Operation: Bring Art to the People Continues

You may remember, about a year ago, I stumbled across a Chicago artist named Patrick Skoff, who had figured out a way to impact the masses with his art by doing art hunts. As an artist, Patrick had taken note how many people felt disconnected to art in general, feeling that art was unattainable and for other people of “higher” means in society to enjoy or own. This mindset has resulted in many people missing out on the enormous impact that art has on individuals and in communities. The idea behind the art hunts was simple: Patrick made art, he attached a note to the back explaining his motives, then he left the art somewhere in the city, random people found it, read the note and were blessed with a beautiful piece of art. The idea is simple & beautiful and backed by an artist with a tremendously generous heart.

The Art Hunt idea is way deeper than just getting “free art.” It’s about an artist sharing his vision for art to be accessible to everyone, it’s about showing and teaching the masses how much art improves the quality of life for everyone, it’s about bringing something beautiful, thought provoking, and stimulating to our eyes that will make us stop just long enough to remember to breathe and smile and re-engage with the world around us one piece of art at a time.

Now the time has come. After spending the past year doing an extreme makeover on his “bus” (which is now a studio/living space on wheels), finding sponsors, networking, marketing, creating art, doing speeches, presentations, talks, teaching, etc etc etc., Patrick is on the final phase of his National Art Hunt prep: scoping out the journey. He hit the road last night and has been leaving little puzzle piece “teasers” along the way. He will be in sunny Jacksonville, FL within the next couple of days. I can’t wait to show him our local art scene, hopefully throw down some paint with him in my studio, take him on a scenic tour of our fabulous city, and help get all the ducks lined up for when he returns in a few weeks for the full blown NATIONAL ART HUNT.

This is going to be awesome 🙂

UPDATE: Patrick will be in Jacksonville in time for the January First Wednesday Art Walk, be sure to follow my Facebook/Twitter page for regular updates on what’s going down with his visit.

Keep up to date with Patrick on his Facebook page or Twitter & check out where he’s leaving his art through the Sneaky Love site.

I highly recommend checking out these links about Patrick so you can get a real feel for the enormous impact he’s had on so many people by sharing his work and vision with the masses:

CBS Chicago interview

New City Art Article

Kickstarter Video

The News Dispatch

Wikipedia

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

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHICKENS?! and other random art news :-)

YCL Art

Hello!

Thank you so much for keeping up with my events and for all your support. February turned out to be a very busy and exciting month for me.

First, I found out that Blick Art Materials selected me to be their featured artist of the month for February on Facebook. It was quite an honor having them share my art work with all their fans on Facebook and Twitter and the icing on the cake was the $75 gift certificate I won for their store.
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Mesh Magazine

Then I found out that George Akel, founder of Mesh Magazine, wanted me to be the first featured artist interviewed for their new feature: Mesh Radio. It aired on their site Monday, Feb. 28th. It was a great interview, so be sure to swing by the site and take a listen.
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A New Direction…

I also recently decided to make it official: I will be actively pursuing a career in children’s book illustrting. I’ve been doing my research and feel comfortable and confident that this would be a good market for my style of work. I am currently in the phase where I am designing promotional materials, creating a specific portfolio to submit to publishing houses, and scoping out funds & resources to make each strategic step a succesful one. Every painting I sell will help me reach my goal that much sooner so if you’ve ever considered investing in some local art, now is a better time than any. My originals are available on my Etsy.com store or if you prefer to buy prints, you can visit my Fine Art America Store.

Above is an example of a children’s book illustration volunteer project I did with Hands on Jacksonville. Click on the image to see the book in it’s entirety.

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JAX ART HUNTS

JAX ART HUNTS are still in full effect and the next one will be Saturday, March 19th. For more info on the JAX ART HUNTS, go to: ART HUNT?! What is that?!

and to see how I extended the JAX ART HUNT to include Salt Lake City, go to: Salt Lake City: My Trip in a Nutshell
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March 2nd, 2011 First Wednesday Art Walk

I will be hanging out in my studio at TAC II Studios located at 229 N. Hogan right above Hemming Plaza Jewelers from 6pm-9pm AND the painting above, “Self Portrait in Glasses” will be on display at TAC Gallery located at 31 W. Adams St. I hope to see you all out and about and helping to support the local art scene.


NEXT MONTH

April 6th, 2011 First Wednesday Art Walk I will be the featured artist at TAC Gallery, so this means…

Your are cordially invited to:

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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