American Masters at the Salmagundi Club

American Masters at the Salmagundi Club: Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzick, Daniek Gerhartz, David A. Leffel, Dean Mitchell, Josh Elliott, Joseph McGurl, John Stobart, Matt Smith
The Salmagundi Club, the well known artists’ club in New York, is holding its fourth annual American Masters show and sale from May 4 to May 19, 2011.

The show features an impressive list of contemporary American artists, several of whom I’ve featured here on Lines and Colors (see my related posts in the list below).

The show will be open from 12 – 6pm daily through its run, with a Gala Event scheduled for May 13 in which ballots will be drawn for the opportunity to purchase the works..

The gallery of artists on the Salmagundi Club’s site features a number of the works. Be sure to click on the initial images to open the larger versions.

(Images above: Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzick, Daniek Gerhartz, David A. Leffel, Dean Mitchell, Josh Elliott, Joseph McGurl, John Stobart, Matt Smith)

Free Comic Book Day 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, 2011 is Free Comic Book Day here in the U.S. Once again a chance for comic book shops to open their doors to the curious and unaccustomed, hold special events, creator signings and sales; and for publishers to show off their wares in special titles and editions created for the occasion, to be given away free at the stores.

For more, see the Free Comic Book Day site, which includes as always a zip code based comic book store locator, an introduction for those new (or returning) to comic books, lists of creator signing events, and lists of the ranges of comics being given away.

This year the comics lists include a preview feature, which can be enlarged to preview the comics full screen.

For more information and a better description of free comic book day (and why you may want to avail yourself of the opportunity), see my previous posts listed below.

Elizabeth Traynor (update)

Elizabeth Traynor
I first wrote about Elizabeth Traynor in a post in 2006, in which I expressed my admiration in particular for her scratchboard illustrations (and gave a brief description of the scratchboard process).

In addition to her scratchboard work (images above, 1 & 4), her online portfolio also showcases her work in pen and ink, often used with watercolor (images above, 2 & 5), as well as her straightforward watercolor pieces (3 & 6, with detail, 7).

Traynor says that her clients appreciate her ability to work in all three mediums and that much of her work recently is in the latter two.

She was kind enough to pass on to me three recent illustrations, that are not yet on her site, to share in this post (4, 5 & 6, above, plus detail at bottom).

I initially encountered Traynor from her previous association with the Delaware College of Art and Design, where she was at one time the head of the Illustration Department, and where I taught (and continue to teach) a class in Adobe Flash.

Since then Traynor has been based in Massachusetts, but she was born in Alabama, and still has family and friends there who live in an area that was in the path of the extremely destructive storms that recently ripped through the U.S. south.

In a letter which I have quoted below with her permission, she offers a way for those who would like to help to contribute to a local, all volunteer, non-profit group; assuring that your help will go directly to communities in need and not be compromised by the overhead and administrative costs inherent in established relief agencies.

Dear Friends and Family,

I don’t have to tell any of you about the devastation from the tornados last week in Alabama. If you want to help, though, I can tell you a direct way to do so — without red tape.

You may not know that I am a native of Alabama (even though I grew up in Delaware too). My mother, son, five brothers, and ten nieces and nephews live there. Thankfully, no one in my family was injured, although they all have suffered damage in varying degrees. It has been a terrible week for all of us, even those of us far away trying to get word about our loved ones.

My mother is the President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (St. William’s Conference) in Guntersville, Alabama (in the northeast section of the state).

The Society is providing aid for all residents of Marshall County who are in need, especially in the towns of Guntersville, Arab, Albertville, and Boaz. Each of these towns, as well as other areas of this rural county, suffered direct hits by multiple tornados.

(One tornado ripped up 1,000 trees from a long scenic stretch on the shore of Lake Guntersville, less than 1/2 mile from my mother’s house.)

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is running out of money. If you would like to make a donation to help, the Society would be extremely thankful. 100% of donations are used directly for feeding, sheltering, and repairs. There are no administrative costs, since this is an all-volunteer group with headquarters in St. William’s Catholic Church.

Donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society (St. William’s Conference) and are fully tax deductible. The address is:
St. Vincent de Paul Society
c/o St. Williams Church
929 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976

You are under no obligation to make a donation. If you do so, any amount is welcome, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Simon Schubert

Simon Schubert
German artist Simon Schubert works in the novel medium of creased paper, using the sharp creases as lines, and apparently letting the differences in surface provide tones under the controlled lighting in which the piece is photographed.

His subjects for this sequence of works are largely architectural interiors of a particular villa. They often include patterned floors and recursive repetition of spaces in facing mirrors.

His online gallery also includes installations and sculpture.

[Via BoingBoing]