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Expressionist Portrait Drawing: Look Me in the Face

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"J. Hurley" by Cheryl Finfrock Pastel Drawing on Paper

Austin Art Workshops Presents

Expressionist Portrait Drawing: Look Me in the Face

With Instructor Cheryl Finfrock

Learn the essential drawing techniques of the face and head. Explore the essential elements of art: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color. Take the basics to another level with the spontaneity and color of Expressionism.We will use colorful soft pastels, paper, and learn a little art history along the way.

Appropriate for beginners and all levels.

We Provide: Paper, pastels and magazine clippings of interesting faces

Please Bring: A sack lunch and any particular photos that inspire you!

When: Saturday, June 11th from 10 am  –  4 pm.

Where:  Bay6 Studios  5305 Bolm Road Unit 6  Austin,TX   78721

Price: $125

Please contact Cheryl directly for payments by check

Class Size: Limited to 6 Students

Contact: Cheryl Finfrock

(512) 426-9217

E.A.S.T. 2010 Events

Bay6 Gallery and Studios  5305 Bolm Rd.  Austin 78721

Bay6 Gallery and Studios 5305 Bolm Rd.

East Austin Art Gallery Opening

Friday, 11/12    7 pm – midnight

2335 E Sixth St.  Austin, TX  78702

Featuring Cheryl Finfrock & Charlie Terrell

East Austin Art Gallery

East Austin Art Gallery

East Bay Express Picks “Jabberwocky” at FLOAT Gallery

DeWitt Cheng of East Bay Express Reviews Jabberwocky 9/15/2010.


The whiffling, burbling (i.e., puffing and bleating/murmuring/warbling) monster may have been slain by the beamish boy in Lewis Carroll’s poem, but the Jabberwock’s galumphing comic/sinister spirit lives on in the exuberant fantasy paintings of Cheryl Finfrock and Liz Mamorsky. Finfrock’s paintings of childlike protagonists (“Wheels for Feet and Teeth That Talk,” “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” Mothra Vs. the Tugboat”)) imbue expressionism with graffiti-style raw energy in the service of story-telling, albeit with indeterminate narratives, despite their un-Victorian suggestions of Tim Burton perversity; her abstract landscapes (“Forbidden Paradise,” “Outpost”) are surprisingly lyrical evocations of nature. Mamorsky explores improvisation to generate her imagery (“Tube Sex,” “Jabberwocky,” “Catzilla,” “Shreckless”), which seems to combine both mythopoeic “primitive” art and its Surrealist-colonialist variants: “Characters emerge and are developed, sometimes deleted or allowed to morph into other creatures.” Jabberwocky runs through September 18 at Float Gallery (1091 Calcot Pl., Oakland). 510-535-1702 or — DeWitt Cheng

Remembering CoBrA artist Corneille

My favorite art movement is CoBrA.  So, remembering Corneille, here’s a bit of history.

"Composition Abstracte" by Corneille

Dutch CoBrA artist Corneille died at the age of 88 September 7th, 2010.
He was the last surviving Dutch member of the CoBrA European art movement.

CoBrA artist Corneille

Corneille was self taught and among the small group of Danish, Belgian and Dutch artists who formed what was initially called the Dutch Experimental Group in a Paris café July, 16th 1948. On November 8th, 1948 the group named their avant-garde collective CoBrA — an acronym representing their home cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. CoBrA was noted for a spontaneous, semi-abstract mid-century painting style.
CoBrA subject matter included animals and fantasy creatures with emphasis on mythology.

As Corneille once said, “We used everything and loved everything. We took from children’s drawings, folklore, drawings by the insane…”

Some of these artists were also preoccupied with with theorizing about art and the role of the artist in society. Influenced by Karl Marx, their goal was to have art made for and by everyone, irrespective of class, race, intellect and educational level.

I am looking forward to visiting the Cobra Museum in Amsterdam one day.

Check out the Cobra Museum’s website:

You Don’t Have to be a Rockefeller to Collect Art

If  you have not seen “Herb and Dorothy” yet, take the day off and go to the movies today! This is inspiring for artists and collectors alike. It is a love story for art. I love this movie!

The Trailer Synopsis:
HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb’s salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy’s paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries.

After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment. In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Many of the works they acquired appreciated so significantly over the years that their collection today is worth millions of dollars. Still, the Vogels never sold a single piece. Today, Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat. They’ve refilled it with piles of new art they’ve acquired. HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki.