ARTIST XIII: Karen K. Redding

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No Mud, No Lotus Solo Exhibition

Photography:  Travels Through Humanity 

http://www.karenredding.com

Karen K Redding had her first photography show in 2008, and entered the field of photography with a professional mental health background.   She has worked as a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst with a private practice in Laguna Beach, California.  As an avid world traveler, her mental health background and meditation practice inspires a deep relationship to her subject and offers a reflective interpretation of what she sees.

Travels Through Humanity is the name of her growing body of photographic work, taken in remote places throughout the world.  It has received attention in several art exhibits in Southern California.  This work embraces the human landscape of diversity while also highlighting core values of people everywhere:  a need for connection, a quest for safety and sense of belonging, and an innate desire to be seen and accepted deeply.

This newest work, No Mud, No Lotus highlights photographic images from the Kingdom of Bhutan, a small country located entirely within the Himalaya mountain range, bordered by China in the north and India in the south.  Bhutan places its highest value on ‘gross national happiness,’ used to measure the collective happiness in a nation.

This body of work shows the many facets of happiness that grow from the daily practice of generosity, kindness, and compassion, and offers a glimpse of what peace looks like when we can meet ourselves and each other in a more kind and compassionate way.

GALLERY de FOX presents CANVAS

canvas snapshot In an effort to provide opportunity and exposure to more artists and encourage all to use art as a form of therapy, GALLERY de FOX presents,

CANVAS: Call [for] Artists; [the] Nouveaux Variety Art Show.

HOW to ENTER VARIETY SHOW

I. PICK A SIZE  12 X 12 – $30    or      8 X 8 – $20

II. PAY ENTRY FEE & ADD NAME INTO CANVAS LOG  

Cash | Credit | No Refunds

[email gallerydefox@gmail.com to pay for, reserve and pick up your CANVAS entry; OR purchase at MAY 6th Art Walk; limited entries available.]

III. CREATE YOUR CANVAS. THEME = “Promote Peace USA”

IV. SUBMIT CANVAS No Later than June 10 | No Exceptions

[Artists Notified by JUNE 17 if selected]

V. ATTEND JULY 1 ART WALK

> Must purchase canvas through GALLERY de FOX, and use said canvas as entry. All canvases are logged with a individual number into the CANVAS show log.

> Each canvas purchase includes artists name on GALLERY de FOX website and entry into juried show.

> Submitted entry must be related to theme in order to be considered.

> Submitted entry size must not exceed out more than 1/2 inch on each side.

> Maximum of 4 entries total per artist.

> Decision on where piece hangs in gallery is left to GALLERY de FOX.

> Decision to sell or NFS at Art Walk is up to artist.

ARTIST XII: JAMES C. GRAY

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The High Sign Solo Exhibition

“They deserve to be displayed high on the wall. That’s the elevation in which they live.”

I’m delighted to present this selection of pieces I’ve painted from street signage I’ve found across the country. Several of the pieces were discovered while strolling the streets surrounding the GALLERIA de FOX venue in Santa Ana, CA.

A trusted critic once said my work was “very pedestrian.” It took me several days to realize he wasn’t paying a compliment.

Regardless, I’ve always been attracted to the beauty and design of on-street signage and architectural marketing. Whether its a classic neon shingle, the face of an elegant clock tower, or an ornate lamppost – I enjoy capturing these wonders of spacial marketing in their natural environment.

I tend to paint in larger formats. Smaller compositions could never allow me to fully convey the sense of gravity – the command of attention – that these signs invoke in me. I paint them from low angles to illustrate the way we pedestrians see them – like giant inanimate carnival barkers, shouting down at us to “come on in!” – James Gray

James is a self-taught artist with over 30 years specializing in acrylics. James currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Email gallerydefox@gmail.com for commission information.

GALLERY de FOX presents – FROM: GREECE

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Give Thanks & Vakna Art Benefit – FROM Greece, with LOVE

Coloring Skaramangas

“Coloring Skaramangas is a mixed media project that I began while I worked with displaced children and adults at Skaramangas refugee camp since April [2016]. I have spent many afternoons volunteering as an art teacher at Hope School and doing rogue art projects with children that I would round up. These are kids, that with little playthings of their own, make fun  out of anything that they can find, from a grocery bag to a broken umbrella, so you can imagine their delight when you bring them color, paper and paints. After art, I spend my evenings chatting with a group of Syrian cousins that I call friends. These young guys are used to attending university and going out with friends in their hometown. With pride, they would show me pictures  of the cities they had left behind – Hama and Damascus. Now they are living together, 6 people to a 10′ x 15′ space without a job or much to do with themselves. With these experiences, I began to see how daily life as a refugee can be viewed as without color. This is a project where refugees can add life to their black and white existence.” Vakna – Local Photographer  & Volunteer

“In the short-term, drawing and painting makes children feel good and whole, responsible and empowered. It removed them from the refugee camp environment and focuses them on the present moment. The goal is to take them out of their misery and give them a chance to be a child again, they’re a child doing art.” – Sushma Legendre McIntosh, Art Therapist

“After spending time volunteering several times with refugees who have fled war and violence in their home countries of Syria, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East who have ended up stranded in Germany and Greece, it has become clear to me that the displaced people need a creative outlet and some activity in order to cope with life in the camps there. The families I met live in places like improvised tent cities and converted schools. Women and children have little activity. Without having a country to really call home or right to work, they are also in need of a source of funds to help purchase items they need and to get back on their feet. 

This project is in direct response to the growing population of refugees living in camps all over Europe. We will work with partners on the ground in Germany, with over 1.1 million, and Greece, with over 56,000 people living without a permanent home or lifestyle. Our campaign aims to start a non-profit to provide volunteers, supplies and art projects for the children, and sewing  or crochet projects for the women. Your donation will go towards these items, as well as the creation of jewelry, t-shirts and purses made from these art projects with proceeds from the sales directly befitting the refugees.” – Rebecca Castillo – Founder, GIVE THANKS (Contact: @givethankstorefugees  hello@givethankstorefugees.com)

GALLERY de FOX presents – FROM: HONG KONG

 

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“HK City Taxi Rain I” “HK City Taxi Rain II” “HK City Taxi Rain III”

Price Upon Request

 

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Shepard Fairey Poster (286/300 signed) “Visual Disobedience Exhibition” Hong Kong

Private Collection – NFS

Shepard Fairey Poster (Exhibition Poster) “Visual Disobedience Exhibition” Hong Kong

Private Collection – NFS

 

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Temple Street vendor, Hong Kong “Schumann”

Price Upon Request 

Temple Street vendor, Hong Kong “Schumann’s Friend”

SOLD

ARTIST XI: Kyle Miller

I believe that our connection to nature is fundamental to our development. Nature has the power to be a key contributor to overall happiness & wellness.

I create clean & colorful images that grab your attention and focus it on the beauty of nature.  I hope that my photos inspire you to go out and nurture your connection with the natural world around us.

– Kyle Miller

ARTIST X: BAGFRY (aka Aaron Brown)

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I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and currently based in Costa Mesa, California. I moved to CA pursue my degree in art at the Laguna College of Art & Design and graduated with my BFA.

My goal as an artist is to build my brand to all forms such as: murals,clothing, gallery work, etc. I believe art should be fun and come naturally. Most of my work revolves around the idea of improvisation, I like to solve problems as they come; and the choices made as  I move forward, reflect my personality as an artist.

– BAGFRY (aka Aaron Brown)