That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esthercollaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd!
Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.
And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!!
Celebrate the brand new lunar Year of the Horse with noneother than Ron Regé, Jr. this Sunday, February 23rd!
Tomorrow night, the all-ages non-profit place pehrspace kicks off their new series, Pehrtalks, with "Spiritual Arts Night," an evening to explore the varied mysteries of the metaphysical arts. Five expert practitioners of different disciplines will form a panel to introduce their crafts and answer questions from the audience. There will be art, musical meditation, and light refreshments!
At 8:15 PM, Ron will give a presentation on The Cartoon Utopia, his graphic novel masterpiece that focuses on ideas that he's become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.
✦ ✦ ✦ 7:30 Mingle, drink herbal tea, and start feeling magical. 7:45 Solaris, "Zodiac Forecast" 8:00 Melinda Lee Holmes, "Wearable Magic, Crystal and Moon Guidance" 8:15 Ron Rege Jr, Cartoon Utopia 8:30 Marcella Kroll, "Ancestral Karma Healing: how clearing the past can heal our future" 8:45 Jessica Snow, "Compassionately unlocking the treasures within" 9:00 Questions 9:30 Sonic Meditation by Brian Griffith 9:45 Get really peaceful! ✦ ✦ ✦
Admission is $3 at the door, which will go to the guest speakers. Bring a pillow or something else to sit on.
pehrspace is located at two blocks south of Temple in Historic Filipinotown at 325 Glendale Blvd. (Note: finding them the first time may be difficult. They are in the back of the Glen Village parking lot, behind a short palm tree. You won't see it from the street; you'll have to come into the parking lot.)
There's a significant event happening tonight for Significant Objects, our collection of extraordinary short stories inspired by ordinary stuff -- things like novelty items, discarded souvenirs, and tasteless kitchenware picked up cheap at thrift stores and yard sales.
And tonight, Friday, February 21st, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Significant Objects editor Rob Walker presents Materially Untrue: Stories About Objects Unearthed from Art Storage!
At 7:00 PM, four Texas authors (Will Clarke, Doug Dorst, Merritt Tierce, and Shay Youngblood) will debut original stories about objects unearted from DMA art storage.
This event is FREE and open to the public! A book signing will take place after the readings. The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 North Harwood in Dallas, Texas.
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we welcome Gregory Benton signing his new graphic novel B + F this Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. His award-winning hardcover book on the adventurous AdHouse imprint is a sublime meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. Come see!
Then return to the bookstore on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM for "Foxing & Friends," a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues at American Short Fiction, The Austin Review, A Strange Object, Write Bloody Publishing, and Foxing Quarterly, visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. This'll be a blast!
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in the heart of the historic Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
This Saturday, February 22nd, at 8pm treat yourself to a fantastic night of animation at the local cinema, TIME FARMERS! Time Farmers is a program of short animated films made by independent contemporary animators from across North America. This collection of films has been assembled by Lori Damiano in 2013 to accompany her newly completed 2D hand-drawn film. This is THE Seattle premiere of Lori D's incredible epic animation 'Lord I, the Records Keeper', over 10 years in production. Lori's friend, our own Lilli Carré will have 2012 experimental animation "Like a Lantern" playing as well. Also, showing are cartoons by Stefan Gruber, Jodie Mack, Amy Lockhart, and lots more!
Taking place at Studio Current in Capitol Hill at 1417 10th Avenue #C between Pike & Union (1 block S of Neumo's), this is destined to be a beautiful night with a sock hop at the end, 9:30ish! So buy your tickets now and wear your 3-D glasses out (you won't need them but they always look cool). Enjoy a short preview below.
For the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob", and the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel "The Inches Incident." 336 pages are lovingly bound and ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
Special musical guest Ashley Eriksson performing songs from her new album Colours on K Records (you may know her as one of the singers from Adventure Time's closing credits song "Island Song").
Bring your young reader to the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery on Saturday, March 9th to get the new book inscribed just for them!
Don’t miss an opportunity to meet Gregory Benton at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as he presents his new graphic novel B + F. Benton's award winning fable explores an otherworldly forest with a woman and a dog as they encounter its denizens, both benevolent and malicious. A wordless meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. Join us in welcoming this engaging artist to Seattle. (Please note: the previously announced musical guest appearance by Jeremy Spencer at Georgetown Records has been cancelled due to illness.)
The following Wednesday, February 26 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM we host Foxing & Friends, an AWP kickoff event presented by A Strange Object, The Austin Review, Write Bloody Publishing, and Foxing Quarterly. The party features readings, refreshments, and a Post-It show with sticky art by Paul Hornschemeier, Alex Schubert, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, Ryan Cecil Smith, our own Eric Reynolds, and many more! Free fun with our small press friends visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.
Los Angeles, brace yourself for the wonder of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia, coming March 1st to the gallery Dem Passwords in Los Angeles!
Ron relates on his blog, "If you were to go way back in the archive of this blog, you would notice me talking about The Cartoon Utopia as of a set of concepts & ideas that I was creating art with, not simply the title of my book. The project started as a set of drawings that were displayed in solo art shows around the world."
The utopia lives on! A year after the book's release, Ron is debuting the exhibit Cartoon Utopia 2014, featuring brand-new drawings that he's been working on since the beginning of the year! Like this one:
Don't miss the launch of Cartoon Utopia 2014! Dem Passwords is located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.