Sunday, October 2, 2011

Online Auction Oct 1 - Oct 10 : 100% Support for Breast Cancer Research

October 1, 2011

I have 2 items available in this auction raising 100% for Breast Cancer.

Original Study: "Beyond the Arches" 12"x12" graphite on vellum

Print : "Nature's Calling" 9"x12"

Bid on original art & limited edition prints.

Each year Art in Support of Busted charity, provides financial support to women fighting breast cancer. The money Busted raises, primarily with its annual event called Bowling for Boobies, goes directly to women who are fighting for their lives while trying to pay the bills. The grants given to these women often come at a time when nearly all hope is lost that they can afford a much needed treatment, to pay the rent or pay the power bill before it’s turned off.

Online Ebay auction starts October 1st at 12 noon. It will be a 10 day auction. The pieces will start rolling out on eBay every 5 minutes over a 2 hour period. Opening all bids at $25.
There will be a gallery show in Chinatown LA at Mirror Gallery. This way the pieces will be available to bidders worldwide but lucky Los Angeleans will be able to see the work first-hand prior to bidding.

Mirror Gallery
963 Chung King Rd. Los Angeles
Saturday, October 1st between 7-11p

Participating Artists:
Ana Bagayan, Aunia Kahn, Nad Otis Link, Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Cate Rangel, Cathie Bleck, Chet Zar, Christopher Umana, Dan Quintana, Edward Walton Wilcox, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Jana Brike, Jennybird Alcantara, Jessica Ward, Apricot Mantle, Jessica Dalva, Liz McGrath, Mall, Martin Wittfooth, Nicole Bruckman, Shepard Fairey, Steven Daily, Tara McPherson, Tomi Mostre

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Additional works on Exhibition : 21st Expressions of the Second Sex : Convivium 33 Gallery

"In Awe of Life Itself"
18"x24", Inks, kaolin pigments, 24K Gold on clay board panel

"The Gift" 36"x55", Inks on clay board

"Aqua Regia Charity", "Rise of Man", "Aqua Regia Temperence" :: All three works on paper are 16"x20", Inks, Kaolin, graphite, vellum on paper

"Beauty Traps Study" 30"x60", Inks and kaolin on paper

Sunday, March 27, 2011

21st Expressions of the Second Sex : Convivium 33 Gallery

Convivium 33 Gallery was created with hard labor and love by Alenca Banko over 10 years ago. Alenca is a much celebrated and respected curator of fine art exhibitions and supporter for the arts community at large in Northeast Ohio. Alenca has offered her Josephat Arts Hall, a former Catholic church transformed and renovated into the 22,000 square foot complex with her own resources, showcasing non profit exhibitions for the American Institute of Architects, Cleveland Arts Prize winners, CIA, and Cleveland Artists Foundation. Renowned regional artists including Chris Pekoc, Thomas Frontini and Herb Ascherman have had solo exhibitions and book releases in the Hall. Alenca, a much celebrated local visionary elevating the arts in Cleveland through creating opportunity, serves on the board of the Cleveland Arts Prize and is exploring studio live/work housing in the local neighborhood for artists. I am so honored to be included in her next exhibition, "21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex" inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s novel of the same name, featuring 15 of Northeast Ohio’s leading and most respected female artists: Anna Arnold, Cathie Bleck, Rian Brown, Brittany Campbell, Kristen Cliffel, Liz Maugans, Helene Morse, Angelica Pozo, Bellamy Printz, Chris Seibert, Audra Skuoda, Susan Squires, Barbara Stanczak, Garie Waltzer, Trudy Wiesenberger

The press release states: A December 2009 ARTNews feature, The Feminist Evolution by Phoebe Hoban echoed the words of Beauvoir and underscores the timeliness of Convivium 33 Gallery's latest show. "Museums are exhibiting an increased sensitivity to collecting and presenting works by women-through new acquistitions, solo shows and a stronger focus on artists who were previouslly neglected. But true gender equality, critics maintain, remains elusive." Hoban wrote. This exhibit includes artists of various ages at different points in life, and depicts works produced in a variety of media. An audio of interviews with each artist will be available at the exhibition.

Opening APRIL 1 THRU MAY 8, 2011 at St. Josaphat Arts Hall :
Exhibition runs through MAY 8, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION :: APRIL 1, 2011 :: 6-8PM with a special 8pm performance sneak preview of scenes from Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves by Cleveland Public Library


Gallery Hours : Daily by appointment Wed, Thurs, Friday 10am-1pm, Sat, Sun 10am-2pm

Convivium 33 Gallery at St. Josaphat Arts Hall
1433 East 33rd Street
Cleveland, OH

Sunday, March 20, 2011

21st Expressions of the Second Sex : Group Exhibition : Convivium 33 Gallery

The new works in this group exhibition are part of a larger new series called "Transformation" which began in 2010 (to present). This new body of work investigates the experience of dramatically altering a personal secured pathway or condition as one ventures into uncharted territory. This series began through observing in great detail cocoon's hatching over a period of hours. The natural process of metamorphosis allows them the freedom to experience crawling, dormancy and flight in their lifetime. Inspired by the symbolic moth, representing elegant truth and beauty as well as longevity, serves as a metaphor for the people that we are surrounded by who support us through their own personal sacrifice, never asking for anything in return or clamoring for attention. These selfless creatures represent our dearest friends, mentors, family and even the stranger surrounding us as we journey through vulnerable unknown territories.

A few years ago I found myself absorbed for hours watching cocoons hatching at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. At the time, I was caring for a relative who had just had surgery and was recovering at our home. Injuries have a way of slowing time down and taking the time it takes to recover requires patience, tenacity and hard work to regain abilities again. The cocoon became a metaphor of inspiration honoring transformation as a natural process.

Left: "Becoming" triptych 30"x60" inks and kaolin relief on clay board in frame.


30"x60" Triptych "Becoming" Inks and kaolin relief on clay board panels in custom frame

Oval "Awaiting Release" Ink on clayboard with carved frame 5"x7"

"Inward Journey" Ink on scratchboard 5"x6" w/ Antique frame 8"x12" (SOLD)

Journal "Cocoon Release" Ink+graphite 4"x6"x42"

For acquisition email : Alenka Banco

Saturday, December 25, 2010

WomanArtists@NewBritainMuseum Exhibition

It was an honor to be included in the first exhibition featuring women artists from the permanent collection of The New Britain Museum of American near Hartford, CT which opened December 18th, 2010. The exhibition consists of 80 works selected from over 600 by women artists and will be on view through March 20. I was fortunate to be out east after the New Year and able to check out this memorable show.

Excerpt from The New Britain Museum of American Art exhibition catalogue:

“The Peninsula, 2005” : 12”x24” :Inks on scratchboard

Collection of The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT


Cathie Bleck explores the same conceptual territory. The swirling and interpenetrating forms of The Peninsula (fig. 49) expose an earthly bestieary enveloped within a floral world, the spatial complexity of which suggests cosmic motion. Lyrically stylized forms, painstaking cut into scratchboard, relay on intense contrasts of tone and imagery to evoke equal doses of fear and charm. Humans are present but do not dominate. All species are challenged to establish equilibrium in a world of constant change.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Art for good causes

With the economy being what it is...I decided to use my art as a vehicle toward some great causes this year that are near and dear to me. My sister Susie battled with breast cancer last year and so far so good-Bravo Susie in your heroic fight even while living in Kuwait. Another dear friend of mine and an incredible scientist has been keeping us all so inspired in her daily journal as she fights this beast and educates all of us so nobly. The strength of these women and all woman that face breast cancer is remarkable. I am always left feeling so humbled by their incredible strength-they move mountains in their fight. It seems such a small part to play when donating art that serves to raise money for this cause. I donated pieces to LA organizations Hint Mint : an original artwork 10"x10" inks on clayboard (2nd photo + work in progress) opening October 15th and "Busted" an Ebay auction launching October 10th showcasing a limited edition, in an edition of 50. To bid on this item visit

I try to serve at least 20% of my time per year to benefit those people that are working toward important research and for the benefit of all of our well being. Another benefit being held this weekend in NYC is RE:FORM School project. As the mother of three children, I know too well that our public schools desperately need help in order to serve every child in school. It is our nations best resource. I don't think there is another nation that can compete with our innovative and creative minds. But we can do better! This piece is in my gallery section of my site.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Meta Gallery : Toronto : Group Exhibition "Phantasmagoria"

I feel really honored to be showing with several of my favorite artists in this show. Joining me will be Ray Ceasar, Dean Chamberlain, Andrew Jones, Kris Kuksi, Paul Laffoley, and Mars-1. I am looking forward to the opening this Friday, July 9th from 7-10pm and joining me will be Ray Ceasar and Kris Kuksi who is traveling up from Kansas. Meta Gallery has moved to a new prime location in the heart of the Arts district in Toronto.

This piece is the largest black and white piece that I have attempted in scratchboard, which is also called clay board in wood panel form. Here are some dimensional details from the piece.