementation of vague and abstracted figures, often intertwined by a gloved hand attached to a seemingly endless arm. I use this as a physical representation of my love of pop-culture and its hold on me, and what I believe to be its hold on society to a greater extent. The reach of pop-culture is powerful, and I think it’s often discredited. Whether viewed as cynical or endearing, It’s my perspective that contemporary artists should be encouraged to borrow and recycle ideas from established work in an effort to shift preconceived perceptions of originality—allowing for alternative methods to describe the work in a new context, this redefines the appropriated imagery and allows for the juxtaposition of elements to suggest new meaning in ideas.

Raymond Butler: I’m a Dallas based artist and curator. Currently, I am the Gallery Director of the H. Paxton Moore Gallery at El Centro College. In the past, my work has consisted of painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage. My most recent work revolves around my experiences growing up in a rough part of Dallas in the ’90s. There weren’t a lot of children in my neighborhood to play with, so I spent a lot of time watching television, eating sandwiches, drawing and hanging out with family.

The Importance of Sandwiches and Cartoon houses:
It seems like a random thing to mention in the grand scheme of my childhood, but I found creative inspiration in the remembrance of sandwiches, the food of champions for most kids growing up poor in America. For some time, I’ve been creating handmade wooden versions of sandwiches I call “Sammys.” They are a nostalgic, tongue-in-cheek representation of the ups and downs of my upbringing. They are all different in some ways; anthropomorphised cartoonishly, sometimes missing details of what one might expect to be on a sandwich. This could be interpreted a number of ways, but I’m focusing on how the contents of the sandwiches depended on the availability of resources from my childhood.

Like the cartoons I adored so much, these pieces are not only an expression of the time and environment of my youth but also an escape: the Sammys make absurdly funny faces, almost in reaction to those cartoons, which in turn offered humor, violence, and endless entertainment away from the realities of my world. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Buried within the systemic and social otherization experienced, was a sense of community, of belonging; we worked together and helped each other out despite our own personal barrier.

storyline

Storyline
“A written study of memories”
40 hour endurance installation performance by Erica Felicella
Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum 10/25/17 – 10/26/17
2650 Main Street Dallas, TX 75226
Reception and last years three years from 7-10pm 10/26/17

The passing of time into memory is something that we all experience in life but does it ever make it out of our past into the current moment. Performance artist Erica Felicella is locking herself in to document the whole story of her 40 years in 40 hours. Recording the years onto paper by writing a year an hour. What are altered memories and what is still accurate? Does anyone ever know the truth of oneself?

Her path that has taken her all over the country and world will flow out onto paper one keystroke at a time until she reaches the current moment that stands in front of her. With only a typewriter and coffee she will work tirelessly to reach the present. From the highs to the lows, New Jersey where she was born in 1977 until where she sits in Dallas, TX present day all is to be revealed.

Kettle Art Gallery at 2650 Main Street Dallas, Tx 75226 in Deep Ellum will serve as the inside of her mind from 6am Wednesday October 25th, 2016 to 10pm Thursday October 26th, 2016. Feel free to stop by and watch through the windows into her brain and come in and see the findings for the final 3 hours and last three years of her documenting her life from 7pm-10pm October 26th.

Artist Statement:
Conceptual thought is the tool I use to convey the ideas behind my work. By the time one of my pieces or collection of works has reached the production stages, a long process of research and development has come before it. For me the journey is just as much a part of the final production as creating the finished product. I love creating works that get a viewer to stop and contemplate the connection to their own life. In over the last decade patterns have begun to form in my work. I tend to take personal moments from my own life to create pieces that can relate to a bigger picture of human emotion and reaction.

Currently I have been moving into broader and larger multiple medium based projects. My current and currently being planned works involve performance installation using viewers or myself as the subject and sometimes both. The ideas are formed around the thoughts and reaction to human emotional response. In our current society we are obsessed with the observation of others and ourselves. However, we also live in a time where displaying of actual emotion in our American culture is considered to be a weakness. It is my hope to connect viewers with their own emotion by using emotion as the motivator.

shot_by_shot

In honor of Local Music Month, Kettle Art proudly presents “Shot by Shot: North Texas Photographers cover Texas Music”. This exhibit features North Texas (and beyond) renowed photographers Mike Brooks, Rachel Parker, Cal Quinn, Bryan Coonrod, Alan Hayslip and more. This show curated by Jason Janik, will indeed rock your world…

Opening Friday, October 20, 6:00 – 9:00PM.

Show runs through Saturday, October 28th

DeepPrizzi

Opening Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Kettle Art is pleased to host ‘Deep Prizzi’. This show features works by three North Texas artists who were chosen earlier this year to paint murals in Prizzi, Sicily. The ‘Dallas in Prizzi’ artists, Olivia Cole, Maria Haag and Frank Campagna, all come from diverse artistic backgrounds and the murals they produced were equally unique. Amazingly, when they joined forces on this effort, their finished works complimented each other beautifully, ranging from religious, traditional and political subject matter. This endeavor was widely praised numerous times in the Italian national media and recieved some coverage here in the U.S. by local NPR affiliate ‘Art & Seek’. Now it’s Dallas turn to see how these three artists, along with photographs by project executive producer Dr. Dave Atikinson, fair within the walls of a gallery setting in their hometown. This show runs through September 30.
http://artandseek.org/spotlight/dallas-artists-in-prizzi/

KettleForHouston

Over the past 12 years, Kettle Art has worn its commitment to Texas artists as a badge of solidarity and respect for the incredible talent in our state. Following the recent tragic events on the Gulf Coast, the Dallas-based artists in our community present “kettle art for hoUSton artists” as a one-night-only fundraiser to assist our artist brothers and sisters in their time of need. 100% of the proceeds from this evening will be donated to CERFplus:: The Artists Safety Net.

Saturday, September 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Confirmed artists donating so far for this one night only event include: Erin Curry, Justin Clumpner, Amber Campagna, Brian Crawford, Katrina Rasmussen, Richard Ross, Cabe Booth, Judith Lea Perkins, Jason Janik, Amy Seymour, Jonathan Creel, Jennifer Gregory Portz, Candice Lindsay, Frank Campagna, Jennifer Lafleur, Misty Amber Moore, Roy Cirigliana, Susan Carson, Paul Pena and more. Also, a limited edition of this incredible work by William ‘Bubba’ Flint will be available on a first come first served basis.

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