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A Succulent Affair

I admit that I have an obsession with succulents. Thankfully, its not a fatal attraction. Its hard to kill one…even the leaves will start growing roots! My attraction has produced several paintings. If I get a good photo sometimes I paint it more than once.

I like to experiment and use different mediums, change the composition, and see what I can do with it. Sometimes, the combination is so successful that I produce a series using the same concept but with different photos, like my Shadow Dance series. I have this amazing agave that is producing pups like crazy. I took some photos of it and the shadows on all the pups just really stood out and when I painted them, they turned into the focus. These little gems are painted on an upcycled panel from an art crating warehouse that ships art for museums. I love these little panels. They are covered in a brown paper that I primed so I could paint over it. The brown paper is what you see in the background.

ShadowDanceCollage

Another painting I’ve done 3 different ways is the Prickly series. I just liked the photo so much that I kept painting it. The first one I painted is the pastel on black paper in the middle. I love the texture in that paining. The second one was a commission that I did and its a very large oil paining (3’x5′), the details and soft color changes in the agave’s petals are beautiful, you can really get lost in it. The last one, on the right is my most recent rendition. I have been working on a series of small paintings on paper with acrylic. With all the different mediums and surfaces, the effect produced is entirely different.

Prickly Collage

I was asked to paint a series of my agave and succulents on paper for a show at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery this past July. I had seen some new paper from Arches at Blick that you could paint with oils on without any additional prep work. So I bought several sheets of it and created these paintings.

MolayemCollage

The original paintings are available on my website athenamantle.com. You can find these and my other southwest prints on FineArtAmerica.com

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SoPas Gallery
The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Invites the public to attend
Saturday April 21, 2012, 6 to 9 pm
Opening Reception for the Artists
“SOPA at SoPas”
A Juried Show of Recent work by
Artist Members of SOPA Studios

Mitch Braiman, David Graves, Zanda Hudson, Jack Jones, Karen Keiffer, Athena Mantle, Alice Marsh, Lisa Marsh, Harry Nickelson, Christine Prentice, George Ramirez, Jacqueline Rosen, Joseph Stauffer, Benjamin Wheeler

Show runs April 18th through May 12th, 2012

Sponsored by SOPA Studios, SPARC (The South Pasadena Arts Commission), and SoPas Gallery

To Benefit the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Annual Arts Scholarship

1121 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 441-2339

Salvation Pinto

Salvation Pinto by Mitch Braiman

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 5, or by appointment.

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Just California

This Saturday will be the final day of the Just California exhibit at McGroarty Arts Center.  Come out and see the great artwork and enjoy the art fair featuring 45 artists!

McGroarty Arts Center Art Fair

Here is a little video of the exhibition made by curator, Monica Hicks….

Just Californa Exhibit Tour

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My Agave Is Your Agave

The month of December proved to be a popular one for agave paintings.  I painted this commission of a blue agave for a collector in Scottsdale.  My largest one yet at 36″ x 60″. I have to say I was a little sad to send it off not having gotten much time to enjoy it myself.  But alas, I make paintings so others can enjoy them so off it went!

 

Just before Christmas I sold my Blue Agave Family painting to a native plant lover from LA’s  Westside.  Its always exciting to be found through Google – ahhh, the power of the internet!  I couldn’t have been happier to deliver it to it’s new gorgeous home.

Because this painting had been hanging over my fireplace for me to enjoy, I had to replace it before the company arrived for the holidays!  I found the largest canvas I had and painted a replacement, finishing just 2 hours before throwing a holiday party. Whew! I couldn’t bare the thought of a wall devoid of art so I painted this 30″ x 40″ foxtail agave alla prima!

If this is any indication of whats to come,  2012 will continue the agave trend as I gear up to paint more of this series.  A few of my agave paintings have been selected for Margaret Danielak’s upcoming show “Red” at the Pasadena Women’s City Club.  The opening reception will be Thursday, February 9th from 6-9 pm.  160 N. Oakland Avenue -Pasadena, CA  91101

Viva Agave!

 

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Nature and the South Pasadena Art Crawl

Its taken some time to get the photos out of Mike Owen’s camera from October’s art shows but I’ve done it and I thought I’d share them with you here.

Nature: Linus Gallery followed by SOPA Studios in the South Pasadena Art Crawl

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Art in the City of Roses

While the art wasn’t about roses per se, it was about nature. I had two paintings accepted into Linus Gallery’s nature show that opened on Saturday, October 22nd. The reception was packed all night with nature and art lovers alike.

The show featured artists many difference interpretations of Nature through a variety of 2 dimensional mediums. Check out all the work selected for the show here.  To see more of my nature paintings you can check them out on Fine Art America.

 South Pasadena Art Crawl

On the same night I was part of SOPA Studios collective show as part of South Pasadena’s Annual Art Crawl.  Here is a sample of some of my new mixed media paintings that debuted at SOPA.  See more of my new work at www.athenamantle.com

  

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Two Shows…One Night!

Small Wonders at Towns Burr Gallery

I will be starting out the evening in Burbank at Towns Burr Gallery for the Small Wonders group show which features ninety-one small works of art from fifty-three artists. The artist’s reception is next Saturday the 10th of September from 5 – 8pm. And because I have a second show opening the same night, I will be at Towns Burr Gallery from approximately 5 – 6:45pm. If you miss the opening night, the work will be on display through September 30th. www.townsburrgallery.com The Curve at Commerce

Artist’s Reception:
Saturday,September 10
5-8pm
TownsBurr Gallery 3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Free parking in rear of building off Cordova St.
Show runs through September 30th Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11-5 Sat 10-5

Westscape at Untitled Art Projects

I will be ending the evening at Untitled Art Projects, a new gallery near downtown Los Angeles.  This a smaller group show featuring work from nine artists with the focus on artwork that is rooted in California influence and of course, we are all L.A. artists. This title encompasses what is really a broad range of work. Westscape is also a play on the word escape as many of the images evoke travel or wide open spaces. I will be at this gallery from 7:15ish to 9pm. www.untitledartprojects.com

Oro Vista Artist’s Reception:
Saturday, September 10
6-9pm 
Untitled Art Projects
3309 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Show runs through October 4th I hope you can join me at one or both of the shows and make it a night of art!!

 

 

Art for Charity

Good Shepherd Design ProjectAs you may remember I donated a painting to the Good Shepherd Women’s Center Design Project.  Designer Mollie Ranize of Dmar Interiors selected my painting “New Blue Agave” for her room and she did a fabulous job creating a beautiful room that we’d all be proud to call our own. She created the room using all donated items, impressive if you ask me! Her goal was to create an escape in a Modern Beach Retreat. She made a really cool video of the room transformation and put it up on YouTube, I’ve included a link below for you to check out.  Video Tour

Join me for Tea

Margaret Danielak, the Curator of “A Touch of Gold”, has put together some great events at the exhibit.
I’ll be joining her for tea on September 17th. The club puts on a delicious afternoon tea so I’d love to have all you ladies join me!

“A TOUCH OF GOLD” EVENTS LISTING

Art-related events at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena at the historic Blinn House Estate 160 N. Oakland Avenue (Free parking behind club off Madison Ave) Pasadena, CA  91101 (Phone:  626-796-0560)
Saturday, September 17 – ART TEA NETWORKING EVENT FOR WOMEN 1 pm to 5 pm  ($25.00)
Saturday, Oct. 15 – ART COLLECTING 101 WORKSHOP
Conducted by Curator Margaret Danielak and Artist Julie Snyder 10 am to 1 pm for Workshop, 1 pm to 2 pm for Lunch ($60/person plus $30 for lunch)
THE CLUB IS OPEN FOR ART VIEWING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 am to 4 pm
(Please sign into our guest book!)
CURATOR HOURS:  Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm Art Chat with Margaret Danielak

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