Saturday, April 11, 2009

NEW GALLERY SHOW and other news

I'm back, and with the press release for the upcoming gallery show I'm participating in. Read all about it below....

"Visual Storytelling" at Gallery Project
Wednesday, April 15 through Sunday, May 24
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, from 6-9

Gallery Project presents Visual Storytelling, a multi-media exhibit showcasing the craft and imagination of a young generation of artists nationally known for their iconic graphic illustrations and gripping sequential narratives. The exhibit opens at noon on Wednesday, April 15, and runs until 4 on Sunday, May 24. The reception is on Friday, April 17, from 6-9. The artists of Visual Storytelling enjoy life in virtual worlds of their own creation. In these worlds, heroes, villains and otherworldly creatures reign, waging battles for dominance and survival and questing for clarity and truth in an uncertain world. The illustrations and visual narrations that weave their stories are the subject matter of this exhibit. Media include single page sequences, individual illustrations, roundabouts (process of creating a character), sketchbooks, videos, models, and storyboards. The exhibit is curated by three Ann Arborites: former Star Wars illustrator Katie Coo k, graphic designer Ryan N. Wilcox, and Gallery Project collaborator, Matt Degenaro.
Artists in the exhibit include Katie Cook, Jeremy Bastion, Matt Busch, Joshua Cotter, Dan Cutler, Guy Davis , Jamie Dee Galey, Dave Dwonch , Anthony Fontana, Sandra Fontana, Jay Fosgitt , Otis Frampton, Jessica Hickman, Tom Hodges, Karen Luk, Keeli McCarthy, Jake Minor, Matt Minor, Jon Morris, David Petersen, Nathan Pride, Nick Sousanis, Paul Taylor and Adam Winnie. Artwork, above, from left to right, Jessica Hickman, "Space Quint", Paul Taylor, "Wapsi Square", and Guy Davis, "B.P.R.D. The Warning". Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. Gallery Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is located at 215 South Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Spring gallery hours: Tuesday through Thursday, noon-6; Friday and Saturday, noon-9; and Sunday, noon-4. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more information, please call 734-997-7012 or contact us through our website:

215 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


For directions to Gallery Project, click HERE.

There is also talk about having a group drawing event at the gallery during the exhibition. The tentative date is April 30th, and would involve a group of artists participating in the show to have one big jam session in some fashion. I'll be a part of it for sure, and I'll post an update next week with more definite plans for anyone who'd like to attend and view us artists in action.

In more recent news, I just received an e-mail from the art director at Marian Heath Greeting Cards. I'd sent him some samples for some political-themed greeting cards a few weeks ago. Evidently, the company is interested in two of the cards I created, but they just want to buy the writing, not the art. This is kind of a double-edged sword for me, since it's complimentary that they liked my writing, but kind of a sting that the art didn't pass muster. I've always said I was an artist first, but work is work, and I won't pass it up. Laura actually made me feel better by suggesting that they'll probably use my writing with actual photos of the politicians, as is often the case in political greeting cards. That's not a knock on my art, that's just following a trend. I can accept that. Anyway, you can view my political cards below. The first two are the ones the company may be using.

And if you haven't been keeping up, I encourage you to visit my online Dead Duck comic, which you can do HERE. It's been getting favorable responses, and it's a nice bit of entertainment you can rely on every Friday.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. To anyone else, just enjoy the weekend to the best of your ability.

Much love,



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