Category Archives: Art Events
I’m finally back in the studio and seemed to have settled back into my groove. Truth be known, I discovered a new series on Netflix (Scandal) and since I’m pretty much a TV whore – it is just easier to clear my mind with the more stimulation I have going on. Up until now, I had been painting, but mostly at home the past month, outside, and only when it was sunny (and it has been raining ALOT). I seemed to have been spinning my wheels a bit. I was not able to work out problems in my work. Until the is week – this week has been inspiring and productive for me. Not that many distractions.
My mother and I had a challenging relationship, so I assumed that processing her death would be a little easier, however, I catch myself at times: “Oh I need to call my Mother, about that exciting news”….(oh wait) or at Easter thinking “my Mother use to hide eggs for us well into my 20’s, or until I quit coming home for Easter.” And somedays I just get upset out of the blue. I cried at yoga the other day like a douche bag. I feel like a woosie. Her memorial, or “Celebration of Life” is this weekend in San Antonio. I will have to decide what to do with my portion of her ashes as well. Being a grown up sucks balls!
So – Here are a few things I just finished up and shipped out for a 2 day pop-up show in Birmingham, AL – April 23rd & 24th through Gregg Irby Fine Art. So if you are in the Birmingham area – stop by and see the goods. Gregg Irby represents all the best (and affordable) artists in the Southeast! I will not be there though. It is not that kind of show.
One of my dearest friends and fabulous artist, Gina Cochran, has a KickStarter art project that she is trying to raise funds for, and was inspired by her son, Cooper. Along with some of her studio mates, she is offering art therapy workshops to children with Autism (or on the spectrum,) and then having an art show & reception for them afterward to celebrate. They are only about $700-$800 away from their goal which has to be reached in the next 21 hours, otherwise – they get bupkis. So even if you only have $5, $10, or $20 to spare right now – anything helps. Pass this on to anyone that likes kids, or has a special place in their heart for children with Autism, or likes art! I know they would be extremely grateful…….I would be grateful! And to prove it – if they make their goal, and you donate something (and it does not matter how much) I will be giving away some small original paintings on paper or board. Send me your address (casey -at- caseymatthews -dot-com), tell me that you donated, tell me your favorite colors, and I will promise I will create something special for you!
I’m proud to announce that my work is now apart of the permanent collection of the Baptist Medical Center & Wofson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville Florida. There is a new addition to the hospital: The Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower, named after the former owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars. There will be a ribbon cutting event on November 17th, if you are interesting in attending, let me know and I can send you the details once I know them.
Saturday, May 12th 5-8PM
I will be exhibiting several new large abstract paintings through the month of June. Please join the Blue Door Artists for a reception Saturday, May 12th 5-8 PM honoring the featured artist (me), and enjoy an open studio tour. Also featuring turned bowls, and wooden platters by my guest artist, Willie Atkinson. The Blue Door Artists are located upstairs on 205 ½ Centre Street, in Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida. Regular business hours are Monday – Saturday 11AM-5PM. For more information call 904-491-7733, or visit www.bluedoorartists.com.
And for more information about Willie’s wood: 904-277-6512
I am writing to you for a bit of support – and apologies in advance for being an art whore.
I have recently submitted an abstract mixed-media, collage painting to be judged in the Saatchi Online Showdown: An online competition where artists can showcase their work and go head-to-head with other artists, giving the winner a chance to display their art at the Saatchi Gallery in London. If you like my piece and find my work interesting then please do not hesitate to VOTE for it. Go HERE and vote for my painting. Voting starts today and runs through January 19th. If I make it past the first round of people’s choice voting (aka popularity contest) and on to the second round I will then be judged by jurors selected by Saatchi. It takes a little while to wade through the entries – but I will be forever grateful for your support!
Here is a little description about this piece and my current body of work: I incorporate college materials I collect from recycled magazines, newspapers, and old books. I then dissolve the printed color pigment with a special solvent and turn the printed material into what appears to be dreamy watercolor studies. In turn, I rip those images apart and start assembling a “skeleton” of sorts on the canvas. I think in terms of color and texture. I break down and then build back up; erase, yet reveal. I use numerous layers of paint, washes, glazes, medium, spliced text, handmade paper, tissue, and gesture marks to make the piece appear to be a unified surface; My intention is to create layers of information through my technique; leading your mind’s eye on an aesthetic journey. It is a form of communication, and contradiction.