This is pretty damn cool: The Blue House Gallery and Studios was featured on an episode of ThinkTV‘s THE ART SHOW this past weekend.
The Blue House is one of my favorite things about Dayton, actually. It’s a gallery/studio birthed from the husk of a sprawling, dead house, and is run by my friends Nick, Ashley, and Diana, and features a wide array of unique work from local and not-so-local artists. It opened a couple of years ago, and appears to only be becoming more of a success. New exhibitions rotate in and out about once a month.
I was actually there this past Saturday for the opening of an exhibition called “Artist by Artist.” I pretend that I only go there for the free booze and snacks, but secretly I enjoy being exposed to a little bit of badass culture, and seeing friends. If you like art and are free an upcoming Friday evening, I highly recommend checking it, or a future exhibition, out. “Artist by Artist” is running, I think, through the end of May. Hang on, there is a Facebook event with full details somewhere. Ah, here it is.
Admission is free, though donations are gently encouraged, and are certainly not coaxed from hapless attendees by the business end of a two-by-four with a nail in it.
But seriously — go. It’s worth it.
About two years ago I decided it was time to get some new art for my apartment, since what’s on my walls has been largely unchanged for almost nine years. As is my nature, now, two years later, I am finally doing something about it.
I went to the Indiana Comic Con this past weekend (brief recap: it was a lot of fun, I got my picture taken with Cam Clarke, who provided the voice of Leonardo from the original TMNT cartoon and Kaneda from AKIRA, and watched a surprising amount of STAR TREK: TNG in the hotel), where I met Jim Lawson, one of the original artists on the TMNT comic. Jim was charming, and I was quite taken with a TMNT print he was selling, so I picked up a copy.
The other new thing I have to tart my walls up with is this print I bought in New Orleans, at the Art Market.
It’s called “Pin Up Girl VS The Thing,” and the artist is Joe Badon. Joe’s style reminds me a little bit of Bruce Timm’s, but the almost 3D effect makes it striking on its own. I bought this one and a couple of other prints as gifts.
Now I just need to buy frames, which means I’ll probably get these hung up by, oh… 2017.