Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH BAY FOCUS 2014 AT TORRANCE ART MUSEUM

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that my painting “Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas has been selected for inclusion in the South Bay Focus 2014 group exhibition at TAM Torrance Art Museum by guest curator Scott Canty from the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

 Exhibition dates are as follows:

South Bay Focus 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 8th – December 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8th, 6-9pm
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance,CA 90503
310-618-6340
www.torranceartmuseum.com

 I look forward to seeing you all there November 8th Opening Night!

“Tightrope” 16” x 20” oil and tar on canvas by Velvet Marshall



Friday, July 25, 2014

LIRD IS THE WORD - BECOMING A NON PROFIT FOR THE ARTS

The other night when I was hanging out with my daughter and we were talking about things like two women -- (and wow, what a "revelation" my little girl is a grown up woman and I love hanging out and talking with her lol)

We came up with this animal we named a " Lird" which basically means a Lion + Bird = Lird  haha

I told her as a woman honey, you've got to be sleek, balanced and cognizant like a cat because of the fierceness of this world and you can not let this world crush you into its mold or shape you into it's ugly desire and so you also got to be open, free and honest, spread your wings and fly like a bird -- hahaha

or some such silly nonsense because I had had a few glasses of wine and some Ben and Jerry's ice cream over some tears at the time...

Anyways, then the next day I found this picture on the internet and laughed so hard and every time I think of it I smile and feel empowered for some silly reason.


Lion + Bird = Lird



Furthermore I found this reference when I looked up the word Lird on the internet:

A " lird" is a friendly name for a close friend...or at least in Liverpool it is and I love the Beatles who are from Liverpool and consider them friends as well while I'm painting and listening to their music.

 So, I decided to call my non profit...

-- "LIRDS for the ARTS" a non-profit organization --
    (Friends for the arts)

and our company moto is going to be: Coloring the world to make it a better place!

Additionally, I am going to be putting this company together and I get to work on these new arty ideas with the hopes of giving back to my community and the world by spreading art, love and empowerment with the dream of making a difference for the positive somewhere.

Together we can grow!

My bestest pal from childhood, the talented artist and photographer Catherine Beason will be working on this project with me and with a collection of additional women and artist that I have had the grand pleasure of aquireing thoughout the years of my life... we hope to be in business by the end of August or September.

Lot's of work and paint involved then in the very near future and today so please check out the developments of our first new company project....

A dedication mural honoring the great Martin Luther King Jr. in long Beach on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Special links and pictures will be posted and updated by myself and Catherine and all of the ladies will share an empowered part of the making of it including the kids from the neighborhood.  http://www.pinterest.com/velvetmarshall/mlk-mural-project/

Spread your wings and fly everyone! ... BE A LIRD! 

Catherine Beason's Images and Photographs can be seen at  https://www.facebook.com/MILAGROPHOTO





Monday, July 7, 2014

INVITATION TO THE ART OF DANCE EXHIBITION


 I am so happy to announce and invite you all to the “ART OF DANCE” a group exhibition featuring many great works from several artist including the talented photographer, my husband James Creighton and myself. Curated by Gloria Plascencia.

The show will open with a bang on Friday, July 18th from 6pm- 9pm at the Frame and Art Dept 950 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA. 90278 and will include special guest performances from tango dancer Ilona Glinarsky extraordinaire and renowned violinist Julliena Okah.


Our husband/wife team collaborated works on display will include:

  • “Mirror Dancer” 20” x 24” digital print by James Creighton
  • “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall (photo by James Creighton)
  • “Tiny Dancer” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” oil on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall
  • “Blue Monday” (self-portrait) 20” x 28” acrylic on silver gelatin print by Velvet Marshall


* The show continues from July 18th through August 30th 2014

Look forward to seeing you all there!



 









Monday, June 9, 2014

INVITATION TO THE 3RD ANNUAL CA 101 ART EXHIBITION 2014


Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to the 3rd Annual CA 101 Art Exhibition
Presented by Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel and the Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts and Redondo Beach Arts Group at Pier Plaza Galleries on the Redondo Beach Pier, California

Featuring her painting:
“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19”
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

Opening Reception is Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Gallery Hours: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm; Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts

Hope to see you all there!

velvetmarshall@gmail.com
http://ashadeofvelvet.blogspot.com/






"DEEP SIX" NEW COMMISSION ARTWORK FOR SANDRA ESPINET

  Samples of new artwork I am currently working on for the always fabulous, designer Sandra Espinet for a groovy downtown Pasadena industrial loft. This piece involves using extensive use of the tar. The whole art concept throughout is that it's all street art, from graffiti, to black and white newspaper clippings. Very masculine and lots of texture.


16" x 20" oil & tar on canvas maquette for "Deep Six" painting by Velvet Marshall

After an exhilarating day at the Getty Museum viewing Jackson Pollock's 8' x 20' Mural painting I returned to the studio to resume working. Many consider Pollock to be the grandfather of graffiti art utilizing his fast action painting technique and his unusual choice of mediums. Inspired by his work, especially his painting "Full Fathom Five" I am titling my painting "Deep Six" (a full fathom six).


"Full Fathom Five" by Jackson Pollock


 Artist Notes - "DEEP SIX"

  • Medium: oil and tar on canvas
  • Size: 72"W x 92"H
  • Painting title: “Deep Six” - Based on Shakespeare’s story “The Tempest” (a story of loss, revival and resurrection) and inspired by Jackson Pollock’s painting “Full Fathom Five”
  • Deep Six is a nautical expression indicating a water depth of six fathoms; something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult if not impossible to recover; the term “deep six” can also be used to mean, deep insight into something.
  • The under painting and sgraffito marks are symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life. Miscellaneous items such as rusted nails, buttons, bottles caps, coins and a key are incorporated in the paint resembling various things lost at sea – a pearl button relates back to Shakespeare’s tale of the Tempest - barley visible, a small Mickey Mouse pin symbolizes the artist’s personal note (the loss of my father).



Under painting for "Deep Six" maquette - symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life.



Designer color swatches




Artist sketch book notes for "Deep Six"



Kersti Malvre, Brenda Harrop, Sandra Espinet, Velvet Marshall-Creighton at the signing party for Sandra's new book "The Well-Traveled Home" hosted at the fabulous Berbere World Imports






Sunday, June 8, 2014

MARTIN LUTHER KING MURAL PROJECT

I have a dream…

I am so jazzed and honored to announce I have been commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a four story historical building in the city of Long Beach facing Martin Luther King Boulevard, which honors the man that the street was named after. Even more exciting is that this project will include the neighborhood high school and the community of Long Beach in an effort to share art, create love, educate minds and inspire hearts of people in the local community to learn more about this great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, who still inspires us with his dream of justice and equality for all.

Developing information and photos will be posted as the project unfolds here on my blog.


Friday, May 23, 2014

CA 101 2014 EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY CALIFORNIA ART

I am excited to announce my painting “Merced Fields” has been selected for inclusion in the CA 101 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary California Art. The show will be held in a beautiful “Pop Up” gallery on the Redondo Beach pier with ocean views. The opening reception is June 20th from 5-9 pm and the show will continue through June 29. Details below:

“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19” by Velvet Marshall
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

CA 101 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary California Art
Nina Zak Laddon - juror/curator
Sandra Dyer Liljenwall – exhibition director

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Gallery Hours: Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts