Friday, February 11, 2011

Multi-Cultural Exhibition

Artist Guild of Spartanburg, SC Gallery: Multi-Cultural Exhibition

at the Chapman Cultural Center

Multi-Cultural Exhibition: Feb. 7 – Feb. 19, 2011. The reception is on Thursday Feb. 17, 6 - 8:00 pm during Artwalk.

Celebrating Multi-Culturalism within the Guild’s membership! Many Guild members from a variety of cultures here and around the world will exhibit their artwork in the Guild Gallery during this month. Visitors may be surprised at the different countries represented within the Guild's membership.

Sweet Grass Rose, 16"x12", oil on canvas

This is my submission in to the Multi-Cultural Exhibition. I entered the exhibit because I am half Dutch. Here is the artist statement for the exhibition

My father, Jacques Forbes, was born in Curacao, a Dutch island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. As the kid of a Dutch man I always had a real interest in the Dutch artists, Rembrant, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. My mother would check out framed prints of some of these Dutch Masters from the Spartanburg County Library and hang them over the fireplace of our home. I can remember being fascinated with the way they recreated light in their paintings. Today, the play of light and dark is an important part of the paintings I create.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2011

Here is a slideshow of my sketchbook:

The Sketchbook Project

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

This is how it works:

Each artist is sent the same blank Moleskine sketchbook. We've only got two rules: first, the book must be used in some way - no sending us back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions (because we don't want to have to provide an extra suitcase just for your book while we're touring the country).

Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf!

28838 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating. The tour starts March, 2011.