“Turn of the Century”

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“TURN OF THE CENTURY”
A solo exhibition of recent work by
RICARDO OSMONDO FRANCIS

Friday April 25, 2014
6 PM – 9 PM

LeonidesArts New York and the East End Studio Gallery proudly presents “TURN OF THE CENTURY,” a solo exhibition featuring the recent work of multi-media painter Ricardo Osmondo Francis. Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present day advertisement imagery Francis’ vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. His lush elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings often depict the social constructs of masculinity and the complexity of their existence through striking introspective, portraiture, still life, and abstract compositions. Thick with an air of political and spiritual symbolism, Francis’ works project a powerful, questioning aura of sexual ambiguity and social identity in compositions saturated with allegorical ambiguity.

Ricardo Osmondo Francis is a native of Houston, TX and grew up in the 3rd Ward neighborhood. He currently lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 1998 and is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1994. He presently is the Curator in Residence for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Brooklyn, NY and is the Gallery Director for LeonidesArts NY, an artist run non-profit visual arts organization whose mission is to present contemporary art exhibitions and public art projects that reflects a variety of distinct artistic styles, disciplines, themes, and cultural experiences.

He has exhibited his work extensively in galleries and museums both domestically and internationally and was one the cofounders of BLAFTCO, a Houston based alternative art group that was active through most of the 90’s and is the founder of Apanamae Productions, an independent art company that has premiered various art exhibits and performance art projects by the artist since 2000.

“TURN OF THE CENTURY” will run until Friday May 8, 2014.The reception is free to the public. For more information about this you may visit www.eestudiogallery.com, http://leonidesartsblog.wordpress.com/, and/or contact Ricardo Francis at 917 279 5576/ rfrancis9876@gmail.com or Lizbeth Ortiz at 832 298 0964/eestudiogallery@gmail.com.

“9th Annual Frida Festival”

Frida Fest 2014 SmallEast End Studio Gallery presents Frida Festival 2014. Come celebrate the life and legacy of one of Latin America’s most important artists…

~Frida Kahlo~

~ Art Exhibition ~ Vendor Booths ~ Spoken Word ~ Children’s Activities ~ Frida Look Alike Contest~

We excited to bring you the 9th Annual Frida Festival! This festival unites the community through creative expression by collaborating with local artists and businesses to celebrate the life of one of Latin America’s most highly respected and influential visual artists – Frida Kahlo!

The celebrations will showcase our community talents in art, music, dance, poetry and other forms of expression. Guests will enjoy the food, refreshments and merchandise provided by the vendors and surrounding businesses.

Bring your uni-brows and get ready for the Frida Look Alike Contest! Adult contest is on April 11th, 8:30PM and the Kids contest is on April 19th, 4PM.

Luz De Luna photography will be taking professional photographs with a Frida inspired background. Come in your costumes!

Martha De La Paz will be performing three dances from different regions of Mexico; El Son de la Negra from the state of Jalisco, Las Amarillas from the state of Guerrero and El Pavido Navido a Norteña from the state of Nuevo León. Martha De La Paz was born in Acapulco, Guerrero Mexico. She has been a school teacher for 15 years, she is a United States Army Veteran, a mother of two sons and has danced for various dance companies here in Houston.

DATES & TIMES:

Friday, April 11, 6-9PM – Art Exhibition Opening, Poetry, Performances & Adult Frida look-alike contest – 8:30PM

Saturday, April 19, Noon-5PM – Art Exhibition Closing, Kids look-alike contest at 4PM, Frida themed “East End Arts Market”.

“Visible in Light” Photos by Alex Barber + “Street Smarts Redux” Artist Collab

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East End Studio Gallery presents Visible in Light, an exhibition of photos by Alex Barber.

As much as he shoots digital, Alex enjoys analog captures on film and seeing what the results are. Each roll of film is its own collection of surprises and accidents. Alex will be displaying images shot on film from a variety of cameras and formats.

There is a second and collaborative part of the show, with Street Smarts Redux. Alex provided artists with prints of his photos and asked them to work over the image. While Street Smarts showed photos of art around town next to originals by those artists, this year the goal was to merge the different media into one piece.

Participating artists include:
Ack!
Daniel Anguilu
Briks
Lee Carrier
Bryan Cope
Cutthroat
Nicky Davis
Dual
Eyesore
Katie Mulholland
David Pilgrim
Beau Pope
Jessica Pope
Michael C. Rodriguez
Shreddi
Skeez 181
Wiley
Julie Zarate
Zen Full

9th Annual Frida Festival Artists Call

East End Studio Gallery presents Frida Festival 2014.  Come celebrate the life and legacy of one of Latin America’s most important artists…

~Frida Kahlo~

~ Art Exhibition ~ Vendor Booths ~ Spoken Word ~ Children’s Activities ~ Frida Look Alike Contest~

We excited to bring you the 9th Annual Frida Festival! This festival unites the community through creative expression by collaborating with local artists and businesses to celebrate the life of one of Latin America’s most highly respected and influential visual artists – Frida Kahlo!

The celebrations will showcase our community talents in art, music, dance, poetry and other forms of expression. Guests will enjoy the food, refreshments and merchandise provided by the vendors and surrounding businesses.

Bring your uni-brows and get ready for the Frida Look Alike Contest! Adult contest is on April 11th and the Kids contest is on April 19th!

DATES & TIMES:

Friday, April 11, 6-9PM – Art Exhibition Opening, Poetry, Performances & Adult Frida look-alike contest.

Saturday, April 19, Noon-5PM – Art Exhibition Closing, Kids look-alike contest, Frida themed “East End Arts Market”.

Visit www.fridafestival.com for updates and announcements of participating artists and vendors!

*********ARTIST CALL INFO:***********

Call for “Frida” art. All mediums welcome!

Entry fee to cover hanging and promotion is $25 for 3 pieces (each piece not exceeding 3′X3′), $5 for each additional piece. Gallery will handle all sales and will take a 20% commission. Artist approval required. Please email eestudiogallery@gmail.com a sample of your existing work. Once approved, you will be sent back payment information.

Application deadline is April 4th.

Artist outside of Houston and surrounding areas can submit without an entry fee, but they are responsible shipping the work to the East End Studio Gallery. Commission from sold work will be 30% Gallery 70% Artists. If work is not sold EESG will be responsible for sending art work back to artists.

All work must be READY TO HANG. This means proper hardware must be on your framed piece if it is a wall piece. Loose art/prints will not be accepted.

Vendors: Please submit an example of you work to eestudiogallery@gmail.com for approval.

Games

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East End Studio Gallery presents Games, an exhibition of paintings by Rafael Villarreal and selected works from guest artists.

Join us as we host the third solo exhibition for this up and coming artist.  His images invoke dialogue and thought about success, failure, identity and other human conflicts through his narrative, surrealistic and sometimes humorous paintings.

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Rafael has used art as a catalyst for creative expression since childhood.  An overactive imagination and natural talent for drawing lead him to discover graffiti art at age 15.  He became one of Houston’s top graffiti artists in the late 90’s while also completing many acrylic murals.  His direction evolved to oil painting and the study of fine art in 1997 and has been his main focus since.  See more of Rafael’s paintings at www.ravart.com.  Guest artists:  Article, Dro and Astro

The exhibition opening will be on Friday, March 7th, 6-9pm and a closing reception on Saturday, March 15th, Noon – 5pm.  Requests to see the exhibit by appointment can be made by email to eestudiogallery@gmail.com or 832-488-9594.

Opening Reception Friday, March 7, 6-9PM
Closing Reception Saturday, March 15, Noon-5PM

 

 

Of Dreams and Realities

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East End Studio Gallery invites you to an art show “Of Dreams and Realities” by Heather Gordy and Vincent Fink.

Opening reception Friday February 21st, 6 – 9 pm.
Closing reception Friday February 28th, 6 – 9 pm.

East End Studio Gallery presents Of Dreams and Realities. Opening Reception Friday, February 21. Closing Reception Friday, February 28. Come join Heather Gordy (Houston based artist and graphic designer) and Vincent Fink (Hunting Art Prize Finalist and award winning illustrator) as they take you through a world of dreams, surrealism and alternate realities.

Explore patterns, sacred geometry, and the myriad of flora and fauna that have been left behind in paint and ink. Each artist will be showing pieces that represent their individual styles and have been created using various two-dimensional media.

Born in 1979 in Richmond, VA., Heather Gordy is a Houston based artist that works predominantly in the mediums of acrylic paint and ink. She obtained a degree in Animation Art and Design from The Art Institute of Houston, and is currently working in the graphic arts field. Using a myriad of flora and fauna as inspiration, her work often contains vivid colors and various pattern details. This lends each piece a dreamlike quality without losing its grip on reality.

Born April 1st, 1984 , Vincent Fink, Hunting Art Prize Finalist and award winning illustrator, works out of his Winter Street Studio in hometown Houston, Texas where he tirelessly adds to a multitude of projects that have each garnered success: The 5 year (and counting) strenuously detailed sumi ink drawing series; Atlas Metamorphosis Project that spawned from a lucid dream, the acrylic paintings called Iterations that explore his love for surrealism and sacred geometry, as well as designing, selling and screen printing his own clothing line.

Corazón Anatómico Solo show by Lizbeth Ortiz

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“Corazón Anatómico”
Art show by Lizbeth Ortiz and guest artists. Poetry reading by Jasminne Mendez

East End Studio Gallery curator Lizbeth Ortiz will display her recent works along with guest artists. Poetry reading by Jasminne Mendez and excerpts from her book “Island of Dreams“.

“I have always been intrigued by the organ that pumps life through our bodies. The anatomically correct heart has been a source of inspiration as I explore the visual and emotional bonds associated with it. I’ve invited a group of artists to share their view and feelings in reference to this vital organ through their art.”  Lizbeth Ortiz

Exhibition Opening: Friday 1/31,  6–9 pm

Exhibition Closing & East End Arts Market: Saturday 2/15,  noon–5 pm.

 

Explicitly Chingona “Peep Show”

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4th Annual Explicitly Chingona art show.
(18 and over)

This show explores and pushes the boundaries of sexual taboos. Mature and adult subject mature will be displayed and only 18 and over will be allowed in the gallery.

VIP preview show will be Friday Jan. 10th 7 – 10 pm.
$25 entry charge will include free drinks, h’orderves and a private presentation by Ms. Modesty and the WIPsociety. (18 and over). Payment can be made the night of the event or by paypal to eestudiogallery@gmail.com. Be sure to include “VIP Preview” in the notes section with your payment.

Opening and free to the public (18 and over)
Friday Jan. 17th 6 – 9 pm

Closing and free to the public (18 and over)
Friday Jan. 24th 6 – 9 pm

“ARTISTA Skateboard Art Show”

 

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ARTISTA Skateboard Art Show

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 5-9pm

Benefiting NO BORED KIDS, a GOOD ART initiative.

Skateboarding is a right of passage for every kid and GOOD ART is going to make sure kids in Houston and Dallas don’t miss out. NO BORED KIDS is an art initiative to help kids that don’t have the means to skateboard.

All skate decks will be on silent auction at the show with proceeds going to the NO BORED KIDS initiative.

A $5.00 donation at the door gets you in which will be instantly “freefunded” in the form of one Saint Arnold’s Brew!  Thanks to Saint Arnold’s for sponsoring this event.

“The Amazing Hancock Bros.”

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Detail of a collab with Charles Hancock and John Hancock.

“The Amazing Hancock Bros.”
Friday, December 6, 2013, 6-9pm

John and Charles Hancock are the Amazing Hancock Bros.

Print-makers, poets, and performers, this dynamic duo presents a collection of political satire and whimsical imagery with a colorful punch.

The East End Studio Gallery walls will be full of works from John and Charles – prints, drawings, and layered pieces on wood, metal and whatever other materials they’ve seen fit to use and abuse.

Please join us to see some amazing art from some amazing artists!