Frank Wilcox Exhibit at Cleveland History Center/WRHS

February 29, 2016

By Janet Dodrill

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit

An exhibit of the work of artist, book author, and historian, Frank Nelson Wilcox (1887-1964) is on display at the Cleveland History Center (known as the Western Reserve Historical Society), through April 30, 2016.

The subject matter included farm life and countryside, cityscapes including the Cleveland Flats, Indians (including book illustrations), Ohio waterways and canal barges, and also fishermen, western pueblos, and rivers and mountains.

Exhibit curator, William G. Scheele, of Kokoon Art Gallery, pulled-together a phenomenal collection of paintings (mainly watercolor), drawings and sketches and regional history, which are masterfully organized and displayed. Incidentally, his father, William E. Scheele (1920-1998), was a nature artist in Cleveland which led him to becoming a director at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History during his career. So, ties to the area art scene during Wilcox’s time may be especially meaningful to him.

Frank Wilcox taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at the Cleveland School of Art for 44 years starting in 1913, after his graduation there in 1910.

Some of the pieces in the exhibit have never been displayed publicly.

Early family photos and work by his wife, Florence Bard Wilcox (a jewelry designer and maker) are also on display in the hallway leading into the main exhibit.

Resource links:

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian | Exhibit Opening
http://www.wrhs.org/events/frank-n-wilcox-artist-as-historian-exhibit-opening/

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian
http://canjournal.org/2015/11/frank-n-wilcox-artist-as-historian/

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit at the Cleveland History Center

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit at the Cleveland History Center

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, Ohio canal barge

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, Ohio canal barge

Frank Wilcox watercolor character studies

Frank Wilcox watercolor character studies

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, study

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, study

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings of the Cleveland Flats

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings of the Cleveland Flats

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox, Creative Techniques display

Frank Wilcox, Creative Techniques display

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting/study and poster

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting/study and poster

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings and sketches

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings and sketches

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings

Frank Wilcox, Printmaking & Books display

Frank Wilcox, Printmaking & Books display

Frank Wilcox sketches

Frank Wilcox sketches

Frank Wilcox, Travels

Frank Wilcox, Travels

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox early photo

Frank Wilcox early photo

Cleveland History Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, courtyard

Cleveland History Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, courtyard

 

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The National Gallery Online Art Collection

July 18, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

the national galleryThe National Gallery (@NationalGallery) tweeted on July 16, 2015 that now images can be downloaded from their collection for personal use! That got me interested in exploring their website www.nationalgallery.org.uk. Here are a few links to good resources, I discovered there, for the art enthusiast!

Online Collection:
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings

Explore the paintings:
Collection overview, 30 ‘must-see’ paintings, paintings room by room, a virtual tour of over 300 paintings, the picture of the month, the latest loans and acquisitions, and more.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/view-the-collection

This month, the picture of the month is Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630, with free downloadable wallpaper:
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/upload/img/wallpaper-rubens-a-roman-triumph-ng278.jpg

Download the iPhone app:
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/learn-about-art

The National Gallery Channel:
Watch video and learn about hidden symbolism in paintings, techniques of the old masters, contemporary artists, impressionism, and more.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/channel

The National Gallery Podcasts:
Listen to information on Cézanne, Manet, Rembrandt, Bruegel, Monet, Millet, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and more.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/podcasts

Caring for the paintings:
www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/caring-for-the-paintings

 

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Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630, wallpaper download from the National Gallery website.


Da Vinci the Exhibition

May 29, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

Da Vinci the Exhibition in Las Vegas, limited engagement.

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I made a point of seeing “Da Vinci the Exhibition” at The Venetian’s Imagine Exhibitions Gallery. The exhibit brought to light many of the artworks and inventions by mastermind Leonardo Da Vinci. The gallery was segmented to show different types of his work. Large printed posters with a comprehensive history of the artist lined the walls, and many fun facts were revealed. In one of the first rooms was his small body of paintings (reproductions were used), some finished, some unfinished, including the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, work from when he studied with master artist Verrocchio, and other works, and even a few paintings that have not been authenticated.

Most other sections of the exhibit showcased enlarged sketch book pages and ideas and inventions brought to life with real scale models – built staying relatively close to Da Vinci’s designs. One room had lens optics and a mirrored room, another room had constructions for war including a tank, a portable bridge, a multi-shooting mechanical device, a rising ladder and platform for invading a castle over a moat, and other designs, some purchased for use in war. Animated 3D video screens showed how some of the constructions worked. He also created pulley devices and tools, many of which involved motion when used. An underwater suit, parachute, and flying machine were also in the exhibit.

I spent about an hour and a half there, really absorbing the breadth of Da Vinci’s work and genius. Though it was not a typical Vegas show, this limited engagement exhibit was well put-together and inexpensive. An adult ticket cost $27.50 but if you see a Vegas show you may find a coupon code in the program.

Learn more about Da Vinci the Exhibition:

www.venetian.com/entertainment.html

www.lasvegas.com/event/da-vinci-the-exhibition/21483

www.vegas.com/attractions/on-the-strip/da-vinci-exhibition-venetian-las-vegas


Artist George Kozmon Impresses at IngenuityFest

September 29, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

George Kozmon is a Cleveland-based internationally-known artist specializing in large-scale drawing and painting. I learned of George through our high school art teacher, Vincent Ferrara, in the 1970s. Then, he was producing energetic action figures for weekly art class critiques, and soon after incorporated figure and portrait drawing using students as subjects that he would ask to pose outside of school. I followed his career, through is time at The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), and remember seeing his large drawings at a student show there. Most memorable were architectural renderings, and an expressive black and white drawing of a lawn mower. His drawing skills were becoming expert and there was a certain confidence to his work even early on. Upon graduating, he remained in Cleveland but at that time exhibited primarily outside of the city, around the country. He moved into large architectural works. Then into more figurative work. And most recently, uses mountains and clouds as his primary subject matter. I recently saw him at Cleveland’s IngenuityFest ‘performing’ his art with paint and brush onto an 80-foot long curved canvas over the course of three days combining architectures with mountains and clouds. He became the real-life action figure walking in and out of his invented environment. I was very impressed with the piece and his idea to do it, as documented in these few moments with him on day two of the three-day project.

George Kozmon at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

George Kozmon artist at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Kozmon artist at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

George Kozmon artist at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Kozmon artist at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

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George Kozmon artist at Cleveland IngenuityFest 2013

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Related Links:

George Kozmon’s Web Site

George Kozmon’s Facebook Page

Cleveland Institute of Art: Ingenuity Fest 2013

JakPrints Blog Article on George Kozmon (see Meet George Kozmon)


Young Artists – Chinese Painting Students

August 29, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

Chinese elementary school students learn to paint early. These photos were taken in 1994 by my father when my parents visited a school during a three-week bike tour in China. These young children demonstrate incredible design and skill in their art work.

Photos: Everett Dodrill

Children learn to paint early in China.

Children learn to paint early in China.

Artwork by children artists.

Artwork by children artists.

Paintings by children artists adorn their school hallways.

Paintings by children artists adorn their school hallways.

Beautiful and creative art works are painted by student children.

Beautiful and creative art works are painted by student children.


Blue Dog by George Rodrigue

July 20, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

George Rodrigue's Blue Dog painting

George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog painting at Rodrigue Studio in Carmel, California.

On a recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, I found the art gallery Rodrigue Studio gallery, exclusively of the work of George Rodrigue.

Known primarily for his ‘Blue Dog’ paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolors; also drawings and mixed media) and limited edition prints (lithography, silkscreen, and serigraph), the George Rodrigue web site has a timeline, indicating that the first Blue Dog was painted in 1984, but prior to that the artist originally painted Cajun culture-themed works and Louisiana landscapes.

Rodrigue Studio, Carmel, CA.

Rodrigue Studio, Carmel, CA.

Initially, he used a photograph of his own deceased dog as reference, and since then, sometimes incorporates figures and landscapes with the dogs into the work. Early blue dog paintings were not yet called Blue Dog until they became more popular in the early 1990s.

George Rodrigue's Blue Dog mixed media artwork at Rodrigue

George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog mixed media artwork at Rodrigue Studio in Carmel, California.

Where else do you expect to see a painting of Clint Eastwood but in Carmel, California, at the Rodrigue Studio, in the city where he used to be mayor? Believed to be from his 2013 Hollywood Stars series, it is done in archival ink on metal, at 41 x 62 inches.

The gallery representative was friendly and outgoing, and allowed me to enjoy the whimsical work without pressure, making the experience fun and memorable – even allowing me to take photographs and offering to take one of me next to a painting.

Blue Dog books that have sold by the hundreds of thousands, calendars, and notecards are available on Amazon.com.

George Rodrigue Blue Dog painting.

George Rodrigue Blue Dog painting.

What is the attraction to these paintings? They are unique and spark the imagination. Rodrigue painting reap high prices. Two sold recently at New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. – the  36″ x 48″ oil on canvas “My Yellow  Oak” had a hammer price of $80,000, and the 14″ x 18″ acrylic on canvas “Blue Dog and Cypress” had a hammer price of $22,000, which doesn’t include the 23% buyer’s premium. Aside from inquiring about these works directly from Rodrigue Studio galleries (Carmel, CA, Lafayette, LA, and New Orleans, LA) and possibly at other art galleries, they are available on upcoming auctions at Liveauctioneers.com. Additionally, I found several of his paintings and prints for sale at Artbrokerage.com.

Next time I am in Layfatte, I would like to sit and eat Cajun cuisine at Blue Dog Café, which George has visited, surrounded by walls of a private collection of Blue Dog Art!

Business card from Rodrigue Studio, Carmel, CA.

Business card from Rodrigue Studio, Carmel, CA.


Upcoming Art Shows

October 27, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

Original B&W linocut prints by Janet Dodrill.

19th People’s Art Show

19th People's Art Show (Photo source: CSU Art Gallery)

The 19th People’s Art Show includes nearly 500 works of art by almost 300 area artists.

Opening reception – Friday, October 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
October 29 to December 9, 2010

Please note that the gallery will be closed from 11/25 – 11/28 for Thanksgiving.

Cleveland State University
Art Building
2307 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2103
http://www.csuohio.edu/artgallery/2010-2011/19PeopleArtShow/

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut print by Janet Dodrill.

Valley Art Center’s 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Valley Art Center 39th Juried Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: November 5th, 6pm – 8pm
November 6th – December 1st

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
(440) 247-7507
http://www.valleyartcenter.org/gallery.htm

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill, Gym, Booth #10.

19th Annual Heartfelt Holiday, Juried Show

19th Heartfelt Holiday at Brecksville Center for the Arts (Photo source: BCA)

Sat., Nov. 6, 10am-5pm
Sun., Nov. 7, 11am-4pm

Brecksville Center for the Arts
Community Center
8997 Highland Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-6232
http://www.brecksvillearts.org/heartfeltholiday.html

$5 Admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

1819 Cadwell Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Sat., Nov. 20, 1pm-8pm
Sun., Nov. 21, 12pm-4pm

Nine artists display and sell their work.

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Laurel School’s 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar, Juried Show

Laurel School 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar

Sat. Dec. 4, 10am-5pm
Sun. Dec. 5, 11am-4pm

Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216-464-1441, Ext. 1344
www.laurelschool.org/arts/artisanbazaar.cfm

$3 Admission