OPERATION: Bring Art to the People- Road Trip to Chattanooga Edition

Anyone who knows me, knows that when I tell a story, I like to start from the beginning. So to tell you about my latest trip to Chattanooga, you guessed it, I have to start from the beginning. So here it goes:

In 2003, after a messy breakup from a an almost 3 year relationship, I found myself  being a single dog/cat “parent”, without a place to live or even a bed to sleep on. My fairly new BFF came to my rescue and offered me a place to stay in her one bedroom apartment with her Japanese Akita dog lovingly named, Jade.

The tight living quarters posed many challenges. For one, my “bedroom” was actually the dining room and second, our dogs were having a super hard time getting along because of their conflicting personalities. Jade, due to her breed, is naturally stubborn, protective, and bossy while Gambit, for who knows what reason, knows he’s not the alpha dog, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to prove otherwise any chance he gets. So needless to say, there were many scuffles between my 50lb dog and my BFF’s 100+lb dog, but eventually, they learned to get along and became BFFs themselves.

Fast-forward several years and many countless memories and life changes later, and my BFF & Jade, have since moved from sunny Jacksonville, FL to Chattanooga, TN and last week I got the phone call that I knew would one day be coming in one way or another: it’s time to let her go. So with much sadness, but with much happiness for a chance to see her one more time, I started to plan my trip to Tennessee. My mind kept going back to just how blessed Jade was to have found my amazing BFF and just how blessed my BFF was to find such a wonderful dog like Jade.

Dogs are truly amazing creations. It’s not hard to imagine them as angels in disguise, whose sole purpose it is on this earth to give us companionship, unconditional love, protection, comfort and so much more. Most of my art work is based on both my first dog, Snoopy (he’s the blue & white dog in my Childhood series) and my current dog, Gambit. If you can’t tell, I have a very warm place in my heart for these wonderful creatures.

So as I prepared for my trip, I realized this was a good opportunity take OPERATION: Bring Art to the People with me on the road for a few Sneaky Love Art Drops, and not only would it be a good distraction from the reality of the visit but, a chance to share the love of art with the focus of the work being on: Doggie Love.

I selected a couple of my favorite works, loaded them & the dog into the car & hit the road. My first drop was at a rest stop somewhere along I-75 North about 2 hours south of Atlanta. As I got closer and closer to Chattanooga, the reality started sinking in again and I couldn’t wait to spend some quality time with my BFF & Jade, and as an added bonus her other BFF & her dog, Brinkley, also drove up and joined in on the get together.

That night, we all talked, we laughed, we cried, we ate, we took pictures, and we loved on the dogs, especially Jade. There were moments when we acted normal, almost as if we had forgotten exactly why we were all there, but then reality would strike us again & the mood would quickly change, but then one of the dogs would do something ridiculous and we’d be right back to laughing uncontrollably. It really was a bittersweet experience.

The next morning we took all the “kids” to the dog park and watched them frolic and play without a care in the world. It was sad though to see how differently the dogs played now compared to 10 years ago. There was less running, less fighting, but there was still so much love & happiness oozing from each of them that we couldn’t help but smile.

Then it was time to say our good-byes to Jade…

We were all numb afterwards, not really knowing what to say, how to act, it didn’t seem real. My BFF didn’t want to go home, she wanted to be distracted, so I suggested an Art Drop and she was all for it, but I have a feeling, if I had told her that I wanted to balance & rotate my own tires, she probably would of agreed to tag along just so she wouldn’t have to stay home. It was amazing how quickly we got distracted looking for the perfect spot to drop the piece, the excitement of trying to go unnoticed, and the exhilaration as we ran away from the scene of the “crime.” For a few minutes, we allowed ourselves to enjoy the present moment before we reconnected with reality.

The next day, I woke up early and started my journey back home with Gambit. Two hours into my drive, I got off at one of the first exits for ATL for the the final Sneaky Love Art Drop of my journey, where a super cool looking diner called the OK Cafe caught my eye, so I strategically dropped the last painting into some bushes for a random person to find. From that same exit, I refueled the car with gas, the dog with some water & myself with some coffee and hit the road again. As I drove down I-75 South, I reflected on my trip with an appreciation for the blessing that my BFF is on my life, for the blessings that our dogs are in our lives, for the moments and memories, both good & bad, that are made a little easier just by releasing the love in our hearts towards each other, whether it’s your best friend or a complete stranger. Our lives are short on this earth, we really need to live everyday with purpose, figure out what we were put here to do, and with a loving heart push through and get it done, help people along the way, never stop searching for wisdom & understanding and embrace every precious moment as the blessings come pouring in…

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OPERATION: Bring Art to the People- Road Trip to Chattanooga Edition

Anyone who knows me, knows that when I tell a story, I like to start from the beginning. So to tell you about my latest trip to Chattanooga, you guessed it, I have to start from the beginning. So here it goes:

In 2003, after a messy breakup from a an almost 3 year relationship, I found myself being a single dog/cat “parent”, without a place to live or even a bed to sleep on. My fairly new BFF came to my rescue and offered me a place to stay in her one bedroom apartment with her Japanese Akita dog lovingly named, Jade.

Jade liked to dominate everything, including the bed she was not allowed to be on (pic taken apprx 2009)

The tight living quarters posed many challenges. For one, my “bedroom” was actually the dining room and second, our dogs were having a super hard time getting along because of their conflicting personalities. Jade, due to her breed, is naturally stubborn, protective, and bossy while Gambit, for who knows what reason, knows he’s not the alpha dog, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to prove otherwise any chance he gets. So needless to say, there were many scuffles between my 50lb dog and my BFF’s 100+lb dog, but eventually, they learned to get along and became BFFs themselves.

Fast-forward several years and many countless memories and life changes later, and my BFF & Jade, have since moved from sunny Jacksonville, FL to Chattanooga, TN and last week I got the phone call that I knew would one day be coming in one way or another: it’s time to let her go. So with much sadness, but with much happiness for a chance to see her one more time, I started to plan my trip to Tennessee. My mind kept going back to just how blessed Jade was to have found my amazing BFF and just how blessed my BFF was to find such a wonderful dog like Jade.

Dogs are truly amazing creations. It’s not hard to imagine them as angels in disguise, whose sole purpose it is on this earth to give us companionship, unconditional love, protection, comfort and so much more. Most of my art work is based on both my first dog, Snoopy (he’s the blue & white dog in my Childhood series) and my current dog, Gambit. If you can’t tell, I have a very warm place in my heart for these wonderful creatures.

Brinkley, Jade & Gambit At the dog park...

So as I prepared for my trip, I realized this was a good opportunity take OPERATION: Bring Art to the People with me on the road for a few Sneaky Love Art Drops, and not only would it be a good distraction from the reality of the visit but, a chance to share the love of art with the focus of the work being on: Doggie Love.

I selected a couple of my favorite works, loaded them & the dog into the car & hit the road. My first drop was at a rest stop somewhere along I-75 North about 2 hours south of Atlanta. As I got closer and closer to Chattanooga, the reality started sinking in again and I couldn’t wait to spend some quality time with my BFF & Jade, and as an added bonus her other BFF & her dog, Brinkley, also drove up and joined in on the get together.

That night, we all talked, we laughed, we cried, we ate, we took pictures, and we loved on the dogs, especially Jade. There were moments when we acted normal, almost as if we had forgotten exactly why we were all there, but then reality would strike us again & the mood would quickly change, but then one of the dogs would do something ridiculous and we’d be right back to laughing uncontrollably. It really was a bittersweet experience.

The next morning we took all the “kids” to the dog park and watched them frolic and play without a care in the world. It was sad though to see how differently the dogs played now compared to 10 years ago. There was less running, less fighting, but there was still so much love & happiness oozing from each of them that we couldn’t help but smile.

Then it was time to say our good-byes to Jade…

We were all numb afterwards, not really knowing what to say, how to act, it didn’t seem real. My BFF didn’t want to go home, she wanted to be distracted, so I suggested an Art Drop and she was all for it, but I have a feeling, if I had told her that I wanted to balance & rotate my own tires, she probably would of agreed to tag along just so she wouldn’t have to stay home. It was amazing how quickly we got distracted looking for the perfect spot to drop the piece, the excitement of trying to go unnoticed, and the exhilaration as we ran away from the scene of the “crime.” For a few minutes, we allowed ourselves to enjoy the present moment before we reconnected with reality.

My BFF playing the part of the Sneaky Agent in Chattanooga...

The next day, I woke up early and started my journey back home with Gambit. Two hours into my drive, I got off at one of the first exits for ATL for the the final Sneaky Love Art Drop of my journey, where a super cool looking diner called the OK Cafe caught my eye, so I strategically dropped the last painting into some bushes for a random person to find. From that same exit, I refueled the car with gas, the dog with some water & myself with some coffee and hit the road again. As I drove down I-75 South, I reflected on my trip with an appreciation for the blessing that my BFF is on my life, for the blessings that our dogs are in our lives, for the moments and memories, both good & bad, that are made a little easier just by releasing the love in our hearts towards each other, whether it’s your best friend or a complete stranger. Our lives are short on this earth, we really need to live everyday with purpose, figure out what we were put here to do, and with a loving heart push through and get it done, help people along the way, never stop searching for wisdom & understanding and embrace every precious moment as the blessings come pouring in…

Art is Leaking Out of the Galleries and Into the Streets of Your City, Are You Ready?

Artists often find themselves in a predicament: too much creative energy and very little resources to express it. Sometimes it’s financial, sometimes it’s space or time limitations, while other times it’s simply lack of support from the community. I’m happy to say that the tides are turning in Jacksonville. Unfortunately, funding is still an issue which directly affects the amount of time we have to work on projects (no funding = day jobs for artists, funding = being paid for what we do best, making art) , BUT we are constantly and tirelessly finding ways to make things happen regardless of the obstacles and NOW we are getting much support & buzz from our community which is definitely a step in the right direction. 🙂

Many of us have been on a mission to educate the masses of the importance of having a strong artistic & cultural presence in our city. Often times, the arts are seen as disposable when in fact they are the very building blocks of a strong community. The arts generate revenue for our city and increase the quality of life for everyone.

Many artists are constantly trying to figure out how to define art and how to explain to the general public what art is and why it should be funded. Some say it’s just pretty pictures or decoration, while others say it’s expression of emotion or a way to document the world around you, but as simply put by my friend, Howard Lawson II, a Motion Graphics Designer, “Art is a form of communication.” It was so simple but so to the point. Artists are communicators. We use our craft to communicate feelings, moments, beliefs, thoughts, visions, histories, everything really. In doing this, we change the very nature of the environments we live and work in by bringing enlightenment, inspiration, education, discovery, and life to our community.

While most are accustomed to art being confined to galleries and museums, there is a new revolution going on that is bringing more and more art to the streets so that even more of the masses can become directly engaged and exposed to the power of art. Dolf James , the creator of Art in Strange Places, has been on a mission to do just that. Through hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and the help of several local artists eager to move our city into a new era, Dolf has accomplished so much by leaps and bounds in this very area. His most recent adventure has been the creation of Pop Up Galleries (PUGs). The general idea is to have these random, out of the ordinary, outdoor galleries placed randomly through out our city, in locations you would not necessarily expect to find fine art. These PUGs are making their grand debut on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, at Main St Park during Downtown ARTwalk. Pictured below is my contribution to the PUGs, it’s a door size panel that I like to call “A Snoopy Fishing Pole, a Chicken Leg, & Lake Pontchartrain.” It’s a reflection on the time we spent fishing and crabbing on Lake Pontchartrain. Some other artists who have contributed work to the PUGs include but are not limited to: Pablo Rivera, Sharla Valeski, Doug Eng, Jim Draper, & Jim Smith. AND if that weren’t enough, one of my local favorites, experimental filmmaker, David Montgomery will be sharing one of his animation reels with us as well.

This is going to be an awesome, groundbreaking ARTwalk. With your support and the support of the city & our community, they just continue getting better and better. Don’t miss out 😉


“A Snoopy Fishing Pole, A Chicken Leg, & Lake Pontchartrain” 30″ x 70″ acrylic on wood door.


Another August ARTwalk Bonus…

In addition to the painting above, I also have a brand spanking new painting that will be on display at my studio located at TAC II Studios 229 N. Hogan right above Hemming Plaza Jewelers. I will be in my studio from 7pm-9pm, and prior to that, I will be be at Main St. Park behind the Main Library checking out the PUGs. I will also have additional work on display at TAC Gallery located at 31 W. Adams St. So, I hope to see you all out and about and helping to support the local art scene.

“Are You Ready For Some Kickball?!” 22″x24″ acrylic on canvas


And finally, thank you to everyone for supporting our local art scene, whether it’s by purchasing art, going to art events, bringing new people to art events, or just by simply forwarding this email to someone who might find it interesting. Jacksonville’s art and culture scene is thriving but it has a long way to go. With the help of our local artists and with our awesome community we can raise it to the next level of AMAZING 🙂

With Much Love & Thanks!

Yvonne C. Lozano
FINE ARTIST

“RED LIGHT!” in the Garden…

"RED LIGHT!" 24"x24" acrylic on canvas

It was a gorgeous morning in Jacksonville this past Saturday. The sky was a brilliant blue, the sun was shining, the flowers were in bloom and the free art was amazing. The 2nd ever JAX ART HUNT (JAH) was a huge success with the help of Arbus Magazine, Art in Strange Places, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, & of course, all  the generous artists who donated their work.

The Cummer was having a free day on Saturday and they graciously opened their gardens to us as the starting point for our hunt. The energy was awesome and we got a chance to see some very excited folks as they stumbled across some free art. I decided to hide my “RED LIGHT!” painting in the gardens, which is the sidekick to my “GREEN LIGHT!” painting. I will be strategically hiding “GREEN LIGHT!” at next month’s JAH (rumor has it, that the next JAH may be held in St. Augustine! That will be confirmed asap. )

"Red Light!" "Green Light!" 2 panel, each 24"x24" acrylic on canvas

The last piece of free art was hid in San Marco at Pulp, where  some young lacrosse players stumbled across the fabulous work donated by Brian Gray. It was an awesome moment to see the looks on their faces when they realized it was their lucky day.

I can’t wait for April’s JAH, it’s going to be fun and bigger than ever. Stay tuned for more details as we find different ways to spread the power of art to our community 🙂

 

 

If you are an artist and would like more information on how to donate go to: Art in Strange Places

To learn more about the JAX ART HUNT, visit my prior posts: ART HUNT?! WHAT IS THAT? & Operation: BRING ART TO THE PEOPLE

Be sure to pick up an Arbus Magazine to stay in the know of all the fabulous art & culture things that are going on in Jax at any given moment 🙂

And last but not least, don’t forget to help support and spread the word regarding my inspiration for the JAX ART HUNTS: Chicago artist, Patrick Skoff. He will soon be taking his art hunt on the road and he needs your support, be sure to visit his Facebook Page for more details.