Art Panel for King Middle School

Sooo excited to be a part of King Middle Schools efforts to beautify their campus! Public Art is something I’ve always loved and feel is such important factor in creating an inspiring and healthy visual environment. It was also for my daughter Sophie’s school, so this project particularly close to my heart. The first phase of this project called for local artists to participate in the creation of these banners/murals, creating an outdoor gallery for both the students and the surrounding neighborhood.  Over a dozen artists including Shephard Fairey, Kim West,  Miss Mindy and myself participated in phase with the unveiling taking place April 18, 2015. It was a day filled with art, food trucks, a pop up skate park, and rock tween aged rock bands!

Art Banners on Campus at King Middle School
Art Banners on Campus at King Middle School
panoramic view of King Middle Schools art panels
panoramic view of King Middle Schools art panels

Wild Rumpus Show @ Pop Gallery Santa Fe

Excited to announce that I’ll be participating in a group show with my favorite Santa Fe Gallery – POP Gallery! Below are the details – and I’ll be posting work in progress photos of the paintings I’ll be submitting. Check in with me on Instagram and back here on my blog in the next month!

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WHAT: Wild Rumpus, 50th Anniversary Tribute Show

WHERE: POP Gallery Santa Fe, NM 

WHEN: Opens NOV 21-Dec 31

RECEPTION: 1st Friday ARTwalk DEC 6th 5-7pm 

 In 2013, POP Gallery celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the classic children’s book WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and the wonderful legacy of Maurice Sendak.

In THE ART OF MAURICE SENDAK (1980) Maurice Sendak discusses the Trilogy as “variations on the same theme: how children master various feelings-anger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy-and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives.”

POP Gallery has invited artists to create artwork inspired by Max and the Wild Things to be showcased for the holidays in Santa Fe.

The group show, Wild Rumpus, will open Thanksgiving week and run through December. Featuring Paul Barnes, Renee Lawter, Martin Hsu, Max Lehman, Miss Mindy, CJ Metzger, Kim Gordon, CGary Brickel, Michele Lynch, Jeff Brock, Ryan Myers, Keely Benkey-Reichman, Trevor Mikula, M.C. Farris and Kristen Margiotta among others. Artwork will range from 2D to 3D and will include custom vinyl toys. Art workshops will be hosted to benefit POP kidz, in support of igniting creative spirit, details coming soon.

 Are you an ARTIST interested in participating? see the submission requirements below:

Submission inquiries to Sharla@popsantafe.com with Wild Rumpus in subject matter, CV, 2 current works, and link to website, to which we will inquire should we feel your work is a good fit for the show.

THIS NOVEMBER! Show @ Leanna Lins Wonderland!

Come see new works, prints and more by CJ Metzger & Miss Mindy! Here are the details of the show. Also, check out my website for all the fun happenings coming up this Holiday Season! I’ll be doing some exclusive signings at Designer Con in Pasadena, doing Live painting at Leanna Lin’s as part of the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour, and will be hosting an Open STudio in December! busy busy busy!

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Mad Monster Party Group Show @ Van Eaton Gallery!

I’m thrilled to be included in a Group Art Show in honor of one of my favorite spooky stop motion movies of all time – Mad Monster Party! Come check out my rendition of the character “Francesca” and all the other groovie goolie-icous art! @ the Van Eaton Gallery in October!

Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA 91423    http://www.vegalleries.com/

Online Art Presale: Wednesday, October 10th @ 12 noon. This is listed on the attached show ad to make it fair for all collectors.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13th, 6pm to 10pm

A few words… About Circus:Folke

I was born of circus folk – not from tight rope walkers or sword eaters – but  raised in a household buzzing with eclectic,
eccentric and creative band of artists, inventors,  teachers, and actors that shaped my world. From an early age, all
that gorgeous and weird stuff that they generated was just part of my every day visual experience. You grow up in that environment, and you can’t help it – it’s in your blood for good.

In my first show with sister Miss Mindy titled “le monde est une cirque” (the world is a circus), over ten years ago, I began expressing my views about the world through these hybrid girl and animal creatures and characters, and from  there, developed a love for using these folk portraits to tell stories and document feelings. Elements of “Circus” have always remained in my work, but for this show in particular, I imagined my perfect circus would be a band of the artists, inventors, and actors – shown as hybrid human animal characters, performing/existing in beautiful, theatrical, and unusual ways – all with unique backstories.  Here, I was compelled to create work that both delights and sadden the senses, that evokes a sense of theatricality and that reveals these characters as the unique, beautifully adorned, revered, or misunderstood characters they are.

They are modern folk portraits, telling stories in the their tattoo’s,their costumes, and their sometimes precarious predicaments —
perhaps not so different that us all.

Check out Miss Mindy and my work at the Stranger Factory Gallery!

ART SHOW – COMING UP!

Calling all carnies: the next gig to roll into town is Circus: Folke, a two-person exhibition by California-based ‘artist sisters’ Miss Mindy and CJ Metzger. An exploration of the Circus, its characters and all associated nostalgia, Circus: Folke will undoubtedly offer us a peek into a most spectacular tent.

Both artists hail from Los Angeles. Mindy an inker, painter, illustrator and sculptor, her growing list of clients includes Warner Brothers, Hard Rock Café, Mindstyle and Nickelodeon Animation. Metzger’s iconic painting, illustration, design and writing has been sought out by such brands as Neiman Marcus, Hot Topic, Fred Eric, Baby Tattoo Books, and the LA Times. Uniting their passion for characters and storytelling with their unique design sensibilities, the sisters create an uber-artistry that leaves a lasting impression.

Circus: Folke opens Feb. 3rd with a reception from 6pm to 9pm.