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I have had the most amazing night with my friends, new and old, at the Queer Art Walk in Downtown LA.

If the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting an event near you, then you need to get your butt over there and enjoy yourself for the good cause that they are representing.

Thank you to all my friends and fans who were able to make it out to the show.

It’s deeply appreciated.

view all of the photos at my page on facebook: Facebook | Queer Art Walk / Art Walk / Downtown LA.

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Queer Art Walk.

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I don’t know how I missed Ovation TV. I mean really, it’s a great channel, breaking away from all of the regurgitated shows that you’ve seen 1000 times. Oh make that 1001 later today.

Anyway. Brandon stopped at the start of The Artists Den: Tori Amos. You would have thought I was watching the sound of music. I know my songs. I stayed up when the house fell asleep to watch the whole thing.

Couldn’t find a full version of the performance to post until now.

Tori Amos at the Artists Den

I hope you enjoy the performance. Something for a creative Wednesday.

Tomorrow is the Queer Art Walk, at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, I hope to see you there. I’ll be showing with the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence at the Exchange. I’m only a small bit of all the creativity that you will see tomorrow at the benefit show.

Time, address, and other information are located on my blog here.

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I’ve finally finished the pieces for QueerArtWalk.org / the Downtown Art walk next Thursday.

Gentle, and not so gentleman, ladies and folks.

This is the story I created. Paralleling the death and resurrection process (Osris); the piecing together of life lost; the body awareness that remains from dismemberment. The awareness (peacock) of what was, what is, and what could be different than the life before.

Gathering.

The oldest mystery is the story of Osiris, son of Saturn, brother and husband of Isis, father of Horus, and brother to Typhon. Typhon kills Osiris and Isis retrieves the body in dissevered parts and Osiris is proclaimed arisen from the dead. Zoroaster brought this mystery to Persia, Cadmus brought it to Greece, Orpheus brought it to Thrace, and Melampus brought it to Athens.

— Henry Binkley Stein; Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah

Once again I’ll post the info for this upcoming collaborative show.

DETAILS

WHERE WILL THIS EVENT BE HELD?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES OF THIS EVENT?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

WHAT TYPE OF ART WILL BE AUCTIONED?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

HOW WILL THE ART BE USED?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

WHO IS PRODUCING THE ART?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ART SALES?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

WHO ARE THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Greetings!

I wanted to post some details about the August Art Walk that I, among others, are creating works of art and entertainment for. The Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence have brought together a list of painters, sculptors, photographers, and entertainers in a benefit show for the Aids Project Los Angeles’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program and the Highways Art space. Two great benefactors for art and recovery.

I love benefit shows and that the benefit itself will take place at Art Walk central, right next to Bert Green Fine Art at The Exchange.

Among the flowering art you will find a series of casts that I am creating and painting that represent one’s piecing together of a life lost to drug abuse. The canvasses represent dismemberment and dissociation in their singularity, and rebirth through their coming together again to form the remnants of man. Piecing together his life. A series that come together signifying the gathering together of the aspects of ones life in recovery. This story parallels the myth of Asar (Osiris) after his dismemberment, before his resurrection. Aset (Isis) has pieced him together, in a sense she is the spirit that binds the pieces as they attempt new life.

I don’t know what all the art will be at the event but I do hope you will stop by to take a gander, talk to the sisters and view some, or all, of the art and performances, and music… maybe even make a donation or bid on one of the pieces for the benefit.

Details are below (thanks to the Queer Art Walk website): Time, date, place, silent auction, benefactors and a bit about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their great cause.

I will release a complete set of images that I am giving to the show in the next week or so. I still have a few casts to create and then a mediation on the spirit of their assembly.

I hope to see you there.

Details

Where will this event be held?

The Gallery will be held in downtown Los Angele’s Gallery Row

What are the dates and times of this event?

The event will occur on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

What type of art will be auctioned?

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photos
  • Fashion

How will the art be used?

Physical art (paintings, sculptures, fashion, photos, etc) will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Non-physical art (Performances, music, etc) will be displayed through out the event

Who is producing the Art?

All art is produced by queer arts and our allies.

Who will benefit from the art sales?

All proceeds will benefit Highways: A Queer Performance Space and APLA’s Crystal Methamphetamine Program

APLA

APLA’s crystal methamphetamine program aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection and the social isolation caused by the use of the drug. The program consists of risk-reduction trainings, support groups and community events with gay men who use methamphetamine. We provide a four-session training in both English and Spanish to promote harm-reduction strategies. We also offer informational sessions with gay men who do meth and who are concerned about the negative impact of methamphetamine use in their lives. These sessions are especially for men who are not currently in substance abuse treatment. We also provide weekly support groups, as well as a monthly art group.

http://www.apla.org/prevention/crystal_meth.html

Highways

Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms.  Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists that explore the boundaries between performing and visual art forms.

http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

The Gallery will be held on 8/12 & 8/13 from Noon-10pm.

The Exchange
114 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Google Map

What is the Downtown Art Walk?

The Downtown Art Walk is from 12-9pm, however each art gallery has its own operating hours, with some not opening until mid-afternoon, and others closing in the early evening. Please check individual gallery websites to ensure the spaces you want to visit will be open when you come. Most Art Walk visitors arrive after 6PM, and the streets are crowded until about 10PM, then the activity moves into restaurants, bars, and private spaces.

Want to miss the large crowds, best time is between 3PM and 6PM. Come, and enjoy the Art Walk!

www.downtownartwalk.org

Who are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

We are an Order of 21st Century Nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. Our ministry is one of public manifestation and habitual perpetration.

More simply put: we make people happy, stamp out guilt brought on by a judgmental society and help various organizations and charities, etc ….

Our goal is to embrace our gay and diverse selves and each other as we are today, as we were born and as we are meant to be. Our goal is to share kindness, love and laughter with those we have met, those we meet today and those we will meet tomorrow as a source of personal empowerment and pride.

We believe in freedom of expression, teamwork, effort, and diversity. We are a family, committed to social activism, social service and spiritual development.

The Order strives to strengthen its community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

The Sisters also work to unite the various factions of the Southern California lesbian and gay community and raise drag awareness among individuals, businesses, and organizations that are often ignorant or even hostile to members of the drag population.

Queer Art Walk.

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Scott K Smith
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I wanted to keep you updated on the last Art Walk at the Rowan.

The night went well. I spent the majority of my time at the Rowan Gallery space and surrounding galleries like, the Spring Arts Tower which had a great set of artists as well.

Congratulations to my friends, and some of the other Artists, who sold some art; in addition to the exposure to thousands of people passing through the gallery. I am hoping that the art and the voyeuristic stampede will effect everyone in a “prosperous” way. 🙂

"B", Jenny Aja, and Scott @ The Rowan Gallery Space

You can view the full set of photos via Facebook | Your Photos – Rowan Art Walk: Jenny & Phil + other artists...

I attempted to embed a short clip of the many hours that Ben Evans and Taka Yamashiro spent performing at the Gallery Space but I was unable to transport it from facebook to wordpress… You can view the video on my profile there.

See you at the next Art Walk…


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Hey there. Sorry for the last minute update but I was waiting for some materials… I’m just going to have to wing it on the announcement.

TONIGHT
Rowan Gallery Space
460 S. Spring Street / 90013
Corner of 5th and Spring

7 pm – 9:00 pm

Soft opening: Seven artists and two performers at the Rowan Gallery Space. Featuring Philip Aja, Jenny Aja, Troy Alexander,  Bodi, and more.

THURSDAY MARCH 11TH, 2010
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ART WALK
Rowan Gallery Space @ 5th and Spring Streets

The Art Walk is always free but parking may cost you. If you are planning on a few hours, add an extra or two. There is so much to see at the Rowan and around the Downtown LA Art Walk.

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I hope you can make it out. Brandon and I will be filling in for Jenny & Philip while they are working on another project, tonight at the Rowan. We’ll be out both nights, camera in hand! Tho I am not in this particular art walk, I highly encourage you to come on out and support your local artists, in spirit or by making a purchase.


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They are as of yet to be titled, if they are to be. That said, I am happy with them. 🙂

More to come, including show details and anything I might be able to get from Phil and Jenny in the new year when they start production, date of show, and art walk.

Oh and I just noticed that our light in the loft is under a despicable yellow tinge. Will be taking other photographs in the sun / natural light.

Be well,

Scott

Hi there.

Sorry for the late post but it is getting closer to Thanks Giving and there is a lot that we’re working on here at the house. That said I do have an update on the next show, “The Happy Ones” will be part of a collaborative show with Phil and Jenny, in February most likely at the El Dorado Lofts lobby.

I don’t know if you have seen the inside of the El Dorado Lofts (currently under construction) but it’s a historic jewel in Downtown Los Angeles. It touted to be the largest deposit of Batchelder tile in the world, and it is studded with these little pieces throughout the lobby.

The happy ones continue to come along. I present to you today’s piece, remaining untitled.

The photo is a little dark but following the same formula I’m more excited about what can be created and brought out. Color. Shape. Frost. Light. Oh and the essential oils I am using for this group are the following:

  • Thieves: for it’s antifungal properties. We don’t want the paper mache to sour. Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*
  • Joy: Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.
  • Three Wise Men: 3 Wise Men™ promotes feelings of reverence and spiritual awareness with a blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils formulated to open the subconscious. This blend, considered a gift by many, enhances emotional equilibrium as it soothes and uplifts the heart.
  • Peace & Calming: Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.

“The Happy Ones” was inspired by the incredible response I received about the painting Frosti (“A Hidden Place, sold) pictured below.

I’ll update you on Phil and Jenny’s work as it progresses, in short we’re looking at photography and sculpture. There is still a lot of planning to do but that’s to be expected.

If you are interested in keeping in contact for the upcoming show you can join add me on facebook, or stay tuned at the blog.

I will probably be skipping my next two posts because of the holiday but I will be sure to update you with all of the fun recipe’s that we are preparing for the day of Thanks.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

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*This statement (see Thieves) has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Thinking….

“The Happy Ones” is the title of the next show. (Thanks Kyle).

Inspiration seems to be channeling through the following. I’m brainstorming here:

Stones. Granite. Rocky surfaces. Lights. Glowing things as seen through snow, or ice. Mum continues to be a tickle in the process.

Heart center. Upper chakra. Joy. Pretty things for the home. Pricing will be equally affordable. Why make something that the average person cannot purchase.

Process.

Out of the last year, and the recent Mercury Retrograde, I’ve come to a point of moving through a dark period. Yep. Been down in the depths feeling around and in that Night of the Soul, triggered by Vespertine is where I drew to create A Hidden Place.

For me it has always been a string of art that I tinker around with, ultimately a gem is revealed. Had a “rawr” with a friend over a simple miscommunication, I think that was part of the communication issues that Mercury’s vibration was triggering on.

I don’t like -who does?- someone telling me what I must and will do.  In the end it was a simple mistake, but handled VERY poorly on their part. Screaming is not the way. (Yes I cam back to be clearer).

Next show.

Now that I’m moving into something new in the creative process and channeling “The Happy Ones” I think I may have a smaller, more private showing at the Loft by RSVP or at a Santee Court spot downstairs from my home. Art Walk is a fantastic event but I think that the amount of drunk wanderers versus interested people is off balance. Maybe Bert Green is on point with his observation…

““It’s a great event, and good for Downtown, but sometimes I feel like I created a monster,” said Bert Green, owner of Bert Green Fine Art at Fifth and Main streets, at about 6 p.m. as approximately 30 people explored his space.

Green should know. He founded the event in September 2004 and, after running it for nearly five years, handed the reins to Richard Schave, who owns the company that operates a bus that ferries Art Walkers around the area.

“It’s an amazing success story, Green said “When we first started the gallery scene Downtown we were constantly told it was not possible, that this is Skid Row, that people will never come. But it has turned into a big party. I close my gallery at 6 p.m. because the evening crowds are too big.”

Story is here: Click me.

Some images of ideas for the new work.

Keep hearing Frank Sinatra, Christmas music as well…

I’ll keep you posted on the Etsy page, art show and more.

Be well,

Scott K Smith
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It’s funny to realize how working on, and trying to  produce my little show at the Rowan really robbed me of my time. I’m at a bit of a loss without canvass at this point but ready to paint! Hitting a few stores this afternoon around downtown to see if I can fins something to paint over.

I’m kind of fuzzy this morning so please excuse any typo’s or brain farts.

Frosti_detail

Frosti was one of the last pieces I spilled out for “A Hidden Place” but ended up being one of the most popular. From comments like “The texture is really intense” on most pieces to “That one” (Frosti) “is easy to approach and so soft.” gave me a few ideas about how to spin these little messages out.

I keep getting asked how “the Show” went and I find it hard to communicate in a few words. First tho I was displaying my work, I was also among many artists at the Gallery Space so there were venues within the venues and a few surprising additions. I met some incredible people. I…

I listened quietly without introducing myself to hear what people said about the work, mine and others.

I met another artist who was from my home town -it is a small world after all. Warm hands, loving smiles, deep ideas. I can’t wait to do some collaboration with him.

I got my ass grabbed a few times by friends. : )

Rowan_art_walk_friendswork

I loved watching everyone take photo’s of “Fertile”. It was as if no one had seen a penis before but aside from that I also got a little education about the symbol from Ancient pompeii. Corrina forgive me for misspelling your name if you have stopped by to read the blog but I never got your card. Anyway this great lady Corrina and I talked for a spell about her work and Young Living and she told me that in Pompeii they would hang little penis plaques outside of the doors for fertility.

I’m glad “Fertile” was by the door. I sold three pieces.

I felt surrounded and supported by friends.

The Rowan, no the streets of Downtown LA were a mess! I couldn’t believe how  many people were out to art walk but it almost seemed more of a circus than an Art Event. Me thinks I gotta tune in for the January show and make it a bit more private or exclusive. I don’t want friends to have to fight through crowds of party-goers and I’d love to create a different sort of dimension. Hey. I’m not complaining it was awesome.

When I said I was truly grateful, I meant it.

Oh man! I almost forgot. BOLT BARBERS was HOT! They had people lined up for cuts and Matt blew me away with how upbeat, positive and enthusiastic he was about the event. I mean it really was more than just creating a “buzz”. Yeah. Good job Matt. I can’t wait for BOLT to open at the Rowan.

Full event page at Lifencompass.org
http://www.lifencompass.org/live/art/Pages/A_Hidden_Place.html

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I have a few things on my mind that I will try to spell out for you later like Elemental Attunements, and “what’s this story about soy causing cancer???” but I’m not guaranteeing anything until the coffee kicks in.

Much love,

Scott K Smith
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