Chicago Band Tangleweed To Play It Forward at The Pendleton Art Center Friday, July 27th

Tangleweed to Perform at the Pendleton Art Center Final Friday July 27th

This is REALLY BIG and I am thrilled to share the news with you.  Tangleweed will be peforming at the Pendleton Art Center this Final Friday!

The Chicago based trio Tangleweed will be entertaining at the Pendleton Art Center on July 27th for Final Friday’s art walk. They have basically waived their typical booking fee with the goal of assisting the PAC in being a hub of vibrant creativity in Cincinnati and to hopefully assist to bring in larger numbers of visitors during Final Friday.

Now you may ask, why would a band from Chicago care about the artists at the Pendleton Art Center. Well, one of the band members is my cousin. He knew that I had recently moved into a Second Floor Studio at the Pendleton Art Center and was trying to think of ways to bring in more visitors. My cousin is Paul Wargaski and he is also a very successful violin maker in Chicago. Paul is the innovator of the Suitbass (A bass instrument that disassembles into it’s own suitcase for travel). Back in 2007 the suitbass was born out of a greater need for compact mobility as Wargaski was the bass player for Tangleweed and they were booking more performances across the country.

The Suitbass was built from a vintage Amelia Earhart suitcase.. Something he calls “Workable Art” which Wargaski will be playing during his performance at the PAC on Final Friday!   “I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing the infamous Suitbass I have heard so much about.  The Suitbass alone would be worth the trip to the Pendleton,” says Dawn.

Tangleweed’s performance at the PAC will not only help me but all of the artist’s at the PAC and raise awareness to the artist community in Cincinnati.

Various types of artists from several different states are all coming together for this one evening at the Pendleton Art Center with the hopes of helping each other through synergy and ultimately helping all the artists at the PAC.

I will personally will have a guest artist Mindy Fisher from New Hampshire showing her work as well as showing some jewelry and art from an artist living in Mali who Scott Judd (Tangleweed’s guitarist is helping).  It’s basically artists helping artist in more ways than you can imagine.  But we would be happy to share our stories when you drop in to Studio 221 during this Final Friday at the Pendleton Art Center!

It should be a magical evening you won’t want to miss!

Pendleton Art Center 1310 Pendleton St. 

Final Friday from 6-10 pm. 

Second Look Saturday 11am -3pm

Paul Wargaski on bass, Billy Oh on fiddle, and Scott Judd on guitar to complete the group.

About Tangleweed

Tangleweed was originally formed the summer of 2004, presently with Paul Wargaski on bass, Billy Oh on fiddle, and Scott Judd on guitar to complete the group.

Tangleweed has been on the top ten charts in the UK and is a band of three forward-thinking musical reactionaries from Chicago, Illinois.  While the band’s instrumentation is standard bluegrass, their music is anything but with a repertoire both broad and deep.  Their four CDs have garnered critical praise and worldwide airplay, earning the band invitations to appear at major festivals and high profile venues around the country.

Tangleweed combines high-energy performances with impeccable musicianship and a wide-breadth of influences to create a unique sound that is simultaneously modern and old-time.

The band has been hailed in reviews worldwide as a welcome breath of fresh air for lovers of stomping string band music and high lonesome harmonies.

Check out their most recent release “Please Punch Richard for Me” at www.tangleweed.org or  you can go to Pandora.com, and type ‘Tangleweed’ into the search box. You’ll get a station with Tangleweed, Split Lip Rayfield, The Hackensaw Boys, and a bunch of other like-minded neo-traditionalists.

Oh … and let’s not forget there will be

eight floors of Art for sale!

Dawn B. Dwyer, Creating FineAart You’ll Want to Pet! Studio 221

Make sure you come to the second floor, Studio 221 first to say, “Hi”.  

Just take the stairs up one flight.  I will have lots of new art to show because I will have two guest artists this month!  There will be jewelry from Mali and camel hair pillows … oh my!  And the art of Mindy Fisher from New Hampshire.  Her art is whimiscal and fun and she is also the creator of Tangleweed’s coloring book which they will be giving out and also the creator of the music cartoon video  our guest band Tangleweed has on their website.  So lots of fun things to see and do.  I have also worked a little more on my 30 x 40 horse paintings as well as a Doberman Pinscher painting.  So get out of the house on Friday and have some fun with us at the Pendelton Art Center!!!

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“Endless Possibilities” at the Pendleton Art Center January 27, 2012

YOUR BEST YEAR EVER … Welcome to 2012! 

Did you know that in ancient Rome, the month, January is named after Janus the god of the doorway?  In fact, it was a tradition to symbolically close the door on old troubles and open another to new possibilities

Nice idea!

I thought this painting would be a great one to feature this month because of the story it tells.  It just fits in with the new year and the endless possibilities the new year offers to all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world offers us endless possibilities. We just have to be ready to act without hesitation when the opportunities arise.  Because sometimes it is just a fleeting moment.  So now and then, we just need to take the chance, remove our shoes and get our feet wet.

The Challenges When Plein Air Painting

Here was my subject on day 1

 

Plein Air painting is always tricky and full of surprises.  You never know who you are going to meet while painting, what they will say to you nor what challenges you will face other than the on going moving shadows and changing subject.  In this particular case, I didn’t have enough time to finish my painting.  So I thought I would finish it up the next week if it was sunny.  Boy, was I surprised when I came back.

Oh my gosh ... they drained the Lake!

 

When I returned to finish the painting, this is what I saw.  It was just too funny.  Who would of thought they would drain the lake?  So not only was I dealing with a moving subject as the shadows changed everything, I had to also imagine where the water line would be on the rocks and what the water reflections would look like.

 
Mmm … I think this one will be finished in the studio.  Every painting has a story … there is no question about that.  

“Chilling at Petrohue Falls” 16×20 oil painting by Dawn B. Dwyer

“Chilling at Petrohue Falls” 16×20 oil painting by Dawn B. Dwyer

While on a cruise with my mother and cousin we discovered this spectacular sight.  This was our first port of call … Puerto Montt, Chile.  When we arrived at the port we got off the boat and immediately boarded a bus which transported us to this incredible place.   The sight was magnificent, it was a place called Petrohue Rapids.  It was so beautiful; I just wanted to jump in the water and swim.  As you can see the water was so pure, the color of a swimming pool and the sound of the rushing water just filled up your senses.  It just was such a beautiful sight.  I knew as I stood there that day I would paint this incredible sight hidden away in South America.

“Heinz’s Frog Pond” 6.5 x 20 Oil by Dawn B. Dwyer

 

 

 

 

 

A portion of “Heinz’s Frog Pond” 6.5 x 20 Oil

by Dawn B. Dwyer

Heinz is a black dachshund that loves to run down to this pond everyday when he is in Vermont to try and catch the frogs.  On one of those visits down to the pond I took some photographs of him and his pond to reference later.  I knew this memory would go down on canvas.  The pond is situated away from the house.  When you walk down to the pond it feels very magical while offering solitude.  I tried to capture that mood in this painting.  The original painting is 16 x 20, this is a portion of the painting. Inv # 3009    SOLD

“Autumn Glow” 8 x 10 Oil by Dawn B. Dwyer

"Autumn Glow"

Autumn Glow 8 x 10 Oil by Dawn B. Dwyer

At the 2009 Cincinnati Art Club Christmas Party each member who participated in the gift exchange brought an 8 x 10 painting of one of their recent works.  This was the painting that I brought and was recieved by Eileen, another artist at the club.

“Morning on the Ohio River” 11×14 oil by Dawn B. Dwyer

“Morning on the Ohio River”

“Morning on the Ohio River”  11 x 14 oil  by Dawn B. Dwyer

This was painted at Eden Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on a hot overcast day.  You can see there is beauty in an overcast day as the colors were quite magnificent.  While I was painting, there was quite a bit of enthusiasm about this painting.  Several people stopped to photograph the painting while it was in progress, there were also shouts from a few cars as they passed by expressing how much they loved the painting.  It was painted “plein air’ which means that it was painted out of doors and in natural sun light.  I really enjoyed this day painting at the park.  Although when you look at this oil, it is quite and peaceful,  there was actually a lot of excitement that day.”Morning on the Ohio”.   Inv # 3007