June 7, 2007

Last weekend Karen and I hosted the opening reception of my exhibition: ‘Stardust Rising’ at the William King Regional Arts Center.

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That’s us standing in front of a 5 x 10 ft digital reproduction of the art from my new painting of the fairy market. For those with sharp eyes, we’re also in the painting itself, standing in the tent directly behind, exchanging gifts.

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Adam Justice (standing in the second photo with Pat Jessee), the curator and I decided to add a little visual spice to the exhibition by building a enormous tree that enveloped the passageway between the two gallery spaces as well as erecting a replica of my working studio. Several days of steady work was necessary to transform the exhibition space in time for the opening reception.

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After six months of serious detective work I was very pleased to be able to display 35 paintings borrowed from gracious owners all across the US as well as several from overseas. For me it was like a grand and glorious family reunion as I hadn’t seen some of these pieces in 10 years. It was very exciting to spend time with them again and, in some cases, I was surprised by little details that just do not show up in the printing (as good as it was/is).

Here’s a view through the gallery doors.

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And then a first taste of some old and new friends:

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You can see some of the studio installation in the above shot. Lots of my favorite toys, novels, graphic novels and art books fill the space. Also included are many of my original concept sketches for the book as well as the actual drawing board used and my 1997 wall calendar filled with many Stardust ‘must do now!’ deadline notes.

Here’s a close up of the drawing board:

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That photograph on the left hand side is of a cliff top village that was sent to me after Neil had seen it in an in-flight magazine. He thought that ‘Wall’ might look something like it.

And then more art:

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Here’s one side of the ‘tree’. Pat and I had to keep on purchasing and hanging yet more greenery to try and cover its enormous expanse. Then I started to populate its limbs and niches with creatures great and small. That was a lot of fun!

Inside the tree as it were, we’ve just today, placed a new arrival: Puck. This 3 1/2 ft. bronze is a part of the 16 foot sculptural fountain (based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream) that I and co-sculptor David Spence are currently working on for the local theater.

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“Oh what fools these mortals be.” indeed!

Lots more art in the second gallery, as well as Neil’s original hand-written manuscript for the book and my concept sketchbooks (all in VERY secure glass cases). Next to these pieces is the original, hand painted Stardust sculpture that I produced this winter for DC Direct, who will be producing it this summer and also the original ‘Fairy Princess’ sculpture that Dark Horse is publishing.

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Come on down for a visit. The exhibition runs through September 9, with many, many activities involved a long the way. See you then…

The next evening there was a costume ball and these gallery spaces were filled with tons of splendid costumes that I’ll show you in my next posting, so stay tune kids.

Enjoy,
Charles

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May 12, 2007

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I thought that you might enjoy these links to reports on my lecture at the Society of Illustrators last week, ‘Part Seen, Part Imagined’. Lots of pictures, especially in this link:

 http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/resources/news_story/8471/

Irene Gallo, who instigated the event in the first place, has also written about the evening:

 http://igallo.blogspot.com/

You’ll need to scroll down a few posts there.

Best,

Charles

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