Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sean Starwars and Free Figure Drawing Session

Work by Sean Starwars.  Photo taken by @larryvillelife

Our favorite event with Final Fridays was "A Fuck Ton of Prints" at Wonderfair with Sean Starwars.
As promised, we grilled Starwars on his work process.  Although he works relatively large, he hand carves his birch blocks using traditional Japanese woodcut tools and other woodcutting tools.  He uses an etching press to print.  His blocks are applied to a silkscreen for prints for t-shirts.
His goal is to make a new print every week.

 We bought a cat burglar t-shirt that was made to order.

Clint silk screening my shirt

Starwars is selling prints. Works are affordable at only $40.00 each.
See the room of prints here:
With these hot temperatures, we are looking for things to do in air conditioning.  Try a free figure drawing session (with a clothed model) today at 2:00 at the Arts Center.  The event is associated the "Body of Work" figure show.  Bring drawing supplies.
This show ends today!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Final Friday and Summer Scenester Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

Final Friday Picks:
We've been slacking here at the LKF Art Blog, and are finally giving some Final Friday Picks.

1. The Invisible Hand: 
This show includes 23 artists who have been a part of the Invisible Hand in the past.  This will be the last show at this space before the Hand moves to its new and bigger location.

To see a list of the many artists, go to the link here:≡-a-group-show/

2. Wonder Fair
Air conditioning is working! and a new show is up.  Sean Starwars will show his new work: "A Fuck Ton of Prints."
Mr. Starwars will be in attendance, drinking Mountain Dew and printing t-shirts n' posters to order.  Bring your own shirt or buy one at the shop ( limited quantities available).
Wonderfair's site says " Wonder Fair-- now with 100% more air conditioning and 1000% more star wars references."
 Here is the description from the Wonderfair site:
"His work features familiar pop culture heroes and villains, southern culture ephemera, and the inner workings of a man who drinks way to much Mountain Dew. Done in a style reminiscent of Hannah Barbara cartoons or a pig cooking another pig on a Barbecue joint sign, Starwars’ woodcuts are both creepy and hilarious."

"Groped at the Grocery"

3. Bourgeois Pig
Molly Murphy will show work from her residency in Florida last winter.  Here is the Facebook invite:

4. Allen Chen at the Arts Center
Ceramic artist in resident Allen Chen will close out his year with an installation.  Don't forget to say one last "good-bye" to the show "Body of Work" before it comes down.
See Chen's website here;

5. Dean Monkey and the Drop Outs at Studio B
Finish out your night with one of our favorite bands playing at 9:30.  See Danny sing his heart out with Doo Wop tunes.

Here is the Facebook invite:

Summer Scenester Scavenger Hunt Key Week #1
(another puzzle will be posted on Monday)

Alley by Harbor Lights

Old Pizza Hut Guy in the Love Garden

Mirror in the Bathroom of Liberty Hall Video

Pinball Machine at the Replay

Outside the Replay

Mural by Aaron Marable outside the Old Love Garden 

Clock above door at the Pig

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Drawings from Body of Work come down, Allen Chen's Work goes up

The "Body of Work" show at the Arts Center is slowly winding down.  Drawings were removed from the middle gallery this week, but paintings will be up for one more Final Friday in the main gallery.

One more event will occur with this show.  A free drawing class with a clothed model will be given on Saturday from 2:00-3:30 at the Arts Center.  Bring drawing supplies. 

The next show for this space is ceramic work by Allen Chen.  His show will open this Final Friday at the Arts Center.  More of his work can be found here:


We're still posting the Summer Scenester Scavenger Hunt.  Test your scenester knowledge to see if you know where pics from local hang outs were taken.   Answers will be given on Friday.   You can find it here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

PBR Book Club and Yarn Bombing

We are always on the look-out for weird and unusual art in Larryville.  We noticed some crazy structures in front of the Spencer Museum. According to the Spencer's website, they are participating in a "Yarn Bombing."  Area artists helped create structures that are at the entrance of the museum.  Here is what the museum's website says about them: 
A squadron of snuggly snails currently occupies a bench near the Spencer Museum of Art's front entrance. While "snuggly" and "snails" may seem contradictory terms, in this case they're not--these snails are of the subgenus Helix soft and crocheted. And they fit right in with the colorful yarn flowers currently blooming in the Museum's central greenspace.
These will be up until July 1. 

Lawrence photographer Emily Hunt will open her show " Reciprocity" at Teller's tonight from 6-8 p.m. According to the annoucement  "Reciprocity will feature several large film prints as well as some smaller prints and Polaroids. Many of the photographs capture homes and other buildings free of occupants and passersby."

In other news, the PBR Book Club will meet at Frank's North Star to discuss the latest book "2666."  Tall Boys will be on hand.  You can find the PBR Book Club blog here:

And, don't forget about our Summer Scenester Scavenger Hunt for this week.  So far, the most anyone has guessed is 4/7.  You can find this week's game here:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tap Room Poetry Series and Woodcut Reliefs

Cool off at the Tap Room today with a poetry reading today at 5:00.  The readers today are Amy Ash and Callista Buchen.  The reading will start with an open Mic.
More information can be found here:
Monday kicks off our Summer Scenester Scavenger Hunt.  Test your scenester knowledge with this weekly game that will be posted on this site.

One more item for today.
Today we are showing Connecticut artists Bryan Nash Gill's relief prints and new book.

For more of his work and his book, check out Gill's website:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Abstract Comics and Working on LFK Scavenger Hunt

We like the blog Abstract Comics found here:
This blog follows work by cartoon artists who have combined fine art with cartooning.  Although some work on the site is straight up comic, here are some examples of more abstracted comic work which plays with idea of the frames that are in comics:

"7 Frames" posted by No Fix

Drawing by Nina Roos 

"Untrapped Melody" by Rosarrie Appel


We were intrigued by the cover art for Fiona Apple's new album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. 

Apple herself is the artist. 


We here at Larryville Artists are creating on a new game for readers called the LFK Summer Scenetster Scavenger Hunt.  This game will be posted next week. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Letter to the Editor: CIty Sells Out

"Best book cover ever" via twitter's Robot Koch

Although we've stopped reading the local Journal World, someone sent us this letter to the editor that was posted today.  We are taking note as we are trying to keep track of how developers are asking for public money for projects with the rationale that these projects are supposed to help Lawrence artists.  We here at Larryvilleartists are skeptical of these proposals.  Read the letter here: 


In national news, the American sign museum opens in Cincinnati this week. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lawrence Illustrator Kent Smith and author Laura Moriarty

Today, we're taking a quick break from watching LFK's local kickball league to make a quick post.

Part of what we do in this blog is feature work that we like by local artists.  Today, we are featuring Lawrence illustrator Kent Smith.   He loves "robots, ninjas, monkeys, ray-guns, and romance. "

More of his work can be found on his website here:


Local Artist Laura Moriarty has had great reviews and national press on her newest book, "The Chaperone".  Moriarty will speak about her new book at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday at 7:00 p.m..  For more information on this, go here:


Revisiting artist Alice Neel:
Looking at her portraits:

"Fuller Brush Man" 1965

"Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd" 1970

"Pregnant Woman" 1971

Pic of Alice Neel with New York City Mayor Koch

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pics from Studio Burlesque and Nerd Nite Recap

Last night, we had a lot of fun drawing at Studio Burlesque at the Lawrence Arts Center.  Members of Foxy by Proxy posed for us while we drew and photographed them.  We're putting lots of pics in today's blog so that readers can feel like they were there.  
Foxy hopes to do more Studio Burlesque in the future. We will keep you posted. 

Our friends at the Larryville Chronicles has posted a nice recap of Nerd Nite that was at the Star Bar last night.  A packed house heard about tea, surveillance, and Diana's.  Read about it here: