Last year when I was handing out fliers for the Art Ghoulery, a man handed the flier back to me and said “call me when you have a happiness show”. He didn’t give me his number but perhaps I will cross paths with him again.
On Saturday, April 26th 4pm to 10pm at 733 Ridge Rd Sellersville, I will be hosting that Happiness Art show.
Happiness can mean different things to different people. Most artists are only happy if they are creating. Come out and support the artists in their creative endeavors. See some beautiful things, smile and enjoy.
Artists showing will include:
Amy Rims Art Page
Ben Robinson Artwork
Music / entertainment will be provided by:
This show will cost $1 at the door
Back in October I did a fashion show for West Main Consignment in Lansdale. This is the dress I modeled and then I wore it for the 2014 Lansdale Fun A Day show. I worked pretty hard getting things coordinated for this show, getting artists motivated, organizing some musicians, promoting the show, getting a crew together to help me set up and of course working on my own artwork everyday. It was hard work but the show was amazing and many people were inspired. During the show, some big guy came up to me and said it was a great show but he could have done this all if he had a dress like the one I was wearing…
I just finished hanging some works at the Water Gallery 319 W Main St Lansdale. I’ve been working over there for about 3 months now trying to get the community involved in the arts. It’s been a challenge, it seems like the winter has been against me. We may be forced to close our doors and just exist online. If you haven’t been out there yet, please come out and support the local art community by buying some work (it ranges from 50 cents to thousands of dollars), becoming a gallery member which is $50 a month or invite your friends along.
I am hosting the Lansdale Fun A Day show again this year. We are 5 days into Fun A day, artists all over are creating everyday for the month of January. This really conditions you to work on your art everyday and keeps you motivated through the year. The group show will be Feb 21st, which will give us all time to figure out how to display our works. I’m working on some drawings and taking a break from life drawing. I was starting to feel like the figure has too much of a strong hold on my work and I’m losing my creativity. Time to have fun and find that creative spirit.
Friday December 27th I will be hosting a Spoken Word night at the Water Gallery 319 W Main St Lansdale in the Dresher Arcade 6pm to 9pm. Poems, short stories, plays, songs, we will have it all!
This is the second annual Horror themed art show in Lansdale. The show this year will be held at the Lansdale Music Factory. The show will feature various local artists:
Matt Deleskiewicz, Bobbi Shaw, Kelly Arnold, Julia Garcia, Mike Pagdon, Fred Sadgiqacea, Katie Lightcap, Aly Moore, Amy Rims, John DiGiovanni, Alex Kachenko, Alex Hagendorf and Ben Robinson. Live performances including original music by Brian Medlin, Morgan Tindell, Jonathan Litwinowicz, Alzabo, Jarrett Swartz, The McCormicks,Elements of the Rat, and more. Live painting by Amy Rims. Come in costume, bring the kids, have fun, buy artwork, win prizes.
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I did these illustrations in ink on paper with the help of my lovely model John. They will appear in a horror anthology in the summer of 2013. I’ll link up to the book once it’s published.
I painted this last week from my model John, it consists of ten or more poses done in one night with acrylic on an old wooden shelf. I had planned on making it a backdrop to a glass piece my dad salvaged for me but after painting it, it didn’t seem to make sense to use it like that. I went to an event over the weekend and displayed my work while bands played in a very fancy barn. This painting sold to a man who really “gets” it and needs it to hang in his room.
Last night I hosted the BYOG show, it was an amazing night. The crowd was small but the people there made the evening perfect. Artists new to me joined in. I feel like I made great connects with these “new” artists and we plan to do more things together. Bobby Rantz is a scratch board artist, I can’t describe how powerful his work is but my heart was touched by his work. Musicians were excited to share their music, I even played and sang a little (without having a heart attack from fear). Blaze played his heart out and his friends were some of the most supportive people I’ve ever met. Authors read deeply personal stories, excerpts and poems. I’m doing some illustrations for Fox Dunham, he is a cancer survivor, sometimes I feel like my drawings can’t do his stories justice but listening to him read out loud inspires me further. Jason Kaminski read an excerpt from his book dealing with addiction and life sorrows. I got some negative feedback from some show attendees because I invited him to read. I’m not exactly sure what people don’t like about him. Personally I have had hard feelings towards the guy for breaking my ribs in a mosh pit many years ago, but I’m over that now. I figure he’s an artist and has something that needs to be let out. My shows are for people like him.
While I was by my table running the millionaire’s auction, a young woman stared for a long time at my painting Into the Ocean. Tears filled her eyes, I walked around the table and talked to her about what this meant to her. I knew there has been a loss of life and could see she was grieving. This painted reminded her of God and her lost friend and his brothers and also the different ways in which you can appreciate the sea. We hugged and I removed the painting (which had no bids) from the auction and gave it her. I think it was meant for her.
There were so many people there who made the show amazing, I’m so thankful to have found this community of artists and art lovers.
Bring your own acoustic guitar, your favorite songs and campfire stories to this group art show. Two stages will be set up for group jam sessions as local artists and authors display and sell their work.
Artists include: Amy Rims, Bobbi Shaw, Chelsea Allen, Josh Seachrist, Sumerlyn Witsen, Anthony T Forbes, Bobby Rantz, John DiGiovanni, Alexander Kachenko and Jay Reimers.
Authors: Jason Kaminski and Fox Dunham
Musicians include: YOU
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.Door open at 7PM to the upstairs Ballroom of the Third and Walnut 43 w 3rd street Lansdale.
This is from my January 2013 Fun A Day collage project.
In school, I was never much into gym class, I wasn’t great with team sports. In high school, we got to choose from various activities. I choose tennis and got paired with a boy I kind of knew. He made gym fun, with his hand stands and juggling our tennis rackets. I looked at his photo in the year book a lot. 14 years later, I was able to turn right to his year book photo to make this collage. I’m happy to still know him and happier still that he is always supportive of my work.
This is my acrylic re paint of Manet’s guitarist.
It’s 24 X 22 hand stretched canvas. I’ve spent 6 hours on this so far. I probably won’t work on it again since I’m still finishing up some illustrations of a horror anthology and some more biblical illustrations. This painting will serve as the flier to the next show I’m hosting themed around guitar playing around a campfire. It’s going to be a great time, I have a few artists signed up, a good group of musicians and even some writers who will read some scary stories. What is a campfire without story telling?
There was a time where I would like to look through other family’s windows and see them sitting around a table, playing in a family room or washing dishes in the sink. I would image I lived there and life was perfect because in my mind I was the only one who ever had a rough family life. One day I met a woman who said to me “look at how young you look, you came up easy.”
I just made the map for the Art Walk August 17th and 18th through Lansdale Pa. Ben Robinson created the image.
24″ X 48″ Acrylic on linen. Layers under the Earth and a underground ocean.