Night Gallery 2014 coming up October 4

I’ve done Night Gallery for the past two years now and I’m coming back a third time for this awesome and creepy horror-themed art show! Not only is it dripping with fantastic macabre art of all types, kinds and prices, as well as tasty Halloween Treats, a minimum of 20% of all art sales goes to benefit PAAWS Animal Rescue!!

Night Gallery will take place from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, October 4 at the Ahh Spa in Evansville. See you there!

The Facebook events page is here: and the awesome cover art (pictured above) is by Christy Jochum, from her insanely awesome “Beauty and Brains” zombie pin-up series!

More sample music from Tales from the Clarkside!

sample music experimental jazz artistic comic carl clark sandpaperdaisy tribute to comic artist album

You’ll be hearing about this all week from me no doubt…these are samples from the amazing sintrumental jazz album “Tales from the Clarkside” that my friend Carl Clark is premiering at Cincy Comicon this upcoming Sept. 5-7!! You get more of a feel for the sheer variety and talent of his songs here…as before, accompanied by visuals from the comic I illustrated to accompany the album. He’s used the same pages as his backdrop for this video, so he may not be planning to show new art before our release at Cincy. We’ll see!

Preview from “Tales from the Clarkside” premiering at Cincy Comicon!!

That’s right guys, that’s my art with Carl Clark’s fantastic jazz music! We’ll be at Cincy Comicon, Sep. 5-7 in the Artist Alley, with the comic/album set as well as tons more art and comics, including The killing of Dreams and Dog Street: Part 1! Come see us there!

Carl says this song was directly inspired by my piece “Atomic Jazz” and the story behind the picture. I couldn’t be more proud to have inspired such gorgeous tunes! I’ve heard most of the album, it’s mindblowing. Every song is different and they all highlight a different wonderful artist. You don’t want to miss this! If he releases any more music I’ll share it here, I promise. It’s awesome.

Our upcoming July 12 Hand Prints show featured in this Sunday’s paper!

The Sunday paper today (Evansville Courier and Press) featured a beautiful spread with our art for the upcoming July 12 “Hand Prints” show at Wessleman’s Nature Center, as you can see. The online article is here:

Thanks to Stephanie Osbourne of littlelemonpress for her awesome snapshot of our article. The prints shown are two lovely block prints by Stephanie: “Zinnias” and “Life and Death,” and my very own Tentacle Raccoon at the far right.

Blick Art 3rd Annual Spirit of Summer show

Blick Arts window show in Evansville, IN

I have a piece in this year’s Spirit of Summer show, a window show put on by Blick Art. The show will be available for viewing June 22-28 at Blick Art Materials, 1364 N. Green River Road, Evansville, IN 47715.

An opening reception will be held Sunday, June 22 1-4pm. Blick Art Materials will have light refreshments, a raffle, and a paint demo. All non-sale items will be 20% off during the opening reception. Awards will be presented at 4pm. There will also be a People’s Choice voting the entire week, so if you stop in to shop or look at the show, feel free to give “Love Letter” a vote! The winner of that prize will be contacted after the votes are tallied at the end of the run.

SculptEVV time again!

art music free community event

SculptEVV is a wonderful FREE Community Art and Music Festival taking place in Evansville, IN on Saturday, June 7th. This was a blast last year and featured a lot of local (extreme) talent. One crazy artist even went and played with the kids in the fountain! (Hint: ME) It looks to be even bigger and more awesome this year!! I wanted to be one of the artists again but I ended up having a conflict this year. Doesn’t mean I can’t let you all know about it though.

Here’s the Facebook Event Page: And if you’re an artist, there’s still room to join! It’s free. Below the pictures are all the details on how to join.

Here’s some snapshots I took from last year’s show. You can see Bind and Fleurs du Mal if you look closely.

And here’s how you can join the fun as an artist! Check out the info below and contact Jenna at, copying and pasting the Artist Application section (bolded below) into the email and filling it out with your information.

3rd Annual Sculpt EVV Community Art and Music Festival

Saturday June 7, 2014

No juror, submission, or booth fees!

26 Free booth spaces awarded until filled

Apply by 10:00 p.m. CST May 23, 2014

· 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Art booth set-up
· 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Art booths open to public
· 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Barbecue and other vendors open

· 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Art Fair—Art booths open to public

· 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Unveiling of Pavel Forman’s community mural

· 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Live music—Alpha and Omega church choir (Evansville)

· 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. African Art exhibition and tours

· 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Artist Mark Brendel, USI students, and youth assistants build the neighborhood sculpture
· 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mini golf, hula hoops, tug o’ war, and sidewalk chalk drawing
· 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Live music —Miss Kenosha Davis (Nashville, TN)
· 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Live music —Trinity, featuring Rev. Michael Savage (Jackson, TN)
· 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Learn to play chess (so you can play it on the neighborhood sculpture)
· 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. First Drum Lesson—all ages/abilities learn to play and perform with Boom Squad
· 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rhythm and Beat—Boom Squad and first drum lesson participants perform
· 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Marcus Wicker’s poem “Ode to Downtown Evansville”—performed as part of Rhythm and Beat
· 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music —Old School Players (R and B)

All events are FREE and open to public

Sculpt EVV Community Art and Music Festival: Sculpt EVV is a family event. “EVV” is Evansville—all of us—and “sculpt” means we can all create a healthy community together through art, music, food and the wise use of resources.

Location: Jefferson Ave. at corner of S.E. 2nd Street. To unload booths/art enter at Putnam and Jefferson.

Eligibility: Creators of fine art & fine craft in all media are welcome—booth spaces will be awarded until filled.

Only artists or craftspeople selling their own works will be eligible to participate. No dealers, agents or representatives will be permitted. All work must be original and creative. Not acceptable are kits, commercial molds, or commercially fabricated forms. Booth sharing is acceptable but all artists must be listed on the application/request for booth space. SculptEVV reserves the right to view each booth after setup and request that any work not appropriate for this family event be removed. The artists/craftspeople must provide their booths and tables. Demonstrations of art & craft are welcome.
Fees: NONE

Application/request for Booth Space Directions:

(1) Copy and paste the application/request section (see below) into a new e-mail
(2) Complete the application/request
(3) In e-mail subject heading put: your name and your medium/category
EXAMPLE E-Mail Subject: Kelley Smith, Fiber/Textiles
(4) Send email to
(5) Hit “Send” by midnight CST May 23, 2014. (

Note: When artists and craftspeople submit their applications/requests for booth spaces at the 3rd Annual Sculpt EVV Community Art and Music Festival the artists/craftspeople agree to the requirements (see below) listed in this invitation to apply.
For additional information: Phone: 812.464.1740 (We will try to return calls within 24 hours.)

All information requested is required as part of the application.

Artist/craftsperson information:


Phone #:



Business Name:


City: State: Zip:

Please indicate the medium/category:
3-D Mixed Media
2-D Mixed Media

Additional Artist/Craftsperson Vendor Participation Requirements:

When artists and craftspeople submit their applications for booth spaces at the 3rd Annual Sculpt EVV Community Art and Music Festival the artists/craftspeople agree to the following:

1. Artists/craftspeople agree that all of the art/craft displayed for sale in their booths is suitable for a family audience and is made by them and does not derive from a kit, commercial mold, or commercially fabricated form. SculptEVV reserves the right to view each booth after setup and request that any work not up to these standards be removed.

2. Artists/craftspeople agree to participate rain or shine and must provide their own booths and tables (booth space is approx. 10’ x 10’.). Additional adjacent booth space can be requested at no additional cost at the time of application.
3. Artists/craftspeople agree to the booth setup and breakdown schedule and will not deviate from the schedule without expressed permission or request from SculptEVV.
4. Only artists or craftspeople selling their own works will be eligible to participate. No dealers, agents or representatives will be permitted.
5. Artists/craftspeople are responsible for handling their own sales and must bring sufficient change. There are no banks open past noon on Saturday in Evansville.
6. Artists/craftspeople agree to permit the use of images of their artworks/craftwork for publicity and marketing of the event.
7. Artists/craftspeople agree to promote the event by posting information about it on their websites and Facebook.
8. Artists/craftspeople agree to hold harmless the city of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, SculptEVV, the Alhambra Theater, the Evansville Brownfields Corporation, the Potter’s Wheel Ministries, the Memorial Community Development Corporation, Evansville African American Museum, and Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science and all employees, board members, and associates of these entities for any injury, theft, breakage or loss of items that arise or come to the artists or their associates during any aspect of their participation in 3rd Annual Sculpt EVV Community Art and Music Festival.

Please review everything for accuracy before sending.

I, (first and then last name) ____________________, agree to abide by all requirements listed in the announcement/invitation/solicitation of applications and that my application constitutes my signature.

E-mail to: by 10:00 p.m. CST May 23, 2014
In e-mail subject heading put: Name of Artist and Type of Medium (EXAMPLE: Kelley Smith, Fiber/Textiles)

For additional information: Phone: 812.464.1740 (We will try to return calls within 24 hours.)

Franklin Street is ON FIRE!! Weekly Bazaar to begin June 21

farmers market local homegrown artist crafter bazaar

As if EDAC wasn’t awesome enough, the Franklin Street Events Association is now gearing up to do the same thing EVERY SATURDAY in Summer. It will be a farmer’s market with all locally grown produce, planning to accept EBT/SNAP so that everyone can have access to good food, and in addition it will include several artist and crafter booths! In short, Franklin Street is establishing its very own weekly Bazaar that will have wonderful fresh food, local art, and crafts all summer long. It’s an amazing initiative and an local event not to be missed!

They’re finalizing their plans now. The last planning meeting is scheduled for June 7th, at 9am. Here’s the Facebook Event Page:

And the Bazaar itself is set to begin on June 21! Here is the event for that:

Photos from the Big Lebowski in Little China movie mashup show

big lebowski and whats opera doc imagery combined in this fanciful paper sculpture

As usual, please forgive my horrible digital shots. There are many more fantastic pieces in this show than what I have pictured here, it was painful to create just a sampling! But the show is still on, and if you want to see all the stunning pieces you gotta get down to PG Gallery and Cafe! Show ends May 17, 2014.

Event page:

Incidentally, I wrote this post while drinking a White Russian.

At the Franklin Street Earth Day Art Crawl!!

evansville, indiana earth day activities poster

The day has finally come. If you haven’t come out yet, come join us on West Franklin Street for a day of family activities starting with the color run and including the outdoor art sale, a sidewalk chalk competition, two art shows, a free concert, and a huge kids’ setup with zorb balls, inflatable bounce-houses and art and science stations. I’ll be doing my thing along with more than 60 other artist booths on the front lawn of the park surrounding the West Branch Library, between the Wabash and 12th intersections. Here’s the Event Page for the whole schlemozzle: 2nd annual Color Me Fun 5K, Earth Day, Art Crawl and FREE concert on Franklin 4/19

Hope I see you there!

Check out all the cool things I saw at Art in the Wild!

From the adorable “pot o rocks” and cute sock critters to block prints and leather masks, Art in the Wild featured a whole gamut of creative beauty. Many of these artists and crafters will be at the Earth Day Art Crawl and I’m doing my best to get even more there! In the meantime, feel free to drool over these beautiful examples of local art:

Individual shots of the mandala, necklaces and flower print are the pieces I went home with. Sorry, you can’t have ’em! =D (Incidentally the cute white, pink and blue crocheted surface these items are resting on was created by my friend Jenny of Jenny’s Unique Crochet! It’s actually my favorite hat.)

Painted rocks: Erin Bowen
Leather masks and feathers: Courtney Hostetler/Nondecaffinated Art
Block prints: Stephanie Osborne/Little Lemon Press
Mandalas: Anitra Larae/MahjaMandalas
Upcycled jewelry: Jamie Gish-Bates/Silent Salvation
Sock critters: Jan Steinmark
Ceramics and Pottery: Cheyenne Knox
Glassblowing and metal jewelry: Andy Roques

The shot of my booth features Sandpaperdaisy Art’s plushie stars (a joint effort between myself and my wonderful friends Kim and Jay Williams) and my original prints and pinback buttons, as well as jewelry made by Kristy Spindler and Rebecca Trapp.

Art in the Wild Lineup Part 3: Skeletons vs. The Flood!!

Following on the nature theme of Art in the Wild [tomorrow!] and the recycling theme of the Earth Day Art Crawl, I was going to make more animal skeletons! I still might, but last night my creative process was curtailed by massive local flooding and I’ve been bailing water, moving possessions, disinfecting contaminated textiles, and shoveling mud all last night and today.

However, I can certainly show you the process by which I construct my skeletons.

I cut each individual bone from white card stock left over from hand-trimming all the digital prints I sell. Then I decoupage them into the form of a skeleton onto materials like recycled metal and plastic lids and pieces from broken furniture!

Art in the Wild is tomorrow…can’t wait!!

Art in the Wild Lineup Part 2: Buttons

1 inch pinback buttons for art in the wild featuring adorable animals like owls raccoons foxes and rabbits

You’ve seen the designs, now here are the completed nature-themed buttons for Art in the Wild and Earth Day Art Crawl including my cute fox and origami-paper flower buttons!

I sadly do not have a picture of the origami-paper buttons because they’re already packed up, but basically they’re the same size as these and are made from cutting circles out of floral origami paper and making them into buttons. They’re very pretty!

Art in the Wild lineup Part 1: Prints

I figured I’d use the next couple of days to show off the nature-themed art that I’ll be taking to Art in the Wild on April 5th and then to the Earth Day Art Crawl outdoor sale on April 19th! First up are the prints, both digital and traditional, that I’ll be bringing. I have 4×6’s and 5×7’s for $3 each, 8×10’s for $5-$10 each depending on medium, and 11×17’s for $7 each.

And no those prices are not an April Fool’s joke, they are REALLY that low!


You might notice two bird skulls cut out of paper mounted on lids on the far right. These are from an earlier show, there will be new animal skeleton art later this week!

The many faces of Daedalus…how do you feel about re-using your art?

a repeating row of dissected mudpuppies combined with airplane blueprints in bright neon colors

This piece is one of many versions of this linoleum block print I did for the 2012 Hand Prints show:

linoleum block print of dissected mudpuppies melded with airplane blueprints.

A friend of mine had a lot of fun taking it and coloring on it to create three collaborative pieces as well:




And lastly, I recently used them in different pieces for my December 2013 solo show:

polygons and viscera, goya reference

The Sleep of Reason on Society6||Redbubble

Bone and syringe butterflies merge into black polygons which in return become flying lizards. An homage to Escher's Metamorphoses.

Ergo Sum

In other words, those mudpuppies really got around! I’m not sure when I first hit upon the idea of using my own art as collage to make new pieces, but I’m currently using the same approach on my Kaguya Hime piece in progress. Part of a totally unrelated piece (Moonlit Night, in fact!) is supplying the huge swollen moon behind the princess.

I personally like finding new ways to use different elements I’ve made that lend themselves to replication (mainly my digital and block prints) because that way, as an artist I still have the option of finding a better way to finish a work of art. If something I made doesn’t stand out in its original setting but later becomes much more successful in a completely different context, I feel very gratified. I have also done this with very old art, using amateur monoprints as effective and vibrant backgrounds for newer, more skilled block prints or incorporating crude paintings from my youth into new collage art.

How do you feel about re-using a piece of art or making series based on many variations of an element you’ve created?

Franklin Street EDAC Outdoor Sale!!

Saturday, April 19th we’ll be having a huge, awesome art/jewelry/craft sale from 11am to 4pm. The sale will be on the front lawn of the lovely West Branch Library at 2000 W. Franklin Street, Evansville, Indiana. There’ll be food and children’s activities as well including bounce palaces, zorb balls, and an art and science station, all followed by a free concert in the park at 6pm. COME ONE COME ALL! The map of artist tables (pink), children’s events, food and the concert stage is below.

After you’ve seen the art crawl, check out the dual fabulous art shows Wormwood and The Big Lebowski in Little China!


Earth Day Art Crawl this April 20th

You heard correctly! On Saturday April 20, beginning at 2pm (with other family-oriented events as early as 8am) and going into the night, our city’s Franklin Street is hosting an awesome, magnificent ART CRAWL!!!!!! And of course, I’m in on it.

I’ll have pieces at PG, Winzerwald Winery, and Tin Man Brewery and will be with the Tin Man Brewery artists for part of the day (most likely 5pm-8pm or so) to meet and talk to crawlers. I’ve chosen a loose theme of “plants” and have already made one multimedia piece on phosphate pollution. The rest of my pieces will showcase carnivorous plants.

It promises to be a truly amazing day.