AotD Erik Haagensen (Oct. 26 2014)

AotD Erik Haagensen (Oct. 26 2014)

Hello and welcome to another (long overdue!) edition of Artist of the Day, or AotD. Today's artist is Erik Haagensen, a whimsically creative potter with a knack for using expressive colors in his designs. After the cut, we'll learn about what influenced this artist, where you can see his art on display, and some recent happenings on his farm.

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Public Art and Advocacy - A brief interview with Barbara Tyroler

Public Art and Advocacy - A brief interview with Barbara Tyroler

After the cut, artist and arts advocate Barbara Tyroler joins me to discuss her upcoming event Public Art and Advocacy, which will be held on October 23rd from 6:30-9:00PM. Click to read more about the event, what kinds of questions will be answered in its panels, and what arts advocacy means to her.

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Nature as an artistic medium

Nature as an artistic medium

You might have noticed in the thumbnail image that there is yet another artist in the same creative "vein" as Patrick Dougherty: Ms. Hillary Fayle, an MFA student in Richmond, Virginia (attending Virginia Commonwealth University) and our Artist of the Day. 

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Michael Brown's Franklin Street Murals - "Parade of Humanity"

Michael Brown's Franklin Street Murals - "Parade of Humanity"

Artist of the Day - Michael Brown

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of AotD: today's artist is Michael Brown, a mural painter and local artist. Today we'll take a look at one of his murals, entitled "Parade of Humanity", which is a staple of the Franklin Street experience for many students and visitors alike. Feel free to look over this Wikipedia article for information about local murals, including those by other artists.

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From the desk of FRANK - From rubbish to the runway

From the desk of FRANK - From rubbish to the runway

Welcome to the age of green fashion

In this edition of "From the desk", we explore sustainable fashions: fashions that uses only recycled materials to construct outfits, and thus promote recycling throughout the community on both a local and global scale. 

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From the desk of FRANK - Haunted art museum for kids (Japan's MoCA)

From the desk of FRANK - Haunted art museum for kids (Japan's MoCA)

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to another edition of "From the desk", this time featuring a blast from the past (2013) in the art world that may come as news to some. Last summer, Japan's Contemporary Museum of Art hosted an interactive haunted art museum, in which children could distort various classic paintings and emerge with a different perspective on how art museums function.

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From the desk of FRANK - Mondrian cake & modern art desserts

From the desk of FRANK - Mondrian cake & modern art desserts

From the desk of FRANK - 08/09/2014

In today's "From the desk" posting, we explore desserts with modern art influences -- specifically a Piet Mondrian cake served at a certain modern art museum that is taking the art world by storm. We invite you to share your own experiences with art-themed baking in the comments, or on Twitter @FrankGallery1.

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"Bending Sticks" closing remarks

Closing thoughts (7/19/2014)

Last night here at FRANK Gallery we had the pleasure of hosting world-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty for a screening of the documentary Bending Sticks, which discusses the incredible sculptures he creates using saplings from across the country. If you missed it, click here to read more about this artist in our pre-event post.

This screening was followed by a delightful reception; we are currently in the process of uploading photographs from this event. Check our site and Facebook page frequently for updates.

We'd like to take this time to once again thank Patrick Dougherty and the creators of the film Bending Sticks for attending the event; it was a terrific night of thought-provoking discussion about using nature in artworks.

From the desk of FRANK - Social networking and art

From the desk of FRANK - Social networking and art

Social networking and digital art

Today's "From the desk" will focus on the way that social networking influences our interpretations of artwork. As you may have noticed in the thumbnail image, Vincent Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" is given a new dimension by Korean pixel artist Jaebum Joo. His interpretation of Van Gogh's art has upwards of 1,500 likes and reblogs on Tumblr.com, as well as 923 views and counting on Behance.net, the host site of his digital portfolio.

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Patrick Dougherty's Stickworks - "Bending Sticks" and origin

Patrick Dougherty's Stickworks - "Bending Sticks" and origin

Artist of the Day - Patrick Dougherty

Today's topic is the artwork of North Carolinian and internationally-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. Something truly remarkable about Dougherty and his work is the skill with which he is able to manage the labor-intensive task of using live saplings to create thought-provoking pieces. There are now over 230 extant Dougherty works; the thumbnail image of this post is actually a 1997 work entitled Cell Division as seen at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia.

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