Pflugerville Public Library | July 14-September 13
(opening reception Sunday, July 15, 4-6 pm)
Artists: Meena Matocha | Akirash | Rhea Pettit | Gabe Langholtz | Amie Stone King | Wendy Layne
I'm so excited to be part of this show! It all started when I found out that Meena Matocha, an artist friend of mine, lives a mere 3 blocks from me. We wondered what other Austin artists actually live in Pflugerville (one exit north of Austin).
Meena spearheaded this project, which is sponsored by Pflugerville Arts Council; she found and invited the artists. We are showing narrative work, and there is a story behind each piece; genres include figurative, still life, collage, and abstract sculpture.
Some I've shown with in the past, and some are new friends. All are incredibly talented artists, whether they are emerging or established creators.
We hope this show creates interest in local art, and to find other Pflugerville artists and build our community here.
This venue is family friendly, so come meet us and see some great art!
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Justice. She posesses a brilliant mind (graduated at the top of her class at Columbia Law School), and a wicked sense of humor. She loves the nickname "Notorious RBG," even though she prefers opera to rap music. A new film of her life is in the works, starring Felicity Jones as Ruth, and Armie Hammer as her husband Marty. They were an amazing couple: brilliant, progressive, and totally in love with each other.
This portrait will be in a three-person show at Link and Pin Gallery in Austin in September.
16" x 20," Oil on Aluminium
A show honoring "women who have defined their own worlds and who have interpreted life as one that is open to all possibilities." I submitted 3 portraits of women who I felt embodied that definition, and happily all 3 were accepted into the show!
Jane Goodall, for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees as well as her lifelong mission to save the planet.
Ruby Bridges, a portrait of bravery. I can't fathom the strength it took for this 6 year old to walk through a gauntlet of hate every day to and from school.
The Girl with the Me Too Tattoo. Part homage to a strong fictional character (Lisbeth Salander) and a shoutout to all the brave, everyday women who are finding their voices in the Me Too movement.
The opening reception on April 7 was a huge success. I snapped a few pictures before it got too busy.
The Williamson Museum on the square in Georgetown is featuring my art the month of March. The artist reception is Friday, March 2 from 6-8 pm. This is happening on "First Friday" when businesses stay open late for shopping, strolling and fine dining. It should be a fun night on the square!
"Connection and Conversation" includes oil portraits of animals, people, and "mashups" (my spirit animal series, combining people with other species).
Another in my series of badass women. The character Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series personifies strength. She uses her brain and hacker skills to outwit evil people; her online name is Wasp. If you haven't read this series by Stieg Larsson (or seen the 3 Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace or one American film starring Rooney Mara), I highly recommend them! I read that a new movie of the 4th novel (The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz) is in the works starring The Crown's Claire Foy.
This will be included in a 3-woman show in September at Link & Pin Gallery in Austin, Texas.
20" x 24," oil on canvas
With the stress and chaos of modern life, I've been daydreaming about the less complicated lives that animals have in the wild. In reality, they have a far rougher existence than I could ever endure, but the wide open spaces and big skies still beckon! For this concept, I asked my model Sasha to mimic a cat stretching after a nap. She is a gifted dancer with great flexibility. The skies reflect the mood and complexity of the society of each subject.
This piece will be included in an upcoming show called Birdsong, featuring women artists. At the beautiful McCory Timmerman in Taylor, Texas; it runs from March 15 – April 26.
30" x 24," oil on canvas
I am doing a series of badass women: some historical and some who are currently shaping the world today. This portrait of P!nk is one of the more lighthearted ones; instead of pairing her with a fierce big cat (no doubt her spirit animal), I chose her signature color to pair her with a flamingo. Her music is thought-provoking, strong, and often just a rockin' good time. Enjoy, friends!
Oil on cradled board, 12" x 12"
This is a concept I've wanted to paint for a long time. There is a pair of pink boxing gloves nailed to a fence in our town that was my inspiration. I used to do kickboxing as a workout; I never fought another person, but even hitting a bag or focus mitt was empowering! You can take your own meaning from this, as there is much adversity women face (from general inequality to something specific, like breast cancer).
Oil on canvas, 20" x 20"
Fine art prints (paper or canvas) are a great way to start your art collection, or to introduce a new artist into an existing collection. I also have miniature oil studies available. Here are a few that sold at the first weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour.
This year I'm at two locations: Gallery 84 on Waller St., and Soma Vida Gallery on E Cesar Chavez. These two locations are about 9-10 blocks away from each other, and I plan to bounce between the two. There are lots of other studios in the neighborhood, and the weather looks good for a great weekend of art hopping. See you there!
There is one more weekend of EAST, Nov. 18-19 from 11am - 6pm.
Happy customers and artist! Gallery 84
She is fierce! This series has a twofold purpose: to encourage people to be more conscious in their treatment of other species (ie, not use animals for food, clothing, or entertainment), and to help me stay sane with so much cruelty in the world.
No matter what species, race, nationality,sexuality, or religion, we all want a peaceful and productive life for ourselves and our loved ones.
Fierce, oil on board, 12" x 12"
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.